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Premium Aquatics New Items 3-4-2011

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 10:15 pm


SICCE VOYAGER HP PUMP 3600GPH New Sicce line of pumps with various sizes for all applications!
Water Blaster HY-16000 Pump Coming in soon! Coralvue’s Water Blaster 16000 pump! Excellent flowrate of 16000gph.  

CV-HY-16000W – $360.00

12 Current USA’s new TruLumen PRO LED strip lights! 

Available in swivel lengths of 12″, 24″, 36″, and 48″

TrueLumen Aquatic LED Strips 10 Another Current USA Aquatic LED strip, great for supplemental lighting! Come in various colors for any need!
TLF NPX Bioplastics - 200 ml Pellets New TwoLittleFishies NPX BioPellets! 

200mL BioPellets – $14.99
400mL BioPellets – $25.99
1L BioPellets – $49.99

TLF NPX Screens for Phosban Reactor 150 TwoLittleFishies Screen Set. Works great for biopellet reactor setups and very cheap! 

TLF-PBR-NPX – $2.49

Reef Nutrition Arcti-Pods 16 OZ
ReefNutrition is back in full! Check out the many great products like Arcti Pods, Tigger Pods, and others for you saltwater system!
Aquastar 250watt DE 14500K Halide Bulb New Coralvue Aquastar Metal Halide Lamps

14.5k 250DE – $88.99
14.5k 250SE – $84.99
14.5k 400SE – $84.99

Red Sea Coral Pro Salt - 175 gal - Bucket New RedSea Salt! It’s all about balance for any need. 

RedSea Coral Reg. Salt – $50.89
RedSea Coral PRO Salt – $54.99

First A.I.D. Acclimation System New CPR First A.I.D Acclimation System! Great for an isolation tank and acclimator! 

CPR-FAID1 – $44.99

Sequence Hammerhead Hybrid & 1.5 Now available as a package, receive 15% when you purchase this Reeflo Hammerhead Hybrid and SeaSwirl 1.5″ package


Deep Blue Activated Carbon Pad 18x10 New DeepBlue Filter Pads for any need! Choose from many different filter pads to remove impurities like phosphates, ammonia, and more, all for only $4.49 per pad!

Be sure to check out our CLEARANCE section this week. It’s packed full of brand new closeouts, damage items, returns, etc.

Gobiesox Clingfish Larvae at 7 days

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Last Friday I brought home some Clingfish larvae from work (The Hidden Reef in Levittown, PA), probably Gobiesox punctulatus. Of course, my rotifer culture that I’ve had for months crashed without warning as they are likely to do in the hands of busy people, and I was worried I would lose all my Gobiesox larvae. I’ve been giving them newly hatched, decapsulated Artemia (baby brine shrimp) every 12 hours, siphoning out the uneaten, older artemia first. I add DT’s Phytoplankton to the fry bucket as often as I need to tinge the water green. This helps the fry see their prey and keeps the Artemia nutritional profile higher. I have about 40 out of 100 Clingfish larvae left, and about 15 are obviously larger and have more dark pigment than all the others.

I just got some Moina salina and more rotifers from today. I’m going to give both to the larvae and see if the smaller ones start to catch up in growth to their bigger siblings.

Here are some photos of a 4 day old Clingfish larva with Artemia in its gut, and 2 photos of a 7 day old Clingfish with Artemia in its gut. The first is a side on view, and the second is a shot of the underside of the larva. Stay tuned to for more updates!

AquaMaxx Hang on Back (HOB) Protein Skimmer

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

The AquaMaxx Hang on Back (HOB) Series protein skimmers are rated for tanks ranging between 50 and 100 gallons. The particular design, made of cell-cast acrylic, makes the skimmer makes it light enough to fit on nanos, and other smaller tanks. A neat feature about these skimmers, is that the cup is actually moved up and down to dictate the foam level and consistency of skimmate. Another feature, not often found on HOB skimmers is a drain fitting which will allow the hobbyist to use a separate reservoir for skimmate.

The pump on the AquaMaxx HOB (Sicce or Sedra) is actually inside the body of the skimmer, which reduces noise, and saves space in your tank. AquaMaxx also states that this feature improves efficiency. The skimmers come with a built-in silencer which provides an almost silent operation.

There are currently two model available:

AquaMaxx HOB-1

AquaMaxx HOB-2

L 7.5″ x W 3.5″ x H 17″

L 10″ x W 5″ x H 17″
Pump (Included)

Sicce Syncra 1.5

Pump Power Consumption

11 Watts

19 Watts
Outlet Size


Volume Rating

50 – 75 Gallons

100 Gallons

The 2011 Northeastern Reef Aquarium Conference (NERAC) will be held on March 19, at Atlantis Marine World 431 Main St, Riverhead NY. The main events will be held from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, followed by drinks and dinner from 6:00 pm – 11:00pm.

The sixth annual conference will feature the UK’s own Simon Garratt, who will discuss pushing the boundaries of reefkeeping. Ken Nedimyer will have a presentation about coral restoration. Richard Ross will go over how to make decisions about your reef tank. And Paul Whitby will cover reef aquascaping.

The $35 admission fee includes a free lunch catered by Atlantis, Aquarium Admission, a raffle for tons of great stuff, including a chance to snorkel in Atlantis’ 20,000 gallon reef tank!! That’s would a sweet win!

The cocktail hour and dinner are an additional $50, and include an open bar, reef-side dinner, BTS tour by the Atlantis curator.

Tickets are available at,, as well as at the door. Please call 408-930-8777 with any questions.

A special rate ($109/per night) is available for accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express, Riverhead, with the mention of “LIRA”.

Hello Lights Website

Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am

I just went through the new HelloLights website to look for some replacement bulbs. The new layout is clean and easy to use, and I dig their redesigned logo (clearly this was done a bit ago, but I have not discussed it). 2 cool things we wanted to pass on is their Free Shipping on all Metal Halide bulbs, and a 30 day price match guarantee.

They now accept payment through Google checkout as well as Paypal (bonus).

So that’s it, just passing on some random thoughts!

AeroFuge Skimmer and Refugium from CPR Aquatic

Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 10:00 am

Check out this neat combo protein skimmer and refugium unit from CPR Aquatic. We constantly get questions from hobbyists who set up a reef tank with no sump, yet still wish to add a protein skimmer and/or refugium. Well, featuring an AeroForce protein skimmer and an AquaFuge2 refugium, this CPR Aquatic unit offers a simple, hang on design that can be easily implemented in many sumpless systems.

The CPR Aquatic AeroFuge offers a recirculating skimmer as a primary nutrient removal device, as well as a refugium which can offer additional denitrification, and a source of live food.

Some features offered by the AeroFuge are:

  • An overflow grate, which helps keep macro algae from flowing into the display tank
  • A black back, to minimize light transfer to your display
  • Dual-body recirculating skimmer
  • De-gassing water return
  • Light – maximize macro algae growth (DX Models)

There are 3 models available at this time:

AEFG1SM – Rated up to 75 gallons (18″L x 3.5″W x 17″H)
AEFG1MD – Rated up to 90 gallons (22″L x 3.5″W x 17″H)
AEFG1LG – Rated up to 110 gallons (28″L x 3.5″W x 17″H)

[via CPR Aquatic]

Dolphin Expansion at the Georgia Aquarium

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Here is a quick video of how Bernie Marcus, founder and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium, and the rest of the team over at the Aquarium are building an amazing dolphin display: At&T Dolphin Tales. Marcus’ love of the ocean and particularly, big fish, began early on in his childhood. Various accomplishments in his life (co-founder of The Home Depot), have afforded him the opportunity to help bring the Georgia Aquarium to life.

After building the largest aquarium in the world, Marcus went on to say that “I’m hoping this sets the stage for future aquariums.” In 2008, expansion for the AT&T Dolphin Tale began; an 84,000 sf facility housed on 1.1 acres. Composed of primarily two floors, the display includes an interactive section, a dolphin show, and a dolphin viewing gallery.

Check out this video for a quick glimpse.

LiveAquaria Stepping up to LEDs

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 1:03 pm

We recently reported that Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland is using the new Ecoxotic Cannon Pendants. Well, according to Ecoxotic, it seems that Kevin Kohen and the team at LiveAquaria are experimenting the same lights for their coral growing facility in Wisconsin. Replacing a 400K DE 20K pendant, LiveAquaria has elected to try 3 Ecoxotic Cannon Pendants, 2 455nm Blue & one 12K. The lights move over the large tanks with use of a light rail.

With emphasis put on both growth rate and optimal color, LiveAquaria director Kevin Kohen reports that “We noticed some significant increase in the coloration of the corals in a very short period of time and it appears the growth rate has not been compromised.”

It will be interesting to see if LiveAquaria starts a larger-scale shift towards LED use.

photo credit Ecoxotic

Krzysztof Tyrc’s Amazing Reef Tank Video

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 9:52 am

This beautiful 750 litter (198 gallon) reef tank is the pride of Poland resident Krzysztof Tryc (lunar). Here is some information about the system:

(approximately) 750 liters (198 US gallons); 160 x 80 x 55

286 liters (~75,6 gallons); 110 x 50 x 52

System filtration:
Reactor with NP reducing BioPellets and Korallenzucht Revolution M

Teco 15

pH and temperature

Calcium/Alkalinity addition
Two-part calcium and alkalinity addition system; liquid additives via Grotech Tec III

Auto top-off:
Aqua Medic Niveaumat

ATI powermodule consisting of ten 80-watt T5’s with the following photoperiod:
2 bulbs – 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
8 bulbs – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

2 Tunze Turbelle Stream 6105, two Iwaki MD 55, Red Dragon 8000 l/h as a main pump

This system was previously run as a Zeovit tank, but now uses NP reducing biopellets to keep NO3 and NO4 in check. 10% water changes are performed weekly, using Instant Ocean salt. The system is fed a variety of frozen foods, Cyclop-Eeze, spirulina, nori and ReefPearls.

System Parameters:
Specific gravity: 35 ppt
pH: 7.7 – 8.1
Calcium: 430 ppm
Alkalinity: 8 dKH
Magnesium: 1380 ppm
Temperature: 25 – 26 ° C (26 – 28 ° C in the summer)
Nitrate: undetectable
Phosphate: 0.01 ppm

Commensal Shrimp Found on Acropora

Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I always see small commensal and symbiotic creatures like guard crabs on corals at the fish store where I work, The Hidden Reef in Levittown, PA. I always leave the guard crabs there because they are good for the corals. Last week I found something on an Acropora millepora I haven’t seen before, so I had to investigate. When I first spotted it, I expected it to be a Coralliocaris graminea because of its green coloration, but when I pried it from its host, I realized it most closely resembles a Palaemonid shrimp of the genus Cuapetes or Palaemonella. The Palaemonid family includes the more recognizable Periclimines spp. shrimps, most of which are cleaners or commensal on anemones, sea cucumbers, nudibranchs, or other hosts.

It’s a fairly large shrimp, about 1-1/2 inches long with strong, serrated claws. It’s now living in my frag tank, constantly hugging a tiny Acro frag. I 99% certain it doesn’t harm corals, as unlike most crabs, most shrimps are not destructive. If you or someone you know can ID this shrimp, please leave a comment.

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