Thursday, September 29, 2011

New this Week, 9/29/11

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The Radion XR30w is equipped with 34 energy-efficient LEDs in five controllable colors, hyper red, green, blue, royal blue and cool white. The Radion LED light is fully upgradeable -- specifically designed to be an evolving lighting solution. Radion is completely configurable via USB connectivity to set up advanced modes. Radion's wide light spread means more coverage and consistent color. Hanging kit sold separately. $749.00 with FREE shipping

We've got some new glass pico tanks in stock ranging in size from 0.5 to 2.75 gallons. There are 5 shapes to choose from: cube, square, sphere, cylinder and cylinder pond. These cool little tanks are great for desktop Wabi Kusa style aquascapes. The tanks are made of hand-blown glass so there are no hard sterile lines like typical silicone-glued flat glass aquariums. The molten glass has a liquid form and feel with supreme clarity and minimal optical distortion. From $24.99 

AlgaGen has simplified the process of feeding brine shrimp to your small fish by performing the decapsulation process for you. The decapsulation process involves removing the indigestible outer shell of the brine shrimp cysts so you can feed either the hatched artemia or the unhatched egg without worrying about the health of your fish. To hatch, simply rinse on a screen and add to your hatcher, aerate so the eggs are not settled on the bottom and target normal or slightly higher salinity. Hatching should occur within 24 hrs after which you can drain and rinse or enrich the newly hatched artemia. This product can also be used as a coral food when added directly to the tank and the eggs that are not captured by coral polyps will hatch out and become fish food. From $11.99 

A convenient pouch of natural and synthetic ion-exchange resins that selectively remove ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate from freshwater aquariums. Nitra-Zorb also helps during start up by reducing unhealthy ammonia surges while establishing the aquarium’s ecosystem. Nitra-Zorb™ is completely phosphate-free and can be reused after recharging. From $14.99 

Advanced filtration material for crystal clear water designed to fit the API nexx FILTER. Want crystal clear water? Then this media is for you! Bio-Chem Zorb removes organic aquarium pollutants, including colors, odors, heavy metals and toxic gases as well as other compounds that carbon alone cannot remove. Bio-Chem Zorb also removes light blocking impurities for improved growth of corals in saltwater and plants in freshwater aquariums. From $14.99

Controlling nutrients inside our aquariums is one of the keys to preventing nuisance algae growth. AquaMaxx BioMaxx BioPellet Reactors are finely-tuned fluidized filters designed to help hobbyists remove nitrates and phosphates from reef aquarium systems. AquaMaxx BioPellet Reactors utilize a fluidizing plate to keep biopellet media suspended and evenly dispersed. The upward flow design provides maximum contact time between your aquarium water and the biopellets inside the reactor. Aquamaxx BioMaxx BioPellet Reactors also includes a special plate on the lid to keep media within the reactor without the need for sponges. From $64.99 

Searches for planted tank accessories are on an upward trend, so we've been bring more gear into inventory for freshwater hobbyists. This week we've got some glass diffusers from UP Aqua that atomize CO2 gas a more efficient diffusion rate. They are easy to install and maintain and feature a high-quality ceramic diffusion plate. $6.99

It’s never been faster or easier to add light, accent and shimmer to your tank – without all that other stuff like heat and noisy fans. Put beautiful, shimmering light right where you want it with a simple, super-efficient, linkable LED fixture designed to easily retrofit into your existing set up. Pick your favorite color, or mix and match colors with a linkable design that allows you to run up to six Stunner Strips off of one 24V power supply (sold separately). $49.00
The 6095 is a wide flow, high flow volume compact pump. It shares the compact body size with the 6055, provides nearly the flow of 6105 but with a much wider flow pattern. Max flow is approximately 2900gph. For aquariums from 100 to 1000 litres (26 to 264 USgal.). Flow rate: 2,000 to about 9,500 l/h (528 to 2,510 USgal./h). Energy consumption: 5 - 21 W. Voltage / frequency: 100 - 240 V / 50 - 60 Hz. Cable length: 5 m (196.8 in.). Dimensions: diam. 70 mm (2.7 in.). Output: diam. 50/10 mm (1.96 / .39 in.). Magnet Holder with Silence clamp up to a glass thickness of 15 mm (.59 in.). $263.49 with FREE shipping

A revolutionary new tool for your aquarium. The Portal allows you to enjoy the details of your fish, corals, and invertebrates like never before. Magnetically attaches to your aquarium allowing you to move in any direction while staying securly in place. Specially developed prescription lenses magnify incredible details while the scrubbing pads on the interior clean your tank. Made in the USA The Portal is a unique attractive addition to any aquarium. Designed for aquariums with a thickness between 7/16" and 5/8". $79.99

Increase the water flow from your return nozzle up to 400% with high-quality flow accelerators from Hydra Aquatics. These flow accelerators are made of a high-quality, durable ABS plastic and are compact and light weight. The best part is they have a vortex nozzle to create random flow. A rotating water diverter increases oscillation so you can add more lifelike flow to your tank without using any additional electricity. Available in 3 sizes. $19.99

Monday, September 12, 2011

Preview: EcoTech Marine Radion XR30W LED Fixture

EcoTech Marine Radion XR30W LED Fixture
Item Code: EM3111
  • 34 energy-efficient LEDs
  • Fully adjustable for growth and appeal
  • Output optimized for PAR
  • Wide light spread
  • Minimal color banding
  • Fully upgradeable
  • Modular LED cluster, lens and driver assemblies
  • Capacitive touch exterior controls
  • Revolutionary heat sink design
  • Switching power supply
  • Evolving software and firmware
  • Smart multi-light wireless functionality
  • Easy import and export of saved modes
  • Real-time clock
  • Multiple light period programmable
Introducing EcoTech Marine's newest product, the Radion XR30W. I literally drooled when I first saw the Radion LED light in person. When I got the privilege to test the new Radion prototype on my aquarium, I immediately raced home and set the unit on my tank. Once the light was lit, I had the biggest grin from ear to ear and just nodded my head the entire time. I have to admit, I am very impressed with the new EcoTech Marine Radion LED.
The new Radion is designed very well and feels very solid. I just hope the placement of the center intake fan doesn't have any long term issues from splashes or moisture when placed close to the surface of the water. It uses high quality diodes that are placed in an excellent layout that allows the colors to blend very well. Even with the LED fixture held right above the water's surface, there was no disco spotlighting effect that you would sometimes see in other fixtures. The Radion LEDs are extremely bright at its highest settings and it will still provide a good light spread as you will see in the included photos below.
The capacitive touch buttons worked fine, but there is no indicator or way to tell when the unit is at its highest or lowest setting as it continues to beep every time the buttons are tapped. The cycle button cycles through 4 different modes from white to blue. Since this is a prototype model and I did not have a instruction manual, I discovered that holding the Cycle button turned the color indicator next to the buttons from blue to green, and then the buttons became unresponsive unless I unplugged the unit. It must have been some sort of locking mechanism or mode that I will have to read in the user manual when it is available.
I could not figure out how to wirelessly sync the fixture with my Vortech pumps since the instructions are not yet available. According to EcoTech Marine it will have this capability to coordinate with Vortech pumps on night modes, storm modes, and other light and water synchronizing features which are exciting features that I look forward to seeing.
The unit did get warm to the touch, but it wasn't that bad considering I was running it at its highest intensity. Noise is also non-existant as even the fan is silent. I was able to play around with the Alpha version of their software. While most of the features were unavailable, in the final release it will have a lot of advanced features such as being able to fine tune the photo-periods with sun rises and sun sets at gradual fading intensity levels.
Overall, the EcoTech Marine Radion is a fantastic LED fixture and should definitely be considered as one of the top choices when shopping for a new LED light fixture.

EcoTech Marine Radion XR30W LED Fixture (Prototype) with Switching 110V/220V Power Supply
Length: 11.8 inches
Width: 7 inches
Thickness: 1.5 inches when including the fan screen thickness, otherwise the actual body size is approximately 1.25 inches.
Micro USB port to connect to a PC for extra programmable features 
Capacitive touch buttons. Raise button increases the intensity while lower reduces the intensity. Cycle button cycles through 4 different modes. 
Total of 34 LEDs:
8x Cree XP-G Cool White LEDs run at 5w each
8x Cree XP-E Blue LEDs run at 3w each
10x Cree XP-E Royal Blue LEDs run at 3w each
4x Cree XP-E Green LEDs run at 3w each
4x Osram Oslon SSL Hyper Red LEDs run at 3w each
LED color pattern
Hanging mount. Since this is a prototype model, the hanging kit was not included for the preview.
LED fixture plug that connects to the power supply.
Switching 110/220V Power Supply. Plug port on the left is for the EcoTech Battery Backup.
Label on the power supply
The EcoTech Radion fixture can be configured on a PC that requires .NET Framework 4.0. This is a ALPHA version screenshot of the Radion Configuration Tool. The released version may look different than what is shown here. 
PAR Distribution Rating and Output Spectrum Graph from the EcoTech Marine website.

One EcoTech Radion at 100% intensity held up on the left side of a 36x24x20 aquarium. Two Radions would be required for complete coverage to light up each corner of this aquarium. 
One EcoTech Radion held up in the center of the 36x24x20 aquarium. Notice how the sides and corners are much dimmer. Depending on the aquascape layout, some hobbyists may be able to get away with one Radion on a 36 inch tank if the corals are placed near the center of the aquarium.
Just for comparison, this is with a ATI 36 inch 6 lamp T5HO fixture. The back right pillar with the coral at the top can now be seen compared to just one Radion fixture.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

New this Week, 9/7/11

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MegaChrome crystal metal halide bulbs offer excellent coloration and high intensity. They produce a crisp white light with a violet-blue tint that highlights the fluorescent pigments in corals. While fluorescent supplementation is not necessary, they can be added for greater intensity and to simulate a dawn/dusk effect. The high color temperature of these bulbs is achieved through a special manufacturing process that guarantees a longer color stability which is a common problem with bulbs toward the bluer end of the spectrum. Manufacturer tests reveal these bulbs should last over 3 years. MegaChrome bulbs contribute to healthy coral growth and will produce stunning colors in your reef aquarium. They are an excellent choice for reef tanks with SPS and LPS corals. Available now in 150 ($89.00) or 250 watts ($107.00).
Framed or ready-to-frame watercolor and pen & ink fine art prints of recognizable reef aquarium fishes from artist Karen Talbot. These one-of-a-kind scientific illustrations are available in open and limited prints. The limited prints are numbered (only 30 prints of each in the series) and hand-signed by the artist. In addition to being a scientific illustrator, artist Karen Talbot is an avid aquarist and diver. Her paintings of tropical and temperate reef fishes are the result of hours spent observing her subjects both in aquaria and in their natural environments. Karen donates 10% to conserving the ecosystems in which the animals that inspire her life. Current prints include Percula Clownfish, Wide-Band Clownfish Adult, Wide-Band Clownfish Adult Swimming, Wide-Band Clownfish Juvenile, Blue Tang, Garibaldi and Banggai Cardinalfish ($24.99 to $184.99 each).
We now stock replacement protein skimmer collection cups for AquaMaxx skimmers. These collection cups are the same cups that ship with AquaMaxx protein skimmers but are being sold separately for hobbyists who need to purchase a replacement or would swap out cups. All sizes and styles are available: HOB-1, AM100, AM150 & AM200S, AM250 & AM300S, AM350, AM500 and Cone 3. Available now for $21.99 to $119.99 each.
AquaticLife's new Expandable LED Fixtures feature broadcast reflectors with a “dimple” design to diffuse LED light evenly throughout the aquarium. You can link up to four AquaticLife Expandable 0.5 Watt LED fixtures together for even brighter lighting! All the hardware is included. When the fixtures are linked together, multiple cords are concealed by specially designed covers for aesthetic appeal. Adjustable width frame mounts will hold the fixtures securely above your aquarium. Durable on/off rocker switches are used for convenient lighting control and a UL approved low-voltage power adapter provides metered electricity to ensure long LED life. Optional suspension hardware is available for additional installation options. 2 colors and 3 sizes to choose from, $79.99 to $119.99 each.
Make testing aquarium pH easy with Hanna Instruments Checker pH Colorimeter! The pH Checker series supplies users with fast and accurate readings from 0 to 14 pH with a resolution of 0.01 pH. This compact tester features an easy to read LCD and simple to perform two point calibration. Supplied with HI 1270 pH electrode, batteries (3,000 hours) and instructions. Highly accurate with 0.01 pH resolution, two-point fast and accurate calibration and usable with virtually any electrode that shares the same connector. The pH electrode of the Checker can be easily replaced. You only need to unscrew the electrode from the meter body and screw on a new one. The Checker is fast, accurate, lightweight and with 3000 hours of battery life, you don't have to worry about frequent battery replacement. Now available for only $37.99.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Marine Depot Coupon Codes: September 2011

20% off API Aquarium Water Test Kits
Enter Coupon Code APTESET20OFF during checkout.
Offer valid 9/1 to 9/30/11
25% off AquaMaxx Filter Socks
Enter Coupon Code AQMAXXSOCKS during checkout.
Offer valid 9/1 to 9/30/11
25% off JBJ Oceanstream Powerheads
Enter Coupon Code JBJOCEAN25OFF during checkout.
Offer valid 9/1 to 9/30/11
$60 off Oceanic 29-Gallon BioCube Aquarium w/ Stand
Enter Coupon Code BIOCUBE60OFF during checkout.
Offer valid 9/1 to 9/30/11