Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Beyond

With so many sales going on this holiday season, it's hard to keep up. We thought we'd provide a quick recap:



BLACK FRIDAY - Sale ends 12/13/10
In our 3rd annual Black Friday sale, we have a combination of freebies, holiday packages and massive savings on everything from lights to wavemakers. I'm considering pulling the trigger on a reverse osmosis unit so I can finally start mixing my own saltwater at home. If you're not mixing your own saltwater yet, watch this video to see how easy it is. Speaking of salt...


LOWER PRICES ON ALL SALT MIXES - No expiration date
This was just announced internally last week, so we haven't officially started promoting it yet. Although now, I suppose, it's official (you're welcome, boss!). So what's the deal? Well, we used to charge an extra fee for shipping salt bags & buckets because they're so heavy. Obviously that is a big deterrent to you, our customer, from buying your salt mix online. So here's how it works now: no more shipping surcharges, salt mixes now qualify for free shipping if you spend over $175 AND if you find a lower price elsewhere online, we'll match it!


CYBER MONDAY - Sale ends 12/13/10
Our second annual Cyber Monday promotion features a little something for everyone. Current USA T5 HO SlimPaq bulbs, rated 4 out of 5 stars by users, are available for a full 50% off. Fresh and saltwater aquarists can take advantage of this sweet deal from Boyd: buy a jug of Chemi-Pure and get a free bottle of Via-Chem. If you have an aquarium between 100-225 gallons and are in the market for a new protein skimmer, use coupon code 20ONRED to save 20% off the Precision Marine Redline series.


REEFKEEPER LITE HOLIDAY PACKAGE - While Supplies Last
We are pleased to announce this kick wrasse controller pack you'll find only at MarineDepot.com. For $169.99, you'll get 1 x ReefKeeper Lite head unit, 1 x PC4 (four outlet power strip), 1 x SL1 (pH, ORP, temp, and 2 x switch inputs), 1 x iTemp temperature probe, 1 x (FREE) DA pH probe, 1 x SID (USB system interface device) and 6 x Mounting screws. If you were to purchase these items separately, you'd end up paying an additional $40. Make 2011 the year you finally automate your aquarium system.


$10 OFF A $50 ORDER
- Offer Ends 12/15/10
Place an order for $50 or more on our website between now and December 15, 2010 and choose Bill Me Later as your payment method to save $10. It's that easy! Best of all, if you've been putting off a larger purchase ($300+), Bill Me Later offers no payments + no interest if you pay in full within 6 months. Both special offers ($10 off $50 + no payments for 6 months) can be combined if you buy before December 15 (on approved credit). Don't forget we ship most orders over $175 for free, so we're talking some serious savings here. There’s no separate sign up process for Bill Me Later – just select it as your payment method, answer a few questions and accept the terms. Bill Me Later is accepted at hundreds of popular online retail sites so you can use it elsewhere, too!


MarineDepot.com 2010 Holiday Gift Guide - Sale Ends 12/31/10

We've put together this handy
holiday gift guide to make buying for YOU as easy as possible. If you're budget-conscience (let's face it: who isn't these days?), we've made it easy to shop by price. Gift certificates, controllable powerheads, protein skimmer and lighting specials are all available in our gift guide this year along with our holiday shipping schedule so you can ensure your presents arrive in time for the big day.

We'll be featuring more holiday offers in e-newsletters throughout December.
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New this Week, 11/30/10

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Reef Keeper Lite + SL1 Expansion Unit w/ FREE PH Probe
This special holiday package, available only at MarineDepot.com, includes the Basic ReefReeper Lite package plus a
n SL1 and free pH probe. Monitor/control pH, ORP, water flow, lighting, temperature and more. Includes audible & visual alarms plus plenty of room for expansion. A great starter controller for a great price. Available now for only $169.99.

AquaMaxx AM350 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
The AquaMaxx AM350 is built using exceptional cell-cast acrylic, features a bubble plate and easily adjustable riser tube. It is rated for aquariums up to 350 gallons yet is thin enough to be concealed in a sump underneath your aquarium. It is easy to
setup and maintain: twist the knob counter clockwise at the top of the riser pipe to adjust the foam level to wet or dry. A removable collection cup makes cleaning easy. Purchase this skimmer today for only $599.99 with free shipping.

AquaMaxx AM500 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
The AquaMaxx AM500 is rated for aquariums 500+ gallons and effectively removes organic waste from tank water. It creates 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. The AM500 includes 2 x modified SE
DRA-9000 pumps with special needlewheel impellers to produce large amounts of air with optimum bubble size. The skimmer is available now for $699.99 with free shipping.

Hagen Marina 100 Air Pump
The Marina 100 air pump combines high performance output with quiet operation. A reliable source of air for increasing wate
r movement and turbulence for proper oxygenation, and can also be used to operate items such as air stones, air curtains and air actuated ornaments. The Marina 100 has a single outlet and is ideal for aquariums from 20 to 40 gallons. Features sound dampening pump cover, soft rubber feet that suppress vibration and a durable, long lasting diaphragm. Available now for just $12.99.

Also new this week are the
AquaticLife Probe Holder ($7.99) and AquaticLife 1/2 Inch Probe Compression Fitting ($9.99). For our latest deals, visit MarineDepot.com/Specials.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Exclusive: ReefKeeper Holiday Pack


With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, we are pleased to announce this kick wrasse controller pack you'll find only at MarineDepot.com.

Here's what you'll get for $169.99:

  • 1 x ReefKeeper Lite head unit
  • 1 x PC4 (four outlet power strip)
  • 1 x SL1 (pH, ORP, temp, and 2 x switch inputs)
  • 1 x iTemp temperature probe
  • 1 x (FREE) DA pH probe
  • 1 x SID (USB system interface device)
  • 6 x Mounting screws
If you were to purchase these items separately, you'd end up paying an additional $40. Fortunately, Digital Aquatics is hooking up MarineDepot.com shoppers with this sweet holiday package deal (while supplies last, of course).

So what kinds of cool stuff will you do with your new controller? Here's a few ideas:
  • Monitor aquarium pH
  • Mimic ocean currents/tides
  • Monitor and control tank temperature
  • Automate your day and evening lighting
  • Brag to friends that paid more for their RKLs
For more sweet seasonal specials, hop on over to marinedepot.com/blackfriday, like, now!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New this Week, 11/23/10

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AquaticLife HQI Metal Halide Fixtures with T5 HO and Lunar LEDs + FREE Set of Bulbs
Deliver a controlled combination of metal halide and fluorescent light with one fixture. Timer controls HID lamps, T5 HO lamps and lunar LEDs independently. LED housings pivot 40 degrees in all directions, allowing the lunar light to be directed over spec
ific areas of the aquarium. Includes adjustable width aquarium frame mounts for easy setup. Electronic ballasts designed to cool without fans for quiet operation. Special aluminum housings dissipate heat away from the fixture. Three meter single power cord for convenient installation. Available from $879.99 to $1299.99 each for a limited-time. All models include free UPS ground shipping.

Reef Octopus Extreme In Sump Protein Skimmer w/ Gate Valve
Reef Octopus Extreme In Sump Protein Skimmers are available in 3 sizes for aquariums up to 200, 250 and 400 gallons. Extreme XS skimmers are powered by high-performance Italian Sicce pu
mps. The skimmer has a gate valve output which allows for more adjustment of the skimmer compared to ball valves and the old wedge pipe. The Sicce PSK1000 pump has an improved star wheel impeller. They include a digital circuit to control startup direction and speed, produce little noise and huge air draw numbers. The skimmer produces up to 32scfh of air pull using the provided pinwheel impeller. Each Sicce pump draws less than 30-watts of electricity. The collection cup has a quick release neck for easy removal for cleaning. It requires 1/2 inch of clearance to remove the cup. The Extreme XS skimmer uses metric plumbing parts. Prices range from $324.99 to $679.99 each. All models include free UPS ground shipping.

150 Watt 10000K R7S HID Metal Halide Bulb - AquaticLife, Double Ended
HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps are metal halide bulbs that produce a high light output for their size—making them a compact, pow
erful and efficient light source. The special Aquatic Life mix of rare earth metal salts in these mercury vapor lamps produces the desired light output for a range of aquarium applications. Aquatic Life HID Lamps are available in two configurations – G12 and R7S. The G12 and R7S references the type of lamp socket in the fixture and the corresponding lamp base. Both G12 and R7S are standards in the commercial lighting industry. Available now for only $49.99.

150 Watt 14000K R7S HID Metal Halide Bulb - AquaticLife, Double Ended
The G12 lamp incorporates two pins at one end of the lamp that plug into a socket. This design allows the G12 lamp to be positioned in bot
h vertical and horizontal positions. These lamps are common overseas and have been used in the European and Japanese markets for years. The R7S lamp requires two sockets and connects at both ends of a lamp. Because of the design, the R7S lamps must be positioned in a horizontal position. The Aquatic Life R7S Lamps can be used in light fixtures requiring 150 Watt HQI double-ended lamps. Aquatic Life HID Lamps are a point source style light and will produce a dapple/shimmering effect over the aquarium. Available now for only $49.99.

150 Watt 20000K R7S HID Metal Halide Bulb - AquaticLife, Double Ended
HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps are metal halide bulbs that produce a high light output for their size—making them a compact, powerful and efficient light source. The special Aquatic Life mix of rare earth metal salts in these mercury vapo
r lamps produces the desired light output for a range of aquarium applications. Aquatic Life HID Lamps are available in two configurations – G12 and R7S. The G12 and R7S references the type of lamp socket in the fixture and the corresponding lamp base. Both G12 and R7S are standards in the commercial lighting industry. Available now for only $49.99.

AquaticLife Calibration Packets pH 7 & 10
AquaticLife's calibration 6-pack includes three pH 7.0 and three pH 10.0 calibration solution packets. Accuracy at 77°F (25°C) +/- 0.01.
Available now for only $9.49.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

$10 off a $50 order with Bill Me Later


If you’ve never tried Bill Me Later, now is the perfect time!

Place an order for $50 or more on our website between now and December 15, 2010 and choose Bill Me Later as your payment method to save $10. It's that easy!

Best of all, if you've been putting of a larger purchase ($300+), Bill Me Later offers no payments + no interest if you pay in full within 6 months. Both special offers ($10 off $50 + no payments for 6 months) can be combined if you buy before December 15 (on approved credit). Don't forget we ship most orders over $175 for free, so we're talking some serious savings here.

There’s no separate sign up process for Bill Me Later – just select it as your payment method, answer a few questions and accept the terms. Bill Me Later is accepted at hundreds of popular online retail sites so you can use it elsewhere, too!

Monday, November 15, 2010

New this Week, 11/15/10

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Nature Luminous Hand Blown Glass Betta Bowls
Hand blown glass instilled with a timeless design to provide a lifetime of enjoyment and function for your imagination. Each piece features an artistic fused spectrum of colors along the bottom half of the aquarium. These colors dance around when light and water movement are introduced. The Luminous glass aquarium is artisan hand blown glass, made in the United States. The Luminous Aquarium Betta Bowl is the perfect home for your Betta or small fish to fit any lifestyle. Available in 5 colors: Ocean, Autumn, Earth, Rainbow and Forest. Only $39.99 each. More accessories arriving soon!

Reeflo Hammerhead Hybrid Pump (6000/4590 GPH)
The Hammerhead Hybrid can be converted into a Hammerhead or a Barracuda. The Hammerhead is the most powerful pump in its class. This energy efficient pump is ideal for 300-500 gallon aquariums. This unit is rated for a maximum flow rate of 6000 GPH, a shut off head of 24 feet and maximum wattage of 355/ 3 amps. Using a 1/3 horsepower Baldor® TEFC Motor manufactured in the USA. The Barracuda™ is our energy efficient entry-level pump for applications requiring moderate head pressure and high flow rates. Ideal applications for this unit are 180-350 gallon tanks with sump return systems requiring a minimum of 10 feet static head. This unit is rated for a maximum flow rate of 4590gph, a shut off head of 20 feet, and maximum wattage of 253 / 2 amps. Now available for $389.99 + free shipping.

Elos Osmocontroller Digital Water Level Controller
The entirely new Osmocontroller Digital uses a patent pending sensor with no moving parts as the first measure of the water level in the SUMP. Most other systems will use multiple float switches or sensors to act as back up to the initial float switch, elos does not. We believe the float switch or sensor will always be the weak link as it is usually a moving part and/or in direct contact with the water, most of the time. To provide an adequate fail-safe the Osmocontroller Digital uses a small microprocessor in combination with our patent pending sensor to control the pump and monitor the top off of your system. Get yours for $195.99 + free shipping.

Elos E-Lite XP Marine LED Anodized Aluminum Fixtures
The E-Lite XP is the newest E-Lite using the latest LEDs (CREE XP series) in a combination of 12 white and 6 blue LEDs, putting out a total of 3650 lumens while drawing only 67 watts. With a larger milled aluminum body than the E-Lite, the E-Lite XP is the perfect fit for the larger MIDI POOL. Available in anodized aluminum or anodized black, the E-Lite XP is an ideal selection for the aquarist that prefers the minimal look of the E-Lite XP without sacrificing performance. Available in either silver or black for $849.99 each + free shipping.

Elos E-Stripe LED Strips
A trend setting generation of light sources resulting from a long term research into individual light sources for different types of aquariums. Elos E-Stripe LED Strips measure 53x2x2 centimeters, contain 9 LEDS (1735 lumens) and the 21-watts are powered by an external electronic ballast. Simple, stylish and available in 10K and 20K color variations. Add one to your system for just $214.99 + free shipping.


Elos 36-Gallon System Midi Aquarium & Cabinet Stand w/ Overflow
At 36 gallons, the MIDI gains some welcomed aquarium space for a larger array of marine layouts, while keeping a compact and manageable size. Along with extra space in the display aquarium, the Elos MIDI shares the same Elos SUMP 400 as the Elos system 70, which allows the MIDI to greatly improve the filtration and the total water volume, a key to a successful marine aquarium. Many “nano" aquariums suffer from poor filtration and a limited water volume due to designs that attempt to combine filtration fitted into the back of the display aquarium. While the idea of an integrated filter sounds good, in practice the limited space, the decreased depth in the display aquarium and the inherent sacrifices made in order to fit all parts of filtration in these smaller aquariums often result in an aquarium that is both unattractive and difficult to maintain. With the Elos MIDI you have a 36-gallon display aquarium with a large Elos SUMP 400 that allows the user to organize all filtration, heaters, pumps, etc. into the cabinet, leaving the MIDI display aquarium as the focal point. The cabinet/stand is available in 4 colors: black, white, silver and wenge. Get one of these beautiful systems yourself for $1599.99 + $225.00 for shipping (lighting not included).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes at the CalAcademy, Part 2

After a short delay we're back with more from our photo tour of the California Academy of Sciences. Last time, we covered the main display aquarium. Whereas the Philippine reef tank gives you a glimpse at the grandeur and majesty of a living reef with shoals of fish darting and swaying in unison, the surrounding smaller displays allow a more close up view.

Same as before - click on the pics for the full size image.

Here, a Euphyllia sp. is shown up close. The slow and gentle sway of the coral is hypnotic in person.




And the same tank from a little farther away. During our behind the scenes tour, we noticed that this tank was being lit by LEDs, which accentuate the amazing greens.




Speaking of amazing coloration, this tank is part of a frequently revolving series of displays meant to educate visitors on different aspects of life underwater. This display shows how many corals vividly flouresce.




And here, back at the tank with the giant Euphyllia colony, are some shots of a commensal shrimp that hides in the coral for protection and takes meals from its tentacles. Notice how it is nearly transparent, and rather difficult for predators to spot.






Below is the beautiful harlequin shrimp taking shelter underneath a discosoma mushroom. Before you rush out to add one of these amazing little creatures, be mindful of the fact that they eat one thing, and one thing only: starfish. One tiny individual can completely wipe out every starfish in a large system in a matter of weeks. These are better left on the reef, or in the care of professionals capable of keeping them well fed.


What can I say... I'm fascinated with Euphyllia. Here, a beautiful red-dot cardinalfish swims away from the camera.




Several employees of the aquarium are allowed to create concept systems. This is one of the most original, and colorful. This tall tank replicates a deepwater drop off zone inhabited by non photosynthetic azooxanthellae corals and some amazing anthias. It goes to show what a focused biotope style aquarium can acheive if well done. This is difficult and not recommended for the beginning hobbyist, as some of these species were considered unkeepable only a short time ago in the hobby


speaking of which, we have here one of the most difficult fish to keep in captivity, the orange spotted filefish. While there is no doubt about this creatures beauty, it is as difficult to feed as it is beautiful. In nature, these fish are thought to be obligate corallivores... fish that eat nothing but corals. However, it has recently been bred captively, and more and more hobbyists are having success weaning them onto prepared foods. This is extremely difficult, and only recommended for experts.




Here is a close up shot of the sun coral from the deepwater anthias tank.



And another fish whose finicky diet is legendary: the moorish idol. Kudos to the aquarium staff for their ability to maintain such difficult creatures.




A nice little dome of zoanthid or palythoas. I love the shape they have grown into over the rock.



Finally, we have the blue ribbon eel. As slow as these guys move, I had the hardest time getting a clear shot. Yet another shout out to the Steinhart staff for keeping them healthy.

That's it for now... next up is a tour of the rainforest and the african lakes display. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

15% off ALL AquaC EV Series Protein Skimmers


For November only, we're offering AquaC's entire line of EV Series protein skimmers for 15% off. Enter coupon code AQUAC15 during checkout to redeem these limited-time savings. We're also offering free shipping on all EV models, no coupon required.

AquaC EV Series skimmers are rated for marine and reef aquariums from 40 to 2,000 gallons. Heights and footprints vary from model-to-model, from a mere 18" to a full 40" tall with footprints ranging from 4.75" x 8.5" to 9" x 12".

AquaC protein skimmers do not use venturis, downdraft tubes, or air pumps. AquaC reports their patented "Spray Injection System" draws in more air than any other top protein skimmer. Coupled with a superiorly designed compact reaction chamber, AquaC EV skimmers will literally blow the waste out of your water.

Click here to learn more about AquaC EV Series protein skimmers. Our 15% off sale ends November 30, so act now to save $120 or more on your purchase.

Monday, November 01, 2010

New this Week, 11/1/10

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Orphek 24" Power Reef PR156 LED Light Fixtures

Orphek Power Reef LED light fixtures are built exclusively for SPS reef aquariums and other high intensity applications. These fixtures garnered a lot of attention in our booth at Reef-A-Palooza thanks to their handsome design and small form factor. Available in white or black, the Power Reefs consume 120w and are comprised of 60 LEDs: 76% white, 23% blue. Orphek reports these fixtures are equivalent to a 250-400w MH/HPS light. Included with the fixture is a hanging kit and two built-in timers. Check out the complete specs on our website. Available now for $849.99 + free shipping (US customers only).