Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Reefdoser Pro iPad app released!

We were alerted to a new app in the Apple App Store named Reefdoser Pro.  This is available for the Apple iPad and features an incredible amount of logging and statistical analysis tools for the advanced aquarists.  Despite the huge number of possible inputs, you can use this app to identify common causes of pH issues, Alk/Ca balance issues, balling light, as well as long term trending for Phosphates and Nitrates.  Basically the app depends on you putting in your test results, but it gives you a very nice interface and explanation of what your current chemistry is and how to dose to get to the ideal levels.  If you’re like us, you keep some sort of computer or iPad near your tank to record this information and Reefdoser Pro seems like a great fit if you are struggling to understand what is going on with your water chemistry.  Check it out now on Pixelwand’s website.More:

Reef Nutrition Announces Beta Brine

Around this time every year, the folks over at Reef Nutrition start cooking up a new flavor of deliciousness for your reef.  We’ve previously mentioned their new R.O.E. product, which will be on display at MACNA in Dallas next week, but to add to the excitement, we just got a sneak peek of their new Artemia product that is due out this Fall.  The “Nutrition” in the company name is not just for marketing, these brine shrimp are super gut loaded with saltwater phytoplankton in salt pond farms in Australia, ensuring that they are one of the most nutritious things you can feed your fish and corals.  Gone are the days of keeping some live brine alive until they die and smell up your home, these tasty morsels are packed with beta-carotene and can be safely refrigerated long enough for you to use them up.  We can’t wait to get a bottle of this to see how excited our fish get, if you use the RN products you know how crazy they get the first they see the new foods hit the water!… More:

Advice on Finding Nemo

 With the re-release of “Finding Nemo” in 3D this week Drs. Foster & Smith and “Live Aquaria” have put out a great article for new hobbyists. The article highlights responsibility, cost & maintenance as well as tips on setting up a freshwater system as an alternative to a saltwater one. Also of note is the section on the  tank bred species available and their benefits. Nice job! Read the full article: Finding Nemo In Your HomeMore:

Product Review: Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm

I recently received the brand new electronic Neo-Therm submersible heater from Cobalt Aquatics. I was excited to test it out, because it doesn't look like any heater you've ever had before. It's about the thinnest I've ever seen, measuring at 8mm or the unusual 1/3" listed on the box.

ORA Offering Goldflake Maroons and Premium Variations

Dustin over at ORA just revealed some interesting developments in their captive breeding of Maroon clownfish.  First up is the availability of the striking Goldflake Maroon clown pictured above.  These fish are the result of a very healthy breeding program that has been going on for the past 15 years, but these new Goldflakes demonstrate that ORA has a good amount of data showing that the strange patterns shown in some wild caught clowns will not be passed on to their first generation offspring.  One of the most unusual varieties is what they are referring to as a 24k Solid Gold Maroon, which is the fish above but completely white, like a platinum.  These fish are just reaching maturity now and when their coloration changes from white to gold they will be incredible looking.  Be sure to check out the details on the breeding program HERE and you can expect these new Goldflakes in your LFS in the coming months.… More:

Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #94: Trim Me For Best Results

I have a love-hate relationship with nori.

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Tunze Silence pumps 1073.020 – 1073.040 – 1073.050: The Total Comparative Test

This is, for now, the last post on our testing with various pumps, we hope to soon have others to compare with these tests. Today we talk about the Tunze Silence, and in particular 1073.020, 1073.040, and 1073.050. All in accordance to what you can read in our introduction: Return Pumps: tests and real measurements compared

Tunze Silence 1073.020

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