Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MarineDepot.com Education Center Redesign


We recently redesigned our Education Center and incorporated a bunch of new educational content, helpful tools and opportunities for social interaction.

Forum, blog and article postings are fed via RSS into the Education Center and updated daily so you can easily read the latest aquarium news and commentary.

Our Species Database will teach you how to properly care for popular marine aquarium fish, invertebrate and coral. You can also learn how to acclimate marine animals to ensure they live a long, healthy life.

We are also pleased to announce we've launched some additional features to help you plan and maintain your aquarium.


Our volume calculator will help you determine how much water needs to circulate or how much medicine to dose. The sand bed calculator ensures you'll purchase the right amount of substrate for your desired sand bed depth.

By plugging in the wattage of aquarium equipment—lights, pumps, filters, etc.—our
electrical calculator will reveal how much you're likely to spend on electricity to run your aquarium system. The unit converter should make buying and setting up equipment easier since many aquarium supply manufacturers list product specs in a variety of different units.

We are also excited to share with you our first-ever featured customer tank. We'll be posting more tanks that represent the pinnacle of reefkeeping in the coming months. Our hope is that hobbyists of all levels of experience will benefit from seeing products and practices that work well together. We're already on the hunt for our next featured tank. If you'd like yours to be considered, here's everything you need to know.

Don't forget to reference our aquarium glossary the next time you're stumbling over confusing aquarium jargon. We've also added an aquarium club directory so you can find a club near you.

What other ideas might you have for our Education Center? Please let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New this Week, 9/16/10

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Piscine Energetics Inc. PE Freshwater Mysis Shrimp - 4 oz (cubed)
Encourage exceptional appetite and growth - even in finicky aquarium fish! Piscine Energetics Mysis relicta has naturally higher fatty acid profiles and Omega-3's than enriched brine shrimp. PE Mysis are harvested live from pristine freshwater glacial lakes in Canada, flash frozen in premium condition with no binding agents or fillers. PE Mysis are an excellent food source for all freshwater and marine tropical fish that induces an energetic feeding response in aquarium fish.

Korallin-Zucht ZEOvit Coral Snow
Coral Snow naturally addresses several issues that plague modern reef tanks – yellow or hazy water, stubborn nutrient accumulations and red slime algae. After an initial cloudiness, Coral Snow leaves the water column crystal clear, almost luminous; your fish and corals will appear as though they’re suspended in thin air! Coral Snow is non-toxic and will not negatively impact livestock if accidentally overdosed.


HM Digital Waterproof ORP Meter
Ideal for all ORP testing, including anti-oxidant measurement, water purification applications, ionizers, agriculture, aquariums & aquaculture, chlorine monitoring, cooling tower disinfection, environmental testing, fruit & vegetable washing, hydroponics, metal finishing, ozone system monitoring, pharmaceutical & medical applications, pools & spas, pulp bleaching, vineyards & wineries and water treatment.

HM Digital Waterproof EC / TDS / Temp Combo Meter
Ideal for all water quality testing, water purification applications, wastewater regulation, aquaculture, hydroponics, colloidal silver, labs & scientific testing, pools & spas, ecology testing, boilers & cooling towers, water treatment and more. Measures electrical conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS) and temperature. Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC) using three temperature coefficients.

Taam Rio Coral Feeder (2pcs)
Rio® Coral Feeder is specifically 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.

Taam Rio Life Plant Tool Dual Aqua Scaper
Dual Sand Flattener: High quality Stainless 12.5" is used to make unplanted parts of the substrate neat and flat.






Taam Rio Life Plant Tool Precision Tweezers
Precision Tweezers: High quality Stainless steel 10.5” tweezers that have 20 degree bend with pointed tips and are grooved which will help aid in picking up and securing small items. This is a valuable tool for the hard to reach places and work well for planting stem plants and foreground plants. Great for planted and frag tanks!


Taam Rio Life Plant Tool Precision Trimmer
Trimmer-PR Precision trimmer: High quality Stainless steel 10" angled trimmer scissors that are an essential part of maintaining any plant aquarium as aquatic plants need to be trimmed regularly. The angle aids in trimming the hard to reach area of the aquarium and plant.



Taam Rio Life Plant Tool Plastic Tweezers
Plastic Tweezers: Inexpensive alternative- These 9" tweezers have pointed tips and are grooved which will help aid in picking up and securing small items. Great for plant tanks and frag tanks!




Taam Rio Life Plant Tool Essential Trimmer
Trimmer-ES Essential trimmer: High quality Stainless steel 10" trimmer scissors that are an essential part of maintaining any plant aquarium as aquatic plants need to be trimmed regularly





Taam Rio Life Plant Tool Essential Tweezers
Essential Tweezers: High quality Stainless steel 10.5" tweezers have pointed tips and are grooved which will help aid in picking and securing small items. This is a valuable tool for planting stem plants and foreground plants. Great for planted and frag tanks!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Introducing the MP60

We love waking up to good news.

EcoTech Marine, the company that revolutionized the reef aquarium propeller pump, is previewing their newest product, the MP60w ES, today at MACNA (Marine Aquarium Conference of North America) in Orlando, FL.

The MP60 is engineered for tanks holding 120 to over 1,000 gallons with up to one-inch glass thickness. The MP60 uses the same award-winning technology as the rest of EcoTech Marine's VorTech line. Capable of pushing 5,500/gph, the MP60 offers the smallest in-tank footprint for a commercially available pump.

"The MP60 satisfies a pent-up market demand for VorTech technology in larger tanks," said Tim Marks, president of EcoTech Marine. "Prior to this launch, aquarists with tanks having pane thicknesses greater than three-quarters of an inch had very few options for high-flow solutions. We are excited to provide this much desired solution for the most discerning and die-hard hobbyists. Performance and quality are always our top priorities. This addition is a natural evolution for us, and perfectly rounds out our VorTech line of products."

The MP60 was designed to create the most flow in the smallest package possible. In EcoTech Marine's quest to continually raise the bar on reef flow technology, the unit runs quiet, cool and with minimal vibration. "This is a very proud introduction for us," added Marks.

The MP60's unmatched flow and out-of-the-box multi-pump wireless communication makes it a terrific value for larger tanks. The MP60 leverages EcoSmart driver technology, introduced earlier this year, providing unmatched versatility, controllability and customization of flow patterns.

EcoTech Marine's patented VorTech technology produces broad yet gentle flow while placing the motor outside the tank--preserving the beauty of the aquarium and enhancing the health of the tank's ecosystem.

The MP60w ES is slated to be available later this year with an MSRP of $695.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Flow: 2,500 – 5,500 GPH
  • Wattage: 10 – 60 watts
  • Maximum Tank Thickness: 1″ (range 3/8″ – 1″)
  • Appropriate Tank Size Range: 120 to 1000+ gallons
  • Dimensions: Wet Side- 4″ diameter by 3” long. Dry Side – 4″ diameter by 2.8″ long.
  • Clearance Needed Behind Aquarium: 3.3″
OPERATIONAL MODES
Constant Speed Mode - Pump runs continuously at a constant speed which can be set by the user.

EcoSmart Nutrient Transport Mode (NTM) - A two phase program to promote maximum health and nutrient export, as well as increased growth for corals. Alternates between a resonant standing wave and a surge effect to stir up and export nutrients.

EcoSmart Tidal Swell Mode (TSM) - Creates a harmonic balance in your aquarium reminiscent of the changing flow conditions that would be found in nature. Flow varies from left to right, right to left, calm, and ends with a great surge.

Reef Crest Random Mode - Reef Crest Random Mode simulates the high-energy conditions of a natural reef crest environment.

Lagoonal Random Mode - Simulates the gentler reef zone found in a natural lagoon.

Short Pulse Mode - Allows for wave pulse timings between 0.3 and two seconds, enabling the creation of FAST alternating flow throughout the tank. Use this mode to create a resonant standing wave.

Long Pulse Mode - Allows for wave pulse timings of between two seconds and 60 seconds, enabling the creation of slow alternating flow throughout the tank.

Feed Mode - Slows down pump to allow user to feed aquarium. User can select the duration and speed for Feed Mode.

Night Mode - Automatically reduce speed and operates continuously at that speed for a period of time during the night. User can select the duration and speed for Night Mode.

Battery Backup Mode - When used with our battery backup accessory, the VorTech pump will switch to Battery Backup Mode in the event of a power outage and will operate at a user set speed. The LED’s on your EcoSmart driver will count down to indicate how much power is available within the battery.

Auto-Dim - LED’s are turned off and display knob dimmed significantly, but pump functions in its current mode. User can program how long after use before the driver enters Auto-Dim.

On/Off Switch - Tap the on/off switch to turn off and turn on a pump. Hold this button to turn off all pumps in a master/slave group. Tap any pump in the groups’ on/off switch and that pump will turn back on.
DOWNLOADS
  • EcoSmart Quick Start Manual: English
  • EcoSmart Full Instruction Manual: English

Thursday, September 02, 2010

New this Week, 9/2/10

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AquaMaxx CR-1 Nano Calcium Reactor
AquaMaxx Nano Calcium Reactors use an upflow design to mix saltwater, calcium carbonate and CO2 inside a reaction chamber to eliminate the need for daily two-part dosing. Not only will the AquaMaxx Nano Calcium Reactor keep your levels balanced, you will no longer have to calculate daily dosages for your tank. With a seamless body, removable lid for quick media access and a small, space-saving design, the AquaMaxx Nano Calcium Reactor is truly one-of-a-kind.

AquaMaxx CR-1 Calcium Reactor
AquaMaxx Calcium Reactors are computer-precision engineered and utilize the latest aquarium technology to deliver unparalleled performance and value. The CR-1 is rated for aquariums up to 350 gallons yet is thin enough to be concealed underneath your aquarium or inside the sump. Monitor your AquaMaxx Calcium Reactor’s pH by placing a probe into the built-in probe port. A bubble counter is also included so you can monitor the amount of CO2 gas inside the reactor.

AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor 1L
With quality Zeolitic media packed inside the AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor, you will create a more natural saltwater environment by removing any excess nutrients and organics from your aquarium water without removing vital trace elements. AquaMaxx Zeo Reactors are designed with simplicity, efficiency and ease-of-use in mind. AquaMaxx Zeo Reactors are easy-to-setup and maintain. Just place the reactor inside your stand or sump, add in the Zeo media, plug in the included pump and the Zeo process will be underway.

AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor 3L
The sleek modern design and small footprint allow for easy placement inside most sumps. AquaMaxx Zeo Reactors are precision-cut, polished cell-cast acrylic and feature thumbscrews for easy setup and maintenance. To access and replace the Zeo media, unscrew the thumbscrews and pull up on the handle. Unlike other reactors on the market, the AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor does not need to be placed on its side in order to change out the Zeo media. No complicated plumbing. No messy maintenance.

AquaMaxx ZEO Reactor 1L Brightwell Aquatics NeoZeo Starter Kit
Includes 1x AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor, 1x Brightwell Aquatics Neo Zeo Zeolite Media for Reef 2.2 lbs (1000g), 1x Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7 - Compelete BioCulture for Marine and Freshwater Aquaria 500ml / 17oz and 1x Brightwell Aquatics Reef BioFuel Liquid 500ml / 17oz. The workhorse powering the AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor is the pump. Each reactor is equipped with an Italian-imported Sicce Syncra pump. These pumps were specially chosen for their small footprint, energy-efficient design and whisper-quiet operation.

AquaMaxx ZEO Reactor 3L Brightwell Aquatics NeoZeo Starter Kit
Includes 1x AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor, 2x Brightwell Aquatics Neo Zeo Zeolite Media for Reef 2.2 lbs (1000g), 1x Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7 - Compelete BioCulture for Marine and Freshwater Aquaria 500ml / 17oz and 1x Brightwell Aquatics Reef BioFuel Liquid 500ml / 17oz. AquaMaxx Zeo Reactors were designed from the ground up with the hobbyist in mind. The sleek modern design and small footprint allow for easy placement inside most sumps. All AquaMaxx products are backed by a 90-day manufacturer warranty.

AquaMaxx ZEO Reactor 1L Korallen-Zucht ZEOvit Starter Kit
Includes 1x AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor, 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEOvit ZEOlite Reactor Media - 1 Liter, 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEObak Nutrient Additive - 10ml, 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEOstart 2 Tank and Coral Accelerator - 250ml and 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEOfood 7 Coral Food w/ Amino Acids - 50ml. Our reactors are computer-precision engineered and utilize the latest in aquarium technology. We carefully chose materials that are affordable and built to last. We painstakingly test each unit to ensure they will deliver the highest performance at the lowest cost to you.

AquaMaxx ZEO Reactor 3L Korallen-Zucht ZEOvit Starter Kit
Includes 1x AquaMaxx Zeo Reactor, 2x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEOvit ZEOlite Reactor Media - 1 Liter, 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEObak Nutrient Additive - 10ml, 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEOstart 2 Tank and Coral Accelerator - 250ml and 1x KORALLEN-ZUCHT ZEOfood 7 Coral Food w/ Amino Acids - 50ml. Maintenance is simple. Grasp the handle once daily and shake the Zeo media inside the reactor. This will release colonizing bacteria that will feed your aquarium’s coral.

Current USA TrueLumen 3-LED Linking Module
When the day is done, these LED moonlights begin their work. By casting a beautiful moon glow over your aquarium, TrueLumen LED Lunar Lights will illuminate the previously unseen nocturnal environment and promote spawning, all while consuming less than 1 watt of power. TrueLumen Lunar Lights are a brilliant, energy efficient lighting system which will help you enjoy an active night life.

Current USA TrueLumen Aquatic LED Strip
Replicating the dynamic natural qualities of sun and moon lighting, the TrueLumen LED strips combine the life-sustaining wavelengths of light with the efficiency of LED technology into a low profile, sleek lighting system. The powerful LED chips add the natural shimmering effect and rippling glow found on natural coral reefs while producing virtually no heat and consuming very little electricity. TrueLumen LED strips are available in 3 color spectrum combinations - 12,000k Daylight, 453nm Actinic, or a 12,000k/Actinic combination.