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Amazon Hits All Time Low – Whale Hamburger and More

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 2:45 pm

In 1982 nearly the entire world banned the killing of whales and the sale of whale products. Yet the EIA and the Humane Society International uncovered 147 illegal items being sold on Amazon’s Marketplace including whale bacon, whale stew, whale curry and whale hamburger. The groups are now calling on the public to petition Amazon to stop the sales of whale products.

A short video was produced and released by The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) showing the atrocities of whaling and the sales of whale meat on Amazon. The EIA is an international campaigning organization committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime. You can see the video here: Please be warned, the video contains graphic images.

The Bashsea Aquatic Twisted Skimmer

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Twisted Skimmer Product Line


The Bashsea Aquatic Twisted Skimmer is manufactured in Royal Oak, Michigan. They are one of the few marine product manufactures with the ability to display the Made in America slogan. The Twisted Skimmer uses the beckett injector with a patent pending injection system designed to be 100% efficient. Another unique feature is the air line connection to the effluent pipe. This acts as a natural silencer pulling air from the end cap seated just above the effluent drain. This setup also adds a level of security in the event the beckett gets gunked up. Bashsea stated the water entering the skimmer would be diverted into the effluent saving the system from overflowing and flooding.

Bashsea Aquatics has been contracted to construct 5 custom Twisted Skimmers for A & M Aquatic’s new coral grow out room. Most recently the Toledo Zoo chose the Twisted Skimmer over two other skimmer after 4 months of testing. The Twisted skimmer will be utilized on 7 separate systems at the zoo’s facility.

Here are the stats:

• Patent Pending Injection System
• 100% air and water mixing efficiency
• Versatile design can be used internal or external
• Bubble Plate to minimize turbulence
• Full body reaction chamber
• Skimmer cup drain for easy attachment of Bashsea Waste Collector
• Precision CNC Key Hole Flanges
• True O-Ring Seals
• Minimum 3/8″ clearance needed for cup removal
• Key holed and o-ring sealed beckett chamber for easy maintenance
• Designed and hand built in the U.S.A. using 100% American Made Acrylic Construction
• Available sizes – 6-24″, 6-30″, 8-24″, 8-30″, 10-30″, 10-36″, 12-30″, 12-36″
• All Twisted Skimmers are fully customizable in any size and configuration to meet your specific requirements.

To get a closer look at the Twisted Skimmer and Bashsea’s other products visit their web site:

Proudly Made in America


Static Mixer - Patent Pending Injection System

Static Mixer & Body

The Frag Tree 360 – Aquaculture in Tight Spaces

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 10:29 am

We all know that real estate in our aquariums is a limited and valued commodity. Thrive Aquatics has released a well thought out product designed to grow out frags in small areas. The Frag Tree 360 has an 8”x8” foot print and stands 8 1/2 “ tall. The unit consists of a center post with individually attached branches holding a single frag with a maximum of 27 frags total. The configuration and design of the Frag Tree 360 allows for flow to move through the unit. A great item for the hobbyist fragger with limited tank space.

To find a store near you, click here.

150W Amazon Sun for Freshwater Aquariums – By Kessil

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

It was only a matter of time before a lighting manufacture brought LEDs to the freshwater aquarium scene. Kessil has released a LED pendant light that is design to mimic the “Amazon Sun” producing light at a natural 6700K. The light is design to nourish plants and fish while illuminating the aquarium. The Amazon Sun 150W draws 36W or power using an innovative heat management system. In the patented Dense Matrix LED™ platform, Kessil mixes light of different wavelengths to produce intense, powerful, and spectrum-specific light that is delivered with precision.

Kessil Lighting is known for excellent design and manufacturing of lighting for both the aquarium and the horticulture industries. “Kessil’s engineering team perfected a special LED phosphor recipe to illuminate and enhance plant growth and color in your freshwater aquarium,” said Brian Chiang, Vice President of Marketing. “Amazon Sun simulates a bright, sunny day. It’s the ideal color temperature for freshwater tanks.”

It is important to note that the 6700k color temperature is for reference only, and is not a direct measurement of CCT. To find more information and retailers near you, visit

Orphek Contracted to Design the PR25XP

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Orphek was contracted by an unspecified government marine research institution to design a variation of the DIF100XP. The amount of LEDs covering a broad range of color spectrums makes me vary curious of its final intended use and what type of research it is being used for.

In a nut shell the PR25XP consist of the following:

4 white 15K
2 true UV begin at 380nm
1 red 660nm
5 blue
Peak WL:Lp=455.0nm

Some of the data I received suggest that the 4 white LEDs are actually 20K. The ratio is:

60% 20K white led
30% 380nm-420nm
10% red a 640nm

I was able to get a glimpse of a portion of the research. It is unclear to me exactly what its intent is and what it means. I’ll share it with you to make of it what you will.

Color Organism nm Indent.


443 and 470
445 and 475
445 and 475
450 and 480

a carotene
a carotene
a carotene
b carotene


453 and 643
453 and 643
455 and 643

chlorophyll b
bright yellow


414 and 437 and 464
416 440 468

Pink orange


462 456 481



449 470

pale yellow


415 439 468



446 476

pink orange


449 450 477
trace only


Reef Dynamics Twin INS1000 Protein Skimmer Build Series – Part 1

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 10:55 am

Ever wonder just what goes into the product design and build on one of the most important components in your reef tank? Well, Jeff from Reef Dynamics takes us through the entire process of building Twin INS1000 Protein Skimmers. The INS1000 is a unique in-sump recirculating protein skimmer. It uses 4 pumps, 2 for feeding the skimmer, and 2 for recirculating the water within the reaction chamber.

This video shows all the part of the INS1000, and Jeff walks us through each part of the design. We get a quick glimpse of the important transition piece, as well as the JamLock. Can’t wait to see the next part as this large protein skimmer comes to life. Check out more info about the INS1000 on the Reef Dynamics website.

The Reef Octopus Q8 protein skimmer was created for aquatic wholesale operations, commercial farms, professional aquaculturist as well public aquariums. It was rightfully described as a “recirculating beast” on Coral Vue’s web site. The Q8 stands over 5 feet tall and has a 40 inch body recommended for aquariums up to 26,000 gallons. Its 6 Bubble Blaster 10,000 high air injected pinwheel pumps pull air up to 28800L/H (1008scfh). The recommended feed pump is 9,000-10,000 gph.

Height: 63″
Body: 40″
Outlet: 90mm
Feed line: 3 X 40mm inlets (1.25″ conversion)
Recirculation pumps: Bubble Blaster HY10000 X 6
Wattage: 1320w
Max air intake: 28800L/H (1008scfh)

Recommended feed pump: HY-12500w x 3
Feed Flow: 9,000-10,000GPH
Wattage: 510w

A few weeks ago we wrote about the release of the Vertex Simplex, Duplex and Sensor Mag. We recently had a chance to play around with these new products, and just wanted to show them to you. Overall we really like the design of all three products. The Simplex and Duplex are great for small tanks, and are virtually invisible.

The Vertex Sensor Mag is a very cool little product. It’s very simple, but really helps clean up things in your sump and/or tank (depending on where you have your probes). As you see in the video, the Sensor Mag can hold up to three probes, and with the help of titanium screws, will keep them nice and neat for you.

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Macro of Vertex Duplex

Most Popular Posts of the Week February 5 – February 11, 2012

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Just in case you missed it, here is a summery of last week’s most popular Reef News.

  1. “Supergiant” Amphipod Discovered
  2. Every Reef Needs Cucumber Poop
  3. Orphek PR-156 LED Lighting
  4. The Next Generation in Pendant LED Lights – Orphek DIP Pendant Series
  5. Reef Octopus Luxury Aquariums and Stands

Coral Magazine’s Coral Reef Life Wall Calendar 2012

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 11:53 am

If you haven’t picked up your Coral Reef Life Wall Calendar for 2012, step it up! We are all familiar with the incredible photography displayed in Coral Magazine and you can expect northing less from their calendar. Prices start at $10.95 and for a limited time if you purchase 2 calendars they are $8 each with free shipping. You’ve missed the 31 days of enjoying January don’t miss any more of February.

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