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NEW Saltwater Daphnia Moina salina adds variety to aquaculture feeds

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

One of my favorite seahorse breeders Dan Underwood of announced yesterday on that Moina salina, a type of water flea related to Daphnia, will soon be available for purchase through his online store. This species is already available in Europe and is making its way to the U.S.

“AlgaGen, the producer of our Algae Starter Cultures and Copepods is producing this product. It is the first of several new species being added to the Reef Pods Product line. We will begin shipping this product next week.” – from Moina salina product page

Moina salina nauplii are roughly 300 microns in length (compare S strain rotifers at 100 µ and newly hatched Artemia at 400 µ), and adults reach a little over 2mm in length. This makes them great supplements to the diets of juvenile fish, dwarf seahorses, pipefish, and other marine critters requiring live foods. They prefer salinity around 1.014 (20 ppt) and temperatures between 68°F and 77°F. According to Dan, they are relatively easy to culture using methods similar to copepod culture – light aeration, T-Iso, Chaetoceros, Spirulina flake, and other flake foods. Moina salina lay eggs, capable of reproducing both sexually and parthenogenetically.

Seahorse keepers in Europe who tested this species with seahorses say that the jerking motions of the Moina salina, as can be seen in the video below, are irresistible even to finicky individuals.

by Felicia McCaulley

D-D NanoScope

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The D-D NanoScope is a cool little gizmo that makes it easy to see corals, pests and other small creatures up close. The D-D NanoScope opens up a hidden world, and allows the hobbyist to look at their created ecosystem from a new perspective. This powerful little scope magnifies up to 48x actual size, and is supplied with a flexible tripod which attaches to the front of the glass with a suction cup.

So if you’re wondering about red bugs (before beginning a Red Bug Interceptor treatment), or just want to take a closer look at your prize chalice, acro or acan, check out the D-D NanoScope. It’s currently available at Premium Aquatics for $99.99.

[via Premium Aquatics]

Marineland Reef Capable LEDs

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 11:38 am

Back in March of 2010, we reported that the Reef Capable High Output LED from Marineland were on display at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando. We wanted to do a follow up, now that the lights are available for purchase. The Marineland Reef Capable LEDs sport both 10k white, and 460nm actinic blue 1 watt LEDs, putting out a reported 130 PAR at 12 inches.

The Reef Capable LED Lighting system has an integrated heat sink. The aluminum housing pulls heat away from the LEDs, as well as your tank.

The units offer 2 modes: Daytime (white and blue LEDs) and Lunar (blue LEDs only). Which 50,000 reported lifetime hours, there’s no need to continuously spend money on replacement bulbs. The Reef Capable LED Lighting System from Marineland is available in 18″, 23″, 26″, and 46″ models, which use a flexible mounting system to fit tanks between 18″-60″.

The Hidden Reef Revealed

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

In 2009 I remember reading an article in TFH magazine about a store called The Hidden Reef in Levittown, PA near Philadelphia. I found myself wishing we had more local fish stores like that nearby. A year later my wish was granted when my husband was offered a job in Philadelphia. At the time I was the photographer/identifier for Liveaquaria’s Diver’s Den, and I absolutely loved my job. I was worried I might not be able to find a job that would allow me to stay in the reef industry, but I always had that article about The Hidden Reef in the back of my mind. Everything fell into place, and I am now working for The Hidden Reef! It’s different from what I’m used to, but I’m enjoying the hands-on approach and interacting with customers and my co-workers who are also knowledgeable hobbyists.

Even if you don’t live in the area, it’s definitely worth making a trip to check out the store. Right now we have (in my opinion) the best selection of corals in the area including Acroporas (even a blue one for $59.99!), a fat Copperband Butterfly that eats frozen brine, a Caribbean Red Scorpionfish that eats frozen mysis, a fabulous LED tank with fluorescing corals, a Potter’s Angel, a BREEDING pair of clingfish, my personal favorite Hawaiian Red Leaffish, and countless other fish, corals, inverts, and dry goods. I hope to see you there soon; be sure to say hi!

Be sure to check out Fish News which we regularly update with photos of new items, sales, and other news. Be sure to also sign up on our email list for coupons and other exclusive offers.

by Felicia McCaulley for The Hidden Reef, Inc.

Georgia Aquarium Offers $15 Tickets During Imagination Days

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

The Georgia Aquarium is offering $15 general admission tickets from now until March 13, 2011. This new special is valid for adults, children and senior guests; must be purchased by 3/13/2011, and will not be valid after 3/13/2011. check out the Cold Water Quest, Ocean Voyager, River Scout, Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Plant Shark, and 3D Theater!!

Salt Water Connection (SWC) Mojano Aiptasia Electrocuter

Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 11:23 am

We have written a pretty extensive article regarding Aiptasia Removal Methods. Well, it seems as if the war on these pests has taken a turn towards electronic warefare. Introducing the SWC Mojano Aiptasia Electrocuter, $79.95, the next evolution in pest control.

Apparently, you simply plug in the Electrocuter, remove the silicon protection cover, place the graphite rod and insertion tip underwater, insert the tip into the pest anemone, and zap away. SWC claims that large anemones may take up to 45 seconds to completely liquefy. They go on to instruct that anemone mucus should remove it from the tank.

The SWC comes with a 12 months warranty.

Sure sounds like fun to use!

Photo by TB Aquatics. In a Reef2Reef thread, TB Aquatics stated that they will stop the sales as a Patent infringement may have occurred with this product. Paul Baldassano invented this device and it is currently Patent Pending.

ATI Replacement Parts and Accessories from reefgeek

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 11:28 am

ATI Fixtures when handled and maintained with care, will give you years of unbeatable performance. But after years of use, your fixture may need a little face lift, and accidents do happen. is now offering replacement ballasts, fans, reflectors, etc for all the popular ATI fixtures.

Here is a list of ATI Replacement Parts and Accessories

ATI SunPower

ATI3202 24W Reflector (Bent Reflector) $16.95
ATI3204 39W Reflector (Bent Reflector) $17.95
ATI3206 54W Reflector (Bent Reflector) $18.95
ATI3208 80W Reflector (Bent Reflector) $19.95
ATI3209 T5 Socket (Each) $1.95
ATI3211 T5 High-Output Ballast (2x24W / 2x39W) $39.95
ATI3213 T5 High-Output Ballast (2x54W) $39.95
ATI3215 T5 High-Output Ballast (2x80W) $44.95
ATI3217 Endplates for 4-Bulb SunPower (2/set) $19.95
ATI3219 Endplates for 6-Bulb SunPower (2/set) $24.95
ATI3220 Endplates for 8-Bulb SunPower (2/set) $29.95
ATI3221 Cooling Fan $14.95
ATI3223 Cooling Fan (8x54W / 8x80W) $14.95
ATI2101 SunPower Cable Hanging Kit (5ft) $34.95
ATI2103 SunPower Cable Hanging Kit (10ft) $39.95
ATI2221 AC Adapter for SunPower Fans $12.95
ATI2223 Fan Cover $5.95
ATI3225 Fan Cover (8x54W / 8x80W) $5.95

ATI Powermodule

ATI2101 Powermodule Cable Hanging Kit (5ft) $34.95
ATI2103 Powermodule Cable Hanging Kit (10ft) $39.95
ATI2201 24W Reflector $16.95
ATI2203 39W Reflector $17.95
ATI2205 54W Reflector $18.95
ATI2207 80W Reflector $19.95
ATI2209 Metal End-Plates for 4-bulb (Set) $19.95
ATI2211 Metal End-Plates for 6-bulb (Set) $23.95
ATI2213 Metal End-Plates for 8-bulb (Set) $28.95
ATI2215 Metal End-Plates for 10-bulb (Set) $32.95
ATI2217 Cooling Fan $14.95
ATI2219 T5 Socket (Each) $1.95
ATI2221 AC Adapter for Powermodule Fans $12.95
ATI2223 Fan Cover $5.95
ATI3211 T5 High-Output Ballast (2x24W / 2x39W) $39.95
ATI3213 T5 High-Output Ballast (2x54W) $39.95
ATI3215 T5 High-Output Ballast (2x80W) $44.95

Additionally, offers replacement parts and accessories for the ATI BubbleMaster:

ATI BubbleMaster Parts and Accessories
ATI Pump w/ Mesh-Wheel for Bubble Master 250 & 300 – $99.95
ATI Impeller Assembly w/ Mesh Mod for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $39.95
ATI Mesh for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $7.95
ATI Impeller Shaft w/ Nut & Cap for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $15.95
ATI Impeller Shaft Only for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $9.95
ATI White Hex Nut for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $5.95
ATI Red Rubber Cap for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $5.95
ATI Pump Cover w/ Venturi for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $15.95
ATI Outlet Assembly for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $9.95
ATI O-Ring for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $7.95
ATI Venturi for Bubble Master Skimmer Pump – $7.95
ATI Rubber Pump Support for Bubble Master 200 Skimmer Pump – $7.95
ATI Rubber Pump Support for Bubble Master 250 & 300 Skimmer Pump – $7.95
ATI Collection Cup for Bubble Master call for size verification and pricing

And as always, for immediate assistance, please email or call 866.295.9230

CAD Lights Launches New Nano and Pico Series

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

Photo courtesy of

The good people at CAD Lights Aquariums have joined the pico and nano markets with their recent addition of 4, 8, and 20 gallon Mini Series tanks. CAD Lights Aquariums is better known for their 39 gallon all in tank plus sump setups, but with the help of the exceptionally well priced Mini Series’, their name will be tossed around a bit more.

The Mini Series tanks come equipped with stellar 2 or 3 panel LED lights. The LEDS come equipped with a remote control, dimming capabilities, and white to blue spectrums. Each LED has an individual reflector and lens for ultimate exposure. As with all CAD Lights systems, the Mini Series tanks are made with glass not acrylic. The corners are gently rounded not seamed, creating phenomenal viewing.

The CAD Lights Mini-Series offers a lot of personality and the prices range from $124.99 – $319.99. A total steal for such an impressive system.

Octopus vs Cleaner Shrimp – Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I’m not one to condone cruelty to animals. If you’ve even caught one glimpse of an ASPCA commercial with Sarah McLachlan serenading you with guilt, there is no way that you could feel right about animal abuse. This video demonstrates a cunning octopus stalking a cleaner shrimp. The cleaner shrimp is clearly a gifted escape artist and the octopus is a highly skilled hunter, but you’ll have to watch to see the outcome. Nothing like watching a shrimp outsmart a human and an Octopus.

Metis CRP LED Aquarium Fixture from Pacific Sun

Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 11:15 am

Pacific Sun has just released the Metis CRP LED Aquarium Fixture. This brand new LED aquarium light features 4 different LED bulbs:

  • Neutral White Cree XPG 5W
  • Cool White Cree XPG 5W
  • Royal Blue Cree XPE 3W
  • Blue Cree XPE 3W

This, Pacific Sun says, is the first aquarium fixture on the market sporting 4 LED chips, which will better imitate the full color spectrum of natural light. Each channel can be controlled separately by Bluetooth, and users can easily simulate sunrise, sunset and moonlight.

Pacific Sun chose Europe as the production site for this new fixture. Unlike previous releases, the Metis CRP is assembled entirely by machines, which ensure the highest level of precision. This allows Pacific Sun to offer an extended warranty.

The Metis CRP is offered in three sizes:

  • Metis CRP 2x100W – 85cm – suitable for aquariums for up to 120cm (aprox. 47.2 inches)
  • Metis CRP 3x100W – 125cm – suitable for aquariums for up to 160cm (aprox. 63 inches)
  • Metis CRP 4x100W – 165cm – suitable for aquariums for up to 200-210cm (aprox. 78.7 – 82.7 inches)

The units are available in Pearl Cosmic White (pictured) and Space Anthracite.

Naturally, Pacific Sun offers freshwater versions as well, Metis CRP FRW, which uses warm white, cool white, blue and red LED chips.

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