Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New this Week, 4/28/09

Aqua Medic Gravel Cleaner Set
This quality-constructed gravel vacuum is fitted with an adjustable elbow so that it can reach under rock formations or into caves. The gravel cleaner head can be removed and replaced with a cleaning brush for dealing with detritus or rock work. In either case the detritus is flushed away by attaching a hose, which can then go to waste or to a canister filter for water return. Water flow is adjustable using the built-in tap.

San Francisco Bay Brand Seaweed Salad Green
Seaweed Salad is a delicious treat for marine and freshwater herbivores. This
natural dried seaweed is far more nutritious than spinach or lettuce. Recommended for all freshwater algae eaters, African cichlids, silver dollars, sharks and all saltwater damsels, clownfish, angels and tangs.

Current USA Solana XL 60 Gallon Aquarium w/ 250W HQI SunPod & Modern Black Stand
Combining the latest innovations in aquatic technology with a simple, fashionable design, the Solana features frameless beveled glass panels, integrated bio-filtration and a black background. The Solana isn't simply an aquarium: it is a bea
utiful piece of aquatic furniture, destined to be the centerpiece of any room and appeal to everyone in the family.

Current USA Solana XL 67 Gallon Aquarium w/ 2 x 250W HQI SunPod & Modern Black Stand
Each Solana XL includes 3-panel High Clarity Aquarium, o
verflow box with plumbing, wood frame trim kit w/hinged glass tops, furniture grade modern black stand, glass sump, micron bag filter assembly, 200 micron filter bag, Quiet One return pump, auto top-off system, filter compartment lighting, hanging arm kit, and Sunpod HQI metal halide lighting system. Some assembly required.

Ruby Reef Rally
Reef Safe Rally is a copper free water treatment. Use for any tropical or marine aquarium with harmful bacteria, flukes, or oodinia (marine velvet) Safe for plants and invertebrates. R
emove all carbon, turn off protein skimmer and U.V. sterilizer.

Ruby Reef Hydroplex
HydroPlex is a water treatment for control of bacteria, external parasite and fungi and algae. A great dip for new livestock and plants.

AquaEuroUSA Mighty Pro CL Series Aquarium Chillers
AquaEuroUSA's titanium chillers feature state-of-the-art cooling technology for freshwater and saltwater aquariums. Measures 8.25" x 10" x 7" with a 1/2" inlet/outlet, 85 watt chilling capacity and 40-80 GPH flow rate. Low noise, titanium heat exchanger and digital display for precise temperature contr
ol. Removable, easy-to-clean filter, integrated dual-stage termostat and heater control power outlet (heater not included). Choose from the CL-85 and CL-150.

AquaEuroUSA Mighty Pro 1/10 HP Aquarium Chiller For Tanks Up To 80 Gallons
AquaEuroUSA's titanium chillers feature state-of-the-art cooling technology for freshwater and saltwater aquariums. Measures
10" x 11" x 14" with a 1/2" & 5/8" inlet/outlet, 1485 BTU and 120-720 GPH flow rate. Low noise, titanium heat exchanger and digital display for precise temperature control. Removable, easy-to-clean filter, integrated dual-stage termostat and heater control power outlet (heater not included). Energy saving, environmentally friendly and easy to set up and operate.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Q&A with Keith, 4/27/09


I bought the
130 Red Sea Max. It has live sand, rock and I am almost done cycling it. I want to stock a variety of corals, fish and tank cleaners. What should I add first? Is there a particular order I should follow?

There are differences of opinion in the reef aquarium hobby about the best way to begin stocking a tank. Some add fish and inverts (cleaners) first and corals later. Others prefer starting with inverts before adding corals and fish. And then are those who do not subscribe to either philosophy and will add whichever animals suit them.

Is one way better than another? This is a difficult question to answer directly since all can work.

The most important thing you need to do is just take things slow. It is all too common for novice aquarists (and even those who are more experienced) to become overzealous and add animals too quickly. In fact, certain species only thrive in mature aquarium systems, like anemones and SPS corals (Acropora, for example). Other more tolerant coral species like mushrooms and leathers can do fine in a less mature system. Please take a few minutes and check out The Building of a Reef (tank) thread by Eric Borneman in the MarineDepot.com forums. It digs deeper into questions about tank maturity and I believe you'll find the information useful.

My personal preference is to allow a new aquarium to cycle with live rock and sand for two months. Once the parameters have stabilized and I have a little algae growth, I add a few inverts, like snails, and a couple of hardy fish. I do not use "starter" fish, like damsels. Instead, I choose a couple of the hardier fish from the stocking plan I created while the tank was cycling. I may or may not also include a hardy coral at this time.

Over the course of the next few months, I observe, test and add more animals from my stocking plan (corals, inverts and fish).

We've got a ton of articles on stocking a reef tank so we encourage you to peruse through them at your leisure. They should help you get where you want to go.

And, of course, if there is anything more we can help you with, please let us know!

If you would like to ask Keith a question, click here.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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New this Week, 4/22/09

(PRE-ORDER) Ecotech Marine VorTech MP10 Propeller Pump
Designed especially for nano-reef aquariums, the MP10 from EcoTech Marine is a small yet powerful pump. The MP10 is ideal for tanks from 2.5 to 50 gallons tanks. Creates gentle flows of 500 to 1,575 gallons per hour, helping the tanks feel more like the ocean. The MP10 shares the same award-winning technology as the MP40w and lets you take full control of the flow. With all the electrical components outside the aquarium and a variety of easy-to-program modes, the VorTech is the safest, most versatile pump on the market.

ELOS Coral Integrators Pack
With the ever improving use of powerful filtration (protein skimmers), high intensity lighting systems (HID, T5, LED) and powerful water movement the modern reef aquarium can now handle a more diverse range of animal life and this range of animals needs the proper nourishment in order to thrive. The Elos line of Coral Integrators consist of three products; Pro Skimmer Coral Nourishment SPS Food (EO2181), Omega Amino Acid Coral Food (EO2191), and SvC Zooplankton Coral Food for Filter Feeders (EO2171).

Elos System Water Level Osmocontroller 2
Using a sophisticated micro processe
d controlled system, the Elos Osmocontroller will ensure that no water will spill during the refill process, damaging the floor, cabinets or house furniture. Ready for mounting, the Osmocontroller is supplied with: a sensor, glass housing, control unit, enclosed power supply and a low voltage pump. The Osmocontroller will compensate the smallest amount of evaporated water and will automatically start the pump when the float switch is opened for at least 5 seconds, preventing undesired false starts.

Prodibio Reef Booster Nano - 12 Vials
Booster Nano is a mix of nutritive supplements, finely micronized and enriched with essential fatty acids (Omega-3). It was specifically developed to grow invertebrates that feed mostly, or partially, on micro-plankton, including the corals with symbiotic algae (Zooxanthellae), which require a micro-plankton supplement. Reef Booster Nano is a supplement that fully nourishes the Corals and Live Rock within your Nano-Reef biotope. Usage: 1 Vail for 40 Liters (10 gals) once a week.

Prodibio AlkaReef+ - 10 vials
pH is an essential parameter to monitor because important variations of its level are harmful to reef aquarium inhabitants. In this environment, carbonate and hydrogen carbonate ions are responsible for the biggest part of the global alkalinity. Their buffer capacity also contributes to reduce the unwanted pH variations. But carbonate and hydrogen carbonate are also used by calcifying organisms such as corals and coralline algae, in order to build their rigid structures. Consequently, it is crucial to regularly add these ions in a reef aquarium. AlkaReef+ contains carbonate ions in order to maintain your tank`s alkalinity to its optimum. It works best with CalciReef+, a calcium hydro-gel that slowly liberates hydrogen carbonate ions in the water. AlkaReef+ is gluconate free.

Prodibio CalciReef+ - 10 vials
Marine organisms like corals and calcifying algae use calcium and carbonates to synthesize their rigid structures. These algae also have important requirements in magnesium, an element inhibiting the precipitation of calcium in the form of insoluble calcium carbonate, thus allowing higher calcium concentrations in the water. The carbonate and hydrogen carbonate ions are responsible for the major part of global alkalinity, and their buffer capacity reduces pH variations, harmful for aquariums. As a result, it is important to compensate for the consumption of these elements by regular additions. This is why CalciReef+ provides calcium and magnesium. It also progressively liberates, under the action of BioDigest`s bacteria, hydrogen carbonate ions from the acetate in the calcium hydro-gel. This gradually regenerates part of the lost alkalinity of your aquarium.

ZEOvit ZEOmag Magnesium Granulate - 1kg
ZEOmag is a pure
magnesium granulate to be used in calcium reactors (5-15% of total media volume) to maintain magnesium levels. Magnesium is easily added without chloride and without disturbing the ionic balance in your tank. Granulate size 6-12 mm.

ZEOvit Zeolite Reactor Media - 1 Liter
consists of three different sized untreated and all natural Zeoliths of highest quality. For best results it should be used in a filter. If used in combination with ZEObak and ZEOfood, ZEOvit will safely remove nitrate and phosphate from the aquarium. With patience and over time the water quality in your tank will reach nearly natural levels. This will result in natural colors and growth rates.

ZEOVit Activated Carbon - 1 Liter
Place in sump or other high flow area to absorb poisonous and remove yellowing compounds from the water. 1 liter will effectively treat 250 gallons.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We've Teamed with Nano-Reef.com for their 8th Birthday Giveaway!

Nano-Reef.com turns eight years old today and to celebrate the big event we've teamed up to give away some great presents! Three lucky winners have the chance to win some awesome aquarium equipment, including one of our favorite lighting fixtures, the Current USA Nova Extreme Pro, and the brand-new VorTech MP10 from EcoTech Marine.

Prize Details

  • First Prize: Current USA 20" Nova Extreme Pro 6x18W T5HO Light Fixture - More Info
  • Second Prize: Ecotech Marine VorTech MP10 Propeller Pump* - More Info
  • Third Prize: MarineDepot.com Aquarium Refractometer - More Info
All prize winners also receive a MarineDepot.com gift pack with shirts, pens, mugs and more!
*Note: The EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 is currently in production, and will ship to the winner once available.
How To Enter

To enter the prize drawing, simply post a comment in this thread. Since it's in honor of Nano-Reef.com's birthday, post a fun Nano-Reef.com memory, a little adulation or whatever else you like!

Giveaway Rules

You may only enter the drawing only once!
If you enter more than once, you'll automatically be disqualified. If you want to chat to the folks at Nano-Reef.com, please use their Anniversary Thread.

The drawing is open to
United States residents only.

Three winners will be chosen randomly from among the entries on June 1st, 2009. Prizes will be given out in the order that names are drawn.

Entries can be submitted until May 31st, 2009, 11:59 PM PST

Good luck everyone!

Monday, April 20, 2009


Deal of the Week

ELOS Coral Integrators Pack
The Elos line of Coral Integrators consist of three products; Pro Skimmer Coral Nourishment SPS Food (EO2181), Omega Am
ino Acid Coral Food (EO2191), and SvC Zooplankton Coral Food for Filter Feeders (EO2171).

Individually these products cost $79.97. The Deal of the Week price for the whole pack is only $59.97 ...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Q&A with Keith, 4/17/09

Is it true that the United States government is discussing a ban on wild imported animals, including marine or saltwater fish?

There is presently a bill on the table some are hoping will pass, although this is nothing new as similar bills have been proposed many times in the past. Of course, if this bill were to pass, it would send shock waves that ripple throughout the pet industry. For people who sell livestock (from reptiles and birds to fish), the import of many animal species would cease entirely. The result would be the closure of many businesses and that ripple effect would impact thousands of pet owners and stores.

Here is the jist of the bill (from a posting by the president of the Connecticut Area Reef Society on a message board):

The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H.R. 669). This bill is looking to completely revamp how nonnative species are handled under The Lacy Act.

HR 669 substantially complicates that process by compelling the Service to produce two lists after conducting a risk assessment for each nonnative wildlife species to determine if it is likely to “cause economic or environmental harm or harm to other animal species’ health or human health.” In order to be placed on the “Approved List” it must be established that the species has not, or is not likely, to cause “harm” anywhere in the US . Species that are considered potentially harmful would be placed on an “Unapproved List.” Furthermore, H.R. 669 would essentially ban all species that do not appear on the Approved List, regardless of whether or not they have ever been petitioned for listing or are sufficiently well studied to enable a listing determination.

Species not appearing on the “Approved List” could not be imported into the United States ; therefore, all unapproved nonnative species could not be moved interstate. In addition, trade in all such unlisted species would come to a halt – possession would be limited and all breeding would cease. Unless those species are included on the approved list import, export, transport, and breeding would be prohibited. Exceptions are limited and would not be available to pet owners across the nation

Nonnative species in the pet trade encompass virtually every bird, reptile, fish, coral and a number of mammals (e.g., hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets) commonly kept as pets. How would you like not being able to find a Purple Tang at your local store - or even worse, not be able to sell the one you have.

H.R. 669 would employ a 2-step process of a Preliminary and a Final Approved List along with the Services having to promulgate regulations not only to deal with creation of the lists but also regulating all aspects of this rather complex bill. The Service would have to complete major portions of the list and regulation process within 24 months of passage. Imagine how the Service will be able to conduct the required risk assessment outlined in HR 669 within these time frames when it takes on average 4 years for the Service to find a species harmful under the current Lacey Act. The bill sets up the under-resourced Service for failure and numerous lawsuits by activist groups.

A HEARING has been scheduled for April 23 and your local pet stores need to be heard loud and clear prior to the hearing. I encourage everyone to contact your local Representative and tell them "NO to H.R. 669".

You can find your representatives by going to
List of House Reps . Type your zip code plus the 4 digit number after your zip code if you are not sure who represents you in your area.

Please visit
PIJAC frequently for more information.

Will this bill pass? Most pet stores and pet owners do not feel it will, but by contacting your local representative, you can help assure it doesn't.

If there is anything else we can answer for you, just let us know.

If you would like to ask Keith a question, click here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Introducing the EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10

The EcoTech Marine VorTech MP10 Propeller Pump is arguably the most anticipated aquarium product to be released in 2009.

We were fortunate enough to see the pump in action at the Marine Aquarium Expo and it certainly seems to be living up to the hype. Feature-rich, elegantly designed, affordable and, finally, the perfect size for nano reefers.

Since we're receiving so many questions about this product, we thought a blog post was in order to talk a little more about it and let you know precisely when it will be in stock.

EcoTech originally informed us they'd be shipping us the new MP10 in late spring, but now we're looking at more of an early summer release ... approximately mid-June.

Since these pumps are expected to sell out quickly, we are already accepting pre-orders. If you're interested in reserving an MP10 today for $194.99 with free shipping, click here and place your order and we'll send you your very own as soon as they arrive. We will not charge your card until the pumps are physically here in our warehouse and we begin processing your order. Pre-ordering basically just gives you a place near the front of the line, so to speak.

What's so great about the MP10?

Well, for starters, it is the first EcoTech pump in the VorTech line that is specifically designed for nano reef aquariums. It is ideal for aquariums from 2.5 to 50 gallons and creates gentle flows of 500 to 1,575 gallons per hour, helping the tank to feel and move more like the ocean.

The motor is outside of the aquarium, meaning the VorTech may be positioned where it will be least visible. A magnetic couple transmits motion through your aquarium glass and, at the same time, clamps the assembly against your tank. All the electrical components are outside the aquarium and a variety of easy-to-program modes allow you to take full control of your aquarium's water flow.

Let's take a look closer look at the operational modes of the MP10:

  • Feed Mode - Slows down your pump for 10 minutes to allow you to feed your aquarium.
  • Constant Speed Mode - The pump runs at a constant speed you set based on your aquarium’s specific needs.
  • Reef Crest Mode - Automatically simulates the high-energy conditions of a natural reef crest environment.
  • Lagoon Mode - Automatically simulates a calmer, lagoon reef environment.
  • Short Pulse Mode - Allows for wave pulse timings between 0.3 and two seconds, enabling the creation of FAST alternating flow throughout the tank.
  • Long Pulse Mode - Allows for wave pulse timings of between two seconds and 60 seconds, enabling the creation of slow alternating flow throughout the tank.
  • Night Mode - Enables the pump to operate for 14 hours in whichever mode is selected for the day and go back to Night Mode for 10 hours. Master pumps will tell their slaves to go into Night Mode as well.
  • Pump Disconnect - Automatically shuts down the system if the wet and dry sides become separated.
The VorTech MP10 offers the smallest in-tank footprint of any pump capable of moving 1,575 gallons per hour. Here is a full breakdown of the pump's specs:
  • Flow: 500 to 1575 gph
  • Wattage: 8 to 18 watts
  • Maximum Tank Thickness: 3/8″
  • Appropriate Tank Size Range: 2.5 to 50 gal
  • Dimensions: Wet Side- 2.5″ diameter by 1.5″ long, Dry Side - 2.5″ diameter by 2″ long
  • Clearance Needed Behind Aquarium: 2.25"
To watch videos of VorTech pumps in action, click here. For more information about the MP10, visit EcoTech Marine's website, check out this brochure or simply leave your comments below and we'll answer your questions here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

New this Week, 4/13/09

JBJ TrueTemp Digital Heater Controller
JBJ's TrueTemp is a precise and accurate digital heater controller featuring plus/minus 0.5F accuracy, 0-99.9F temperature range, high & low temperature alerts, an easy calibration feature, quick-disconnect temperature probe, up to 1000-watt capacity (heaters) and an advanced microprocessor.

Frag-a-Saurus Racks
Making their debut at the 2009 Marine Aquarium Expo, Frag-a-Saurus Racks make it easy to display and/or separate coral frags safely and securely. Keep your aquarium and sand bed clutter-free by utilizing one or more of four available racks. Frag-a-Saurus Racks are easy to mount or re-position by using the included suction cups and do not need to be cured before use as they will never leach harmful chemicals into your fragile saltwater environment. Frag-a-Saurus Racks are made of a polished, high-quality black acrylic and are easy to clean and built to last. The Raptor holds one frag and case be placed just about anywhere, while the Sabre model tucks into a corner and can hold up to nine coral frag tees/plugs. The Stega design has a cylindrical-shape reminiscent of the chambers of a revolver, giving it a cool look and space to hold up to 7 coral frags. The largest size, the Bronto, is a rectangle shape and holds up to 15 frags. Although Frag-a-Saurus Racks accommodate most popular frag tees/plugs, there are
6- and 12-pack tees specifically designed for them available only at MarineDepot.com.

Vertex Metal Halide/ HQI Electronic Ballast
Vertex electronic ballasts for metal halide lamps are available in 175, 250 and 400 watts. 120V/230V input voltage, 50/60 Hz i
nput frequency, >0.99 power factor and 14 - 120 degree F operating temperature. Visit our website for more specific information about each model.

Sunlight Supply Galaxy 150W Electronic Ballast
The Sunlight Supply Galaxy 150 watt electronic ballast features exclusive Smart Volt™ technology, operating on
either 120 and 240 volts. A 6-foot 120-volt power cord is included and an optional 240-volt cord is available sold separately. This extremely energy efficient ballast operates silently in an anodized, extruded aluminum housing and is compatible with all Reef Optix® & Sun System® reflectors.

Sunlight Supply Galaxy Dual 150W Electronic Ballast
The Sunlight Supply Galaxy Dual 150 watt electronic ballast features exclusive Smart Volt™ technology, operating on either 120 and 240 volts. A 6-foot 120-volt power cord is
included and an optional 240-volt cord is available sold separately. This extremely energy efficient ballast operates silently in an anodized, extruded aluminum housing and is compatible with all Reef Optix® & Sun System® reflectors. Run two pulse-start or mogul-based & double-ended metal halide lamps.

AquaticLife 150W HID 700+ Lamp
Marine 700+ Lamps feature a mix of Phosphors to produce a bright white 10,000 Kelvin light. The high PAR value increases t
he ability of corals to photosynthesize.

Deal of the Week

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Q&A with Keith, 4/10/09

What type of medicine would you use to treat
ich in a mixed and/or nano aquarium? Can Melafix be used in a tank with anemones, starfish and coral? Are there "maintenance" medications you can use for typical stuff?


There are a few medications considered "reef safe" for
ich, although they generally are not as effective as non-reef safe medications. Two examples of reef safe ich medications are Kordon's Herbal Ich Attack and Ruby Reef Kick Ich.

Although there are reef safe
Melafix medications, there are also more effective medications for treating ich. Plus Melafix can cause excessive foaming, so if you're running a protein skimmer, it could generate some serious foam. Prazipro is not reef safe and may actually kill worms beneficial to your aquarium.

Some hobbyists have reported that reef safe medications are less effective. Some have even stated they are harmful to reef inhabitants, despite the "reef safe" label. So your best best is to treat fish illness in a separate quarantine (or "hospital") tank. Quarantine tanks (QT) can be relatively inexpensive to setup. They'll also save you time and money in the long run, allowing you to treat your fish with stronger medication and eliminating the
inherent risk of using medicine that wasn't meant for the corals and inverts in your reef tank.

MarineDepot.com Forum has a section dedicated to Disease, Health and Wellness, hosted by Kelly Jedlicki. Kelly pinned useful FAQ/topics at the top of the section chock full of great information on medications and treatment.

As far as "maintenance medicines," I wouldn't suggest
preventive dosings of medications since you could create the reverse effect and allow diseases to build a tolerance to the medicine.

I recommend instead using food supplements like
garlic or Selcon. Building up your fishes' immunity will go a long way in preventing disease outbreaks. In addition, maintaining optimal water quality in your aquarium will also help to reduce stressors within the tank.

If you would like to ask Keith a question, click here.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

National Geographic's Ocean Now

National Geographic's Ocean Now is an exploration, research, and conservation project that aims to find, survey, and help protect the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. By carefully studying how marine ecosystems work without human interference, we can learn how to help healthy reefs thrive, help unhealthy reefs recover, and better preserve the ocean, which covers more than two-thirds of our planet.

In 2005 and 2007, Dr. Enric Sala and a team of scientists traveled to the Northern Line Islands in the North Pacific. There, the crew discovered a marine world that science never knew existed—one that hadn't yet been explored and damaged by humans: with an ecosystem little changed from its condition hundreds of years ago.

"We started at an island with 10,000 people and very degraded marine life," Sala explains. "We continued to an island with 2,500 people, then to one with ten people, and finally to one with zero people and a virtually intact ecosystem. It was a trip back in time, from degraded to pristine."