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Those of you that own or are familiar with the Ecotech Marine Radion LED fixtures are most likely aware of or own the Ecotech Reef Link wireless controller.  Until recently the Reef Link was only able to control the Radion LED fixtures but now it also has Vortech control.  The pumps themselves have had wireless functionality for many years and Aquarium Specialty was the company that had the honor of being the sole distributor of the 1st several hundred wireless upgrades to be sold in the US market several years ago.

The Vortech wireless pumps were limited to pump-to-pump communication so as to create synchronized and anti-sync wave patterns. Now with the addition of the Reef Link Vortech firmware update aquarists hobbyists can sync their pumps to their Radion LED lighting schedule and control everything wirelessly from a smart phone, computer, or tablet.

EcoTech Marine’s latest updates to their EcoSmart Live software now includes settings for the VorTechs, allowing hobbyists to control their pumps via the internet and mobile devices. The software has all of the native wave modes of the EcoSmart controllers, but adds to that with greater precision of control, as well as a few other nice touches that will probably result in you never actually touching the physical control hardware ever again.

In the video above, EcoTech Marine quickly steps us through the updates. It’s not as in-depth as we’d like but we expect Ecotech to role out more in-depth videos in the near future.  For more...

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Apogee PAR Meter Wand

Apogee has released a slick new fiberglass sensor wand for the aquarium market.  The wand is a 3 piece design that can be used for different sized aquariums.  It's reef safe and made from fiberglass.  The overall length is 41" (104cm) so it will be able to reach the bottom of most reef aquariums with ease.  By simply detaching the sensor mount you can shorten the wand length to better suit your specific aquarium depth.  In other words, you can one, two or all three sections to suit your needs.

Aquarium Specialty is a master distributor for the Apogee Instruments MQ-200 PAR meters and we expect to have the new 3 piece sensor wands in stock very soon.  Pre-orders and more information are available now by clicking this link.

Apogee PAR Meter Wand in Use

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Royal Exclusiv Germany

Royal Exclusiv (Germany)

The Royal Exclusiv ® company is headquartered in the north of Cologne and specializes in the production of pumps, protein skimmers and high-quality sumps and other aquarium related products.  The company began producing aquarium products in 1986 by owner and master craftsman, Klaus Jansen.  Klaus's 28+ years of professional experience in wood, metal and plastics processing and manufacturing has led Royal Exclusiv to be the world leader in innovating better and better protein skimmer designs and more recently, state of the art aquarium sumps and water pumps.

Royal Exclusiv's primary focus is producing and optimizing top tier best in class pumps, protein skimmers and other aquarium products.

Back in September the Royal Exclusiv team invited me to lunch while we were at MACNA 2013 and this is when I learned that they were making plans to open up Royal Exclusiv USA in Ft. Myers Florida sometime after the 1st of the year.  The 4000 sq. ft. facility in Ft. Myers is already in place and they are currently getting all the logistics in place to open May 1st of 2014 and they expect to be fully operational by the end of 2014.

 

Royal Exclusiv USA

Aquarium Specialty has been carrying Royal Exclusiv Bubble King skimmers and Red Dragon pumps longer than any other dealer in the US and we have always supported the line to the best of our ability but not without it's inherent challenges.  The challenge has always been getting is skimmers, pumps and parts quickly enough to satisfy the high en...

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Neptune MPR Magnetic Probe Rack

A few days ago Neptune Systems showed off a new little product they are selling called the MPR or Magnetic Probe Rack as they are calling it.  Here's what Neptune Systems has to say about their new accessory.

Just announced today at ReefStock 2014 - The little new product we promised. It may be little, but it has been in demand for a long time. The MPR - Magnetic Probe Rack was designed specifically for the Apex and will hold our larger diameter temperature probe, pH probe, ORP probe, and salinity probe. It's made from acrylic and with strong neodymium magnets it will hold on tight even on sumps that are 1/2" thick! Retail price on the MPR is $39.95 and it will be available in small quantities this month through Neptune Systems resellers with wide availability next month.

Aquarium Specialty is placing a stock order today for 20 pieces and the expected delivery date is the week of March 31st.  Pre-orders can be made here.

Neptune MPR Magnetic Probe Rack

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Avast Marine Dosing Tube / Probe Holder

Avast Marine, the makers of all types of innovative aquarium devices and gear, have come up with a great new product.  We are not sure if they have come up with a catchy name like their swabbie self cleaning head, or self shaking Vibe Zeovit reactor but we are calling it the "Better Than Sliced Bread All-In-One Magnetic  Dosing Tube / Probe Holder".  The magnetic combo dosing tube / probe holder features removable rubber inserts that allows the user to switch to and from using the holder as a dosing tube holder or an aquarium controller probe holder.  Another nice feature is that the back of the magnets feature a thin grippy rubber backing that prevents the magnets from easily slipping out of position.  As you can see from the picture above, the magnetic holder will hold up to 4 dosing tube lines or 4 standard aquarium controller probes.

Back side of the magnet:


All-in-all this might be the best and well thought out magnetic probe or dosing tube holder that we have seen to date.  For more information abut pricing and availability click the link.

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Ecotech + AI

Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illumination are merging the two companies together to form one dominate force in the aquarium industry.  Both Aqua Illumination and Ecotech Marine are considered by many to be the best LED lighting companies available in the aquarium industry.  What does this merger mean to you?  Well here is what we know so.

The partnership between Ecotech Marine and AquaIllumination will provide endless opportunities for development and innovation beyond what each company already provides as individual companies.  Each brand will remain a separate entity and continue to manufacture distinct product lines, but the shared ownership will allow each of us to improve and grow.

FAQs

Is either brand being dissolved?
No, both brands will remain independent. This exciting merger is designed to capitalize on the operational and infrastructure advantages that result from the merger of two US based manufacturers. Product lines and branding will remain separate and occur at the separate Iowa and Pennsylvania facilities.

Will EcoTech products be sold under the AI brand or vice versa?
No, the brands and products will remain independent.

Will I still be able to buy EcoTech  and AI products from my favorite store?
Yes, there will be no changes to retail availability. AI products will remain distributed by AI and EcoTech products will be distributed by EcoTech.

Will there be any changes to EcoTech or AI prices?
No. Prices will not be impacted.

Who do I contact for customer support?
EcoTech and A...

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Coral Frenzy has released two brand new products over the last few months allowing the aquarist to target even species of corals in the reef aquarium.  The original Coral Frenzy is a powder-like food with tiny particles great for targeting filter feeders and planktivorous fish and it has been well received in the marketplace for many years.  Then came the new 1mm Reef Pellets that was quickly followed up by a smaller 0.5mm version designed for invertebrates with smaller mouths.  You can find pricing at Aquarium Specialty here.

We’ve used and distributed the original Coral Frenzy for the last few years with much success and more recently we have been using the 1mm pellet food along with the original.  The 1mm pellets are great for target feeding almost every LPS coral in our tanks and we have been using it 1-2 times per week with good results.  The .5mm version is so new that we haven't laid our eyes on it yet but here's what Brandon at Aqua Nerd had to say about it along with the other Coral Frenzy products.

Coral Frenzy

(The information below: courtesy of Aqua Nerd)

The powder version of the Coral Frenzy is the most different from the bunch. It is very fine, with a rich smell that is present in most dry foods (only true fish nerds can appreciate the smell of fish food). The two pellets, on the other hand, are quite similar, differing obviously in the size of each pellet. We didn’t break out the ruler to verify the 0.5mm and 1mm lengths, but the larger pellet is significantly larger…though 1...

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The new Build My LED XB Series (very high output) are now be offered for sale from Build My LED (BML) and Aquarium Specialty.  These unique strip LED lights offer special proprietary optics not found in other aquarium LED lights.  The BML optics spread the light in such a way that it reduces dark shadows under overhangs giving the aquarium a more uniform lighting appearance.

The BML LED light strip are available in 4 stock colors including; 12000K, 14000K, Super Actinic and Purple Wave which produces a visible light spectrum ver similar to the Korallin Zucht Fiji Purple and the ATI Purple Plus T5 lamp.  The strips are available in 12", 18", 24", 30", 36", 48", 60" and 72" lengths and they can be tank mounted with the option tank mount bracket or they can be hung with a BML hanging kit for easy hight adjustment and light spread.  Optics options are also available in 30, 45, 60, 75 and 90 degree configurations.  We have included a table to help you decide what optics are best for your particular needs.  Keep in mind that this is just a recommendation and it's possible you may decide to go with different optics for your unique setup.  Other than the 4 available stock spectrums, Build My LED also offers custom spectrums but most people will find that the stock configurations are just what is needed for coral growth and coloration.  For pricing on the XB Series and standard series BML fixtures please visit here.

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Gryphon Custom 42" AquaSaw Now Shipping from Aquarium Specialty

Gryphon Custom AquaSaw

 

Gryphon Corporation and Aquarium Specialty are pleased to announce the launch of the new 42" C-40 CR Custom AquaSaw.  The 42" (overall blade length) AquaSaw features 5 1/2" of vertical clearance between the table deck and the upper housing making it easier to cut larger pieces of material.  The 42" AquaSaw features the same corrosion resistant parts as does the standard 37" AquaSaw.  

Both models are now in stock at Aquarium Specialty and pricing information can be found here.  See the specifications table below for more information.

Gryphon Custom 42" AquaSaw Diamond Band Saw

  • Simple construction with few moving parts
  • New High Speed Motor for fastest cutting available
  • Direct drive - no belts or pulleys
  • Powerful anodized motor located on top, away from the water
  • High Quality Stainless Steel Diamond Coated blade
  • Huge water reservoir under the work surface
  • One square foot of unobstructed work surface
  • Under table blade guide and new blade guide above table.
  • Stainless Collars for wheels 
  • Stainless Shaft and Lower Block iodized
  • Stainless Blade standard (optional Diamond Blade)
  • Motor: 1/3 hp Direct Drive DC
  • Maximum Clearance: 2.5" (3.75" with Upper Guide Removed)
  • Blade Speed: 40 mph
  • Platform Area: One Square Foot
  • Weight: 18.0 lbs
  • Coolant System: Recirculating tap water
  • Coolant Reservoir: 10 inches by 9 inches
  • Tension Adjustment: Single Knob - Semi-automatic
  • Blade Dimensions: 42" circumference, .020" wide, .140" deep
  • Warranty on saw : 1 year

 

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    Ecotech Frag Plugs

    Ecotech Marine, the makers of Radion LED fixtures, MP Series Wavemaker Pumps, and Coral Glue (just to name a few of their products) is now offering a slick new frag plug that easily nestles into the cross hairs of your egg crate frag racks.  

    EcoTech Marine Frag Plugs will be available to purchase separately in 50-count bags. Each bag retails for $29 and is available for pre-order now.  Orders will begin shipping the week of January 27th.  Ecotech frag plugs are available in 3 colors: natural, purple and black.  You also have the option of ordering them in a mixed bag variety.  Leave it to the Ecotech engineers to design a frag that maximizes egg crate real estate as evident in the photo below.  The scored surface of the plug is also a great feature when compared to some of the other smooth-surfaced plugs on the market.  Glue more easily binds to the scored surface of the plug thus minimizing the likelihood of your prized frag detaching from the plug's surface and ending up elsewhere in your aquarium.

    Ecotech plugs

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