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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ecoxotic releases their new 18” Panorama Pro LED with the nano in mind. These little guys utilize three 19-watt Panorama Pro modules. Ecoxotic has maintained their sleek look and the ever convenient patented hinge mounting system. One of the best features of this fixture is the ability to customize it to your preference and the layout of your aquarium. An inline dimmer allows you to independently control the intensity and brightness of white and blue LEDs. Each of the modules can be shifted right to left to maximize the spread and focus of your aquascaping. The fixture leaves plenty of space to add additional Panorama Pro Modules or stunner strips to customize the look and spectrum.

Hitting the shelves in a store near you for $399.

18″ Panorama Pro Fixtures Include:
18″ Aluminum Fixture
2 x 12K White/445nm Blue Panorama Pro Modules
1 x 445nm Royal Blue Panorama Pro Module
2 x Inline Dimmers
1 x 3-Way Splitter
2 x 24V 60w Power Supplies
EcoCham Cleaning Cloth & Instructions

Mounting Options (Available Separately):
New Tank Mount Option (shown)
Stand & Wall Mount
Hanging Kit

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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.

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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

Friday, May 7th, 2010

I discovered Poly-Filter years ago when I was keeping fresh water aquariums. It was the miracle goto for pulling about anything out of the water. The makers, Poly-Bio-Marine states on their web site, “It is a formulation of a special patented material bonded to a synthetic matrix. By means of a unique proprietary process, the POLY-FILTER is made impervious to salt and is also organic loving to certain materials. It can absorb and adsorb contaminants and other toxic materials found in nature or added to fresh and salt water with or without fish and invertebrates.”

Saltwater? This got me wondering how it would do on my reef tank. Either through personal contemplation or through suggestions of others I came to the conclusion that Poly-Filter was just to good to use in a reef aquarium. A common fear is that the filter will work so well that it will pull the trace elements out of your water. Digging through their site I see extensive experiments have been done to ensure that Poly-Fiber will not pull trace elements from the water column. For the other ReefToolers that skate the fine line between geek and the unmentionable you may find the write ups on their site very informative.

Ok.. I’ll give you a small taste: Standard Specification for Substitute Ocean Water (ASTM) Standard D 1141 lists only six (6) trace elements which are : Barium (99.4 ug/L) , Manganese (34.0 ug/L) , Copper (30.8 ug/L),
Zinc (9.6ug/L) , Lead (6.6 ug/L) and Silver (0.49 ug/L).

More interesting reading can be found on Poly-Filter’s ability or lack of ability to absorb silicates, which can be found here:

Poly-filter is long known for pulling medications such as quinine sulphate, copper sulphate and formalin and Malachite green from systems after treatment. It also pulls out antibiotics. The Poly-Filter was developed to fill a specific need in the area of chemical filtration of aquarium water. One of the interesting aspects of Poly-Filter is the color changing properties that indicate what is being pulled from the water column. Through state-of-the art technical advancements in the patented hydrophilic materials and processes used to manufacture the Poly-Filter, unique performance characteristics have been proven in the application of the media to aquarium filtration.

These include the following:

1. No particulate release.
2. No leachable or extractable monomers, ions (anions, cations), binders, or cross-linking agents.
3. No desorption upon saturation.
4. Linear absorption/adsorption chemical filtration properties.
5. True color changes indicating filter function and replacement timing, i.e., blue – copper; red = iron; green = free copper ions; brown = normal organic loading; and black = heavy organic loading.
6. Effective removal (absorption/adsorption) of low molecular weight organics, volatile organics, high molecular weight organics, and ultra-high molecular weight organics.
7. Effective performance under adverse conditions such as water conditioners and slime coat restorers.
8. Removal of chelated and non-chelated metal complexes.
9. Guaranteed quality control by the actual media manufacturer (Poly-Bio-Marine)

The final say from a Poly-Filter fan: A very technical and thorough product! What’s in it for us hobbyists? Plenty! Poly-Filter Pad material, when used accordingly, removes ALL traces of copper treatment. Continued use of kalkwasser leave lead behind. Poly-Filter Pad material get-the-lead-out! Phosphates? Not a problem. The use of Poly-Filter Pad material in high-flow areas work like carbon, only better. All heavy metals are attracted to the woven matrix of polymer threads and are held there… no leaching back into the solution!

What are the downsides you ask? I don’t know of any.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

After almost 2 years the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) has successfully bread endangered yellow seahorses. In February 2010 the juvenile seahorses reached 1 year old marking the end of the NOI’s experiments and documenting success.

“Successful life cycle experiments of yellow seahorse will help to facilitate the development of small scale aquaculture farms by seahorse fisherman, as a viable alternative to capturing wild seahorses”‘, scientists at NOI state.

The NOI web site states the Hippocampus kusa (bleeker, 1852) is found in the tropical Indo-Pacific. Their native habitat typically consist of shallow, shoreline waters with mangroves, sea grasses and other plant life. The yellow seahorses are currently traded in 77 countries for Chinese medicine as well as the more obvious fish industry. It is estimated that 25 million seahorses are traded annually.

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