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A few weeks ago we posted an article about the Orphek DIF-100 16,000 K 100 Watt LED Pendant along with some PAR readings from an Apogee PAR meter.  The photo and video below is a demo we did over a 55,000 gallon public aquarium display with an iphone 4 (sorry for the lower quality video quality but I think you will get the point).

DIF-100 vs. T5


Watch as the 5' black tip reef shark passes from left to right and how the color changes as the shark passes from Orphek DIF-100 16,000 K LED light to the existing T5 lighting setup.  We will be doing another demo next week and I hope to have some better camera equipment when I visit them again.

Click here to see the video:

Orphek DIF-100 vs. 8 x 54 Watt T5

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Nick Klase, the owner and technical knowhow behind the Build My LED brand have struck a distribution agreement with Aquarium Specialty.  Here's what Nick and Company had to say obout their new partnership with Aquarium Specialty.

“Build My LED is pleased to announce an online sales agreement with Aquarium Specialty.  The agreement with Aquarium Specialty will expand our online retail sales presence in the aquarium market, and it will enable our customers to enjoy one-stop-shopping on the Internet.  By coupling Aquarium Supply’s extensive reef aquarium knowledge with our proprietary LED lighting systems, our customers will be able to enjoy healthier and happier reefs.”

LED Fixture

About Build My LED:  Specialized LED Lighting Solutions

We are the industry leader in customized, commercial-grade LED lighting systems for both residential and commercial applications. Our high quality U.S. made products give you more light for less money and we routinely exceed our customer’s expectations when it comes to service. Over the last decade, our team has worked with LEDs as they have evolved into an economical and flexible replacement for outdated and expensive lighting systems.

We can help design a customized lighting system that meets your goals; our lighting engineers can show you how to save money on energy bills, select combinations of LEDs that supply the color balance you need and enjoy the 50,000 hour plus life span of industrial grade LEDs.

We make it easy to enjoy the benefits of upgrading to L...

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Yesterday I had the pleasure if speaking with Dr. Craig Downs, Executive Director of the Global Coral Repository in Clifford, VA.  Craig and I discussed numerous topics from coral husbantry to climate change, ocean acidification and much more.  We are very interested in the various endevors and research that Craig and the Global Coral Reef Repository are involved with and we hope you may consider visiting their website.  They are a non-profit organization so keep that in mind if you are interested in making a contribution to their efforts.

Below is an article that Dr. Downs sent to us.  At a later date we will post more articles on the Aquarium Specialty Blog.


In Norway there is a massive vault that contains millions of seeds. The goal is to gather duplicate samples from seed banks of contributing nations. This is the world’s seed safety net.

It’s in the northernmost town in the world, Svalbard, Norway, where there are more reindeer than people. The vault is a chilly -18 C (that’s about 0 degrees F). Stocking caps are required.

Their website says that loss of biological diversity is one of the greatest challenges we face. Increasing pressure on food crops from wars, weather and people are taking a toll on the production of food.

The intent is to build the capacity to refurbish lost seed stocks when needed. Their website is very interesting: Google Svalbard Global Seed Vault to take look at the facility. Make sure your garbanzo beans are safely tucked away here: http://www.croptrus...

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The new Maxspect Razor Nano R420R 60 Watt 8000 K, 10000 K and 16000 K LED fixtures will begin shipping May 15th 2013 and Aquarium Specialty is now taking pre-orders for all 3 models.  Maxspect has released new specifications on the Razor Nano LED fixtures and they have decided to go with 3 different color spectrums instead of one version as originally planned.

Razor Nano

Maxspect Razor Nano R420R 60 Watt Features and Specifications:

  • Only 0.9″ Thick!!
  • Enhances Coral Growth & Coloration
  • Utilizes the 410/420nm Spectrum (10000k & 16000k Only)
  • 2 Programmable Channels / Integrated Dawn to Dusk
  • Includes AdjustableTank-top Mounting Solution
  • Utilizes Cree XLamp, XT-E & XP-E LED chips
  • Aerodynamic Passive Cooling Design
  •  Dimensions (L x W x H) - 220mm × 265mm x 25mm (8.6” x 10” x 0.9”)
  • Maxspect Razor Nano Weight - 1 kg (2.2 lb)

Power Supply Unit:

  • Meanwell NES-75-15 
  • Input Voltage / Current - 1.5A/115VAC - 0.9A/230VAC 
  • Output Voltage / Current - 15V 5A 
  • Weight - 1.5kg (3.3 lb)


About the Maxspect Razor Nano R420R 60 Watt Features:

MaxSpect Nano Razor Layout

Reef Lighting with an Edge

Built with a aerodynamic body, the R420R LED Lighting System is designed to seamlessly merge into your living area with elegance and style. The R420R LED system utilize the latest in LED technology, including Cree XT-E and XP-E high intensity LED chips distributed in 2 different channels, offering unmatched performance and versatility.

Enhanced Growth and Coloration 

The R420R Lighting system is designed to provide all ranges of color spectrum required by corals an...

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Hesham El-Adly was kind enough to share some details, pictures and video of his journey to Sumilon a few months back.  Below you will see a map of the island so you know where Hesham spent his time diving off the coast of the Philippines.  Enjoy...



Hesham's Journey...

I returned recently from an incredible snorkeling trip to Sumilon, Philippines.

Getting to Sumilon is quite easy from Manila. A one hour plane ride to Dumaguete followed by a 45 minute pump boat trip to the Island of Oslob followed by another 20 minute pump boat trip to Sumilon. Sumilon is a small island with only one resort - Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort - and so is quite and peaceful.

Weather and seas were rough and visibility low at times but it was still amazing. I swam in three areas around Sumilon - a lagoon reef, a turbulent reef flat, and a marine sanctuary consisting of rolling fields of stony and soft corals. The variety, size, and color of the corals were fantastic and there was an enormous diversity of fish species.

Photos and videos are taken with an Olympus TG-1iHS underwater camera. This is a 12 MP underwater camera with an F2.0 aperture and can take 1080p videos. This relatively inexpensive underwater camera was purchased for its low light performance  and continuous focus modes and is highly recommended.

Sumion 1


Sumilon 7

Acro and Damsel

Crown of Thorns Starfish

Hungry Trigger and Pavona sp.


Clown Pair

The next few photos and video are of something really special ... visibility was poor and it was hard to get more than about 3 or 4 meters of this fish in the frame at a time but this fish should ...

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Aquarium Specialty is now distributing Hydor aquarium products throughout the United States to retail and brick and morter retail stores.  Here's what Hydor USA had to say:

Hydor USA

Sacramento, CA (April 17, 2013) – Hydor USA the makers Koralia Circulation Pumps, SmartWave Pump Controllers, Theo submersible heaters and several additional innovative aquarium products today has announced they have extended their distribution network through an agreement with Aquarium Specialty, Inc. of Columbia, SC.

"Aquarium Specialty’s location and web presence will provide us with additional market penetration for the specialty reef and aquatic specialist stores. Aquarium Specialty’s team has an exceptional reputation in the industry for brand building and service and we believe the Hydor brand will increase Hydor's position in the aquarium supply marketplace and we are pleased to have Aquarium Specialty as a business partner".

About Hydor USA-

Continuous innovation for 30 years means that Hydor is constantly researching and developing unique solutions for the aquatics market, even for the most demanding niche. We create and manufacture new exclusive lines such as the Koralia Circulation Pumps; Koralia SmartWave, three function wave timer; Professional Marine Equipment, Wavemaker products to mimic ocean currents in a marine aquarium; Performer, a complete range of protein skimmers and calcium reactors; Professional Canister filters for premium water filtration; H2shOw, the creative and artistic line of ...

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Orphek DIF100

Yesterday Aquarium Specialty received the new Orphek DIF-100 100 Watt 16,0000 K LED Pendant and a new shipment of Orphek Atlantik LED Fixtures.  

The DIF-100 is a sample LED that we will be taking to a Zoo for an evaluation.  The Zoo is looking at replacing the T5 lighting over their 50,000 gallon aquarium with LED pendents and we thought this would be the perfect choice for their particular application.  Below are some images with PAR readings from an Apogee PAR meter and some images of the new Orphek DIF-100 pendant.   Please note these are estimated distances from Lens to PAR sensor.  Also, keep in mind that the Orphek DIF-100 pendant comes with 4 different crystal/glass lens options from narrow to wide and in between.  The new pendents are lighter weight, more compact and feature a solid aluminum housing and heat sink along with an adjustable removable swivel arm.

The new Orphek DIF-100 pendent also features a controller connection (Neptune Apex or other) for dimming capability just like the PR72 pendent.

The PAR measurements below were done in our warehouse.

Approx Distance from Lens to Apogee MQ200 Sensor: about 8 inches (pegged out at 3000+)

DIF-100 @ 7"

Approx Distance from Lens to Apogee MQ200 Sensor: 15 inches


DIF-100 @ 15"

Approx Distance from Lens to Apogee MQ200 Sensor: About 40 inches


DIF100 @ 40"



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Nano Black

Aqua Illumination is continuing to launch new products along with a few upgrades to existing products.  The Nano Sol has been around for a while now but now it's available with a black case.  In the past the Aqua Illumination Nano Sol was only available in white but now it's available in black to match your nano aquarium.  Also, Aqua Illumination decided to remove the mounting arm from the package and reduce the price of the fixture for anyone that doesn't need the mounting arm.  Going forward the mounting arm will be sold as an optional accessory.


Aqua Illumination is now offering the new customizable LED PowerPucks with 11 possible color choices.  The Aqua Illumination PowerPucks are selling for $49.99 each on the Aqua Illumination website and they are only available as an upgrade through Aqua Illumination at this time.  If you are buying an Aqua Illumination Vega fixture then you will need to purchase it through your retailer or distributor (Aquarium Specialty is who we would recommend :) and then contact Aqua Illumination if you wish to add a custom PowerPuck to your existing Aqua Illumination Vega fixture.  The latest firmware will recognize each new LED color so it's possible to control the new colors independently as you would expect.  Please visit the link to see the Aqua Illumination PowerPuck Color Configurator in action.

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It's not uncommon for the phone to ring and someone wants us to give us our opinnion on the RLSS protein skimmer line.  so we decided to ask our friends at Aqua Nerd permission to repost an article on the RLSS R6i protein skimmer that they recently reviewed.  Thanks to Brandon Klaus at Aqua Nerd for allowing us to repost his article on our blog and it's safe to say we agree with his assessment of the RLSS R6i skimmers.  We would also like to say that much of the information contained in the article can also be applied to the other models of RLSS Protein Skimmers.  Aquarium Specialty will have a new batch of these skimmers arriving next week (week of 4/15/13) in case you would like to place an order for the RLSS R6-i.  Please note that the packaging below is not typical of the way the RLSS skimmers ship.  This was sent direct to Brandon from the factory overseas and they arrive to us in regular retail packaging on a pallet.  Aquarium Specialty then double boxes them to help insure safe delivery.

RLSS R6-i Cup

Ok now for Brandon's review...

Sometimes our product reviews take a little time to fully complete. We strive to test the equipment under both normal and abnormal operating conditions for an extended period of time in an attempt to really gague how the equipment responds. Such is the case for a RLSS R6-i protein skimmer we received last year. We put the DC controllable skimmer on our 80-gallon frag setup and let her run, and we were more than pleased with the tiny skimmer’s performance.


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BioGro 123

BioGro 123 is a new 3 part probiotic aquarium system that contains several strains of probiotic bacteria that will help reduce nitrates, phosphates and eat away detritus buildup in the aquarium.  BioGro 1 (BioGro Balance) contains 12 strains of bacteria that produce enzymes which are needed for stabile biological balance.  BioGro 2 (Nitrification) contains 14 strains of probiotic bacteria which enhance the nitrification process.  BioGro 2 contains Nitrosomonas, Nitrobacter, and Nitrospira strains.  To optimize this process, DVH has also added bacillus strains.  These bacillus strains work closely with nitrifying bacteria to help reduce nitrates in the aquarium.  BioGro 3 contains 9 strains of bacteria.  These bacteria remove the slow decaying sludge (detritus).  These bacteria remove the slowly decaying detritus that is a breeding place for pathogen organisms.  Decaying/Rotting detritus can release toxic gasses which can harm your fish and corals and can emanate bad smells from your aquarium.  All BioGro 123 bacteria are pathogen free and naturally cultivated.

Directions for Use:

Shake well before dosing!  Please turn off UV and/or Ozone for 1 day when adding BioGro.  You can dose all 3 steps at one time.  Dosage is based on a average aquarium but dosage can be higher or lower without any negative effects.  Keep away from children, do not ingest.  Please use within 6 months after opening.  Refrigeration after opening is recommended but not necessary. 

  • Start Dosage: 30ml per 50 g...
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