Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Need a Simpler Solution?

Ever had a day where you feel to exhausted but yet you know you have to dose your tank? Why break your head trying to manage your time on when you need to dose your tank. I introduce to you the Bubble Magus BM-T01.  

The Bubble Magus BM-T01 is an accurate micro-computer controlled, three-channel dosing pump. Can be used to automatically dose 2-part calcium/alkalinity additives, trace elements, magnesium, strontium, kalkwasser, or just about any liquid additive for your aquarium.

The dosing pump provides 3 dosing channels and can be extended to 7 or 11 channels with the BM-T02. It also features automatic time-sharing between channels so different liquids will not be added to the aquarium at the same time to prevent chemical interference. A microchip with built-in storage memory will save your setting in case of a power outage. 

The BM-T01 dosing pump also features high-quality medical-grade rubber hose with an average service life of 10,000 hours and high-torque motors that are quiet and durable. The pump shell is made with automotive instrument-level high-strength self-lubricating plastic POM. The control panel is water-proof with a back-lit LCD display. The programming is simple, clear and intuitive using "man-machine dialogue" operational control. It has a flow that can be set to 1-1999ml on a 24 cycle per day.  

The BM-T02 is an extension module for the Bubble Magus BM-T01 Dosing Pump. It adds 4 additional dosing channels (up to 2 BM-T02`s can be added to the BM-T01 for a total of 11 channels). The BM-T02 must be used with the BM-T01 and will not work alone.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Week in Review: 1/28/13

It's Monday so it's time we take a closer look at MarineDepot.com sales and search trends from the previous week. We checked on reactor popularity and were not surprised to find Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor at the top of the list. We would be more surprised if it weren't! What we didn't expect to see were so many biopellet reactors in the Top 10. Are you running one or more of these reactors as a part of your filtration system?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dirty Tank? Challenge Accepted

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Want to add a refugium but are limited on space?

Your troubles are over. No need to drill a hole on your tank or sacrifice a chamber. All you need to get started is the CPR AquaFuge2 Hang-On Refugium. It comes in 3 different sizes to suite your needs. Recently redesigned with a black acrylic backing to prevent light from transferring to the main aquarium, each model comes with a powerhead and features a unique baffle system. This prevents the substrate and organisms from being disturbed yet also allows enough water to flow through the eliminate any stagnant areas.

The AquaFuge2 provides ideal growth conditions for food items, such as copepods and ampipods, to feed invertebrates and fish in the main tank. It provides a controlled growing area for macroalgae, which can be used to reduce "nuisance" algae in the main tank and provided a "nursery" area for a variety of organisms.

We recommend the CPR AquaFuge Light. These lights are designed specifically for use with CPR's AquaFuges and feature an attractive silver housing, efficient reflector and a replaceable external starter. These lights have two stand options: the standard grey plastic stands or CPR's handcrafted clear acrylic stands that act as an external brace to provide additional structural support of the AquaFuge. The new CPR lights come in three different bulb wattages: 18W, 24W and 36W. They provide ample light for your refugium inhabitants to stay healthy and happy.

Once you got your refugium and light fixture, it's time to add some life to your fuge. Chaetomorpha is ideal for refugiums. It removes nitrates and phosphates and serves as a home for numerous critters like benthic copepods and amphipods. It also collects detritus and in this way serves as a filter.  Mysid Shrimps and Copepods are a great addition to any marine reef or fish system.

We recommend adding them either to your top tank or to the refugium, or both. Start a population in your system today and all life will thrive. Tisbe is an excellent all-purpose aquarium copepod owing to its role in the natural environment as a detritivore. An opportunist feeder, Tisbe can be used as a tank cleaner consuming uneaten food and wastes as well as phytoplankton in the tank and refugium. Tisbe is capable of producing many eggs during its adult life span that hatch into nauplii which will enter the water column as food for your filter feeding reef inhabitants and replenish the adult population vital to tank hygiene. Tisbe adults and juveniles may also enter the water column and be tasty and nutritious treats for your reef fish!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Week in Review: 1/21/13

It's Monday so it's time we take a closer look at MarineDepot.com sales and search trends from the previous week. We checked on light fixture popularity and were surprised to see 9 of the 10 best-selling lights from last week were LEDs. Do you have one of these lights over your tank? Are you planning to get one? Are there LED lights out there we should be carrying but aren't yet? Let us know!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Customer Favorites: Real Reviews. Real Deals.

What's on sale this week? We're glad you asked.
Click the image above (or clicking here is cool, too) to shop this week's specials featuring real product reviews written by aquarium hobbyists just like you!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

IN STOCK: EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Pro LED Light Fixture

Good news, early adopters! The EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Pro LED aquarium light is now in stock and ready for shipment.

The Radion XR30w Pro LED lighting system expands on the technology found in the Radion XR30w. Six channels and eight clusters of high-efficiency LEDs (including ultraviolet) represent the best in purpose-designed LED lighting.

The XR30w Pro is ideal for reefers who want the highest PAR ratings, have a deep aquarium*or want wide light spread with broad spectrum coverage. The Pro features the same upgrade modularity found in the Radion XR30w.

The XR30w Pro communicates wirelessly with other*Radion*lights through EcoSMART Live, a cloud-based web app that’s accessible on any device with an internet connection. Say goodbye to installing software and updates.

TIR Lenses
The Radion XR30w Pro features the new Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens, which directs more of each LED cluster’s output directly into in your tank – without sacrificing spread or consuming additional power.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Week in Review: 1/14/13

Here is a look at protein skimmer sales and search trends at MarineDepot.com last week. 
A lot of nano skimmers made the list! Did you purchase (or already have) one of these foam fractionators for your aquarium?

Southern California aquarium supply wholesaler brings aboard popular UK filter media line

Evolution Aqua PURE Marine Bio Balls
National Aquarium Wholesale Supply announced today they have teamed with United Kingdom-based Evolution Aqua to distribute the company’s popular PURE filter media line to customers in the United States.

“The addition of Evolution Aqua’s PURE product line is an excellent fit for us,” said David King, Chief Operating Officer for NAWS. “Not only will our customers have access to Evolution Aqua’s excellent biofiltration and nutrient control products, we believe aligning our brand with a well-known innovator from across the pond is a great opportunity for NAWS to attract new clientele.”

The U.S. market is ripe with potential to grow the Evolution Aqua brand. According to a 2012 report by the American Pet Products Association, 62% of U.S. households own a pet and 42.3% of pet owners have a freshwater or saltwater fish tank.

NAWS, formally Bayside Aquarium Supply, rebranded itself in 2010 when the 10-year-old company launched a full-service website to give wholesalers 24/7 access to its 7,500 products. NAWS currently serves more than 2,400 wholesale customers, including brick and mortar pet stores, online retailers and aquarium and pond maintenance professionals in the U.S. and abroad.

“Evolution Aqua is delighted to have joined up with NAWS to help make its PURE range of products available to the U.S. fish keeper. Since its launch over three years ago, PURE has quickly become a must-have product for both the serious and amateur British fish keeper,” said Phil Jolly, Sales Director for Evolution Aqua. “PURE has become one of the best-selling lines with most major aquatic retailers throughout the UK. Our catch phrase ‘Have you tried it yet?’ is a question many aquarists are glad they can now answer ‘YES!’ to.”
The first retailer in the U.S. to carry the PURE product line is Inc. 5000 company MarineDepot.com. The well-known online aquarium supply destination is making a splash in social media by inviting aquarium hobbyists to post photos of their dirty aquariums on the company’s Facebook page. The owners of the five dirtiest aquariums will receive a box of Evolution Aqua’s PURE Marine to treat their tanks in what MarineDepot.com calls the PURE Marine Challenge.
“We were excited to test the PURE product line ourselves after reading an article about it earlier this year in Practical Fishkeeping,” said Ben Ros, Director of Operations for MarineDepot.com. “There were noticeable improvements in our office test tank after only a few days. We thought a neat way to get the word out would be to challenge other saltwater aquarium owners to improve their water quality by treating their tanks with it.”
Evolution Aqua has three PURE products available, each targeting a different aquatic biotope: freshwater aquariums, saltwater aquariums and outdoor ponds. The products themselves are essentially semi-transparent biodegradable balls (or “bio balls” as they are referred to by aquarium hobbyists) that consist of bacteria and enzymes which help maintain the biological equilibrium in closed aquatic environment s. They can also be used to recover the bacterial balance following a filter crash or to speed up the maturation process in new filters.

“We are quite proud of our new partnership with Evolution Aqua,” said King. “We expect our respective brands to grow tremendously in 2013 and beyond.”

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 2013 Featured Tank: Shaun's 34-Gallon SPS and Clam Solana

Top down view into our January 2013 Featured Tank.
We just posted a new Featured Tank for the first month of 2013, a 34-gallon Current USA Solana featuring a bevy of SPS corals and clams.

We've included a few photos within this blog post to tease you. To see them all, click here.

Acro group shot

AquaMaxx CR-1 Nano Calcium Reactor
Full shot featuring tank and stand with
Aqua Illumination (AI) Sol Blue LED light fixture.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Evolution Aqua PURE Marine Product Demo

PURE Marine from Evolution Aqua uses groundbreaking technology to maintain crystal clear and healthy water in marine and reef aquariums. PURE Marine is a combination of marine specific bacteria and enzymes that provide many benefits including:
  • Reduces organic waste
  • Maintains a biological equilibrium
  • Improves nitrification
  • Accelerates maturation process
  • Reduces BOD / DOC / TSS 
  • Rapidly restores equilibrium 
  • Reduces filter and skimmer maintenance and cleaning 
PURE Marine. Have you tried it yet?
Product Information
PURE Marine should be used regularly as part of your maintenance program to maintain the biological equilibrium. PURE Marine can also be used to recover the bacterial balance following a filter crash or to speed up the maturation process in new filters.
  • PURE Marine is a natural product. It is therefore perfectly normal that the balls may vary in size.
  • PURE Marine will respond to the water conditions in each tank. This means that variation in appearance is normal and the rate of change can vary.
  • Each PURE Marine ball is manufactured from a natural polymer and is biodegradable.
  • As with most bacterial products, the manufacturer recommends the addition of air into your tank using an air pump or venturi.
  • Wash hands after use. Keep in a safe place out of the reach of children. If swallowed, drink plenty of water.
How do I use PURE Marine?
You can use PURE Marine as part of your regular maintenance program. You cannot overdose with PURE Marine. To maintain crystal clear healthy water, add 3 x PURE Marine balls for every 10 gallons of water once per week into your marine aquarium filter. Alternatively, place the balls in a filter bag and position in the tank or the filter in an area with good flow. Alternatively, place the balls in a filter bag and position in the tank or the filter in an area with good flow. Each package contains approximately 50 balls. There are freshwater and pond formulas available as well.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Week in Review: 1/7/13

Here's a snapshot of our top sellers and searches last week. 
Did you purchase any of these items for your aquarium?

Are you guys ready for this?

The new Radion XR30w Pro expands on the technology found in the Radion XR30w. The Pro features 42 energy-efficient LEDs and full spectrum output from ultraviolet (405nm) to hyper-red (660nm). The Pro brings professional-grade technology to the home reef aquarium market.
The Radion XR30w Pro is equipped with 42 energy-efficient LEDs in eight controllable colors, hyper red, yellow, green, blue, royal blue, indigo, UV and cool white. The Radion LED light is fully upgradeable -- specifically designed to be an evolving lighting solution. Radion is completely configurable via USB connectivity to set up advanced modes. Radion`s wide light spread means more coverage and consistent color.
Radion's superior quality and sleek design are a testament to EcoTech Marine`s commitment to the best in aquarium technology.

The XR30w Pro is ideal for reefers who want the highest PAR ratings, have a deep aquarium or want wide light spread with broad spectrum coverage. The Pro features the same upgrade modularity found in the Radion XR30w.

  • Max Wattage of fixture: 170W
  • Max Wattage of LED Channels: 155W
  • Length: 11.8 inches (30 cm)
  • Width: 7 inches (18 cm)
  • Thickness: 1.5 inches (3.9 cm)
LED 42 LEDs comprised of:
  • White: 8 Cree XT-E Cool White (5w each)
  • Red: 4 Osram Oslon SSL Hyper Red, 660nm (3w each)
  • Yellow: 2 Osram Oslon SSL Yellow, 590nm (3w each)
  • Green: 4 Cree XP-E Green, 520nm (3w each)
  • Blue: 8 Cree XP-E Blue, 468nm (3w each)
  • Royal Blue: 8 Cree XT-E Royal Blue, 442nm (5w each)
  • Indigo: 4 SemiLEDs UV, 415nm (2.5w each)
  • Ultraviolet: 4 SemiLEDs UV, 405nm (2.5w each)

  • *All wavelengths are the peak emitted wavelength of the LED.
EcoSmart Live
Wouldn’t it be cool if the Radion communicated wirelessly with other Radion units. Well, it does – through EcoSMART Live. Lighting control is now in the cloud.

Thanks to the controller’s web interface (compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and more), Radion owners can enjoy EcoSMART’s cutting-edge controls and user-friendly design on any device with an internet connection.

Say goodbye to installing software and searching for updates. EcoSMART Live allows you to control your Radion right from your web browser. New features are implemented automatically, with no work for the user.

Pick up your EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Pro LED Light Fixture today at MarineDepot.com.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Get in Gear for the New Year!

Our first sale of the New Year is here!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Confused about your water parameters?

Are you ever stuck in a situation that you are guessing what your parameters should be? Smartphones are everywhere nowadays and aquarium manufacturers are starting to realize the potential for those tiny computers in your pocket.

Well, I've got a handy phone app for you. Coral Reef Parameters is an app that gives every reef aquarist easy access and information about several important parameters, what impacts they will have in your tank and how to manage them.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Download '100 Tips for a Successful Aquarium' for 99¢

Most people believe caring for a saltwater aquarium is extremely difficult.

We won’t lie: maintaining a healthy saltwater tank is challenging. However, the joy of keeping the world’s most fascinating and beautiful creatures in your home is well worth the effort.

We’ve compiled our many years of personal and professional aquarium keeping experience into our first-ever book, “100 Tips for a Successful Aquarium.” If you’re interested in learning the secrets to keeping a successful marine aquarium, this book is for you!

Here are a few examples of what you’ll learn:
  • How to provide and maintain ideal water conditions
  • How to properly introduce and care for livestock
  • How to keep aquarium equipment running at optimum performance
  • How to prevent and get rid of aquarium algae
We’ve avoided using confusing language or complex jargon so beginners and experts alike can benefit from the information in this book. You won’t need a master's degree in marine biology for this guide to be useful. The book is full of easily digestible, bite-sized nuggets of information you’ll be able to understand and act upon to help you become a successful saltwater aquarium keeper now and in the future.

Our goal is to demystify and simplify the hobby by breaking it down into understandable segments that will help you succeed. We’ve also included image galleries inside the book you’ll be able to flip through to check out the equipment referenced in the book.

This book is the platform to build your own thriving saltwater aquarium upon. If you follow the no-nonsense principles laid out in this guide, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money and unnecessary stress.

If you’ve always wanted to setup a saltwater tank but have been too intimidated to try, allow us the privilege of simplifying the complexities of aquarium keeping so you can finally bring the ocean into your home.

Click here to download our eBook on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.