Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New this Week, 6/29/10

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Taam Rio Coral Feeder Deluxe Set
The Rio Coral Feeder is designed for the direct feeding of liquefied and particulate foods to SPS corals, LPS corals and filter feeding corals. Coral feeder can also be used to eradicate detris and excess debris from those hard-to-reach areas of the aquarium. Use with phytoplankton, oyster eggs, Cyclopes, liquid coral food, baby brine shrimp, rotifers and copepods. Just suck up your desired food in the coral feeder, place in aquarium and aim and shoot.

New Life International Spectrum Reef Macro-Feeder Formula 5.3oz
Natural color enhancing high energy 2mm sinking pellets. High density nutrient & rich in HUFA. Formulated for all micro feeders. New Life Spectrum food is made with high-quality, easily digestible South Antarctic Krill, Herring, Squid, and New Zealand Mussel protein, and several all-natural color-enhancing ingredients for a balanced diet that boosts immune system function and enhances the full spectrum of your invert`s color. With the belief that all inverts require a complete and fully balanced varied diet, New Life also contains algae meal, that consists of Seaweed, Kelp, and Haematococcus pluvialis (a micro algae), a premium grade of natural Spirulina, as well as a fruit and vegetable extract that consists of Spinach, Red & Green Cabbage, Peas, Broccoli, Red Pepper, Zucchini, Tomato, Kiwi, Apricot, Pear, Mango, Apple, Papaya, and Peach. Also contains a generous inclusion of Garlic for its anti-parasitic and immune boosting properties. With no added hormones. Made in the U.S.A.

New Life International Spectrum Reef Mega-Fish Formula 17.03oz
Natural color enhancing 10mm sinking pellets. Formulated for all types of tropical fish including omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores. New Life Spectrum food is made with high-quality, easily digestible South Antarctic Krill, Herring, Squid, and New Zealand Mussel protein, and several all-natural color-enhancing ingredients for a balanced diet that boosts immune system function and enhances the full spectrum of your fish`s color. With the belief that all fish require a complete and fully balanced varied diet, New Life also contains algae meal, that consists of Seaweed, Kelp, and Haematococcus pluvialis (a micro algae), a premium grade of natural Spirulina, as well as a fruit and vegetable extract that consists of Spinach, Red & Green Cabbage, Peas, Broccoli, Red Pepper, Zucchini, Tomato, Kiwi, Apricot, Pear, Mango, Apple, Papaya, and Peach. Also contains a generous inclusion of Garlic for its anti-parasitic and immune boosting properties. With no added hormones. Made in the U.S.A.

New Life International Spectrum Reef Micro-Feeder Formula 3.5oz
Natural color enhancing high energy micro particles. High density nutrient & rich in HUFA. Formulated for all micro feeders. New Life Spectrum food is made with high-quality, easily digestible South Antarctic Krill, Herring, Squid, and New Zealand Mussel protein, and several all-natural color-enhancing ingredients for a balanced diet that boosts immune system function and enhances the full spectrum of your invert`s color. With the belief that all inverts require a complete and fully balanced varied diet, New Life also contains algae meal, that consists of Seaweed, Kelp, and Haematococcus pluvialis (a micro algae), a premium grade of natural Spirulina, as well as a fruit and vegetable extract that consists of Spinach, Red & Green Cabbage, Peas, Broccoli, Red Pepper, Zucchini, Tomato, Kiwi, Apricot, Pear, Mango, Apple, Papaya, and Peach. Also contains a generous inclusion of Garlic for its anti-parasitic and immune boosting properties. With no added hormones. Made in the U.S.A.

Ista Vortex Water Flow Accelerators MPT
The Ista Vortex Water Flow Accelerator nozzle delivers more random flow for aquarium systems. You can increase your water flow up to 400% with this high-quality accelerator. Durable ABS plastic construction, compact size and light weight. Choose from 1", 3/4" and 1/2" models.




Energy-Saving Ista LED Light
18 and 23" aquarium lights feature 108 LEDs. Thin, graciously smooth and streamlined design. Individual on/off switch adjusts color and brightness to achieve the perfect combination. Adjustable supporting rack in extension to different height and width to fit different size tanks. Simple to install, easy in operating, energy-saving and long working life. Instant-lighting, no warm up.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Take Your Dog to Work Day


First celebrated in 1999,
Take Your Dog to Work Day was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.

This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay by opening their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.


We participated in TYDTWDay (we do run
PetStore.com, too, don'tcha know) and it was a blast! Here are some pictures from the day's festivities.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New this Week, 6/15/10

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AquaMaxx In-Sump Protein Skimmers
AquaMaxx in-sump protein skimmers are built using exceptional cell-cast acrylic, bubble plates and easily adjustable riser tubes. They are rated for aquariums 100-300 gallons yet are thin enough to be concealed in a sump underneath your aquarium. AquaMaxx in-sump protein skimmers remove organic waste from aquarium water. They create a strong mix of small air bubbles and turbulent water movement to force protein, waste and other materials into a collection cup for easy removal. $249.99 to $449.99 each (includes free shipping)

AquaMaxx Cone 2 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
AquaMaxx protein skimmers are computer engineered, precision-cut and made of polished cell-cast acrylic. Fine-tune wet or dry foam production using the Quick-Adjust Valve. The included Sicce skimmer pump has been upgraded with a special needlewheel impeller to shred incoming air bubbles into micro bubbles for better performance. ShockMaxx rubber feet dramatically reduce noise and vibration. A built-in bubble plate decreases chamber turbulence and improves efficiency. A removable, low-clearance collection cup makes cleaning easy. Includes a drain fitting for hobbyists who want to setup a separate reservoir for skimmate. $389.99 (includes free shipping)

AquaMaxx HOB-1 Hang-On-Back Protein Skimmer
The AquaMaxx Hang on Back Series I (HOB-1) protein skimmer features an incredibly responsive collection cup and an amazingly powerful submersible pump. It is rated up to 100 gallons in a design thin and light enough to be placed on a nano or other small saltwater aquarium. AquaMaxx HOB Series I protein skimmers are easy to setup and maintain. Just move the collection cup up or down to adjust the foam level to wet or dry. A removable collection cup makes cleaning easy. Includes a drain fitting for hobbyists who want to setup a separate reservoir for skimmate. $199.99 (includes free shipping)

72" 3 x150 Watt 14,000K HID 4x39 Watt AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 6 Lunar LEDs
Easily spotlight corals and anemones with directional 150 watt high intensity discharge 14,000K 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 pivot 40 degrees allowing lunar light to be directed over specific areas of the aquarium. Includes adjustable width aquarium frame mounts and suspension hardware for multiple lighting options. Internal electronic ballasts designed to cool without fans for quiet operation. $1016.99 (includes free shipping)

65W 6700K/10000K (10K) White Power Compact - Straight Pin, Blue Life SPS
South Pacific Sunlight (SPS) Power Compact bulbs are designed to intensify the natural beauty of your aquarium. By providing optimal light distribution, these bulbs will enhance the color, and growth of your fish and corals. SPS Power Compact bulbs are energy efficient, made of thick durable glass and are great by themselves or used in conjunction with Metal Halides. $22.99.


65W Dual 420nm/460nm Blue Power Compact Bulb - Straight Pin, Blue Life SPS
South Pacific Sunlight (SPS) Power Compact bulbs are designed to intensify the natural beauty of your aquarium. By providing optimal light distribution, these bulbs will enhance the color, and growth of your fish and corals. SPS Power Compact bulbs are energy efficient, made of thick durable glass and are great by themselves or used in conjunction with Metal Halides. $22.99


Super Reef Octopus XP1000 Space Saver (110 Gallon) Internal/External Cone Protein Skimmer
We are proud to introduce you to our Super Reef Octopus product line. With the most innovative skimmer and calcium reactor designs on the market there is no reason to look any further. They use of our Bubble Blaster/Water Blaster pumps that include a 3-year warranty. The SSS stands for Super Sump Saver. This model incorporates all the same benefits of the XP design but has the pump built into the bottom of the skimmer which allows for a much smaller footprint inside the sump. The XP cone design puts very little back pressure on the pump because there is little resistance from the base of the skimmer all the way up to the collection cup. Less resistance means more skimming ability for the pump to work at its maximum output. When space is limited look to our SSS models. $324.99 (includes free shipping)

Two Little Fishies KW Reactor 300 (Kalkwasser Reactor)
The KW Reactor 300 creates saturated kalkwasser solution every time the feed pump is switched on to replenish evaporated water. Gentle mixing is achieved with a rotating sprinklerhead that is “powered” by the pressurized water feed. Use with up to a maximum of 1 cup calcium hydroxide. One reactor for aquariums up to 300 gallons (1135 Liters). Recommended Pump Size: ca. 200 - 300 gal/hr (760 - 1140 L/hr). The pipes automatically reduce the flow to a small stream. Connection for Hoses: 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) i.d. The inlet and outlet flexible 90° fittings rotate to suit your installation. $64.99

Monday, June 14, 2010

AquaMaxx Unveils New Protein Skimmer Line


Good news travels fast!

If you haven't heard—however unlikely with posts on
Reefbuilders, Glassbox Design and OCRD—we are proud to be the first retailer online or otherwise with AquaMaxx's new-to-market line of protein skimmers.

We've got all seven models released in this first wave and will carry an additional four as soon as
AquaMaxx gives us the good word. As reported on OCRD, we will also be bringing in some brand-spanking new AquaMaxx calcium and zeo reactors (hopefully) within the next 30 days.

We've had the opportunity to play with these skimmers in the office and, in fact, have been test driving an
HOB-1 on our breakroom tank—a 28-gallon Nano Cube—for the past couple of months. We are pleased with the results. Easy to setup, easy to maintain and, best of all, it keeps our tank water crystal clear (in conjunction with our usual maintenance routine).

What's so special about AquaMaxx protein skimmers? I'm glad you asked.


AquaMaxx protein skimmers are computer engineered, precision-cut and made of polished cell-cast acrylic. One of the standout features are the Quick-Adjust Valves that allow you to fine-tune your foam production. Like your foam wet? Just turn the valve. Change your mind? You guessed it: turn the valve.

All models include removable, low-clearance collection cups for easy cleaning and built-in bubble plates to decrease chamber turbulence and improve efficiency. Drain fittings are also included for hobbyists who want to setup a separate reservoir for skimmate.


AquaMaxx skimmers are equipped with reliable Sedra or Sicce skimmers pumps upgraded with special needlewheel impellers to shred incoming bubbles into micro bubbles for optimum performance. In addition to our own 60-day hassle-free return policy, AquaMaxx skimmers carry a 90-day manufacturer warranty and include detailed instructions and diagrams to help aquarists get immediately up and running.


All models include free shipping and are rated for aquariums from 50 to 550 gallons, depending on your needs. There is a lot of variety in the line, from the hang-on-backs to the in-sumps and cones.

We're excited to be part of AquaMaxx's growth and look forward to updating you when the next four models (and reactors) arrive. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or speak to one of our specially trained fish geeks at 1-800-566-FISH.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Top 10 Best Sellers - May 2010

Wondering what your peers are purchasing? Here are our top 10 sellers for the month of May:

Joes Juice Aiptasia Eliminator 20 mL
A safe and easy way to rid your tank of pesky aiptasia and majano anemones. Simply feed the problem anemone a small am
ount of Joes Juice and watch the results. Within minutes, the anemone will disappear... for good! Joes' reef-safe formula will not harm corals or invertebrates and you will not need to siphon the anemone out of your tank after application. Includes plastic flow control tip to eliminate spillage and increase accuracy. RATED 4 STARS

Boyd Chemi-Bags - 2/pk 5" x 11.5"
Double stitched nylon filter medium bags. For use with any type of granular filter media such as: phosphate, ammonia, nitrate or sili
ca removers or activated carbon. Includes 2 nylon ties. RATED 4 STARS



AZ-NO3 Nitrate Eliminator 240mL
The AZ-NO3 (Absolute Zero - Nitrates) product works entirely by aerobic Cellular Respiration on the target Nitrate molecule, which is then removed by the Protein Skimmer. The oxidoreductases necessary f
or these processes are the chemical mechanism of an enzyme action. In the most simplest of explanations, AZ-NO3 can be considered an essential food, required by the active enzyme maltase that functions as a cellular respirator. The manufacturing process renders this product as an undesirable food to certain detrimental enzyme (amylase and invertase) that could uncontrollably proliferate in the aquarium. RATED 4 STARS

Boyd Chemi Pure Elite 11.74oz
Chemi-pure can be used with all water types as a chemical absorption filter and ion generator and exchange unit to positively keep pH at a perfect constant level. Also fantastic for use with Afr
ican Cichlids and Discus! Needs replacement only every six months under normal circumstances. RATED 4 STARS


E.S.V. B-Ionic 2-Part Calcium Buffer 2 gal Concentrate (1gal each bottle)
B-Ionic Calcium Buffer is the original, unique, easy to use, two
-component liquid supplement system. When using equal volumes of each component, the aquarist can easily maintain calcium and alkalinity levels with no mixing powders, disruption of ionic balance, or addition of organic chemicals. B-Ionic Calcium Buffer System does not contain phosphates or nitrates. In addition to supplying highly concentrated calcium and carbonate alkalinity required for calcification, B-Ionic Calcium Buffer System also provides all other important major, minor, and trace elements in the proper ratios to duplicate the composition of natural seawater. As a result, B-Ionic Calcium Buffer System will help restore inorganic ions lost from protein skimming and help maintain the ionic balance of the aquarium water. Starting daily dosage is 1 ml per 4 gallons of aquarium capacity. RATED 4 STARS

CaribSea Purple Up Coralline Algae Accelerator 16oz
Purple Up has a unique dual method approach to coralline algae acceleration. Ionic calcium immediately raises dissolved calcium levels in your aquarium water. Ten micron aragonite targets the live rock surface, where it dissolves in situ (in place), delivering ca
lcium, strontium, magnesium and carbonate right where it is needed. Purple Up replenishes iodine, an essential element for coralline algae tissues that quickly becomes depleted in closed systems. One bottle of Purple Up replaces the typical multi-product recipe for successful coralline algae growth favored by advanced aquarists. RATED 4 STARS

Salifert Magnesium Test Kit
Magnesium is present in natural sea water in a fairly high concentration (1350 - 1500 mg/L) and is an essential element of chlorophyll which is necessary for photosynthesis. Without photosynthesis plants, algae and coral would not be able to survive. Magnesium also helps to maintain the correct comb
ination of calcium concentration and alkalinity as it slows down the formation of calcium carbonate which can absorb many important trace elements within the aquarium. The Salifert Magnesium Profi-Test is easy to use and accurate with measurements in steps of 30 mg/L. Results are not affected by strontium and calcium interference. RATED 4 STARS

American Marine Selcon 60 mL
Aquarium food booster that features highly unsaturated OMEGA 3 fatty acids, Marine Lipids (200 mg/g), Stabilized Vitamin C (200 mg) and Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin (240 mcg). Soak any fre
eze-dried, frozen food or dried food to give it additional nutritional value or use directly in the tank to benefit filter-feeding invertebrates. Boosts the nutritional value of live brine shrimp. American Marine Selcon does not alter water chemistry and it does not contain Yeast, Phosphates or Nitrates. It also helps cure Head and Lateral Line Erosion / Disease. 60mL. RATED 4 STARS

Kent Marine Replacement Blade For Proscraper Metal - for Glass Tanks
Pro-Scraper L replacement blades are 3" wide and designed for glas
s aquariums. They are rust resistant, flexible 316 stainless steel for smooth scraping. Thick enough to be safe to use (will not cut flesh as a razor would) and the yellow color prevents confusion with plastic blades. RATED 3 STARS

MarineDepot.com Aquarium Refractometer
The refractometer is a must have for all hobbyists. The proper salinity is crucial for the survival and health of your fish and corals. This high quality refractometer is extremely accurate and eas
y to use and calibrate. Calibration is simply done with a few drops of distilled water. This model also features ATC (automatic temperature compensation). RATED 4 STARS

Monday, June 07, 2010

New this Week, 6/7/2010

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Ecoxotic PAR38 LED Aquarium Lamp
There’s nothing like adding cool lighting effects to your aquarium, and now you can do by adding far less to your electric bill. These powerful spotlights not only focus light energy, they will bring out colors and produce ripples you’ve never seen before. Each lamp features 5 high power Cree LEDs with focusing lenses, allowing light to penetrate deeper in depth while producing stunning color and shimmer effects. Now you can deliver light into your aquarium only where needed, reducing wasted light and lowering your energy costs. PAR38 LED lamps are designed to fit into standard E26/E27 screw in sockets. Each lamp includes LED’s, lenses and integrated LED ballast.

Digital Aquatics MLC Pod LED - Midnight Red
Requires an RKM-MLC or RKM-ALC to operate. LED Color available in nocturnal blue and lunar white. 100 degree LED viewing angle. Nocturnal blue LED output is 240mcd per LED; Nocturnal blue wavelength 465nm-470nm. Lunar white LED output 1000mcd per LED lunar white wavelength with mixed, broad spectrum.