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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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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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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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Thanks to our friends at Aqua Nerd for letting us repost the article below.  Aquarium Specialty expects the lenses to be in stock the week of December 9th, 2013 and pre-orders can be placed here.

TIR Wide Angle Lens

EcoTech Marine continues to roll out the goodies this year, with their latest coming in the form of a new set of wide angle Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lenses for the über popular Radion LED light fixtures. As their name suggests, the new wide angle TIR lenses really spread out the light, making them ideal for aquariums with a larger footprint or those that just need a little less focused light spread (think shallower tank, soft coral reef, etc). According to EcoTech Marine, the new lenses give a single Radion a spread of 36″x36″, as compared to the 24″x24″ given by the stock lens.

 According to the press release, which was released via Facebook, the new TIR lens kits are optimized for the highest PAR possible over the much wider area. While the light has been spread around, the Radion’s reach will still be up to 24″ deep.

The TIR lens will be sold as an accessory, and will fit all models of the Radion that are currently on the market. The wide-angle lens kit, which consists of two individual lenses, will retail for $35.00 and is already available to purchase.

TIR Comparison

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Innovative Marine is about to Launch a line line of larger aquariums that will be available in 3 different models.  By the week of November 18th Innovative Marine and Aquarium Specialty will be offering the SR 60, 80 and 120 Gallon Aquariums rimless aquariums.  Each model features Ultra thick high clarity low iron glass, a leviling rubber mat, flat polished edges, and black silicon.  Each of the Nuvo SR seriers aquariums also features a unique frame that can easily clip into place to keep fish where they are supposed to be.  Now jumpers like many species of wrasses and others will think twice about trying to jump out of the tank to take a little hardwood or carpet nap.

The guesswork has been taken out of the shipping charges.  Each model haas flat rate shipping and the SR Series aquariums are shipping factory direct beginning the week of November 18th according to Innovative Marine.  Pre-orders are being accepeted now through Aquarium Specialty.  

The NUVO SR-Series Aquariums will be shipped via LTL (Less Truck Load). Shipping is a flat rate, residential delivery via pallet w/ truck lift gate.

Nuvo SR Aquarium

SR-60 Features

 

Aquarium:

  • 60 Gallon Capacity
  • Ultra Thick 10mm High Clarity Glass / Low Iron
  • Leveling Rubber Mat
  • DIMS (36” x 24” x 16”)
  • Flat Polished
  • Diamond Edge Polished
  • Black Silicone
  • Aluminum Framed Mesh Screen Lid/Clips

 

Filtration:

  • Acrylic Filter Wall w / Dual Overflows
  • (2) 4” Micron Sock -  Mechanical Filters
  • (4) Adjustable Return Flare Nozzles
  • (2) 317 Gallons Per Hour Pumps
  • Designated Heater Col...
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Ecotech Marine ReefLink

The Ecotech Marine is ReefLink is almost ready for prime time! EcoTech is looking for Radion owners to be part of their final field testing before they introduce the product to the rest of the world.

Are you interested in being a ReefLink beta tester? Visit the link below to find out how to participate in the beta test trial. Note that they are limiting the rollout, so not everyone will be chosen!

What is ReefLink? ReefLink is a wireless bridge that seamlessly integrates your Radion with the web-based EcoSmart Live platform to provide complete custom control over your aquarium lighting.

But controlling your Radion is just the beginning: Soon VorTech pumps will also be controllable through ReefLink. And in the future --- well, let's just say that ReefLink will eventually give you control over just about everything in your tank.  

Aquarium will begin to take pre-orders in the very near future.  Click here for the product listing on Aquarium Specialty and to sign up for beta testing visit this link.  The MSRP on the ReefLink appears that it will be $199.00 once it's officially ready for prime time.  No word on the wholesale price yet but it will be posted on the Aqua Specialty site once we are in the know.

On a side note, Aquarium Specialty will have the ReefLink hooked up to the "MATSA Aquarium" Sept. 21st in Columbia, SC for the CMAC annual Aquarium Expo.  For more information about the Expo please visit the CMAC website.

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If you desire the highest water quality but are frustrated with some of the media reactors on the market then meet the all new Innovative Marine MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactor. The MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactor is a novel approach to optimize chemical and biological filtration for nano & mini marine aquariums, something that has typically been lacking with an out of the box plug and play type product.  The innovative Patent Pending design minimizes the need for flexible tubes, pvc pipes, ball valves, thumb screws, and unnecessary clutter that are usually associated with typical media reactors.  The ingenious design maximizes performance and offers out of the box responsive flow control, easy maintenance, low power consumption, and the smallest form factor ever built which is necessary to fit within the Nuvo Series filter compartments. The versatile MiniMax is designed to be discreetly hidden behind All-In-One Aquariums or placed directly in other brands of aquarium sumps.

The MiniMax Desktop All-In-One Media Reactor is designed to fit into the Innovative Marine Nuvo Pico 4 and Nuvo Nano 8 aquarium filtration compartment and the MiniMax Mid Size All-In-One is designed for the Nano 16Micro 30 and Mini 38 Innovative Marine Aquariums but it can also be used in other brands of aquariums and sumps as well.  Coupled with the Innovative Marine Skimmate series protein skimmers is going to close the chain link for desktop and mini aquarium filtration.

Here's a short video that wil...

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