Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Battery Backup Recall Update for IceCap Customers


VorTech manufacturer EcoTech Marine just released an update to their recall of battery backup cables. Here is the notice in its entirety:

As you are aware, EcoTech Marine issued a recall for the battery backup cables on our battery backup accessory. We originally encouraged those who own the IceCap Battery Backup to contact IceCap directly to inquire regarding replacement cables. IceCap has since requested that EcoTech Marine distribute replacement cables for them. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will be streamlining this process by handling the distribution of cables to IceCap Battery Backup customers in addition to EcoTech Marine Battery Backup customers.

If you own the IceCap Battery Backup, please contact us using our form to receive your replacement cables. We appreciate your business and support and encourage you to contact us if you have questions.
Regards,

Tim Marks
President
EcoTech Marine, LLC

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New this Week, 7/21/10

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EcoTech Marine VorTech Propeller Pumps w/ Wireless EcoSmart Drivers + Battery Backup Unit Kits
What's better than an EcoTech VorTech pump? Two of them. With EcoSmart Drivers. Oh, and a battery backup. We noticed a lot of hobbyists were buying multiple VorTechs along with the battery backup so we thought we'd kit them together to make it easier for shoppers to find exactly what they're looking for. You can pick up two MP10s with EcoSmart Drivers and a battery backup for $699.97 or two MP40s with EcoSmart Drivers and a battery backup for $1059.97. Both kits include free shipping.

Elos Professional Phosphate Aqua Test Kit
Elos Aqua Test Kits are designed, manufactured and tested to standards that are unparalleled in this industry. Elos bottles are designed to provide a consistent drop size, which is a key element in testing, regardless of who is squeezing the bottle the drop remains consistent. Elos uses the highest quality reagents that are non-toxic. All Elos boxes, instructions and reagents are clearly labeled along with childproof packaging. Some may claim to use "lab quality components" in their kits but Elos validates each batch of reagents using NIST certified samples. Available now for $47.99.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Beating the Summertime Blues with Some New Toys, Part 1

If you are anything like me, your tank takes a back seat to all the other summer time activities (mostly golf for me). My poor fish look through the algae covered glass wondering if I am ever going to clean up the tank. So I decided I was going to pick up some new equipment for my tank to help get me working on it during these dog days of summer.

The first piece of equipment I decided to pick up for my 120 gallon reef tank is a new AquaMaxx Protein Skimmer, specifically the
AM150 in-sump skimmer. I have always used AquaC EV skimmers for my tank and to this day still recommend them, but I wanted to try something new.

While unpacking the skimmer I noticed a couple of things right off the bat. First was the venturi air silencer. What a nice feature to include on a skimmer to help avoid the air/water slurping noise associated with some skimmers. The next feature I noticed were the rubber feet to help with vibration noise. I can't tell you how many times I have had to rig something up to help with vibration noise, AquaMaxx took care of this for me already!


Another unique feature I notice was instead of a ball valve or adjustable riser tube to adjust the water level within the skimmer, AquaMaxx uses a twist knob. While I haven't had the chance to try this yet, I can already see how much easier it will be to adjust the water level within the skimmer.


While these may not sound like the usual things people notice, the thought that has gone into these skimmers beyond the use of high quality pumps (like the Sedra-7000 with needlewheel impeller on the AM150) and precision cut acrylic really makes a huge difference to me.


I can't wait to get this "new toy" up and running on my tank this week. In part two I will talk about a couple more pieces of equipment I will be adding to my tank including the
Two Little Fishies Kalkreactor and AquaC RX-1 Calcium Reactor.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Shark Week 2010 on Discovery Channel


Cue Jaws theme.

Shark Week
returns to Discovery Channel beginning Sunday, August 1, to Wednesday, August 4.

Apparently shark weeks are shorter than human weeks.

This year Discovery Channel is commemorating the ocean's most well-known predator with "six brand-new jaw-dropping shark specials."

You can join the celebration by visiting the official Shark Week website to watch videos, play games, take quizzes and read the latest and greatest in the wide world of sharkdom.

If you want to take things to the extreme, adorn your home or office with some killer shark decor. Check out Discovery Headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, MD for inspiration
(right).

And don't forget to set your DVRs for August 1!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New this Week, 7/13/10

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AquaEuroUSA Max Chill Aquarium Chiller
AquaEuroUSA Max Chill Aquarium Chillers are high quality, durable and reliable titanium chillers designed for fresh and saltwater systems. Max Chill chillers boast a digital LCD display for precise temperature control, a corrosion-resistant exterior, fittings and a powerful compressor running a Dupont R134a ozone-friendly refrigerant. All models include free shipping and are rated for tanks from 60 to 700 gallons.

Elos Professional Potassium Aqua Test Kit
Elos Aqua Test Kits are designed, manufactured and tested to standards that are unparalleled in this industry. Elos bottles are designed to provide a consistent drop size, which is a key element in testing, regardless of who is squeezing the bottle the drop remains consistent. Elos uses the highest quality reagents that are non-toxic. All Elos boxes, instructions and reagents are clearly labeled along with childproof packaging. Some may claim to use "lab quality components" in their kits but Elos validates each batch of reagents using NIST certified samples.

Ecoxotic Panorama Hanging Kit
Give your Panorama LED light fixture a sleek, modern look using Ecoxotic's suspension wire hanging kit. A great option for frameless aquariums, this hanging kit securely suspends the Panorama LED fixture from the ceiling over your aquarium – providing a clean, professional installation appearance. The adjustable suspension wire allows easy access to your aquarium while providing you the ability to adjust the height of the fixture over your aquarium. Brushed nickel hardware matches most home and business d├ęcor and the kit is easy to install.

Ecoxotic Stunner LED Polished Reflector
If your serious about lighting performance, our polished aluminum reflectors for Stunner LED strips are a no-brainer! Simply snap one onto any Stunner LED strip – and it will efficiently reflect the usable light downward – doubling the amount of light into your aquarium.




Ecoxotic 36" Extension Cable for Stunner & Panorama Modules
Use our extension cable to connect transformers to Panorama modules or Stunner strips – or extend the length between linked Stunner LED strips. And if you need more distance, you can link the cables together – or to our 4-way splitter. Stunner LED accessories are a snap to install and are plug-and-play for both existing and new installations.



Ultralife Reef Hair & Sludge Removal System
Don't let ugly "Hair & Sludge" destroy the beauty and delicate balance of your marine or reef aquarium. Now you can finally remove that unsightly mess quickly from corals and invertebrates, without harm to fish, invertebrates, desirable macro algae, corals or reef inhabitants. Truly a product you should not be without. First time usage treats 50 gallons. For maintenance usage treats 200 gallons. Keep out of reach of children. For aquarium use only. Net weight 3 lbs (1362 grams).

Ultralife 2oz. Reef Liquid Phosphate Remover & Control
Safely and effectively remove phosphate (P04) from your aquarium. Simply add .25 ml for each 8 gallons of aquarium water to remove 1 ppm. It is recommended not to remove more than 1 ppm in a 24 hour period. To avoid tank cloudiness, add to a skimmer or mechanical filter intake. Can be used in combination with Ultralife Hair & Sludge Removal System to create best possible environment for you aquarium. Treats up to 1850 gallons. Keep out of reach of children. For aquarium use only. Safe For ALL freshwater and marine tanks.

Friday, July 09, 2010

EcoTech Marine has issued a voluntary recall of the Battery Backup cable used for the VorTech pump


EcoTech Marine announced a product recall today. Here is the notice in its entirety:

EcoTech Marine has issued a voluntary recall on the Battery Backup cable for the EcoTech Marine Battery Backup. This recall also affects the cables supplied with the IceCap Battery Backup for the VorTech propeller pump, however IceCap, Inc. will be handling the recall of the cables for their accessory independently of us and we recommend that you contact them directly regarding a recall of their cables. It is important to note that this issue only affects those Battery Backup cables that are used with VorTech propeller pumps powered by the Wireless Wave Driver (WWD) driver but this recall will cover all Battery Backup cables regardless of which driver is connected with the cable.

VorTech pumps operating with the WWD may experience an electrical fault condition. In these cases, a battery backup could supply more current than the connection cable can handle which could cause the cable to heat up to an unsafe level. Therefore, there is a voluntary recall on the connection cable for the EcoTech Marine Battery Backup for the VorTech propeller pump. Note the same issue will occur with the IceCap Battery Backup cable for the VorTech propeller pumps sold in United States and Canada. This will apply to Battery Backups used with all the following models of EcoTech Marine VorTech pumps:

  • All MP40w Pumps equipped with the WWD
  • Any MP40 and MP20 pumps that have been upgraded to the WWD
Note: this issue does not affect the use of the Battery Backup connection cable when used with MP10, MP10 ES, MP10w ES, MP20, MP40w ES, or any model VorTech pump that does not use a WWD driver. However, anyone that has purchased an EcoTech Marine Battery Backup will be eligible to participate in this recall regardless of what model VorTech propeller pump they are using.

To correct this problem swiftly and safely, we have revised the cables used with our Battery Backup accessory to include a cable that has an inline fuse built in. Any purchaser of an EcoTech Marine Battery Backup is eligible for this recall at no cost. Our revised cable will also solve this risk for use with IceCap batteries; however they will be handling the distribution of these components to their customers separately from us.


If you have purchased an IceCap Battery Backup (as indicated by the presence of their logo on the accessory) or IceCap Battery Backup connection cable, please contact them directly for support at service@icecapinc.com or 1-800-7-ICECAP. If you have purchased an EcoTech Marine Battery Backup please refer to below:

To receive replacement cables,
please fill out our recall request form. We will send you replacement cables free of charge upon submission of the form. Discontinue use of the previous connection cables. Note that we are not requesting that you return your non-fused cables to us. Please destroy the non-fused cables by cutting them in half and dispose of them so that they cannot be used. If you have any questions, please email us at service@ecotechmarine.com or call us at 1-888-785-0338.

If you are an international client, revised battery back cables will be supplied through your local distributor, a list of who are available on our website
here.

In order to improve the efficiency of this action, we will also be selling cables through our
parts store below our cost to any customer that wishes to place an order immediately and forego the recall paper work. The revised cables will be available on our website for $1.50 each plus $3 shipping to US customers only for a period of approximately three months from the date of the recall.

From this date forward, all EcoTech Marine Battery Backups will contain the new fuse styled cables, which are distinguishable by the presence of a fuse holder built into the cable and a label showing part number 10427. However, there may still exist inventory that will contain the previous non-fused cable. If you purchase an EcoTech Marine Battery Backup from a vendor and it does not feature the new style cable with fuse, please contact us for your replacement cables.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Regards,


Tim Marks

President
EcoTech Marine, LLC