Friday, June 25, 2010

Vertex Pro Bio Pellets

Biopellets—A New Stage in Reefkeeping.
What if one product could single
handedly make maintaining a
saltwater tank as easy as
freshwater? What if that same
product made eliminating nuisance
algae and keeping crystal clear
water effortless for even the most
inexperienced reef keepers? And
what if that same product was
affordable enough for every single
saltwater enthusiast in the industry?

That product would revolutionize reefkeeping. Say hello to Vertex Biopellets. Biopellets will change the way you
keep your saltwater aquarium forever—and Vertex makes the highest quality, most cost effective biopellets available.

How Biopellets Work:
Biopellets are composed of biodegradable polymers designed for use in a fluidized filter. The
pellets promote the growth of aerobic and anaerobic nitrifying bacteria which use carbon
from the pellets to consume nitrate and phosphate. This process dramatically eliminates
unsightly algae and cyanobacteria (red slime) while increasing the overall health and vigor of
the tank’s inhabitants.
The surplus bacteria generated by the biopellets are then consumed by sponges and corals or
removed by a protein skimmer. Within a few weeks, without any routine dosing, even the
most novice reefkeeper is left with a crystal clear tank.

Vertex Biopellets – in 500mL and 1000mL sizes.
Less Time. Less Work. More Results.


Frequently Asked Questions:

1)What quantity of biopellets will I need for my tank? 500ml per 100 gallons of net water volume.

2) How can I tell if I have overfilled my reactor? Put no more pellets in your reactor than can be easily fluidized (without clumping)

3) Can I overdose or harm my tank from excessive biopellet use? No, though adherence to the previous note is strongly encouraged.

4) Are there any special considerations for where I should put my reactor in the sump? Make sure the effluent of the reactor exits into a high flow zone of the sump to ensure the bacteria is dispersed and that the water is properly re-oxygenated before entering the main system.

5) Are there any benefits to using a Vertex media reactor with the biopellets? Yes. The Vertex reactor is specifically designed with a 1/2” input-output. This contrasts with most reactors having a 3/8” input-output. The difference is very important in the capacity for the reactor to readily fluidize the media—the larger input-output makes the Vertex reactor much more effective for this purpose.

6) How often must the biopellets be replaced? Depending on your system, you can expect to replace your biopellets every 4 to 6 months.

7)How much flow will it take to fluidize 1000ml of pellets in a Vertex UF 15/ 20 media reactor? There are many variables involved with this question which must be considered. It is important to note the pressure rating of your pump, whether it’s a passive or direct feed, etc. That said, the reactors will handle 150 to 500gph. A rough estimate is about 100-250 gallons per hour for every 500ml.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

NEW Aqua Medic Ocean Lights T5 High Output Aquarium Light Fixtures

A hands down favorite among European aquarists, the T-5 bulb format is the latest in fluorescent technology.
The Oceanlight T5’s internal electronic ballasts provide cool and reliable service while simplifying installation. A variety of sizes ensure that you’ll find the ideal luminary for your moderate-light reef tanks, fish-only systems, terrariums, or freshwater live-plant aquaria.

Oceanlight T5 systems come complete with a hanging kit and mounting legs for direct attachment to many glass aquariums.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

CoralRX PRO Coral Dip

Coral Rx was developed in 2006 for two purposes: to treat corals suffering with parasites, and as a prophylactic measure to promote healthy corals before parasites or bacterial infections become harmful. Coral Rx is tough on parasites, yet gentle on your coral (contains no iodine or oxidizers) allowing you to be proactive in protecting your investment.

Independently Tested
Coral Rx was independently tested by Andrew Lynford, M.S. in Biology from Hofstra University. This investigation attempted to quantify the efficacy of three chemical flatworm controls: Flatworm Exit, Coral Rx, and Povidone. His research is available in a featured article published in Advanced Aquarist, April 2009. Below are excerpts of his findings:.

* Coral Rx was the most effective treatment…
* Coral Rx performed well as a coral dip, and it would be advantageous for coral aquaculturists, wholesalers, retailers, aquariums, and hobbyists to use this product when quarantining newly purchased corals.
* Chemical treatments are utilized as a preventative protocol used to eradicate flatworms before they are introduced into an aquarium. These chemical treatments are referred to as a coral dips.
* Quarantining corals and live rock with coral dips is the best way to deal with marine flatworms because it prevents their introduction, and circumvents the problems associated with convolutrilobid toxin release.
* Harvesting coral reef taxa (species) to replace livestock lost through convolutriloba toxin release is environmentally costly, and should be prevented by using coral dips.

Coral Rx – a different type of coral dip
Coral Rx was designed by keeping the health of your coral in mind. Our proprietary blend of natural ingredients contains no iodine, which is known to stain corals, nor does Coral Rx contain oxidizers whose by-products are often toxic and continue to react with surrounding tissue. Independent research also questions the effectiveness of iodine treatments. Please take a look at this feature article in Advanced Aquarist, April 2009.

Coral Rx removes many of the “hard to deal with” coral pests like Acropora-Eating Flatworms, Montipora-Eating Nudibranchs and Zoanthid-Eating Nudibranchs.

Promotes Coral Health – Coral Rx is hard on parasites yet easy on corals making it a perfect prophylactic treatment protecting your coral investment. Whether or not you quarantine your corals before putting them in your aquarium, a dip in Coral Rx decreases the probability of adding a parasite into your aquarium eco-system.


Coral Rx can be used in treating many types of live corals; soft, LPS and SPS. Coral Rx should be used in treating corals that have parasites or other bacterial infections. Additionally, it should be used as a prophylactic treatment before bringing live coral into your aquarium.

Coral Rx is effective in removing the following parasites:

- Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW)
- Montipora Eating Nudibranchs
- Bristleworms
- Zoanthid Eating Spiders
- Red Flatworms

Also aids in the treatment of:
- Filamentous Hair Algae
- Rapid Tissue Necrosis (RTN)
- Slow Tissue Necrosis (STN)
- Bacterial Infections & More

Coral Rx should not be used on fish, shrimp, crabs, snails, clams or other invertebrates. We have not tested CoralRx's effectiveness on Acropora Red Bugs.

* Dosage per gallon of dip
- Coral Rx Pro: 30 drops

* Shake bottle of Coral Rx. Add dosage as stated above based on product purchased to 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of saltwater from aquarium. Mix well. Using a small power head, keep the water moving and place coral in the coral dip. If you do not have a power head, gently shake coral in the coral dip. Keep coral in the coral dip for 5 – 10 minutes. After 5 – 10 minutes, remove coral and discard the coral dip. Do not reuse the coral dip as parasite may release toxins. Rinse coral with clean saltwater and return to aquarium. Do not add Coral Rx directly into aquarium.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Proprietary Blend of Natural Extracts. (Coral Rx Industrial contains no distilled water)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Info. On The New "Hybrid" T5/Led Fixture (Specification) byCoralVue

    Everyone is asking for more information on the New "Hybrid" T5/LED Fixture from CoralVue.  Here's the specifications...
    • Item #: CV-T5FIX4-3
    • Item #: CV-T5FIX4-4
    • Coralvue® T5/LED 4 Bulb Fixture
    • Plug-n-play fixture
    • Has only 1 single power cord coming from fixture to a junction box which splits into 3 power cords that can be used with individual timers.
    • Includes hanging kit and fully adjustable legs.
    • The 36″ fixture includes 7 high power 1 watt LEDs.
    • The 48″ fixture includes 10 high power 1watt LEDs.
    • Dimensions for 3ft: 35.25″ x 11.25″ x 3.5″
    • Dimensions for 4ft: 47.25″ x 11.25″ x 3.5″

    • Item #: CV-T5FIX6-2
    • Item #: CV-T5FIX6-3
    • Item #: CV-T5FIX6-4
    • Coralvue® T5/LED 6 Bulb Fixture
    • Plug-n-play fixture
    • Has only 1 single power cord coming from fixture to a junction box which splits into 3 power cords that can be used with individual timers.
    • Includes hanging kit and fully adjustable legs.
    • The 24″ fixture includes 5 high power 1 watt LEDs.
    • The 36″ fixture includes 7 high power 1 watt LEDs.
    • The 48″ fixture includes 10 high power 1watt LEDs.
    • Dimensions for 2ft: 23.25″ x 15.75″ x 3.5″
    • Dimensions for 3ft: 35.25″ x 15.75″ x 3.5″
    • Dimensions for 4ft: 47.25″ x 15.75″ x 3.5″

    Reflector Material: 95% Germany Alanod Mirror Finish Aluminum. Worlds finest mirror finish metal manufacturer.
    Reflector Design: Individual parabollic spider bent reflectors under each T5 lamp.
    Ballast: Microprocessor controlled ballast allows for 40% more extended bulb life over magnetic and IC Solid State powered T5 ballast.
    LED Supplement/Moonlight: High power 1 watt LED’s for added florescence of marine animals or moonlight phase for coral and fish spawning.
    Enclosure: Extruded 3/16″ aluminum with automotive grade high gloss painted finish.

    Brackets: Full free hanging hardware system with easy height adjustment settings. 360° Rotatable fixture mount for easy access during maintenance. Adjustable height mounting legs to help with coral acclimation.

    Available sizes: 4 bulbs x24watt/39 watt /54watt and 6 bulbs x24 watt/39 watt/54watt