Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New this Week, 8/24/10

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Ultralife Reef Aiptasia & Majano Remover
The latest development for the removal of Aiptasia & Majano Anemones. Ultralife, thru years of research and experimentation, has developed a 100% All Natural, simple and effective solution to treat these anemones. This product is Reef safe, fast, effective and will not alter your water chemistry. Simply apply solution to top of the anemone (no injection required) and watch the results. 3ml Syringe included. Simply the Best.

Mr. Aqua CO2 Glass Blown Bubble Counters and Diffusers
Bubble counters are used to count the CO2 bubbles dispensed in planted aquariums. Mr. Aqua brand bubble counters have a compact design, durable construction and can be easily cleaned. Mr. Aqua brand diffusers are built using fine ceramic to dispense CO2 in mist form.

Brightwell Aquatics Katalyst Bioreactive Filtration Media
Bioactive filtration media, providing an ideal colonization substrate and a suitable source of organic carbon to beneficial microbes responsible for uptake of nitrate and phosphate. Helps decrease latent organic material, and hence nitrate and phosphate concentrations, in aquaria, greatly simplifying and improving nutrient control relative to methods based solely upon using vodka or other alcohol/sugar solutions as organic carbon sources.

Brightwell Aquatics SpongExcel
Ionic silica supplement for increasing growth rates of sponges and gastropods. Using 1 drop per gallon of water increases ionic silica concentration by ~0.20 ppm. May be employed in silica-limited systems stocked with sponges to improve water quality by increasing the rate of natural latent organic material uptake by these organisms. May be used to increase the rate of sponge growth in marine systems housing spongivorous fishes such as marine angelfishes, butterflyfishes, and their allies, providing them with greater access to their natural foods. Formulated by a marine scientist.

AquaticLife 3300L High Head Submersible Pump
Designed with marine filtration applications in mind, each of these six high-head Submersible Pump models features a special intake shield that allows the pumps to operate in low water levels. In addition, the power cords exit the top of the pumps, allowing for easy placement in a sump.

AquaMaxx Cone 3 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
AquaMaxx protein skimmers are computer engineered, precision-cut and made of polished cell-cast acrylic. Fine-tune wet or dry foam production using the Quick-Adjust Valve. The included Sicce skimmer pump has been upgraded with a special needlewheel impeller to shred incoming air bubbles into micro bubbles for better performance. ShockMaxx rubber feet dramatically reduce noise and vibration. A built-in bubble plate decareases chamber turbulence and improves efficiency. A removable, low-clearance collection cup makes cleaning easy. Includes a drain fitting for hobbyists who want to setup a separate reservoir for skimmate.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wanted: Photographs of your Aquarium

We would like to feature MarineDepot.com customer aquariums in a picture slideshow October 23 and 24 at

We featured our customers’ aquariums on a large flat screen display inside our booth last year and it was a big hit! Hobbyists at the event were treated to some inspirational aquascapes while they perused our booth and customers who’d sent us their tank pics enjoyed coming by to see their hard work featured at the show (we credit you on any slides featuring your aquarium).

This year we have a huge corner booth and are working hard to make this event our biggest and best ever. Please help us make it happen! We plan to place the display even higher this year so we can really catch the eyes of passersby.

If you’d like your aquarium to be featured in our sideshow,
please send us the following by October 10:

  • Your Name
  • Your City and State
  • Type of Tank: Reef, FO, Freshwater, etc.
  • Tank Size (in gallons)
  • Your best high-resolution aquarium photos
We also reserve the right to use your aquarium photographs in future marketing efforts (like in the display art for an e-newsletter, for example). Thank you for allowing us to share your awesomeness!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Manufacturer Rebate: 50% off EcoSmart Driver Upgrades Through September

Received the following notice from EcoTech on Monday. My bad for not posting it sooner; it's been a busy week!

Have you been waiting to add that 2nd VorTech pump to your system?

If so, we have some good news. Purchase a new MP40w ES or MP10w ES and we will upgrade one of your existing drivers to EcoSmart at 50% off.

To qualify for the discount, simply:
  1. Purchase a new MP40w ES or MP10w ES from a retailer near you.
  2. Purchase a driver upgrade kit from our parts store.
  3. Fill out the rebate form found here.
  4. Mail us a copy of your receipts and the rebate form per the instructions on the form.
  5. EcoTech Marine mails a check directly to you.
Upgrades apply to the following models: MP40 to MP40w ES, MP40w to MP40w ES, MP20 to MP40w ES, MP10 to MP10w ES, or MP10 ES to MP10w ES.

Visit ecotechmarine.com for news, information, product descriptions, customer images and more.
If you're wondering how, exactly, to perform the upgrade, EcoTech's got you covered in this YouTube video:

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Staffer Scores Scaly Sidekick

We like fish. We also like corals. Inverts? Big fans.

Our love of animals stretches far and wide, beyond what can be kept between the glass (or acrylic) walls of an aquarium. We even opened up a sister-site, PetStore.com, so we could begin catering to all the other animals in our lives.

Jason, our customer service supervisor, is no exception. In fact, he may be one of our more pet-centric employees.

Maybe you know Jason. He regularly answers your telephone calls and emails, although his main role is to ensure your order is processed smoothly and that you are 100% satisfied with our services.

Like most of our staff, Jason has a saltwater tank at home. When asked how large, he sheepishly replies "only 90 gallons." But Jason has, shall we say, a few more pets than just those living inside his reef. His pond is home to two koi and several turtles, including a slider, painted, cooter and map. Jason also counts two Jungle Carpet Pythons and a Western Hognose snake as members of his family.

The most recent addition, the fellow you see crawling on the cover of our latest catalog, is an Argentine Black and White Tegu.

"I've always loved fish and reptiles," Jason explains. "Although I've cut back the past few years by consolidating tanks inside my pet room. Yes, I have a pet room. Once you are bitten by the pet bug, it always comes back at sometime or another."

A few months back, the bug bit Jason once again.

"I was online 'window shopping' for reptiles, nothing out of the ordinary, when I stumbled upon monitor and tegu lizards. Soon I was pining for a Salvator Monitor because it had gained a reputation for being very tame despite its intimidating size."

After more serious consideration, caring for and feeding a lizard that will eventually grow somewhere between 6 and 10 feet long no longer seemed like a good idea.

"I narrowed it down to a Savannah Monitor or a tegu," Jason recalls.

Because Savannahs are considered a "beginner" monitor, Jason hadn't initially considered one as a pet. Additional research revealed they are not only fascinating but affordable, two criteria that weigh heavily in Jason's decision-making.

"I did more research and found Columbian Tegus as low as $40 on the Internet," Jason shares. "I had no idea what the differences were between tegus at that point, other than cost. Argentines were $100 and up."

Tegu owners praised the Argentine's size, appearance and tameness in online message boards. Most owners recommended buying from breeder Bobby Hill of Vanyard Herp, widely considered the best breeder of the species in the United States. Hill also owns and moderates TeguTalk.com, an online forum where Jason acquired most of the information he needed to make a final decision.

"By the end of May, I was hooked," Jason confesses. "I contacted Bobby and reserved an Argentine Black and White Tegu. I paid a deposit for an egg that hatched in July and arrived here yesterday. Now the adventure begins!"