Friday, December 28, 2012

Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump Product Demo


In today's MarineDepot.com video installment we're going to talk about the Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump.

The Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump is the most widely used dosing pump in the aquarium hobby because it is inexpensive and has a number of different applications. It's useful for the daily dosing of aquarium additives/supplements, used in conjunction with an auto top-off system to replenish aquarium water after it evaporates, keeping a constant prime on your overflow box as well as feeding a calcium reactor or denitrator.

Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump,
Suction Pre-Filter & 25 Feet of Flexible Air Line Tubing
The pump uses ¼" airline tubing which connects to the inlet and outlets ports on the pump. The pump runs on standard 110V electricity for easy connection with aquarium auto top-off systems. The flow rate is slow which makes it easy to monitor for top-off or daily dosing.

The Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump is very easy to use. The resides outside your aquarium and can be easily mounted with a screw or nail on your aquarium cabinet/stand to reduce pump vibration.

The Tom Aquatics Aqua Lifter Suction Pre-Filter installs inline with the suction side of the pump to help prevent debris from entering the diaphragm.

The inlet and outlet ports on the Aqua-Lifter pump are labeled with two arrows which makes setup a no-brainer. The suction side is connected to the arrow pointing toward the pump. Next, attach the airline tubing to the center port on the pre-filter. Then attach the suction line to the other port on top of the pre-filter. The other end of the line will be inserted into your top-off reservoir or supplement solution. Finally, attach the outlet line to the other port on the Aqua-Lifter that has the arrow pointing away from the pump. That is the line that will be used to dose your aquarium.

If you have any questions about Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump, Suction Pre-Filter or AirLine Tubing, please give us a call at 1-800-566-FISH (3474) or leave us a comment below.

If you are interested in purchasing the Aqua-Lifter or reading product reviews from aquarium hobbyists just like you, please visit our website.

If you would like to read how one of our team members used the Aqua-Lifter to setup an auto top-off system for his tank, please check out this article.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

After Christmas Sale: 10% off Everything!

Enter coupon code AFTERXMAS today to take 10% off your order (excludes EcoTech Marine products).

Want to save even more? Apply your coupon to these 94 items already on sale to save even more OR check out our clearance section to save a ton on closeout items!

UPDATE 12/28/12: Neptune Systems requested all of their products be removed from our site wide sale. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Shark Tank Bursts at Mall, Shoppers Flee





Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The pH is Too Damn High




Friday, December 21, 2012

How Often Should I Maintain My Tank? Part 1


This hobby can be really easy to maintain if you keep up with your chores.  Every tank is different and run differently but you can apply the same rules to all set-ups.  It's easier to break down the maintenance if you separate them.  I recommend a journal or a simple notebook to write down the days you need to clean your tank or change your media.  I myself keep a record on my phone and alerts me when it's time for some tune up.


I run Filter Floss, Purigen and Chemi-Pure in my Mediabasket. I replace my Filter Floss every week, Purigen is recommend to be change every 6 months or until the beads exhaust and turn brown/dark.  The Chemi-Pure, according to the manufacturer is suppose to be change every 6 months as well, suggestions by other forum members and hobbyist suggest 3-4 months.  I look at it as depending how my tank looks and its bio-load, usually lasts me from 4-6 months.  Since this tank is fairly recent I used the Chemi-Pure Nano when I set it and let the tank cycle. Once my ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates where 0, it was time to get rid of it and replace it with a regular size 6.5oz.  Now I will place a memo on my phone to remind me to within  4 months to check the status on how it's doing.  

So being that I'm replacing my Chemi-Pure I figure I might as well check my Purigen and since my Filter Floss is schedule to be replace I start doing my changes.



Now as you can see my Purigen has turned brown and it's exhausted so it's time to remove.  The Purigen can be either replace or wash under a certain process to bring it back to life(I will discuss this on a later blog).


As you can see we are ready to go. I then turn off my pumps and proceed to start scraping and cleaning my glass.  Any detritus will fall on the substrate and here is where your siphon tube is good for. I myself do a 10% water change.  You wanna make sure to siphon your substrate and pass on lightly enough to not disturb your sand.   I use a turkey baster to blast any detritus on rock surfaces. Now that you siphon your water it's time to replenish your tank.

I have my water ahead of time, it's always good to be prepare, either if you buy or make your water mix.  I use a 5gl container I bought at Home Depot to store my prepared water, I leave a heater and powerhead to get the right temp to match with my tank.  Once the desire temperature is achieve I start to fill in the tank.

I use a Maxi-Jet pump I have laying around to start filling the back of my tank.  I always place the hose starting on the back chambers to avoid any disruption on my aqua scape and corals.
Next step is to turn back on your pumps and your set to go for your next maintenance schedule.

(Next upcoming blog... maintenance part II, taking pumps, skimmers, and powerheads and giving them a good scrub)



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Eheim Jager TruTemp Aquarium Heater Product Demo


Eheim Jager TruTemp Heater
We'll be discussing the Eheim Jager TruTemp aquarium heater in today's MarineDepot.com video installment.

Eheim Jager TruTemp heaters are a MarineDepot.com best-seller because they are affordable, reliable and they allow you to calibrate the thermostat.

The calibration feature is unique because it allows you to compensate for any differences between the heater itself and your aquarium thermometer. With TruTemp heaters, you get truly precise temperature control which is essential when caring for delicate aquatic life that is sensitive to water conditions.

The heater will be factory calibrated right out of the box. Adjust the blue thermostat dial to your desired aquarium temperature and place the heater inside your aquarium water. Wait 30 minutes before plugging the heater into a power outlet to give the glass time to adjust to your current aquarium water temperature.

Let 24 hours pass. Then check your aquarium thermometer to see whether or not the heater has achieved your desired water temperature. If not it hasn't, you can adjust the red dial to the observed water temperature in your tank. Then reset the blue thermostat dial to the desired temperature. You will have then calibrated the heater to make up for any differences between your aquarium thermometer and the thermostat on the heater.

If you have at any questions about the Eheim Jager TruTemp Fully Submersible UL Approved Aquarium Heater, please leave us a comment or call us at 1-800-566-FISH (3474). If you'd like to select the right size heater for your aquarium and/or read 140+ product reviews by hobbyists just like you, please visit our website.

The Jumping Dead

So wrong...


Monday, December 17, 2012

MarineDepot.com Joins Lincoln Training Center’s Efforts to Help Adults with Disabilities


MarineDepot.com announced today they have partnered with Lincoln Training Center to foster independence and improve the quality of life for individuals with disadvantages or developmental disabilities.

Lincoln Training Center will begin placing workers at the popular online aquarium supply store’s corporate headquarters today. Three workers and a job coach are set to replace MarineDepot.com’s janitorial staff and take over custodial duties in 2013. The goals are so adults with disabilities can learn job skills, gain confidence and achieve success in the workplace. Each individual earns a paycheck, which leads to self-esteem and independence.

“Our company believes we should give back and provide opportunities for people in the community that may not have the same opportunities we do,” said David King, Chief Operating Officer for MarineDepot.com. “Lincoln Training Center is widely recognized as a leader in teaching adults with disabilities the skills they need to obtain employment and gain independence, so they were a natural choice for us to partner with.”

Lincoln Training Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 1964 by a group of parents for the purpose of providing meaningful employment for adults with disabilities. Today, Lincoln Training Center is headquartered in a 32,000 square-foot facility in South El Monte. Their Production Services Department provides support to more than 500 adults with disabilities and offers packaging, sorting, weighing, assembly, disassembly, labeling, laminating, collating, shrink wrapping and light manufacturing services. Offsite, their Supported Employment program places workers into community job settings, such as performing custodial work at MarineDepot.com, and currently partners with over 50 companies throughout California.

“We are very proud to be partnering with MarineDepot.com and appreciate the jobs they are creating for adults with disabilities. They see the value in hiring people with disabilities and recognize their capabilities,” said Casey Richards, Director of Community Services for Lincoln Training Center.

Lincoln Training Center’s focus is providing vocational programming for individuals with disabilities who may not be able to work competitively in the community, or who may need assistance in maintaining competitive employment. Workers are paid for their services according to their participation and productivity, and receive vacation pay, bonuses and workers compensation benefits.

“This is not only an opportunity for us to help others grow,” King said. “We see this as a way to cultivate character in our own staff by inspiring them to give back and make a difference whenever possible.”


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MarineDepot.com 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Still trying to decide what you want for Christmas?

We've got a few ideas.



Thursday, December 06, 2012

The Phos

Phosphate issues? The Phos can help!


Saturday, December 01, 2012

Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor Product Demo


If you're shopping for a versatile and affordable aquarium filter, MarineDepot.com's new GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactors may be just the solution you're looking for. In today's video, we'll take a look at these economical reactors and show you how to install and run the single chamber model with carbon filter media.

Available in a single, double or triple cartridge designs for a variety of tank sizes, these brand-new reactors are perfect for GFO (granular ferrous oxide), activated carbon, biological and other popular aquarium filter media.

Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactors come with everything you need to install except for the media itself and a water pump. That includes a filter wrench, quick disconnect fittings, a ball valve for precise flow adjustment and a wall bracket for installation inside/outside your aquarium stand or on a wall. The pump we recommend and used in this video demonstration is the Cobalt Aquatics MJ Multi-Purpose Powerhead/Pump. We used the 20-watt 295 GPH MJ1200 model which currently retails for $38.99.

If you have questions about the products used in this video, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-800-566-FISH (3474) or just leave us a comment below and we'll reply right here on YouTube. To stay up-to-date on the latest aquarium hobby news, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks for watching!

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Heavy-duty, durable construction
  • Clear housing for easy visual inspection
  • High-capacity cartridge
  • Quick disconnect fittings for easy servicing
  • Ball valve for precise flow adjustment
  • Fitting allows for quick-disconnect with any Cobalt MJ or MaxiJet powerhead
  • Wall bracket for installation inside aquarium stand
  • Filter wrench included
To purchase or learn more about Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactors, click here.
For more info about the pump used in this video and to read product reviews from actual users about it, click here.
For instructions and reviews on the E.S.V. Granular Activated Carbon used in this video demonstration, click here.
Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor
Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor - Double
Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor - Triple



Friday, November 30, 2012

CPR Mini Tumbler and CPR Nano Tumbler Product Demos


CPR Tumblers make adding chemical filtration media to saltwater and freshwater aquariums significantly easier and more effective than currently used methods. Instead of running media passively by placing it into a mesh bag, try using the CPR Nano Tumbler to run your media actively and with proper fluidization. This will allow your media to be used more efficiently, so that the media gets used properly and reduces the amount of maintenance you will have to do on your tank!

The Tumbler can fluidize your media from a very gentle flow to a more aggressive tumble for media such as bio-plastics. Most all media will benefit from being fluidized the proper amount. The Tumblers include a number of other features to make it easier to keep your aquarium looking healthy and clean.

CPR Aquatic Nano Tumbler Media Reactor
CPR Aquatic Mini Tumbler Media Reactor



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MarineDepot.com Demos New Products at Aquarium Club Meeting

MarineDepot.com hosted the Southern California Marine Aquarium Society’s November meeting recently at their company headquarters. More than 100 Southern California aquarium hobbyists attended the event to test drive the latest aquarium technology, buy corals and listen to presentations from top aquarium supply manufacturers.

SCMAS is a 501(c) non-profit marine aquarium club based in Orange County, CA. The club meets monthly so members can share aquarium keeping knowledge. Meetings include special guest speakers, fundraising raffles and the planning of events like Reef-A-Palooza, the world’s largest aquarium show. Meetings are usually conducted the third Friday of each month at a Santa Ana IHOP location.

“This is the biggest turnout we’ve had at a meeting in the past couple of years,” SCMAS President Gregory Carroll said. “MarineDepot.com was an excellent host. Our members appreciated the insightful presentations, tasty food and generous raffle prizes.”

Since SCMAS meetings are open to non-members, MarineDepot.com invited their Facebook fans to the meeting to boost attendance and connect hobbyists with other locals who share their passion for saltwater aquariums.

“For an evening event that was only promoted for one week on social media, I have to say we were delighted with the turnout,” said David King, Chief Operating Officer for MarineDepot.com. “As an online-only retailer, being able to engage with your customers face-to-face is very special. It was a terrific experience for our staff, vendors and guests.”

Aquarium supply and supplement manufacturers including AquaticLife, Red Sea, JBJ, Continuum Aquatics, Mars Fishcare, Aqua Vision Aquatics and Ecoxotic also participated in MarineDepot.com’s first-ever “Demo Day.” Brand representatives gave presentations, demoed products and donated merchandise for the raffle.

“I had a great time at the meeting,” said David Troop, Co-Owner of AquaticLife. “It was nice to get together with aquarium hobbyists of all experience levels. I appreciated the opportunity to demo our new 3-watt LED fixture.”

MarineDepot.com’s technical support team, the Reef Squad, was also on hand to show guests the latest aquarium lighting innovations, such as the Maxspect Razor R420R and Kessil Special Blend Pendants. A highlight among the evening’s many festivities was the Majano Wand, a device attendees used to “zap” aiptasia anemones, an invasive animal considered to be a major pest in the reef aquarium hobby.

“The feedback we received about the event has been overwhelmingly positive,” shared SCMAS member and MarineDepot.com Director of Operations, Ben Ros. “Education is super important when caring for delicate aquatic animals. Our staff and vendor partners welcomed the opportunity to share our knowledge. We look forward to opening our doors again soon.”

If you are interested in joining SCMAS, visit http://www.scmas.org. If you are interested in joining an aquarium club but do not reside in Southern California, check out MarineDepot.com’s Aquarium Club Directory to find your local chapter.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday: The Wait Is Over!


We debuted some pre-Black Friday deals last week that you can still take advantage of until 12/3/12, but the big news today is that our 2012 Black Friday deals are now live!

Well, most of them, anyway.

We've got a 4 insane deals you won't be able to act upon until Black Friday (11/23/12). They are as follows:
  1. JBJ ProKit All-In-One Water Vacuum Cleaner - 99¢
  2. JBJ 8-Gallon Nano Cube RL Rimless Aquarium - $69.99
  3. JBJ True Temp Digital Controller w/ Heater - $19.99
  4. JBJ 28-Gallon Nano Cube Quad PowerCompact - $99

We've got 10 each of the aforementioned deals and the only way to purchase them is by calling us on Black Friday. For more info, click here.
To see everything we've got on sale this week (62 items at the time of writing), click here.
Lastly, we will beat any online store's Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals by matching their prices then refunding you 10% of the difference. This offer applies to all sales prices, coupons and shipping promotions. To learn more about our Low Price Guarantee, click here.
If you have questions about any of our products or specials, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Aquarium Club Meeting & Demo Day (Open to Public)


MarineDepot.com is hosting the November Meeting for the Southern California Marine Aquarium Society (SCMAS) this Friday the 16th at MD Headquarters in Garden Grove, CA. SCMAS is a thriving marine aquarium club based here in Orange County and the masterminds behind the world’s largest aquarium show, Reef-A-Palooza.

Since SCMAS meetings are open to non-members, we thought we’d invite our Facebook fans to the meeting! Aquarium clubs are a great way to connect with a fun group of people who share your passion for saltwater tanks.

We’ve invited some of our favorite vendors to the event as well. AquaticLife, JBJ, Continuum Aquatics, Mars Fishcare and Aqua Vision Aquatics are confirmed and will bring along aquarium supplies to show off and talk about.


Members of our tech team, the Reef Squad, will also demo the latest LED technology so you can try before you buy. Get a closer look at the EcoTech Radion XR30w, Maxspect Razor R420R, Kessil Special Blends (A150W/A350) and, of course, AquaticLife’s new Expert Series LED. We're also showing off CPR's new Tumblers, Eshopps' Nano Protein Skimmer and an EcoTech Marine MP10 Vortech Propeller Pump w/ EcoSMART Driver.

Reef Raft USA and Coral Collection have both confirmed they'll be attending and selling coral frags to our guests!

We're also filling an aquarium with aiptasia-covered live rock for you guys to zap with the Majano Wand! The perfect stress reliever after a long work week!

We’re going to have beverages and snacks to keep you energized for the evening’s festivities.


SCMAS, a 501(c) non-profit organization, will be selling raffle tickets to attendees for opportunities to win some very cool stuff (proceeds going to the club). JBJ has agreed to raffle off everything they’re bringing to the meeting! Mars Fishcare is bringing along some samples for the raffle as well. Korallin aquarium supplements, a Korallin BioDenitrator, 2 x Orphek dimmable LED pendants, a Panasonic Blu-Ray Player plus some MarineDepot.com swag will also be raffled off.

Entry to the event is FREE—we look forward to seeing you!

MarineDepot.com
14271 Corporate Drive
Garden Grove, CA 92843



Friday, November 09, 2012

15% off ALL Aquarium Supplements


Celebrate good times, come on! It's our 15th anniversary this month and we're celebrating in style.

Take 15% of ALL aquarium supplements until 11/16 (coupon code: 15YEARS) and enjoy celebratory savings on 12 other items until 11/26.




Friday, November 02, 2012

Browse our catalog with the free Google Catalogs app!

Browse our catalog on your tablet with Google Catalogs
Have a tablet? Now you can browse our catalog with the free Google Catalogs app!

The Google Catalogs app will provide you with a rich, engaging way to interact with your favorite aquarium supply catalog! Flip through digital pages of our Fall catalog, discover inspiring products and photos, save products that catch your eye and create collages to share with your friends.

The free Google Catalogs app is available in iTunes for iPad and in Google Play for Android tablets. Look for the MarineDepot.com catalog in the "pets" category. Now you can shop and buy right through the catalog!



Thursday, November 01, 2012

MarineDepot.com Announces Best of 2012 Award Winners

Seachem was presented with the award for Best Supplements at the Reef-A-Palooza aquarium show October 21 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA.
MarineDepot.com, the world’s largest aquarium supply store, announced the winners of their second annual Best of Awards which honor the top brands and products in the aquarium industry.

Twelve winners were presented with beveled teardrop-shaped awards during the world’s largest aquarium show, Reef-A-Palooza, October 20-21 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA.

“We are witnessing a renaissance in aquarium product innovation,” said Ben Ros, Director of Operations for MarineDepot.com. “The Best of Awards are a way we can help hobbyists distinguish which brands go above and beyond the norm to create exceptional products and back them with quality customer support.”

More than 180 brands from across the globe were considered for the MarineDepot.com Best of Awards, which recognize aquarium supply manufacturers and products that have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout a one-year period.

Innovative Marine was presented with awards for Best Nano Aquarium and Best Tank Gadget.
Newcomer Innovative Marine, founded in 2011 by industry stalwart Steve Yim, earned Best Nano Aquarium and Best Tank Gadget honors.

“It is an honor to be named among the aquatic industry’s elite not once, but twice,” said Yim. “It feels great to be recognized for building quality equipment and putting the customer first.”

Product winners were selected based upon key performance metrics including sales volume, internet searches, website searches, customer rankings and call center data.

Neptune Systems, creators of the Apex aquarium controller line, took home the Reef-A-Palooza Best in Show award for the second consecutive year.

“Since 1995, Neptune Systems has put everything we have into being the leading innovator in aquarium control and monitoring technology. 2013 and beyond will be no different,” said said Terence Fugazzi, Neptune Systems Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “However, in addition to pushing forward technology innovation, we are now upping our game in our marketing efforts as well as all things related to user experience. We appreciate the recognition MarineDepot.com has given us two years in a row for our efforts.”

Below is the complete list of MarineDepot.com Best of 2012 award winners:
“The Best of Awards are largely determined by the aquarium keepers that use and love these products,” revealed Ros. “We merely compiled the data points to shed light on which items customers can expect to get the greatest value and performance from.”

For more information about the MarineDepot.com Best of 2012 Awards winners, please click here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Neptune Systems' Handsome New Apex Dashboard

Next up, we dropped in on Neptune Systems to find out what's new in the world of aquarium automation. Paul Jansen, Neptune Systems' Director of Operations, first took a moment to remind us what's so great about aquarium controllers in the first place. In a nutshell: they make the hobby easier for aquarium keepers so they can spend more time enjoying the fruits of their labor. The ability to control everything from a single source is one of the greatest benefits controllers offer. Not having to unplug everything just to find the cord for your powerhead alleviates a lot of headaches. Not only that, having the power to monitor and control your aquarium from anywhere in the world grants hobbyists with demanding systems the freedom to have a life outside their home.
The beautiful new Apex Dashboard was one of the hightlights in the Neptune booth this year. In fact, Neptune Systems' new controller interface, expanded product selection and overall rebranding helped the company earn Reef-A-Palooza Best in Show honors in MarineDepot.com's annual "Best of" awards. Anyhoo, back to the dashboard: many hobbyists are probably familiar with the simple drop-down controls used in the old design (which are still accessible, by the way, if that's your preferred user-interface). The new, more graphical UI is much more user-friendly. You can drag-and-drop various "tiles" on your dasboard to quickly check your temperature, pH and other key water parameters at-a-glance. Controllable features can now be adjusted using your mouse. Just slide a bar using your mouse, similar to how you might raise or lower the volume on your PC. Another feature that impressed attendees as well as our own staff was the ability to monitor your tank via web cam and have the video stream right on your dashboard. The camera Neptune Systems had running during the show was from D-Link, although we were told that any internet protocol (IP) camera will be compatible.
Paul demonstrated some of the monitoring and control capabilities available in their iPad and iPhone applications. Don't worry, Android users: Neptune has an app for you that is currently being beta tested by users so they can polish up the programming before the finished product comes out in the coming months. Allowing hobbyists to check in on their tanks from their mobile device or smartphone is a huge convenience and the ease-of-use of their apps make Neptune Systems an attractive control system to adopt if you're considering automating your own system. You needn't worry about a bunch of complex programming that may be over your head if you're not super tech-savvy. Neptune Systems' new AI has a bunch of built-in wizards to help you get things setup quickly and easily. They also ensured us that more wizards are in the works to keep up with the ever-evolving needs of hobbyists.
Neptune also showed us their exclusive wireless pump control for EcoTech VorTech powerheads, which they pointed out you can't get from any other controller company on the market today. You can switch your powerheads into pulse, lagoon or feed mode with your iPad while sitting on the couch or from your mobile device anywhere you have web access.
Neptune explained they have been hyper-focused on producing the best possible products and are now ramping things up to expand into international markets. We expect to see a lot more adoption of Neptune controllers in the latter half of this year and in 2013 based on what we've seen at the show this year: new exciting products, a revamped and polished website and an expansion in their marketing efforts. You really get the feeling the company is feeling confident and we're excited to see them grow.
One last nugget of newsworthiness: the AquaController Apex Jr. is getting some refinements as well, including color-coded cables (like PCs often have) and other improvements to make the out-of-the-box experience better and super easy for even beginning hobbyists to get up and running.


The Customizable AquaticLife 3W LED Expert Series

The first manufacturer booth we decided to visit on day 2 was AquaticLife so we could learn a little more about their recently released 3W LED Expert Series for marine aquariums.
The first thing we observed is how much smaller it appers in real life versus the image we have displayed on our website. The unit itself is a mere 14.625" L x 12.125" W x 2.125" H. You can create three 24-hour programs and those programs correspond to the 1, 2 & 3 buttons on the included remote control. The fixture is equipped with American-made CREE LEDs: 8-White XPG, 8-Blue XPE, 6-Royal Blue XPE and 2-Red XPE. You can create up to 18 custom colors and save them in the downloadable software. The lenses (shown below) can be replaced or swapped out for hobbyists that want to modify the fixture to their liking. The black lenses are angled at 80° and the whites are 100°. AquaticLife tells us there are 60° lenses available on their website for aquarium keepers who want more focused light for deeper penetration into their tanks. And, should you decided to swap them out, you don't have to stick with AquaticLife's, either. You an opt for whichever brand makes you happy.
The fixture includes the remote and hanging kit and the free software can be downloaded from AquaticLife's website (Windows only as of today). Let's talk a bit more about the remote. So we already know what the 1, 2 & 3 buttons do, how about the others? The arrows allow you to cycle through your programs while the + and - buttons adjust the light intensity, which is useful for coral acclimation or setting the right mood for a romantic evening at home (OK, joking about that last part). You can hear audible sounds emit from the light when you press the buttons so you know it's working. The buttons along the bottom are controls for the lunar, cloud and storm settings. You can use AquaticLife's 30-day lunar cycle or create your own custom one using any of the fixture's LED colors and even tweak their intensity for just the right look. The storm and cloud duration can be set using the software and started using the wireless remote.
Let's talk a bit more about the software. When you first setup up your light, you can sync the time with your PC so it's correct for your time zone. Watching the AquaticLife boys demo the software, I could tell it was super easy to use. You basically just click and drag the various settings to get the right look to export to the light. One of the coolest features we noticed was the software displays your 24-hour energy consumption (just the LEDS, mind you, not the power supply). AquaticLife has downloadable "traces" available on their website that you can save for your light(s) and even share with fellow reefers. Since the aquarium hobby has such a strong community, we imagine they'll be a lot of sharing among Expert Series users.
For more info about the AquaticLife Expert Series light, come down to Reef-A-Palooza today and visit the MarineDepot.com or AquaticLife booths! Of course, if you can't make it or you're busy watching Sunday football, head over to MarineDepot.com to check out detailed specs and photos. The software was so cool, we spoke with AquaticLife about shooting a video for the light. It sounds like they're already ahead of us and have something in the pipeline, so we'll be sure to embed the video on the product page once it's available.
Stay tuned for more updates from Reef-A-Palooza 2012!



Welcome to Reef-A-Palooza: Day 2

We're back for day 2 of Reef-A-Palooza here at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. In case you're unfamiliar, Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) is a huge annual aquarium show hosted by local aqaruium club SCMAS (Southern California Marine Aquarium Society).
Today we thought we'd walk around and speak with some of the vendors and hobbyists at the show so we can share some of the goings on with folks who weren't able to make it to this year's event. If you happen to be around the Orange County area today, the show will be open until 4 pm this afternoon. Entry is $10 and parking is $5. You're bound to score some great deals on coral frags, get some freebies from the various booths (like our new Major League Reefing T-shirt!) and maybe even win some awesome goodies in all the raffles going on.
There's a ton of new products on display at the show as well. In our own booth you can come play with AquaticLife's new remote-controlled Expert Series LED light, see just how compact and powerful EcoTech's Radion light is and admire how slim and easy-to-use Cobalt Aquatics' new heaters are. The biggest draw in our booth so far this year is the 175-gallon Red Sea Max S-Series Plug and Play Aquarium.
There are some free educational events scheduled for this afternoon that you won't want to miss. Scott Fellman will be doing a "Tank Flow" demonstration at 11:30am, followed by a coral "Fragging" demo at 1:30 pm with Greg Fryling. Speakers scheduled for today are Steve Carroll at 11:30 am with Ret Talbot closing out the day at 1:30 pm.
We hope to see you soon but, if not, stay tuned for more posts througout the day as we chat with all the great folks here at RAP.