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EcoTech Joins Forces with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida

Posted on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 11:09 am

EcoTech Marine is sponsoring the Coral Restoration Foundation’s Adopt-a-Coral program to help preserve Elkhorn and Staghorn corals off of Key Largo, FL on the Molasses Reef. EcoTech is donating more than monetary support. This video shows Justin Lawyer of the EcoTech team on a dive to plant 60 Staghorn corals in an effort to repopulate the reef.

Daily Deals and Discounts January 13 2012

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 11:10 am

Premium Aquatics: 36″ PLUS Premium Quality Reservoir – w/Dual Micron Bags. Regular price $379.99, now only $299.99.
Salty Critter:Giesemann T5 Bulbs, 24″ 14.95.
HelloLights: 14,000K Iwasaki HQI Double-Ended 250W. Regular price $74.95, now only $54!
Marine Depot: 25% off Hydor Koralia Smart Wave Pump Controller.
That Pet Place: 30 in. Coralife Lunar Aqualight CF Fixture – 2 x 65W CF – 2 x LED Lunar. Regular price $199.99, now only $151.99.
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% OFF Enaly Aquarium Ozone Generator.
Foster and Smith Aquatics: 20% OFF Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer.
Reef Specialty: Coralvue “High Seas” Wave Makers – CV-101B. Regular price $29.99, now only $26.99!
SeaQuest Marine: AquaC RX-1 Calcium Reactor. Regular price $449.95, now only $428.88!
Aquarium Guys: Fluval Chi Glass Aquarium Kit – 5 gallon. Regular price $71.99, now only $55.09!
Big Als Online: Rite Size E Emperor Cartridge – 4 pk. Regular price, $7.49, now only $11.99.

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$4.8 Million – T-Rex Aquarium

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 10:30 am

I was searching for the proper aquarium for the $999.99 two faced clam to call home when I came across the Aquavista Dinosaur Gold aquarium. Aquavista UK of London commissioned Stuart Hughes to design a custom, one of a kind aquarium for them, and he did. The aquarium is framed in 2,400 ounces of 24 ct gold with 2 veneers cut out of mammoth tusk. Yeah, that isn’t a typo, mammoth tusk! As if that wasn’t enough Hughes fit a long splinter of a T-Rex dinosaur bone placed diagonally into each of the tusk veneers. I have no idea what criteria was given to Hughes when contracted to create this aquarium, but he made a one of a kind system that sported a price tag in the neighborhood of $4.8 million!

Just show this to your significant other when they tell you that you spend too much money on your tank.

Red Sea Max S-Series All-in-one Aquarium System

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Red Sea is introducing their new Red Sea Max S-Series range of aquariums. This innovative plug & play all in one aquarium system is designed for hobbyists who would rather focus on livestock than selecting equipment. The new S-Series from Red Sea includes ultra-clear, low-iron glass, T5 lighting, filtration and flow in one system.

The complete S-Series is comprised of the Max S-400 (about 110 gallon total system, 97 gallon display), Max S-500 (gallon total system, 119 gallon display) and the Max S-650 (175 gallon system, 150 gallon display). Now, it’s easier than ever to select the Red Sea Max that best fits your needs. Each model comes in one of six colors (Black, Anthracite, Pearl, Ultra Marine – Metalic, Merlot – Metalic, Silver – Metalic), featuring a weather resistant polyurethene paint.

The S-Series aquariums, are constructed from 12 – 15mm ultra clear (low iron) glass, with a marine spec annodized aluminum frame. A neat feature available on this system, is the ability to change the top and bottom frame color at any time (in case you get sick of the color you selected).

The Red Sea Max S-series feature a slide and swivel lighting system consisting of 3 groups of lamps. The front and back panels have 4 x T5 bulbs (39W, 54W or 80W depending on model) each, and the center panel has 2 more T5s. The front and back panels hinge to allow access to the aquarium for maintenance and feedings.

The S-Series has a coast-to-coast overflow, which really helps with surface skimming. The water then goes through a silent flow downpipe to the custom sump, where it is filtered through a Red Sea C-Skim 1800 protein skimmer (and optional reactors and/or chiller). Flow to the system is provided by a series of concealed powerheards. There are standard union fittings connecting the pluming, so no wiring or plumbing is needed.

One of the best features of the Red Sea Max is that the entire system is powered by an Integrated Power Center. Meaning, there is ONE PLUG which controls 10 individually controlled power sockets for pumps, and other accessories. Red Sea even went as far as to integrated circuit breakers.

Overall, we really like the steps Red Sea is making with their range of all-in-one aquarium systems. It seems that with every new release, they are responding to the suggestions they get, and are improving the design. Please let us know what you think of the new S-Series.

Is 3,000 Gallons Per Hour Really 3,000?

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 10:25 am

I recently read a mind numbing study comparing the flow of propeller pumps (power heads) written in mid 2011. Ok, I will be honest here, we are all family. I read until my forehead cracked wide open when it hit my desk, and then I skimmed. Out of 10 +/- pages of charts, graphs, equations and theories and came to the following conclusion.

If you are in the market to upgrade and/or replace your power heads, compare advertised flow rates to actual ones, first. Then, look at the efficiency of each pump as calculated as the flow/power consumption. The only missing information that could aid in your decision would be the cost of the power head it self. I will leave that bit of investigative work to you. I compared the flow rate to the power consumption to narrow down my prospective list. I want as much f low as I can get with out feeding my local power company on a monthly basis. Once the list was narrowed down I looked at the cost of the power head and read as many reviews as I could find from real life consumers.

Good luck!

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