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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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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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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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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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Yesterday we ran another T5 vs. LED comparison but this time we put the T5 lighting up against another Orphek product.  This time we compared the existing T5 lighting to that of the Orphek PR72.  This exhibit is about 200 gallons at the same public aquarium.  Below is a short video that was shot with an iphone 4.  After the break we will post another video clip of the 55,000 gallon display with the Orphek DIF-100 pendant.



The Orphek PR72 Reef LED Pendant is a member of the new PR72 family of LED Pendants.  Its design goal was to aid hobbyists in growing beautiful corals in medium sized  aquariums or larger systems when multiple units are used,  and coral fragment tanks without relying on energy wasting metal halide or low PAR florescent tubes.

The LEDs were selected from the same LED bins used for the PR156XP fixture to duplicate the PUR lighting spectrum which is beneficial and necessary for growing corals, clams, and marine plants.  The highly efficient Mean Well LED Drivers use on the PR156XP and DIF series pendants are used here as well, no shortcuts were taken. The PR72 Reef LED Pendant will produce High PAR/PUR levels. The pendents offer plenty of PAR/PUR for growing all types of corals because the light energy is concentrated on the needed and desirable PUR spectrum while eliminating LEDs that emit non-essential wavelengths.


The PR72 Reef LED Pendant is a plug and play and the dimmable Mean Well LED Driver allows us to configure the PR72...

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Memorial Day Sale

Use Coupon Code: Hero10 during checkout and receive 10% off on all items. 

Sale excludes:

  • Aqua Illumination
  • Coral Vue
  • Ecotech Marine
  • MaxSpect
  • Neptune Systems
  • Vertex
  • Zeovit

If you purchase a product from one of the above manufactures from Aquarium Specialty then you will receive 5 x the normal Aquarium Specialty Reward Points.

Sale is NOW through May 28th 2013.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Holiday.

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We stumbled acoss Cermedia, the makers of MarinePure Biofilter Media the other day so we decided to investivate and I think we will be glad we did.  The makers of MarinePure Biofilter Media have created an ultra high surface ceramic biofilter media that will reduce nitrits, ammonia and nitrates from you system for years to come without the need for replacement.  MarinePure's Thin Bio-Film Technology tm promotes better bacteria growth that can be used in trickle filters, canister filters, media reactors or in areas where water can be passed through the media such as a sump compartment.

Aquarium Specialty is going to run a test on one of our reef tanks to see how well the media reduces nitrites, ammonia and nitrate.  Once the test results are complete we will post the data in a new article.

MarinePure comes in several form factors.  Here's a general breakdown of the some various products and how they can be used.  To see the complete listing of MarinePure products with pricing visit this link.

1½" Spheres

Designed for Ammonia and Nitrite Removal

One MarinePure Sphere has the same surface area as 1,350 plastic 1.5" bio-balls.

Sizes available:

  • 2-quart
  • 1-gallon
  • 5-gallon
  • 100-liter

Use in canister filters, sumps, and wet/dry filters.

8x8x4" Block

Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate Removal

Primarily designed to provide deep anaerobic zones for de-nitrification in passive systems.

Live rock substitute-popular among reef hobbyists as a substitute for live rock because it reduces nitrates more efficiently w...

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The new Aqua Illumination Hydra LED Fixture combines the controls of the AI Vega and the unmatched power of the AI Sol at $399.00 per LED module.  The Aqua Illumination Hydra brings a new level of performance to the AI product line.  Available in a black or white case like the rest of the AI LED line, the AI Hydra features wireless connectivity out of the box.
Unlike the AI Sol Blue & White, the Hydra uses 80 degree lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.


The AI Hydra utilizes the latest LED technology from leading manufacturers, arranged to provide the best performance.


Combining the control of the AI Vega and unmatched power of the AI Sol, the AI Hydra brings a new level of performance. Unlike the Sol Blue & White, the Hydra uses 80 degree lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.

The Hydra fills the visible light spectrum with light to spare. We set the standard in LEDs, and have taken our years of experience and customer feedback to provide an even wider spectral output with the AI Hydra by adding 415nm Violet and 400nm UV LEDs to the mix.

Visible Spectrum

80 Degree Lens Array

It Blends

The AI Hydra uses 80 degree proprietary lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending.  The Hydra utilizes the same TIR (Total Internal Reflection) optical design while incorporating and diffuse exit sur...

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Aquarium Specialty has partnered up with CeramEco to distribute CeramEco Vida Rock in the US.

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Aquarium Specialty has been carrying ceramic rock for almost 7 years from Aquaroche out of France and in the past Aquarium Specialty offered Korallenwelt out of Germany.  The problem has always been the cost to import these items from Europe.  Transportation costs, delivery times and inventory turn have always been the issue for importation from Europe.  As a result Aquarium Specialty struck out to search for a high quality domestic alternative.  Fortunately we already knew about CeramEco so we decided to contact them to learn more about their product line.  After a couple of months of getting to know each other, we struck an agreement to inventory and distribute CeramEco Vida Rock in the US for retail and wholesale customers.

Ok so let's talk more about the Cerameco advantage.

About CeramEco Vida Rock:

CeramEco is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently have two divisions, garden and aquatics.  The aquatics division is our focus so here's the skinny on reef ready Vida Rock and why we feel it's a superior alternative to live rock.

1. It's Eco Friendly:

VidaRock a sensible reef keeping solution.

VidaRock is a product that can have a positive effect on the reef keeping industry by eliminating the need to pull live rock from the ocean.  VidaRock puts an end to mining rock and removing live rock from the ocean.  It’s natural and sustainable- Vida Rock is synthetic ceramic aquarium rock and ...

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Aquarium Specialty launches wholesale website dedicated to supplying retail aquarium stores and service/installation companies through  Aquarium Specialty is bringing their outstanding customer service, robust inventory, and purchasing power to the wholesale side of the aquarium equipment hobby with their newest venture, Aqua Specialty Wholesale. Although the site is currently viewable to the public, and with the retail prices listed for the moment, Aqua Specialty Wholesale will soon be put on lockdown, accessible only to fish stores and installation/service companies through account login.

Aqua Specialty

Please note that is currently set to demo mode, meaning you cannot place an order for the items listed but the site is expected to go live later tonight.  Aqua Specialty will carry all of the top shelf brands like Aqua Illumination, EcoTech Marine, Gryphon, Royal Exclusiv, Tunze, and Vertex Aquaristik. If you are interested is setting up a wholesale account then you can contact Aqua Specialty directly through the website or by calling 803.788.5990.  Aqua Specialty will require a copy of your business license, proper tax documents, and trade references before account setup is considered.

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