Friday, June 26, 2009

JBJ 8 Gallon Nano 180 Degree Half Moon Biotope Aquarium

Nano 180° JBJ Half Moon Biotope Aquarium
JBJ introduces its plug-n-play 8 gallon freshwater modern aquarium. This beautiful glass aquarium offers 180 degrees of panoramic viewing with a flat back wall for spacing confining areas. This aquarium kit includes an integrated 3-stage top filter with mechanical filter floss, activated carbon basket, ceramic ring basket, designated heater slot, and integrated pump (77 gph) that turns the aquarium over 9x an hour for a sparkling clean showroom display.

Flip BackThe patented hinge canopy easily opens and allows for two Nano 180° half moon aquariums to be set up back to back for an eye catching 360 degree presentation. All canopy hoods contain an energy efficient 11 watt daylight (CF) lamp and UL Listed electronic ballast housed within an o-ring sealed splash guard. Routine maintenance is simplified with a quick opening of the canopy lid with full access to the top filter, pump, and heater (not included).

Feed MeFeeding lid grants easy access for daily feedings without having to raise the entire canopy A moisture proof ON/OFF switch is conveniently located on top of the canopy for power control of the lighting system.

Reef Keeper ELITE V2 System by Digital Aquatics

The ReefKeeper Elite is true to its name, standing alone in the industry as the most innovative aquarium controller on the market. With the most intuitive interface and easy to use system controls, you'll find it will simplify all aspects of your aquarium system that it controls. There's also no need to find a power outlet near the head unit as there's no power cord needed; power is provided right from the bus.
The compact and convenient design, multiple mounting options and great looks makes the ReefKeeper Elite right for almost any installation; and without any unsightly probe wires dangling about, the head unit will add a touch of class to any tank!

The ReefKeeper is the most expandable controller we know of, allowing the control of over 250 outlets. It has the capability of reading more probes and input devices than even the most demanding system will ever need. All this makes the RKE suitable for tanks from 1 to 10,000 gallons and beyond.

One of the biggest advantages of the RKE system is what it comes with! Other controllers leave you wanting and having to purchase add-ons just to get them to a usable level. The RKE system includes two PC4s; that's 8 outlets to control! You also get an SL1 that will allow you to monitor pH, ORP, temperature and two switches; not to mention a free temperature probe and pH probe. All this for hundreds of dollars less than other controllers that barely give you enough to get started.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Vertex Mocean Wave Makers - Available Early July

We are happy to announce the release of Mocean Oscillating wave maker.There has been major improvements made to the body to assure flawless operation.
Vertex Mocean 2000 Wave Maker, you can create the most natural simulation of the ocean waves in your tank without sacrificing too much space or money. The secret is in our patented rotating motor. It allows you to create waves in any direction in your tank! The moving head continually rotates back and forth to the coordinates you preset. You can even let it spin 360 degrees over and over again.

The rotating motor is designed to work with your current water pumps (including power heads). You select the amount of waves and strength yourself by using your current pump. You can simply use a more powerful pump to increase the water flow.

With Vertex Mocean 3500 Wave Maker, you can finally utilize the power of your water flows to create the most incredible True-to-Life waves that only Mocean can create. Specifically engineered to handle high-pressured flows, it can handle powerful streams and even penducted streams. In fact, Vertex Mocean 3500 Wave Maker can handle up to 3,500 GPH (1")

All the Features of Mocean 2000 Intact!
* 360 Degrees of rotation
* Precision Engineering
* Patented Wave Creation Design
* Controller with speed & angle controls
* Healthier Happier Fish
* Oxygenated water
* Improves Heater/Chiller Accuracy
* Brings food to your coral
* And more! Yup, we got'em all!

Same Look, Different Soul
Yes, everything looks exactly like the Mocean 2000, but don't be fooled. Every piece on the Mocean 3500 has been re-engineered to meet the demands of a high-pressure pump.
The same set-it-and-forget-it engineering concept has gone into the Mocean 3500. You can rely on its high-level of quality control.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hatching Brine Shrimp Made Simple

Freshly hatched brine shrimp eggs are one of the best foods available for fish fry, reef tanks and small aquatic organisms because they provide proteins and fatty acids which accelerate growth and increase survival. As you will soon discover, nothing stimulates the appetite of baby fish like baby brine shrimp!

Setting up the Hatchery:

1. Hang the Brine Shrimp Hatchery in a convenient location.
2. Mix Aquarium Salt with clean water to SG (specific gravity) of 1.018 (pH of 8.0 or higher is recommended). Hydrometer or refractometer can be used to ensure proper salinity.
3. Attach airline to the air pump (pump should be placed above water level to prevent water siphon in case of power outage) to the hatchery air tube.
4. Fill the hatchery with saltwater.
5. Add 1 level teaspoon of Brine Shrimp Eggs to the hatchery.
6. Let the eggs soak for about 15 minutes, "swirling" the eggs occasionally with your finger to help absorb water and allow to sink to the bottom of the hatchery.
7. Turn on the air pump and adjust the bubbles to where they are vigorous and the eggs are in constant motion.

Generally, the optimum incubation time is 24 hours. However, depending on the quality of the eggs and the hatching environment, it may take up to 36 hours for a complete hatch.

Helpful Hints:

Keep it Clean!
The cleaner you keep your hatchery the more likely your hatch will be successful, time and again. After each use, scrub your hatchery with a coarse nylon sponge and dilute household bleach. Don’t forget to rinse it with plenty of tap water.
Don’t Over Hatch
Avoid the temptation to over hatch. In fact, you should never hatch more than 2.5 grams of eggs per liter of water. By using fewer eggs, a greater percentage of the eggs hatch which means you get more baby brine shrimp for your dollar.
Watch the Temperature!
The rate of hatching brine is very sensitive to temperature. Most of your eggs should hatch in 24 hours if the temperature is roughly 82°F (28°C). If the temperature is only 70°F (21°C), you might have to wait up to 36 hours to get a good hatch. By increasing the temperature, you increase the rate of hatching. But be careful. As the temperature exceeds 86°F (30°C), you become more likely to loose the whole Hatch. Be safe- hatch between 82°-86°F (28°-30°C)!
Salinity & pH
Like Temperature the rate of hatching also depends on salinity and PH. The less salt in the water, the easier it is for brine shrimp to absorb enough water to burst through their protective shell. But, specific gravity should be at least 1.011 (15ppt) and can be as high as 1.030 (40ppt). This means that if you're Hatching in 1 quart, or liter, of ordinary tap water you should add somewhere between 1/2 and 2 level tablespoons of salt. The pH of the water should also be between 8.0 and 8.5. If your pH is below 8.0 your hatch rate will drop drastically.

Air & Lighting

A continual source of aeration and good illumination increases the rate of hatching. Fluorescent lamps are best for the light source, but any 60-100 watt bulb placed a few inches from your hatch cone will work fine. Be cautious of any source of light, which might overheat your hatchery!

Harvest and Feed Your Fish
When hatching is complete, turn off the air supply to the hatchery. After about 15 minutes, the empty shells (brown) should be floating on the surface of the water, the unhatched shells should be in the bottom of the hatchery and the live Brine Shrimp (orange) should be vibrating around by the neck of the hatchery.

Disconnect the air line from the air pump, without shaking the hatchery. Lower the end of the air line to a level below the base of the hatchery and drain the water through a Brine Shrimp Net into a container. Stop draining when the shrimp have been drained out and before the empty egg shells reach the end of the rigid tube.

Pour a bit of clean saltwater through the net to rinse the Brine Shrimp. You can either move the clean shrimp to a grow out container (Brine Shrimp Hatchery works great for this, too) or feed directly to your tank critters.

Rinse out the Brine Shrimp Hatchery and either store it or set it up again for another hatch the next day.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

MP-10 Vortech Propeller Pump by EcoTech Marine - Available Early July

Designed especially for nano-reef aquariums, the MP10 from EcoTech Marine is a small yet powerful pump.
The MP10—ideal for tanks from 2.5 to 50 gallons tanks—creates gentle flows of 500 to 1,575 gallons per hour, helping the tanks feel more like the ocean.

The MP10 shares the same award-winning technology as the MP40w and lets you take full control of the flow. With all the electrical components outside the aquarium and a variety of easy-to-program modes, the VorTech is the safest, most versatile pump on the market.

R2 SOLUTIONS Moonlights & Lunar Controller - Just In

Introducing full line of R2 Solution moonlights.
These lightweight durable compact strips utilize ultra blue LEDs spaced at intervals of 2 inches to ensure complete coverage resulting in a beautiful shimmering moonlight effect(Our 48” model has an incredible 24 LEDs). These compacts are designed to be installed in the same manner as regular aquarium lights, above the acrylic or glass cover. The compact size allows for the R2 Signature Series lights to easily sit beside conventional daylight lighting systems.
The R2 Moonlight Controller allows the user to set there R2 Moonlight to automatically change brightness according to the phases of the moon!
A manual mode and fixed mode are also possible. The R2 Moonlight Controller works with any of the R2 Moonlights to create the most complete moonlighting solution available!

Royal Exclusiv Alpha Cone Protein Skimmers

We are expecting limited quantity of Alpha 200 and Alpha 250 protein skimmers to be available this coming week.

Brand new line of cone protein skimmers from Royal Exclusiv, maker of famous Bubble King protein Skimmers and Red Dragon water pumps.

Unquestionably, there must be no concessions when it comes to engineering and producing the finest aquarium equipment. Only by these convictions can performance be pushed beyond expectations. Vertex Aquaristik™, in association with Royal Exclusiv, brings to you the next stage of evolution in high-performance Saltwater management. Crediting to its ultramodern design and differentiating features, this top model clearly distinguishes from competition.

This is the Protein Skimmer you have been waiting for. The revolutionary conical body paired with the refinement of the Red Dragon pump creates a potent combination of exceptional waste extraction, whisper quiet operation and low-impact energy conservation. The precision construction from the highest quality materials coalesces together in a form that is both durable and being feature-rich These meticulous attentions to design result in an execution that is conclusively untouchable.

Deal of The Week - JBJ Arctica Aquarium Chillers

Save 10% on our full line of JBJ Arctica Chillers

Use Coupon Code: CHILL101

This offer expires on 06.20.2009. Does not apply to Mini and Commercial line of chillers.

Arctica Titanium Aquarium Chillers are state-of-the-art aquarium coolers incorporating the most advance technological features compared to any other chiller on the market.
Many years of research and development has allowed us to offer the perfect solution to stabilize water temperatures for your aquarium environment.
These units have been designed for maximum temperature pull-down (BTU`s) with the least amount of energy draw.

Neptune Systems APEX Aqua Controller

What more can you want from a controller?
Amazing state of the art Connectivity, Expandability, with Robust timers and the Ultimate Control! Control up to 240 modules, hundreds of probes and thousands of outlets! Monitor/control Temperature, pH, ORP with digital calibration on all probes.
- sleek and stylish case.
- compact size 3.40″ x 4.05″ x 0.65″.
- mounting holes for easy attachment to wall/stand
- 7 mechanical buttons for speedy access user interface
- 128 x 64 Backlight display, blue background with white characters.
- high contrast, excellent display quality
- Displays datalog graphs
- 4 Highly customizable status displays
- placement of probe names and icons can be selected by user
- can scroll manually scroll between different status screens, orautomatically scroll through them.
- user adjustable contrast and backlight settings.
- backlight can be dimmed at night.
- Audible alarms
User selectable tones/songs for different warning/error types
- multiple displays can used on one systems.
all remote displays have the same functionality as the primary display
(i.e. can configure, graph, initiate feed cycles, etc. from all displays)