Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New this Week, 7/26/11


The EcoPico aquarium system features 6mm rimless glass, a discreet internal filter with pump, a beveled glass top with mounting clips, a beautiful (and upgradeable!) LED lighting arm and step-by-step instructions to get you started. For a limited time, you can purchase an EcoPico and score a RENA 50-watt SmartHeater for 50% off. SmartHeaters and made with high quality, unbreakable plastic that meets UL standards. They are safe to touch even when heating and are energy-efficient. Get this combo for only $117.99.
Oceanic BioCubes can be setup as fresh or saltwater aquariums. The built-in filtration system has dual filter intakes to keep surface and mid-water clean. Replaceable 2-stage (mechanical and chemical) filter cartridges make filter maintenance a snap. A bio-ball wet/dry filter is used for biological filtration and helps to improve gas exchange. Includes pumps, Coralife compact fluorescent lighting, dual cooling fans built into the hood, blue lunar LEDs and much more. Individual power cords can be connected to a timer to automate your lighting schedule. For a limited-time, you can purchase a 14 gallon ($219.99) or 29 gallon ($319.99) BioCube and receive free shipping and a free full-color hardback copy of Anthony Calfo's Book Of Coral Propagation Vol. 1 Edition 2.
Hydra Aquatics glass aquarium thermometers are designed to hang on to the walls of rimless glass tanks between 3 and 8mm thick. These elegantly crafted glass thermometers are reliable, easy to read and measure temperatures ranging from 30 to 100 degress Fahrenheit. Hydra Aquatics thermometers hang securely and can be easily moved or placed discreetly in a corner. The minimal design allows aquarium keepers to place the thermometers inside their tanks without obstructing views. These affordable thermometers are ideal for hobbyists who prefer a natural, “less is more” approach. Suitable for fresh or saltwater aquarium systems. Both sizes (5mm max width glass and 8mm max width glass) are available now for $14.99 apiece.
Dissekt-Rite created one of our best-selling coral fragging kits for reefers and have now introduced an aquascaping tool kit designed for freshwater planted tank hobbyists. This handsome kit will arrive to you in a 12" zippered black case filled with everything you need for planted tank maintenance. Use the 1 x 11" Spatula for smoothing substrate, the 1 x 11" Curved Tweezers for planting, the 1 x 11" Straight Tweezers for grabbing plant-eating snails, and the 2 pairs of 1 x 11" scissors (one Straight, one curved) for pruning your underwater garden. Get the kit today for only $29.99.
The latest addition to the Frag-a-Saurus line of coral fragging products comes XL coral tee plugs. These tees have a hole in the center to easiliy mount your coral and have been designed to accomodate rubberbands as an alternative to glue (although glue works, too!). No curing is required as these UV-resistant polypropylene tees will not leach harmful chemicals into your reef. Despite the new XL size, the tees fit perfectly into egg crates or Frag-a-Saurus' own Frag Racks. Score a 12-pack of XL's for only $5.99.
The Lunar Simulator Module (LSM) allows the AquaController to control and vary the intensity to a 2 to 5 LED module for a realistic moon cycle simulation. The moonrise and set times follow the true lunar cycle. High intensity LEDs with a wide angle lense (100+ degrees) provide the best possible coverage. The AquaController dims the LEDs in phase with the true lunar cycle. Up to 240 AquaBus modules can be added to the Apex system. Plug and Play unit is automatically recognized when installed into the system. Two AquaBus connectors for flexible expansion via AquaBus. LED Status Indicator, upgradeable firmware and compatible with all Apex systems. Includes with 3' AquaBus cable. Avaiable with 2, 3, 4 or 5 LEDs for $79.95 to $109.95.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New this Week, 7/20/11

Two Little Fishies Bactiv8 NPX contains cultured naturally occurring marine heterotrophic microbes that aid biological filtration in marine aquariums. Use Bactiv8 NPX to enhance nitrification, denitrification and to promote the decomposition of organic waste in heavily-stocked aquariums. Bactiv8 NPX also rapidly establishes the biological assimilation and export of nitrate and phosphate when used with Two Little Fishies NPX Bioplastics and protein skimming. Available in two sizes from $7.49.
Ruby Reef Kick-Ick & Rally Combo Pack
Reef Safe Kick-Ich is a water treatment for the control of ich (a.k.a. "whitespot disease") in marine and freshwater aquaria. It has been scientifically formulated to eliminate the free swimming, infectious stage of the ich life cycle while being safe for all freshwater and marine aquaria. 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. Available in 3 sizes from $18.99.

Sunlight Supply Tek Wave T5 VHO 48" 4x95W Light Fixture
The Tek Wave from Sunlight Supply features true 95 watt VHO lamps, a silent convenction cooling system and a sleek, efficient rust-proof design. The polycarbonate lens has been improved, the endcaps and ballast have been meticulously designed and the fixture can be mounted or suspended. The Tek Wave only runs Aqualux 95 watt T5 lamps but you'll have 4 stunning bulb choices available to you: actinic, ocean blue, ocean white and ocean day. The fixture is available now for $399.99 and includes free shipping. The sold separately bulbs are available for $27.99 each.

AquaticLife Expert Builder Press-Fit 1/4 Inch Tubing Parts Kit
This "Expert Builder" kit from AquaticLife is perfect for the DIY enthusiast. It includes a wide variety of fittings to customize the set-up of reverse osmosis (RO) and reverse osmosis/deionizing systems. The 61-piece kit features a wide variety of popular plumbing fittings used by aquarium hobbyists. An assortment of MPT elbow check valves, elbows, MPT elbows, tee fittings, MPT tee fittings, MPT fittings, hose bibs, valves and bulkheads are all included. Best practices for connecting tubing are listed on the front label—on back is a handy key of what all the parts along with AquaticLife's contact info if you have questions. You can purchase the set today for only $84.99.

AquaticLife 4-Stage 200GPD RO/DI Professional Water Purification System
The AquaticLife Power RO/DI filter removes harmful substances like heavy metal ions and total dissolved solids from tap water. The patented top-loading canister design makes it easy to check and replace cartridges. Each unit ships in a specially constructed two-tone box to ensure the product arrives in perfect condition. This advanced RO/DI system features a colorful easy-to-read display that makes maintenance easy. Get the 200GPD Power version for $479.99 with free shipping (a 60GPD model is available for $209.99; 100GPD for $239.99).

Ecoxotic Stunner Strip LED Lights
Ecoxotic just released some new Stunner Strip sizes and colors and you know we've got 'em in stock for you. Check out the great coverage about these lights on Reefbuilders. It’s never been faster or easier to add light, accent and shimmer to your tank – without all that other stuff like heat and noisy fans. Put beautiful, shimmering light right where you want it with a simple, super-efficient, linkable LED fixture designed to easily retrofit into your existing set up. Pick your favorite color, or mix and match colors with a linkable design that allows you to run up to six Stunner Strips off of one 24V power supply (sold separately). Stunner Strips start at $46.99 each.

Ecoxotic EcoPico LED Arm Light Fixture w/ 12K White & 453nm Blue Strip
Originally available only with the purchase of an EcoPico aquarium, the versatile EcoPico LED Arm Light is now sold separately and perfect for any enthusiast looking to add more light to their existing EcoPico or rimless aquarium. The elegant, but simple design of the EcoPico LED Arm Light allows it to easily slide on any rimless tank up to 6mm in thickness. The LED Arm Light comes complete with a 12K White/453nm Blue LED light strip and transformer. It can be upgraded to hold two additional light strips to provide the right light spectrum for your tank. Additional light strips and accessories are also listed below. Includes Black matte LED arm with screw adapter for glass tanks up to 6mm, LED strip with 2 x 12,000K White 1 x 453nm Actinic Blue LED lights and EcoPico LED 12 volt power supply. Place this light on your tank for just $47.45.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Aquascape with Base Rock

After moving to a larger tank, I knew I was missing quite a bit of live rock. The live rock I had in my old 18 gallon reef tank plus any rock I had in buckets was not enough to fill my new 60 gallon aquarium. I stacked the rock the best I could and created a nice shaped rock pile, but it wasn’t very tall. The top 2/3’s of the aquarium were empty and looked rather bare.
I knew I needed more rock, but there were two things stopping me from buying the live rock. First, the price of live rock can take its toll on my reef budget. Second, I was a little weary of introducing any unwanted hitchhikers. The solution to this problem was base rock: Caribsea South Seas Base Rock to be exact!
Base rock is affordable compared to a lot of the live rock I have seen at local shops. Base rock is dead, so there are no unwanted hitchhikers. There’s no chance of bristle worms, Aiptasia Anemones, or other surprises.
Size comparison to phone
Large rocks - stacked like legos
Upon opening the box, I was impressed at the clean rock. It didn’t have any dead organic matter stuck to it, and it didn’t have a funny smell that some base rock may have. CaribSea’s base rock is terrestrially mined from ancient reef rock; it’s not just dried up live rock. The rock is solid and clean. It’s was very porous and with the exception of the color, blends in with my live rock. Given time, the rock will build up enough bacteria to become alive, and Coralline algae will cover the rock to leave it looking like the other rock.
Porous rock
The base rock didn’t require any “cooking” or “curing” to ensure it was ready for the aquarium. I simply rinsed the rock in RO/DI water and allowed it to dry. Once dry, I gave it another visual inspection and began aquascaping.
RO/DI water - better than tap water
Rinsing in RO/DI water
I don’t like aquascaping. It’s not the work or having my hands in the tank that I dislike; I can just never get the rock stacked correctly. I gave it a go, and after about an hour, I had the rock in formations I was happy with.
The Caribsea South Seas Base Rock was a great addition to my tank. My reef work is taller and my tank feels more reef like. I have more locations to place coral and can bring them closer to the light, and my fishes have more places to hide.
The Caribsea South Seas Base Rock (item #CS0370) is available in a 40 pound box at Marine Depot.
Before - nice shape, but not very tall.
After - 2 large/tall reef formations.
Until next time...

Friday, July 08, 2011

Beat the Heat Summer Giveaway

Although there are different opinions on what the ideal temperature should be for a reef tank, most hobbyists agree somewhere between 78°-82° Fahrenheit is best. In the summer, keeping your tank within that ideal temperature range becomes more challenging.

This month we've teamed with the good folks at Up Aqua and Hydra Aquatics to help you beat the summer heat. If you sign-up for our email newsletter during the months of July and August, you'll be entered to win 1 of 3 great prize packs.
If you're already a newsletter subscriber, you're automatically entered into the giveaway. Lucky you!

Not every hobbyist can afford to run their AC all day, let alone the expense of adding a chiller to their system. And many of us don't need a chiller anyway when a simple fan (or 4) will do the job.

There is no purchase necessary to enter the giveaway, but there are a few rules. To be eligible, you'll need to be a US resident 18 years of age or older and sign up for our newsletter by August 31, 2011. We'll contact 3 potential winners via email September 1.

Click here to see recent samples of our newsletter. We generally only send emails on Fridays, but occasionally we'll squeeze another in if there is something downright awesome to share.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Marine Depot Coupon Codes: July 2011

20% off Zoo Med Aqua Cool Aquarium Cooling Fan
Enter Coupon Code ZMCOOLFAN20 during checkout
Valid July 1 to July 31, 2011
10% off ALL AquaMaxx In-Sump Protein Skimmers
Enter Coupon Code AQMAXXSKIM during checkout
Valid July 1 to July 31, 2011
20% off JBJ NanoZapp 3W Inline UV Sterilizer
Enter Coupon Code JBJZAPP20OFF during checkout
Valid July 1 to July 31, 2011
20% off select API Aquarium Filter Media
Enter Coupon Code APMEDIA20OFF during checkout
Valid July 1 to July 31, 2011