Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MACNA XXI: Event Coupons

If you were lucky enough to visit
MACNA XXI this year, you may have also scored some exclusive event coupons Reef Gently was handing out to attendees on our behalf.

All four (4) coupons are only redeemable for a limited time. Until this Friday, October 2, to be exact.

While I am not permitted to share all of the coupons with you (they are exclusive, you know!) ... our purchasing department is allowing me to share a couple of them.

So act now ... you've only got until Friday!

20% off Boston Aqua Farms Soft and Stony Coral Propagation Kits
Enter Coupon Code BAFKIT20 during checkout. Expires 10/02/09!

20% off ALL Prodibio Aquarium Care Products
Enter Coupon Code PRODIB20 during checkout. Expires 10/02/09!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New this Week, 9/29/09

H20 Life Nanno One Reef Phytoplankton
Available in 5 and 10 oz. packages, H2O Life's Nanno One Reef Phytoplankton cont
ains ONLY Nannochlorpsis, "the hardiest and toughest survivor of all marine phytoplankton." Phytoplankton can survive up to six months in each package. Excellent nutrition for all filter feeders. Use to feed zooplankton and other reef organisms (copepods will thrive!). Cleansed of excess nutrients, no preservatives and tested contaminant/pathogen free. Phytoplankton is cultured in fresh Altantic Ocean water, ozonated, charcoal-filtered and UV sterilized. "Spout Pouch" stores flat for maximum gas-exchange and easy agitation movement.

H20 Life Nanno Nine Reef Blend Phytoplankton
Available in 5 and 10 oz. packages, H2O Life's Nanno Nine Reef Blend Phytoplankton contains nine species of brown and gre
en phytoplankton, diatoms and zooxanthellae... the most complete phytoplankton combination ever! Nanno Nine provides a size range and nutritional value unavailable until now. Formula includes Zooxanthellae to support healthy corals and inverts. Use to feed zooplankton and other reef organisms (copepods will thrive!). Cleansed of excess nutrients, no preservatives and tested contaminant/pathogen free. Phytoplankton is cultured in fresh Altantic Ocean water, ozonated, charcoal-filtered and UV sterilized. "Spout Pouch" stores flat for maximum gas-exchange and easy agitation movement.

JBJ 13 Watt In-Tank Submariner UV Sterilizer/Clarifier
JBJ's in-tank UV sterilizer is a proactive solution for eradicating harmful micro-organisms and unattractive green free-floating algae in fresh and saltwater aquariums. This revolutionary UV sterilizer/clarifier is completely submersible and may be placed in the main body of the aquarium or
positioned horizontally in a sump for a clutter free set-up. The unit utilizes a UV-C compact fluorescent lamp that is encapsulated in JBJ's unique air-tight quartz sleeve allowing for a 99% transmission rate to efficiently neutralize disease causing pathogens. Includes an integrated pump with an adjustable swivel spout and large mechanical pre-filter sponge.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Deal of the Week, 9/28/09

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MACNA XXI: Day 3 Update

MACNA XXI closed on a very strong note and was crammed full of great speakers. MD Forums Moderator Anthony Calfo started the day off nice and early at 8:00am with a talk on coral propagation and how to make it profitable. He took questions from the audience to help make his talk more interactive and like most of his talks it went over his time allotment. So Anthony was kind enough to allow whomever wanted to to join him out in the hall to answer more of their questions. While Anthony fielded more questions in the hall, Charles Delbeek spoke about the 200,000 Uber Sexy tank he was helping put together in San Francisco. It was a very interesting talk as Charles show the progress of the tank along with the problems and sucesses they were having along the way. When Charles's talk was done, Anthony was still fielding questions in the hall.

Following the two morning talks were three more workshops in the exhibit hall which allowed everyone to once again visit the vendor booths. After two more mid-morning talks the afternoon ended with a HUGE raffle which took close to 2 hours to complete. My luck in winning the first day unfortunately didn't carry over to Sunday, so it looks like I will have to not only buy a Reef Keeper Controller on my own but will also have to shop around for that new flat screen TV as well.

I have started to download my pictures and will post some pictures on the MD Forums as well as here later this afternoon. If you missed this years MACNA, my pictures won't do it justice. The NJ Reef Club did a great job putting this show together.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

MACNA XXI: Day 2 Update

Day two at MACNA was a full day of speakers, trade show, raffles and workshops starting at 8:00 am. The day started off for me with attending a talk by author Scott Michael speaking on Wrasses. The talk was very interesting and since I had never heard Scott talk in the past I was excited to see him for the first time. Scott kept the crowd interested (even with the early time of 8:00am and the late night many had) with a great talk, great sensor of humor mixed in and some stunning pictures of wrasses.

After Scott's talk I took in some more of the trade show speaking with manufacturers, fellow hobbyists and looking over the huge amount of items in the raffle. At 11:00
Bob Fenner took the stage to speak on the good and bad hitchhikers we get in our reef tanks. If you have never had the chance to hear Bob speak, you are missing out. His talks are always entertaining and educational at the same time. You will walk away smiling while learning something at the same time. Following Bob's talk Lindsey Kayal from Seachem spoke on Bryopsis (aka hair algae). They are working on a product to help kill Bryopsis in our reef tanks that is safe for all other inhabitants in the tank.

Marine Depot Forums Moderator, Kelly Jedlicki, held a workshop about tube feeding fish. It was a very interesting workshop and Kelly even allowed people to give it a try themselves. Kelly does have information about this in her forum, so if you have a fish that refuses to eat and you need some help check out her forum. Kelly's talk normally is a 45-60 minute talk, but with the workshop she had to do this talk three times in ~50 minutes to allow people to attend all three workshops that were occuring at the same time. This allowed people to shift from one workshop to the next within the 1 hour time frame set up for the workshop. Kelly did a great job of giving us the condensed version of her talk.

There were more talks and workshops throughout the day including talks by Joe Yaiullo and Martin Moe. The day ended with the Banquet with speaker Richie Kohler speaking about the book Shadow Divers. The Orlando fish club also gave a sneak peak at their plans for MACNA 2010.

The NJ club did something a little different from past shows that I enjoyed. They had a raffle Friday night (I missed that one), one Saturday night (a laptop computer was the "big" prized of that lot) and Sunday they have a final raffle with a ton of great prizes. For Sunday's raffle the big prizes include a 52" flat screen TV, a 180 gallon reef ready tank/stand with a 72" light fixture and Marco Rocks rocks and finally a 300 gallon (I think, it is around 72x36x24) tank/stand with Marineland supplies (MH fixture, salt, test kits, etc...). None of these raffle items will fit in my car, so I will have to stick with the smaller items in the raffle. I did have a little luck with Saturday's raffle walking away with Scott Michael's Book Wrasses and Parrotfish as well as some
ESV B-ionic.

Looking forward to the final day starting off with a talk by another
Marine Depot Forums Moderator Anthony Calfo as well as more talks from Charles Delbeek, Steven Pro, Matthew Wittenrich and a couple of others.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to download my pictures and share the experience with everyone who unfortunately couldn't make it. Start making plans for 2010 MACNA in Orlando, I know I will be.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

MACNA XXI: Day 1 Update

Day one came to an end around 10 pm last night.

The day kicked off at noon with a talk by Julian Sprung and concluded with a 7 pm reception. The day was full of great talks from some of the biggest names in the hobby, including MD Forum Moderator Frank Marini closing the day with a talk on fish breeding (which has inspired me to once again start breeding Bangaii Cardinals).

There are tons of manufacturer booths and hobbyists all coming together to talk reef.
MD Forum Moderator Steven Pro also gave a presentation Friday afternoon entitled "Propagation as a Business: From Frag Tank to Full Facility." Unfortunately, I was not able to make it (sorry, Steven!).

Today (Saturday) will begin with a talk from Scott Michael at 8:00 am and the lectures keep rolling all day long. I am looking forward to
MD forum moderator Kelly Jedliki's presentation at 1:00 pm.

I have taken quite a few pictures and will start posting some of them here on Sunday/Monday with more in the
MD Forums.

Check back soon for more!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Meet Algaeus, the algae-powered hybrid car

And you thought algae was

The Algaeus, pictured above, is the first street-ready and legal car to cross the country using a blend of algae-based gasoline. It is based on a 2008 Toyota Prius that has been given an added battery pack, a plug and an advanced energy management system. The PHEV (plug in electric hybrid) gets 150 miles per gallon. Additionally, this gasoline blend is a complete drop-in replacement to fossil gasoline. The engine of the Algaeus has not been modified.

The fuel contains a mixture of hydrocarbons refined directly from algae-based Green Crude and fossil fuels to afford a higher octane gasoline.

Sapphire Energy to learn more about the Algaeus.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MACNA XXI: What you need to know


20+ speakers, 100+ vendors and 1000+ attendees


MACNA XXI, the 2009 Marine Aquarium Conference of North America


September 25-27, 2009


Atlantic City, NJ at the Atlantic City Convention Center (


If you are a hobbyist or are interested in keeping saltwater fish and corals, this event is not to be missed. Speakers include Forum moderators Anthony Calfo, Eric Borneman, Steven Pro, Kelly Jedlicki, Dr. Frank Marini and many others. Mingle with industry folk, press and aquarists from around the globe to discuss refugiums, overflowboxes, lighting techniques, filtration, water flow, buffers, reactors and more.


Hosted by the
New Jersey Reefers Club with the help of some great sponsors.

For more in-depth information (like what will be raffled off and the entire list of speakers), visit the official
MACNA XXI website. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door.

Don't forget to stop by the
Reef Gently booth to pick up a catalog and some exclusive MACNA XXI coupons redeemable at our online store for a limited time.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Deal of the Week, 9/21/09

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Q&A with Keith, 9/18/09

I have a reef tank and anemones have begun growing on the rocks. They look nice but I have been told I should get rid of them. I bought an aiptasia remover but have not used it yet. Should I? I'm hoping you can shed some light on the subject.

Without seeing a photograph, it is difficult to determine if you have what are regarded as pests in reef aquaria, namely aiptasia and/or majano anemones. I am including a couple of pictures (click them to enlarge) within this post
to help you ID the anemones so you can formulate your plan of attack. The photo on the right shows aiptasia anemones; the photo on the left is of a majano. Their exact colors may vary. Aiptasia may appear more clear (hence the term "glass anemones"); majanos could be brown like the accompanying photo or green, like this photo on Melev's Reef.

You have a few options for dealing with aiptasia:

  1. Use a natural predator. Introduce an animal that feeds on aiptasia, like a peppermint shrimp, berghia nudibranch or copperbanded butterflyfish. Of the three, the peppermint shrimp is (generally speaking) your best option for a couple of reasons. First, they aren't expensive ($5-$10 each). Second, they are hardy and will usually eat other types of food once the aiptasia are gone. Berghia nudibranches only eat aiptasia so once the aiptasia are gone, you will either need to find the animal(s) a new home (with aiptasia) or buy rocks with aiptasia on them for feeding. Copperbanded butterflyfish tend to be sensitive and many times won't eat prepared foods.
  2. Use boiling water. Marc (aka Melev) Levenson describes this technique on his website, Melev's Reef: "My system was to boil some RO water (rather than tap water), and suck this up into a syringe. Injecting each majano with boiling water allowed me to scrape them off one by one with a dental tool. Some were siphoned out with thin flexible tubing."
  3. Use a chemical solution. Another option is using one of the many aiptasia control solutions available on our website. They are all applied in pretty much the same fashion—squirt/inject liquid into or on top of the anemone—although their ingredients vary. I have used Joe's Juice in the past with great success; Red Sea's Aiptasia-X, while newer to the market, has been very well-received by users (both products have more than 80 customer reviews on our website).
If you do have aiptasia or majano anemones, you should be proactive about their removal. They multiply quickly and will encroach upon your corals, stinging and possibly killing them.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Marine Depot Coupons: Catalog Coupons for 09/09

20% off AquaticLife CO2 Regulator with Integrated Solenoid Valve - Coupon Code AKS99531

20% off ALL UV Lighting T5 - Coupon Code UFS99128

10% off Current USA Internal SubCurrent Filter + FREE Filter Media - Coupon Code CUS99429

10% off JBJ True Temp Heater Controller - Coupon Code JBS99332

New this Week, 9/15/09

Don't forget to check out our weekly specials!

Eheim Professional 3 External Filter w/ Digital Heater Control (Freshwater Only)
This aquariu
m canister filter combines power and efficiency with a professional-grade system that is loaded with safety features. The Eheim Pro III Thermo Filter 2180 features a built-in 500 watt heater. Its advanced electronic system accurately measures and maintains water temperature and displays it on the large LCD screen.

Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Module RKM-SL2
The RKM-SL2 is the newest System Lab module from Digital Aquatics. It's a big leap forward with fully (and individually,) isolated ph and salinity ports. On top of that, the Digital Aquati
cs salinity probe is equipped with full digital temperature compensation built in! This make it easy to calibrate and ideal for testing a variety of tanks. Whether you're mixing for a water change, monitoring your main system, checking up on a quarantine or frag tank the SL2 with conductivity probe will report a true and accurate value!

Digital Aquatics Salinity Probe
The Digital Aquatics conductivity probe's new robust design allows for good water flow past the electrode and is easy to clean. The updated design will last years if properly cleaned and
cared for. Each salinity probe is equipped with the ability to provide full temperature compensation for superior monitoring over a range of applications. Click here to view Digital Aquatics' new Salinity Probe Calibration Solution.

Kent Marine Salt Creep Eliminator 8oz
Kent Marine's Salt Creep Eliminator is a non-toxic solution to protect your valuable equipment from rust, corrosion and other forms of
salt damage. Uses trusted Coralife formula to block corrosion and inhibitors and inhibit salt adhesion. Safe around live aquarium environments.

Kent Marine Acrylic & Glass Cleaner / Polisher 8oz
Kent Marine's Acrylic/Glass Cleaner-Polisher is a non-toxic anti-static formula that makes your glass or acrylic aquarium sparkle
. Uses trusted Coralife formula to add a protective layer that repels water spots, fingerprints and dust. Environmentally safe and harmless to tank inhabitants.

Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 550
Two Little Fishies' Phosban Reactor 150 is a staple amongst most aquarists who keep SPS corals. So much so that you often see Phosban used interchangeably with the term GFO or Granular Ferric Oxide. To meet the demand of larger tanks and reduce the
number of Phosban Reactors needed, TLF has created the Phosban 550 reactor for aquariums up to 600 gallons. It can be mounted hanging on the back of the aquarium or below the aquarium. Includes ball valve for regulating flow, and flexible connection fittings that rotate 180 degrees to allow a perfect custom fit to your installation.

Coralife Aqualight Dual Lamp High Output Fixture
Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Fixtures provide significantly more light than conventional fluorescent systems. High Output T5 lighting is an excellent choice for saltwater, r
eef or freshwater tropical aquariums. The unit includes adjustable mounting legs, a low profile design, 10,0000K daylight and actinic blue lamps, single power cord, built-in on/off switch and acrylic splash guard. Available in 24”, 30”, 36” and 48” sizes.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Deal of the Week

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Friday, September 11, 2009

New Product Alert: Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 550

Have trouble finding a media reactor large enough to accommodate that mammoth tank of yours? Today is your lucky day.

Two Little Fishies just released the
Phosban 550, a larger version of the best-selling 150 model. While the 150 certainly received rave reviews from customers, it was only designed for aquariums up to 150 gallons. Not sure why TLF opted for the 550 handle, but the new model actually accommodates tanks up to 600 gallons.

Set one up with phosban as a phosphate remover or utilize one of the many different carbon medias we offer. A pump is not included (hey, it’s only $62.99, what’d you expect?), however, since the 550 is outfitted with ½ inch fittings, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety to feed this monster.

The 550 includes a ball valve to keep the flow in the 100-200 gallon per hour range. You can fix a maximum of 750 grams of phosban media in the reaction chamber as long as it is under the 8 inch media height restriction within the chamber. Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 550 includes a tank hanger for hang-on back (HOB) applications, although you can also install it in-line, in-sump or above the tank as well.

For more information,
visit our website or contact us today.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

New this Week, 9/8/09

Mr. Aqua MA-87 UV 9W Internal Sterilizer
The Aquarium Internal UV-Light Sterilizer is the latest technology in aquatic water treatment. The process is harmless
to both freshwater and saltwater plants, animals, and invertebrates . The Phillips UV-C bulb is sealed to allow 100% complete water contact and provide the best treatment against bacteria, germs and other little nasty creatures.

Eheim Compact+ Pump
The new EHEIM Compact+ Pump series for use in, or out of water is available with three different controllable outputs: 265-528, 396-792 and 660-1320 gph. They are suitable for use in aquariums, keeping and rearing tanks where reliable and powerful water conveyance, circulation or flow is required.

Seachem Metronidazole 5g (Saltwater)
Metronidazole is an effective and safe treatment for several protozoan and anaerobic bacterial diseases of fish (Cryptocaryon, Hexamita, Ichthyophthirius). It does not adversely affect the filter bed and is easily removed with carbon. There is little danger of overdosing. Usual dose is 125 mg/10 gall

Monday, September 07, 2009

Deal of the Week

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Friday, September 04, 2009

The More You Know: 10 Helpful Marine Aquarium Articles

Subscribers to our free email newsletter get the first look at new products, sales, coupons, previews of our catalog, event announcements and more.

One of the greatest benefitsand the reason so many people sign-up for our newsletteris that you're privy to all the hobby-related articles we write each year. We merchandise each newsletter according to the topic of the articlesay, water flow, for instanceand then create as many deals as we can on related products. In the water flow example, that would include pumps, powerheads and wavemakers.

Oh, did I mention next week's article is on water flow?

Anyway, while I do encouarge you to
sign-up for our newsletter, the purpose of this post is to tell you that you don't have to in order to enjoy all the great, helpful content we produce. We make all of the articles we write available to any visitor to our site via our Knowledgebase.

If you're not currently signed up for our mailing list and are curious what helpful how-to's you might have missed in 2009, fear not! I've compiled some of our best work for your reading pleasure:

  1. Comparing Reef Aquarium Test Kits
  2. Aquarium Automation
  3. Time for a Change: Replacing your Reef Tank Bulbs
  4. A Beginner's Guide to Fragging Coral
  5. Keeping Your Aquarium Cool
  6. Large Marine Carnivores in the Home Aquarium
  7. Reactors and the Reef Aquarium
  8. The Science of Protein Skimmers
  9. Reef Aquarium Maintenance Checklist
  10. Emergency Preparedness