Friday, October 23, 2015

Emergency Prepardness: How to Keep Your Aquarium Inhabitants Alive During a Power Outage

Thorough planning and using quality equipment can prevent many hardships and avoid a lot of headaches when caring for a reef aquarium.

Regardless of how much you spend on your equipment or how much you plan ahead there is one thing that can crash an aquarium quicker than anything and that is losing electricity that powers your tank.

With winter fast approaching and severe weather on the horizon, power loss is bound to happen. Today we are going to show you how to keep your fish and coral alive during a power outage and provide you with some helpful tips to reduce the worry and stress caused by losing electricity to you aquarium.

Electricity powers all of the equipment that keeps your aquarium alive and well. Without electricity your water pumps stop pumping water deeming your filtration useless. More importantly is the lack of water flow also prevents proper gas exchange which results in insufficient dissolved oxygen levels for the animals in your aquarium. Therefore, keeping water moving inside your tank is the most important issue to address in the event of a power failure.

EcoTech Marine Battery Backup

The best way to get water moving is a high-quality powerhead like the EcoTech Marine VorTech, Tunze Stream Pumps or Maxspect Gyre. When connected to the appropriate battery back-up these pumps can run at a reduced speed for up to 48 hours or even longer, solely off the power supplied by the battery back-up.

The EcoTech Marine battery back-up is specifically designed for the VorTech and Vectra pumps.

IceCap Battery Backup

The IceCap battery back-up works perfectly with the Maxspect Gyre pumps and most other 12-24 volt DC water pump such as an AquaMedic EcoDrift or Tunze Controllable Stream Pumps. It includes multiple plug adapters to make connection with various other pumps easy.

Tunze Turbelle Safety Connector 6105.500

Tunze offers a unique solution. The Controllable Stream pumps or Waveboxes can be connected to any 12-24V battery though the use of the Tunze Safety Connector.

A large car battery used with a small Tunze pump can last several days during a power outage. Another advantage is that the battery can be easily swapped out. If your main battery back-up is exhausted, you are able to replace it with another battery. Disposable battery used for electric lanterns are good options.

One really cool feature of these battery back-ups is that they will automatically kick-on in the event power is lost so even if you are not home, your animals will be safe.

Azoo Battery Air Pump

Another more economical option for aeration during a power outage is a battery-powered air pump with an air stone. As the air bubbles rise they will move water and in turn help oxygenate the water. They are extremely inexpensive at less than $8 each and most of them run on regular C or D cell batteries.

The downside to battery-powered air pumps is that you will probably need a few of them to provide enough aeration; especially in large tanks and most do not have the capability to automatically switch when power is lost.

Photo Credit: Home Depot

Finally, you can consider investing in a generator. It is an expensive but foolproof option. Whether it is a portable unit or automatic, a generator can supply enough power to run all of the crucial equipment on your tank and will continue to produce power for long periods of time when refueled properly.

A few other things to keep in mind; do not feed your fish during a power loss to help reduce your fishes metabolism and avoid excess nutrients in the water that consume oxygen. Your fish can live for 4-5 days without food. Cover the tank with a blanket to keep out ambient lighting and reduce temperature changes in the aquarium. If checking on your fish, do not make fast movements or disrupt the tank in any way as you really want to keep stress levels to a minimum.

Photo courtesy of Eddie Zia

Preparing your aquarium for a power outage is a great idea, especially for those of you with mature reef tanks housing a variety of delicate fish and corals. If you need help prepping your tank for the impending apocalypse, give us a call at 1-800-566-FISH or send us a message anytime for excellent support from our trained team of aquarium experts.

If you found this article and the accompanying video helpful, please like, share and subscribe to show your support! Until next time, take care and happy reef keeping.

> Read 8 Ways to Prevent your Reef Tank from Crashing

> Read 7 Ways to be Prepared for an Aquarium Emergency

> Read Aquarium Emergency Preparedness

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Best Ways to Cycle Your Reef Aquarium

Most of us are guilty of rushing with an aquarium setup at some point. And, as Murphy's Law would have it, this almost always results in complications. Whether you add too many fish at once, fail to cure your live rock or simply do not wait long enough before adding animals to the tank—each of these seemingly minor transgressions can cause some serious problems.

Today we are going to show you how to properly cycle your reef aquarium and provide some insight into why this is so important for the success of your tank.

The "traditional" and most common way of cycling a reef tank is to use live rock. Just add live rock, sand (optional) and wait.

Live rock is transported from the ocean and is teeming with beneficial bacteria. En route to your home, the rock spends several days out of water. During this time, a significant portion of beneficial bacteria and other organisms will die. When added to your tank, the remaining living bacteria will seed the aquarium with a variety of different bacteria while the dead matter will break down and release harmful ammonia and nitrate into your aquarium water.

When using fresh live rock, it is wise to remove any sponges and other large and obviously dead organisms before you put the rock into your tank. Then give the rock a quick rinse in a bucket of saltwater to rid the rock of any additional decaying matter.

After cleaning the rock, simply place it in your aquarium and wait. The good nitrifying bacteria will take roughly 30-45 days to colonize and establish in your tank, all the while being continually fed by the leftover decaying matter on the live rock.

During this time, you should test the water two to three times per week. You will first notice a rise in the ammonia level, then a rise in the nitrite level. Once both the ammonia (NH3) and nitrite (NO2) have risen and then begin falling back down toward zero, the nitrate (NO3) level starts to accumulate and will register in your water tests. Usually after four to six weeks of cycling, the ammonia and nitrite levels will fall to zero and nitrate will be obviously present in the water. At this time, your tank has properly cycled and you can perform a 25 to 30 percent water change.

Bacterial supplements—our most popular are Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7 and Seachem Stability—increase the amount of good bacteria in your aquarium and will help speed up the cycling process. It is a good idea to add on a weekly basis even after the cycling process concludes to help maintain a healthy and diverse population of bacteria in your tank.

Dry rock, like AquaMaxx EcoRock or CaribSea Life Rock, is becoming a very popular choice for saltwater aquariums. Using dry rock keeps unwanted hitchhikers out of your aquarium, plus it has little to no environmental impact and is generally far less expensive than live rock.

Because dry aquarium rock is generally free of bacteria and dead organic matter, a slightly different approach will be required to properly cycle your reef tank.

The best option is to use a supplement, like those previously discussed, to add the bacteria strains to your aquarium. You then need to provide the aquarium with some organic material to support the growing bacteria populations. This is accomplished by "phantom feeding," which basically means adding a small amount of fish food to the aquarium on a regular basis to support the bacteria. It is not uncommon for an aquarium with dry rock to take a little longer to cycle, although many hobbyists feel it is worth the wait for the aforementioned reasons.

As with the traditional method of cycling with live rock, you will still need to test the water regularly to monitor the cycling process. Once nitrate is present and ammonia and nitrite have dropped down to zero, it is safe to start adding animals into the aquarium.

The best advice we can give to a hobbyist starting their first saltwater aquarium is that patience is the key for success in this hobby. Allow nature to take its course and proceed slowly. All too often we hear from customers who have added fish too quickly or added too many at once, resulting in a total loss of life. A good general rule is to add one fish per week when stocking a new tank.

If you are just starting out in the hobby, remember that adding animals before an aquarium is fully cycled may result in easily avoidable deaths—which is unfair to the animals, not to mention a waste of your hard-earned dollars.

For all of you seasoned reef keepers, we know you have heard this advice time and time again, so we hope you will lead by example for the generations of hobbyists to come!

If you found this article and the accompanying video helpful, please like, share and subscribe to show your support. Until next time, take care and happy reef keeping.

> View our Reef Tank Parameters Chart

> Learn How to Cure Live Rock

> View our Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle Diagram

> Read Mr. Saltwater Tank's Tips for Cycling a Reef Tank

> Read Aquarium Rock: Live, dry, cured or uncured?

> Read Top 7 Live Rock Hitchhikers

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Marine Depot Announces Best of 2015 Award Winners at 12th Annual Reef-A-Palooza Show announced the winners of their fifth annual Best of Awards last weekend, 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 10 and 11 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA.

"Aquarium owners now have the luxury of choice when it comes time to buy a new light, pump or protein skimmer," said Wayland Wong, Chief Operating Officer at Marine Depot. "Whereas hobbyists in the past had too few options, now aquarium keepers have so many possibilities that purchasing paralysis occasionally sets in. 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."

190 brands from across the globe were considered for this year's Marine Depot Best of Awards, which recognize aquarium supply manufacturers and products that have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout a one-year period.

Cerritos, CA based Innovative Marine earned three awards, including Best Aquarium for the fourth consecutive year.

"We could not make this journey alone," said Steve Yim, Chief Executive Officer at Innovative Marine. "Every hobbyist who wants something more has played a role when we craft a new product. We actively seek out thoughts, different points of view and feedback from the community. Those diverse perspectives guide us to ‘build a better mouse trap’ for the hobbyist that is easy to use, elegant and, most importantly, innovative."

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

Maxspect, creators of the world's first gyre-generating water moving device for aquariums, earned Best in Show honors last year for their revolutionary Gyre pump. The Gyre has gone on to become Marine Depot’s most popular pump in 2015, edging out the competition to become this year's Best in Flow.

"As the Maxspect Gyre approaches its one year anniversary, it is an honor to be awarded Best in Flow," said Chris Conti, Vice President of Sales at CoralVue, Maxspect's United States distributor. "Hobbyists can now experience massive horizontal water movement leaving little to no dead spots. Along with the XF130 and XF150 models, Maxspect will release the XF180 in early 2016 for aquarium sizes from 250 to 2,000 gallons. The Maxspect Gyre is now recognized as the new standard in water moving technology."

Another multi-year winner, Two Little Fishies, took home the Best Reactor award for the second time.

"We work very hard to make our products the best they can be and support them with the best customer service," said Julian Sprung, co-founder of Two Little Fishies. "This is the fourth time we've been recognized in Marine Depot's Best of Awards and the second time our Phosban Reactor has won Best Media Reactor. It is no wonder: our reactor is simple to use for so many applications and the price is right."

A newcomer to Marine Depot's Best of Awards this year is Euroquatics, who took home Best in Show honors at the 2015 Reef-A-Palooza show for their new E5 Retro Series Aquarium Lamps, which are an economically and environmentally friendly alternative to standard T5 high output fluorescent bulbs.

"The E5 Retro Series is a product concept we've been working on for quite a while now and it really took flight once we partnered with the team at Transcend Lighting," said Scott Bogner, Director and co-founder of Euroquatics. "We know there are a lot of people using T5HOs that, until now, didn't have any option but to replace the lamps every nine to 12 months. To us, that just didn't make any sense and we wanted to change it. This award from Marine Depot and the great response from customers highlights just how ready the industry is for a fresh approach to tube-style lamps. We couldn't be more excited about bringing the new E5 to market!"

Below is the complete list of Marine Depot's Best of 2015 award winners:
"The Best of Awards are largely determined by the aquarium keepers that use and love these products," revealed Wong. "We merely compiled the data points to shed light on which items customers can expect to get the greatest value and performance from."

You can learn more about the selection process and this year's winners by visiting the Marine Depot Best of 2015 Awards page on their website.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Why you should join an aquarium club: a round table discussion with SCMAS members Greg and Marc

As a reef nerd, it can sometimes be difficult to make new friends. When all you want to talk about are fish, corals and aquarium equipment, holding people's interest is a real challenge.

Joining an aquarium club in your area is one of the best ways to connect with like-minded people that share your enthusiasm for reef keeping. Plus, as you'll soon discover, participating in your local club can open you to many new opportunities and ideas that will help you learn and progress in the hobby.

In today's Marine Depot video, we sit down with two Southern California Marine Aquarium Society board members to discuss the benefits of joining a local reef club. During our conversation, we cover a lot of ground—including the history of SCMAS, tank tours, workshops plus share laughs on topics only other reefers can relate to.

We also talk about Reef-A-Palooza's humble beginnings and how this annual celebration of reef keeping has evolved into one of the world's largest aquarium shows.

If you are unfamiliar with aquarium clubs or have been considering joining your local chapter, watch to find out the countless ways that a club membership can benefit you... and your tank!

We hope our fun Q&A with Greg Carroll and Marc Trimble has inspired you to join an aquarium club! You can visit the Education Center of our website to find your local chapter.

Countless thanks to SCMAS for sharing their time and knowledge with us, not to mention organizing one of our favorite events, Reef-A-Palooza! Please like, share and subscribe if you found this video helpful and until next time, take care and happy reef keeping.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Neptune Systems Apex WAV Pump: Limitless Flow Capabilities, Insightful Data and Powerful AI

For those of us obsessed with reef aquariums, it is always an exciting time of year when MACNA (Marine Aquarium Conference of North America) comes around. The annual conference offers one of the best opportunities to learn more about the hobby with all of the awesome speakers, getting chummy with product manufacturers and finding out the inside scoop on some of the latest technology and equipment being introduced into the hobby.

One of the most highly anticipated new products this year is the Neptune Systems Apex WAV pump and their new 1LINK module. This year at MACNA we got our first hands-on look at these new pumps and today we are going to share some of our insights into what is quite possibly the future of water movement in our aquariums.

The new wavemaker from Neptune Systems allows for a seamless integration the Apex aquarium controller—which is required if you intend to use these pumps in your tank. With the new 1LINK module, all you need to do is plug the module into your Apex then attach up to three WAV pumps with a single cord going to each pump. This way you are not taking up precious sockets on your EnergyBar. Plus, less cords means less hassle.

One of the most impressive facts about the WAV pump is that it is so powerful—yet so compact! Each pump is capable of moving more than 4,000 gallons per hour (GPH) and is completely controllable using Neptune Systems' cloud-based aquarium command center, Apex Fusion. They run very quietly, with quite possibly the quietest drivers found on any powerhead.

The low-profile magnetic mount is really strong. It is suitable for tanks up to 1" thick with a pivot that gives you a 40° range of motion, making it easy to mount them discreetly and aim them right where you want them.

The WAV pumps also have some ingenious flow control options via Apex Fusion. A variety of programs including standard constant, random, pulse, sync, anti-sync as well as the unique "Malibu" and "Mavericks" modes for all you big wave chasers.

Using Apex Fusion, you can get detailed real-time pump status, allowing you to monitor your current mode, RPM, temperature and status of the pump. Apex Fusion can even take corrective action using its built-in artificial intelligence to stop the pump and/or send email or text alerts in the event something goes wrong.

Neptune Systems has integrated some really intelligent sensors that help prevent damage to your pump. The pump will stop operation completely if it senses a snail or rock jamming the impeller, if the pump falls off your tank wall or if it is removed from water.

With all of these cutting edge features, all of us Apex users here at Marine Depot are excited to get these pumps up and running in our own tanks. If you are looking for an easy-to-use water flow solution with an advanced feature set, give us a call today at 1-800-566-FISH to order the Apex WAV pump for your aquarium.

Please like and share this article/video to help us spread the word about these revolutionary new aquarium pumps! Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on the latest aquarium keeping news and technology. Thanks for letting us share our knowledge with you!

Until next time, take care and happy reefkeeping.

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> Get a thorough breakdown of the WAV on Neptune Systems' website.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Marine Depot Earns 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence

Bizrate® Insights, a Connexity company and one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the United States, this week announced that was a winner in its 16th annual Bizrate Circle of Excellence Awards. The Award recognizes retailers that received outstanding online customer satisfaction scores throughout a one-year period, as rated by millions of verified online buyers.

This is the fourth time that Marine Depot has been awarded this prestigious designation.

The 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Awards was earned by only 187 online retailers, representing the top 4.6% of retailers in North America utilizing the Bizrate survey.

"Looking across the last 16 years of the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award, we are finding that online retailers are trending toward higher and higher levels of customer satisfaction each year," said Bill Glass, CEO of Connexity, Inc., parent company to both Bizrate and Bizrate Insights. "We are proud to be in the position to honor these retailers that go above and beyond when considering the customer experience. Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award winners understand that dedication to good customer service every day and with every transaction translates to more customers, more loyal customers, and ultimately, increased sales."

The Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award highlights retailers’ biggest successes and pain points in equal measure. In 2015, five of the seven Bizrate Circle of Excellence average scores increased over 2014, one remained unchanged year over year, and one, Customer Support, has decreased since 2014," said Hayley A. Silver, Vice President of Bizrate Insights. "Customer Support, which is highly influential over customer loyalty, continues to be the most difficult attribute on which to delight customers."

"At Marine Depot, we value the voice of the customer and have used Bizrate Insights to better our business for over 10 years,” said Dan Yoon, Customer Support Supervisor at "We work hard to keep our customers happy and are incredibly proud of earning our fourth Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award. We plan to showcase this Award to bring confidence to new shoppers and show them that customer service is a high priority at Marine Depot."

Among the factors taken into consideration to be named a Bizrate Circle of Excellence winner are:

Point of Sale metrics
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Ease of Finding
Post Order Fulfillment metrics
  • Repurchase Intent
  • Product Met Expectations
  • Customer Support

About Marine Depot is the world’s #1 supplier of marine and reef aquarium supplies. The one-stop online shop was founded in 1998 and has shipped over a million orders to hobbyists around the world in their 17 years of business. Marine Depot is renowned for their enormous product selection, award-winning customer support and same-day shipping. The company employs 45 full- and part-time employees in their Garden Grove, CA headquarters. Marine Depot was included in the Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Businesses in 2011, is a Google Trusted Store, 3-time Top 500 Internet Retailer and a 4-time BizRate Circle of Excellence winner.

About Bizrate® Insights

With over 27 million surveys collected annually from over 5,000 retailers worldwide, Bizrate Insights is the largest source of verified customer-generated seller ratings and reviews, helping both retailers and consumers make informed decisions. Bizrate Insights’ core solutions cover online and mobile visitors, online and mobile buyers, as well as retail store buyers. These core solutions are free, allowing retailers of all sizes to build best-in-class customer experiences, gain competitive intelligence, and attract more qualified traffic from top search engines.

About Connexity, Inc.

Connexity leverages its 17 years’ experience with its top eCommerce destinations to help retailers and marketers sell more online. Using its retail network, proprietary technology, and advanced audience modeling, Connexity help brands find and target the right audiences on any device with programmatic media. The company also helps performance marketers get more customers with syndicated product listings on its shopping-centric publisher network, and with search marketing services that includes hands-on management of SEM, PLAs, SEO and retargeting. And with Bizrate Insights, the company helps retailers keep their customers by supplying direct consumer feedback so they can improve their customer relationships and online store experience. Connexity, Inc., formerly Shopzilla, Inc., is headquartered in Los Angeles and operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. It is owned by Symphony Technology Group (STG).

Marine Depot awarded Google Trusted Stores badge was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program.

To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

"Customers already count on us to provide them with a wide selection of products, reliable on-time shipping and excellent customer support," said Dan Yoon, Customer Support Supervisor at Marine Depot.

"With the Google Trusted Store insignia, customers can now shop at our store with even greater confidence by opting into Google's free purchase protection. Our award-winning, 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence team always strives for 100% customer satisfaction. I believe our participation in the Google Trusted Stores program is a testament to that commitment."

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

About Marine Depot is the world’s #1 supplier of marine and reef aquarium supplies. The one-stop online shop was founded in 1998 and has shipped over a million orders to hobbyists around the world in their 17 years of business. Marine Depot is renowned for their enormous product selection, award-winning customer support and same-day shipping. The company employs 45 full- and part-time employees in their Garden Grove, CA headquarters. Marine Depot was included in the Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Businesses in 2011, is a Google Trusted Store, 3-time Top 500 Internet Retailer and a 4-time BizRate Circle of Excellence winner.

Euroquatics to Introduce New E5 Aquarium Lamps at Reef-A-Palooza October 10 & 11

Euroquatics, a wholly owned subsidiary of horticultural lighting giant Gavita Holland, and Transcend Lighting, the world leader in LED grow light technology, teamed up to announce the launch of E5 aquarium light lamps.

With numerous capabilities and features, these highly efficient new lamps can be used in place of traditional T5HO aquarium bulbs.

Euroquatics plans to introduce the E5 at the 2015 Reef-A-Palooza show next weekend (October 10 and 11) in Costa Mesa, CA. Euroquatics made waves in the industry last year when they unveiled their Angel LEDs at the 2014 show. The E5 lamp will be available first (in limited quantity) at later this year.

The E5 is designed to work in sync with your original T5HO fixtures. These unique products showcase features that create an eco-friendly, longer lasting aquarium lamp. This new spin on an old design makes T5s a product of the past. With its sleek design, the E5 is made to last over five times the life span of an average T5HO lamp while consuming about half of the power.

T5 lamps are also comprised of toxic materials that can be extremely harmful to the environment if broken. In addition to a decrease in power consumption, the E5s are made to the highest industry standard from highly recyclable materials. These custom-phosphor LED technology lamps are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and do not contain mercury or other toxic materials.

"We are really excited to launch the E5 Retro Series," said Scott Bogner, Director and co-founder of Euroquatics. "Its incredible features make this lamp one-of-a-kind. Without any changes to fixtures, consumers are now able to swap their old T5HO lamps for a more efficient, eco-friendly and cost effective product. In addition to these new features, the E5 does not fall short of meeting the quality expectations set by the T5s that bring an aquarium to life."

E5 lamps are available in four standard sizes: 2', 3', 4' and 5' and currently have five color options to choose from. These include:
  • Tropical (6.5k)
  • Daylight (10k)
  • Cool Daylight (15k)
  • Blue Pop (~450nm)
  • Marine Pink
Bogner says Euroquatics is trying to push the industry forward in both options and quality.

"The current LED replacement lamps for T5 tubes on the market do not have the power the E5 has, which is needed to get the PAR reading to truly compare to the T5HO lamps, Bogner explains. "E5 lamps work on an electronic ballast and are meant to help hobbyists save money and maintain performance. Similar products require rewiring or have less output, or are poorly mixed LEDs which only simulate full spectrum."

Bogner continues: "Quality LEDs equals better output over the life of the lamp. We are not using these to light an office building. Our aquariums require better than simple office lamps."

Bogner says the E5 lamps are not built using off-the-shelf parts. "We actually have a custom phosphor applied to the LED chips. It's not a mix of LEDs to look like the kelvin temperature you want. By using these phosphors we get a truer full spectrum, minus UV."

Although certainly subject to change, Euroquatics says the pricing of their new E5 lamps will be around three times higher than a quality T5HO florescent bulb but will have 8-10 times the life. And, when you factor in the 45% power savings and the replacement costs every 9-12 months for standard T5HO bulbs, over time, the savings are huge.

The current MSRP is as follows:
  • 2' - $49.99
  • 3' - $59.99
  • 4' - $69.99
  • 5' - $79.99
"When you factor in the life of the bulb, the three year warranty, the power-saving and the saved replacement costs over the 8 years, you save a lot of money!" Bogner points out. "E5 lamps are also dimmable if you have a dimmable T5 fixture. The PAR values are at or above T5HO lamps. But it has the same look as T5HO in terms of the shimmer you're looking for. It's made to be a power saver for existing fixtures."

Bogner also revealed Euroquatics has been working on additional sizes and colors and will release ongoing updates between now and the end of the year.

"At launch, it will be the 2', 3', 4' and 5' in the initial five colors. We hope to have our final ship date to post at Reef-A-Palooza."

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