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Product Review: The New EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40 QUIETDRIVE

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Once every decade or so, a product comes out that redefines and revolutionizes the industry it belongs to. Just like a smartphone for mobile communications, an electric car that goes 0-60 in under 3 seconds for automotive technology, or a remote-controlled drone for aerial surveillance and photography, EcoTech’s introduction of the VorTech Propeller Pump in 2005, revolutionized the home aquarium water-movement products industry. This innovative product transformed Ecotech from a student-run start-up project to one of the best known names in the aquarium industry. Ten years later, the “wave-maker” has been remade for the third time, complete with new features and a completely  re-engineered  controller. What’s so special about the new driver? Let’s find out… … More:

Review: Vortech MP40w ES to Quiet Drive Upgrade

reefs.comEStoQDBack in February I shared a picture and video of the first MP40w Quiet Drive prototype. EcoTech claimed up to 40% more flow, with 90% less noise. The latter intrigued me most. I run one MP40w ES on our office reef in “reef crest” mode at ~95% power. The pulsing noise could be heard throughout our our 2,400 sq. ft. office, which drove me insane. This pump is regularly cleaned, and I wasn’t looking for any additional flow. Low and behold EcoTech released a stand-alone option to simply upgrade the driver which reduced noise for $75.… More:

The Trade in Saltwater Aquarium Fishes: Philippines Part 4

 This is part 4 in a multi-part series produced by Ret Talbot as a special to In this segment we look at the export process and export data collection by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) staff at the One Stop Document Exportation Center in Manila, Philippines.… More:

Northern Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Inc. to hold first ever inaugural MACA


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Inaugural MACA 2015.

 November 2015 will see the inaugural pilot launch of Australia’s very first Marine Aquarium Conference (MACA). The conference aims to bring together home hobbyists, industry leaders, scientists, curators and a whole spectrum of regional and international talents in this first ever event. MACA 2015 will make its debut in the vibrant and postcard perfect city of Cairns, Queensland Australia. … More:

Ocean Swipe 360 Kickstarter Campaign Launched

reefs.comOS360I have to say that your new product has me more excited than any product release in the 12 years I’ve been in the industry.” This was the opening sentence of the first email I sent to the Ocean Swipe team. And it’s true. I was refreshing their homepage all day between aquarium visits. At noon today their Kickstarter campaign launched.… More:

Fauna Marin in the U.S.

fauna marin products - reefsGermany’s Fauna Marin, a leader in the marine fish and coral food industry for over 20 years, has just announced the opening of their first U.S.-based warehouse! In April of this year, the company’s products became available in the U.S. through both Los Angeles-based Oculus Aquatics and internet giant Bulk Reef Supply, and the overwhelmingly positive customer response prompted Fauna Marin’s management to move forward with plans to open a permanent facility in the country. The company is also known for its line of premium tank supplements and additives, including Balling Method supplies. This daily-dosing regime involving calcium, magnesium, carbonate hardness, and trace elements replaces the use of a calcium reactor for saltwater and reef tanks; Leonardo’s Reef has a great article explaining the method. The move will allow the company to improve product availability, bring in new products, and directly handle support questions as it distributes products wholesale to the trade. All North American dealers will now be able to order directly from “Fauna Marin USA”, located in West Haven, CT.  And if there is a specific product that you are looking for, the company encourages you to call them at (203) 871-1194 or send an email to, and someone will be happy to help you find the retailer closest to you.… More:

Million Dollar Tanks

While working as Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums and directly for Middle Eastern royalty for several  years, I learned a great deal about the luxury aquarium market and the endless possibility for aquarium design when money is no object. Custom aquarium designs can come in any shape or size imaginable, and can accommodate every whim of their ultra-rich owners.  The rise of reality TV shows like Tanked and Fish Tank Kings (my personal favorite) has helped to fuel the desire for custom, high end aquariums. 

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A 2,645-gallon saltwater tank built by Aquarium Architecture, valued at $310,000, houses a rare Gem Tang


The Trade in Saltwater Aquarium Fishes: Philippines Part 3

 This is segment three in a multi-part series on the marine aquarium trade and marine aquarium trade data. I’m Ret Talbot reporting from the Philippines as a special report to In this segment, we’ll look at the data collection project that yielded the most comprehensive marine aquarium dataset ever published and how that project laid the groundwork for the data collection that is about to begin in the Philippines. Thanks for watching, and if you have questions or comments feel free to comment below or email me directly at Once I return to the States, I’ll be looking to answer any questions and continue the dialog with you on why data matter. Click here to watch Part 2 in the series.… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.