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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 Marine: Tunze 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

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