Thursday, February 28, 2013

Calibrating the JBJ True Temp Digital Controller w/ Heater

In this video, we'll show you how to calibrate the JBJ True Temp Digital Controller and create a set point for the heater to turn on.

The JBJ True Temp Digital Controller w/ Heater is available in multiple sizes, from 150 to 1000 watts. The digital controller has a bright LED display to make reading your tank's temperature quicky and easy. The controller can also be calibrated to ensure precise aquarium temperatures at all times. A smart memory chip stores your calibration and settings even in the event of a power outage.

The titanium heating element with plastic safety guard comes with a magnetic mount that makes it easy to attach to variety of aquarium sizes and styles. A magnetically mounted remote temperature sensor is also included.

Maintaining the proper temperature for your aquarium inhabitants may be the single most important factor for a successful aquarium. Since fish do not have the ability to regulate their own body temperature, it providing consistent water temperatures with minimal fluctuations is essential.

Most fish can't cope with stress from constant temperature fluctuations because it leads to a compromised immune system. This also increases the probability of avoidable diseases, parasites and bacterial infections.

To learn more about the JBJ True Temp Digital Controller w/ Heater, see photos and read product reviews from other aquarium hobbyists, please visit our website.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Introducing the Tunze Nano Osmolator 3152

Introducing the little brother to Tunze's acclaimed Osmolator, one of the hobby's most trusted automatic water top-off devices. Designed specifically for smaller aquariums, roughly 50 gallons and under, the Osmolator Nano 3152 is a slimmed down version of the full sized 3155. It includes a processor-based anti-overfill system that turns the pump off after 5 minutes of filling if the level has still not been reached. The Tunze Osmolator Nano comes with the control unit, low voltage (6V) pump, power adapter and magnet mount. It’s a ready to use out-of-the-box top off solution for smaller aquariums. It's in stock today for only $104.66. Huzzah!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Want your corals to really POP? Try this little mod

Even though the JBJ 28 advanced LED tank has an amazing LED setup with moonlights, actinics and 14K LED lights, I needed something in between to give me more options to blend in and not to mention more coloration from my corals.

After doing some research I found that the Ecoxotic Stunner Strips offer low power consumption,  smaller size, and a variety of colors. The Ecoxotic strips are water resistance and are the perfect size to install in my hood. I ended up going with one magenta strip and one ultraviolet strip. I figure this would give me a nice blend since the actinic leds that come with the tank are really intense.
I was very uneasy at first about taking the hood apart to make to make some mods. I figure I would be able to install over the glass, even with a low profile height the stunner wouldn't fit accurately and they where to close to the water.
So ended up removing the plastic cover following with the glass. My 1st idea was to place them one on the front and one on the back. To my disappointment, the stunner strips where block from the inner frame. So the next idea was to place them in the middle of the fixture. The stunner strips where to large that the glass cover wouldn't cover it. I had to remove side of the black frame that holds the glass in place. After doing some measuring and cutting the side frame for the stunner strips, I gently snap them in place and they where flush with the frame.
After the stunner strips fitted nicely on the black frame and in between the 14k leds, it was time to arrange the cords around the reflector to cover them from being exposed.  The next step I did was to get my vacuum and suck all the dust in there.  Since you can daisy chain the strips, I had to cover the expose side with a fitted plug cover that comes with the stunner strip.
I use one of the output from the stock lights and resealed with the rubber fitting from one of my old 12 JBJ DX.  So it gives it a slicker professional look.  I ended up placing the glass lid and the plastic cover guard back in place. and gave it a test drive.  Now that I have more options to play with I can set it up to different settings to give it a unique personal look.

UV Stunner Strip
UV Stunner Strip and Moonlights
Actinic and UV Stunner Strip
Actinic and Magenta Stunner Strip at 10%
Actinic and Magenta at 20%
Actinic  and Magenta at 40%
 Actinic and Magenta at 60%
 Actinic and Magenta at 80%
Actinic and Magenta at 100%
14k, Actinic, and Magenta at 80%

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Innovative Marine MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactor Product Demo

If you want the highest water quality but are frustrated with other media reactors, meet the all-new MiniMax.

The Innovative MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactor is a novel approach to optimize chemical and biological filtration for nano & mini marine aquariums. Its' innovative patent-pending design minimizes the need for flexible tubes, PVC pipes, ball valves, thumb screws and unnecessary clutter that are usually associated with typical media reactors.

The ingenious design maximizes performance and offers out-of-the-box responsive flow control, easy maintenance, low power consumption and the smallest form factor ever built. The versatile MiniMax is designed to be discreetly hidden behind all-in-one style aquariums or placed directly in sumps.

  • Responsive Flow Control: Unique dual chamber design, allows for quick and responsive flow control within seconds with a simple turn of knob without the need for ball valves and inlet/outlet pipes
  • Efficiency: Utilizes upward flow pattern that requires less flow and lower energy consumption (the Desktop model requires a mere 2.5 watts!)
  • Eliminate Messy Maintenance: Internal chamber acts as a removable cartridge that simply slides out of the outer chamber and automatically drains water out without the need for tools and time-consuming thumb screws to unfasten.
  • Nano Size: Innovative Marine has produced the smallest nano reactor ever (2" x 2.3" x 11.4") with a ton of integrated features right out the box.
  • All-In-One Design -- for use with Bio Pellets, GFO, & Carbon
  • Made from quality cell cast acrylic -- Bracket Included
  • Smallest Form Factor
  • Responsive Flow Control
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Double O-Ring Seal for Lid
  • Offered in Desktop (150ml Max Volume Capacity) & Midsize (350ml Max Volume Capacity)
  • Pump Included
  • Just add your favorite Media!
If you'd like to read more about Innovative Marine's MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactors, view photos or purchase one for your aquarium, please visit our website.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Innovative Marine NuvoAquarium 16 Gallon: A Window to the Sea

More viewing, more power, more flow! Be the envy of all who see the new panoramic desktop aquarium that boasts 24" of viewing from end to end. The ideal choice for hobbyists with higher bioloads. Two overflow intakes and two return nozzles keep water clean and clear. These elegant aquariums come complete with all the necessary filtration and water flow required for a healthy ecosystem. Showcase your new living art on our custom acrylic pedestal to create a focal point wherever it's placed.



  • 16 Gallon Capacity
  • 6 mm Bent Glass
  • Tempered Glass Lid & Clips
  • Acrylic Pedestal
  • Acrylic Filter Wall w/ Dual Overflows
  • (2) Media Baskets
  • Mechanical Sponges
  • Activated Carbon Sponges
  • Phosphate Sponges
  • (2) Flare Nozzles
  • Designated Heater Column
  • Designated Refugium Column

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Aqua Illumination (AI) Releases New Controller Firmware 2.0

Aqua Illumination (AI) announced the release of a major revision to their new controller firmware this week. The LED lighting manufacturer says they have "listened to our users feedback and are sure we've created the best firmware yet."

Here is a rundown of all the new features:
  • Support for PowerPuck™ custom pucks.
  • Adds wireless operation for Sol White, Sol Blue, and Nano when used with Wireless Adapter (sold separately).
  • Supports full sunrise/sunset/cloud sweeps and weather effects for all Sol and Nano models.
  • Supports both Sol and Vega models simultaneously (wireless mode) with one controller.
  • Fail-safe Vega dim down prevents coral burning if wireless communications fail for an extended period of time.
  • Global Region Timers simulates actual sunrise/sunset times of major coral reefs around the world.
  • GPS coordinate Timers for automatic local sunrise/sunset tracking.
  • Fully automatic sweep speed for up to 30 Vega lighting modules.
  • Revamped user interface for easier setup and control.

Target Feeding SPS, LPS, Clams and Anemones

While photosynthetic corals get the majority of their energy from the symbiotic relationship with zooxanthelle algae, they can also consume food to help grow and build their skeletons. Feeding corals in your home aquarium is a great way to increase the growth inside your tank and help build your reef.

Of course, we need to choose the correct food. With such a wide variety of freeze dried, liquid, refrigerated and even frozen foods available, this can be difficult. The most important factor here is going to be the size of the food. Different corals have different preferences for the size of food they can consume. SPS corals will feed on small foods such as phytoplankton while most LPS corals can consume large particles of food such as zooplankton or even small crustaceans (shrimp, copepods, etc). If you have a mixed reef system, it is a good idea to offer a variety.

Feeding your corals is best done at nighttime or just after your daylights have turned off. We generally recommend feeding 1 or 2 times per week to keep waste levels in check. Try adding a small dose of coral food into the tank water 5 minutes before you feed to trigger feeding responses from your corals.

We recommend turning off your protein skimmer and water circulation equipment (pumps, powerheads and/or wavemakers) because they may remove food from your water. Next, mix some of your aquarium water with the coral food in a separate container. This makes it much easier to feed and helps spread the food around between different corals.

You can now use one of the many coral feeding devices available to target feed the corals. Squirt small amounts of food onto/into each of the corals in your aquarium. Because you've turned off your skimmer and pumps, leftovers will stay suspended in the water column which can then be gathered up by your corals and fish.

After about 30 minutes, it is safe to turn your protein skimmer and pumps back on. You will notice an increase in skim collection as the skimmer removes leftover food from your aquarium water. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about.

If you have any questions about coral feeding or are curious which types of food you should be feeding your fish or corals, please leave us a comment or give us a call at 1-800-566-FISH (3474).

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Week in Review: 2/11/13

We're working on a new coral feeding video, so we decided we'd look at our best-selling foods and food supplements for our weekly shopping insights. Looks like Rod's Original Blend usurped Coral Frenzy from its usual #1 position. Selcon and Garlic Guard are hobby favorites used to improve the nutritional value and taste of meals. Do you use any of these foods or food boosters to feed your pets?