Showing posts with label Nano Cube. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nano Cube. Show all posts

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cobalt Aquatics E-X-T 800 is the perfect pump for reactors, small UV sterilizers, chillers and heaters

The new Cobalt E-X-T 800 Pump may be precisely what many hobbyists have been searching for.

Finally, a perfect little external pump for media reactors, small UV sterilizers, small chillers, inline heaters and more!



At 210 GPH, this pump has the perfect flow rate for a small chiller for your BioCube or Nano Cube. Now you can finally move that eye-sore of a pump out of the aquarium!

Although the E-X-T 800 pump is designed to accept 5/8" tubing, it is fairly easy to get ½" ID tubing to fit on the inlet/outlet barbs—just be sure to use a hose clamp or zip-tie to secure the tubing for external applications.


Unique water channel that diverts water to the outlet of the pump.

This pump is also great for hobbyists short on sump space. Now, all that is required to plumb your carbon or GFO reactor, UV sterilizer or small chiller is a small tube for inlet and another for outlet.


Strainer is included for submersible applications.

Like other Cobalt Aquatics aquarium pumps, the E-X-T 800 is extremely quiet and should provide years of trouble-free service. This pump can be on the inlet side of the filter or the outlet side. Keep in mind that it is not self-priming, so you have to make sure the lines are filled with water (primed) before turning it on.


Connected to my new GFO reactor and ready to go!

For a DIY’er like myself, I can already imagine tons of uses for this nifty pump: calcium reactors, denitrators, kalkwasser reactors, canister filters and more.. the possibilities are just about endless!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Brad's Simply Sophisticated 110-Gallon Reef Aquarium

We have the very special privilege of sharing a very special aquarium with you today.

We like to call it Simply Sophisticated. The owner, Brad, simply refers to it as his tank. Brad has been maintaining reef tanks for the past six years and has been shopping with Marine Depot for the past four (thanks, Brad!).

He first got started in the hobby like many of us do: with a nano reef! Brad kept a 28-gallon Nano Cube for just under 3 years before upgrading to a 110-gallon aquarium with a 40-gallon sump concealed inside his aquarium stand.

Speaking of stands, Brad has one of the cleanest, most organized aquarium stands we've ever seen! I mean seriously, this thing is immaculate! The excitement I felt viewing the stand with the doors open must be similar to what gearheads feel when someone pops open the hood of a tricked-out automobile.

The cabinet doors are equipped with racks to hang towels and a paper towel dispenser to make maintenance clean-up quick and easy. The shelves underneath have a lip on the front to prevent food and supplements from sliding off when the doors are opened. In front of the spotless sump sits a water test and cleaning station that would make even the most compulsive organizer proud.

You would think with a reef tank as big and beautiful as Brad's that he wouldn't have time for much else. Yet, thanks to quality aquarium equipment and a Neptune Systems Apex AquaController, Brad still has time to bring home the bacon by working for a large technology company plus he coaches his son's travel baseball team.

Brad's 110-gallon reef has been up and running for about three years now. Brad told us that he enjoys all aspects of reefing including the maintenance and "work" that goes into keeping a successful reef.

Below you'll find a quick rundown of Brad's aquarium equipment along with more photos of his tank for inspiration. Be sure to let Brad know what you think about his reef tank in the comments below! You can view larger versions of each photo by clicking on them.


General Reef Aquarium Tank Details
  • Tank Volume: 110 gallons
  • Tank Dimensions: 48” x 30” x 18”
  • Glass or Acrylic: Glass
  • Sump Volume: 40 gallons
  • Stand Type or Material: Wood
Reef Aquarium Circulation
Reef Aquarium Controller
Reef Aquarium Filtration
Reef Aquarium Lighting

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Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Creative Ways to Use LED Light Strips


LED aquarium lights have made a huge impact in our hobby because they save you money in a number of ways. Heat transfer into your aquarium, bulb costs and electricity consumption are considerably reduced or eliminated altogether when you make the switch to LED.

Another benefit of LED lights is they are extremely versatile and can be used a number of different ways in and around your aquarium.

We put together a list of our top 5 favorite ways to use LED strips that will save you money and make your tank look great.

I swapped out the T5 lights in a Coralife fixture with LED strips. Learn More

1. Retro-fit Your AIO Aquarium or Fluorescent Light Fixture

Compact fluorescent and T5 fluorescent lighting have been used to illuminate reef aquariums for years. The original Nano Cube, BioCube and Red Sea Max tanks were each outfitted with power compact or T5 fluorescent bulbs.

Many hobbyists still use fluorescent fixtures to light their tanks and with great success. With the introduction of LED light strips, we now have an easy and energy-efficient way to retro-fit our AIO aquariums and fluorescent light fixtures to achieve the optimal look and growth.

Retro-fitting an AIO aquarium or fluorescent light fixture can usually be accomplished with minimal effort. Most LED strips available for aquariums include mounting hardware, are moisture resistant and run on safe, low voltage DC electricity.

In most cases, you only need to take out a few screws to remove your existing fluorescent end-caps and electrical components. Sometimes you can even attach the LED strips directly to the existing reflectors without removing anything but the fluorescent bulbs. With the slim profile of LED strips, you can fit multiple LED strips to achieve ample output and spectrum for a light-demanding reef aquarium.

The Ecoxotic Panorama Pro 2.0 LED Module and Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplight are two of the best options for this type of installation. Coupled with an affordable LED light controller, you can even accomplish dawn/dusk effects, dimming, timing and cool weather modes.





2. Light Your Refugium

LED light is available in a variety of colors, including full spectrum white, which is perfect for growing macro-algae in a refugium.

An LED strip with a tank mount option is ideal for this application. The AquaticLife Freshwater Expandable LED Fixture and the Current USA TrueLumen Pro Single Dimmable LED Striplight Kit are great, inexpensive options to light a refugium.

The amazingly organized aquarium stand of OnlyTono.
You can even use one of the PAR 38 bulbs and suspend an inexpensive dome reflector that is available at most hardware or home improvement stores.


You can replace supplemental VHO or T5 lights with energy-efficient LED light strips.

3. Supplement Your Lighting

If you already have a reef aquarium up and running and are using fluorescent bulbs for color supplementation, you can save money on your electric bill and bulb purchases by swapping out your fluorescent actinics for LED lights.

Ecoxotic Stunner and Panorama LED Light Strips are great for this application thanks to the wide variety of colors that allow you to create the perfect look for your reef.

A combination of T5 fluorescent and LED strips has been a popular topic for the future of LED lights. By using this combination you can accomplish the brilliant coloration and fluorescence found with T5 lights and get the stunning shimmer and money savings associated with LED light.

The LSM, with the addition of LEDs, allows your
Apex AquaController to create a realistic moon cycle simulation.

4. Try Lunar Lighting

Using LED lights for lunar light is not really a modern advancement in the hobby. LED moonlights have been available since I started in the hobby 10 years ago. LED moonlight options are plentiful and are easy to install on pretty much any aquarium.

Lunar lights allow you to view your aquarium during the evening and you're bound to observe some cool happenings that don't take place during daylight hours.

Advanced aquarists have reported that simulating the 29.53 day lunar cycle encourages spawning cycles for many tank inhabitants. Both Digital Aquatics and Neptune Systems offer moonlight options for their respective aquarium controllers that will allow you to accomplish this feat.

Dan from our team tests protein skimmers in his LED-illuminated sump area.

5. Light Your Stand or Accent Your Sump

The interior of most aquarium stands are cramped and poorly lit which can create some unnecessary stress while maintaining your tank. Adding a low voltage, slim LED light in your stand can make it much easier to work under your tank.

You'll find that dialing in your protein skimmer and media eactors, rescuing lost fish and general maintenance is much easier once you can see everything you're doing.

Do any of you fish heads and equipment gurus like to show off your awesome plumbing job that took way too much time and effort to accomplish?

LED accents are an excellent way to impress your reefkeeping buds and add some extra personality to your tank. The color-changing Ecoxotic RGB modules in particular are a very cool way to add some flare to your system.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Top 5 Nano Protein Skimmers

If you're having a hard time making a decision on a protein skimmer for your nano aquarium, we've put together a short list of the most wanted nano protein skimmers available on the market today to help you narrow down your choices to the very best.


Hydor Koralia Slim-Skim and Nano-Skim Internal Protein Skimmers
Slim-Skim and Nano-Skim skimmers were designed specifically for nano and mini-reef aquarium use in tanks up to 35 gallons for the Nano-Skim and up to 65 for the Slim-Skim. They are both compact and easy to position with a magnet suction cup support. They feature a special grid for surface water intake, multi-venturi impeller technology, low-power consumption plus adjustable air and foam level control. We awarded the Nano-Skim our Best Nano Product award in 2012, prizing a design “slim enough to fit in the back chamber of a nano or set discreetly in the corner of a small tank.”


Tunze Nano DOC Protein Skimmer 9002 
The Tunze Nano 9002 is designed for reef tanks up to 52 gallons and removes up to 80% of organic waste matter, such as protein and cellulose, from aquarium water. The skimmer is great for breeding tanks with living plankton thanks to its gentle operation. They are particularly quiet while running, which is always a concern for nano reefers. Installation is a snap and very little space is required in the aquarium courtesy of the skimmer’s 4.9” L x 2.1” W footprint. A pipe cleaner and brush are also included to help you keep the skimmer clean and running at maximum efficiency. The Tunze Nano DOC 9002 earned Best Protein Skimmer honors in 2011, proving the adage that “good things come in small packages.”


AquaMaxx HOB-1 Hang-On-Back Protein Skimmer 
The already awesome AquaMaxx HOB-1 was recently upgraded to include a larger collection cup, an improved hang-on bracket and an advanced bubble plate with conical diffusers like the new ConeS Series. It is rated for aquariums up to 75 gallons in a design thin and light enough to be placed on a nano or other small saltwater tank. The HOB-1 relies on a superbly crafted Italian Sicce Syncra 1.0 pump outfitted with an AquaMaxx needlewheel impeller to vigorously remove waste from your reef tank. The pump is placed inside the skimmer to save space, reduce noise and improve efficiency. The AquaMaxx HOB-1 earned the title Best Protein Skimmer in 2012, with users citing how “pleasantly quiet,” “slim” and “well built” it is. The HOB-1 is AquaMaxx’s flagship skimmer and has been one of Marine Depot’s best-sellers since it was first released.


AquaC Nano Remora Hang-On Protein Skimmer
We are long-time Remora fans and totally dig this miniaturized version of the popular Remora hang-on protein skimmer. It uses 50% less power than a standard Remora yet is still capable of pulling gunk out of reef aquariums up to 25 gallons. San Diego-based AquaC has a long and distinguished history in our hobby. When you see the Nano Remora up close, you can really appreciate the attention to detail. The acrylic fabrication, CNC-machined parts and advanced thermoforming lets you know AquaC is really out to provide hobbyists with a reliable piece of equipment they’ll be proud to use for years to come.


Eshopps Nano Protein Skimmer
We really like the versatility and small size of the Eshopps Nano Skimmer. It has a super compact footprint that is built to fit in the center filter chamber of most all-in-one style aquariums. Another benefit of Eshopps’ nano skimmer is that it can be installed right inside your tank or sump if you aren’t running a tank with a back filter chamber. The skimmer includes an adjustable magnet mount to help you easily dial in the perfect setting. The skimmer is powered by a high-quality Italian-made Sicce pump. The venturi design maximizes efficiency to help maintain crystal-clear water in your reef tank. The skimmer features a removable collection cup for easy maintenance and is rated for use in aquariums up to 35 gallons.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Q&A Video Series #6: What is the Best Nano LED Light Under $300?



Welcome to another installment of the Marine Depot question and answer video series. Our question for this video comes from Facebook fan "Roger" who asked us "What is the best LED light under $300 for my Nano tank?"

Thanks for the question Roger! I am sure many other hobbyists have asked themselves this same question. Now that LED lights have flooded the market you do have quite a few options and narrowing this down can be a chore. Not to worry, Marine Depot is here to save the day! We have combed through our entire selection of Nano LED lights and came up with three lights that are going to give you the best bang for your buck.

Maxspect Nano Razor R420R LED Light Fixture
First up, we have the Maxspect Nano Razor. This fixture is great thanks to a sleek design, easy mounting, and full control. It comes with a mounting arm for direct mounting right onto your aquarium. An on board digital controller will allow you to program custom timing schedules and dim the LEDs to your preference. The Nano Razor covers a reef tank up to 24" wide and 24" deep. The adjustable mounting arm allows you to easily raise and lower the fixture controlling the light spread.

Kessil A150W Special Blend LED Aquarium Light
Next up, is the Kessil A150W LED pendant. We chose this fixture based on the quality construction, substantial output and affordability. This light does not include any kind of dimming or control features but is available in 4 different color spectrums. What is lacks in control features, it does make up for in price and power. This little light is under $250 and can cover an aquarium 18" wide and penetrate up to 20" deep. A flexible tank mount is available separately or you can use any one of the many suspension kits available to hang the pendant over your aquarium.

Aqua Illumination Nano Super Blue LED Fixture
Finally, we have the Aqua Illumination Nano Super Blue fixture. This fixture is a great option for your nano tank because it offers an excellent color spectrum and some of the best control features available on the market today. Out of the box, the fixture will allow you to dim the different LED channels creating your own custom colors. In order to program custom timing schedules and weather effects, you have a couple of options. You can purchase the new AI controller which is sold separately or hook up the light fixture directly to your aquarium controller. Both the Neptune Systems APEX and Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper systems are compatible with the AI Nano using the appropriate modules. The AI Nano will cover a tank up to about 15" wide and maximum of 18" deep with the included mounting arm. You can also suspend the fixture higher to achieve a wider spread of light if you need to.

If you are shopping for LED aquarium lights or have questions about your tank, please give us a call at 1-800-566-3474 or send us an email. In the meantime, take care and happy reefkeeping!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Q&A Video Series #3: Can I put a tang in my nano reef aquarium?



Our question this week comes from one of our Facebook fans, Mario. Mario asks, "Can a put a tang in my nano reef aquarium?"

This is a question that raises a lot of debate in the hobby. The reason is many hobbyists feel a juvenile tang will thrive just fine in a nano reef aquarium.

In reality, this is not the case.

We do not recommend that you put a tang in a nano reef aquarium. Typically, tangs can get quite large, anywhere from 10-15 or more inches long. If you purchase a juvenile tang for your nano reef aquarium, they will quickly outgrow the aquarium within a matter of months. Furthermore, a crowded, small aquarium will decrease your chances for success and increase your odds of inviting the dreaded ich parasite.

Inside our August 2012 Featured Tank from Leo Chen
Most responsible hobbyists recommend an aquarium at least 6 feet long. This will ensure the tang has plenty of room to grow and thrive. All that space will provide plenty of room for your tang to naturally graze. Since tangs are herbivores, the more natural food sources you provide, the better.

Well, that wraps it up for this week's Q&A video. Thanks for your question, Mario! If you have a question you would like to see answered in a future MarineDepot.com video, send it to us in an email or call 1-800-566-FISH (3474) to speak with an aquarium expert.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

JBJ Unibody LED Dimmable Light Fixture Product Demo



The JBJ Unibody LED is a thin, lightweight CNC-manufactured aluminum light fixture for aquarium systems. It includes a 2-channel wall-mountable controller with dimming switches so you can adjust the light to the perfect spectrum for your aquarium.

The fixture itself is less than 0.92" thick, 6" wide and 8" long. There are currently 4 different color faceplates you can choose from:  black , blueberry ( blue ), bubblegum ( pink ) and  white. The faceplates are removable so you can personalize the fixture to fit your home or office d├ęcor.

In addition to the controller, the JBJ Unibody LED also includes a cool gooseneck positioning arm and universal clamp-on tank mount for rimless tanks, like the new JBJ Nano Cube RL Rimless Biotope, along with standard framed aquariums.

The JBJ Unibody LED Light Fixture features high-powered 3 watt LEDs (a total of 54 watts) with 120° degree viewing angles. The Triple Spectrum LEDs (Cool White, Blue and Royal Blue) produce a color mix from from 6500K to 20000K. There are independent power cords for each channel on the controller plus a low-voltage fan to keep things cool.

For more information about the JBJ Unibody LED Dimmable Aquarium Fixture and to read product reviews, click here. To check out a product unboxing, check out this album on our Facebook page.