Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Siphonophorae


Monday, December 29, 2008

Deal of the Week

Vertex IN-80 Internal Pinwheel Protein Skimmer 40-80 Gallons

Regularly: $178.99

Now Only: $128.99


YOU SAVE $50!


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Monday, December 22, 2008

New this Week, 12/22/08


36 Inch 1x150 Watt HID 3x39 Watt 420/460 NM AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 4 Lunar LEDs
Easily spotlight Corals and Anemones with directional 150 watt High Intensity Discharge 700+ nm lamps while providing actinic light with 420/460 nm T5 HO lamps and lunar light with adjustable LEDs. Anodized gloss and matte finish provide visual appeal and years of life. Timer controls HID Lamps, T5 HO Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independently. LED Housings that pivot 40 degrees allowing the Lunar light to be directed over specific areas of the aquarium.



48 Inch 2x150 Watt HID 2x54 Watt 420/460 NM AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 4 Lunar LEDs
Easily spotlight Corals and Anemones with directional 150 watt High Intensity Discharge 700+ nm lamps while providing actinic light with 420/460 nm T5 HO lamps and lunar light with adjustable LEDs. Anodized gloss and matte finish provide visual appeal and years of life. Timer controls HID Lamps,
T5 HO Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independently. LED Housings that pivot 40 degrees allowing the Lunar light to be directed over specific areas of the aquarium.


72 Inch 3x150 Watt HID 3x39 Watt 420/460 NM AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 6 Lunar LEDs
Easily spotlight Corals and Anemones with directional 150 watt High Intensity Discharge 700+ nm lamps while providing actinic light with 420/460 nm T5 HO lamps and lunar light with adjustable L
EDs. Anodized gloss and matte finish provide visual appeal and years of life. Timer controls HID Lamps, T5 HO Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independently. LED Housings that pivot 40 degrees allowing the Lunar light to be directed over specific areas of the aquarium.


24 Inch 4x24 Watt AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 2 Lunar LEDs
These AquaticLife™ T5 HO fixtures offer 420/460 nm, 700+ nm and Lunar light in one streamlined unit. Timer controls T5 HO Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independ
ently. Adjustable width Aquarium Frame Mounts support fixture above the aquarium. Gloss finish front side compliments the matte finish on top and ends of the fixture. German-made specially angled reflector maximizes light by directing it into the aquarium.




48 Inch 4x54 Watt AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 4 Lunar LEDs
These AquaticLife™ T5 HO fixtures offer 420/460 nm, 700+ nm and Lunar light in one streamlined unit. Timer
controls T5 HO Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independently. Adjustable width Aquarium Frame Mounts support fixture above the aquarium. Gloss finish front side compliments the matte finish on top and ends of the fixture. German-made specially angled reflector maximizes light by directing it into the aquarium.




24 Inch 2x65 Watt AquaticLife Compact Fluorescent CF Light Fixture W/ 2 Lunar LEDs
Designed in a contemporary shape, these Compact Fluorescent fixtures offer new features and light output only available from AquaticLife. Timer controls Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independently. Like all AquaticLife fixtures, these fixtures use a single power cord to power all lamps, making
it easy to mount on the aquarium or suspend from above. Included adjustable width Aquarium Frame Mounts support fixture above the aquarium. Suspension Ports allow connection to optional cables for various mounting configurations. Lateral supports and curvature of the fixture create a durable light housing.

48 Inch 4x65 Watt AquaticLife Compact Fluorescent CF Light Fixture W/ 4 Lunar LEDs
Designed in a contemporary shape, these Compact Fluorescent fixtures offer new features and light output only available from AquaticLife. Timer controls Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Lunar LEDs independently. Like all AquaticLife fixtures, these fixtures use a single power cord to power all lamps, making it easy to mount on the aquarium or suspend fr
om above. Included adjustable width Aquarium Frame Mounts support fixture above the aquarium. Suspension Ports allow connection to optional cables for various mounting configurations. Lateral supports and curvature of the fixture create a durable light housing.

AquaticLife Light Swing Arm 150W HID Fixture
The AquaticLife™ 700+ 10,000K Swing Arm Aquarium Light combines function and great looks! The I-beam linkable black arms create a distinctive appearance while allowing the light to be positioned easily over the aquarium. The design allows for an additional Dual-Link Arm to be inser
ted, increasing the overall height and reach of the fixture. The fixture easily mounts to tank frames or can be wall-mounted beside the aquarium with the optional hardware. German-made specially angled HID reflector maximizes 700+ nm light by directing it into the aquarium. Corner and top vents allow air to flow up through the housing, silently cooling the light fixture.

AquaticLife 150W HID 700+ Lamp
Marine 700+ Lamps feature a mix of Phosphors to produce a bright white 10,000 Kelvin light. The high PAR value increases the ability of corals to photosynthesize.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

AquaticLife HID Light Fixtures now Available

Aquarium product maker AquaticLife manufactures some seriously cool stuff.

From top-shelf RO/DI equipment to easy-to-read and use hydrometers, AquaticLife's impressive arsenal of products continue to impress us with their quality, craftsmanship and innovation.

Their HID light fixtures are no exception.

Equipped with T5s, LEDs and
adjustable HID spotlights, these puppies are primo for spotlighting corals and anemones in your reef tank. They also include a timer that controls the HID lamps, T5 HO fluorescent lamps and lunar LEDs independently. Not only that, the LED housings pivot 40° so you can direct the lunars over specific areas of the tank. The internal electronic ballasts are designed to cool the fixtures without the use of fans for quieter operation.

Although adoption of the HID format is more prevalent in Europe and Japan, their popularity is increasing. This trend will likely continue to spread across the U.S. as more aquarists become acquainted with HID and G12 socket bulbs.

If you have any questions about these light fixtures, feel free to leave us a comment or dial 1-800-566-FISH.

$150 Off Red Sea Max Complete

I got word from our purchasing department just before stepping out yesterday that we've dropped the price of the silver 34-gallon Red Sea Max Complete Aquarium System.

If you're not familiar with the Red Sea Max Complete—though if you frequent this blog or our store, I'm pretty sure you are—it, in a word, rocks. And this price is pretty rockin', too.

Marked down from $799.99 to just $649.99, you'll save a whopping $150.00 if you pick this baby up before the sale's over. To check out the specs, click here.

Happy holidays and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Expedition Uncovers New Coral Reefs

The team efforts of scientists and crew from the Waitt Institute for Discovery, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have paid off with the recent discovery of three never-before identified Lophelia coral reefs which were located 35 miles off the coast of Florida and 450 metres deep.

The CATALYST ONE expedition which kicked-off on December 4 combined the scientific expertise of Harbor Branch's senior research professor, John Reed, with Waitt Institute's cutting edge autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and Woods Hole's high-tech operations skills. The discovery of the first two deep coral reefs occurred during the first dive of the expedition on 5 December. The third Lophelia coral reef was discovered by the AUVs on 7 December after the re-positioning of Harbor Branch's research vessel Seward Johnson to the expedition's third survey site. Read More...


SOURCE: Science Centric

Monday, December 15, 2008

New this Week, 12/15/08


Blue Life USA SPS T5 Compact 48" 54 Watt Bulbs
Available in 4 styles: Pure Actinic, Surface,
Mid-Water and Deep Water. "Pure Actinic" provides deep violet Actinic-03 (420 nanometer) spectrum of light. "Surface" provides warm morning/afternoon spectrum of light. "Mid-Water" provides crisp bright midday blue/white spectrum of light. "Deep Water" provides bright brilliant blue Actinic (460 nanometer) spectrum of light.





Current USA Solana 25 Gallon Aquarium w/ 150W HQI 2x32W Power Compact SunDial Pendant & Modern Black Stand
Combining the newest innovations in aquatic technology with a simple, fashionable design, the Solana features frameless beveled glass panels, integrated bio-filtration and black background. It's not just an aquariumthe Solana is aquatic furniture destined to appeal to
everyone in the family. 25 gallon (18 inch cube) tank w/filter and skimmer, SunDial 150w HQI w/integrated timers, 14,000K HQI Lamp and more!



Current USA Solana 34 Gallon Aquarium w/ Nova Extreme Pro 20 Inch 6x18W T5HO Fixture & Modern Espresso Stand
34 Gallon (
20 Inch Cube) model w/ filter and skimmer, Nova Extreme Pro 20 Inch Fixture 6x18w T5HO Hanging Arm System and Modern Espresso Stand. Frameless cube design features beveled glass edges and conveniently hidden filtration system, including: intake venturi protein skimmer, surface-skimming overflow, built-in freshwater top-off system, biological, mechanical and chemical filtration. Also a dedicated heater section with constant level water flow, flexible return nozzle with dual outlets and removable beveled glass top.

JBJ Commercial Arctica Titanium Chiller DA-500B 115V 1/2 HP
Unique titanium coil design allows for maximum contact exposure. The absolute best element for heat exchange and corrosion resistance on the market. Units provide the highest BTU (British Thermal Units) heat removal capacity with the lowest amperage draw. A state-of-the-art digital LED thermostat system will automatically control your temperature within +1/-1 Fahrenheit from your desired set point. Bright LED allows for constant temperature reading with an "easy" calibration function.



DT's Premium Reef Blend Phytoplankton 5.5 oz
The primary reason to use phytoplankton with stony corals, is to increase the population of zooplankton for the corals to prey on.
Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a large and very nutritious pelagic diatom that contains many essential fatty acids. Adding Phaeodactylum tricornutum makes Premium Reef Blend an even more accessible and nutritious food for clams, gorgonians, some soft corals, copecods and other fauna that feed on diatoms.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Reef Central Special: 33% Off AquaMaxx Metal Halide Bulbs


Two weeks ago we ran a $20 off special for members of Reef Central on the new Vertex IN100 Protein Skimmer.

This week we've got another special up our sleeve: 33% off AquaMaxx Metal Halide Bulbs!

Just enter coupon code RCMAXX during checkout to claim your savings. Don't forget to visit the MarineDepot.com forum on RC for more deals as they happen.

Season's reefing, as our customer service manager would say. ;-)

Monday, December 08, 2008

New this Week, 12/8/08


NextReef MR1 Monster Media Reactor
The MR1 families of Media/Substrate Reactors feature a massive 4" reaction chamber. The extra-wide design maximizes water to media contact, increasing efficiency and minimizing dead zones in the reactor. NextReef Reactors have the largest capacities around, giving you the ability to run large amounts of media, or multiple products simultaneously. They're ozone-safe, and perfect for phosphate control, de-nitrification or fluidized sand filtration. The NextReef MR1 stands over 23 inches tall... that's over two gallons, big enough for large reef systems - up to 600 gallons.



IceCap 400-Watt 10000K, 14000K & 20000K Double-Ended Metal Halide Bulbs
Works with the IceCap electronic metal halide ballasts. IceCap pendant reflector designed to maximize lamp light output. Horizontal burn position, high PAR values and built-to-last featuring legendary IceC
ap quality.








CPR Replacement Outlet For BakPak, Dual BakPak & All Hang-On AquaFuge Refugiums
Complete outlet assembly with gasket. Replacem
ent for BakPak, Dual BakPak and all hang-on AquaFuges.










CPR Replacement Inlet For BakPak, Dual BakPak & All Hang-On AquaFuge Refugiums
Complete inlet assembly with gasket. Replacement for BakPak, Dual BakPak and all hang-on AquaFuges.











CPR Replacement Washer Set For BakPak, Dual BakPak & All Hang-On AquaFuge Refugiums
Outlet gasket and inlet gasket. Replacement for BakPak, Dual BakPak and all hang-on AquaFuges.












CPR Replacement Collection Cup Assembly For BakPak, Dual BakPak & AquaFuge PS Refugiums
Collection cup, lid and O-ring. Replacement for BakPak, Dual BakPak and AquaFuges PS.











CPR Replacement O-Ring For BakPak, Dual BakPak & AquaFuge PS Refugiums
Replacement O-ring for BakPak, Dual BakPak, AquaFuges PS.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Reef Necessities, 12/2/08


We're back with another edition of Reef Necessities, our series of blog posts that highlight aquarium products essential to the reef hobbyist.

In this, our special holiday edition, we're featuring a real best buy: the
D-D H2Ocean Magnesium Pro PLUS Saltwater Mixing Kit.

The D-D saltwater mixing kit comes with everything you need to mix consistent batches of saltwater every time. In fact, the only thing you're really missing is the water itself and a mixing container.

For $89.99, you'll get:

Purchased separately, these items (when not on sale) cost over $135!

We put this kit together to make things as easy as possible for hobbyists mixing their own saltwater for the first time. No more trips to the LFS!

We also have a very thorough article that will walk you through the whole process. Here's the link.

Until next time!

Diary of a 54-Gallon Tank: More Updates

The tank has been progressing very nicely over the last few months. At this point I have 4 fish in the tank; The pair of black Ocellaris Clowns, the Orchid Dottyback and the newest addition is an African Flameback Angel. This fish really adds some nice color to the tank, the dark blue body with a brilliant yellowish/orange back really stands out in the tank.

I have also added two skunk cleaner shrimp. I have found these guys to be invaluable in a reef tank. They are great at helping to clean up any excess food the fish don't grab and they will also help clean parasites off the fish. While I haven't seen any of the fish cleaning with these guys like I have seen in my past tanks, I am hoping that is just a good sign that the fish are very healthy.

In addition to the couple of "trial" corals I added in the beginning of the set up I have now stocked it with 9 SPS corals from ORA, 4 SPS frag corals from local hobbyists, one frag of xenia (from local hobbyist), one ORA Gold Maxima clam and one frag of Duncanopsammia with 5 heads (from local hobbyist). Below is a list of the corals currently in the tank:

  • ORA Borealis Acro
  • ORA Red Planet Table Acro
  • ORA Blue VooDoo Stag
  • ORA Verde Acro
  • ORA Purple Capricornis (Montipora capricornis)
  • ORA Spongodes (M. spongodes)
  • ORA Neon Green Montipora digitata
  • ORA Nathan's Green Milli (Acropora millepora)
  • ORA Marshall Island Blue Bottlebrush
  • Green Slimer Acro frag
  • Green Birdsnest frag
  • Pink Tipped unidentified acro frag
  • Brown unidentified acro frag
  • Pink Xenia frag (has two stalks)
  • Duncan frag (5 heads)
  • Hammer Coral Euphyllia sp (2 heads)
  • Orange Ricordia
At this point I am pretty much done adding corals to the tank. I now have to be patient and let them fill in the voids in the tank. I would still like to add a coral or two that would sit on the sand bed, probably something like a fungia or heliofungia. Or maybe I will just add a few more clams and let them grow out.

I have unfortunately had one death in the tank. I initially picked up a pair of the Flameback Angels (a larger one and a smaller one). The smaller one did not make it through the first night. I assume she was weak and the trauma of the move and acclimation was too much. I was going to replace her with another one but I think for the time being I am going to leave the single Flameback in the tank alone. I also lost one ORA frag. It was fairly badly banged up during shipping and it didn't recover and RTN'd fairly quickly. You can see it in a picture below.

And finally you might notice from the tank picture that the frags from ORA appear to be "stuck" in the rock work. Their frags come in on some large plugs that work great if you are putting your frags on eggcrate racks, but not so great for liverock placement. I ended up pulling the rock out of the tank and drilling holes in to it to put the plugs in. This worked out great and was much easier to do then I thought. Here are a couple of pictures of the process.


1) THE DRILL BIT
2) THE DRILLING STARTS

3) THE HOLE IS DRILLED
4) CORAL FRAG FITS NICELY

I am hoping to get some better pictures of the tank over the next few days that I can share and will provide more updates on the tank at that time.


Happy Reefing Everyone!

Monday, December 01, 2008

New this Week, 12/1/08


Two Little Fishies Aquastik
AquaStik™ Underwater Epoxy Putty for marine aquariums and reef aquariums. Two colors available, Red Coralline and Stone Grey. Colors match c
oralline algae or live rock. Excellent for securing rock, stony corals, gorgonians and aquatic plants. Non-toxic to fish, plants & small animals. Cures dry, damp, or underwater. Available in 2 and 4 oz. containers.


AquaEuroUSA Mighty Pro 1/13 HP Aquarium Chiller For Tanks Up To 60 Gallons
Titanium chiller for freshwater and saltwater tanks with integrated dual thermostat and digital display, for precise temperature control. Quiet, durable and reliable. Compact in design and easy to use. Good for tanks up to 60 the new Aqua USA 1/13 HP is an excellent performer in a very small package. Perfect for Nano-Tank Cabinets. Chiller dimensions: 10.5" L x 8" W x 16" H. Chilling Capability: 30 gal. 20ºF / 60GAL. 10ºF. Easy to Set Up and Operate: Includes All Fittings, O-Rings and Clamps. Energy Saving, Environmentally Friendly.

24 inch Current USA Nova Extreme T5 HO Retrofit 2-24W 460nm
Experience a whole new level of brightness with Nova Extreme Retrofit, a high output T5 lighting kit. These high output lamps will pump so much light into your aquarium that your fish will need sunglasses. This super efficient kit packs two European style high output T5 lamps, individual German parabolic reflector, waterproof endcaps and a high performance electronic ballast assembly with disconnect. Build your dream high output system or enhance your existing lighting with Nova Extreme.

Also available: 36" Current USA Nova Extreme T5 HO Retrofit 2-39W 460nm

JBJ C-Breeze Adjustable Clamp-On Air Blower
Need to drop 3-5 degrees without wanting to purchase a chiller? The C-Breeze adjustable Clamp-On Air Blower is the answer for Nano aquariums that require 3-5 degree drop in temperature. The innovative centrifugal fan quietly cools with a powerful wide mouth stream of air to speed up evaporative cooling. The C-Breeze draws air in through the slotted side vent and exhausts 20CFM of powerful air flow right where you direct it. The centrifugal fan design creates 3000 RPM, while only producing 44dBA noise level. Utilizes a child safe 12 volt transformer, very safe to use around water.

JBJ 5 Watt In-Tank Submariner UV Sterilizer/Clarifier
JBJ Lighting Submariner, In Tank UV Sterilizer 5W UV Sterilizer is the proactive solution for eradicating harmful micro-organisms and unattractive green free-floating algae in fresh & saltwater aquariums. This revolutionary UV sterilizer/clarifier is completely submersible, which can be placed either in the main body of the aquarium or positioned horizontally in a sump for a clutter free set-up. This utilizes a UV-C compact fluorescent lamp that is encapsulated in our unique Quartz Sleeve that is air tight and allows for a 99% transmission rate to efficiently neutralize disease causing pathogens. All models include an integrated pump with an adjustable swivel spout and large mechanical pre-filter sponge.

Also available: JBJ 9 Watt In-Tank Submariner UV Sterilizer/Clarifier

JBJ Digi-Temp 2 External Digital Thermometer w/ Probe
The Digi-Temp2 conveniently displays a large digital read out while discreetly mounted on the outside of your tank via included suction cup or two sided Velcro tape. External temperature probe cord is 41" in length for easy placement. Power DC 1.5V-LR44 battery included. Temp Range: -58 F to 158 F (-50 C to 70 C), +/- 1.5 F accuracy. Fahrenheit or Celsius Readings. Compact Design: 2.25" x 1.5" x 0.5"

USHIO Germicidal UV Lamp
USHIO Germicidal lamps are Low-Pressure Mercury-Arc lamps that emit radiation peaking at 253.7nm (UV-C). This output at 253.7nm is highly effective to inactive microorganisms such as algae, bacteria, virus, yeast and mold. Designed by experienced engineers, an by using quality material in combination with a tightly controlled manufacturing process, we provide high quality lamps free of impurities to maintain strong and stable output throughout life of the lamp. Available in 9W, 15W, 18W, 22W, 36W and 40W models.

Vertex Internal Pinwheel Protein Skimmer
Among the many progresses in Marine Aquaria hobby in the recent years, the use of protein skimmers was, by far, one of the greatest milestones in maintaining salt water aquarium animals. Organic compounds, being bipolar in nature, provide an opportunity for waste extraction via injection of air into the skimmer body which served the dual function of extraction of these compounds while aerating the water. Since their inception, there has been much advancement in the design and functionality of Protein Skimming. Vertex Skimmers utilize those technologies in the most effective way, while offering you the best value for your investment. Four (4) models available: 40-80 gallons, 60-100 gallons, 100-180 gallons and 150-250 gallons.