<![CDATA[Blog]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:49:08 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Royal Exclusiv Red Dragon 230 Watt Pump is a Beast]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Royal-Exclusiv-Red-Dragon-230-Watt-Pump/ Red Dragon 230W Speedy Pump

The New Royal Exclusiv Red Dragon 230 Watt Pump is the Beast - Coming Soon!

This pump is sure to be a big hit with large aquarium enthuiasts.  The stock version of the RD3 Speedy 230 is rated at 5283 gallons per hour (20,000 liters) at a height of 6.56 feet (2 meters).  Like it's smaller siblings, the 230W is completely DC controllable by way of the accompanying DC Interface.  The Speedy 230 Watt comes standard with the 1-10v interface that will allow the user to connect to a Neptune Apex or GHL Profilux aquarium controller.  We haven't had an opportunity to experience the pump in operation as of yet, however, if it's anything like the 50 watt and 80 watt pumps then expect it to be nearly silent.  Word is that Royal Exclusiv plans to also incorporate the pump into it's largest skimmers utilizing a special impeller, as show on the right hand side of the picture (below).

Preorders are now being accepted here.

Red Dragon Impellers

Check out the specifications and features from the newest pump in the Red Dragon Speedy Series.  

Technical data  Red Dragon® 3 Speedy pump 230 Watt 20.5 m³:
230 Watt/h @ 21.32 feet (6.5 meters) maximum pressure height
speed adjustable brushless DC pump
Watt-Display at the controller /// in 2 Watt steps adjustable
intake side 2.5" (63 mm) - pressure side 2" (50 mm)
operating voltage: 110V/60Hz
pump and controller with a removeable Hirschmann-plug-connection 
Protection class pump: IP 68  control unit: IP 66   
Weight pump: 7.72 lbs (3.5 kg) 
Weight controller: 2.65 lbs (1.2kg)
Height of intake side: center 2.75" (70 mm)
Dimension pump: ~ 5.12" (130 mm) wide / 11.61" (295 mm) length / 8.66" (220 mm) height
Dimension control unit: ~ 7.48" (190 mm) wide / 6.61" (168 mm) length (250 mm with connection cable) / 9/84" (84 mm) height

  • Saltwater resistant M6 grade 2 titanium screws
  • Saltwater resistant parabolic rubber feet for acoustic decoupling
  • Extreme low noise brushless dc-delivery pump with grouted power electronics
  • High efficient technology "Made in Germany"
  • Inlet and Outlet complete with DIN connection, compact dimensions
  • High performance ceramics bearings and hollow shaft for bypass purging in the rotor housing
  • Only saltwater resistant pump with titanium rotor, titanium stator and shrivelled bearings
  • Easy usage and maintenance. Low risk of calcification due to polished titanium parts and compulsory purgeing
  • Heavy and massive craftsmanship against vibrations and oscillation
  • CE conformity, developed and built according to VDE guidelines
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:59:20 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine BTM3000 PAR Sensor Wand]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-BTM3000-PAR-Sensor-Wand/ BioTek Marine BTM3000 Saltwater Submersible Sensor Wand

BioTek Marine PAR Sensor Wand

To see our BTM3000 product video please click the title of this article and the video link will be displayed.

The new BioTek Marine BTM3000 Saltwater Submersible Sensor Wand mounts directly to the BioTek Marine sensor head and are now being offered at Aquarium Specialty and soon expect to see them available at other online retailers in the very near future.  The BioTek Marine PAR sensor wand is designed to work with the BTM3000 PAR Sensor head and it is also completely compatible with all Apogee radiation sensors such as the popular MQ200 PAR Meter.  For more information including pricing please visit here or you can also visit BioTek Marine.


  • 33" long (84 cm)
  • Saltwater Safe
  • Compatible with BioTek Marine BTM3000 Sensor and Apogee radiation sensors
  • Fiberglass Construction
  • padded handle
  • Won't Rust
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:57:57 +0000
<![CDATA[The New Ecotech Marine QuietDrive Pumps, Better in Every Way]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Ecotech-Marine-QuietDrive/ Ecotech Marine QuietDrive

Ecotech Marine has reinvented it's MP Series wavemaker pumps with it's new QueitDrive models.  As of last week we thought they were only going to offer this for the MP40 but as we discovered, Ecotech is coming out with three new models.  These models will all be called the QuietDrive series pumps and each model with have the QD designation and each model has been completely redesigned from the ground up.  Ecotech Marine is promissing more flow and 90% noise reduction!

At the heart of the pump you will find a completely new way to spin the magnet.  Instead of using a motor with a magnet attached to it, Ecotech Marine is now using a brushless DC design that simply ocelates the polarity to spin the magnet.  What does this mean?  It means no moving parts on the dry side of the pump which equates to a lot less noise.  According to Ecotech, you might not even be able to hear the new QD series pumps even in pulse mode or at full speed.

Ecotech Marine QuietDrive

Also, Ecotech Marine has announced that the controller will be completey redisigned.  The clam shell is the same but the electronics are newly designed.  Aditionally the wet side is getting a face lift that helps with the increase in effeciency that will help move 40% more water for a total of 4,500 GPH running at full speed.

A lot of questions still remain but we are super excited about the new technology Ecotech Marines is introducing with it's MP40QD, MP10QD and MP60QD.  Check back with us again soon.  As we learn more from from our friends at Ecotech we will be posting updates as they relate to the QuietDrive series Ecotech pumps.  For more information about this including the pricing and pre-ordering information please visit this link or go to our home page to reserve yours today.


Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:27:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Our Industry and Hobby are Under Fire and We Need Your Help]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/PIJAC/  

The folks here at Aquarium Specialty have responded and made our voices heard.  We hope that you will join us in speaking out to protect our industry while observing responsible reef collecting.  It only took about 5 minutes to write a short note to the Hawaiian legislature.  Please click the link below and ask them to vote against the proposed bills.  Time is running out and everyone in our hobby/industry needs your help!  Please click the link below and take 5 minutes of your time for this important cause.


Legislation Would End the Aquarium Trade in Hawaii

Friday, February 6, 2015

The House Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee of the Hawaii Legislature plans to debate and vote on three bills that directly target the aquarium trade. Animal rights activists have targeted the marine aquarium trade in Hawaii and think that they have a friendly enough legislature to push through their agenda.  Many of these proposals start from an assumption that the fishing associated with the pet industry is hurting the local population of native species that is completely disproven by science. 

Since the animal rights community has a long history of never letting facts or reason get in the way of an emotional argument, we need to make our voices heard. And we have little time as all comments need to be sent by 5 p.m. HST (10 p.m. EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 10th


The proposed bills in question are:

  1.  HB 606 - Establishes a 10-year moratorium on the taking of aquarium fish. This is the practical equivalent of outlawing the entire aquarium fishing industry.
  2.  HB 873 - Prohibits the sale of aquatic life for aquarium purposes use "taken from any of the waters within the jurisdiction of the State". This bill is nearly identical to SB322 in the Senate.
  3.  HB 883 - Mandates collection, shipping, and holding practices that would make it impossible to care for fish in a humane manner. 
    1. "Cruel treatment" means:

i.Surfacing at a rate resulting in physical damage to the body tissue;

ii. Piercing or deflating the swim bladder;

iii. Cutting the fin or spine;

iv. Withholding food for more than twenty-four hours; or

v.Holding fish or aquatic life in less than one gallon of water, per each specimen, within any container.

Where things stand:

The House Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee will debate and vote on these bills next Wednesday, the 11th of February.  Any of these bills could devastate the aquarium trade in Hawaii.  Two of them would immediately shut the entire industry down while the third would massively increase costs and fish mortality.  We at PIJAC, in close cooperation with our local members, are helping to unify the voices against these proposals.  It is essential that Hawaii's legislators understand the huge impact that these proposals could have on the local economy (a concern that means nothing to the animal rights zealots). 

What should you do:

Use our Legislative Action Center and send a message to the members of the House Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs Committee.  We need to speak with a unified voice and overwhelming numbers to counter the emotionally charged propaganda pushed by the animal rights activists. Take action before the deadline on February 10th--your voice and your opinions matter!

Contact your friends, family, coworkers, employees and anyone you do business with, and get them to weigh in on these bills before the 5 p.m. HST (10 p.m. EST) deadline on Tuesday, Feb. 10th.

Also, please watch for further communications from PIJAC, as we will be reaching out and asking for a rapid and overwhelming response should it appear that any of these proposals are gaining traction. 

To keep informed on any upcoming committee hearings or amendments for this legislation, save this communication and follow this Alert on our website!

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:29:23 +0000
<![CDATA[QuietDrive Vortech Pump Announcement Coming]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Vortech-QuietDrive/ QuietDrive Vortech pump to be formally announced next week.  Stay tuned.  Could it be a solid state dry side pump and new quieter wet side?  For a little more info on this visit:


Votech Quite Drive

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 15:14:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Triton Labs Method Available Now at Aquarium Specialty]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Triton-Labs/ Triton Labs Base Elementz

Triton Labs Base Elements

We are pleased to announce that the much talked about Triton Method for professional water testing analysis and trace elements additives are now available from Aquarium Specialty.  

Not familiar with the Triton Method? Then please read on.  Simply put, the Triton Method is the precise way to better understand your aquarium water, what's in your water, and how to better mimic natural sea water.

First, I would like to discuss  a little of the technology behind the Triton Method.  The Triton Method uses a very specialized piece of equipment that uses Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry analysis (ICP-OES).  Using Spectrometry, the Triton Lab analyzes concentrations of 32 elements that include Na, Ca, Mg, K, Sr, B, Br, S, Li, Be, Ba, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Al, Si, As, Sb, Sn, Cd, Se, Mo, Hg, P (PO4), Pb, I.

Example of Lab result from Triton Labs.

Triton Labs Test Results

Until recently, this technology was not available to aquarists. Aquarium Specialty is extremely excited to be able to offer a solution that takes some of the guesswork out of aquarium husbandry as it relates to overall water quality.

Here's what Triton Labs says about "The Triton Method".

“Empowered Reefkeeping” is at the core of “The Triton Method” , and it all starts with information about your aquarium’s water. For the time ever, reefkeepers have access to the most detailed analysis of aquarium water ever available to hobbyists.

Developed over several years at his facility in Dusseldorf, Germany, Triton Labs founder, Ehsan Dashti has developed customized protocols to utilize Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry analysis (ICP-OES) to literally rip molecules apart with plasma that is heated to 10,000 degrees Kelvin for analysis.

The ICP-OES machine has been adapted by Ehsan to test seawater for the ultimate in accuracy. Water is tested for precise concentrations of lesser known elements found in seawater that are either essential and missing, or detrimental and building up to high levels in the aquarium. The elements being tested for include Na, Ca, Mg, K, Sr, B, Br, S, Li, Be, Ba, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Al, Si, As, Sb, Sn, Cd, Se, Mo, Hg, P (PO4), Pb, I.

The results provide reefers with the most detailed analysis of marine aquarium water ever available at the hobby level, enabling reefers to understand exactly what’s missing, what’s excessive, and what to do about it. The procedure is very simple: The aquarist takes a sample of his/her aquarium water, registers with Triton online, and returns the sample to Triton U.S. in a provided postage paid envelope. The results of Triton Reef’s testing are reported back online in a simple, easy-to-understand format within 10 days of sample collection.

If you need to add trace elements, Triton offers ultra-pure trace elements to adjust deficiencies in your aquarium. The benefit to you is being able, for the first time, to add exactly what your corals require for long-term health and growth, or knowing exactly what is building up to potentially detrimental levels. The possibilities with the “Triton Method” include being able to precisely replicate natural the water chemistry conditions from reefs around the world, as well as creating higher potential for success with the information provided by the ICP-OES analysis.

The Triton Professional Water Analysis kits, elements, media and pure reef salt are all available from Aquarium Specialty.

Aquarium Specialty just sent off water to Triton Labs in Germany a few weeks ago from our office aquariums and as of last week, we have begun making incremental changes to the way and type of additives we dose to our Twin57 gallon reef display (total water volume approx. 130 gallons).  

For more information on the Triton Method please contact Aquarium Specialty.  You can also check out this video produced by Unique Corals.  Additionally, there is article written by Randy Holmes-Farley on the Reef2Reef blog.

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:16:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Getting rid of Majano Anemones is Easy with the Majano Wand]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/majano-wand/ Majano Wand

Majano Wand

Getting rid of Majano Anemones is Easy with the Majano Wand.  Please watch our latest video on how to use the Majano wand to eradicate majano anemones from your aquarium.  These pests can easily reproduce in the reef aquarium and become a big nuisance to corals.  Gone unchecked they can overrun your live rock and take the fun out of reefing.

The Majano Wand comes in 2 sizes but both wands work in the same way.  The small wand is 5" long while the long wand is 25.5" long for deeper aquariums.  It's safe and easy to use as long as you follow the instructions.  Click on the title of the article above to view the video or click this link.  For majano wand pricing and more product information please visit here.

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:59:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Multi Light Radion Mounting System (RMS) Now Available]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Multi-Light-Radion-Mounting-System-RMS/ The new Multi Light Ecotech Marine Radion Mounting System (RMS) is the most versitle way to mount multiple Radion XR30, XR30 Pro and XR15PRO LED lights over aquariums up to 90.5" long.  For all the details about the new system please keep reading or click here to see everything including more product photos and pricing for this highly anticipated mounting system.

Ecotech Marine Radion RMS Mounting System


About the RMA Mounting System:

Multi Light RMS

The multi-light RMS offers a customizable multi light mount solution for Radion XR30, XR30PRO & Radion XR15 lights. The multi-light RMS system features include:

  • Built-in cable management
  • Compatible with rimmed, rimless, and eurobraced tanks
  • Extremely rigid and light
  • Anodized Aluminum Finish
  • Flexible slide mounts allow for you to move and rotate your Radion position to perfectly illuminate your corals
  • Mounts Radions optimally at approximately 7 inches 18cm above glass
Flexible Design to Fit Your Needs

Because the multi-light RMS is a modular system, you can choose the components that fit your needs. To build a mount you will need a set of arms, the right rail for your tank and the number and model of light mounts that fit your setup.

It’s as simple as A,B and C.

Ecotech Marine Radion RMS Mounting System

Rails In All Lengths

Aquariums come in all shapes and sizes. To accommodate the vast majority of commercially available and custom aquariums the RMS multi-light rails start at 20.5 inches and increase in 10 inch increments to 90.5 inch. The multi-light RMS allows for adjustment of the rail with respect to the arms – meaning that even if your tank is not a common length – there is a rail length that will work for you.

Mix and Match

A single Multi-Light RMS setup can accommodate both XR15 and XR30 model Radions on the same rail.


Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:31:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Can you Guess What New Product BioTek Marine is Developing?]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-BTM-3000-PAR-Sensor/ BioTek Marine SQ420 PAR Sensor

Can you guess what new product Biotek Marine has working on lately by looking at the above picture?  Well, if you guessed a new BioTek Marine USB BTM-3000 PAR Sensor with Aquarium Specific Software then you would be correct.  In the very near future BioTek Marine will be launching the new USB PAR sensor into the market.  The BioTek Marine PAR sensor is the result of a collaboration which began about a year ago when Scott Groseclose from Aquarium Specialty reached out to Apogee Instruments with an idea to co-develop a USB PAR sensor geared towards aquarists.  Apogee began to research and develop the new chip design while BioTek Marine specified the software requirements.  If you find yourself asking "how is it different from the Apogee MQ200 PAR Meter?", then READ ON......  

Here is a sneak peak of the product and some of its features:

Like the more expensive MQ200 model, the new BioTek Marine USB PAR model will offer data logging.  However, BioTek Marine has included some other nifty software features not available in the MQ200. Due to the current stage of development, the details on those features will be discussed in a later article.  The PAR sensors will be laser etched with the BioTek Marine name and they will come standard with a 15 foot USB cable.  The firmware will be be downloadable to any PC or MAC (MAC firmware coming soon) device and the firmware and updates will be downloadable from the Aquarium Specialty website.  

The first 3 production models will be going to Jake Adam (Reef Builders), Sanji Joshi (Engineer at Penn State University) and Dana Riddle from Advanced Aquarist.  With their input we hope to further develop and enhance software features.

Final pricing hasn't been set at this date but Aquarium Specialty should be able to have the pricing in place sometime later this week.  Once the pricing is in place, Aquarium Specialty will allow preordering to those who want to be the first to obtain this great new product.  

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:58:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty 2014 MVP Awards]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aquarium-Specialty-2014-MVP-Awards/ 2014 MVP Award
Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce it's 2nd Annual Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards.  The 2014 Aquarium Specialty MVP Award recognizes aquarium manufacturers and their products which have excelled in the following areas:

Customer Feedback
Ease of Use
Number of Units Purchased
Build Quality
Product Support & Customer Service
  • In 2014, more than 7000 products were considered from over 200 manufacturers.  This year's Aquarium Specialty MVP award categories are:

MVP - Wave Maker
MVP - Aquarium Controller
MVP - Aquarium Lighting for Sm & Midsize Tanks
MVP - Aquarium Lighting for Larger Tanks
MVP - Water Pump
MVP - Best Value Protein Skimmer
MVP - Best Overall Protein Skimmer
MVP - Best All-In-One Skimmer
MVP- Temperature Control
MVP - Best All-In-One Aquarium Series
MVP - Aquarium Reactor
MVP - Best New Product

Most Anticipated Product

Each business day 2 new category award winners will be announced until all 12 categories have been awarded.  This year we have also added 1 extra category designated as the Most Anticipated Product of the Year.

All of the 2014 Aquarium Specialty MVP Awards are in now!  Today we are announcing the Aquarium Specialty MVP 2014 awards for Aquarium Reactors and for the 2014 "Up and Coming Company of the Year".  Congratulations to each of the winners along with our sincere gratitude for producing such great products which help to achieve and maintain healthy and successful reef environments!
Ecotech MP Series Wavemaker
For the 2nd year in a row, the MVP Wave Maker of Year Award goes to Ecotech Marine for it's MP Series Wave Makers.  These models include the MP10ES, MP10WES, MP40WES and MP60WES wavemaker pumps.  As before, Ecotech Marine continues to excel in all areas of performance, reliability, feedback and customer service after the sale.  These award winning wave makers work well as stand alones in addition to communicating with one another and with their flagship LED fixtures, theRadion Gen 2 and Radion Pro.  Showing unmatched innovation, Ecotech Marine continues to release new products while they consistently produce quality wavemakers.

Neptune Apex
The 2014 MVP Aquarium Controller of the Year Award goes to Neptune Systems for the Apex Controller product line.  While remaining the most dominant player in the US aquarium controller market, Neptune Systems has developed and innovated several new products this year as add ons to their existing Apex platform, easily earning the title of MVP Controller for 2014.  Before the end of November we expect to see the 1st batch of Neptune DOS dosing pumps arrive in our warehouse and ship immediately to all those who were smart enough to preorder this highly anticipated new product.  For more on Neptune Systems products, please visit here.

Hydra TwentySix

The 2014 MVP Small to Medium sized Aquarium Lighting product goes to Aqua Illumination for it's Hydra TwentySix LED fixture.  Introduced earlier this year, the AI Hydra TwentySix has easily become the best selling LED light fixture in the Aqua Illumination line up.  In 2014, Aqua Illumination has exceeded all other LED fixtures on the market for units sold while earning high marks for build quality, innovation, and consistently good customer service.  Earlier this year, AI launched this fixture to replace the standard Hydra model with more PAR in a smaller footprint.  For more information on this subject, visit our Hydra vs. Hydra TwentySix article.  A close runner up this year is the Ecotech Marine Radion XR15Pro LED light fixture.  Both brands feature 7 different LED colors per fixture and the ability to adjust each color independently in 1% increments.


Radion XR30W PRO

This year we decided to split up the lighting category into two classes.  With so many lighting options on the market today, we chose to have a smaller to mid-sized MVP winner and an MVP category for larger systems which require more PAR and a larger light spread.  This year Ecotech is on the MVP board with the MVP Larger Tank Lighting Award for it's Radion XR30 Gen3 PRO LED Fixture.  These fixtures are very elegant and work nicely over larger reef tanks.  With the TIR lens added, expect about a 30" x 30" spread when hung from a height of around 12" from the water surface.  Congratulations to Ecotech Marine for it's 2nd MVP award!  For details please visit here.  That makes 4 awards from 4 companies headquartered in the USA. 


Red Dragon Speedy Pump

This years Aquarium Specialty 2014 MVP Award for Water Pumps goes to Royal Exclusiv for it's Red Dragon Speedy 3 Series Pumps.   More and more aquarium DC pump brands have entered the market this year but the one they really stands out is the Red Dragon Speedy series pumps.  They are not the best selling brand but customer feedback has been exceptional. The best selling accolade goes to Waveline Pumps from RLSS but the Red Dragon Speedy Pumps offer the best build quality and features of any DC controllable aquarium pump to date.  They are also "super silent".  Clients have reported to us that they can't hear their pumps running and that sometimes they have to double check to make sure they are operating.  It's worth noting that the Speedy 80 watt pump with 1-10 volt interface port gives you the option of using the pump as a nearly silent wavemaker by attaching the optional wavemaker interface and interface cable to a Neptune Apex or GHL controller.



The 2014 MVP Award for Best Value in Protein Skimmers goes to the RLSS (Reef Life Support Systems) DB Series Skimmers.  Introduced in 2014, the RLSS DB-i series skimmers offer a unique internal pump configuration with an open volute design.  With the needle wheel exposed, the open volute design increases the bubble density in the skimmer reaction chamber by a considerable amount thus allowing the aquarist to really dial in what kind of skimmate is collected in the collection cup.  These skimmers feature the Waveline DC controllable pumps with 30 minute feed timer making them a very versatile skimmer that also performs extremely well at a price point that is very competitive.  If we were to award honorable mention then that would have to Reef Octopus for it's Elite series protein skimmers.  Released later in the year, these skimmers appear to be a formidable competitor in the value skimmer category.


Bubble King Double Cone

With so many skimmers on the market today it was somewhat difficult to pick the best value protein skimmer.  For the Best Overall Protein Skimmer it was an easy choice.  This years 2014 MVP Award for Best Overall Protein Skimmers goes to Royal Exclusiv for it's Bubble King + RD3 Pump line of Protein Skimmers.  These skimmers are probably the quietest, best built, best engineered and one of the most energy efficient and all around best skimmers anywhere.  Their skimmer deisgns and pumps are often copied by many other manufactures but they typically fall short in one aspect or another.  If you are not on a budget and you are looking for the best overall aquarium protein skimmer anywhere then Royal Exclusiv has a solution for you.

Ghost Skimmers 2014 MVP Award

Since protein skimmers are so important to most of us aquarists we decided to have 3 awards in the Protein Skimmer category in this years MVP awards.  With all the recent aquarists purchasing all-in-one style aquariums in the past couple of years or so this year we created a category for Best All-In-One Skimmer.  This year the MVP Award for the Best All-In-One skimmer goes to Innovative Marine for it's recently launched Ghost Skimmer line.  For more on these skimmers take a peak at the video.  As you can see from the video, Innovative Marine has put a lot of thought into their products.


Tradewind Chiller 2014 MVP

The 2014 MVP Temperature Control award for the 2nd year in a row goes to Tradewind Chillers for their in-line and drop-in style chillers.  Made in the USA, Tradewind Chillers come with an out-of-the-box 2 year warranty and an optional 5 year upgrade for a small upgrade cost.  Tradewind received the nod because of their exceptional customer service, quality control and reliability.  Hal, the owner at Tradewind is very responsive to us and to our customers and they actually manufacture an exceptional affordable chiller made in the USA. Congratulations Hal and Company.  If we had a honorable mention then this would go to Teco Seachill for it's new TK series chillers.  If you haven't seen these yet then it's worth a look.  They have lots of nice features and innovations built into their chillers and the only reason we couldn't consider them as a 2014 winner is because the TK series was just launched prior to MACNA.  Not enough time has passed and not many units are out in the wild as of yet.

Fusion 10 Gallon

The 2014 MVP All-In-One Aquarium of the Year Award was chosen by our customers by popular demand.  The recipient is Innovative Marine for its Nuvo Fusion 10 gallon and 20 gallon aquariums.  Last year IM won the award for the Nuvo series and now they are back on top with the best selling 10 and 20 gallon Fusion tanks.  These aquariums feature low iron glass and a filtration compartment on the backside of the aquarium for an "easy on the eyes" look. With plentily available filtration accessories and a low price point on these aquariums, the Fusion series tanks have become a real crowd pleaser for the up-and-coming and intermediate aquarium hobbyist.


Triton Bluefin Reactor

Last year Triton Aquatics won our "up and coming company of the year award".  This year we decided to drop the "up and coming category" and add a few new categories in it's place, however this year, Triton Aquatics is back on the 2014 MVP map with it's Bluefin Series Reactors.  The overall construction quality is best in class.  Using all thick cast acrylic material and molded lids, these 4" and 6" reactors are both durable and elegant.  Each model is offered in clear or blue.  We recommend using the blue version if you are using Biopellets or All-In-One Biopellets.  To find out more about these reactors please visit the link above.

All-In-One Biopellets

The 2014 MVP Award for the Best New Product goes to Reef Interests for it's All-In-One Biopellets.  Feedback has been tremendous and the results are amazing according to just about everyone who has provided us with feedback on the forums and over the phone.  Reef Interests went though about 4 years of product development and testing to get this patent pending product into the aquarium market and its evident that their hard work in delveloping All-In-One Biopellets has paid off.  All-In-One Biopellets will remove about 5 times the nitrate (NO3) and about 10-20 more phosphate (PO4) than regular biopellets.  Better still yet, when using this media it's no longer necessary to have 2 separate reactors, one for biopellets and one for GFO media.  One media will take care of your PO4 and NO3 issues.  For more on All-In-One Biopellets click here.


Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Wet Work Reef 924 Continued]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Wet-Work-Reef-924-Continued/ Back on 9/15/2014 Aquarium Specialty reported on the Wet Work project with Sam Slobusky.  The project is underway at the customers location and we thought it would be nice to share some Elos 924 gallon aquarium and stand and Royal Exclusiv Dreambox photos with you.   Enjoy...


Elos craftsmanship at it's finest

Elos Wet Work 924 Gallon Aquarium

Elos Wet Work 924 Gallon Aquarium

Elos Wet Work 924 Gallon Aquarium

Dreambox 1

Dreambox 2

Dreambox 3

Dreambox 4

Dreambox 5

Dreambox 6

Dreambox 8

Dreambox 9


The photos below are of a Dreambox Refugium but Sam at Wet Work will be using this box as an automatic water exchange reservoir.  We can't wait to see this in action.

Dreambox Refugium

Dreambox Refugium

Dreambox Refugium

The client now has his Quarantine System in place.  To make sure there were no leaks or plumbing concerns, Sam spent about 3 days working on the instillation and water testing the setup with fresh water before bringing it fulling online with saltwater.  I would say it's very impressive at the least!

Quarantine System

Quarantine System

Quarantine System

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine Filter Socks are Simply the Best]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-Filter-Socks/ BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks

BioTek Marine Filter Socks

You rarely see a blog article about filter socks, however, the new BioTek Marine nylon filter socks offer a huge advantage over standard felt type filter socks.  These filter socks are easier to use and offer long-term economy over their felt-type counterparts, even though they cost slightly more on the front end. So let's discuss the BioTek Marine advantages.

The most notable advantage is longevity.

BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks are Longer Lasting: You may expect these nylon socks to last for dozens of cleanings before they need to be discarded and replaced.  Unlike standard felt-type filter socks that typically only last for 3-4 cleanings, BioTek Marine filter socks can be reused dozens of times before needing to be replaced.

Next advantage, cleanability.

BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks are much easier to clean: Standard felt-type socks are difficulty to thoroughly clean.  Typically, when a standard filter sock is cleaned, it must be rinsed in a dish washer or washing machine to get them cleaned well enogh to use them again.  This can be a stinky process that will make you unpopular aound the house.  Also, running the dish washer or washing machine uses additional energy in these times when we are all trying to do our part for the lanet (not to mention our wallets).  BioTek Marine Nylon Filter socks can easily be rinsed out in a sink or with a garden hose in just a minute or two, and returned to the sump for reuse.

Finally the value factor.

BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks are less expensive to use: Although just a little pricier at the outset, they are more economical over the life of the product.  The BioTek Marine Socks will last you for dozens of cleanings while the traditional felt-type filter socks would need to be replaced many times over.  And don't forget the money saved through less energy consumption during the cleaning process.

The 4" x 11" socks and the 7" x 12" BioTek Marine filter socks are available in 100, 200, 300 and 400 micron sizes and they cost just $6.99 for the 4" sock and $7.99 for the 7" sock.

If you are tired of spending money on cleaning socks and replacing them all too often, then BioTek Marine nylon filter socks are just what you have been waiting for.  

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet the Curve Refugium LED from Eshopps]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Eshopps-Curve/ Eshopps Curve

Eshopps Curve

Click the title above to open the article fully and see the video.

The new Eshopps Curve LED Refugium Filter has been released and we expect to receive them next week. The Eshopps Curve is powered by a small cluster of 3 x 3 watt 6,500 Kelvin CREE LEDs.  The 6,500K color temperature is perfect for growing macroalgae in a refugium if you are an aquarist that prefers to have a refugium under tank.  

In our opinion, the best feature is the sleek aluminum housing which easily fastens to the sump wall with a nylon thumb screw.  This light is sure to be a hit for aquarists that like a little macroalgae in their refugium.  The Curve dimentions are listed as 3 15/16" x 4-5/8" x 1-3/4".

Compatibility with certain sumps is the only point of concern with the design.   The Eshopps Curve LED Refugium Filter, as presently designed, will not mount to sumps that use sump wall euro-style bracing such as the popular Trigger Sumps. One resolution would be to fashion an acrylic attachment point to the Refugium top bracing.  Hmm, maybe we should get in touch with our friends at Trigger Systems about this opportunity?

The Eshopps Curve will sell for $79.99 and pre-orders are being accepted at Aquarium Specialty at this time.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:13:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Vertex IN Series Skimmer with Waveline DC Mod]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Vertex-IN-Waveline-Mod/

With ever changing technology, it is a common problem for a seasoned aquarist to find himself with a piece of equipment that has been discontinued and is no longer supported by its manufacturer.  An example of this is the Vertex IN Skimmer.  Vertex IN skimmers were sold in many countries until they were replaced by the Omega line.  The IN series skimmers used a pump that is no longer available from Vertex.  Thanks to the ingenuity of the folks at Reef Life Support Systems (RLSS), the Vertex IN skimmers can continue to serve for many years to come.  Incorporating a modification which replaces the Vertex pump with a Waveline DC6000 controllable pump, your Vertex IN Skimmer can actually be revitalized.  RLSS has released a video of the modification which appears to involve an IN 250 or 280 model. RLSS has promised to send us a part list for the MOD and instructions on how to modify your skimmer to either increase it's performance or replace a dead skimmer pump that's been discontinued.  The skimmer modification only takes about 5 minutes and then you are back in business.

As you can see from the video, the skimmer mod with the newer pump technology is more powerful and efficient than the older original pump design.  For more on how to mod your skimmer please contact us.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:33:49 +0000
<![CDATA[New 18 Watt Innovative Marine Skkye Light & Fusion Combo]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/innovative-marine-skkye-light/ Nano Fusion

Innovative Marine announces the launch of its new 18 watt Skkye LED lights in tandem with the line of 10 and 20 gallon Fusion Nano aquariums.  The newly designed 18 watt Skkye LED fixtures are designed to complement the Fusion Nano Series and feature 90 degree angles as opposed to the curved brackets on their earlier 4,6 and 8 watt fixtures.  In addition to the sleek new look, the fabrication has incorporated a premium looking polished aluminum housing which replaces the earlier plastic composition. Aquarium Specialty will have these lights and combo packages available as soon as Innovative Marine ships its initial product to dealers.  For more info on Innovative Marine Skkye lights, please visit this link.

Fusion 20 Nano

Fusion 10 Nano

The 10 gallon Fusion Nano tank/light combo is priced out at $199 and the 20 gallon Fusion Nano tank/lights (2 each) combo will be priced at $399.  The Fusion Nano 10 Gallon tank without the Skkye Light sells for $99.00 while the 20 Gallon tank sells for $199.00.  For more on Innovative Marine aquariums visit here.

From the Innovative Marine Website:


Pair off your Fusion Nano with the new stylishly slim SKKYE Light 18 watt LED clamp. Specifically designed for the Fusion Nano 10 & 20, this clamp light may also be used with other rimless aquariums for a space saving form factor and pure minimalism. Each clamp boasts 6 x 3 watt LEDs (3 x 10K and 3 x 456nm) that gives the Clamp 18 a powerful 18 watt light output. Alternating LED color pattern blends a unique color spectrum that meets the needs for fish only or reef aquarium.


Features of the 20 gallon:

  • DIMS: Length: 24” Width: 15” Height: 13”
  • 6mm High Clarity Low Iron Glass
  • Mesh Screen Top with Clips
  • Dual Built-in Overflows
  • Rubber Leveling Mat
  • (2) – Removable 3 Stage Filter Baskets
  • (1) – 11W 110v/60Hz 211 GPH Return Pumps
  • Includes: Flexible hose and return elbows with Dual Directional Flow Nozzles

Features of the 10 gallon:

  • DIMS: Length 12” Width: 15” Height: 13”
  • 6mm High Clarity Low Iron Glass
  • Mesh Screen Top with Clips
  • Built-in Overflows
  • Rubber Leveling Mat
  • (1) – Removable 3 Stage Filter Baskets
  • (1) – 8W 110v/60Hz 13-92 GPH Return Pump
  • Includes: Flexible hose and return elbow with Directional Flow Nozzle

Features of the 18w SKKYE Light LED:

  • LED Watts: 6 x 3 Watt
  • Color: 3 x 10K and 3 x 456nm
  • Current: 600mA
  • Single Light Cycle
  • Mounting Bracket: Fits on NUVO Aquariums Fusion Nano 10 & 20


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:43:29 +0000
<![CDATA[The Diminutive Aqua Illumination Prime LED is Big on Features]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-illumination-prime/ AI Prime

Aqua Illumination Prime debut coming soon

The upcoming release of the AI Prime LED light packs a plethora of features into a diminutive footprint.  This feature-rich LED light is a perfect solution for reef aquarium lighting on smaller aquariums where a light such as the Hydra TwentySix is more than you would need.  

Featuring on-board WiFi control, there is no need for a separate controller such as the AI wireless controller or the AI Director which are required for the Hydra FiftyTwo and TwentySix models.  As premiered at MACNA 2014, Prime LED lights are easily programmed and controlled via any smartphone, tablet or wireless computer.  Prime LEDs will be available in either a white or black finish and will include 7 independent channels and 7 distinctly colored LED diodes.

AI Prime Technical Specifications  

  • Dimentions: 4.88" x 4.88" x 1.34"
  • Colors: 7 LED colors
  • Power Specifications: 45w at full power
  • Power Consumption: 100 to 240VAC / 50-60Hz
  • Cable Length: 10 feet (3.048m)
  • PSU Regulatory Compliance: UL, CE, RoHS
  • Channels: 7 independent channels
  • Controller: Built in WiFi via smart phone, PC or Tablet
  • Mounting: Includes tank mount arm with ball/socket adjustment


Aquarium Specialty is now taking pre-orders for the AI Prime as well as pre-registration sign up.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:59:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Neptune DOS Dosing / Metering Pump is Available as a Pre-Order]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/neptune-systems-dos-dosing-pump/ NEPTUNE DOS PRE-ORDER FROM AQUARIUM SPECIALTY

Neptune DOS Dosing Pump


The new Neptune Systems "DOS" pumps are now available for pre-order from Aquarium Specialty. According to our Neptune Systems representative, the first product shipment will occur no later than Mid-November, possibly sooner.  Due to limited availability during its initial release, Neptune Systems is allocating only 15 of these systems to each of its authorized distributors.  Aquarium Specialty will accept the first 15 pre-orders and then mark this item as unavailable until further notice once the first 15 are pre-sold. Ordering now will ensure that you will be one of the first who are guaranteed to receive this highly antiipated product offering. Click the link to find out more about the Neptune DOS or act now and pre-order yours while you can.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:13:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Neptune Wav and iLink Module Pricing Announced]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Neptune-Wav-and-iLink/ Neptune WAV

Neptune Wav

The Neptune Systems Wav pump was recently premiered at MACNA 2014.  The Neptune booth was abuzz with activity when we dropped by to visit Terrence and Curt and see what new projects they had going.  The new Neptune Wav wavemaker pump was generating alot of interest.  Since Neptune Systems formally announced pricing on the Wav pump and the iLink yesterday, we thought it would be a good time to share this info with the public and to post these items as "coming soon" on Aquarium Specialty where you can learn more.



A powerhead that answers all your needs:

  • Extreme flow (~3200+gph – tests pending)
  • Compact size (far less mass than similar-flow pumps)
  • Directional flow (pivots +/- 20 degrees and can be rotated – great for rear wall use)
  • Safe, 24V operation
  • Multiple operational modes (random flow modes, mirror, inverse, etc.)
  • Easy to clean
  • Incredibly Quiet (Even when pump is ramping or pulsing)
  • Magnetic mount works on up to 3/4″ glass
  • Easy installation with just one tiny wire for all power and control (1LINK interface makes it a snap!)
  • Competitive pricing: <$300 for one WAV, <$550 for two WAVs and a 1LINK Module


Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:52:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Free Apex AFS with Every Apex Gold Purchased]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Apex-Gold-with-free-AFS/ MACNA Neptune Special


Neptune Systems has offered a MACNA special for the past couple of years and this year is no exception.  This years MACNA special provides the customer (including retail store purchases) a free AFS (Automatic Feeding System) with the purchase on an Apex Neptune System Gold package.  

If you purchase an Apex Gold Bundle anytime between Friday August 29th and Sunday the 31st from Aquarium Specialty or Aqua Specialty Wholesale, Neptune Systems will be send you a free Automatic Feeding System.  And the best part, you don't have to be at MACNA to qualify. 

The Apex Gold Bundle is everything you need to get you reef aquarium automated, and with the AFS you can even automate your fish feeding schedule.  This particulary comes in handy when you leave town and you would otherwise have to ask someone else to step in and hope for the best.  The AFS sells for $99.00 but if you order it from Aquarium Specialty between Friday and Sunday, it's yours free within 30 days when you purchase of an Apex Gold Bundle.  For more details please click the official Neptune Systems promo - webpage.  We have them in stock and ready to ship while supplies last.  If we run out of stock then don't worry because your order will still show the date of purchase, thus qualifying you for the free AFS and we will ship the order once our stock is received.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:35:53 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine Radion XR30W Tank Mounts]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-Radion-Tank-Mount/ It is our pleasure to share these photos of our BioTek Marine Radion tank mounts in use.  These pics were provided by an Aquarium Specialty customer in Australia.  We think the BioTek Marine tank mounts look quite impressive over his beautiful new setup!  Made from solid-cast acrylic, these mounts are machined and then mirror polished to provide a sleek and professional appearance.  As designed, the Radion power cords are hidden from view.

To purchase BioTek Marine Radion Tank Mount Arms, please visit this link.  BioTek Marine also makes these mounts for the Aqua Illumination Hydra and Hydra FiftyTwo LED fixtures.  Soon these tank mount arms will available for the Hydra TwentySix and Radion XR15WPRO.

BioTek Marine Radion Tank Mounts


Radion Mounts

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:22:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Innovative Marine Releasing Nuvo Fusion Nano Aquariums]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Fusion-Nano/ Innovative Marine Fusion Nano 10 & 20 Gallon Aquariums

To see the Fusion Nano Video, click the headline.

We are pleased to announce that Innovative Marine is releasing smaller sized Fusion aquariums.  The new aquariums will be called Nuvo Fusion Nano and we expect retail orders to begin shipping by the 2nd week of August.  Like it's bigger brothers, the Fusion Nano all-in-one aquariums feature a rear filtration compartment for a heater, Ghost skimmer, All-In-One Biopellet Reactor and return pump (included).  Aquarium Specialty has made it extremely easy to order additional compatible Fusion Nano equipment such as lighting, heaters, filtration and other accessories.

Fusion Nano aquariums feature low iron glass and are carefully assembled to look great in any home or office environment.  We expect these to be extremely popular aquariums for the foreseeable future.  For detailed information about the new Fusion Nano aquariums we suggest you visit here for the Fusion Nano 10 gallon and here for the Fusion Nano 20 gallon aquarium.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:21 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine Ceramic Reef Rock is Here]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-Ceramic-Reef-Rock/ 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.  

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000
<![CDATA[New Product Additions from Aquarium Specialty]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Doctor-Eco-Systems-Eco-Eggs-at-Aquarium-Specialty/ 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 breaking the eggs up in a cup of water prior to feeding, but either way, the food is very versatile and none of your livestock will pass it up.

Doc’s Eco Eggs have a guaranteed nutritional content of 25.4% protein, 2.54% fat, 0.5% Omega 3, 0.3% Omega 6, 58% moisture, and 0% fiber. You can see an extremely detailed analysis of  Doc's Eco Eggs by Midwest Laboratories by clicking this link.  Once you click the link, click on the "product manual" tab.

The first order from Doctor Eco Systems is expected to arrive on July 24th, 2014 and pre-orders are being accepted now.

In an upcoming article we will be discussing Doc's Eco Bytes and Doc's Eco Brew.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:33:13 +0000
<![CDATA[AI Hydra vs. Hydra TwentySix]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Hydra-vs-hydra-twentysix/ 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 reduced price.  Keep watching our blog posts or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for information and pictures relating to this new product offering from BioTek Marine.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:18:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Ecotech Marine to Release Radion XR15wPRO]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Ecotech-Marine-Radion-XR15wPRO/ 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!




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.


Q: What is the recommend aquarium size for using an XR15wPRO?

A: Any customers who are purchasing or setting up a small cube style or shallow all-in-one tank will benefit from purchasing 1-2x XR15wPROs vs. the XR30 platform. Example: 24" x 24" Cube (qty. 1 each), 48" x 24" (qty. 2 each)


Q: I have seen pictures of a mounting bracket for the XR30 - will there be a mounting bracket for the XR15wPRO?

A: Yes, EcoTech will begin shipping the RMS mounting system for both the XR15wPRO and XR30 model lights in Q3, 2014. Comprehensive information for that product will be provided next month (July).  Also, BioTek Marine will be coming out with it's own XR30wPro mounting brackets sometime during the month of July and will be taking Pre-Orders soon.  The Radion XR30 tank mount is currently available here.


Q: I have heard rumors that there will be a freshwater version of the XR15 called the XR15 FW

A: The rumors are true - XR15 FW will be launched after the release of the XR15wPRO. The output, price and configuration will be different than the saltwater oriented models.


Q: Warranty?

A: Fixture 1 year, LEDs 2 Years.



Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:15:17 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine Refractometers Available Now]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-Refractometer/ 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.


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

BioTek Marine Refractometer Scale



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

BioTek Marine Refractometer Case

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:28:57 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine Ceramic Frag Mounts come with Attractive Retail Packaging]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/BioTek-Marine-Frag-Mounts/ 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.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:06:59 +0000
<![CDATA[The Vertex Booth at Interzoo Teases and Amazes]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/vertex-aquaristik/ 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

Fri, 30 May 2014 13:34:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Maxspect Debuts Ethereal LED Lighting System]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/maxspect-ethereal/ 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.


Wed, 28 May 2014 14:41:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Illumination Hydra TwentySix Arriving]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-illumination-twenty-six/

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 




Tue, 27 May 2014 18:22:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Maxspect Riptide Gyre Generator Promises to be Unique]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Maxspect-Riptide/ 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.


  • 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 other. The sheer flow of water is so strong that i would bounce back from the opposite site to achieve full circulation within an aquarium, ie. generating "gyre flows".

Keep an eye out for the "coming soon" listing on Aquarium Specialty.  For product images and water flow diagrams, please visit this link.

Fri, 23 May 2014 13:52:46 +0000
<![CDATA[All-In-One Biopellets are a Game Changer]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/all-in-one-biopellets/ All-In-One Biopellets

The new All-In-One Biopellets from Reef Interests just might be a game-changer in the aquarium market.  Made from the purest materials,  All-In-One Biopellets can remove five times more nitrate and ten to twenty times more phosphate than all other biopellets currently on the market.  With those credentials, this product will potentially change the way aquarists universally deal with nitrate and phosphate export in marine aquariums.

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking directly with Dennis van Houten in The Netherlands regarding this new product.  During the hour-long phone conference, Dennis shared some personal experiences with me and explained in a nut shell how and why this patent-pending product works so successfully.  I learned that the product went through a four year period of research and development combined with about a year and a half of product testing before being released to the market. Dennis related to me that he has a 700 liter (185 gallon) home aquarium with a very heavy bio-load (about 50 fish). As you might imagine, phosphate and nitrate could easily have been off the charts without frequent and large water changes or other expensive methods of controlling Po4 and No3 levels.  Dennis also shared with me that he has been using the new pellets for about 10 months now and has continually experienced zero detectable nitrate and phosphate levels.  Previous nuisance algae issues have ceased and the aquarium water is crystal clear as a result of using the new All-In-One pellets.

What makes the All-in-One BioPellets different from the standard pellets? In a nutshell, they have combined the NP Reducing BioPellets with the active ingredient of phosphate remover. Since any organism needs phosphates as a building block to allow growth, including bacteria, this combination produces a winning result.  As with the standard NP Reducing BioPellets and the NP Reducing BioPellets XL, the bacteria consumes the pellets for the carbon in order to multiply. At the same time, the bacteria consume the nitrates and some phosphates from your water column resulting in lower nitrate levels in your water.

It was being reported by some aquarists that the NP Reducing Biopellets did not function properly in their tanks. This was found to be mainly due to heavy phosphate removal from the water. As previously stated, any organism, including bacteria, needs phosphates to allow for growth and reproduction. The new All-in-One BioPellets have the phosphate remover built in allowing the bacteria to utilize it for growth and reproduction at the same place as their carbon source. This combination improves nitrate removal by about 5x. As the bacteria consume the pellets, a new layer of  "fresh" phosphate remover will be exposed for phosphate removal. This makes the All-in-One BioPellets a one-of-a-kind phosphate and nitrate removal system. With the combination of phosphate removal by the bacteria coupled with the All-in-One BioPellets, they have achieved an increase of phosphate removal from the water column by 10-20x compared to the standard NP Reducing BioPellets and NP Reducing BioPellet XL.


All-In-One Biopellets



How to Use:

We recommend soaking for a period of 24 hours in marine aquarium water before use in your aquarium reactor.  This will insure more uniform tumbling once added to the reactor.  All-In-One BioPellets are heavier than NP BioPellets and thus require a higher flow rate to tumble the media.  For example, a 700 liter tank (185 gallons) with a fluidized filter containing 2 liter of All-In-One Biopellets will require a minimal flow through of 2000-3000 l/h (528-792 GPH) to properly tumble the media.  If nitrates and/or phosphates are high, then we recommend using about 1/3 of the final media requirement upon initial setup.  As the PO4 and NO3 levels begin to drop slowly, it will become safe to add more media over the course of 4-6 weeks until PO4 and NO3 levels are nearly undetectable or undetectable with the use of a standard test kit or Hanna Checker. To order online and read more about All-In-One Biopellets please click here.  The 1st shipment arrival will be landing early next week.  If you are a retailer looking to purchase All-In-One Biopellets then please contact Aqua Specialty.

Mon, 12 May 2014 20:48:28 +0000
<![CDATA[BioTek Marine Premium Dry Rock is Eco-Friendly]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/biotek-marine-reef-dry-rock/ BioTek Marine Dry Reef Rock

BioTek Marine Premium Dry Reef Rock is now available from Aquarium Specialty and we are pleased to be able to offer this premium dry rock mined from land in the sate of Florida.  BioTek Marine Dry Reef Rock is a dry rock that is mined from land and thus it has no impact to the reef environment and marine systems.  All of the rock is cleansed after it's mined so that dirt and other organics are removed from the rock crevaces and rock surfaces.

BioTek Marine Dry Reef Rock is delivered reef-ready and pest/organism free.  The advantages of using a natural dry dry over live rock is that it won't leach out potentially hamful substances into the aquarium water column and it provides a strong and supportative reef structure for your aquarium inhabitants.  BioTek Marine Premium Dry Rock can be used in marine fish only systems, reef aquariums and fresh water setups.

This product is presently in stock with same day shipping from Columbia, SC.  All orders received prior 3:30 PM EST will ship out the same business day.  BioTek Marine Rock is offered in 10lb boxes at a price of $22.49 and 25lb boxes sell for $56.49 per box. Both the 10lb and 25lb boxes ship at a flat rate of $10.00 per box within the continental USA.  To order or learn more please visit here.

Fri, 09 May 2014 21:02:13 +0000
<![CDATA[The Aqua Illumination Hydra Fifty Two Upgrade is Now Available]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/hydra-fifty-two-upgrade/ Is it time for an Upgrade?

Aqua Illumination now offers a Hydra FiftyTwo upgrade for their Sol and Vega legacy fixtures.  As one of the most powerful LED lights available today, the Hydra FiftyTwo delivers 135 watts of high-end LED lighting from 7 different LED colored diodes.  The Hydra FiftyTwo LED fixtures currently retail for $599, however current owners of the AI Sol or AI Vega LED fixtures may upgrade to AI’s best fixture for half the price.

The Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo upgrade kit is priced at $299 per fixture provided that you have the heat sink and fan from your previous fixture.  The upgrade is easily and quickly accomplished with a screw driver or allen wrench.  Once installed, the next step is to have your wireless controller or director recognize your new fixture.

It is fortuitous for Aqua Illumination purchaser's that this company has designed an upgradeable fixture to keep up with the ever changing LED technology.  For information or to order this upgrade, you will need to contact Aqua Illumination directly. As of this date, Aqua Illumination is not offering the upgrade kits to its distributor to provide to their previous Sol and Vega customers.  To order new Aqua Illumination products like the Hydra and Hydra FiftyTwo click here.

Thu, 08 May 2014 14:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[New Frag Rack from BioTek Marine]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/biotek-marine-frag-rack/

The new BioTek Marine frag racks are available from Aquarium Specialty.  They will also be debuting at other retail locations in the near future.  The new rack features a 23 3/4" x 23 3/4" surface for mounting your favorite frags.  The rack is black in color and is comprised of polished furniture grade black PVC pipe and PVC fittings to support your corals.  The cross members, fittings, egg crate and zip strap are all packaged in the kit.  Also included are two 21 1/2" PVC furniture grade sticks that can easily be cut to the desired length for the legs of  the rack.  The BioTek Marine Frag Rack assembles in a matter of minutes and is immediately ready for use upon assembly.  No gluing is required and the rack may easily be disassembled as needed.  For information and pricing please click here.

Tue, 06 May 2014 16:56:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Reef Octopus Launches DC Controlled Regal Skimmers]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/reef-octopus-regal-skimmers/ Reef Octopus Regal Skimmers

Coral Vue's Reef Octopus line of protein skimmers is launching a new series of DC controllable skimmers but this time they are being featured with their own in-house brand of DC controllable pumps.  This should be good news for Reef octopus because the Diablo pumps had to many reliability issues as did the Speedwave and Waveline Gen1 pumps that were produced in the same factory.  The new series of skimmers will be called Regal Reef Skimmers and I'm betting Chris at Coral Vue remembered a company I started up a long time ago called Regal Reef to come up with the idea.  Just kidding Chris but maybe you loved the name so much you pulled this out of your subconscious.  

The Regal Internal sump housed Skimmers feature an internal pump design like their SSS models (Super Space Saver) to save room for sump reactors and other aquarium devices that take up space in aquarium sumps.  Like other DC controlled skimmers currently on the market (RLSS and Bubble King), the DC pump controller allows for fine tuning of the pump’s speed and energy consumption, which affects air and water draw (air-to-water ratio) and cost of operation.  Pricing, Specs and pictures have been released to Aquarium Specialty and the pricing can be located here for the Regal internal models and here for the Regal external models.

Made from cast acrylic with red accents, the Regal Skimmers will look nice alongside some of the competing brands like Vertex or Royal Exclusiv if you are one to mix and match different brands of products for your aquarium setup.  

Aquarium Specialty will be taking pre-orders for these skimmers through the website or you can call in your order and billing will occur at the time that the order is ready to ship.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:11:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty Launches New & Improved Rewards Program]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aquarium-Specialty-Rewards-Program/ AS Rewards

As a special thank you to our customers, Aquarium Specialty has developed a easy to use program designed to give you more ways to save on the items you need!

The Specialty Points Program is free to all customers with an account and earning points is quick and easy! 


Sign up for our newsletter and get a point bonus in your account (Only available once for new subscribers).  The good news is we typically only send out 1-2 newsletters per month so don't be scared.  We won't bomb your inbox with emails everyday like some companies do.


Earn one point for every dollar spent. If you spend $100.00, you get 100 points in your account. It's as simple as that and then you can use your points towards future purchases from Aquarium Specialty.  It's a no-brainer.

Referrals, Tell your friends:

Under the "My Account" tab, you have the option to send a referal link to a friend with a specific code. When your friend(s) creates an account and sucessfully places an order, you get a special thank you in the form of points in your account.


Each month we'll have items that will have extra specialty points attached to them. Purchase any number of these items and receive the bonus specialty points.

Bonus specialty points are awarded for the product as well as the points for the purchase price of the item. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to be in the loop on these special deals. Yep, another reason to sign up.

New Ways to Earn Points:

New Account Signup:  Value = 100 Points

News Letter Signup: Value = 50 Points

Aquarium Specialty Product Reviews: Value: 50 Points

Customer Referral: Value: 100 Points

Referral Repeat Order:  Value: 10% of Point Value

Share a Page on Facebook: Value: 1 Point

Share a Purchase on Facebook: Value: 30 Points

Reetweeting a Page on Twitter: Value: 1 Point

Share a Purchase on Twitter: Value: 30 Points

Pinterest Repin: Value: 1 Point

Google+ 1: Value: 1 Point

Postive Bumps on Forums or Blogs: Value: 25 Points

Many of our customers leave us positive feedback on various forums and we are very thankful for this kind jesture.  If you are happy about us and our service then we would like to hear about it.  If you leave us positive feedback on a forum, send us a link to the post and we'll put a little something in your account for your trouble.  Limit: 2 posts per month.  Maximum point value per post is 25 Specialty Points.

 For more information about point values and restrictions vist the Aquarium Specialty Rewards Program Link at the bottom of every page on the website or click the following link.

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:57:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Ecotech Marine Reef Link now with Vortech Control]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Ecotech-Marine-Reef-Link1/

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 on the Ecotech Reef Link please visit this link.

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:24:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Apogee Releases New Marine Safe PAR Sensor Wand]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Apogee-Sensor-Wand/ 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

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:08:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Royal Exclusiv Moves Closer to Opening US Facility]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/royal-exclusiv/ 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 end aquarists and the challenge of keeping such high end and expensive high end and pump models in stock on any given occasion.  Imagine trying to keep 1-2 Bubble King Deluxe 500 internal and external skimmers in stock that retail for over $5000.00 a piece.  In the US it's more rare than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and we may only sell 1  Bubble King 500 per year at best.  Granted there are much less expensive models but even that presents it's own challenges when there are so many available models to choose from. Another challenge has been the currency exchange rate and air freight shipping costs.  Still with these issues Bubble King skimmers and Red Dragon pumps have remained relatively popular with elite US aquarists over the years.

Royal Exclusiv USA equals problem solved for the North American market as far as we can see.  The new Florida based warehouse means much shorter delivery times and lower prices across the board.  Delivery time from Florida to Aquarium Specialty in South Carolina is only two days instead of 4-6 weeks from Germany.  Shipments will arrive to Royal Exclusiv USA by ocean freight instead of air freight further decreasing the transportation costs.  Additionally, sales, service and support should be dramatically improved. Also, no more time zone issues for us between Germany and the US since we will be communicating primarily with the Florida location.

As a long time supporter of Royal Exclusiv Bubble King skimmers and Red Dragon pumps we are very excited to see Royal Exclusiv making an investment in the US market and we will further be pleased to have local access to other Royal Exclusiv products like Dreambox sumps and Dreambox Reactors to name a couple.

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:14:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Neptune Systems Introduces Magnetic Probe Rack]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Neptune-Systems-Magnetic-Probe-Rack/ 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

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:36:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Avast Marine Dosing Tube / Probe Holder Combo Review]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Avast-marine-dosing-tube-probe-holder-combo/ 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.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:09:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illumination are Merging]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/ecotech-marine-aqua-illumination-merge/ 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.


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 AI customer support channels will remain exactly as they are currently. There will be no change to the support numbers, emails, or location.

Are there any changes to my warranty?
Warranty support, warranty conditions and product support will remain unchanged.

Are any products being discontinued?
No products are being discontinued.

Will EcoTech and AI products and technology be compatible in the future?
Currently there are no plans to make the two brands compatible.

For more information about the merger read the Press Release on Ecotech Marine's website.  For pricing and detailed information on Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illumination products please visit Aquarium Specialty.

About Ecotech Marine:

Now in our second decade, EcoTech Marine continues to revolutionize the way people think about aquarium technology. Each of our products is meticulously engineered to improve the health of your ecosystem—and to enhance the natural beauty of your aquascape.

EcoTech Marine has set all new industry standards for aquarium equipment. Our technologically superior products produce unmatched performance—and our commitment to elegant design minimizes the equipment’s visual intrusion into your aquarium.

We work tirelessly to improve upon “state-of-the-art,” enabling our customers to create the healthiest, safest and smartest aquarium possible. That’s why our products offer a wide variety of easy-to-program modes and have been thoroughly tested and endorsed by marine-biologists—making them the most versatile and proven products on the market.

About Aqua Illumination:

Founded in 2007, C2 Development, Inc. is the leader in high performance, high efficiency reef aquarium lighting systems. We are constantly pushing the limits of illumination technology.

We assemble all PCB’s in house with our high throughput SMT line, giving us the ability to oversee our quality control to the highest degree while keeping prices down.

Since the beginning we have engineered, designed, and assembled all our modules in Ames, Iowa. Focusing on engineering and design with our in house team we produce top products at great prices.

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:28:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Comparing the Different Coral Frenzy Reef Foods]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/coral-frenzy-reef-food/ 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 1mm is still quite small.

Coral Frenzy Coral Frenzy .5mm Coral Frenzy 1mm
Coral Frenzy Powder Coral Frenzy .5mm Pellet Coral Frenzy 1mm Pellet

The other thing we wanted to hint at was the fact that the food comes with a manufactured date and a “best if used by” date. Most other foods on the market have an expiration date, but few if any have a manufactured date. This obviously ensures some freshness, and as Ken explained to us, it keeps products from sitting on the store shelves far past their prime.

All in all, we’re very pleased with what we’ve seen with the food and can’t wait to start shooing some serious time lapse videos of it being gobbled up.

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:19:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Build My LED Adds XB Series to Product Line]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/build-my-led-xb/ 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.

Several videos and PAR value charts are available on the individual product listings.  Below is a video clip displaying some of the color options available from Build My LED.   If you have more questions about how Build My LED lighting please contact us.


Build My LED XB Refugium LED

Build My LED XB Actinic


Build My LED XB 12K


Build My LED XB 14K

Build My LED XB Purple Wave

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:14:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Gryphon Custom C40CR 42" AquaSaw is now a Reality]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Gryphon-Custom-AquaSaw/ 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



Retail Flier:

Custom CR40R Custom

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:50:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Ecotech Marine Introduces New Style Frag Plugs]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/ecotech-marine-frag-plug/ 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

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:48:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Build My LED XB Series Lighting Packs a Brighter Punch]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/build-my-led-xb-series/

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.

Several videos are available on the above link and the one below are some video clips of custom color options show over a reef aquarium.  If you have more questions about how Build My LED lighting please contact us.

Build My LED Spectrums


Below are the Build My LED PAR values for the various Reef Aquarium lighting options.  Please note the distance from center readings as well as the water depth readings.  I think you will find that this information is very beneficial to helping to choose, design and setup your aquarium lighting.
Build My LED 14,000K PAR Values
Build My LED Super Actinic PAR Values
Build My LED Purple Wave PAR Values
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:29:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Vertex V6 Flow Pump about to Hit Shelves]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Vertex-V6-Flow-Pump/


V6 Pump

The new V6 Flow Pump,  is the latest product coming to through the pipeline from Vertex Aquaristik.  The V6 water pump will be powered by the Askoll motor block which produces 1584 gallons per hour of water flow with a maximum head pressure of 8 feet (2.5 meters).  At 65 watts of power this is one efficient AC pump.

Besides reliable water flow, the Vertex V6 is also virtually inaudible in the typical aquarium environment. Sound and vibration is minimized by rubber base feet and a massive CNC machined pump head that dampens any vibrational noise that could be transferred from the pump’s base to the hard surfaces of the sump.

A custom volute sits at the business end of the V6 and is threaded to a PN16 slip union. This makes it easy to use schedule 40 or 80 PVC hard pipe or flexible PVC pipe (Spa Flex) your sump while allowing for easy removal.

Vertex Aquaristik tells us that each V6 impeller shaft is individually custom machined to perfection from a special corrosion resistant alloy, using state of the art equipment and technology resulting in an unparalleled, resilient, and long-lasting impeller assembly.

For pre-order information please click this link.


  • Length: 20cm/ 7.9”
  • Width:  10.5cm / 4.15”
  • Height: 17cm / 6.8”



Input-Power: 110V / 60Hz
Power Consumption:    ̴ 65W
Input:    32mm / 1.25”
Output: 25mm / 1”
Flow <  6000LPH / 1584 US-Gallons
Pressure < 2.5meters / 8’

Construction: PVC Base, Pump head
Shaft: Hardened Alloy
Fastners: M6 / Grade II Titanium
Warranty: 2 years
Designed and Assembled in Germany
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:08:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Ecotech Marine Launches Radion Gen 3]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Ecotech-Marine-Launches-Radion-Gen-3/ Radion Gen 3

The Radion Generation 3  and Gen 3 Pro is Here!

The best LED aquarium light fixtures just got even better.

EcoTech Marine is excited to announce the Radion XR30wG3 and XR30wG3Pro. Generation 3 Radions are available for immediate order from Aquarium Specialty and will begin shipping out to customers next week. 

What's New in the G3?

The first thing you'll notice is the sleek updated design, including illuminated tactile buttons, but where you will really see a difference is in the output.

  • The G3 base model now includes indigo/UV LEDs, providing more output, and a wider spectrum than its predecessor the G2.
  • The G3 Pro model further raises the bar for max PAR and spectral output by taking advantage of top bin Cree XP-G2 and Osram Oslon Square LEDs.

In addition, reef enthusiasts can further customize their G3 and G3 Pro output at any time by purchasing EcoTech's new  120 degree wide-angle TIR lenses. Best of all, both the G3 and the G3 Pro fully integrate with the EcoSmart Live platform, enabling complete control over your Radion lighting -- any time, anywhere.

The Radion Gen 3 LED Fixtures come standard with 80 TIR lenses and out of the box the light spread will cover a 30" x 30" area.  For wider aquariums we recombined changing out the TIR 80 degree lenses (2 per fixture) to the 120 degree TIR lenses for 36" x 36" coverage.  Per Eric at Ecotech Marine we should expect greater efficiency and better color rendering with the changes made to the blue and white diodes.

For pre-orders and more information on performance and other details please click here.  Aquarium Specialty expects to have inventory by Thursday 1/15/14 to fill pre-orders.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Radion G2: $549 (Unchanged)
  • Radion Pro: $699 
  • Radion G3: $649
  • Radion G3 Pro: $749
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:49:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty MOACC Build Thread]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/MOACC/ Aquarium Specialty is setting up a new low iron glass 60 gallon cube featuring a lot of high end equipment and we are naming it the MOACC (Mother of All Clown Cubes).  We unashamedly borrowed the concept of the name from Reef Builders who named our MATSA Aquarium (Mother of All Trade Show Aquariums) a couple of years back.  The MOACC aquarium will house a few different anemones including a rather difficult to keep blue carpet anemone and a Rainbow Inferno Bubble Tip Anemone along with about 30 Proaquatix captive raised clown fish that just arrived today.  

We will keep this going as an active blog post with updated specs, pictures and videos.  Down the road we might even add a web came just for fun.  To stay up to date with additions to our MOACC display please like us on facebook or feel free to bookmark the page.  We hope you will enjoy our little pet project.

The photos taken on 12/12/13 are under a 16K Orphek DIF100 pendant.  We will have the new "anemone" diode array sometime next week if all goes well.  At that time we will be introducing the blue carpet anemone.

Here's a list of the equipment included in the setup.

  • Deep Blue 60 Gallon Rimless low iron glass tank (24"x24"x24")
  • Aquaroche Ceramic Rock
  • CaribSea Tropical Isle Tahitian Moon Sand
  • Blue Life USA black background
  • Trigger 20" x 20" x 15" custom sump
  • Waveline DC6000 Return Pump
  • RLSS R6-i Protein Skimmer
  • Triton Aquatics PO4x4 Reactor
  • Orphek DIF100 with custom anemone diode array with Neptune Control
  • Neptune Apex Controller
  • Vertex 100 GPD RO/DI System
  • Manual gravity feed ATO (temporary)
  • Finnex HPS200 Heater
  • Homemade temporary stand

Here's what we plan to add soon.

  • Optical ATO
  • Vertex Dosing Pump (for Ca, Mg, Alk)
  • Vertex Aquaristik Stand (when they become available)


12/12/13 Photos

Anemone Photo courtesy of Cornbread Corals

Rainbow Inferno


RLSS R6-i Protein Skimmer Video is from 12/11/13 (before the livestock was added)

We will shoot another video with the water height better adjusted once the skimmer starts pulling skimmate from the fish we just added on 12/12/13.


Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:43:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Polyp Lab's Polyp Booster Video Proof in the Pudding]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Polyp-Booster/ Recently Polyp Lab out of Canada developed a new amino acid and fatty acid blend that also contains Astaxanthin is a coral food supplement designed to enhance dry coral foods such as Reef Roids, Fauna Marin LPS Food, Coral Frenzy pellets and Reef Pearls.  Polyp Booster comes in an easy to use 100ml glass dropper bottle that can trigger a feeding response in corals, crustaceans, invertebrates and fish in under 30 seconds.  Here's an impressive Polyp Booster coral feeding directed by Thomas Vision Reef.  Dosage is 1 ml per 60 gallons of aquarium water and at $24.95 per bottle it's sure to be a big hit for all reef aquarium enthusiasts.  For more information on Polyp Lab Polyp Booster please click the link above.

To view the video please click the article title above and the video will appear when the page refreshes.

Polyp Booster

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:40:45 +0000
<![CDATA[EcoTech Marine is now shipping TIR Wide Angle Lens for the Radion]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Ecotech-Marine-Wide-Angle-Lens/ 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

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:51:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Upgraded Aqua Illumination's Wireless Controller]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aqua-Illumination-Wireless-Controller/ Aqua Illumination caught us off guard again with their new and improved Aqua Illumination Wireless Controller that features improved buttons for easier control and a vivid color display while remaining at the same $79.95 cost as the older version.  For wireless and world wide control from your smart phone, tablet, or desktop please see the Aqua Illumination Director controller.

AI Wireless Controller

AI Wireless Controller Advantages:

With a vivid display and built-in wireless capability the Aqua Illumination controller is sure to make managing your lighting very colorful.  The new AI Controller features include:

  • Wireless Control
  • Intuitive easy to Navigate Menus
  • Sweeping Clouds & Lightning
  • Up to 30 Timers
  • Easy press buttons
  • Increased Menu Options
  • Energy Saver screen mode
  • Includes USB Power Adapter


New, Improved Buttons

Controllers now feature more reliable, easier to use buttons. Each button makes a subtle audible click when pressed to help users know that the button has been engaged.

Simply Simple

With a new, vivid color display and user-friendly interface, the new controller is easier to read and fun to use.

Weather Effects

Setup sweeping cloud cover which travels across light fixtures. Add lightning to the mix for the ultimate in realistic weather effects.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:58:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo Pre-Order Going on Now]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aqua-Illumination-Hydra-FiftyTwo/ Hydra Fifty Two

12/09/13: Now in Stock!

Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce that the new Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo LED Fixtures are on the way from Aqua Illumination.  We expect the shipment to arrive by Friday, December 6th or December 9th at the latest.  Designed for maximum light intensity for high light loving corals and deeper aquariums.  The Hydra FiftyTwo fixtures come in at $599.00 per fixture and they are suited to work with the Director or Wireless controller.  You can pre-order the Hydra FiftyTwo fixtures here.



Hydra 52 Specs

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:45:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty 2013 MVP Awards]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aquarium-Specialty-MVP-Awards/ Aquarium Specialty 2013 MVP Awards
Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce it's 1st Annual Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards.  The 2013 Aquarium Specialty MVP Award recognizes aquarium manufacturers and their products which have excelled in the following areas:

Customer Feedback
Ease of Use
Number of Units Purchased
Build Quality
Product Support & Customer Service
  • In 2013, more than 7000 products were considered from over 200 manufacturers.  This year's Aquarium Specialty MVP award categories are:

Wave Makers - Ecotech Marine - Vortech MP Series Wave Makers
Aquarium Controllers - Neptune Systems - Apex Controller
Specialty Product - Gryphon - AquaSaw CR40R
Temperature Control - Tradewind - Tradewind Chillers
New Up and Coming Company - Triton Aquatics

All of the 2013 Aquarium Specialty MVP Awards are in now!   Today we are announcing the Aquarium Specialty MVP 2013 awards for Aquarium Reactors and for the 2013 "Up and Coming Company of the Year".  Congratulations to each of the winners and thank you all for producing great aquarium products which help us and our customers to keep and maintain healthy and successful aquariums!
The 2013 Aquarium Reactor of the Year Award goes to Innovative Marine for it's MiniMax All-In-One Reactors.  This choice was easy.   Innovative Marine reactors are very unique and well designed and are the best choice to use on any All-In-One style aquariums.  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 following video says it all...

The 2013 Up and Coming Company of the Year Award goes to Triton Aquatics for it's Blue Fin Reactors and other new products currently in development that we can't share with you at this time.  We met the guys from Triton at MACNA this year and we could quickly tell that they had winning products on their hands.  We hope to see a lot more of Triton Aquatics products on the shelves in 2014.  Aqua Specialty is the US online distributor while Aquarium Specialty is an online retailer for Triton Aquatics.




The 2013 Specialty Product of the Year goes to Gryphon Corp for their CR40R AquaSaw. The Gryphon Aquasaw has proven to be the best and most reliable coral frag saw on the market today.  Gryphon has anodized the motor block and other internal components for increased longevity.  They have also added a splash shield to further protect the motor from excess salt water.  

We have had many customers express their frustration with another brand of frag saw (who will go nameless) and how they have had to replace it as many as 4-5 times in a few years before they discovered the Gryphon Aquasaw.  It's by far the best product in it's class and because it's a specialty product the easy choice for 2013 Specialty Product of the Year goes to the Gryphon AquaSaw.

Gryphon AquaSaw


The 2013 MVP Temperature Control award goes to Tradewind Chillers for their in-line and drop-in style chillers.  Made in the USA, Tradewind chillers come with an out-of-the-box 2 year warranty and an optional 5 year upgrade for a small upgrade cost.  Tradewind received the nod because of their exceptional customer service, quality control and reliability.  Hal, the owner at Tradewind is very responsive to us and to our customers and they actually manufacture an exceptional affordable chiller made in the USA. Congratulations Hal and Company, we will be mailing you an MVP Crystal Trophy to display at your business.

TradeWind Chiller

The 2013 MVP All-In-One Aquarium of the Year Award was an easy choice for our customers.  This award goes to Innovative Marine for it's Nuvo All-In-One series aquariums.  Innovative Marine ran away with this award and left all the competition in the dust with the Nuvo Series Aquariums.  The Nuvo series are available in 4, 8, 16, 24 30 and 38 gallon sizes. Each aquarium features a rear storage compartment for all the necessary space to hide filtration equipment, heater, and return pump providing a very clean and elegant look.  The 4 and 8 gallon tanks come equipped with LED lights while the Nuvo 16, 24 30 and 38 gallon tanks offer lighting as an option.  Each tank also features low iron glass and curved seamless glass on the front edges.
Innovative Marine Nuvo Aquarium

The 2013 MVP Protein Skimmer of the Year Award goes to Coral Vue for it's Reef Octopus Clasic NWB110, NWB150, NWB200 series protein skimmers.  Admittedly, the protein skimmer award is the most difficult category to award.  There are hundreds of different skimmers and sizes with prices ranging from "Kia" to "Bugatti".  Our choice on these 2 models was based on price vs. performance, number of units sold, reliability and ease of use.  The Classic series has been around for a few years now and Coral Vue has recently added a more efficient Aquatrance pump to the NWB110 model making this an even better skimmer for the money.  If you are looking for an affordable skimmer with solid reliability and performance at a great price, then we believe that one of the Reef Octopus Classic NWB series protein skimmers would be the right choice for you.
NWB110 Octopus Skimmer

The 2013 MVP Aquarium Lighting product goes to Aqua Illumination for it's Hydra LED fixture.  Although just Introduced earlier this year, the AI Hydra has not only become the best selling LED light fixture in the Aqua Illumination line up, but has also achieved that status among all brands.  Aqua Illumination has exceeded all other LED fixtures in units sold along with very high marks for build quality, innovation and consistent customer service.  If we had to pick a runner-up, it would be Ecotech Marine for it's Radion Pro LED light fixture.  However, with a much lower price point and higher number of units sold, the nod goes to Aqua Illumination.
AI Hydra 2013 Award
The MVP Water Pump of the Year Award goes to RLSS for it's Waveline Series Pumps.  The models include the DC6000, DC10000 Gen 2 and DC12000 controllable direct current pumps.  Capitalizing upon the lessons learned from the premature pump failures which plagued the The Waveline 1st generation pumps, a complete redesign was created in a new factory setting and the feedback regarding the newly redesigned product has been very positive.  It will be interesting to see how the RLSS Gen 2 skimmers will perform with the Gen 2 pumps.  They are slated to beging shipping the week of November 25th.
Waveline Gen2 Pumps 
The MVP Wave Maker of Year Award goes to Ecotech Marine for it's MP Series Wave Makers.  The models include the MP10ES, MP10WES, MP40WES and MP60WES controllable wavemaker pumps.  Ectoech Marine has excelled in all areas of performance, reliability, feedback and customer service after the sale.  These award winning wave makers work well as stand alones in addition to communicating with one another and with their flagship LED fixtures, theRadion Gen 2 and Radion Pro.  Showing unmatched innovation, Ecotech Marine continues to unleash new products while they consistently produce quality wavemakers.

Ecotech Marine 2013 MVP Award

The MVP Aquarium Controller of the Year Award goes to Neptune Systems for the Apex Controller product line.  While remaining the most dominant player in the US aquarium controller market, Neptune Apex Systems has also developed and innovated several new products this year as add ons to their existing Apex platform, making this the far and away the MVP controller of 2013.
Neptune Apex MVP Award

Congratulations to Ecotech Marine and Neptune Systems.  Aquarium Specialty will be shipping out a beautiful MVP crystal trophy to each of the category winners in December for your display case at your company headquarters.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:55:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Write a Review and Enter to Win a Jar of the New 1mm Coral Frenzy]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aquarium-specialty-coral-frenzy-1mm-pellet/ A brand new coral food from Coral Wonders, the maker of Coral Frenzy is going to hit the market in the near future but you can win it before it's even available for purchase. 

Here's how it works:

Aquarium Specialty needs your help so we are giving away a new type of coral food from Coral Wonders to 10 luck winners for a product that hasn't even hit the market yet.  To become eligible all you have to do is post a product review on our website for an aquarium product that you are using.  Throughout the month of November we will be mailing the jars out and posting the results on the comment section below this article.  If this goes well and we get a great response then we might just continue this through December with more chances to win.  Below is a screen shot of an Aqua Illumination LED fixture as an example of how to post a review.  You can review any product that you are using or have used before.

Product Reviews

Post a product review on Aquarium Specialty's website for any product that you are currently using and we will enter you into the drawing.  It only takes a minute to post a review and your name is automatically eligible to win a jar.  The more reviews you write the more chances you will have to win.  We will then ship 1 jar Coral Frenzy 1 mm pellets to 10 different winners.  Good luck and we hope to see a lot of product reviews from you!  No purchase necessary to win.

About Coral Frenzy 1mm Pellets:

Finally, Coral Frenzy is releasing a marine pellet.  We believe this is the best pellet on the market today.  As always, Coral Frenzy will be listing everything on the label along with the manufacturing date.  Just like the standard coral food it will be made in small batches to assure you receive the freshest product possible.  No other dry product on the market can say that.  We spent 5 years researching and developing a pellet that was worthy of the Coral Frenzy name.  We feel that we have done just that and we hope that you feel the same. 

Ingredients:  Squid meal, herring meal, shrimp meal, whole wheat flour, soy meal, wheat gluten, refined marine fish oil, carotenoid pigments, brewer’s yeast, spirulina algae, garlic, lecithin, vitamin A acetate, DL- Alphatocopherol (Vit. E), D-Activated Animal Sterol (Vit. D3), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyrodoxine HCL, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorbal-2-Polyphosphate (Stabilized Vit. C), Choline Chloride, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate. 

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein (Min.); 50% 
  • Lipids (Min.); 15.5% 
  • Fiber (Max.); 4% 
  • Ash (Max.); 12%
  • Moisture (Max.); 8% 
  • Astaxanthin; min. 80 ppm

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:54:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Innovative Marine to Launch SR 60, 80 and 120 Gallon Aquariums]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Innovative-Marine-Nuvo-SR-Aquarium/



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



  • 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



  • 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 Column
  • Designated Skimmer/Reactor Column

Stand: Sold Separately

  • 40” High (36” x 24” x 40”)
  • Magnetic Cabinet Latches
  • Storage Shelves
  • Pre-Cut Cable Ports


SR-80 Features



  • 80 Gallon Capacity
  • Ultra Thick 12mm High Clarity Glass / Low Iron
  • Leveling Rubber Mat
  • DIMS (48” x 24” x 16”)
  • Flat Polished
  • Diamond Edge Polished
  • Black Silicone
  • Aluminum Framed Mesh Screen Lid/Clips



  • Acrylic Filter Wall w / Dual Overflows
  • (2) 4” Micron Sock -  Mechanical Filters
  • (4) Adjustable Return Flare Nozzles
  • (2) 476 Gallons Per Hour Pumps
  • Designated Heater Column
  • Designated Skimmer/Reactor Column

Stand: (Sold Separately)

  • 40” High (48” x 24” x 40”)
  • Magnetic Cabinet Latches
  • Storage Shelves
  • Pre-Cut Cable Ports


SR120 Features


  • 120 Gallon Capacity
  • Ultra Thick 15mm High Clarity Glass / Low Iron
  • Leveling Rubber Mat
  • DIMS (72” x 24” x 16”)
  • Flat Polished
  • Diamond Edge Polished
  • Black Silicone
  • Aluminum Framed Mesh Screen Lid/Clips



  • Acrylic Filter Wall w / Dual Overflows
  • (2) 4” Micron Sock -  Mechanical Filters
  • (6) Adjustable Return Flare Nozzles
  • (3) 476 Gallons Per Hour Pumps
  • Designated Heater Column
  • Designated Skimmer/Reactor Column


  • 40” High (72” x 24” x 40”)
  • Magnetic Cabinet Latches
  • Storage Shelves
  • Pre-Cut Cable Ports

Innovative Marine Nuvo SR Aquarium


Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:40:19 +0000
<![CDATA[The Aqua Illumination Director Landing Soon!]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-illumination-director-landing/ AI Director

One of the most anticipated releases of 2013 is here, the Aqua Illumination Director.  The AI Director is the ultimate control platform that can control your Aqua Illumination LED fixtures from anywhere in the world with your smart phone, PC or tablet at a very reasonable $99.00 price tag.  Aquarium Specialty expects the 1st delivery to arrive no later than November 12th but they could land as soon as November 8th.  Feel free to pre-order now.  Aquarium Specialty promisses to ship all pre-orders the day that inventory arrives.


  • The new standard in control platforms
  • Control any AI wirelessly enabled device
  • The AI Director can be connected via 802.11 Wifi (with included dongle) or Ethernet
  • Connect to the Director through the cloud with myAI
  • You may also access the AI Director via your local network
  • Manage 10 tanks with up to 30 lights with one Director


LED Controls

  • Weather
    • Realistic cloud sweeps
    • Lightning Storms
    • *Provided an Internet connection, the Director can pull live weather from user configured locations on Earth
  • Lunar Cycle
  • Coral Acclimation
  • Test Run
    • Plays your entire day's timer configuration in fast forward.
  • Dynamically recognize changes in LED configurations using PowerPuck™ technology.
  • Up to 100 control points per LED color per group for a given day.


Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:34:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Reef Octopus Stays Classy with it's new SSS Classic Protein Skimmers]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/reef-octopus-sss-classic-protein-skimmer1/

Classic-NWB-110 Skimmer

Coral Vue has introduced two new protein skimmer models to their already vast array of skimmers that they offer.  What makes these different is the super small footprint.  We see these fitting nicely into smaller sumps like the one we are waiting on for our new 24x24x24 rimless cube anemone/clown fish display (more on that a a later date).

The Octopus Classic Skimmers are currently available in two models.  The 110-SSS has a footprint of only 6.1″ x 7.87″  and Body Diameter of 5″.  The height comes in at a relatively shot 19" and the skimmer is said to be able to handle aquariums up to 100 gallons.  The footprint on the 110s bigger brother comes in at 7.3″ x 9.45″ with a body diameter of 6″.  The overall height for the Octopus 150-SSS Classic is 20.8″ with a 150 gallon aquarium rating. 

The Octopus 110-SSS is powered by a Aquatrance 1000s pinwheel pump while the Octopus 150-SSS is driven by the Aquatrance 1800s Pinwheel Pump.  Below is a list of details on both models.  For pricing and availability visit the two links below.

Reef Octopus Classic NWB-110-SSS

Footprint: 6.1″ x 7.87″ | Body Diameter: 5″ | Height: 19″ 
Powered by: Aquatrance 1000s Pinwheeel Pump

  • Small Footprint - Big Performance
  • Removable Turbulence Reducing Bubble Plate 
  • Disassembles for Cleaning
  • Quiet Operation
  • Latest Output Design for Bubble-Free Cleaned water
  • Solid Construction

Reef Octopus Classic NWB-150-SSS

Footprint: 7.3″ x 9.45″ | Body Diameter: 6″ | Height: 20.8″ 
Powered by: Aquatrance 1800s Pinwheeel Pump

  • Small Footprint - Big Performance
  • Removable Turbulence Reducing Bubble Plate 
  • Disassembles for Cleaning
  • Quiet Operation
  • Latest Output Design for Bubble-Free Cleaned water
  • Solid Construction

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:00:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Halloween Sale on now at Aquarium Specialty]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/halloween-sale-aquarium-specialty/ Aquarium Specialty Halloween Sale

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:56:58 +0000
<![CDATA[The new Auto Aqua Smart ATO-Automatic Top Off System Promises to be Big]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Auto-Aqua-Smart-ATO-Automatic-Top-Off-System1/ There seems to be a lot of choices in the ATO arena these days.  Recently Innovative Marine launched their new ATO system and dosing pump and now the Auto Aqua ATO is being imported into the US beginning this November.  

The new Auto Aqua Smart ATO-Automatic Top Off System Promises to be BIG but in a small form factor.  About the size of a golf ball, the Smart ATO Automatic Top Off System features a contactless optical water level sensor and smart AFS (Auto Feedback Security) technology.  For us the only way to keep your aquariums salinity stable in marine aquariums is by imploring the use of an ATO system.  The small form factor of the Auto Aqua ATO makes it an ideal choice for many marine aquariums including nano setup where space is typically not a commodity. 



Smart ATO-Automatic Top Off


Aquarium Specialty is now accepting pre-orders and the Smart ATO systems will begin shipping sometime in November.


Product Overview

What is Smart AFS Technology?
The Smart ATO is a unique Auto Top Off system with a patent pending contactless digital sensor that monitors and automates refilling evaporated water. Best of all it is ver easy to install and contains no moving parts that can fail. Integrated with AFS (Auto Feedback Security) technology which provides real-time fail safe protection against failure. You simply move the outside controller to adjust your sump to a desired water level. Its that easy!  The 2 halves attach with a magnet for easy water height adjustment.  No hangers or suction cups needed.

Mounts to Clear Glass or Acrylic sumps 
Max wall thickness: 1/2 inch (12.7mm) 
Max distance for sensor: 1 inch (25.4mm)

Everything you need is included with this SMART system including the Controller/Sensor, Power Adapter,  DC brushless pump capable of pumping to a height of ~6.5 feet and a maximum flow rate of ~74 gph, 6.5' of Water Tubing with Universal Holder.

DC Feed Pump model: DP-200
Brushless (30000hrs) – Head : 6.5ft (200 cm)
Flow rate: 74GPH (280L/HR) 
Power: 4.5W@DC 12V

Note: It is possible to change to the other PUMP or solenoid valve directly(< 10W@12VDC output)

More details and product images and diagrams about the Auto Aqua ATO System can be found by clicking the link above.

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:50:03 +0000
<![CDATA[CyanoClean to Rid Reef Aquariums of Cyanobacteria]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/cyanoclean1/ Zeovit CyanoClean

Korallen-Zucht has come out with an interesting new product that we can't wait to get our hands on.  It will be making it's way to Aquarium Specialty next week and we will be putting it through it paces as soon as it lands.  The Zeovit product is called CyanoClean and you guessed it, cleans / wipes out the dreaded red slime (AKA Cyanobacteria) in the aquarium.  Unlike other Cyanobacteria products we have seen on the market for years, CyanoClean eliminates Cyanobacteria though biological means.  

Each bottle contains live bacteria but it contains zero antibiotics or cleansing agents that can be harmful to reef aquarium inhabitants.  CyanoClean is completely reef aquarium safe and it won't alter the nutrient composition in any negative way according to Thomas Pohl, the brainchild behind the entire ZEOvit product line.


How CyanoClean Works

CyanoClean's probiotic bacteria get to work by out-competing and eventually "starving out" cyanobacteria in the marine aquarium.  Pre-Orders are now available here and pricing starts out at a reasonable $15.99 for the small size bottle.  Only 2 drops per 100 liters (about 26 gallons) is required daily when cyanobacteria is visibly present in the aquarium and 1 time per week as a preventative measure.

CyanoClean was developed as a companion product to Coral Snow and Zeozym that can both have a positive impact in reducing cyanobacteria in the aquarium.  For extreem cases of cyano outbreaks it may take up to 8 weeks for CyanoClean to wipe out visable signs of th bacteria.

As with all ZEOvit dosing, we highly recommend reading the dosing documentation and taking things slowly. It is a very stringent dosing program that, if not used properly, could have several harmful side effects.  CyanoClean is available in 10ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes and Aquarium Specialty will be stocking the 10ml and 50ml bottles and delievery is expected to arrive in 2 weeks.  

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:21:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Check out the new Avast Marine Vibe Reactor]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/avast-marine-vibe-reactor/ Avast Marine has been working on their automatic zeolith reactor for close to 2 years.  After several attempts and near misses they have come up with a production model worthy of shaking up Zeolith and other reactor media.  They are available and in stock at Aquarium Specialty at a price tag of $379.99.  Attach the Avast Marine Vibe to a timer or your favorite aquarium controller for a periodic shacking and walla, no more pumping or manually shaking your rocks off.

Now through October 31st...If you buy a Avast Marine Vibe from Aquarium Specialty and send in a 2 minute video of the Vibe in action then you will receive a $50.00 store credit for sending the video to Aquarium Specialty.  You must purchase the Vibe from Aquarium Specialty to recieve the $50.00 credit.

Avast Marine Vibe Reactor

About the Avast Marine Vibe...

Filtration media maintenance is one of those aquarium chores that is so easily procrastinated, but often makes a major difference in water quality when performed correctly and timely. Nearly every type of commonly used chemical filtration media suffers from some form of performance degradation when left unmaintained for too long. Most chemical medias, such as carbon, are granular in form, and when exposed to ideal flow rates, become undesirable detritus traps. They can also become covered in bacterial film which limits the ability of water to pass through their pores, reducing efficiency or lifespan. Zeolites are specially selected to grow this bacterial film (or mulm), and need to be stirred up multiple times per day to remove this slime and keep them running at peak efficiency. Granular Ferric Oxide (aka GFO; phosphate adsorbtion media) can form clumps over time, with water channeling though paths of least resistance, resulting in poor usage of the media.

The first solution that often comes to mind is to simply increase the flow rate in a bottom-up fluidizing media reactor.  The problems with this approach are several.  Most of the media we use, such as carbon, GFO, and zeolites, are designed to be used at slow flow rates in order to maximize water contact time.  More importantly, carbon and GFO are typically highly friable, meaning they can break apart into small dust-sized particles if allowed to fluidize too strongly.  This dust can make a mess in an aquarium, and, in the case of carbon, has even been implicated in head and lateral line erosion (HLLE) in marine fish.

What is needed is a system of periodic agitation, calibrated so that media particles are cleansed, yet without being blown everywhere and making a mess.  Our Vibe reactor solves this problem nicely, using a special vibration-inducing assembly to gently turn and agitate media while loosening detritus and bacterial films.  The Vibe is not meant to be run continuously, but, like our Swabbie, activated for a minute or so several times per day.  This short cycle is all that is needed to ensure nothing unwanted ever gets a chance to build up in the media bed, sort of like quickly wiping your aquarium glass with a cleaning magnet six times per day.  The short duty cycle and correctly calibrated vibration frequency and amplitude also ensures that friable media aren't destroyed during cleaning.

Applications for the Vibe include the above-mentioned carbon, GFO, and zeolite reactors, as well as calcium reactors and kalkwasser reactors.  The following video shows an existing calcium reactor with approximately 4-month-old media getting its detritus "vibed" out.  Even with its slow water throughput, this calcium reactor was completely flushed clear of any visible detritus after about a week of automated Vibe usage.

Technical Data:
Chamber dimensions: 8" tall, 6" diameter
Footprint: 9.5" round
Height: 15.5"
Media capacity: 10 Cups / 2.5L
Zeolite capacity: 2.5L
Power: AC 120v 3w
Warranty: 1 year

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:28:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Korallen Zucht Annual ZEOvit Sale]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/korallen-zuch-zeovit-sale/ Aquarium Specialty is having it's annual Korallen Zucht ZEovit sale though the month of October.  All sale prices are listed but some products are out of stock until later this week.  Orders will be filled complete once our new batch of Zeovit arrives.  Now's the time to stock up on all your Zeovit products.  If you are not sure about using ZEOvit for your aquarium or if you would like to learn more about it then please give Aquarium Specialty a call and ask for Scott or you can read more about individual products by clicking the link above.

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:46:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Unboxing the Vertex Aquaristik Vectra Self Cleaning Head]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/unboxing-Vertex-Vectra-Self-cleaning-head/ Recently our friends at AquaNerd unboxed one of our products and here's what they had to say about the Vertex Vectra Self Cleaning head.  It should be noted that a self cleaning head can improve skimmer performance by as much as 70%!  For retail pricing and availability please click here. Ok so here's what Brandon's 1st observations of the Vertex Vectra.

Vertex Vectra

One of the many goodies we got from Vertex a few weeks ago was a Vectra and Vectra Lid to go with our Omega 150 protein skimmer. This device is one of the many accessories designed to make the day-to-day life of the average hobbyists a bit easier, as it is designed to keep the neck of the skimmer clean so that it can operate at maximum efficiency for as long as possible. It does this by rotating a silicone blade on the inside of the neck and collection cup, knocking significant amounts of crud that has built up in the skimmer.

 So how do we like the Vectra from Vertex Aquaristik? Well, if our unboxing is any indication of how things will go during our long term tests, then we expect it to be a solid performer. The Vectra is well built, with extra care given to protect all of the sensitive electronic components to keep them high and dry. The unit is a bit on the heavy side, probably the result of the use of thick plastic materials along with the motor and other components. Fortunately, this unit isn’t one you’ll be removing very often, so its weight should have no baring on, well, anything.

Vertex Vectra

The entire motor is located on top of the unit and is protected by a clear plastic housing that is both stylish and revealing. While the housing protects the delicate parts of the system, it also presents an issue of potentially causing the motor to overheat. Vertex recommends to only turn the Vectra on periodically, and to avoid leaving it on for long periods of time. Hobbyists shouldn’t need it to be on 24/7, and it can be plugged into a timer so that it comes on once a day for a few minutes at a time.

Vertex Vectra

In terms of accessories, the Vectra doesn’t come with a lot of extra stuff, as it just isn’t needed. Besides the motor, the unit comes with a large silicone blade that slides into a slot on the rotating shaft. It is secured in place with a titanium screw, and can be adjusted to fit various sizes of protein skimmer if needed.

Vertex Vectra

The Vectra Engine is sold separately from the Vectra Lid. This is primarily due to the fact that the engine is used in multiple skimmer bodies, with multiple different lids being available. The lid we received, the Vectra Lid 150, which  is designed to be used with the Omega 150 and fits it beautifully. Unlike the regular skimmer lids that sit on top of the collection cup with grooves, the Vectra Lid uses titanium screws to secure itself to the collection cup so that it doesn’t move during the cleaning process.

Vertex Vectra


Once the Engine is attached to the Lid, the blade can be installed and the entire assembly can be fitted to the skimmer’s collection cup. This is where we encountered a few slight issues. Every time we put things together, the silicone blade would hit something, somewhere. Either the blade would be too tight, or the arm of the blade would rub the inside of the collection cup. It took several tries, but we eventually worked the blade of the Vectra into the skimmer body so that it would operate as intended. Also during this process, we managed to wiggle the power supply connection loose from the circuit board. Fortunately, it was very easy for us to put it back. We just got a little overzealous in our exploration, I guess.

Vertex Vectra

After everything was assembled, the Vectra worked just as it should. The blade slowly rotated around the inside of the collection cup and skimmer neck, and we have all the confidence in the world that it will keep our Omega 150 clean during the skimming process.

That wraps up our unboxing. Feel free to browse all of the images (above and below), and stay tuned for videos and articles covering the skimmer in action on a reef tank.

Vertex Vectra

Vertex Vectra

Vertex Vectra

Vertex Vectra

Vertex Vectra

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:06:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty Teams up with Coral Vue and Elos]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Elos-Aquariums/ Elos Aquariums

Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with the US importer to carry the full line of Elos products including some of the best made low iron glass aquariums, aquarium cabinets, and filtration on the market today.  Aquarium Specialty has carried Elos products for several years but access to larger aquariums was not possible until now.  

Elos Filtration

In order to cut down on overall shipping costs Aquarium Specialty is drop shipping Elos aquariums directly from Coral Vue in Louisiana.  The Elos Aquarium section has been completely overhauled with a lot of information and easy checkout features for LTL freight orders.  Elos Aquariums now feature flat rate regional shipping costs to take the mystery out of the landed cost including shipping.  No more calling back and forth to get a shipping quote for a freight shipment.  Customers can now select residential or commercial delivery options with or without and lift gate for 3 separate regions in the US.  For more information on Elos Aquarium pricing and options please visit.

Please Note: Aquarium Specialty has more Elos products and options to add to the website.

Elos Aquarium Features:

  • Rimless with Polished Edges
  • Optional color doors available: gloss black, silver and gloss wenge



  • Elos Aquarium: crystal blue line with polished edges, front glass in EXTRA CLEAR GLASS with our Elos overflow
  • Elos Cabinets: made of with a highly water resistant core and a water resistant outer laminate in gloss white.
  • External Glass filter type: works inside of the Cabinet and includes the necessary elements for proper filtration without compromise. It is equipped with ABS cover to reduce any unwanted splashes or condensation.
  • Mechanical chamber: in the mechanical chamber of the SUMP, the water exits the Elos PS Skimmer and microfiltered mechanically through the  interchangeable Elos filter bag
  • Double Organic chamber: in the organic chamber, the valve controls our variable velocity chambers (VVC) ®. Here the water is enriched with micro elements. This compartment allows you to adjust water flow speed making this a very flexible chamber where active carbon, resins, live rock, etc. can be used.
  • Chamber for water reposition: the filter includes a chamber for top off water (using ELOS OSMOCONTROLLER Digital - optional on some model)
  • Connections: drain hose in corrugated design, refill tube in silicone and PVC fittings
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:18:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Reefer Pro Cell Phone Cases]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/ReeferPro/ Aquarium Specialty is now the North American distributor for the Reefer Pro line of cell phone cases. Reefer-Pro is the first and only dedicated range of phone cases designed specifically with the coral reef and aquarist in mind.  Reef-Pro offers only the finest quality product that incorporates all the features expected in a premium brand at an affordable price.

Exclusive Imagery:

Each and every Reefer-Pro design is carefully chosen from thousands of high resolution images.  The design is then re-mastered to fit each case in full wrap-around format retaining all of the origional exquisit detail, finished with a stylish but unobtrusive Reefer-Pro logo. There are many designed to choose from and cases are available for the iPhone 4 & 4S, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S2/S3, HTC One S/X, and Black Berry phones.

Protecting the Image

A Case Made To Last:

Of course the image is only one part of the package.  The case itself is equally as important, which is why Reefer-Pro exclusively uese cases from world renowned manufacturer Casemate.

Smart-phones are designed in most situations to be unobtrusive and slime line, so Reefer-Pro uses cases from Casemate's 'Barely There' range which offers unbelievable strength whilst still being incredibly light and unobtrusive. 

Pre Order Now!

Aquarium Specialty will be accepting preorders for cases until October 11, 2013. Orders placed by that date are guaranteed to arrive on our first shipment due mid to late October 2013. 



Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:48:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty to Distribute Triton Aquatics Products]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Triton-Aquatics1/ Aquarium Specialty and Triton Aquatics have teamed up to distribute the Bluefin Media Reactors (made in the USA).


Image Shown: Bluefin BP600 Reactor (for use with NP Biopellets)

BR600 Biopellet Reactor

Scott & Steve met at MACNA this year and both quickly realized that each company had products that would easily complement the other.  On the fly Steve agreed to try out PO4x4 and NP Biopellets in their Bluefin reactors at MACNA and the result was a perfect match.  The unique patient pending Pelton designed base plate perfectly complemented the use of NP Biopellets and PO4x4.  Without any moving parts and Pelton baseplate design, the Bluefin reactors are the perfect match for NP Biopellets and PO4x4.  With the flow properly dialed in there is no need to use sponges with PO4x4 and for some aquarists that has sometimes been an issue.  By simply adding a ball or gate valve between a properly sized feed pump and the reactor, you can slowly increase the flow rate until the PO4x4 media begins to fluidize in the bottom 2/3 of the reactor.

Pelton Design


About Triton Aquatics:

From the time he set up his first freshwater tank as a young teen, Steve Lutz has had a fascination with aquariums. He was always looking for cutting edge products to enhance his systems and began building his own equipment, and his first tank, as a young man. In addition to his love of fish, he also had precision machining skills that were in high demand. In 2005, he established Triton Aquatics where he was able to combine his hobby and his skills to create custom aquarium equipment for wholesale and retail sales in the Midwest. He envisioned a line of products that would appeal to the most dedicated of hobbyists and customized equipment for the commercial aquarium industry. The first product Steve designed and manufactured for The Bluefin Series was the BlueFin reactor, which has evolved into an in demand product of assorted sizes and colors. 

Steve is recognized for his problem solving and design abilities in the machining industry. His career in industrial design and engineering has spanned over 40 years due to his keen knowledge of industrial machinery, most notably his unmatched skill in CNC machining. Steve is also proficient in AutoCAD and other engineering design programs. He has done work for the smallest machine shops to large corporations like General Motors, Boeing and Ridge Tool. Steve is very proud to say that he has made parts for the U.S. military, too. He has established strong business relationships in both the manufacturing and aquarium industries which enable him to access professional input as needed.

Mazak CNC

The goal at Triton Aquatics is to continue to make flexible products that can adapt to rapid advances in the aquarium industry. Designed with ease of use in mind and a clean modern look, each product is made of heavy duty materials that can stand the test of time under the wear and tear of aquarium conditions. Products are developed and manufactured in a 12,000 square foot fabrication and manufacturing facility. Triton Aquatics utilizes modern day machining equipment such as MAZAK CNCs and a staff of experienced machinists. In order to ensure that his finished product meets the high standard Steve has set in the manufacturing industry, he has created his own plastic injection molds. This is not only cost effective for the end-user but also allows Steve to quickly adapt designs to fit the needs of current and future equipment modifications. Because machining is done in house using high quality raw materials, Triton Aquatics is able to offer high quality, high performance products at affordable prices. Steve Lutz was once an aquarium hobbyist just like you. He was able to take the love of his hobby, desire to create an authentic environment for his fish, and incomparable machinist skills to create reliable products that meet his high standards. They’ll meet yours, too.

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:22:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Ecotech Marine's ReefLink almost ready for Prime Time]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/ecotech-marine-reeflink/ 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.

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:49:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Neptune Systems Automatic Feeding System and AI Wireless Module Coming Soon]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/AutomaticFeedingSystemandAIWirelessModule/ The guys over at Neptune Systems have come out with two new additions to their line of high quality aquarium controllers and accessories.  Due in November, the Automatic Feeding System and AI Wireless Module are sure to be fine additions to the Neptune line.

AFS - Automatic Feeding System
The Neptune Systems Automatic Feeding System (AFS) is a product that has been asked for by our customers for a long time. We have worked to perfect a product that has the following key characteristics:
  • Feeds pellet or flake food in varying amounts
  • Apex can be set so that the AFS will feed from one time to as many times as you like throughout the day
  • Connects via the Apex Aquabus
  • "Stay Dry" system has a sealed food container that extends and retracts for each feeding. This keeps food dry and prevents clumping.
  • The lowest setting feeds just a few grains of pellet food so multiple small feedings are possible
  • Allows for optimal feeding -- small amounts many times a day
  • Feedings can be combined with other operations such as powering off return pumps, skimmer, etc. and then automatically turning them back on after a set amount of time.
  • Adjustable mounting clip extends up to two inches (or velcro can be used) so it will work in almost every aquarium configuration.
  • Includes 110V or 220V power transformer.
  • Includes 10' AquaBus Cable
  • Compatible with the Apex, Apex Lite, and Apex Jr. AquaControllers.
AWM - AI Wireless Module
For years the Apex has given owners of the AI Sol lights a great way to control their tank lighting. Over the last year we have seen more and more people buying up the AI Vega and AI Hydra lights that use a wireless control interface. Our user base has been screaming for a way to control these lights. And with the news that AI just announced the Hydra 52 at MACNA, let’s just say the time has come! Soon, with the Neptune Systems AquaIlluminations (AI) Wireless Module (AWM) you will be able to control all the lighting color channels on your AI Vega, Hydra or Hydra 52 lights. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Enables control of the AI Vega, Hydra, and Hydra 52 (but not AI Sols with wireless dongle)
  • Connects via Apex AquaBus
  • Includes 3' AquaBus Cable
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:33:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Waveline Version 2 Controllers Now Available]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Waveline-Version-2-Controller/ Waveline V2 Controller

The new Waveline DC-4000, DC-6000 controller will increase the pumps performance and head pressure over the previous controller. Going forward all Waveline DC-4000 and DC-6000 pumps will come standard with the Waveline Version 2 Controller.  If you purchased a DC-4000 or DC-6000 pump from Aquarium Specialty and feel the need for more flow then please call or email us and we will be happy to help or you.  You may also purchase if from the website.  Orders placed for this item will ship out the same day as long as you order before 3:30 PM EST.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:29:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet the New Aqua Illumination Director Ultimate Control Platform]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aqua-Illumination-Director/ By now you may have heard about the new Aqua Illumination Director LED lighting controller.  The AI Director is currently being Beta tested by several users and it appears to be in the final phases of testing.  Aquarium Specialty has placed it's inital stock order for the AI Director and they expect to begin taking pre-orders in the next week or so.  If you wish to get on the pre-order list then please email or call Aquarium Specialty to get in line for the 1st shipment.  Here's more about the Aqua Illumination Director and why we are excited to see this product hitting the market.

Are you heading to MACNA next week?  If so then be sure to stop by the Aqua Illumination booth and check out the Director.  After you see it in action then head over to the Aquarium Specialty booth to pre-order one at the $99.00 introductory price.  No worries if you can't make it to the show.  You can still place pre-orders though the Aquarium Specialty website or hop on the Pay the Day it Ships list by calling Aquarium Specialty.


Unmatched feature set:

  • The new standard in control platforms
  • Control any AI wirelessly enabled device
  • The AI Director can be connected via 802.11 Wifi (with included dongle) or Ethernet
  • You may also access the AI Director via your local network
  • Manage 10 tanks with up to 30 lights with one Director
  • LED control features...
    • Weather
      • Realistic cloud sweeps
      • Lightning Storms
      • Provided an Internet connection, the Director can pull live weather from user configured locations on Earth
  • Lunar Cycle
  • Coral Acclimation
  • Test Run
    • Plays your entire day's timer configuration in fast forward.
  • Dynamically recognize changes in LED configurations using PowerPuck™ technology.
  • Up to 100 control points per LED color per group for a given day.

myAI is Aqua Illumination's cloud-based service that connects you to all your AI devices. Logging in to myAI connects you to your Director and gives you the power to control your lights from anywhere in the world!

  • Log into MyAI and remotely control your AI wireless enabled devices via the Director

  • Compatible with Mac and PC. Android, iPhone, and iPad Apps available


Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:26:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Color me Bad with Furniture Grade PVC Pipes & Fittings]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Furniture-grade-color-pvc-pipe/ Colored Tubing

Thanks to our friends over at Aqua Nerd for allowing us to repost the article they wrote the other day.  We couldn't have said it better so we are reposting it here but please note that the PVC section on our site is still under construction.  We have several more fittings and sizes to add so this is only a partial list of available products at the time when then article was written.  Here's what AquaNerd had to say about our new colored PVC pipes and fittings...

The world of aquarium plumbing isn’t exactly one that we would call exciting. Drab white, and occasionally dark gray, pipes run from one side of the tank to the other, supplying water to crucial points of the filtration system. Unfortunately, that about sums it up. We could mention the headaches caused by planning and executing the layout, or the hassles of tearing apart a functioning system to repair a leak or add in an extra piece of equipment, but that woud just be preaching to the choir. Instead, we’re going to talk about making aquarium plumbing a lot more visually appealing, thanks in part to some rather colorful PVC pipes from Aquarium Specialty.

Unlike painted PVC pieces, which most hobbyists achieve with spray paint, this vibrant PVC is permanently colored all the way through, inside and out. It will not flake or crack, and there’s no risk of contamination from spray paints getting into the water. And best yet, there’s no mess like the one you would likely encounter if you were painting the plumbing.

So what purpose does colored PVC have? From a purely aesthetic standpoint, you can match the plumbing to various pieces of equipment or simply express a little individuality and creativity. From a functional standpoint, the plumbing can be used to communicate several differeint things. For example, all of the plumbing on a particular circuit can be the same color, or different colors can be used for specific pieces of equipment.

Price wise, this colored plumbing isn’t going to break the bank by any means. It’s priced slightly higher than standard plumbing, but only slightly. Currently, Aquarium Specialty has 1/2″ and 3/4″ schedule 40 colored PVC in five foot sections. The price varies per color, ranging from $6.25 per segment up to $9.

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:49:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Gryphon Aquasaw Giveaway at MACNA]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Gryphon-Aquasaw-giveaway/ Aquarium Specialty, the distributor for the Gryphon Aquasaw, is giving away 1 x Gryphon Aquasaw and an extra stainless steel blade at MACNA 2013 in Miami on September 1st.  For you chance to win the Gryphon Saw please stop by booth 1219.  You will need to fill out our raffle card and put it in the fish bowl to qualify for the giveaway.  Only 1 entry per person will be allowed.  Best of luck and we hope to see you at MACNA 2013.

Gryphon Aquasaw

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:50:24 +0000
<![CDATA[New Innovative Marine MagnaFuge Arriving Soon]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/innovative-marine-magnafuge/ The new Innovative Marine MagnaFuge is arriving soon.  You ask, "what is a MagnaFudge", correction "MagnaFuge".  Well it's basically a magnet mount refugium light.  Innovative Marine has had numerous requests to come out with a more simplified and cleaner way to mount their standard gooseneck refugium lights.  As a result of customer input and feedback, Innovative Marine has answered your prayers.

The Innovative Marine MagnaFuge Wide Lens option features 6 x 1 watt LED diodes with 120 degree optics.

Pricing for retail customers is coming in at $99.00 for each model and retail customer pre-orders are being accepted at Aquarium Specialty while wholesale customers can visit Aqua Specialty for pricing.  Below are the stock photos of the new MagnaFuge LED lights and more details on the specs.  Please see the product video below by clicking the read more link.





Versatile LED Fuge Lighting

Enjoy the benefits of natural filtration for your AIO (All-In-One) Aquarium with the versatile MagnaFuge LED. Unlike traditional fuge lighting, the low voltage MagnaFuge utilizes dedicated rare earth neodymium magnets to mount vertically or horizontally behind your AIO, and remains discreetly out of view. Designed for maximum macro algae growth, the MagnaFuge distributes 6500K spectrum evenly with 120 degree optics, and delivers an amazing 120 lumens per watt. Creating a refugium aids in the export of unwanted nutrients such as phosphates and nitrates, while stabilizing pH and oxygen levels throughout the day. They also provide a natural food source for your aquarium inhabitants, to create a true thriving mini-ecosystem.


  • Easy to set up magnetic design
  • Designed for AIO Aquariums
  • Low voltage
  • 4 Rare earth neodymium magnets
  • 6 x 1 watt LED
  • 6,500K Daylight
  • Small form factor
  • 120 lumens per watt
  • No Heat transfer


  • LED Watts: 6 x 1 Watt
  • Kelvin Temp: 6500K
  • Optics: 120 Degree
  • Lumens per Watt: 120
  • Current: 350mA
  • Fixture Dims: 4.09” x 0.82” x 7.24”
  • Magnet Dims: 2.76” x 0.82” x 1.77”
  • MAP: $99
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:38:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty to Distribute Polyp Lab Polyp-Booster Coral Food]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Polyp-Lab-Polyp-Booster/ Dosing Directions: 1ml per 60 gallons Polyp Lab Polyp-Booster

We recently brought in a small order of Polyp Lab's new Polyp-Booster product to give it a try.  The 100ml bottle of Polyp-Booster claims that noticeable feeding responses can occur within 30 seconds.  We gave it a go to see if there claims were accurate (at least for us anyhow).  It took a little longer for us, maybe a minute or so but feeding tentacles began to emerge very quickly and stayed out for a long time.  The product appears to be fairly well concentrated and first impression are impressive.  I plan to try using the food in it's current form and also as a soak for LPS foods such as Reef Pearls LPS formula.  Time will tell if this proves to be a growth, overall health and coloration enhancer so the jury is out on that until we have had time to evaluate it's performance.  The bottle doesn't mention this but we would recommend turning off your protein skimmer for about 10-20 minutes to give the corals a chance to feed on Polyp-Booster.  A second shipment arrived yesterday and we now stocking larger quantities both through Aquarium Specialty and Aqua Specialty Wholesale.  Click here for the retail price.

Here's the skinny from the makers of Polyp-Booster.

Polyp Lab Polyp-Booster

Polyp Lab objectives have never been so clear: Research, simplicity and Results. Since our more than humble beginning POLYP LAB have succeeded in providing aquarists with efficient and simple solutions… Now it’s time to give more.

Based on extensive research, hundred of observations and thousand’s of feedback from specialists and users from around the world, we believe that we have reached a new milestone in both aquarium husbandry and the aquarium hobby itself. Additives aimed at improving coral well being, growth and coloration exists all around the world each working on different concepts and targeting on very specifics aspects of the animal behavior and its environment. Many of these additives are very specialized, targets specifics coral species and bring a higher level of complexity and cost in the maintenance of an aquarium. At POLYP LAB we believe in simplicity and we are proud to introduce our new products: POLYP-BOOSTER

Already known for its phenomenal performance in coral growth and coloration, Reef-Roids have shown for the past 7 years that external supplementation can be beneficial for inverts in growth rate. Independent researches have shown that the regular use of Reef-Roids contributed in higher growth rate for scleractinian coral species like Montipora Capitata, Porites Compressa and Pocillopora Damicornis. In addition, numerous reports and video’s of coral polyps extension, generally associated with a feeding response, has been documented after supplementation of Reef-Roids to an aquarium. Nonetheless to say, this reaction is one of the most spectacular behaviors that we can witness in an aquarium. The question to ask is was not to know why, corals love reef-roids, but more how can we do better.

Made from the purest ingredients and filtered to achieve the most concentrated product possible we are glad to introduce POLYP-BOOSTER. With 18 amino-acids and 12 fatty acids present POLYP-BOOSTER brings a broad spectrum of compounds that will make your coral happy. As for the spectacular, POLYP-BOOSTER can trigger feeding response of scleractinian corals, reactive to Reef-Roids, in less than 30 seconds.

POLYP-BOOSTER advantage:

  • Trigger feeding response with reactive corals, fish, inverts and crustacean
  • Trigger feeding response in less than 30 seconds
  • Contains 18 Amino-Acids (60% of dry weight)
  • Contains 12 Fatty Acids (20 % of dry weight)
  • Astaxanthin pigment from natural source as high as 120 ppm
  • Contains bio-peptides molecules use in human pharma products development
  • Increase Corals food absorption of ANY given coral food on the market (less waste)


Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:05:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Eshopps Envvy iphone 5 Cell Phone Cases]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Eshopps-Envvy-iphone-5-cell-phone-case/ Be the Envvy of your aquarium friends with the new Eshopps Envvy iphone 5 cell phone cases.  Aquarium Specialty has both of the new Envvy Peppermint Angel Fish and Clownfish cell phone cases in stock and ready to ship.  To place an order with same day shipping prior to 3:30 PM EST please visit this link at Aquarium Specialty.  Wholesale customer can log into Aqua Specialty and find the cell phone cases in our ornamentals section under Care & Maintenance.


Eshopps Envvy Cell Phone Cases

About the Eshopps Envvy brand and Project

The Envvy brand is all about finding products and converting it to the pet industry. The phone case is Eshopps first project under the new Envvy label and they expect to be launching other items in the near future.  We think it's a great business plan and here's what Louie from Eshopps had to say about it. 

"Just think about it, how many Aquarists have smart phones?  The answer, almost everyone!  How many cell phone users have a cell phone case?  The answer, almost everyone.  The iphone 5 case is our first project.  It’s a little risky and out the norm for us but if it works, we might make a lot of hobbyists happy."

The MSRP is only at $19.99, very affordable considering some of the cases at other fine retailers charge charge $30.00-$40.00 for a basic case and all the way up to $65.00 or more for some of the more exotic cases.

Case Features

  • iphone 5
  • Slick & nice design
  • Nice packaging
  • Comes in two styles: the peppermint angelfish and clown fish
  • lightweight and not overly bulky

Eshopps Envvy cell phone case

Aquarium Specialty wishes Eshopps great success with their new Envvy product line venture and we hope you will enjoy your new cell phone cases.  We expect them to make a great gift idea also!

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:36:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Speedwave DC Controllable Pumps Now Available]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/speedwave-dc-pumps/ Speedwave DC Pumps

Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce that they have the 1st shipment of Speedwave DC Controllable pumps arriving this Thursday.  The 3 models range in GPH  from 790, 1320 and 2640 GPH and the respective model numbers are DC790, DC1320 and DC2640.  Each pumps features 6 speed settings and a 10 minute feed timer.  We feel these pumps will be a good alternative to the former DC3000, DC500 and DC10000 pumps that are discontinued and being replaced with the DC4000, DC6000, DC12000 and eventual DC20000 controllable DC pumps.  The price point fits a certain market segment and for those that don't need the higher end features afforded to the Waveline pumps.  Below is a flow chart for all 3 Speedwave models.  For more details please visit the link.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:53:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Innovative Marine to Release Hydrofill ATO and Pump System]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/innovative-marine-hydrofill-and-pump-system/ Innovative Marine, the makers of a vast array of aquarium products including Nuvo Aquariums, Aqua Gadget devices and Skkye LED lights are launching a new auto top off (ATO) and pump system within the new 2-3 weeks.  For retail Aqua Gadget Hydrofill pre-orders visit this link.  For Aqua Gadget Pumps visit this link. Wholesale customers will need to log into their accounts at Aqua Specialty.  We hope to be posting a video of the Hydrofill ATO controller later today.  Here's what we know about the new Innovative Marine Hydrofill ATO controller and pump system thus far.  

Hydrofill ATO



HydroFill – ATO Pump System

Pair your auto top off with the industry's first low voltage air lift pump specifically designed for ATO controllers. The HydroFill ATO Pump System eliminates the guess work, and comes complete with a lift pump, acrylic bracket, return pipe, 10 feet of silicone tubing, 3 hose clamps and an optional hanging mount.

Engineered for high performance, this external positive displacement diaphragm pump, outputs up to 15 gallons per hour and max 5 feet of head. The Hydrofill self-priming pump is equipped with a built-in check valve to safeguard against back siphoning.

The HydroFill diaphragm pump is the smart alternative when compared to submersible pumps, diaphragm pumps offer the benefit of safely running dry and are thermally protected against heat build-up.

The Hydrofill pumps versatile design offers 3 options for pump placement: hang-on, cabinet mount, or simply place on noise dampening rubber feet.

Innovative Marine ATO Pump

Pump Features:

  • Positive Displacement
  • Diaphragm Pump Method
  • Self-Priming
  • Built-in Check valve
  • Dry Run Protection
  • Thermally Protected
  • Low Voltage
  • ¼” Barb Fitting
  • Up to 15 Gallons per Hour
  • Pump mounting bracket


Return Kit Includes:

  • 10 feet of silicone tubing
  • (3) ratchet clamps
  • Acrylic mounting bracket
  • Return pipe
  • Inlet Hose Strainer


Aqua Gadget Hydrofill ATO Pump System

Hydrofill Pump System

HydroFill – ATO Pump System

Pair your auto top off with the industry's first low voltage air lift pump specifically designed for ATO controllers. The HydroFill ATO Pump System eliminates the guess work, and comes complete with a lift pump, acrylic bracket, return pipe, 10 feet of silicone tubing, 3 hose clamps, , and an optional hanging mount.

Engineered for high performance, this external positive displacement diaphragm pump, outputs up to 15 gallons per hour and max 5 feet of head. This self-priming pump is equipped with a built-in check valve to safeguard against back siphoning.

The HydroFill diaphragm pump is the smart alternative when compared to submersible pumps, diaphragm pumps offer the benefit of safely running dry and are thermally protected against heat build-up.

Versatile design offers 3 options for pump placement: hang-on, cabinet mount, or simply place on noise dampening rubber feet.



  • Positive Displacement
  • Diaphragm Pump Method
  • Self-Priming
  • Built-in Check valve
  • Dry Run Protection
  • Thermally Protected
  • Low Voltage
  • ¼” Barb Fitting
  • Up to 15 Gallons per Hour
  • Pump mounting bracket


Return Kit:

  • 10 feet of silicone tubing
  • (3) ratchet clamps
  • Acrylic mounting bracket
  • Return pipe
  • Inlet Hose Strainer


Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:41:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Specialty to Distribute HM Digital Products]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/HM-Digital-premier-water-testing-instruments/

Aqua Specialty is pleased to announce that it will be carrying the full line of HM Digital premier water testing instruments, solutions, parts and accessories.  The first shipment of testers is expected to arrive before the end of July.  All orders placed prior to the shipments arrival may be done as pre-orders.  Aqua Specialty is pleased to have another line of water testers available to help round out it's water testing product lines.  Aqua Specialty will be selling the product line through it's wholesale website www.aquaspecialty.com while Aquarium Specialty will offer the line though its retail channel at www.aquariumspecialty.com.

Here's what Jonathan Bale, Sales Manager for HM Digital, had to say about the new distribution agreement.
“HM Digital Inc. is pleased to announce Aquarium Specialty and Aqua Specialty as a new distributing partner!  Having known and worked with Scott over the last 3 years on a smaller scale, I am delighted to have his companies positioned to becoming leading distributors in the Aquarium market.  I look forward to our partnership and their help growing the HM Digital brand.”  -- Jonathan Bayle


HM Digital offers a quick and precise way to test various water parameters including pH, ORP, TDS, Temperature and more. Below are a few of the more popular products with basic product descriptions.  For detailed descriptions and retail pricing please click the link.  Wholesale customers will need to log into Aqua Specialty for wholesale pricing or contact them for setting up a wholesale account.


HM Digital TDS-3

Ideal for all water purification applications, aquarium, wastewater regulation, aquaculture, hydroponics, and colloidal silver. Perfect for both consumer or commercial use. Carry one in your pocket or toolbox at all times!



HM Digital TDS-3

Ideal for all basic water testing applications. The best value meter in the world!

  • Economy model that is ideal for end-users.
  • Highly efficient and accurate due to its advanced microprocessor technology.
  • Hold Function: saves measurements for convenient reading and recording.
  • Auto-off function: the meter shuts off automatically after 10 minutes of non-use to conserve batteries.
  • Measurement Range: 0-9990 ppm. From 0-999 ppm, the resolution is in increments of 1ppm.



HM Digital PH-200

Ideal for all pH testing, aquarium water, water purification applications, wastewater regulation, aquaculture, hydroponics, colloidal silver, labs & scientific testing, pools & spas, ecology testing, boilers & cooling towers, water treatment, wine, coffee, agriculture and more.

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:22:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Vertex Hexaplex Magnet Cleaner for Larger Aquariums]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Vertex-Hexaplex-Magnet-Cleaner/ New Vertex Hexaplex Magnet Cleaner

Vertex Hexaplex

The new Vertex Hexaplex is a slick new glass cleaner from the makers of the smaller Vertex Simplex, Duplex and Triplex glass cleaners.  All of the Vertex glass cleaner magnets are made from the highest quality neodymium rare earth magnets.  The Hexaplex is completely encapsulated in clear acrylic just like is smaller cousins.  The Hexaplex is rated for glass up to 15mm thick (5/8″) glass thickness so it can be used on the majority of the larger aquarium market.  

The retail price on the Hexaplex is $59.98, which is very reasonable in our opinion and pre-orders are now being accepted for the Hexaplex.  We expect orders to begin shipping to customers by the week of July 22nd.  

Details on the Vertex Hexaplex:

The Hexaplex footprint is 3 15/16" x 2 5/16" and each half of the magnet is only 1/2" thick so the chances of it disrupting your rock work and corals are minimized.  Click here for the link to Aquarium Specialty and here for Aqua Specialty Wholesale but you will need to be logged into Aqua Specialty to see pricing.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:58:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Happy 4th Sale from Aquarium Specialty]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/happy-4th-sale-from-aquarium-specialty/ Aquarium Specialty is having a 4th of July Sale on selected items from our website.  We are also offering 5x and 10x Aquarium Specialty Reward Points on selected products through July 7th, 2013.  For more information regarding the sale items and items that qualify for Aquarium Specialty Bonus Rewards Points click here.


4th Sale

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:43:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Specialty Wholesale is Going Live]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aqua-Specialty-wholesale/ Aquarium Specialty launches wholesale website dedicated to supplying retail aquarium stores and service/installation companies through www.AquaSpecialty.com.  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 AquaSpecialty.com 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.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:01:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Aquarium Specialty to Distribute CeramEco Vida Rock]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/CeramEco-Vida-Rock/ Aquarium Specialty has partnered up with CeramEco to distribute CeramEco Vida Rock in the US.

Cerameco 1

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 it is as natural as the earth itself.  CeramEco Vida Rock is made from clays and materials plentiful and sustainable, no plastics or chemicals are used in it’s production.  VidaRock is made in the USA from the same clays that have made bricks, pottery and tiles for centuries while taking advantage of technological advances in the ceramic industry.

2. No Pests:

Visa Rock is man made it contains no potential problamatic pest that all too often hitch hike on live rock collected from the ocean.

3. Porosity & Biological Filtration:

Vida Rock Magnification

Fish waste and decaying organic matter produce ammonia which if not removed from the aquarium can be toxic to aquarium livestock.  Biological filtration is the process by which specialized bacteria convert toxic ammonia into less toxic forms of nitrogen.  These bacteria are found occuring naturally in marine and fresh water ecosystems where ammonia is present.

The efficiency of the biological filtration process is dependent on bacteria populationspHtemperature, flow rate and oxygen availability.  These specialized bacteria need a surface to attach to where they can multiply and CeraEco Vida Rock supplies a masive surface area for aerobic and anerobic bacteria to colonize.

CeramEco VidaRock is designed and engineered with a specific internal porosity and microstructure to support maximum bacteria populations responsible for biological filtration.  VidaRock’s specialized highly textured surface provides additional bacteria attachment surface.  Taken together Vida Rocks specialized porosity and surface area allow rapid bacteria colonization and in a short time will grow into a natural biological filter of amazing biological density.

4. Open Space:

No more stacking rocks on top of each other to build the reef structure.  Stacking rocks creates more dead space for ditritus build up and accumulation which over time can harm aquarium inhabitants and cause nitrates to spike if not kept in check.

5. It looks Cool:

Cerameco Examples



CeramEco Frequenty Asked Questions:

What is Vida Rock?

Vida Rock is made from clay, like brick or tile or pottery, but engineered and manufactured with a high porosity to enhance biological filtration.  It is fired at high temperatures causing the clay to vitrify.

Do I need to soak Vida Rock before placing in my tank?

No. It is a good idea to rinse it off, but it can be put directly into the tank without affecting water chemistry.

How are the various shapes made?

Vida Rock pieces are handmade.  Each piece is hand molded by a CeramEco artisan.  As a result no pieces will be alike.

Will VidaRock leach anything into the water?

No.  VidaRock is inert and is like putting a piece of glass in your tank.  If it is clean, it will not affect water chemistry at all.

Will VidaRock change the PH of my tank?

No.  VidaRock is inert and will not affect water chemistry.  However, as VidaRock becomes colonized with bacteria it will aid in biological filtration.

 Will VidaRock become live rock?

With the introduction of marine organisms into your tank, VidaRock will be colonized and become live within a short time.

Will coralline algae grow on Vida Rock?

Yes.  VidaRock has a weathered coral surface that makes for rapid and secure attachment for marine organisms and algae.  Maintaining proper water chemistry will greatly affect how quickly coralline algae will grow.

Can I introduce VidaRock into an established tank?

Yes.  You can add VidaRock at anytime, which over time will increase the biological filtration capacity of the tank.

Can I swap VidaRock for live rock in an established tank?

When placed in the tank it will take some time for VidaRock to acquire its Biological filtration capacity (become live).  It may be necessary to establish

VidaRock (make live) before removing your established live rock.  One way of doing this, if the tank has a sump, is to place the live rock one desires to

remove in the sump for a time while the VidaRock become live, or colonize the VidaRock in the sump before removing all the live rock.

Will VidaRock dissolve in a marine environment (salt water)?

No. VidaRock will not deteriorate in marine aquariums or in fresh water.


Frag Base & Plugs

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Frag Plugs:

Cerameco Frag Plugs

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Illumination Hydra LED Fixture]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aqua-Illumination-Hydra-LED-Fixture/ 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 surface to optimize color blending.

Like the entire AI LED product line, the AI Hydra is completely compatible with Aqua Illumination wireless remote control connectivity, EXT series rail kits, tank mounting kits and hanging kits.  Please note that the Sol and Nano Sol fixtures require the wireless adaptor for wireless connectivity to the controller while the Hydra and Vega fixtures have built in wireless receivers.  The fixtures should begin shipping near the beginning of June of this year and Aquarium Specialty is taking pre-orders here.  

Fri, 31 May 2013 14:52:13 +0000
<![CDATA[CerMedia MarinePure Biofilter Media Last for years]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/cermedia-biofilter-media/ 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 without harming the environment.

Use in sumps, stacked in extra-large filters.

Mixed Sizes in a 1 gallon mesh bag MP2C-c

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 without harming the environment.

Use in sumps, stacked in extra-large filters.

Fri, 24 May 2013 20:31:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Memorial Day Sale is on Now at Aquarium Specialty]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/memorial-day-sale-aquarium-specialty/ MEMORIAL DAY SALE at AQUARIUM SPECIALTY

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.

Thu, 23 May 2013 23:27:06 +0000
<![CDATA[T5 vs. Orphek PR72 LED Pendant]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/orphek-pr72-led-pendant/ PR72

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 to interface with most digital controllers currently on the market.  The pendant includes a cable with an RJ45 connector for direct hook up to an Apex Variable Speed/Dimming Module (VDM).  The RJ45 plug can also be removed allowing connection to interface boards with + and – terminals.

The LED make up chart above closely duplicates the ratio of LEDs in our PR156XP Pendant.

The one piece fin shaped combination aluminum housing and heat sink rapidly dissipates heat from the LEDs while eliminating excessive heat into your aquarium.  The Mean Well LED Driver is remotely located to further minimize heat in the LED housing which helps ensure the LEDs will have a long life span.


  •  Highest PAR per watt.
  • 36 high power LEDs tuned to the PUR spectrum to provide excellent coral and clam growth.
  • Maximizes natural colors of corals and clams.
  • Mean Well dimmable driver for improved efficiency and longevity.
  • UV and wide spectrum red, white and blue LEDs duplicate the PUR spectrum and giving an 16,000K -18,000K appearance.
  • Replaces energy wasting incandescent, florescent, and metal halide lighting.
  • Low energy use, typically 30% – 50% less than other lighting technology
  • Aluminum finned heat sink effectively dissipates heat from the LEDs ensuring long life of the electronics.


LED Housing

  •  Length: 14.9”(380mm)
  • Diameter: 6.7”(170mm)
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds(1 kilogram)



  • Power cable: 70.8 inches(1.8m)



  • Input voltage:  80-264 volts AC
  • Frequency:  50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption:  66-70 watts
  • Power factor: .97
  • Power supply:  Mean Well LED  Driver
  • Dimming capability:  Yes, with Apex, Reefkeeper, and other digital controllers.


Tue, 21 May 2013 15:33:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Orphek DIF-100 vs. 8 x 54 Watt T5]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Orphek-DIF-100/ 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

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:39:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Build My LED and Aquarium Specialty Strike Distribution Agreement]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Build-My-LED/ Build My LED Logo

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 LED lights, and our stress-free design process has quickly generated a long list of happy customers including universities, corporations and numerous hobbyists from around the world.

Sleek, Space-Saving Design

Our fixtures are efficiently designed and will save you space. In profile, they are just 2" wide and 1" tall—not much bigger than a single fluorescent bulb—which is pretty extraordinary considering the amount of light they deliver.

Built Texas Tough

These sleek fixtures will compliment any environment, but we also build them “Texas-Tough” from a highly-engineered section of extruded aluminum. In addition to the robust metal design, the aluminum doubles as an extremely efficient heat sink to remove the heat from the LEDs without requiring the use of noisy and unreliable cooling fans. The LEDs are protected by a rugged, water resistant polycarbonate cover that protects them from splashes and allows you to easily wipe them clean.

Energy Efficient

Compared to traditional lighting systems, our powerful LEDs will typically allow you to decrease your energy consumption by 55% to 75%. In fact, most of our customers are able to pay for their new LED lights by using the savings associated with the reduced energy bills and lamp replacement costs. Every day, customers are learning that LED lighting systems have the lowest total cost of ownership compared to any other lighting system. Watt for watt, dollar for dollar, our breakthrough lighting system delivers more light. Period.

Unlimited Customization Options

By building every fixture to order in Austin, Texas, Build My LED is the ONLY company to offer more than 565 million custom LED color combinations. With our Design It Yourself configurator, we give you real-time charts and metrics for your customized lighting system. In addition to our unmatched color options, all of our LED lights are available in 12”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 48”, 60” and 72” lengths, and we also offer you the choice of five precision beam angles to deliver the light exactly where you need it.

Wed, 08 May 2013 13:55:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Global Coral Repository A Seed Bank for Corals]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Global-Coral-Repository/ GCR Logo

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.croptrust.org/

That’s wonderful for the land, but what about the ocean? That is being addressed as we speak. If you think the frozen seed vault in Norway is cool (no pun intended), you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! The Global Coral Repository (TGCR) is designed to catalog and store coral samples, in much the same way as the seed vault stockpiles duplicate seeds.

I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Craig Downs, the leading organizer of TGCR, and a prolific researcher on reef ecology, from the Keys to Micronesia. Dr. Downs’ Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, in Virginia, is the keystone organization that developed TGCR in partnership with the Zoological Society of London and the University of Oxford. See www.coralrepository.org.

The repository consists of multiple locations: Virginia, Oxford and regional locations all will house samples, cryogenically stored. Redundant storage ensures the safety of the coral samples.

One of the most interesting, and quite frankly, disturbing, images on the TGCR website is a set of two images from Carysfort reef. The 1975 shot shows a healthy elkhorn reef. The 2004 shot demonstrates what colossal degradation has occurred over time. This is a serious condition. As you may recall, much of this was covered in the Conditions Report from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Reef Damage

Dr. Downs taught me about the sampling technique and the importance of each individual sample. Not only the sample taken, but the divot created when the sample is extracted. Each sample will have to pass a health test to be included in the repository. This includes monitoring the biopsy site. A healthy coral will quickly fill the divot from the biopsy — at about 1 millimeter of growth per day.

The samples also will document a genetic and geographical map. This has law enforcement implications, since TGCR can tell where a coral originated in a legal dispute to comply with international trade laws.

The process Dr. Downs described in our discussion consists of three phases: Investigation — Mitigation — Restoration.

Taking the sample — Investigation — yields analytical results down to the molecular level of the coral and the zooxanthellae living in the coral. Playing nurse and clinician to the coral tells researchers much more than the current state of health. It shows the sources of weakness or disease and helps isolate causes for the coral’s troubles.

Once the causes are known, TGCR can make recommendations on the next phase — Mitigation. There are so many things affecting coral it would fill the rest of this edition of the paper to list them. I got lost quickly trying to wrap my head around that list. I will be following up in a month or so on a topic generated during our discussion that will be of great interest. As soon as he releases the data, I will report back to you.

In the final phase — Restoration — TGCR’s work looks at the genome of the coral and the water quality, water flow rates and lighting conditions of a potential restoration area. Between the biology of the samples and the quality of the restoration site, TGCR can predict outcomes of the restoration effort and identify specific coral genomes that provide the highest probability of success for restoration. No point in planting coral in an area that does not provide the capacity for growth.

My scientist-for-the-day experience came when my pal Frazier Nivens asked me to shoot the stills while he captured the video for the coral sample extraction process. Our local talent and resident scientists, John and Judy Halas, executed the script wonderfully, fully documenting the scientific procedure for taking coral samples for evaluation. Joe Cianciolo was our first mate and equipment manager for the day.

We began by identifying three stands of coral for sampling. Each biopsy was taken with a new, sterile set of instruments and packaged — gloves and all — in a separate collection bag. In addition to the extraction process, we shot the scientists photographing the extraction site, and then each individual puncture. After the extraction, the site is filled with inert modeling clay to protect the coral from infection.

This is intense work that demands concentration and attention to detail. Fortunately, we had calm waters and decent visibility. For a scientist working on a day with lots of surge or current, this would be a very difficult task. It gave me a new understanding and appreciation for the effort these folks expend on behalf of studying and protecting our submerged resources.

The film and images will be used to train other scientists worldwide on the procedure. It was a long day, and hard work. It was also a great feeling to contribute to a worldwide effort for coral restoration. Once again, the Keys are front and center, demonstrating a leading position for reef preservation.

Tim Grollimund is a freelance photographer and PADI divemaster based in Key Largo. He can be reached at tim@timgimages.com or through his web site at www.timgimages.com. Tim is actively involved with the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Aquarius Foundation.

Tue, 07 May 2013 15:04:20 +0000
<![CDATA[MaxSpect Razor Nano R420R News Update & Pre-Order]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Maxspect-Razor-Nano-R420R/ 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 and plants to enhance their growth rate, improve their coloration and at the same time giving your aquarium the most aesthetically pleasing combination of colors. Available in three different models, the M10000 with 10000K color temperature, M16000 with 16000K color temperature and A8000K with 8000K color temperature the R420r will meet the requirements of even the most sophisticated group of marine, reef and freshwater hobbyists.

410nm/420nm Super Actinic 

The R420R Lighting system also utilizes the 410/420nm Super Actinic LED chips, the spectrum that's crucial for the success of any reef and water plant aquariums as it is required by Chlorophyll A for photosynthesis, where absorption peaks at 412nm.


The R420R Lighting system deploys an ingenious aerodynamic design which draws cool air from underneath the fixture, through its body which also serves as a large heat sink, to dissipate heat passively. Equipped with fans to regulate fixture temperatures in enclosed environments.


Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:48:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Hesham's Dive Journey to Sumilon Philippines]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Sumilon-Philippines/ 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 be unmistakable for those who love the sea ...

Whale Shark 1Whale Shark 2

Sumilon 8

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:02:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Hydor & Aquarium Specialty Reach Distribution Agreement]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Hydor/ 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 decorations specially designed to create wonderful effects with Bubble Makers and LED Spotlights. Hydor also manufacturer’s traditional product lines such as the PTC heaters (Theo, ETH & Slim) and all-purpose water pumps (Seltz & Pico). Hydor USA is a division of Hydor S.R.L. based Italy.

For more information about Hydor products please vist www.aquariumspecialty.com or www.hydor.com.

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:46:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Sneak Peek at the NEW Orphek DIF-100]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Orphik-DIF100/ 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"



Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:32:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Cool new Stuff from Aqua Illumination]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Aqua-Illumination/ 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.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:29:00 +0000
<![CDATA[RLSS R6-i Protein Skimmer Long Term Review]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/rlss-r6-i-protein-skimmer-review/ 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.

When we first received the skimmer, it came all boxed up in a heavy wood container. The packaging was more than overkill, and despite it taking some effort to get into, we had the skimmer unboxed in a mere matter of minutes. We pieced the skimmer together a little at a time, inspecting every item along the way. The instructions were very detailed, though all of the assembly was pretty intuitive and didn’t really require them.



After assembly and a brief photo session, we yanked the old behemoth skimmer from our sump and tossed in the much smaller R6-i. Comparatively, the R6-i was significantly smaller at just a little over 20″ tall. We were quite happy to have some sump space back, but given the skimmer’s teeny tiny size, we didn’t know if it would be able to handle the volume of the aquarium. It is rated for roughly 100-150 gallons, which was obviously way more than the volume of the frag tank at just 80-gallons, so we put our short-lived concerns aside and pressed on. We fired the skimmer up and waited to see how it would fare.

The immediate noticeable difference between our old workhorse and this new RLSS skimmer was the noise. Our old skimmer was really loud and always had a gurgling noise as it sucked in air and water. The R6-i, on the other hand, was dead silent, and I’m not even exagerrating. Sitting right next to the open stand, I could not hear it at all.


Happy with our initial setting up of the skimmer, we walked away and let it do its thing. We checked back the following morning and noticed a nice buildup of skimmate already. Most skimmers go through a 24-48 hour break-in period to remove oils and other substances from the manufacturing process, but we started getting tea colored skimmate from the R6-i within a matter of hours. It wasn’t a lot, and we still had to dial in the water level and adjust the pump speed to find the sweet spot, but it wasn’t a bad start to what would eventually become a solid performing protein skimmer.

Within a couple of days we had to dump and clean the collection cup, and the consistency of the skimmate was quite dark and plenty of muck built up on the inside of the skimmer’s neck. After cleaning, we put the collection cup back onto the skimmer, turned off the feeding timer, and the protein skimmer was back at making tiny little bubbles. The skimmer performed consistently over the span of our review, needing to be dumped every few days despite a very light bioload and minimal feeding.

In comparison to the skimmer it replaced, the R6-i collected far more dissolved organic waste from the aquarium. Our previous skimmer would fill a cup after approximately two weeks, but the RLSS cone needed to be emptied at least weekly, and that was pushing it.

As far as the controllable pump goes, we enjoyed tinkering with this feature, but once it was set, there was really no need to tinker with it. That said, when we made any changes to the aquarium (e.g. adding a filter sock), turning down the pump speed proved to be really handy. This feature was also really nice when we wanted to quickly change from drier skimmate to wetter skimmate production, though that could have also been accomplished by changing the standpipe. The feeding timer was also great, especially during those quick collection cup cleanings, so we were constantly hitting that button. During our repeated use and abuse, the controller always responded immediately to whatever alterations we made.

Overall, we were quite pleased with the production and consistency of the RLSS R6-i protein skimmer. We still have it in use on our frag tank to this day, cranking out bubbles as usual. For the scant retail price of $350, it really can’t be beat in our opinion.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:38:54 +0000
<![CDATA[DVH BioGro 123 is a 3 part Probiotic Solution to a Cleaner Aquarium]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/dvh-biogro-123/ 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 gallons
  • Weekly Dosage/Maintenance: 10ml per 50 gallons
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:13:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Illumination Wireless Adapters Coming to Aquarium Specialty]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-illumination-wireless-adapters/ AI Wireless Adapter

The long awaited and much anticipated Aqua Illumination wireless adapters are coming to Aquarium Specialty next week and Aquarium Specialty should be one of the 1st companies in the US to get it's hands on the new adapters.  We will have 50 units (25 black and 25 white) arriving next week and orders will begin shipping the day they arrive.  Pre-Order yours now if you would like to get be get one from the first shipment.  We understand that we are getting the lions share of these since we preordered them early on.

About the Aqua Illumination Wireless Adapter:


  • AI Sol
  • AI Sol Nano


Eliminate the mini-dim cable from the controller to the fixture.  Improved controllability and functionality between the wireless controller and wireless adapter.  If you have multiple fixtures then you may want to consider using one wireless adapter for each module.  By doing so you will also eliminate the need to daisy chain the modules together and you will have the added benefit of controlling each fixture independently from one another.

Other Benefits:

  • Left to right or right to left sunset (multiple fixtures)
  • Cloud and storm effects left to right or right to left (multiple fixtures)

AI Wireless Adapter and Controller

Note: You will need the above independently Illumination wireless controller for the wireless adapter to work.  The old (push button) AI controller is not compatible with the wireless adapter.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:18:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Getting up close with the new Hydor Professional Series Canister Filters]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/hydor-professional-canister-filters/ Hydor Pro Canister Filters

The Hydor Professional External Filters are a new line of canister filters arriving from Hydor.  The Hydor canister filters feature a rectangular footprint and tight fitting filter baskets that force water through the media and not around it.  Hydor Professional External Canister Filters feature an improved efficient internal motor and added soundproofing features to make the canisters super quiet.

Pro Canister

One of the most attractive aspects of the Hydor Professional Canister besides the design, features and thought that went into building the pro series is the price.  Typically higher end canister filters cost much more and many of them don't offer any media to get started.  That is not the case with the Hydor Pro Canisters.  The canisters come with ceramic rings and filter pads but you will need to add your own carbon. The Hydor Pro Series come in 5 sizes.  Below are the specifications for each model.

Hydor Pro Canister Chart

Parts and replacement media pricing will be listed soon and we are waiting on that to come in from Hydor.

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua-Crobes, the Natural Way to support the immune System for all your Aquatic Animals]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-crobes/ The information is so detailed we decided to re-post the information directly from the Aqua-Crobes directly from the Aqua-Crobes website.  In other words, we couldn't have said it better.  This is one of the hottest probiotic products in Europe and Aquarium Specialty is now introducing it into the US market.  Aquarium Specialty will be receiving the 1st shipment sometime next week and pricing will be loaded tomorrow or early next week.  Pricing will be available to retail and wholesale customers.


About Aqua-Crobes:

Aqua-Crobes is a biological product of natural occurring bacteria and enzymes that reduce the threat to fish caused by pathogenic bacteria. Through years of field and laboratory research the folks at DVH have developed a line of specifically formulated microbes for maintaining water quality, increasing growth rates and ensuring the health of your aquatic animals. Aqua-Crobes is a competitive excluder of pathogenic microbial diseases such as Vibrio, Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, Streptococcus, Allococcus, Myxobacterium, Columnaris and other gram negative bacteria. The way it works is by creating competition with negative bacteria by introducing bacteria to the water that is beneficial to the fish that live in it. This is a process known as competitive exclusion.  Aqua-Crobes competes with these pathogenic bacteria for the nutrients in the water that they depend on for their survival while waiting to attack your fish.  At the same time little peptides are produced that are toxic to finfish and shellfish pathogens.

When used as directed, Aqua-Crobes will reduce the bacterial count of the pathogens to such low levels that they will not be a threat to the health of your fish. It is impossible to completely remove all the pathogenic bacteria from the aquarium, but Aqua-Crobes, when used on a regular basis, will keep the pathogens levels so low they will not affect your fish.  Aqua-Crobes is not a medication or chemo-therapeutic product and is safe for all your aquatic animals.

Aqua-Crobes  does not compete with other bacteria supplements such as BioGro (more on that in another article) due to the fact that the two products are removing different nutrients from the water.  While BioGro removes nutrients which normally feed algae (ammonia, nitrogen, etc), Aqua-Crobes removes the nutrients which e.g. Aeromonas and Vibrio require to survive in your aquarium (fish waste materials).  Because they work to remove different nutrients, BioGro and Aqua-Crobes can both be used at the same time.  It is also highly effective in many temperatures of water and at different ranges of pH levels.  Whether you have fresh, brackish or salt water environments to care for, you are set with Aqua-Crobes!

Aqua-Crobes is one of the best kept secrets in the commercial fish and shrimp breeding industry. It promotes healthy hatchery of many species of fish and shrimp and decreases the rate of mortality.  Aqua-Crobes effectively fights off pathogenic microbial diseases. It improves hatchery water conditions and  increases survivability and growth. Aqua-Crobes also improves artemia, copepods and brachionus survival by improving water quality for culture. It is used in hatcheries, grow out and holding systems, recirculating systems, ponds and any water body to improve water quality and reduce disease.

Maintaining good water quality is one of the most important factors in aquarium keeping, raising shellfish, finfish and other aquatic organisms. Aqua-Crobes helps you to reach the goal of providing a healthy environment for all your aquatic species.


  • Start application:  1ml per 160 liter once every 3 days for a 9 days period.
  • Second application: 1ml per 160 liter once a week for a 2 week period.
  • Maintenance application: 0,25ml per 160 liter once per week. 


Turn off your U.V. Light when treating with Aqua-Crobes for the first five initial treatments only.  Do not use liquid antibiotics during the first five initial treatments.

  • ·         If you have an existing bacterial problem, a double dosage rate may be used safely.
  • ·         After handling, wash hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Avoid inhalation and eye contact.
  • ·         Aquariums with low oxygen conditions should be monitored during application or aerated if oxygen           depletion is expected.
  • ·         Refrigeration after opening is recommend.

Aqua-Crobes contains only Biosafety Level Class 1 bacteria which are completely non-toxic, naturally occurring organisms/enzymes, and confirmed to be non-genetically manipulated organisms.  


Q: Can I use my U.V. Light when treating with Aqua-Crobes ?

A: You should turn off your U.V. Light when treating with Aqua-Crobes for the first five initial treatments only. You can turn the U.V. Light back on once you get into the "Maintenance" treatment.

Q: How long do I treat with Aqua-Crobes?
A: You can start treating with Aqua-Crobes if you have a bacterial problem or as prevention. Once your bacterial problem is cured you can stop the treatment. We strongly suggest to keep adding Aqua-Crobes to keep the bacterial count of the pathogens to such low levels that they will not be a threat to the health of your fish.

Q: Can I use Aqua-Crobes in a reeftank?
 A: Yes. Aqua-Crobes  works equally well in fresh or salt water and is reef safe.

Q: Can I use Aqua-Crobes while treating with other products?
A: Aqua-Crobes can be used while treating your aquarium with most other products. Other "probiotics" such as BioGro are ok to use at the same time. This is because no other "probiotic" (bacterial based product) consumes the same "nutrients" as Aqua-Crobes, therefore they do not compete with each other.

If you are going to treat your aquarium with a chemical product such as a parasite product, wait until you have completed the first 5 initial treatment of Aqua-Crobes. Most chemical based products will kill the Aqua-Crobes bacteria, but once you are into the "maintenance program" this isn’t a problem. This is due to the fact that Aqua-Crobes only lives in your aquarium for 4-7 days (it has gone through it complete life cycle at that point). In the "maintenance program" you are simply keeping the bad "nutrient" level low, keeping the pathogenic bacteria levels also low so they will not affect your fish.  Simply continue on with the "maintenance program" after treating with your chemical product.

Do not use liquid antibiotics during the "initial treatment" period with Aqua-Crobes.

Q: I have a Aeromonas problem, should I increase the Aqua-Crobes dosage and is that safe to do?
A: We strongly recommend that you double the dosage rate if you have an existing Aeromonas problem. By doubling the dosage rate, you will speed up the rate that the Aqua-Crobes will consume the bad "nutrients" in the aquarium, thus starving out the Aeromonas sooner.

It is almost impossible to overdose with Aqua-Crobes. Also, by increasing the dosage rate during an existing Aeromonas problem,Aqua-Crobes bacteria will displace the Aeromonas bacteria off the ulcer or infected area of the fish. You will see the infected area start to "white over" soon after treatment is started. IF the ulcer is in an advanced state (into the "meat" of the fish), you should treat that fish with antibiotics because most likely that Aeromonas bacteria has got into the bloodstream.

Q: Does Aqua-Crobes have any effect on my biofilter?
A: No, not at all. The Aqua-Crobes bacteria do not consume ammonia or nitrites, therefore they do not compete with the bacteria in your filter.

Q: I got told that Total Alkalinity is important to Aqua-Crobes. Is this true? 
A: Yes, very much so. But remember Total Alkalinity is VERY IMPORTANT to all the benificial bacteria in our aquarium. Total Alkalinity is the "backbone" for our aquarium to function. Without a reasonable Total Alkalinity, none of the benificial bacteria will function properly. ALL biological products, such as Aqua-Crobes or BioGro, require T.A. to do their jobs. Also your nitrifying bacteria in your biofilter require T.A. to oxidize ammonia to nitrite and nitrite to nitrate.

Did you know that for every gram of ammonia that is processed in your biofilter, 2,5 grams of calcium carbonate is consumed by the biofilter? If the T.A. is too low in your aquarium, bacteria become sluggish and do not perform properly. A proper T.A. is really needed for the biofilter or probiotics to function.

Q: Can I use Aqua-Crobes also in an outside (koi) pond?
A: Yes, but the water temperature does have an effect on the dosage rate because the Aqua-Crobes bacteria is not as active at the lower water temperatures. dosage rates for the various water temperatures:

10-17°C (50-62F) - Double the label dosage
17-20°C (63-68F) - 1.5 X the label dosage
> 21°C (69F and above) - Normal label dosage

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:08:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Sea Swirl & Mocean - Creating Random Flow in the Aquarium]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/sea-swirl-mocean/ SeaSwirl

The reef aquarists is almost always on the hunt to find the best and most practical way to create random flow patterns in the reef aquarium.  This article is going to touch on 2 products that help create random flow patters from the sump return pump without adding any additional pumps to the aquarium.  Currently there are several products on the market that create random flow but there only only a handful of products that take the return flow and sweep the water to different spots within the aquarium.  The first product line is from a company called Aquarium Currents, the maker of the various Sea Swirl models.  Aquarium Currents is located about 2 hours to the East in the low country of South Carolina.  They have been around and producing Sea Swirls for 15+ years.  The other company is located in South Korea and they OEM their 2 models to Vertex under the Moceans badge.

Ok, lets start with the Aquarium Currents Sea-Swirl line.  Aquarium Currents offers 5 basic models and the models are setup for 1/2", 3/4", 1" and 1 1/2" diameter return pipes.  Each model can be positioned to sit on top of the aquarium frame it it can be bracketed to fit on all aquariums.

Sea Swirl 1/2":

  • * Compact (5" x 7" x 2½")
  • * Energy efficient (4W) motor is UL Listed and CSA Certified
  • * Max Flow Rate: 550 gph
  • * $139.00


Sea Swirl 3/4":

  • * Compact (5" x 7" x 2½")
  • * Energy efficient (4W) motor is UL Listed and CSA Certified
  • * Max Flow Rate: 850 gph
  • * $179.00


Sea Swirl 1":

  • * Compact (5" x 7" x 2½")
  • * Energy efficient (4W) motor is UL Listed and CSA Certified
  • * Max. Flow Rate 2000 gph with the new seal design
  • * $199.00


Sea Swirl 1 1/2":

  • * Very energy efficient motor - only 3 watts
  • * Totally NEW Design.....NO internal o-rings or seals. Straight through 1.5'’ pipe.
  • * 360 degree adjustable schedule 80 inlet fitting
  • * Flow rates from 3000 to 5800gph
  • * $390.00


Sea Swirl Multi Swirl:

  • * Flow rate’s from 300gph up to 3500gph!
  • * x 2-1/2'’ Tall).
  • * Economical 3 watt motor
  • * No Internal o-rings
  • * Threaded outlet Coupler
  • * Super Quiet
  • * $279.00


Before the Vertex Moceans was first introduced a few years ago, it was proceeded by the short lived WavySea that was distributed from a company on the US West Coast.  The product was pretty much a failure in the fact that the internal mechanism that controlled the sweeper movement would prematurely fail and then they would have to be sent back and forth time and time again for repair.  The distributor aparently got frustrated and he eventually went into hiding and stopped covering warranties and not paying vendors back for inventory that was never shipped but paid for.  Yes, we got burned by WaveySea.  Click the link for more details on the Vertex Mocean.

Vertex Mocean

Fortunately, the guys at Vertex came in shortly after WavySea disappeared and they decided it was a product worth pursuing so they contacted the factory and rebadged it under the Vertex name under the conditions that the factory had to improve the product and reliability.  Vertex offers 2 different Moceans models.  The 1st model is the Moceans 2000 and the latter is the Moceans 3500.  The Moceans 2000 is rated up to 2000 GPH of flow while the Moceans 3500 is rated up to 3500 GPH of flow.  Each unit is covered under a Vertex 1 year warranty.


Moceans 2000 & 3500 technical data:

  • Main Body 4½" x 6¾" x 3½" 
  • Controller 5½" x 3½" x 1½" 
  • AC Main Power Input 90-220v, 50/60 Hz DC
  • power Input to unit 5v, 1.2a and 12va 
  • Power Consumption @ 5v 0.48< AMP> 0.75 
  • Moceans 2000 Rated up to 2000 GPH inline-flow 
  • Moceans 3500 Rated up to 3500 GPH inline-flow
  • fits glass thickness 1.70 cm (optional thick glass bracket is available)
  • Moceans 2000 $288.39 Moceans 3500 $339.89


If you are looking to add additional random flow to your aquarium then adding a For adding a Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl or Vertex Moceans properly sized unit to your aquarium might be the solution you have been looking for.  It's also worth noting that Aquarium Currents was awarded an Editors Choice Award from Reef Builders in 2012.



Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:24:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Innovative Marine Nuvo Nano24 Aquarium & Giveaway]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/innovative-marine-nuvo-nano24/ Innovative Marine is about to release their new Nuvo Nano24 gallon aquarium and to celebrate this awesome new aquarium, Aquarium Specialty is doing a giveaway for one of these bad boys.  More about the drawing later.  Here's the skinny of the Innovative Marine Nano Nuvo24.


Innovative Marine Nano NUVO24 Aquarium

The newest Desktop Series Innovative Marine Nuvo24 gallon aquarium is the perfect blend of unique beauty & customizable function.  Innovative Marine has redesigned the "traditional" nano, by offering an impressive 36" of panoramic viewing & providing more valuable real estate to create limitless aquascapes. Enjoy crystal clear water powered by a 476 GPH pump with dual overflow intakes, dual media baskets, dual flare nozzles, and enlarged baffle columns that easily accommodate (2) MiniMax media reactors & (1) SkimMate protein skimmer.

Showcase your new living art on the custom acrylic pedestal to create a focal point wherever it's placed.

Innovative Marine Nuvo Nano 24 Gallon Aquarium Features:

  • 24 Gallon Capacity
  • 6 mm Bent Glass
  • Tempered Glass Lid & Clips
  • Acrylic Pedestal
  • DIMS (36” x 12.2” x 13”)
  • Available in Black or White
  • Acrylic Filter Wall w/ Dual Overflows
  • (2) Media Baskets
  • Mechanical Sponges
  • Activated Carbon Sponges
  • Phosphate Sponges
  • (2) Flare Nozzles
  • Designated Expanded Water Column
  • Accommodates (1) MiniMax Reactor (Bio Pellets) & (1) SkimMate Protein Skimmer (Sold Separately)
  • Designated Water Column (1) MiniMax Reactor (Sold Separately)
  • Lighting Sold Separately


OK, here's how the drawing works...

Like the last give away, we are going to need your help. Once Aquarium Specialty gets to 1000 likes then someone (random drawing) will win an Innovative Marine Nuvo Nano 24 Gallon Aquarium (black or white). Tell all your aquarium friends on the forums, blogs or wherever. Just for liking us on Facebook and signing up for our website newsletter you are entered into the drawing.

TO QUALIFY: you must like us on Facebook and create an account on the Aquarium Specialty website (www.aquariumspecialty.com) and signup for the Aquarium Specialty newsletter. To QUALIFY you must do both of these steps.  Good luck and happy reefing!

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Waveline DC3000 Skimmer / Return Pumps]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/waveline-dc-3000-pump/ Waveline DC3000

The Waveline DC3000 DC Controllable pumps can be used as a return pump, reactor or skimmer pump.  Out of the box the DC3000 pump includes the standard return impeller, 6 speed adjustment controller, 10 minute feed timer button and 2 sets of hose barb fittings that can be connected via the included union coupling.  In a relatively short amount of time Waveline DC pumps have revolutionized the way people look at aquarium pumps and many people are switching off their standard AC pumps and going to the super quite, reliable, adjustable and energy saving DC controllable pumps from Waveline.

Waveline DC-3000 Specifications:

  • Input: DC24V  (converted by AC100-240V 50/60 Hz)
  • Wattage: 30
  • Water Flow Rate: 3000 Liters Max (900 gallons per hour)
  • Water Flow Height: 6'
  • Dimensions:5 1/2" L x 3" W x 4 1/2" H )

For more information about Waveline DC Controllable Pumps and accessories visit the link to Aquarium Specialty.


Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:14:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Genesis RoboSnail Automated Glass Cleaner]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-genesis-robosnail/ RoboSnail

So what is the RoboSnail and what can it do?  Well, let's start from the beginning.  Milan, the owner of Aqua Genesis and I began discussing his concept of th RoboSnail about 3 years ago.  After speaking to him, I realized it was going to probably take a lot more R&D to have the final production model ready so I kept in touch with Milan for the next few years hoping to one day have a prototype to test. Well, that day finally came about 5 months ago and we have been using the RoboSnail and putting it though it's paces ever since.

As of this week, the production model is now available. Our current inventory is being offered at a special introductory rate of $299.00.  Once the current inventory is gone, the pricing will be $349.00 for the foreseeable future.

About the Aqua Genesis RoboSnail:

The RoboSnail™ was designed by an aquarium keeper for an aquarium keeper. It's a superior quality product that offers simplicity and ease for the aquarium enthusiast. 

The RoboSnail is ideal for home use or in the business place.  Locations such as hotels, offices, and restaurants can each benefit and allow you to focus on the business at hand and not your dirty aquarium. RoboSnail saves you time and money.

The RoboSnail is an automated glass cleaner that prevents algae build up on the aquariums surface. This is accomplished by the RoboSnail's unique ability to clean the aquarium's viewing panel once a day without user intervention. The constant preventative cleaning performed by the RoboSnail stops algae from taking hold on the aquarium surface. At first, it is almost invisible but as it builds up on the aquarium surface.  Over time algae progressively becomes more difficult to remove. Long periods of neglect result in stubborn coralline algae, as found in marine tanks, or a hazy, unsightly build up that can be found in all aquariums. Since more effort is needed to remove it, the result can be a scratching of the aquarium surface and longer, more difficult maintenance sessions.

AquaGenesis International has been founded on the premise that they are here to revolutionize the tedious and time consuming task of maintaining and keeping aquariums.

Aqua Genesis promises that the RoboSnail will change the way you think about aquarium maintenance and dispel the notion that keeping an aquarium as a hobby is too much work.



How it works:

 The RoboSnail is very user friendly and simple to operate. The product is securely held together by magnetic forces such as your regular magnetic cleaner and placed on the aquarium as you would with a typical algae magnet.  

The RoboSnail will activate automatically once a day 24hrs after its last cleaning cycle requiring no input by the operator. Conversely, the user may manually activate the unit if so desired. These functions are made possible due to their advanced custom engineered CPU unit.

Benefits of Using the RoboSnail
Time is the greatest benefit of the RoboSnail. The user will gain hours of enjoyment viewing their aquarium instead of cleaning it.

Manual Labor of scrubbing the surface is not nesessary when using the RoboSnail. You simply install and it does all the work.

Reliability is what the RoboSnail provides for the user. The RoboSnail will never miss its cleaning cycle as it is constructed under the highest standards using high quality materials.

The RoboSnail is more cost effective than any alternative aquarium cleaning solution. The RoboSnail is the only automated cleaner in the world and is patent pending. Products of similar price and function are only as effective as the operator's cleaning routine and are time consuming and cumbersome.

  • Glass Thickness: 1/4" to 3/8" (for aquariums up to 150 gallons)
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Sand Beds: Yes, it will work with sand beds via the RoboSail software
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:15:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Flipper Mag Glass and Acrylic cleaner]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/algae-flipper-mag/ Flipper Mag

The Flipper Mag's patented design creates the only aquarium cleaner that can FLIP from scrubber to scraper simply by rotating the handle. Complete cleaning without ever getting your hands wet! Each Flipper Mag includes two blades, one for glass surfaces (Metal blade) and one for acrylic surfiaces (plastic blade).

Flipping is Easy once you know how, but it does require you to follow the instructions.  It's possible to flip in areas with low water currents and near the top of the tank where you have room to flip away from your rocks.  The Flipper Mag can be used on glass or acrylic tanks up to 12mm (1/2") thickness.

The Metal blades are made with 316 stainless steel which is highly corrosion resistant. You can leave the Flipper Mag in your tank and the blade should last for months depending on your use. Bow-Front aquarium owners will also be pleased to know that the Flipper Mag is also compatible with bow-front aquariums.  The blade attachment is great for removing coraline algae and stubborn algae.  Click the video below to see the Flipper Mag in action but you might want to turn down your sound.  The accompanied music is pretty bad :-).


FAQs from the Flipper Mag website:

1) Is Flipping difficult?

Flipping is Easy once you know how, but it does require you to follow the instructions (better yet, watch our flipping demo on this website.)

Flip in areas with low water currents and near the top of the tank where you have room to flip away from your rocks.

2) What is the maximum tank thickness Flipper can be used on?

Flipper can be used on glass or acrylic tanks up to 12mm (1/2") thickness.

3) Will the metal blades rust and how long do they last?

Metal blades are made with 316 stainless steel which is highly corrosion resistent. You can leave the Flipper in your tank and the blade should last for months depending on your use.

4) Does Flipper work on bowfront tanks?


5) Is Flipper the same as a Mag-Flip?

 No. Mag-Flip was made by another company using our patent license. We were not satisfied with the way that product performed so we did not renew the licensing agreement.

We spent the next 18 months perfecting Flipper with stronger magnets, stainless steel blade and a more efficient scrubbing pad....it was worth the wait!

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:54:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Cobalt Aquatics is Launching Several New Products]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/cobalt-aquatics/ Cobalt Aquatics has recently announced the launch of several new products that will be hitting the market in the coming months.  Here's a list of some of them and what to expect from the company that sits about 60 miles to the North of us. Aquarium Specialty will be placing stock orders for the new products in the coming days and weeks.  Below are a few of the products with some details and pricing along with a timeline on when the new Cobalt Aquatics products will be released.

Neostat Electrical Thermostat Control

The Cobalt Aquatics Neostat can control up to a 500 watt heating element, but it’s a one-way heater controller, and as of now cannot be used to control a chiller. The Neostat has a range of 66F to 96F with highly visible and intuitive indicator LEDs that let you know the set temperature and actual temperature, as well as allowing for programming with the push of a single button.

Even if you already have a heater with electronic temperature control, the Neostat adds an extra level of security should your heater’s built-in thermostat stick “on” and cook your livestocks. As someone who came from the I.T. industry, redundancy is best when it comes to keeping your prized fish and corals happy.  

We expect to see a street price close to $115 and product should begin shipping at the end of March of beginning of April 2013.

Cobalt Aquatics Oxypro Air Pump

Oyxpro Air Pump

The pump is innovative with its electronic adjustment, allowing precise control of airflow to run a variety of air driven devices. An LED inside the adjustment knob of the Cobalt Oxy-Pro brightens as you increase the amount of air output.

The Oxy-Pro also comes with a lot of horse power.  The Oxy-Pro delivers 40gph of air down to 78″ of water depth, while using only 2 watts. These features make the Cobalt OxyPro an ideal candidate for taller air driven skimmers. Cobalt’s new Oxy-Pro air pump is nice and quiet as well with a double chambered body design which really helps to eliminate noise.


Cobalt Aquatics EXT Inline Pump

Cobalt Aquatics EXT Inline Pump

The Cobalt EXT Inline water pump is an interesting device the likes of which doesn’t exist in the aquarium industry. Similar to the Reeflo Blowhole but designed for smaller aquariums, the Cobalt EXT Inline Pump is better suited for aquariums in the 40 gallon and less arena.  The EXT can be used to power canister style filters or reactors and is completely submersible unlike the Reeflo Blowhole.

The Cobalt Aquatics EXT inline pump can be installed to push or pull water from a source and it will deliver up to 210 GPH of flow. The Cobalt EXT pump has 5/8″ hose barbs with locking rings and suction cups for attataching to a glass or acrylic surface when necessary. The Cobalt EXT inline pump will offers a three year manufacturers warranty and the streer price is expected to come in at a reasonable $38.27.


Cobalt Aquatics MicroUV

Cobalt Aquatics MicroUV

The MicroUV from Cobalt Aquatics is a small inline ultraviolet sterilizer can be easily installed inline with your existing aquarium plumbing or incorporated into a new tank setup or hospital/quarantine tank. The Cobalt MicroUV is just big enough to be serviceable with a cord, screw-lock mechanism to hold the three watt halogen UV bulb and inlet and outlets fitted with 5/8th inch barbs and locking rings.  The MicroUV’s higher power of UV and inline placement ought to be a good choice for keeping things cleaner in small aquariums, hospital or quarantine setups. We should start seeing Cobalt Aquatics MicroUV inline sterilizer this summer at an estimated price of $80.


Expected ship dates for the full line of new Cobalt Aquatics products.  Dates are subject to change so consider these target dates.


Shipping week of April 1st
-         Discus “Hans” Flake
-         Mysis Flake
-         Mysis Spirulina Flake
Shipping week of April 8th 
-         Neo-Therm 150 watt Heater
-         Neo-Therm 200 watt Heater
-         Neo-Stat 300 watt Temperature Controller 
-         MJ1200 Power Heads (Backorders) 
-         Neo-Therm Heater working “POP” 
Shipping week of April 29th 
-         Discus “Hans” Pellet
-         Mysis Pellet
-         Mysis Spirulina Pellet
-         Marine Vegi Flake and Pellet Food
-         Marine Omni Flake and Pellet Food
Shipping week of June 1st 
-         E-X-T Canister Filter (and media)
-         E-X-T inline Pump
-         Oxy-Pro Air Pump
-         Neo-Flow DC Circulating Pump
-         Duo-Filter LED-UV (and media)
-         Micro-UV 3w


Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:41:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Kessil A360 Series LED Pendant Now with Neptune Apex Control]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Kessil-a360w-led-pendant/  

Kessil A360W
Kessil has announced an externally controllable version of the popular Kessil A350W.
The A360W wide lens version and A360N narrow lens vesrsion have a slightly greater output in the balanced color spectrum setting and a significantly greater output when tuned toward the blue or white ends of the spectrum. Unlike the A350W that has separate controls for the blue LEDS and white LEDs the A360W has one control for color balance and one control for brightness. The A360W also has an Outboard Controller Input allowing you to control both the brightness and color temperature from a Neptune Apex or Reef Keeper 2 Aquarium Controller.  The A360W can also daisy chain up to four units so a single Kessil can control the others or an outboard controller can control up to four Kessil A360W’s at the same time. With the Neptune Apex controller (and I believe the Reef Keeper 2 as well) you can set the light to start with a low intensity bluer light, ramp up during the day to a whiter full brightness, and then reverse towards the evening.  Retail pricing on the new Kessil A360W will be $449.99 and you can pre-order these at Aquarium Specialty and orders will begin shipping no later than the week of March 25th.
Kessil Press Release:

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA (March 6, 2013) - Kessil® Lighting, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality LED aquarium lights, proudly announces the release of the A360N and A360W models. Based on the award-winning A350/A350W platform, winner of the Reef Builders 2012 LED Showdown, the A360 series brings new features and innovations to the industry and raises the bar for the competition.
The A360 features Kessil’s new proprietary Kessil Logic™, a unique form of spectral intelligence developed for precise color blending and optimal coral growth. In this new design, instead of varying the light intensity of two different channels to find the desired color and intensity mix, users can select the perfect spectrum and color with one knob and then adjust the intensity with the other. Kessil Logic™ will not only dramatically improve the user experience, it will also  boost the light output at both ends of the spectral tuning range by as much as 30%.
In addition to its enhanced manual controllability, the A360 comes with a pair of ports that allows the fixture to be governed by external devices. This new control interface operates within a 0-10VDC range, making it compatible with several popular aquarium external controllers. When daisy-chained in series without an external controller, the first A360 acts as the master unit, propagating its settings to all other lights in the chain.
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:36:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Waveline DC Controllable Pumps]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/waveline-dc-pumps/ Waveline DC pumps

By now, you may have heard about the Waveline DC series controllable pumps.  Waveline is currently manufacturing the very popular DC3000, DC5000 and DC10000 controllable direct current pumps but there is something new in the works that we would like to share with you.

Waveline is currently developing their new series of DC controllable pumps.  These models are similar to the current models but with some upgraded features and specs.  First, lets take a look at the specifications of the current models:

DC-5000 Specifications:

  • Input: DC24V 2.5A (converted by AC100-240V 50/60 Hz)
  • Wattage: 40 Watts a full speed.
  • Water Flow Rate: 5000 Liters Max (1320 gallons per hour)
  • Water Flow Height: Max: 3 meters/9.8 feet
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 104mm x 128mm

DC-10000 Specifications:

  • Input: DC24V 5A (converted by AC100-240V 50/60 Hz)
  • Wattage: 85 Watts a full speed.
  • Water Flow Rate: 10,000 Liters Max (2640 gallons per hour)
  • Water Flow Height: Max: 5 meters/16.4 feet
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 104mm x 128mm

DC-3000 Specifications:

  • Input: DC24V  (converted by AC100-240V 50/60 Hz)
  • Wattage: 30
  • Water Flow Rate: 3000 Liters Max (900 gallons per hour)
  • Water Flow Height: 6'

Ok, why come out with different options for an already exceptional pump?  Well here are some reason:

1. The Waveline DC6000, 12000 and 20000 (yes 20,000 liters per hour or 5280 GPH max flow) now offer 1-10 volt connectivity to your favorite aquarium controller (for us that's the Neptune Apex) via  2 x RJ45 jacks master and and slave signals.  With 2 signals multiple Waveline pumps can be controlled by one master controller.

2.  The IC chip has been removed from the motor block and integrated into the controller allowing the user to upgrade the pump via software enhancements

3. The impeller design has gone from an open stye design to a closed design that will increase water flow and head pressure for higher head pressure applications.

4. More narrow body design for a smaller overall footprint.

5.  Heat dissipation fins to keep the pump running as cool as possible.

6. Better volute seal for external applications ( the current DC5000 and DC10000 models can run externally with the use of the free external gasket).

7. Adjustable speed dial for fine tuning the pump speed.

8. USB connectivity for other devices such as float switches, or a photo sensor for night time water flow adjustment.

9. Imperial output fittings for hard pipe plumbing or standard hose barb fittings like the current models.

10. And last but not least, it's really cool and probably the best pump value on the market.

Waveline DC pumps

Waveline Controller


  • 151mm(L)x91mm(W)x127mm(H);
  • Input: DC24V 3A (Converted by AC 100-240V 50/60Hz);
  • Water inlet: External D: 40mm, Internal D: 32mm (1.25″)
  • Water outlet: External D: 32mm, Internal D: 24mm (1″)
  • Input Wattage: 50W max.;
  • Flow rate: 0-6000L/Hour;
  • Water height max.: 3.5m
  • Estimated street price $239.00


  • 180mm(L)x106mm(W)x147mm(H);
  •  Input: DC24V 3A (Converted by AC 100-240V 50/60Hz);
  • Water inlet: External D: 50mm, Internal D: 1.5″
  • Water outlet: External D: 40mm, Internal D: 1.25″
  • Input Wattage: 180W max.;
  • Flow rate: 0-12000L/Hour;
  • Water height max.: 7m
  • Estimated street price: $349.00



  • Flow Rate: 0-20000L/Hour
  • More to come later...
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:46:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet the Orphek PR72 Dimmable Reef Pendent]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/orphek-pr72-pendant/ Orphek PR72 Pendant

Meet the new PR72 Dimmable Reef LED Pendant from Orphek.  The Orphek PR72 family of LED Pendants was developed with the goal of growing beautiful corals in smaller aquariums, refugiums, and coral frag tanks without relying on energy wasting metal halide or low PAR florescent tubes all the while having a small form factor.

Orphek decided to select the same LEDs used for their PR156XP and Nilus Pendants, thus duplicating the PUR lighting spectrum beneficial and necessary for growing many species of corals, clams, and anemones.  The highly efficient and reliable Mean Well LED Drivers used on their PR156XP and DIF series pendants are being utilized on the PR72 Pendant. The Orphek PR72 Pendant will produce Higher PAR/PUR levels and 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.

Through Orphek’s endless experimentation with LEDs and corals, they have created an affordable LED Pendant for smaller systems or larger shallow systems where multiple LED units are used.

Orphek PR72 front

Orphek is utilizing diffused LED lenses which spreads light coverage while keeping high PAR/PUR levels for coral health and growth.

PR72 Control

One of the nicest features of the Orphek PR72 pendant is the plug and play connectivity to your favorite aquarium controller.  The dimmable Mean Well LED Driver will allow the user to configure the PR72 to work with most digital controllers currently on the market like the Neptune Apex controller.  The pendant includes a cable with an RJ45 connector for direct hook up to an Neptune Apex Variable Speed/Dimming Module (VDM).  The RJ45 plug can also be removed allowing connection to interface boards with + and – terminals.

Heat Transfer: The Orphek PR72 one piece heat sink housing and heat sink rapidly dissipate heat away from the LEDs and upward away from the aquarium.  To further minimize heating of the aquarium water Orphek has positioned the driver outside the pendant housing which has the further benefit of helping the Pendant LEDs to stay cooler thus extending the overall useable life of the LEDs.

LED Color Diagram


  •  Highest PAR per watt.
  • 36 high power LEDs tuned to the PUR spectrum to provide excellent coral and clam growth.
  • Maximizes natural colors of corals and clams.
  • Mean Well dimmable driver for improved efficiency and longevity.
  • UV and wide spectrum red, white and blue LEDs duplicate the PUR spectrum and giving an 16,000K -18,000K appearance.
  • Replaces energy wasting incandescent, florescent, and metal halide lighting.
  • Low energy use, typically 30% – 50% less than other lighting technology
  • Aluminum finned heat sink effectively dissipates heat from the LEDs ensuring long life of the electronics.
  • Light weight design


 LED Housing

  •  Length: 14.9”(380mm)
  • Diameter: 6.7”(170mm)
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds(1 kilogram)


  • Power cable: 70.8 inches(1.8m)



  • Input voltage:  80-264 volts AC
  • Frequency:  50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption:  66-70 watts
  • Power factor: .97
  • Power supply:  Mean Well LED  Driver
  • Dimming capability:  Yes, with Apex, Reefkeeper, and other digital controllers.



  • Orphek 60 degree lens



  • 36 x 3 watt LEDs at ~2watt


LED Make up

  • 18 – White 14,000K- 16,000K
  • 14 – Blue 450nm – 460nm
  • 2 –   UV/Violet 410-430nm
  • 2 –   Orphek Wide spectrum red


Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Reef Pest Solutions All Out kills adults, eggs and more!]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/reef-pest-solutions-all-out/

RPS All Out


Aquarium Specialty is happy to announce that we have partnered up with Reef Pest Solutions (RPS) to distribute their new All Out Complete dip Solution.  

About RPS: RPS is dedicated to reef safe solutions for the most common and devastating pests hobbyists face.  Together Jessica and Matthew have focused their efforts on eradicating aquarium pests that can sometimes plague our aquariums.  For the past 2 years Jessica and Matthew have been researching, developing and perfecting a comprehensive coral dip that not only destroys adults but eggs with a special penetrating agent.  Combined with their oxidizing agent and walla, you have what might be the perfect reef dip.  Their 2 year effort perfecting RPS All Out has paid off and now they have launched the most comprehensive (lightning in a bottle, if you will) pest treatment available to the home aquarists.

Aquarium Specialty will be giving away one free bottle of ALL OUT for you to try.  Post a comment here in our blog and if we select your name then we will be in touch to send you a free bottle for a review.  All we ask is that you try it right away and then send us your feedback.

Reef Pest Solutions ALL OUT will eradicate unwanted pests such as Acropora Red Bugs, Red Planeria Flatworms, Acro Eating Flatworms, Montipora Eating Nudibranches, Zoanthid Eating Nudibranches, Zoanthid  Eating Spiders, Asterina Starfish, Rapid Tissue Necrosis (RTN) and Slow Tissue Necrosis (STN), Bristle Worms, Algae, EGGS and Invertebrates.

When Matthew and I were discussing RPS All Out the other day we discussed how to treat algae removal and how RPS All Out can kill off unwanted algae before you introduce it into your aquarium. Here's an example of how it works and what Matthew had to say. Let's say you get in some new corals or live rock and you want to kill off the Valonia (bubble algae) on your coral colonies, frags or rocks.  The 1st step is to pick off the valonia (preferably without breaking open the bubbles).  Once the valonia bubbles have been throughly removed then follow the instructions below.  As you probably know by now, removing the bubble doesn't remove the root very often and the bubble algae returns.  RPS All Out kills the root with the oxidizing agent and therefore preventing the bubble algae from coming back when treated correctly.

RPS All Out  is tough on parasites but safe on corals.  RPS All Out also contains Aloe Vera that will destroy any unwanted hitchhikers while providing a protective shield to the coral skin while it works.  Unlike some other products on the market, RPS All Out does not contain iodine.

Instructions for use:

Remove effected corals to a quarantine tank; the quarantine tank should have good light and water flow. Setup your quarantine tank, then take your coral out of the main tank and dip it in RPS All Out. (DO NOT ADD RPS ALL OUT TO YOUR QT TANK) While the coral is in All Out take a pipette, and blast the coral with the dip. Make sure to get in between the polyps and the underside of the coral. Do this for approximately 10-15 minutes. After 10-15 minutes, remove coral and discard the coral dip.  Do not reuse the coral dip as some parasites may release toxins.  Thoroughly rinse coral with clean saltwater and return to quarantine tank. Make sure to run carbon in your QT tank to absorb any possible residue.

New Arrivals: follow the same steps as above and then add the coral(s) to the display tank once the above steps are completed.

Do Not:  Do not use on fish, shrimp, crabs, snails, clams or other invertebrates.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:08:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Lisa's Beautiful 220]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Lisas-beautiful-220/ We have been working with Lisa P. for a few years now and we thought it was time we feature her beautiful 220 gallon Starfire aquarium.  As you can see from the pictures below a lot of thought and attention to detail went into her aquarium setup.  OK, now for the photos:

220 Pic 1

220 pic 2

Giesemann Spectra

The 4 side viewable starfire glass aquarium was manufactured by Miracles Aquariums out of Canada.  The 6' x 250 Watt T5 Giesemann Spectra fixture and other equipment provided by Aquarium Specialty.

  • Skimmer: Reef Octopus XP3000I
  • Circulation: 2 X Reeflo Snapper Pumps with 2 Oceans Motions 4-Ways on a closed loop, 1 x Tarpon Return pump (located in the basement sump room below the main level).

Pictures below with 1 metal halide and T5 lamps on...

220 pic 3

220 pic 4

If you would like to submit photos and some details about your setup then send them on to us and we might feature them on our blog.  A big thanks to Lisa P. for sending photos to us and allowing us to feature her elegant 220 Gallon Reef Aquarium.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:50:07 +0000
<![CDATA[MaxSpect Razor Nano R420R Coming Soon]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/maxspect-razor-nano/ Razor Nano On

Maxspect has leaked the new images of the forthcoming MaxSpect Razor Nano R420R LED fixture.

Nano Razor

The Maxspect Razor Nano R420R LED is coming in with a single LED cluster found on the original razors.  We expect the same color options as the 120 watt and 160 watt versions but no word on that just yet.  The Razor Nano LED will have the identical built in controller that mama and pappa bear razor fixtures have.

The overall dimentions of the actual fixture are 10.5" x 8.5". and the fixture comes in at 60 watts.  The Nano Razor light spread hasn't been published yet but based on the data we have for the 160 and 120 watt Razor and it looks as though this fixture will cover a nano cube perfectly or 2 side by side units over a longer aquarium.

The Maxspect Razor Nano R420R doesn't require active cooling and it will rely on is passive cooling from the built in "wing heat sink" design shared by the 120 and 160 watt fixtures.  Maxspect has decided they are not going to distinguish the fixtures as 10K, or 16K on the Nano Razor since the name is really a misnomer to begin with.  There will be one model and the adjustability of the light channels will allow you to program the Kelvin temperatures between 6000 K and 16,000 K throughtout the days photo period.

The Maxspect Razor Nano comes with a built-in adjustable tank mount arm that clamps directly to the aquarium glass.  The tank adjustable mount is included with the razor but the retractable mounting arm is removable in the event that you would rather hang the fixture over the aquarium instead of using the rimless tank mount.

Aquarium Specialty is taking $25.00 deposits if you wish to pre-order this fixture for your aquarium.  Final pricing on the fixture hasn't been determined by the manufacturer yet but expect MAP pricing from the manufacturer on the Razor Nano.


  • Wattage 60 Watts
  • Dimensions 10.5" x 8.6"
  • Adjustability: 6000K - 16000K
  • Control: Built in Control (same as the R420)
  • Suitability: Fresh and Marine/Reef 
  • Dimentions: 10.5" x 8.6"

Nano Razor Front

Nano Razor Back

Nano Razor tank mount

Nano Razor R420R Color

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:38:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Sunbrite F Series V2 LED Fixtures]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Sunbrite-f-series-v2-led-fixture/
The Sunbrite F series V2 LED fixture is a very attractive and well throughout full length LED fixture that features a variety of LED colors with wifi capability out of the box.

Sunbrite F Series V2

This article will discuss the specifications and features for this fixture and why it might be the right fixture for your reef aquarium.

First, let's discuss aesthetics.  The body of the Sunbrite F series V2 is a simply elegant, feature rich design. The fixture doesn't attract attention away from the aquarium nor does it "junk up" the top of your aquarium with crazy mounting hardware or railings.  Some LED mounting systems can look a little out of place over an aquarium, especially if you are looking to have a free standing, open top setup (aquarium without a traditional canopy that encloses the lighting).  If a canopy is what you have then this is not an issue the the look is clean either way.  If a free standing, open top setup is what you are shooting for, then the Sunbrite F Series V2 should be on your list of LED fixtures to consider.  At this time, the fixture is only available in a black finish. For mounting, there are two ways to mount the fixture: removable mounting legs and an adjustable hanging kit for suspension from overhead.  The mounting legs are included with each fixture and the hanging kit is sold separately.

Sunbrite WiFi

Next, lets talk about WiFi.  The built in WiFi connectivity is located in the Sunbrite F series V2 power supply driver box.  To connect the fixture to WiFi, you will need to simply screw the supplied antenna onto the outside of the driver box.  Once this 30 second step has been completed then you are ready to stream wirelessly from your Apple or Android device.  To control the fixture from your device, you will need to download the iOS or Android app feature.  Once the software has been loaded to your device the fixture is ready to program.  The fixture is designed to work with your smartphone and or tablet so keep that in mind. If you will be programing the fixture from the fixture itself, it will have limited capabilities.  There are some very basic configuration settings without WiFi but it's just some basic set-points and not the full blow V2 gooey when used with an Apple or Android based smartphone or tablet.  The response time is instantaneous when accessing and changing the individual LED color options from your hand held device and the best part is that the software is extremely easy to use and the learning curve should be pretty much nonexistent.

Finally lets look at how to properly size the fixture over your aquarium.  This part is pretty simple.  Some full length fixtures like the Vertex Illumina can actually be sized 1 foot shorter than the actual aquarium length but this is not recommended with the Sunbrite F series V2 fixture.  It's not because the spread of the light is that much better on the Vertex Illumina, it has to more to do with how the LEDs are positioned along the length of the fixture.  Unlike the Vertex Illumina fixtures,  it is recommended that you use a full length Sunbrite F series V2 over your aquarium.  For example, if you have a 48" long aquarium then you will need a 48" long Sunbrite fixture.  The reason for this is that there is a 6" space from the edge of each end of the fixture where there are no LED lights while the gap is only 3" from each end on a the Vertex Illumina fixtures.  This means that on a 48" long aquarium you will need a 48" Sunbrite F series V2 while you would only need a 36" Vertex Illumina to light the same aquarium.

F V2

Sunbrite F Series V2 Features and Specifications:
  • - Control with iOS and Android Apps
  • - Dimmable with Lighting Effects (cloud simulation, lightning)
  • - Cree XP-G & XP-E LEDs with Red, 440nm Actinic, 470nm Actinic, Green, White, and UV
  • - External Ballast with fan
  • - Body heat Sink
  • - CE and RoSH certified
  • - Up to 350 Par with 36" fixture on the bottom of a 65Gal (36"x18x24") tank
  • - 48" fixture can cover up to 48" L x 24" W x 30" H tank
  • - Available in 24", 36" 48" 60" and 72" Lengths
  • 1 year Manufacturers Warranty


Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:43:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Eliminating or Reducing Aiptasia with Mother Nature]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aiptasia-removal/ As many marine aquarists know, Aiptasia or glass anemones, as some people like to refer to them, are an aquarium pest that we all dread seeing in our beloved aquariums.  This article will explore some of the ins and outs of the different methods of biologically/naturally removing aiptasia from the reef aquarium.

Berghia Nudibranch

Berghia eat Aiptasia. Aiptasia is all they eat.  This is a plus but keep in mind they will starve off once the aiptasia is gone. The average life expectancy is 6-8 months but it's common for them to reproduce in captivity.  Because berghia are nocturnal, you most most likely will not see them once they are introduced into your tank unless you like to stay up late at night and shine a flashlight into your tank to search for them. With berghia, patience is key. Berghia are not an overnight cure to eliminating aiptasia, and depending on the aquarium size and population of berghia to aiptasia it can take weeks or months for a herd of berghia to wipe out  aiptasia in a reef aquarium.  Important things to consider when buying berghia are acclimation, introducing them with the lights out, and turning off all the pumps for an hour or so.  More about this can be read here by clicking on the details tab.

Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata seticaudata)
peppermint shrimp
Aiptasia Eating Peppermint Shrimp are best known for their ability to manage nuisance Aiptasia but they will also eat fish food and other organics in the home aquarium.  As a result of their less selective diet they don't die off if the aiptasia disappear from sight.  The great thing about Peppermint Shrimp is that they eat aiptasia rapidly and they can easily clean up a tank in a few days to a couple of weeks.  So the question presents itself, "Why doesn't everyone use these little guys instead of berghia?"  For one, the problem lies with identification.  Too often people pick up peppermint shrimp at the local fish store and they turn out to be the wrong ones (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis - Pacific Ocean).  Unfortunately stores don't always get what they think they are getting and all too often the wrong shrimp are sold as a cure for aiptasia and then the aquarists feels jilted when the cure doesn't turn out to be a cure at all.  Rhynchocinetes durbanensis don't recognize aiptasia as a potential food source since it's not indigenous to the habitat from where they are collected.  So how can you tell the difference?  It's pretty easy if you take you time and look closely at the "nose" of the shrimp.  Rhynchocinetes durbanensis have a pointed nose and interspaced white stripes over it's body and Lysmata seticaudata does not.  Another reason to consider berghia over Lysmata shrimp is that shrimp often can't physically get to the entire aiptasia polyp.  Even if a little bit of the aiptasia tissue is left behind (a cell or 2) this tissue can regrow into to a new anemone after the peppermint shrimp have died off.  Typically peppermint shrimp can't physically get to each and every single speck of aiptasia tissue on every aiptasia within an aquarium thus it's not uncommon for aiptasia to regrow once the shrimp are gone. Still, the right peppermint shrimp are a great way to manage aiptasia in a reef aquarium but don't be surprised if they return when the shrimp have died out.

Some Common fish that will eat Aiptasia
Kleini's Butterfly Fish (Chaetodon kleini)
Long Nosed Butterfly Fish (Forcipiger flavissimus)
Copper banded Butterfly Fish (Chelmon rostratus)
File Fish (Acreichthys tomentosus)

Of the fish listed above, which one would you choose?  Well, for me, it would be the Klein's Butterfly fish but only if your aquarium is at least 120 gallons and you don't mind if the Klein can't eat every living cell of Aiptasia growing in your system.  All of the Butterfly fish listed above are best suited for aquariums 120 gallons and larger so if your tank is smaller than 120 gallons then we don't recommend picking up one of these fish.  Additionally, as touched on above, fish have a hard time getting to all of the aiptasia in an aquarium.  If the fish dies or you decide to pull him/her out of the aquarium then chances are high that the aiptasia will come back.  Fish behavior can very from fish to fish, even in the same species, so choosing a butterfly fish can sometimes be tricky.  Like people, fish can behave very different from one another.  Not to get side tracked but I once had a yellow tang about 15 years ago that would let me pet him like a dog while other yellow tangs would dart off every time I approached the tank.  OK, back on track.. some butterfly fish may pick at and harm certain corals but I have kept at least 3 different Klein's in my personal reef tanks over the years and they have all been peaceful towards the corals.  Aditionally they are fairly hardy, will easily accept various foods and they are realitively inexpensive for butterfly fish. Therefore, the Klein's is my top pick for butterfly fish that will eat aiptasia.

Ok so what about the tomentosus file fish?  There has been a bit of a buzz lately about this species of file fish eating aiptasia so I decided to try one out about 6 months ago to see if the hype was real or perceived.  Well, as it turns out they can tear through some aiptasia like a combine through corn field but that's not all they can munch on.  These little fish are pretty sturdy but like the butterfly fish and peppermint shrimp, they can't get to the whole animal so expect aiptasia regrowth if the fish is removed or falls to Davy Jones's locker.  Also, my short lived experience with these fish has shown that they also love the taste of zoas, palys and scolys once they run out of accessible aiptasia to eat.  They are probably also fond of other fleshy LPS corals but I haven't personally tested this theory yet nor do I want to.  We currently have one of the little monsters, and he's cute but don't plan on keeping the above corals in a tank with one of these little guys.  As a result of adding this fish we had to remove all of the corals from the "file fish tank" with the exception of our chalice corals, cyphastrea and mushroom corals.

To sum things up, Berghia are host specific aiptasia predators and they will eat the entire aiptasia but they won't set any speed records in doing so.  If patience is your virtue then berghias are the way to go.  The forementioned fish and Lysmata seticaudata Peppermint Shrimp will quickly remove visible signs of aiptasia in areas where they can physically get to but expect aiptasia to return in the event that the shrimp or fish are removed from service in one way or another.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:38:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Aqua Illumination's Wireless Controller just got better]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/aqua-illumination-wireless-controller-firmware-upgrade/ Aqua Illumination Wireless Controller

Here’s some exciting news from Aqua Illumination regarding their new wireless controller.  After listening to customer feedback and suggestions, Aqua Illumination recently announced the release of a major revision to their New Controller firmware that I happened to install yesterday over our new Vega reef tank. This new update offers a long list of new options, including support for the custom AI PowerPucks (coming out in the near future - more on that in a later article), wireless operation for SOL and Nano modules using the wireless adapter, a global regional timer to mimic sunrise/sunset times of major coral reefs, and much more. This firmware update is, of course, free to everyone who owns the New Controller and it is currently available to download from the AquaIllumination website.

One of the slickest features we like are the fail safe Vega dim down and the global region timers that simulate the light schedule of major reefs around the world.  Although the reef sunlight schedule is not a must have for healthy coral growth it has been show that spawning can occur under lighting conditions that more closely mimic the suns patterns.

The fail safe dim down of the AI Vega is particularly important to prevent coral burning if the modules lose wireless communications.  The other really cool feature, which AI calls Global Region Timers, is useful for aquarists looking to recreate natural lighting as close to nature as possible.  The firmware upgrade mimics lighting conditions in the following 9 regions and a custom option with a touch of a button:

  • 1 - Bahamas
  • 2- Caribbean
  • 3- Fiji
  • 4- Florida Keys
  • 5- Great Barrier Reef
  • 6- Hawaii
  • 7- Maldives
  • 8- New Caledonia
  • 9- Philippines
  • 10- Custom


As for the full laundry list of features, here they as presented on the Aqua Illumination Website:

New ControllerFirmware 2.0

We're pleased to announce the release of a major revision to the New Controller firmware. We've listened to our users feedback and are sure we've created the best firmware yet.

All the new features:

  • Support for PowerPuck™ custom pucks.
  • Adds wireless operation for Sol White, Sol Blue, and Nano when used with Wireless Adapter (sold separately - coming soon).
  • Supports full sunrise/sunset/cloud sweeps and weather effects for all Sol and Nano models.
  • Supports both Sol and Vega models simultaneously (wireless mode) with one controller.
  • Fail-safe Vega dim down prevents coral burning if wireless communications fail for an extended period of time.
  • Global Region Timers simulates actual sunrise/sunset times of major coral reefs around the world.
  • GPS coordinate Timers for automatic local sunrise/sunset tracking.
  • Fully automatic sweep speed for up to 30 Vega lighting modules.
  • Revamped user interface for easier setup and control.

If you are an AI LED lighting fixture owner or you are considering AI then Aquarium Specialty is here to help.  If you are thinking of purchasing a new LED fixture then consider the AI line of aquarium lighting products.  We are very pleased with our 3+ years of experience in using the AI products and these new software features make the product line even better than before.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:13:39 +0000
<![CDATA[The New Innovative Marine MiniMax is more MAX than mini]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Innovative-Marine-MiniMax/ 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 will show you how easy this design is to operate and change out media.

MiniMax Exploded

MiniMax Exp

The MiniMax is the All-In-One reactor for All-In-One Aquariums:

  • 1. Responsive Flow Control – Unique dual chamber design, allows for quick and responsive flow control within seconds with a simple turn of knob without the need for ball valves and inlet/outlet pipes
  • 2. Efficiency – Utilizes upward flow pattern that requires less flow and lower energy consumption (Desktop Model – requires a mere 2.5 watts)
  • 3. Eliminate Messy Maintenance– Internal chamber acts as a removable cartridge that simply slides out of outer chamber and automatically drains water out without the need for tools and time consuming thumb screws to unfasten.
  • 4. Nano Size – We produced the smallest Nano Reactor (2” x 2.3” x 11.4”)


With the integrated features right out the box Features:

  • • All-In-One Design – for use with Bio Pellets, GFO, & Carbon
  • • Made from quality cell cast acrylic – Bracket Included
  • • Smallest Form Factor • Responsive Flow Control
  • • Low Power Consumption • Double O-Ring Seal for Lid
  • • Offered in Desktop (150ml Max Volume Capacity) & Midsize (350ml Max Volume Capacity)
  • • Pump Included
  • • Just add one of our favorite media choices from Reef Interest (NP Biopellets, NP Biopellets XL or PO4x4) or you may choose to use carbon media.
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:21:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Digital Davy Jones' Skimmate Locker]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Digital-Davy-Jones-skimmate-locker/ The New DIGITAL Davy Jones' Skimmate Locker

Digital Davy Jones Locker

The other day we featured an article about the Vertex Vectra Self Cleaning Head.  Now it's time to mention a new product from Avast Marine that will work with their Swabbie protein skimmer self cleaning head (or other brands).  Since you can increase your skimmate production by 70% or more, it's time to discuss the new Digital Davy Jones' Skimmate Locker and why it's a perfect compliment to any self cleaning head.  So I digress and the question arrises; what good is increased skimmate production if you have to empty your skimmer collection cup twice as often?  If skimmate production increases then that means more trips to the toilet, sink or wherever you typically dump your aquarium poo.  Wouldn't it be nice not to have to empty your smelly collection cups as often, or even better, worry about messy skimmate overflows?

Well no worries now because Avast Marine has developed a device that "sinks two boats with one cannonball".  The DIgital Davy Jones Locker (AKA - DDJL) will isolate skimmate while purifying stinky exhaust air, as well as provide a failsafe mechanism to shut off overflowing skimmers.

The new Digital Davy Jones' Skimmate Locker, comes in three sizes to most efficiently fit next to your sump, where space is always premium.  Rather than a traditional ping-pong ball (which only works with downdraft skimmers) or a magnetic float switch that travels on a central rod and is prone to sticking (especially in a vat full of sticky fish poo), Avast Marine opted to use a pressure-sensitive switch triggered by rising fluid level. As the fluid level reaches the sensor tube, air is trapped and pressurized, causing the switch to open and cutting power to the skimmer pump(s). While the skimmate level rises, stinky air is forced out the top of the Locker, through a carbon filter that scrubs the foulness from the air before it stings the nostrils like sex panther cologne.


Now, rather than reaching to pull off a skimmer cup that may only have a few centimeters of clearance, or dealing with a hose in a flimsy milk jug, simply disconnect the two pieces of tubing and dump. Combined with a Swabbie, and depending on your skimmer's production volume, you could safely go weeks or even months without touching the skimmer and know that it is running at peak efficiency, with the peace of mind that it will shut off when full. A pretty green LED light indicates a working outlet; i.e., when the switch is not activated.

Installation is very straightforward. Simply fill the Locker's cap with carbon, connect a tube from your skimmer cup drain to the Locker, and plug in the relay box between your skimmer pump and its outlet and you are done.

Maintenance is also quick and easy.  Rather than pulling hard and rocking the tubing side to side to remove it from the barb fitting, the fitting slips into a custom fit collar installed in the lid.  It is snug enough to prevent air leakage but loose enough to remove without wiggling.  The pressure switch has a similar attachment; the entire sensor cylinder lifts out of the lid rather than having to remove the blue tubing from the barb fitting.  Finally, the lid is held on by two short thumbscrews.  Avast Marine chose to use two thumbscrews and a special thin sealing material rather than a traditional keyhole flange and 4 or 6 thumbscrews.  In testing, Avast Marine has found it faster and easier to remove the two screws completely rather than loosen additional screws commonly found in the keyhole flange.  Finally, the carbon cap is held on by a plastic nut so you can safely move the lid around without fear of spilling carbon.

Digital Out version is now available for aquarium controllers.  Need a email notification or text message when it is time to empty your skimmer?  Then the Digital Davy Jones' is a great choice.  Connections are 2 wire non-polarized 18 AWG shielded wire, simply plug into your breakout box or use the float switch adapter wire that came with your controller.


Technical Data

Small Medium Large
Chamber 3.75" 4.5" 6"
Footprint 4.75" x 4.75" 5.5" x 5.5" 7" x 7"
Total Height 18" 18" 18"
Drain Fitting Height 15.5" 15.5" 15.5"
Capacity .58 gal/2200ml .85 gal/3200ml 1.5 gal/5900ml
Power Input 110v 110v 110v
Relay Box Capacity 3 amps 3 amps 3 amps
Switch Rating 10+ mil cycles 10+ mil cycles 10+ mil cycles

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:55:19 +0000
<![CDATA[The Vertex Omega 150 gives you 3-4 times more bang for the buck]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/vertex-omega-150-internal-protein-skimmer/ The new Vertex Omega 150 protein skimmer is a feature rich protein skimmer with a build quality you would expect from the Vertex product line.  You will notice right away that the Omega 150 has the design characteristics and build quality of the Bubble King skimmer line at a fraction of the price.  In fact, if we hadn't known it was a Vertex skimmer, we would have thought it was a new Royal Exclusiv Bubble King model but with a modified Sicce pump instead of  the typical modified Askoll pump found on most Royal Exclusiv skimmers.  

The Vertex Omega 150 is designed to work with aquariums up to 150 gallons and as small as 40 gallons.  The modified Sicce impeller pump includes a highly efficient design that draws an impressive 850 LPH of air at 19 watts of power or almost 4 times less energy draw than a typical 75 watt incandescent bulb.  The overall footprint is a reasonable 11" x 11" and it will fit in most standard sized aquarium sumps such as the Trigger Systems, NextReef or My Reef Creations lines of sumps. Like the Bubble King Red Dragon pump, the Omega powered Sicce pinwheel pump is nearly silent. An added bonus is that the replacement pumps and/or impellers are much more affordable in the event that something goes awry.


Vertex Omega 150

Like many of the higher end protein skimmers on the market today, the Omega 150 includes a bubble plate and an easily adjustable stand pipe water height adjustment that will help you dial in your choice of dry or wet skimming.  The volute nozzle also has an adjustable nozzle intake typically found on skimmers at a much higher price point.  The construction is entirely ozone safe and there is built in ozone port and ozone line for optional ozone injection.
Quick OverView:

The Vertex Omega 150 protein skimmer is engineering and design at its finest. Craftsmanship, quality of construction, and overall performance has never before been seen in the industry at this price point.  The Vertex Omega 150, with its 6" wine glass body shape, will handle a heavily stocked reef aquarium up to 150 gallons total, but would not be oversized for systems as small as 40g.
·         Wine glass body
·         Cast acrylic & PVC construction
·         Hot welded seams
·         Custom Sicce Pump & pinwheel Impeller
·         Fine tuning adjustable venturi
·         Ozone injection port
·         Ultra quiet operation
·         Low power consumption
·         High bio-load capacity
·         Titanium screws make disassembling for maintenance painless
·         2 year manufacturers warranty


  • Power Consumption: 19w
  • Air Draw: 850 lph
  • Footprint: 11" x 11" (could go slightly smaller if needed)
  • Height: 21.75"
Call it a teaser, but we expect to eventually see more Omega models hit the marine aquarium scene in the somewhat not to distant future, but nothing has been officially announced yet.
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:04:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Vertex Vectra Self Cleaning Heads = Value for Less]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/vertex-vectra-self-cleaning-head/ When it comes to aquarium maintenance, let’s face it, no one enjoys cleaning their skimmer. It’s time consuming, messy and well, not the most pleasant thing you can do for your olfactory system. One way to help ease this activity and improve skimmer performance is to go with a self cleaning head for your skimmer, however some aquarist shy away from this solution due to cost.

Vertex Vectra SCH

While many of the SCHs out there command a large upfront cost, this is not true of the Vertex Vectra Self Cleaning Head (SCH). The Vectra SCH system offers top shelf quality at a price point that won’t break the bank. For less than $220.00, you can increase your skimmer performance by 70% or more, not to mention cut down on your skimmer cleanup time and the mess it can make in your sink and everwhere else the splatter goes.

As with all of the Vertex product line, every detail has been well though out. In addition to the Vectra being a very attractive looking SCH, Vertex took it a step further and also packaged it beautifully. In fact, the packaging is reminiscent of the clean white boxes used for Apple products.

The components for the Vertex Vectra SCH are sold separately. Each Vectra engine will need to be paired with the proper sized Vectra lid for proper fit on your specific protein skimmer.  For example, the Bubble King Mini 200 and Vertex Alpha Cone 200 would require the Vectra 200 mm lid coupled with the Vectra Engine.

Vertex Vectra Engine

Some other examples of pairings are listed below. Please note these are just examples and these lids will fit several brands and models of protein skimmers currently on the market.  In the near future Aquarium Specialty will have a more comprehensive SCH to Skimmer compatibility guide.

 Lid Sizes:

  • 150 mm - Vertex Omega 150
  • 180 mm - Bubble King Mini 180
  • 200 mm - Vertex Alpha 200, Bubble King Mini 200
  • 250 mm - Vertex Alpha 250, Bubble King Deluxe 250 & Supermarin 250
  • 300 mm - Vertex Alpha 300, Bubble King Deluxe 300 & Supermarin 300


 Pros:  So why should you consider a SCH for your marine aquarium?

  • Reduces frequency and time spent cleaning aquarium glass
  • Increases skimmate production by 70% and some have reported by as much as 100%
  • Helps reduce PO4 levels by improving skimmer efficiency and reducing water contact with the sludge that builds up in the skimmer neck
  • Easier and less messy skimmer cleaning
  • Reduces water pollutants and helps improve overall aquarium water clarity



  • Cost - adds cost but increases perfomance by 70% or more - so is that really a negative?
  • Added overall skimmer height - 3" of clearence required


In summary if you have a reef aquarium system with a protein skimmer, it’s a great idea to consider using a self cleaning head. We feel that the Vectra price/value propisition is winning choice among the SCH brands currently on the market today. Let's face it, there are more enjoyable things to do then cleaning the muck and poo out of your skimmer neck.  Happy reefing!



Cast Acrylic

Titanium Screws

Warranty: 1 year

Recommended Operation time: 1-3 starts per day at 1 minute intervals.

For a video of the Vertex Vectra Self Cleaning head in operation please click the link.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:26:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Orphek Atlantik]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/Orphek/ ORPHEK ATLANTIK LED LIGHT FIXTURE RAISES THE BAR

 Orphek Atlantik

Orphek is proud to announce their new flagship LED pendant, the Atlantik. The Atlantik LED Pendant design goals were:

  • Provide a model for aquariums less than 36 inches and over 36 inches in depth (narrow lens optics).

  • Provide wider coverage than the PR156, previous flagship model. Two more rows of LEDs were added to increase coverage. Light output is 50% more than the PR156.

  • Modular in design so all components can be easily replaced by the user.

  • High PAR/PUR for deep aquariums.

  • High efficiency LED drivers.

  • To be continually improved with new software and user will be able to download newer versions from our web site.

  • No Atlantik will ever be obsolete.

  • Sunrise to sunset, dawn/dusk simulator.

  • Full dimming capabilities.

  • Ability to store three different lighting programs.

  • Four independent channels of lighting with unlimited control for each channel.

  • Full color control over all LED channels.

  • Mimic metal halide and T5 lighting or a combination of both.

  • High performance enhancement and longevity.

  • Eliminate the need for digital lighting controllers.


The Atlantik’s LED make-up includes four high range UV and four of our new wide spectrum red LEDs for improved color and fluorescence of your corals.  Their newly developed Orphek proprietary white high Kelvin LEDs are used exclusively. A two part mix of blue provides a moonlight effect for night time viewing as well as providing the needed 400-460nm spectrum. Moonlight is a reflection of the sun’s rays off the moon and is a natural occurrence over the reefs.  A total of 78, three watt LEDs are used and all run at 700mA to extend the life of the diodes. Four whisper quiet cooling fans are mounted in the chassis which keep all electronics at safe operating temperatures.

The Atlantik is a four channel, six driver system whereby each channel controls a particular color range of LEDs. The channels are labeled as Illumination 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each channel can be independently controlled by both time and intensity allowing unlimited programming possibilities. Incorrect color spectrums can have adverse effects on corals so Orphek ensured that each channel’s color spectrum would not adversely affect corals should an improper color combination be chosen.

Atlantik LED Layout 

Illumination 1 - 24 blue LEDs (460nm) dimmable from 1% to 100% simulating T5 actinic lamps.

Illumination 2 - 28 full spectrum high Kelvin white LEDs dimmable from 1% to 100%. Metal halide can be simulated by mixing channel 1 and 2. Kelvin temperature appearance can be set by increasing or decreasing the blue LEDs in channel 1.

Illumination 3 - 8 blue (460nm) and 4 UV leds (410nm) are dimmable from 1% to 100% and act as moonlights. Orphek’s UV LEDs (410nm) are safe for both the eyes and skin in humans.

Illumination 4 - 10 white (17,500 Kelvin) and 4 red LEDs dimmable from 1% to 100%, this adds more warmth to the color of the aquarium.

With the combination of moonlights this can simulate a red or harvest moon.

Orphek can provide custom LEDs for each channel of lighting if desired. Green LEDs are not used in the Atlantik as this spectrum (525-620nm) can increase Cyanobacteria growth. Our red LEDs are kept to a minimum as this spectrum (665-680nm) can increase nuisance algae growth if enough intensity is present.

An automatic timing feature is available as well. The programming is performed with the included controller and once programmed, can be uploaded to the Atlantik Pendant via USB cable which plugs into a USB port located on top of the pendant. A PC can also be used to perform this task and software is included. If multiple pendants are used, only one controller is needed. Each channel is independently powered by its own LED driver. Any new software updates are available for downloading on our web site to ensure that your Atlantik is never outdated.

Convex Wide Angle Lens Closeup

An example of a typical program is shown below.

  • 0700 - Turn on moonlights at 10%
  • 0700-0800 - Ramp up intensity of moonlights from 10% to 100%
  • 0800 - Turn on white, red, and UV LEDs at 10% intensity
  • 0800-0900 - Ramp up white, red, and UV LEDs from 10% to 80%
  • 0900-1800 - All LEDs on at 80% (or whatever intensity you desire)
  • 1800-1900 - Ramp down white, red, and UV LEDs from 80% to 0%
  • 1900-2000 - Ramp down moonlights from 100% to 0% (or whatever night time intensity is desired).

Individual channels can all have different intensity levels as well as program times.

The chassis is constructed of all aluminum and acrylic, much like our PR156 but larger in length and width. All hardware used is of high grade stainless steel and will not rust and a suspension kit is included with each unit.

The Atlantik is available in two models. Our standard model is designed for aquariums over 36 inches deep while the wide model provides more coverage for shallower tanks and/or frag tanks 36 inches or less in depth. The LED make-up is identical for both models.


  • Designed specifically for the needs of photosynthetic marine invertebrates.
  • High PAR/PUR for deep aquariums.
  • Easily replaces energy wasting 250-400 watt metal halide or HQI lamps.
  • Advanced optical technology to reduce water surface refraction and reflection.
  • Plug and play technology allows replacement of components very easily with no stress or damage to the unit.
  • The spectrum of our LEDs helps control nuisance algae.
  • Controller is included, no need to buy a digital controller. The controller can store up to three different programs to simulate sunrise to sunset effects.
  • Can be programmed from a PC or MAC computer.
  • Software included.
  • USB port allows direct uploading of programs.
  • Full dimming capabilities on all four channels.
  • Sleek modern design is offered in a black housing.
  • Moisture proof design protects electronics.
  • Reduces up to 50% of energy consumption.
  • Low noise fans run at 2000 rpm with a -20db A-weighting noise level.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Highest PAR per watt available.



LED Housing

  • Length: 24.21” (615mm)
  • Width: 9.37” (238mm)
  • Height: 2.11” (53.6mm). Atlantik Wide housing is 1.77” (45.1mm)
  • Weight (Standard model): 15.9 lbs (7.6 kg)
  • Weight (Wide model): 10.12 lbs (4.9 kg)


  • Weight: 3.97 lbs (1.02 kg)


  • USB cable:
  • Power cable: 70.86 (1.8 m)
  • Extension cables available at an additional cost.

Suspension Kit

  •  2 steel cables: 9.84” (250 mm)
  • 1 steel cable: 70.86” (1.8 m)


  • Input voltage: 90~132 VAC / 180~264 VAC  ( Selectable by switch)
  • Frequency: 47/63 Hz
  • Power consumption: 180-186 watts (Standard model)
  • Electrical outlet: Region appropriate


  •  78 LEDs per unit
  • Wattage of each LED: 3 watts but driven at 2 watts (700mA)


  •  Standard Model: For aquarium deeper than 36" 
  • Wide model: For aquariums less than 36" in depth

LED Make up

  • 28 – 75,500K white
  • 10 – 12,000K white
  • 24 – 460nm blue
  • 8 – 450 nm blue
  • 4 – Orphek special High Range Red
  • 4 – High range 380-430nm UV

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:24:38 +0000
<![CDATA[The STORM Specialized Top-Off & Replenishment Module]]> http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/blog/storm-top-off-module/

We all know how important it is to use only high quality water in our aquariums.  Many of us use reverse osmosis filters or reverse osmosis filters with a final deionizing stage to provide us with the highest quality water possible.  Unfortunately, we may be doing this all for naught if we aren't using our RO and RODI filters properly.

Most RO / RODI filter owners know what TDS is - and know that it is something they want to keep as low as possible.  What some may not realize is that while the RO filter is working properly, the water they are adding to their aquariums on a daily basis may be little better than the tap water coming in from the municipal supply.  How could this possibly be happening???

Every time an RO filter starts producing water after being shut off for any period of time, the initial output is of very low quality.  Luckily it's likely devoid of chlorine thanks to the carbon filters, but it is very high in total dissolved solids (yep, "TDS") for the first couple minutes.  After a few minutes the product water is as pure as it can be - but if the filter doesn't run for several minutes at a time the water quality is never as high as it could be.  That's where the problem lies.

Many aquarists have the output of their RO filter hooked directly up to their sump with a mechanical float valve.  Whenever the water level drops just a tiny bit due to evaporation, the RO filter dutifully produces just a little water and then shuts off.  Often it produces water for just a few seconds at a time - a few seconds during which only high TDS water is added to the aquarium.  That ultra-pure water the RO filter is capable of producing never makes it into the aquarium!  RODI filters can generally rely on the DI stage to mop up all the high TDS water that makes it through the RO membrane, but then the expensive DI resin is very quickly exhausted, making the RODI filter costly to use.

Fortunately the solution is simple!  The addition of a relatively small (10 to 15 gallon) top off bin greatly reduces the TDS creep, or the buildup of TDS in your top off and makeup water over time, by limiting the number of times your RO filter is cycled for a given volume of water.  The best possible scenario is to wait until the top off bin is nearly empty and then turn the RO or RODI filter on and refill the entire bin all at once. Yet this creates still another problem - production of water through an RO or RODI filter is slow!  And it's definitely no fun to start to top off your sump, only to realize that you don't have enough water in your top off bin to do the job.

Aquarium Specialty has you covered.  The Genesis Reef Systems STORM™ Specialized Top-Off & Replenishment Module not only monitors the water level in your sump and automatically tops off for evaporation, but also monitors the water level in your top off bin and controls the production of water through an RO / RODI filter to automatically refill the top off bin whenever it is nearing depletion!  This extends the life of your DI resin and makes sure that only the highest quality water is added to your aquarium.

The STORM™ Specialized Top-Off & Replenishment Module clearly isn't your standard top off device.  It can be run in three different top off modes, tailored to your choosing.  One mode will monitor the water level in your sump and frequently adds small volumes of water frequently to keep the salinity (and water level) as stable as possible.  A second mode monitors the water level in your sump and adds a slightly larger volume of water than necessary as you instruct it, resulting in fewer top off cycles.  And a third mode allows you to top off from a calcium reactor using a very low flow rate pump.  There are numerous layers of redundancy built into the STORM™ so you don't have to worry about overfilling your sump or top off bin.  Since the STORM™ automatically refills your top off bin you never have to worry about having enough water on hand - in fact, you'll never need to lift another finger to keep your aquarium perfectly topped off with ultra-pure water!

As an added benefit, the STORM™ integrates seamlessly with the RENEW™ Automatic Water Change System, also designed and manufactured by Genesis Reef Systems right here in the USA.  Whenever the RENEW™ removes water from you sump for a water change, the STORM™ recognizes that the water removal was intentional (not evaporation), and it won't accidentally add fresh water while the RENEW™ is doing its job.

There are two STORM™ models to choose from.  The STORM™ Basic will monitor your sump and top off whenever needed, and the STORM™ Pro will monitor your sump and top off bin, topping off and refilling as necessary.  If you have any questions about the STORM™ please get in touch with us here at Aquarium Specialty.  We'll be happy to help you choose what is best for you!

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:59:37 +0000