Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Top Aquarium Products for July 29, 2008

Berlin Sump Filter Sock

Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This sock is amazing! I have it on my down tube running into my refugium. I am amazed how much organic matter it collects an
d it eliminated micro bubbles! I have to clean the sock out every two days it works so well. It doesn't affect my AquaC EV-120 skimmer either. I'm thinking about buying another one to stop the micro bubbles from my skimmer as well. I highly recommend this product.

Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 150

Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Works Great!
I set up a bank of 3 of these on my reef tank, for Phosban, Carbon, and an "auxillary." They work great no matter what media I put in them. Sharp looking product, and easy to
get into and maintain.

Boyd Chemi-pure 10 oz.

Average Customer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Great Product
by hartsafire
I love this product! My water perimeters are pristine. After putting Chemi-pure in my filter sy
stem , I saw the difference within 24 hrs. I would strongly recomend this to anyone.

Algae Free Sure Grip 50 Magnetic Powerhead Holder

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5

Hold on tight by BILL FLETCHER
Say "GOOD-BYE" to suction cups, these magnets are just fantastic. I am using them on 4 modified Maxi-jet 1200's in my 180 gallon Reef Tank and after
2 months--NO SLIPPING. This is the ONLY way to go.

AZ-NO3 Nitrate Eliminator 240mL

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

Nitrate Eliminator by STEVE LOHR
I've always had a problem with keeping my nitrates down in my 100 gallon salt tank. I know I probably overfeed, but . . . I've tried the nitrate sponges, and other products but nothing worked. My wife recently had surgery so I couldn't keep after my tank too well. Nitrates climbed to around 80. Since beginning to use the AZ-NO3, my nitrates have been consistantly no more that 15 - 20. It's the best nitrate reducer I've found. Only reason I'm reviewing it is I signed on to order another bottle!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rare Albino White Dolphin

A rare albino white dolphin was recently seen swimming alongside a charter boat off the coast of Dana Point, CA. Thanks to a camera-toting passenger and courtesy of YouTube, the world gets to share in this rare phenomenon.

Not much is known about the albino common dolphin; the scientific community belives the same genes that cause albinic traits in humans also occurs in some dolphins.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Download Aquarium Maintenance Software

Our friends over at Aquarists Online posted an article yesterday entitled Aquarium Software To Assist You With Your Aquarium Maintenance.

That pretty much sums up the post, so no need to regurgitate Pete's helpful info. Suffice to say he puts a nice little list together.

He also notes that some are free and some are not, so I'll probably start with the freebies.

I hadn't seen a list like this elsewhere, so thanks to Aquarists Online for putting it together.

Flesh-eating fish give pedicures

Owners of Yvonne Hair and Nails in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington DC, estimate 5,000 customers have so far tried the unorthodox treatment, in which customers immerse their feet in warm water filled with tiny, voracious carp.

The toothless fish, termed garra rufa but known as “doctor fish”, nibble away at dead skin while leaving healthy flesh untouched, providing what advocates say is a natural alternative to potentially unsanitary razors, clippers or pumice stones.

John Ho, who owns the salon with wife Yvonne, said he was initially sceptical about offering the technique, which is popular in spas in Turkey, where the fish come from, as well as parts of Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

”I know people were a little intimidated at first,” he told the Associated Press. “But I just said, 'Let's give it a shot.' “

But customers flocked to try the treatment and as word spread the salon's Dr Fish Massage was featured on local radio and Tyra Banks' television talk show.

Tracy Roberts, 33, described it as “the best pedicure I ever had” and said it marked “the first time somebody got rid of my calluses completely.”

After the fish have spent up to 30 minutes chewing away hard skin - there are about 100 to every tank - customers receive a standard pedicure.

A similar treatment was featured in an episode of Ugly Betty last year when Wilhelmina Slater, played by Vanessa Williams, had a pedicure that included soaking her feet in water full of fish.

Mr Ho, who spent 40,000 dollars setting up the pedicures, is hoping to extend the service to eventually offer full-body treatments that could treat skin conditions such as psoriasis.

For some ticklish customers, however, the sensation can almost prove too much.

”It didn't go as smoothly as planned,” writes Yvonne customer Maeghan Leigh, describing on her blog how she clutched pillows to stifle her “hysterical laughing”.

”Seriously, those little guys on your toes is the most outrageous ridiculous feeling in the world, meaning lots of “eeeeeeeeeeeeeee” squeals,” she writes. “In the end though, I would definitely go back for more because my tootsies are smoother than a baby's bottom."

Source: Google News

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Shark Week on Discovery Channel

Is it that time again already?

Next week marks the return of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

Beginning July 27th and running until August 2nd, you can catch a ton of cool shark-themed programming on everyone's favorite channel for science, technology and history.

OK, so maybe the History Channel is better for history. And the Science Channel for, um, science.

But what these channels don't have, folks, is the 21st annual Shark Week! This year's salute to sharks kicks off on Sunday with a MythBusters: Shark Special where Adam and Jamie build a 16-foot robo-shark.

I'll be looking forward to Survivorman's Les Stroud teaching me how to weather a shark attack.

You know what I'd really like to see, though?

Instead of Man vs. Wild, I'd like to see Bear Grylls vs. Les Stroud in some sort of "survive-off" to see who fairs better (no help from the crew, Bear!).

Click here
to view the full Shark Week schedule.

Top Aquarium Products for July 22, 2008

Poly Filter 4 x 8

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

Very Nice
by Wally
This stuff is great. It really does what it says and leaves water sparkling clean. In my area the same poly filter goes for 17.00 bucks in local pet stores. Great bargain at Marine Depot.

Two Little Fishies Phosban Phosphate Removal Media 150g

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

No phosphate, heavy feeding
by raray Best at zeroing phosphate levels, especially since I overfeed too many fish to keep them fat & healthy. 75g SPS reef with 16 fish; I also use carbon & macroalgae to take out the crap - fish & coral really growing...

CaribSea Purple Up Coralline Algae Accelerator 16oz

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

ibSea Purple Up by DENISE MCLEAN
After curing my rocks, I already had good coralline algae. Quality rock always pays for itself in the long run. My calcium etc... and a few other elements were low though. Purple up immediately raised those levels up. I was stunned it worked
so fast. So if you need this for the coralline, fine. You also have the bonus of raising your levels at the same time.

Red Sea Aiptasia-X 2oz (60mL)

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

We have a 90gal at my job that has an infestation ofaiptasia. I have used some of the other removal products with very little success. Aiptasia-X has been the best so far.I like the ease of application. You just spread it on and not have to inject the product.I also like that the needle locks on to the syringe. This stuff really works well especially on the small aipta
sia. I found that on the larger ones like with nickle size heads a second application took care of them. I think that this is one of if not the best Aiptasia Eliminator out there. Thanks RED SEA

E.S.V. B-Ionic 2-Part Calcium Buffer 2-gal Concentrate (each bottle = 1-gal)

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

As Advertised
by patcous
I started using this product about a month ago after it was recommended to me by a friend. It has maintained my 90 gallon reef tank's calcium level and alkalinity level perfectly. I have been keeping salt water tanks for over 20 years and reef tanks for about 12 of those and I have never used a product that keeps calcium and alkalinity levels high as consistently as this. The only draw back is that you do have to add it to your tank every day, but the results are well worth the effort.

Monday, July 21, 2008

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Top Aquarium Products for July 8, 2008

Joes Juice Aiptasia Eliminator - 20 mL

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

Amazing and safe
by collins
"I didn
't know that the cool critters that appeared in my tank were actually nasty. A very small amount of Joe's Juice melted the Aiptasia in seconds and left surrounding coral alone. Great product."

Hydor Koralia Nano (Mini) Pump/Powerhead - 240gph

Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

best for nano tanks!!
"the hydor koralia works great in my 12 g sw tank... the moment i turned it on.. my clownfish started acting more lively... hydor is powerful yet so gentle on fish and is a quiet pump too."

Tom Aquatics Aqua Lifter Dosing Pump

Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Great Product
by Nathan
"This is a very simple and straightforward product to use, is quite effective in what it does, and is remarkably quiet. Once it got hooked up and running, it became virtually silent. I highly recommend it's use for overflows and am very satisfied."

Marine Depot Aquarium Refractometer

Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Refractometer Perfect by Aimiel
"This tool is accurate, easy to calibrate, easier to use, clean and store in it's well-designed case. I would strongly recommend one to anyone with a SW aquarium."

Current USA 48" Outer Orbit 2x250w 10K HQI-MH w/ 4x54W T5 HO & 18 Lunar Lights

Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

great light
"Been up and running for 6 months now and working good. no problems and looks great. I did change the bulbs out to phoenix 14k bulb and looks better, but thats my personal preference. Good product."

Monday, July 07, 2008

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

20" Current USA 6x18W Nova Extreme Pro T5 HO 3-10k/3-460nm Actinics

Wow, this is one highly-anticipated light fixture. If you follow Ike's Blog, you may have already seen a sneak-preview of this light in action.

Well, good news, folks: we've got it. And for a great price to boot!

Perfect for nano aquariums, the
Nova Extreme Pro features fan-cooled aluminum housing, independent controls for dawn/dusk applications, individually contoured reflectors for increased light output, splash lens and docking mounts.

For the month of July, we've teamed up with
Current USA to present a one-time, special introductory price on this highly-sought after aquarium light fixture.

Pick one up now for only $299.99 and enjoy free shipping. I'm sorry, I meant

Keep in mind this deal won't last. The regular price is $329.99, so enjoy the $30 savings while you can!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The ABC’s of Filtration at the Aquarium

Our friends over at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA recently posted an article about the "ABC's of Filtration at the Aquarium."

Amazing how it's really not much different than what we do at home, albeit on a much larger scale.

As Staci, a mammalogy volunteer and Aquarium staff member, so succinctly put it: "Whether you’re maintaining an exhibit that holds 200 gallons or 200,000 gallons, filtration is an integral part of any successful man-made marine habitat."

The ABC’s of Filtration at the Aquarium ...