Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Keep Your Aquarium Cool



Our aquarium inhabitants rely on us for almost everything. Stable conditions—including water temperature within the tank—are very important to having a successful aquarium. With summer approaching, it's important to begin watching for rising tank temperatures and start thinking about how to deal with them.

There are many factors that can warm up your aquarium's water temperature. There are also many solutions that will help keep them stable within acceptable ranges. In this article, we're going to the cover the causes of heat in an aquarium and explain the cooling options you have available.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The ABCs of LEDs


Responsible reefkeepers know conservation is playing a huge role in the growth and evolution of the aquarium hobby. Yet, those outside the aquarium hobby sometimes fail to recognize how much we, as a community, truly care about Mother Earth and her oceans. We support efforts to eliminate abuses in collection, encourage captive breeding and propagation and, in general, try to raise awareness to ensure a sustainable future for the marine environment and hobby we love so much.

One of the ways to help is by reducing our carbon footprint by using energy-efficient equipment with our aquarium systems. With the recent influx of LED light technology, having an eco-friendly tank has never been easier.

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, have the ability to create intense, high output light using less electricity. We can now produce the intense light needed for photosynthesis for less than half the cost it would have required only a couple of years ago. Saving energy reduces the impact of aquariums on our beloved wild reefs.

LED aquarium light is evolving at a rapid pace. Today we will address some of the most frequently asked questions people have about LEDs. We will clear up some misconceptions and explain why the advantages of LEDs are helping them live up to the marketing hype.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

New this Week, 5/9/12


AquaC Remora S Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting (No Pump)$179.99
NEW FOR 2012! The Remora-S features a redesigned High-Flow Spray Injector that increases air and water flow. The new injector also produces smaller air bubbles that boosts performance higher than ever before. The newly redesigned skimmer includes a taller collection cup with a larger foam tower to handle the extra foam production. A neoprene noise muffler is also included to reduce noise. Tank Size (Gallons): 20-75.

AquaC Remora S Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting & Cobalt Aquatics MJ1200 Powerhead/Pump - $212.99
The revolutionary AquaC protein skimmers do not use venturis, downdraft tubes, or air pumps; they employ the patented "Spray Injection System." This innovation allows the protein skimmer to efficiently draw in much more air than any other of the top protein skimmers. This coupled with the superiorly designed compact reaction chamber yields results that will literally blow the waste out of your water. Tank Size (Gallons): 20-75

AquaC Remora Pro S Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting (No Pump)$229.99
Unlike previous forms of skimming, the patented Aqua C spray injection method enables huge amounts of air and water to be processed with a relatively small pump. Although it is a simple process, there is still some confusion as to how the spray injector works.  Tank Size (Gallons): 50-120

AquaC Remora Pro S Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting & Danner Supreme 5 Powerhead/Pump$317.99
Most other forms of protein skimming rely on special valves or media to generate the air flow, and these parts quickly become clogged with salt, dust, or even mineral deposits. The AquaC spray injector is a relatively large nozzle that resists clogging. The Remora Pro-S is built from translucent gray acrylic to inhibit the growth of algae and marine organisms. Tank Size (Gallons): 50-120

AquaC Nano Remora S Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting (No Pump)$149.99
A miniature version of the popular Remora hang-on skimmer. Uses half the power of the regular Remora. The NANO is designed for tanks between 5-25 gallons. This is the first skimmer that is small enough to fit a nano-reef, while still yielding strong and dependable performance. The NANO measures 16" tall and 2.75" thick. Includes a collection cup with a drain fitting upgrade. Includes nylon cleaning brush. Rated for tanks up to 25 gallons

AquaC Nano Remora S Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting & Cobalt Aquatics MJ900 Powerhead/Pump - $179.99
A miniature version of the popular Remora hang-on skimmer. Uses half the power of the regular Remora. The NANO is designed for tanks between 5-25 gallons. This is the first skimmer that is small enough to fit a nano-reef, while still yielding strong and dependable performance. The NANO measures 16" tall and 2.75" thick. Includes a collection cup with a drain fitting upgrade. Includes nylon cleaning brush. Includes a 8.5W Cobalt MJ900 Powerhead/Pump with 230GPH max flow. Rated for tanks up to 25 gallons

Monday, May 07, 2012

How to Get Rid of Red Slime (Cyanobacteria)


Have you ever seen the movie Ghostbusters?

Do you remember Slimer, the ugly spud-shaped ghost that left a nasty slime trail everywhere it went?

While funny in the film, having slime inside your aquarium is no laughing matter. It consumes nutrients in your water, blankets coral and creates an unsightly aquascape.



Thursday, May 03, 2012

AquaticLife Launches Online Support Community

Aquarium supply manufacturer AquaticLife gave us the heads up they launched an online support community on their website today. There aren't any comments or questions posted yet, so why not mosey on over and be the first?

The AquaticLife Support Community Forum allows aquarium hobbyists who use (or are considering using) AquaticLife products to chat about their experiences, ask questions, share tips and more. One of the major benefits is being able to speak directly with AquaticLife tech support specialists. Curious which AquaticLife fixture will provide the greatest benefits for you and your tank? Just ask!

Getting started is as easy... and free. Just click here to create a profile and then join a discussion. Conversations are organized by products and topics: LED Fixtures, T5HO Light Fixtures and Controllers & Monitors, to name a few.

A new online forum, a sweet Lifetime Repair Policy... you're on a roll, AquaticLife!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Marine Depot Coupon Codes: May 2012


Use Coupon at checkout: SMARTHEATER25
Valid From 5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012


Use Coupon at checkout: ALGAECONTROL
Valid From 5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012


Use Coupon at checkout: ENERGYPLUS
Valid From 5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012