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BioTek Marine Ceramic Reef Rock

Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce a new line of reef-ready ceramic rock to it's expanding line of BioTek Marine products.

Each piece of reef-ready ceramic rock is carefully hand sculpted by experienced artisans.  BioTek Marine ceramic rock does not need curing.  Simply add it to your aquarium and it will begin colonizing coraline algae and probiotic bacteria along with your favorite corals.  Unlike some other ceramic rock options on the market, BioTek Marine Ceramic Rock has plenty of surface area and hiding places for fish, shrimp and more cryptic aquarium inhabitants.

BioTek Marine Ceramic Rock is available in sculptured cave and shelf style pieces in various sizes.  Since each piece is hand-made, you may expect slight varations in shapes and sizes from the stock depictions of this product.  For pricing, sizing and several more product images, please visit here.  Now Biotek Marine has two eco-friendly options for aquascaping your reef aquariums with it's Dry Reef Rock and Ceramic Reef Rock.  

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Aquarium Specialty announces new product offerings in it's online catalog.  Recently,  Doctor Eco Systems, the makers of high quality fish, coral and invertebrate foods asked us to consider carrying their coral, inverebrate and fish foods.  After careful study, Aquarium Specialty is pleased to offer these new products.  The following is a review of one of these products known as Doc's Eco Eggs.

Dr Eco Systems Super Eggs

 

Doc's Eco Eggs are super high in protein-brined fish roe which contains a high fat content including omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for your fish and corals.  Made from a high quality brined-fish roe which has been shown to send corals and fish into a feeding frenzy.  A benefit of this product  is that it can be shipped via regular UPS/FedEx with no need for refrigeration until it is actually opened for use by the consumer.  

The manufacturer reccomends not to overfeed Doc's Eco Eggs or you might have a protein skimmer.  RLSS DC controllable protein skimmers offer a 30 minute feed timer button as do many of the Reef Octopus models so we reccomened pushing the 30 minute feed timer button when using a lot of the food at one time.

Doctor Eco Systems recommends breaking up the egg mass in a cup of water prior to feeding your aquarium, but you may also squeeze some  directly onto your finger and add it directly to the aquarium. The egg gel tends to stay together longer, allowing large fish and larger LPS corals to ingest larger globs of the food. Small fish and corals benefit more from break...

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Hydra vs. Hydra TwentySix

 

Recently we have received several customer comments and concerns regarding the Hydra vs. the Hydra TwentySix.  Most of these comments suggest that the Hydra with 4 LED clusters is better than the Hydra TwentySix because it has only 2 LED clusters. The goal here is to put that perception to rest. We consulted with Joel at Aqua Illumination to better understand the rationale behind the development of the Hydra TwentySix since the Hydra was a fairly new product and still in good demand.  Here's a quick look at the differences and why Aqua Illumination feels that the Hydra TwentySix is a viable alternative to the Hydra.

Hydra vs. Hydra TwentySix - key points of interest:

  • The AI Hydra TwentySix has 26 LEDs versus the Hydra's 20 LEDs at the same wattage.  (The Hydra TwentySix is more efficient)
  • The LEDs on the Hydra TwentySix are in a tighter cluster which lessens the shadowing or "disco ball" effect.
  • The 2 LED clusters are further apart in the Hydra TwentySix VS the 2 center clusters on the Hydra.  Basically, the Hydra TwentySix provides the power of each two outer clusters of the Hydra within each of its individual clusters.
  • The footprint of the Hydra TwentySix is 7.28"x5.375"x1.6 while the Hydra is 11.9" x 5.4" x 2.1"
  • What is not to love about more output over the same area in a smaller package at the same price?

BioTek Marine is currently developing a Hydra TwentySix mounting bracket similar to the HM mounting arm which presently exists for the standard Hydra fixture, but at a reduce...

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The new Ecotech Marine Radion XR15wPRO is here

Radion XR15wPRO

We are pleased to announce that the Radion XR30 will be getting a new little brother! EcoTech Marine has been working tirelessly to create a new, smaller Radion LED to compliment the highly successful XR30w. The Radion XR15wPRO features the same great spectrum, same features and same warranty as the XR30wPRO. With one cluster, half the wattage, a 24" coverage area, and a lower price point, the XR15wPRO is the perfect solution for small to medium-sized tanks where the full output of the XR30w platform is not necessary.

Shipping now!

 

 XR15wPRO FAQs:

 

Q: How do I pre-order and when will the fixtures begin shipping?

A: Ecotech Marine expects to begin shipping out orders by mid July and it takes 2 days for the time Ecotech ships to arrive at Aquarium Specialty.  In stock now - click here.

 

Q: What is the MRP of the XR15wPRO?

A: $449USD

 

Q: What is the coverage of an XR15wPRO?

A: 2x2ft. 

 

Q: Why is the spread almost as much as an XR30 model light?

A: Spread is more of a factor of optics than wattage or clusters. The XR15wPRO comes with Wide Angle TIR Optics installed standard so the spread from one cluster is not much less than the spread from two clusters located inches apart on an XR30. What is different however is the PAR at the same % output. You will achieve less PAR with an XR15wPRO versus an an XR30 model. The XR15wPRO is ideal for the many commercially available shallow tanks where PAR at depth is not necessary.

 

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Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce a new product offering from BioTek Marine, the BioTek Marine Salinity Refractometer.

BioTek Marine Refractometer

The BioTek Marine Salinity Refractometer measures "true" seawater salinity levels, instead of just sodium chloride (NaCl) content.  This device measures additional elements contributing to salinity which are usually unaccounted for, such as calcium and magnesium resulting in more precise, accurate results. The BioTek Marine Salinity Refractometer features full ATC (auto temperature compensation) for water temperatures ranging from 5 to 30 degrees C (41-86 degrees F).  The right side of the scale checks the Salinity levels with the range of 0-100 ppt (with 1 ppt scale divisions) while the other side gauges Specific Gravity with a range of 1.000 to 1.070 (+/- 0.001 accuracy).

This high quality refractometer is sure to be a big hit with an affordable price of $35.99.  Click here to find out more.

 Features:

  • Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC)
  • True Seawater Salinity Readings
  • High Degree of Accuracy (+/- 0.001 accuracy)
  • Easy to Read Scale

BioTek Marine Refractometer Scale

     

    Includes:

    • Hard Protective Case with Protective Foam Inserts
    • Pipette
    • Lint Free Cleaning Cloth
    • Calibration Screw Driver

    BioTek Marine Refractometer Case

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    BioTek Marine Frag Mounts

    Aquarium Specialty is now offering BioTek Marine's new line of premium ceramic frag plugs, frag disks, frag mounts and micro mounts.  Each mounting option features scored/grooved surfaces that hold the coral glue and frag in place on the surface of the mount.  The plugs, mounts and micro mounts are available in natural and coraline colors. The larger 1.75" flat Frag Disk is offered in natural. 

    Each of the seven different products are presented in attractive retail packaging.

    For pricing, product images and further information, please click here.


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    We wish we could have attended the 2014 InterZoo booth this year but we will continue to cover some of the highlights and innovations from vendors displaying at the biyearly event.  

    We have received some impressive display images from this years Vertex Aquaristik booth and we thought you might enjoy seeing them.  News from the show brings us a look at the Cerebra that's been in developement for 4 years.  Displayed in the booth are 4 fully function Cerebra aquarium controllers.  Judging from this we expect to see them hit the market very soon but still no word on a release date but purhaps we will know a little more in the very near future.

    Also on display are the new Vertex Omega 180 and Omega 200 protein skimmers along with a new calcium reactor.  Aditionally they have a new DC pump they are working on and it will be called the Stratus and they are calling it a game changer.  Pictured last is the Stratus touch screen controller that will be used with the pump.  Sorry no release dates on these yet either but we are hoping we can find out a little more from Vertex Aquaristik sometime next week.  It looks like it might be an exciting 3rd and 4th quarter for Vertex Aquaristik if some of these new products come to market in the US this year.

    Vertex Booth at Interzoo

    Pictured Above: 4 x fully functioning Vertex Cerebra Controllers

    Vertex Booth

    Vertex Stratus DC Pump Controller

    Pictured Above: Vertex Stratus DC Pump Touch Screen Controller

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    Maxspect Ethereal

     

    Maxspect has debuted its new Ethereal LED lighting system.  The Ethereal incorporates a new modular design which clamps to the rear of a rimless tank or certain tanks with rims that are not too thick to accommodate the mounting bracket. The module is designed to illuminate a 24" x 24" (60x60cm) area.


    Maxspect Ethereal

    The Ethereal LED lighting system features a user-controllable photoperiod and user-controllable weather simulation with color intensity controls across the varied LED channels.  Each Ethereal unit couples compatibly with iOS, Android, and Windows-based phones, tablets and computers.  The unit is programmed with a host of other elaborate features including a "fixture ambient mood lighting feature".  More about the features will be disclosed at InterZoo 2014 in Nuremberg Germany this week.

     

    Ethereal Mood Lighting

     

    Aquarium Specialty has a "coming soon" product listing on its website if you would like to check it out.  We are looking forward to hearing much more about this fixture in the days and weeks to come.

     



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    The new Aqua Illumination Hydra TwentySix is presently scheduled to arrive the 1st week of June.  Aquarium Specialty is taking pre-orders now and all pre-orders will ship out the day that the new products arrive into the Aquarium Specialty warehouse.  The picture above depicts the Hydra FiftyTwo along with the new Hydra TwentySix (shown with 2 LED clusters). The new Hydra TwentySix lighting cliuster offers 7 individually colored LEDs in the same configuration as the Hydra FiftyTwo and it is designed to easily illuminate a 24" x 24" footprint for most of the standard-sized aquariums.  The Hydra TwentySix has a Max PAR reading at 263 uMol while the standard Hydra maxes out at 225 uMol.  Each fixture consumes the same 90 watts of power at maxium intensity. For more information on PAR numbers, pricing, and other specifications, please click here.

    Arriving next week as a new option, Aquarium Specialty will have the new BioTek Marine acrylic tank mount for the Hydra TwentySix, the standard Hydra, and the Hydra FiftyTwo fixtures.

    The New AI Hydra TwentySix Features & Specifications:

    • Packs as much power as the regular Hydra
    • 7.28" x 5.37" x 1.6"
    • 26 total LEDs
    • Compatible with all AI accessories.
    • Weight: 2.1 lbs (.95 kg)
    • Power Consumption: 90 watts at full power
    • Input Power: 100 to 240 VAC / 50-60 Hz
    • Max PAR: 263 uMol 

     

       

       

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        Maxspect Riptide Gyre

        The Maxspect Riptide Gyre Generator has a uniquely innovative design which changes the way that we have seen water movement created in the past.  Sparse information is available at this juncture regarding the Riptide as it appears that the announcment about this product was "accidentally released" just prior to Europes's InterZoo Exposition.  We expect to see more information about the future availablility and specifications of various models.  As of this writing, it appears that they will offer at least 4 different sizes and that shipping will begin this summer.  Here is what Maxspect has to say about their entry into the aquarium water movement segment with it's Riptide Gyre Generators:

        The Maxspect Riptide is the world's first "Gyre-Generator". Compared to traditional powerheads and wavemakers that are based on propeller nozzle flow technology, the Maxspect Riptide is based on advanced crossflow technology which produces massive horizontal water movement leaving little to no deadspots.

        FEATURES:

        • Revolutionary Crossflow Technology
        • Virtually No Deadspots
        • Evenly Distributed Flow
        • Gyre Generating Flows

         

        Why gyre generator and not wavemaker?

        Wavemakers excel in making waves, while waves are spectacular to watch in motion, they are in fact moving the majority of the water vertically up and down, with relatively low horizontal movement, especially near the bottom of the aquarium.

        On the other hand, gyre generators excel in moving sheer flow of water from one side of the aquarium to the oth...

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