Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Hagen Fluval E-Series Aquarium Heater

My heater was giving me inconsistent performance so I had to declare my old heater dead. ("Dun, dun, dun... Another one bites the dust...") I had used the heater for roughly three years, so it served me well. Goodbye old friend, there's just no room for error here.

After a short memorial, the search for a new heater started. I wanted something reliable and virtually trouble free. A heater is something you should not take for granted. You may be tempted to cut corners here, but this is something I would strongly caution against. Heaters are important for two reasons: they heat aquarium water to the proper temperature needed and they also keep the temperature STABLE. Stability (of temperature or any parameter) is very essential to any aquarium. Don't choose a heater lightly...

Couldn't wait to get home to take pictures
I decided on The Fluval E300. I had the opportunity to view the heater a few months back, and I was really impressed. The Fluval E-Series heaters are glass heaters encased in a plastic protective guard. The Fluval E-Series employs VueTECH technology, an advanced microprocessor with dual temperature sensors which continually monitor and display the aquarium water temperature. The heater comes calibrated from the factory so no adjustment is needed, and the thermal sensing technology is as precise as an external temperature probe! The heater is also very reliable as there are no moving parts to wear out.

Out of the Box
The digital LCD display changes color to indicate current temperature conditions. The display will read green when temperature is within -2/+2 °F of the set temperature, it will display red if temperature exceeds +2 °F, and it will display blue when water temperature is lower than 2 °F. There is no guessing when changing the temperature set point. The “Easy Set Temperature Lever” allows you to easily set the temperature with a flip of the lever. Hagen took the convenience of a temperature controller, and put it directly into the heater.

Digital LCD Display
Mounting the heater is simple. There are three (count them, THREE) suction cups included with the heater. They attach securely to the plastic housing of the heater, so they are nice and secure. The heater even includes a side-mounting bracket that attaches to the back of the unit and allows for install on side panels in aquariums when mounting to the back wall is not possible.

Mounting Options
Side Mounting Bracket
Hagen offers a five year manufacturer’s warranty against defects of workmanship under normal usage. The price for the Hagen Fluval E300 is affordable and offers many bells and whistles for a heater in that price range. Check out the Hagen Fluval E-Series Electronic Aquarium Heaters at! Until next time...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Product Review: EcoTech VorTech Battery Backup

Item Code: EM1711

  • 18 Amp-Hour 12-volt sealed battery
  • Powder-coated white aluminum housing
  • Dimensions: 9" x 7" x 3.25"
Product Contents:
  • Battery Backup
  • One page instructions with warranty on back
  • Power Adapter
  • Two VorTech cables
Useful Information:
  • Up to 20 hours with MP60w, 36 hours with MP40w, and 72 hours with MP10w
  • Able to daisy chain battery backups to double runtimes
  • Battery backup and charger should be plugged into the wall at all times (12 hours charge time)
  • Driver automatically switches from normal 24V to 12V when unplugged or loss of power
  • Fully discharging and recharging is NOT beneficial to the battery.
  • EcoTech recommends discharging the battery completely for testing purposes every 6 months
  • Per EcoTech, overall life of the battery depends on the number of discharges the unit has been cycled through, the age of the battery, and if maintained around 68-70 degrees F. Every time the unit is cycled, the life of the battery and its capacity is reduced.
  • EcoTech recommends that pumps used on the battery backup system should be placed high in the tank as possible to disrupt the surface of the water and improve water diffusion.
Original packaging for EcoTech Marine VorTech Battery Backup
Unboxing the Battery Backup. The unit comes well packaged.
Package contents include battery backup, power supply, and two driver cables. Two cables are included to power two VorTech pumps or daisy chain batteries
Simple installation: Connect power supply, and at least one driver cable. It doesn't matter which Output port is used.
Normal usage at 100% Pulse mode
Power to VorTechs shut off. Left driver automatically switches to battery backup mode by pulsing green. Power is reduced by 50%. Right driver is not connected to the backup battery and remains off.
Final thoughts:

The EcoTech Marine Vortech Battery Backup works directly as advertised. Installation took only minutes with plugging in the power supply and cable to the VorTech EcoSmart Driver. Most of the time was spent organizing the cables. The battery backup is a small investment to protect your livestock incase of temporary outages or emergencies.

EcoTech's instruction sheet mentions "In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in 4 to 10 hours". Having this peace of mind, especially with all time and money invested into any aquarium, makes the battery backup worth every penny.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New this Week, 5/23/11

AquaticLife T5 HO Fluorescent Bulbs
We just received some affordable new high output T5 bulb variations from AquaticLife including a 48" 54W Purple, 36" 39W Purple, 24" 24W Purple and a 18" 18W Marine 700+ 10000K. T5 HO bulbs should be replaced every 9-18 months, depending on usage. Score one of these high-quality bulbs today for $18.99 to $25.99 each.

Aqua Vision Aquatics Precision Integreat (Part A Calcium)
Precision Integrate Part A is a well-balanced supplement that is designed to raise and maintain calcium levels as well as enhance coral growth. This product contains 75,000 ppm (mg/L) of calcium and is one of the most concentrated two part products on the market today. Nearly every inhabitant of a marine reef aquarium uses calcium, including calcareous (coralline) algae, snails, crustaceans, corals and other invertebrates. Precision Integrate Part A does not contain polygluconates, lactates, phosphates or nitrates, which can cause unwanted algae, slime and bacterial growth. Precision Integrate Part A is made with high quality (USP Grade) chemicals, which ensures you will not be adding unwanted amounts of metals or organics to your aquarium. The 32 oz. size is available for $11.99 or buy more and save: get the larger 128oz. size for $19.99.

Aqua Vision Aquatics Precision Integreat (Part B Buffer)
Precision Integrate Part B is a well-balanced supplement that is designed to raise and maintain KH/alkalinity levels as well as enhance coral growth. This product contains 10,600 KH or 3,800 meq/L and is one of the most concentrated two part products on the market today. Carbonates (KH or alkalinity), along with Calcium, Strontium, and Magnesium are critical to coral growth. If KH/alkalinity is left unchecked or neglected, your aquarium’s chemistry will never truly be stable. Proper KH/alkalinity levels will promote coral and coralline algae growth and aid in stabilizing your pH. Obtaining optimal KH/alkalinity levels will also help promote strong immune systems for fish and invertebrates. Nearly every inhabitant of a marine reef aquarium uses calcium along with KH/alkalinity, including calcareous (coralline) algae, snails, crustaceans, corals and other invertebrates. Precision Integrate Part B does not contain polygluconates, lactates, phosphates or nitrates, which can cause unwanted algae, slime and bacterial growth. Precision Integrate Part B is made with high quality (USP Grade) chemicals, which ensures you will not be adding unwanted amounts of metals or organics to your aquarium. The 32 oz. size is available for $11.99 or buy more and save: get the larger 128oz. size for $19.99.

Orphek PR-25 (12 LEDs) Dimmable LED Pendants
The PR-25 is a PAR38 form factor bulb (screws into a normal light socket) The PR-25 LED pendant produces a similar amount of PUR (photosynthetically useable radiation) as does a 150w metal halide bulb, with excellent spread from 60 degree honeycomb optics. Containing 12 diodes running at 2 watts each and available in various color combinations, the PR-25 is an excellent, cost effective and efficient choice for nano and mid-sized aquariums. The PUR ratio is so high than ~50-60 PAR under the PR-25 is equal to ~150 PAR under a 14k halide bulb. Even better, the PR-25 is dimmable with a common household dimmer. Choose between the PR-25 6 Blue/6 White Pendant or the PR-25UV 6 Blue/4 White/2 UV Pendant (”20k” with UV for enhanced coral fluorescents), $239.99 apiece with free shipping.

Orphek PR-ML7 Dimmable 4 Blue/3 UV LED Pendant
The PR-ML7 is a PAR30 form factor bulb (screws into a normal light socket) The PR-ML7 LED pendant can be used as an actinic supplement to the popular PR-25 LEDs or as a standalone moonlight , with excellent spread from 60 degree honeycomb optics. Containing 7 diodes running at 2 watts each PR-ML7 is an excellent, cost effective and efficient choice for any size aquarium. The PR-ML7 is dimmable with a common household dimmer. The ability to dim makes the PR-ML7 perfect for any aquarium and the variety of mounting options available from any hardware store makes PAR30 form factor lighting very versatile! Available now for only $119.99.

Sicce Syncra Silent Multifunction Aquarium Pumps
Syncra Silent is a new range of energy-efficient aquarium pumps that are absolutely silent. Don't be fooled: these pumps are powerful and versatile. Ideal for fresh and saltwater aquariums, protein skimmers, indoor fountains, water-cooling and all submersible and in-line applications that require high-performance and total silence. Thanks to Sicce’s 35 years of experience, Syncra Silent are equipped with a synchronous motor and an advanced rotor which makes the pumps 100% silent. Available in 185, 251, 357, 568, 714, 660, 951 and 1,321 GPH variations. Prices range from $40.99 to $189.99 (free shipping on orders over $175).

Brillianize Glass and Acrylic Aquarium Cleaner/Polish with Circular Knit Microfiber Polishing Cloth
This kit includes everything you need to clean, protect and shine all hard, shiny surfaces. The unique cleaning fluid from Brillianize contains no alcohol or ammonia, so it's safe to use around children and pets! Brillianize leaves an anti-static, fingerprint-resistant finish so you don't have to clean as often. You can safely use Clean & Polish on acrylic, acrylite, glass, lexan, plexiglas, stainless, titanium and aquariums. The includes 1 x 8 oz. spray bottle, 1 x large high-capacity microfiber polishing cloth and 2 x Brillianize wet/dry Instant Detailers for only $14.99. Score a 40-pack of Brillianize's reusable polyester polishing cloths for $12.99. Beyond aquarium use you can also use them on cameras, lenses, LCD screens and even fine art frames.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New this Week, 5/18/11

Hydra Aquatics Retina I LED Fixture
The Hydra Aquatics Retina I LED light fixture is designed for frameless aquariums with up to 8mm glass. The 50 Watt light shines a 9500K full spectrum using a combination of 12 white and 8 blue Samsung LEDs. The light unit lifts up to allow for easy maintenance of your aquarium. The light enclosure is black corrosion-proof aluminum and measures 5.75" x 2.00" x 0.875". The unit weighs 1 lb 7 oz. and is available now for $99.99.

Orphek Power Reef 24" PR156W Black LED Light Fixture
Featuring new frosted 120 degree reflectors, 120 watt power consumption, 60 LEDs (70% white, 30% blue) and 8,000 total lumens (~18,000 LUX). This fixture is equivalent to a 250 watt MH/HPS light. Buy online today for $899.99 and receive free delivery.

ViaAqua Quartz Aquarium Heaters
ViaAqua Quartz aquarium heaters have a high-quality, break-resistant quartz glass construction and are available in a variety of sizes (choose from 50, 100, 200 and 300 watt models). These heaters are easy to setup and are full submersible in both fresh and saltwater aquarium systems. Suction cups secure the heater to the wall of your aquarium and there is a visible temperature setting so you can quickly check readings. Equip your tank with a ViaAqua Quartz heater today for $13.99 to $18.99.

ViaAqua Titanium Aquarium Heaters
ViaAqua Titanium aquarium heaters are available in 100, 150 or 200 watts and utilize the latest technology and electronic components. These titanium heaters boast external temperature controls, a stainless steel heat probe, water-proof double insulation and an indicator light for on-and-off cycles. These fully submersible heaters boast a compact design, work in fresh and saltwater applications and are backed by a 1-year manufacture warranty. Outfit your tank with one for only $29.39 to $35.99.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ecoxotic EcoPico: Plants & Parts

A week passed after filling my Ecoxotic EcoPico with reverse osmosis water and the tank was still cloudy. I was seriously regretting not rinsing the Seachem Flourite before putting the substrate inside my little tank.

My boss hooked me up with some plants and rocks he'd received from members of SCAPE (Southern California Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts), so I headed home for an exciting evening of aquascaping.

Unfortunately, I was met with immediate difficulty.

Using a long pair of tweezers with an angled tip, I meticulously inserted plant roots into the substrate with the dexterity of a surgeon. Yet, no matter how careful I was, I couldn't help disturbing the substrate. So much so that I could no longer see what I was doing. With plenty of RO water on standby, I decided to siphon out the the murky water so I could see what I was doing. I had no idea at the time if this was a wise maneuver, but I was determined to wake up tomorrow to a beautiful planted tank.

Now with the water essentially drained, I poked a few API Root Tabs into the Flourite. Although not initially a part of the plan—a colleague had given me them after I'd already filled the tank up—I seized the opportunity to fertilize the substrate. I pushed the tablets into the soil equal distance apart, basically everywhere but underneath the driftwood.

Here's what Root Tabs look like outside their blister pack.
Root Tabs are sold in blister packs, the pre-formed plastic packaging typically found in over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. The package stated the tabs contain essential nutrients for "vibrant growth," strong roots and hardy leaves and recommends adding new tablets each month for optimum growth. Sounded good to me, although I figured I'd see how the first month went before adding more.

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Root Tabs Aquarium Fertilizer
With the substrate now supercharged, I pressed two medium size gray rocks into the dirt. The craters carved into their surfaces gave them both character. I carefully poured some smaller rocks into the shape of a trail using a paper plate folded in half. Since my fingers are fat and clumsy, I used long angled tweezers to plant my greenery. Planting without water in the tank was easy—I just stuck the greens into the substrate and gave them a little twist.

Front view looking down

Left side close-up
With the plants now planted, it was time to refill the tank. I set a bucket of RO water on top of my entertainment center and siphoned water down to a water bottle inside the aquarium. I really wanted to prevent another dust storm, so I'd poked a hole inside a water bottle so that the water would enter the tank very slowly. I also had a back-up plan if the water remained cloudy: Kent Marine ProClear Freshwater Clarifier.

My back up plan

I planned to add fish to the aquarium in a couple of weeks, so I began shopping around for a heater.

I'd been pining after the Hagen Fluval E-Series, a feature-rich line of heaters with all the bells and whistles. Of course, space inside the EcoPico is limited, not to mention the fact that the space age looking Fluval E-Series would stick out like a sore thumb in the natural aquascape I was trying to create. Small heaters, I discovered, are pretty hard to come by. I eventually settled on a 50-Watt Hydor Theo heater that ended up fitting perfectly in the tank.

The 50W 7" Theo is among the smallest heaters on the market
Tank filled, Theo heater in place, cloudy/dusty water in effect.
Whether your tank is fresh or saltwater, there is one item that is indispensable: an algae magnet. I wanted something small I could keep inside the aquarium at all times, like I did with my saltwater tank. Based on favorable word-of-mouth here in the office, I chose the Two Little Fishies NanoMag.

NanoMag: Good things come in small packages
When I first opened the NanoMag, I'll admit, I was disappointed. The wet side is essentially a piece of foam with Velcro attached. It's only with repeat use can you appreciate how truly awesome the NanoMag is. The magnets are powerful, it easily scrubs away hard-to-reach muck plus it doesn't obstruct the view inside the tank from my favorite spot on the couch. I definitely recommend the NanoMag for small tanks. I can wedge this thing into tight spots next to the driftwood I wouldn't otherwise be able to reach. I wished I had one of these back when I had my reef going.

In my next post, we'll check my plant growth and go shopping for fish.

Read more about my EcoPico:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Product Review: AquaticLife 3700L High Head Submersible Pump vs Mag-Drive 9.5

Item Code: AK01025
Dimensions: 7.5" x 3.5" x 5.1"
Inlet / Outlet: 3/4" FPT, 3/4" MPT
Power Cord: 6.5 ft
Voltage: 120V, 60Hz
Watts: 82
Maximum Head Height: 12.3 ft

AquaticLife Marine Utility Pump 3700 (976 GPH)

Friday, May 13, 2011

ATI T5 HO Light Fixtures & Bulbs

ATI is a German company that develops high quality aquarium equipment, from protein skimmers to lighting. Their T5 fixtures and bulbs in particular are generating positive word-of-mouth, especially among reef aquarium hobbyists.

ATI light fixtures are special for a few reasons. An active cooling system helps to keep T5 bulbs within optimal temperature ranges. This results in a 15% performance increase in addition to keeping the onboard electronics cool and protected.

The light reflectors themselves are pretty extraordinary. ATI reflectors are made using the highest quality material on the market today. This reflective material is typically found only in high-tech information technology and consumer electronics products.

TFT, LCD and LED displays in mobile devices, notebook computers, computer monitors and television applications are a few examples of where this unique reflective material can be found. In contrast to run of the mill reflectors found in the aquarium hobby, ATI reports their silver-coated aluminum reflectors increase lighting efficiency over 10%.

The lights and reflectors are also splash-proof, protected by splash-resistant Plexiglass. Since the lights are so well protected, you can safely place them closer to the aquarium water's surface. This simple act boosts ATI lighting efficiency even further—another 15%.

Drop by our store to check out our selection of ATI T5 HO light fixtures and bulbs. If you are already running an ATI bulb or fixture, please write a product review on our website to share your experiences with other hobbyists.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Angry Birds arrive at Marine Depot

Angry Birds swarmed our customer service supervisor's desk this morning.

It seems a trio of evil pigs had taken over his desktop.

Actually, today is Jason's birthday. A colleague cooked up these fun cupcakes.

The cupcakes are vanilla cake. The birds and pigs are Rice Krispies with fondant icing.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Product Review: AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods

AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Live Aquacultured Copepods - 8oz
Item Code: GV00005

  • Small harpacticoid copepod
  • Lives on surfaces and swims in water column
  • Life stages: Egg (1), Nauplii (6), Copepodid (5), Adult (1)
  • Reproduction: sexual
  • Eggs are deposited in an egg sac attached to female genital segment
  • 10-70 eggs per egg sac
  • Nauplii width: 55-140 m wide
  • Adult length:0.70 -1.0 mm
  • Nauplii to egg producing age: 9-12 days
  • Life span: 15-20 days
  • Stocking densities: 0.25-1.5/mL
  • Stock into refugium for tank hygiene control and for background live feeds
  • Culture preferences
    • Lite to medium aeration
    • Temp 22-30C
    • Salinity 20-35ppt
    • Feed PhycoPure™ CopePod Blend™
AlgaGen ReefPods Tisbe Strain, 8oz bottle.

I seeded my aquarium with a bottle of the AlgaGen ReefPods with the Tisbe copepod strain. After seeing the clear bottles in every stock photo on the internet, I was a little surprised to see the green bottle when it had arrived. Rest assured, it is simply phytoplankton, a food source for the copepods. As long as there isn't a rotten egg smell, ReefPods are safe to add to the aquarium.
At the very bottom of the bottle contained a small amount of chaeto macro-algae. With my initial observation, it was very hard to see any movement in the bottle. It was not until I held the bottle in front of a light source that I saw some movement in the chaeto.


Please keep in mind that not all the AlgaGen ReefPods products come with the chaeto or phytoplankton. I have confirmed that the AlgaGen ReefPods Tangerine copepod strain comes in a clear bottle with no chaeto. While there may only be a few copepods visible to the naked eye, the bottles are filled with eggs.


I turned off my protein skimmer, return pump, and poured the contents into my sump. I kept my protein skimmer off for several hours, but turned the return pump on 20 minutes later. When I turned my protein skimmer back on later that evening, it immediately started frothing a thick heavy green foam. By the next morning, the entire skimmer cup was filled with a dark green skimmate as it removed the phytoplankton from the water column.

Follow up:

At first I was skeptical about the Reefpods product. I have to admit, after the first few days of pouring in the AlgaGen ReefPods, I was pretty disappointed that I saw no sign of copepods in my aquarium. Since my aquarium consisted of 100% dry base rock, I only seeded my aquarium with beneficial bacteria. I did not use any live rock, and I scrubbed every single snail shell with a toothbrush before adding them into my aquarium to avoid any hitchhikers.

I have no intentions of running a refugium, but I wanted to seed the rock with healthy copepods. It was not until exactly 8 days later that all my glass panels had become filled with copepods which all happened over night. I did not clean my glass panels in hopes that I would start seeing copepods.
A small amount of Chaeto at the bottom. Copepods can be seen crawling around the chaeto when held up in front of a light source. The green fluid is simply phytoplankton, nothing to be worried about.
AlgaGen clearly lists the expiration date on the bottle. The product expires 5 weeks after the harvest date, so you know you'll be receiving the freshest product. If the product arrives on the last week of the printed expiration date, just do the sniff test before adding to the aquarium. If it still smells fresh, it is safe to use even if there are no signs of life. These bottles are filled with copepod eggs. It is safe to dump the entire contents of the bottle into the aquarium. I even shook the bottle to get all the copepods and eggs suspended before application. With a good skimmer, it will pull out the phytoplankton from the water column without any issues.
Exactly 8 days later... Thousands of copepods had hatched in my aquarium. All the panels are filled with copepods as you can see with all the white specks on my glass.
While it is hard to tell from still photos, as I focused my eyes on the white speckles in the aquarium, I can see all of them moving. My wrasse and blenny are having a blast picking at these copepods.
Final Thoughts:

While initially I thought I had wasted my money, this product actually works. Patience is key. Every inch of the aquarium is filled with Tisbe copepods. I will probably seed my aquarium with various other strains to get a good bio-diversity in the aquarium. I highly recommend this product for any hobbyists trying to seed their aquarium or refugium.

Visit the entire product line at Marine Depot here: AlgaGen ReefPods

New this Week, 5/9/11

Orphek 24" Power Reef PR156W White LED Fixture
Featuring new frosted 120 degree reflectors, 120 watt power consumption, 60 LEDs (70% white, 30% blue) and 8,000 total lumens (~18,000 LUX). This fixture is equivalent to a 250 watt MH/HPS light. Buy online today for $849.99 and receive free delivery.

Sunlight Supply EcoPlus Aquarium Chillers
EcoPlus Chillers are ideal for fresh and saltwater aquarium systems. Each model includes a high performance titanium heat exchanger for optimum performance and corrosion resistance. The high quality compressor is extremely efficient and reliable. A micro computer with digital LCD display allows for easy operation. The 1/10 HP EcoPlus is available for $449.99 and the 1/4 HP version is $559.99, both include free delivery.

Sunlight Supply EcoPlus Commercial-Grade Aquarium Chillers
EcoPlus Commercial-Grade Chillers are ideal for fresh and saltwater aquarium systems. Each model includes a high performance titanium heat exchanger for optimum performance and corrosion resistance. The high quality Japanse engineered compressor is extremely efficient and reliable. A heavy-duty galvanized steel housing is powdercoated for a durable finish. The chillers can be easily cofigured using the included digital LCD display. The included temperature controller (with 30 foot cord) will allow you to monitor and adjust your chiller settings from a remote location. Auto restart with temperature memory is triggered in the event of power failure. Operates using environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant. Three models to choose from, $979.99 to $1579.99 each.

JBJ Oceanstream Powerheads + Duo Wavemaker Kit
The new JBJ Oceanstream powerheads that recently debuted on our website are now available as a kit that includes JBJ's own Ocean Pulse Duo Wavemaker. Oceanstream pumps are equipped with magnetic holders, articulating pivot balls and PaddleDisc impellers that product random, circular currents that won't harm corals. Choose between 2 x 500 GPH pumps (for smaller tanks) or 2 x 1600 GPH pumps (for tanks up to 100 gallons) for your fresh or saltwater tank. Hook up the included Duo wavemaker to replicate the natural alternating rhythms of tides and currents. Buy your own JBJ wavemaking kit today for $76.99 to $99.99.

Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplight
We got to play with a sample of these LED strips back in March (see blog post) and were impressed by their sturdy quality, quiet operation and squint-educing brightness. Today we are pleased to report we have 5 colors to choose from in 4 sizes. Linkable Pro Striplights are available in 8000K Sun White LED, 12000K Diamond White, 12K/453nm Blue, Marine Fusion 12K/453nm Blue and Deepwater Blue 453nm. Choose from 12", 24", 36" and 48" strips. Each LED strip includes 6" linking cables, swivel brackets and mounting hardware. The 24V 60 Watt power supply ($49.99) is sold separately. Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplights are available for $79.99 to $223.99 each. Spend over $175 to receive free delivery.

Reef Octopus Extreme XS160 Protein Skimmer
This Extreme XS skimmer is rated for aquariums up to 160 gallons and is powered by a high-performance Italian Sicce pump. The skimmer has a gate valve output which allows for more adjustment of the skimmer compared to ball valves and the old wedge pipe. The onboard Sicce PSK600 pump features a star wheel impeller and digital circuit to control startup direction and speed with ultra-low noise and huge air draw numbers. The collection cup has a quick release neck for easy removal for cleaning. It requires 1/2 inch of clearance to remove the cup. The XS160 is available now for $299.99 with free delivery.

Mr. Aqua Aquariums w/ Cabinet Stands
The best-selling line of Mr. Aqua aquariums just got better. Now you purchase 7.5, 12, 25, 33.6, 48 or 60 gallon Mr. Aqua tanks with custom-built hardwood elm cabinet stands. Each stand is meticulously crafted to align perfectly with the clean lines of Mr. Aqua aquarium systems. Each cabinet stand is sanded smooth and flat packed with all the hardware needed for assembly. An adjustable shelf is included to safely store your gear. All cabinet stands are finish-ready so you can stain and seal the cabinet any way you choose to best match your style and decor. Mr. Aqua tank/stand combos are available for $219.99 to $599.99 each.

Aqueon Water Changer & Accessories
Make routine water changes and vacuuming gravel easy and efficient. The Aquarium Water Changer was designed to help eliminate the potential for messy spills and transporting heavy buckets of water. Simply attach the water flow assembly to the faucet using the included multi-connection faucet adapter and turn on the faucet. From $4.99.