Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SpectraPure MaxCap RO/DI System: What YOU Need to Know

The SpectraPure MaxCap is one of our best-selling RO/DI systems. It features a tested TFC membrane with 99% rejection rate. This means you will get 2-3 times more life out of your DI cartridges when compared to most other regular TFC membranes that have a lower rejection rate. 

The MaxCap systems also include a High Capacity Silica-Buster DI as well as the High Capacity MaxCap DI cartridge which gives you 4 times more capacity compared to competing DI cartridges as well as helps target silica and phosphate removal. It includes two, double probe TDS meters to let you monitor the performance of the system as well helps you know when the cartridges need to be changed out.  

These systems also have a manual flush valve to help extend the life of the TFC membrane as well as a float valve and ASO valve for automated operation.  If you want ultra-pure RO/DI water for your reef tank, the SpectraPure MaxCap RO/DI is one of your best options.  

-Take Care and Happy Reefkeeping!

AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro: What YOU Need to Know

Smart ATO Micro

The Smart ATO Micro is amazingly compact and incredibly easy to use.  Because of the tiny size and magnet mount, you can install this ATO onto just about any tank.  It utilizes and optical sensor to detect water level which means it has no moving parts that can fail or get jammed by snails or calcium build up. 

The optical sensor is extremely accurate and will work in complete darkness so it is suitable for mounting inside your tank stand.  The included pump is capable of pushing water up to 6 ½ feet and includes all of the tubing and mounting accessories you need. It features Smart ATO’s Quick Security Technology to ensure years of worry-free service.

-Take Care and Happy Reefkeeping!

Marine Depot RO/DI Replacement Filter Kit: What YOU Need to Know

RO/DI Filter Kit

Our RO/DI replacement filter kit includes standard-sized sediment, carbon, and DI filter cartridges that fit most RO/DI systems such as MarineDepot Kleanwater, SpectraPure, AquaFX, SeaChem, 
Kent Marine and many more. In most situations, RO/DI cartridges need to be changed out every 6 months or so to ensure the water produced does not have impurities that may harm aquarium inhabitants.  

The dual density sediment filter provides consistent performance while the ½ micron carbon block filter will help extend the life of your TFC membrane.  The Mixed Bed DI filter used non-recycled nuclear-grade resin that maximizes performance and last longer. 
Replace your cartridges with the affordable Marine Depot RO/DI Replacement Filter Kit to ensure the highest quality of water produced by your RO/Di System.

-Take Care and Happy Reefkeeping!

Friday, July 22, 2016

How to build a FOWLR Aquarium (fish only with live rock)

Although it is tempting to start with a small aquarium because of the lower start-up cost, you often pay for it in the long run. With small tanks, it is much more difficult to maintain stable water parameters and for this reason fish loss and a frustration are all too common with new hobbyists.

We generally recommend starting with an aquarium that is 30 gallons or larger which goes a long way in terms of having a good first impression with the aquarium hobby.

Aquamaxx recently released an entire series of rimless low-iron aquariums and what you see here is the Premium 64-gallon tank. This glass aquarium features 12mm low-iron glass that is ultra-thick and crystal clear. The smooth beveled edges and the 3D laser-engraved logo make these aquariums look just as good empty as they are when full.

When looking at filtration, it can certainly be over whelming for a new hobbyist. An effective filtration system is crucial for success because filtration is what keeps your water clean and ensures a happy and healthy environment for your fish.

One of our favorite filter options for fish only systems is the Eheim Classic canister filters which have long been known as one of the best, no frills canister filters available.

The 2217 model is a perfect fit for this 64-gallon tank as it has plenty of space to hold all the biological, mechanical and chemical filtration. The lid pops off easily allowing for easy access to the media trays. The filter comes with all the necessary media you need to get started but we definitely recommend a little upgrade by adding a bag of premium carbon or all-in-one chemical filter media, such as the AquaMaxx All-In-One. This will help ensure optimum water quality and clarity through the various stages of learning associated with keeping your first aquarium.

Hang-on power-filters are also a pretty common choice for new hobbyists but they tend to have significantly less space for filtration media and are better reserved for freshwater aquariums and quarantine tanks.

Staying with the same brand of high-quality products, we chose to add a 250 Watt Eheim Jager Heater to maintain stable water temperatures and remember the general rule for choosing a heater is 3-5 Watts per gallon.

Having some extra safeguard equipment will really help you avoid some frustrating ailments when building your first tank. Adding a UV sterilizer is perfect for fish only systems because not only does it kill off algae spores to reduce algae problems, it helps to reduce water-borne pathogens and parasites to help keep your fish healthy. The Aqua UV Advantage 2000 15W simply hangs on the side of your aquarium and can be connected right to the outlet of the canister filter.

 A couple of Hydor Koralia Evolution powerheads will also come in handy to help with water movement, gas exchange and help keep detritus suspended for easy removal via the canister filter.

Another piece of equipment we strongly recommend is a protein skimmer. Although not absolutely required, protein skimmers are highly effective pieces of filtration equipment because they pull waste out of the water before it breaks down. Therefore, your water is kept cleaner, your fish healthier and less frequent water changes will be required. The AquaMaxx HOB-1 is hand-down our bestselling protein skimmer and it just so happens it is perfectly sized for this tank and hangs nicely off the back.

For the aquascape, we have selected a good variety of dry rock. A mixture of the AquaMaxx EcoRock, Tonga branch and shelf rock was used. When putting this together we used minimal amounts of rock with the intent of leaving plenty of swim room for fish inside the tank.

The tank is now ready for sand and finally water. When filling your tank for the first time, the aquarium water will be cloudy for a few days. This is completely normal and water clarity will continue to improve as you move through the cycling process.

As with any aquarium, it is important to allow your new aquarium plenty of time to cycle and establish a stable population of beneficial bacteria. 4-6 weeks is usually more than enough time and you can learn all about the cycling process by checking out the video link in the description below. 

Remember, patience is the key to success when keeping an aquarium. Do not rush anything, especially during the cycle stage. In our next video installment, we will revisit this tank, go over the process of stocking your new aquarium with fish and talk about some lighting choices so be sure to check back in with us.

- Take Care and Happy Reefkeeping.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

AquaIllumination Prime HD LED Light - Better Color, Faster Growth, Greater Value

It has been a little over a year since we reviewed the AquaIllumination Prime and it has since become one of our bestselling lights.

Hobbyists really love the small and sleek form factor, the easy yet extensive programming options through myAI and, of course, it’s affordable price.

Not resting on their laurels, Aqua Illumination made this popular light even better with the new and improved AI Prime HD LED light!

AquaIllumination has taken the same upgrades made to the Hydra 26 and 52 fixtures and applied them to the Prime. The result is a new fixture that is more powerful and offers a better spectrum.

By upping the power from 50W to 55W, the Prime is now brighter than ever before. However, the even cooler part is that the Prime HD now features the same HD feature found on the Hydras.

No longer are you limited to using a fixed amount of power for each channel. Now you can shift the power from the unused channels to boost the power to the channels you to be brighter.

Most hobbyists tend to have their blue channels at near 100% and their white/red/green channels at a lower output. Now, you are able to take that unused power and use it to boost the output of the blue channels past 100% to get the most out of the light.

With these upgrades, the previous maximum coverage 20” by 20” has been increase to 24” by 24”.

Additionally, the LED diodes have been updated to the lasted and most efficient diodes from CREE SimiLED and Osram. The mix of LED diodes have also been updated to provide a wider spectrum for your corals.

Mounting the Prime HD is quite simple as well. You can select from a hanging kit, a rigid tank mount or the new gooseneck mount.

With the continual improvement in power, spectrum and control, AquaIllumination has made the great Prime LED fixture even better. Your corals will get better color, better growth and you will get more bang for your buck!

-  Take Care and Happy Reefkeeping.