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Aquarium Industry News & Education

Neptune Systems GRO Refugium LED - New Product Announcement!

Neptune Systems GRO Refugium LED - New Product Announcement!

Some of the most successful reef aquariums employ the use of a macroalgae-filled growth area or refugium for the purpose of nutrient control. The GRO is a specialized, 20W LED light designed to grow many types of common macroalgaes (i.e. Chaetomorpha) using a specialized light spectrum which maximizes photosynthesis. It plugs directly into any available DC24 port in your Apex ecosystem, or alternatively, it can also be run completely standalone.REDUCE YOUR NUTRIENTS, THE NATURAL WAY, WITH A REFU …
Mar 09, 2021 Ken Brown
Chasing pH - Is a certain PH level a REQUIREMENT?

Chasing pH - Is a certain PH level a REQUIREMENT?

First off, this is not meant to be a definitive article on pH. I am assuming most people reading this already have a decent grasp on what it is and what it does. It is one of those aquarium parameters which can fluctuate greatly between lights on and lights off. It tends to go down at night when nothing is performing photosynthesis and utilizing the extra carbon dioxide and up in the middle of the day when everything is. A lot of aquarists who closely monitor this parameter will find that t …
Mar 08, 2021 CAE
​Surviving Cold Weather Emergencies with your Tank

​Surviving Cold Weather Emergencies with your Tank

Ideally before the emergency strikes you would already have a plan in place as to what to do. Power is essential in keeping our tanks alive, that's a great place to start. You should never wait for an emergency to create a plan to keep your tank alive.Creating a plan - Before an emergency strikes you should have a plan in place. Where are you going to get power? Is it enough to run the pumps and the heater, if your power solution is only enough to run the pumps how will you handle tem …
Feb 16, 2021 Ken Brown
Hello Mobius - Goodbye EcoSmart Live!

Hello Mobius - Goodbye EcoSmart Live!

Vectra and VorTech are now compatible with Mobius.EcoTech is now shipping all VorTech and Vectra pumps with Mobius firmware onboard. Mobius firmware pumps will be identified with stickers on the boxes.Mobius firmware pumps can be downgraded through the Mobius app to run with EcoSmart Live.  This is required to control the pumps via a Neptune Systems Apex WXM Module.Published flow numbers are changing to more accurately describe actual flow produced by pumps however pump design and per …
Jun 16, 2020 Ken Brown
New Marine Hanna pH Checker! HI780

New Marine Hanna pH Checker! HI780

Get accurate water testing results with the HI780 Marine pH Colorimeter. With a digital read out, there is no more struggling to determine colors visually. This pH tester's compact design fits in your pocket or stores easily in your shop.Easier to use and more accurate than chemical test kits.One-button operation makes getting your pH results simple.Great for aquariums and marine environmental testing.The HI780 Checker®HC (Handheld Colorimeter) is a simple, accurate and cost effective way to mea …
Jun 02, 2020 Ken Brown
Nero 5 Now with FISH GUARD!

Nero 5 Now with FISH GUARD!

Starting in June 2020 the Nero 5 will come with an included Fishguard accessory. Watch a quick overview of the Fishguard and how to install it. Starting in June AI will be including the Fishguard with all Nero Pumps.  The Fishguard is a fish and invert guard that goes on the back of the pump.  To install it, simply take the pump, take the guard and there's a notch cut out for the cord slot on the back. Then use a submersible magnet to hold it in plac …
Jun 02, 2020 Ken Brown
COVID Operational Status

COVID Operational Status

As the number of questions about our operational status mount, we feel now is a good time to calm the fears of our customer base. We are deemed an essential business by the state of PA as our business is important to the life support of our pets. We are classified by the State of PA as a Nonstore Retail, Electronic Shopping and Mail Order house. We are operational and will continue to ship orders as long as the shipping lanes of UPS, Fedex & USPS continue to operate.With the COVID-19 globa …
Mar 31, 2020 Ken Brown
Kessil AP9X Announced!

Kessil AP9X Announced!

Kessil's new generation of LED is HERE!  The AP9X fixture.  This new Kessil fixture brings with it refinements to every aspect of light output, color channels, wireless controls (additional control features coming soon), and a whole new form factor as the platform to carry all this fancy engineering footwork. On the surface this new fixture looks like a smaller, thinner and much sleeker version of the Kessil AP700 but there are ton's of upgrades over the older AP700. Kessil kept t …
Mar 09, 2020 Ken Brown
Ecotech Radion Gen 5 - G5 XR30 XR15 Pro & Blue Released!

Ecotech Radion Gen 5 - G5 XR30 XR15 Pro & Blue Released!

What is the Difference between the Radion G4 & G5?The Radion G5 is 35% more light (now 205-215 Watts) coming from over one hundred LEDs, controlled across ten channels, spread out by an improved version of the HEI lenses, and thoroughly cooled with a custom designed fan with moonlights.  There are now 2 models of each XR 30 Radion and XR 15 Radion.  XR30 G5 Pro, XR30 G5 Blue, XR15 G5 Pro & XR15 G5 Blue.  The difference between PRO & BLUE is the selection and arrangemen …
Feb 17, 2020 Ken Brown
Leak Testing Your Saltwater Aquarium

Leak Testing Your Saltwater Aquarium

Now that the tank is full of water it's my least favorite part of building a saltwater tank.  The leak test.  Why is the leak test my least favorite part of building a saltwater tank? View The Mega Matrix Youtube Series - https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/video/mega-matrix-120/Because if you find a leak then your whole build comes to a screeching halt until it's fixed.  Imagine working on your tank you're, getting things built up and your girlfriend or your wife walks …
Jan 25, 2020 Mark Callahan