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Solar Powered Giant Clams

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 10:31 am

Giant clams start out like all other clams, as a small larvae floating in the ocean. They begin growing by using the food they obtain from filtering. But at some point, they pick up small algae called zooxanthellae that and a symbiotic relationship which allows the clam to be solar powered. As it continues to filter feed, the giant clam now has two fuel sources. This extra fuel source can grow to an absolutely massive size. Some giant clams can actually grow to more than 4 feet across, and weigh upwards of 500 lbs. Now, lately, the numbers of giant clams has been declining. One solution to this problem, is setting up giant clam farms, which in turn may help wild clam populations to rebound.

Seachem is Hiring

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Seachem, who just brought us Reef Phytoplankton and Reef Zooplankton, is now hiring! The company has been constantly growing, and is now looking for some new employees to facilitate and support it’s increasing market.

Here are the current positions with their descriptions:

Sales Manager Midwest /Central US region

Seachem is currently looking to fill a Sales Manager position for the Midwest/Central US region. We are looking for self motivated people with a solid drive to move business forward. Applicants should be able to travel with some frequency. Relocation may or may not apply based on current residence.

Preferred attributes include: business degree, experience in the hobby/industry, experience in sales, good understanding of science/technical matters, fluency in multiple languages, ability to build and maintain productive business relationships.

Email resumes to:

International Detailing Rep.

Preferred base of Operation: Madison, GA

The International Detailing Representative is expected to coordinate dealer sales programs through aggressive detailing of the international sales territory. This includes all areas outside of The United States.

– Must be able to travel and work internationally
– Must be willing to travel at least 20 business days out of each month
– Distributor Rep experience a plus
– A working knowledge of aquarium and/or herpetological husbandry
– Skill and mastery of languages beyond English desired

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Research Director

Location: Madison, GA
This position is full-time and includes benefits such as health/dental insurance and paid holidays.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– Research and development of new products
– Assessment of existing products
– Planning and implementation of research projects of importance to the industry
– QA/QC of raw goods and finished products
– Laboratory inventory, ordering, and general housekeeping
– Assistance of Product Support department in troubleshooting customer complaints

Requirements for this position:

– Master’s Degree or higher in a field of science (preferably Chemistry, Marine Biology, Biology, or other related field)
– Experience in general research and publishing of peer-reviewed material
– Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals in order to stay current with industry advancements

Email resumes to:

Sales Support & Education Specialist

Location: Madison, GA

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual whose goal is to work toward growing with our company. The Sales Support and Education Specialist position will require an individual to speak with customers to answer technical questions about a variety of different topics including, but not limited to: water chemistry, fish/reptile biology, and general aquarium/pond maintenance. In addition, this person will be responsible for providing customer service to the retailers of our products and participating in training sessions in order to educate retailers and end users. There are opportunities to travel while working in this position as well. The full-time employee will receive benefits such as heath/dental insurance, paid holidays, leave time, etc.

This position requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field. Applicants should be willing to travel and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to present effectively in front of large groups is also required.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to put their science degree to use in a very unique field.

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Incredible Right Whale Photo

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 10:56 am

During a 3-week winter expedition to Auckland Islands, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry and his assistant encountered an incredible 45-foot long Right Whale. The whale swap down to the bottom and gently approached the duo. Brian’s assistant, stood on the ocean-floor and posed perfectly for this amazing shot. “Our hearts were beating right out of our chest, because it was so exhilarating,” says Skerry, “but there is no threat by this animal it just had a great deal of curiosity”. The result, this amazingly composed shot.

“I’ve had some magnificent animal encounters out there in the wild; but I have to say, this one tops the list.”Can you imagine being at the bottom of the ocean and seeing this giant swimming towards you. How incredible.

Right Whales, which refers to three species of large baleen whales, were given this name by whales who considered them “right” for the hunt, due to their tendency to swim close to the shores, and then float when killed. Because of these two factors, they almost became extinct by the whaling industry.

Reef Dynamics XRC2000 Video Part 1

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Here is a cool video from Reef Dynamics, displaying their new XRC2000 Protein skimmer. The reaction chamber of this huge protein skimmer is 16″ in diameter, leading to a 6.5″ neck, and a 12″ diameter cup that is also 12″ tall. Now that you’re confused with all these number, let’s move on. The cup uses a bayonet-style ring, for easy removal and service. The Skimmer cup comes pre-drilled with 1″ drain fitting that you can attach a valve to.

Let’s talk about power. The XRC2000 has 7 Eheim 1262 pumps recirculating water. Each of the pump is connected with dual schedule 80 unions, which makes for easy maintenance. The inlet fitting on each pump goes to the bottom of the skimmer, which pulls low-oxygen water, and increases the efficiency of the venturi. All XRC skimmers have a gate valve on their outlet, to control bubble height. The skimmer has a drain valve by the base plate, which is used for emptying the reaction chamber. This is a must for either moving the skimmer, or performing maintenance on the pumps.

Swabbie in Action – Avast Marine

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Last year, we wrote about a cool motorized protein skimmer neck cleaner called the Swabbie. This cool little reef gizmo, helps keep your skimmer neck clean from build-up. A clean skimmer neck means that nothing is there to impede foam from rising into the cup.

Basically, all you need to do, is plug the Swabbie into a timer, and have it turn on 4-6 times a day, that’s it. Basically, set it and forget it. Avast will even retrofit a swabbie unto your existing skimmer lid.

Here is a video showing the Swabbie in action:

Evolution UFO LED Light

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 10:56 am

The Evolution UFO LED light has a circular design, with a big face to “emit a more effective light.” The Evolution UFO is available in both a 2:1 and 1:1 ratio of blue-to-white LEDs. The UFO is 3″ tall and 11″ in diameter, weights 8 lbs and comes with the needed hanging hardware. The blue LEDs used in the UFO are 460nm, and the white LEDs are warm white. The UFO projects light with a 90 degree optics. The UFO is said to be a good replacement for a 150W Metal Halide or an 18″ cube. This cool LED fixture sells for $199.99 is has an expected 50,000 hours lifespan.

Daily Deals and Discounts April 23 2011

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Premium Aquatics: Elos Ammonia/Ammonium Kit regular price $29.99, now only $22.49!
Salty Critter: Neptune Direct Connect 8 (DC8), regular price $148.95, now only $124.95!
Marine Depot: 25% Eheim Professional 3e Electronic External Filters, From #322.49!
That Pet Place: Sea Horse Pump – 1/2/ HP, regular price @298.99, now only $268.99!
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% off Two Part Calcium and Alkalinity Solution!
Foster and Smith Aquatics: 30% off Chemi-Pure and Chemi-Pure Elite!
Reef Specialty: Easter weekend 10% Off Special! Please use the Coupon Code . Easter10!
SeaQuest MarineTunze Turbelle Nano Stream 6055 Pump, regular price $249.99, now only $211.88!
Aquarium Guys: Kent Marine Turbo Calcium 800gm regular price $15.29, now only $13.79!
Big Als Online:  Koralia Evolution 750, regular price $39.99, now only $24.99

Help EcoXotic Support the Coral Restoration Foundation

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Earth Day—April 22—has motivated individuals and organizations worldwide to express their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability for over 40 years. And while it’s vital that each and every one of us does our part, the staff here at Reef Tools likes to see when vendors in our industry jump into the mix. This year, EcoXotic is working with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), and is sponsoring a restoration site on Molasses Reef (off of Key Largo, FL). The goal it to transplant 120 staghorn corals to this site within the next year. So, right now you’re probably sitting there thinking, “that’s pretty cool, good for them.” Well, if you want to show your support, please “like” the EcoXotic Facebook page. The more “likes” they get, the more corals they will sponsor.

Reef Phytoplankton and Reef Zooplankton from Seachem are Shipping

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Remember back in march when we told you that Reef Phytoplankton and Reef Zooplankton added to Seachem Reef Line? Well, the company announced yesterday, that both products are shipping out. The concentrated blends of green and brown marine phytoplankton (Reef Phytoplankton) and marine zooplankton (Reef Zooplankton) where designed to provide essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and amino acids for our captive reefs.

Seachem states that their products are different in that they are “enhanced to increase the bioavailability of important nutrients such as proteins, lipids, B vitamins, and other organic pigments, thus, corals expend less energy to derive the nutritional benefit.”

Bon’s Lagoon Reef, Watch the Progress

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:30 am

Here is an absolutely amazing new large reef tank by Vivadi. We have arranged the video in chronological order, so that you can follow the progress of this beautiful new reef. With a total system volume of approximately 800L, this reef has a relatively minimalistic aquascaping, leaving plenty of room for fish to swim and coral growth. As the video series progresses, you can see that a nice selection of fish has been added, as well as a variety of corals. Some very large SPS colonies have been introduced, looks like Vivadi doesn’t mess around with frags. The 5 EcoXotic Cannons do a great job at lighting this tank. You can see that although there are 3 white and 2 blue cannons, the color is blended together quite well, and the result is quite pleasing. Outstanding flow is provided by 3 Vortech MP40ES, and 2 Vertex Moceans.

Now, when you get to the March 20th update, you may drool on your desk. It seems as if the tank has gone under some sort of pest infestation. That would be true, if SPS was a pest. The tank is now packed with large colonies, and looks stunning. The combination of tableling and branching corals, together with great color, yields what we could only hope was ViVadi’s vision.

Vivadi, you did an incredible job!
Stay put for more updates, and please share this.

Tank Specs:
Tank Size 130cm x 90cm x 60cm (L W H)
Sump Size 96cm x 53cm x 47cm (water level 29cm)
Total Net water volume 800L
Lighting : 5 x Ecoxotic Cannon (3 x white 2 x blue) + 2 x PAR38 Royal Blue
Wave making : 3 x Vortech MP40ES + 2 x Vertex Mocean
Return pump : Red Dragon 6500
Skimmer : Bubble King SM250
Chiller: Arctica DBA250
Calcium Reactor : korallen-zucht for 2000L
Zeo Reactor : Vertex
Doseing Pump : 2 x Aquatronica Dosing Pump
Computing Aquarium System:

Aquatronica System
Temp., Ph, ORP, Density monitoring, plug control, water top off, internet monitoring

Neptune System Apex
Vortech Wave mode control, lighting control, moon light, calcium reactor ph control, Zeo reactor timer control, internet monitoring

Bon’s Lagoon Reef Tank starting out (2010):

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