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EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture

9bcfEcoTech Marine Radion XR15FW EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture Did you know that EcoTech Marine has a light designed specifically for freshwater applications? Neither did we. Amidst all of the fanfare of the XR15w Pro launch, EcoTech quietly slipped their XR15FW light into the mix, kicking off what might be a very lucrative venture into the freshwater side of the aquarium hobby. Since we don’t dabble in freshwater tanks, we can only speculate, but seeing as how revolution the EcoTech Marine produce line has been for salty tanks, we’re positive that the freshwater community will accept them with wide open arms. Getting back to the fixture itself, the Radion XR15FW uses the same form factor as the pro model, but comes with fewer LEDs and a much different array of LED colors. Where the pro model uses 21 diodes that emphasize blues and cool whites, the freshwater version only uses 15 LEDs and relies heavily on warmer colors. Here is a breakdown of each of the color channels: • Neutral White: 5 • Deep Blue: 2 • Blue: 2 • Green: 2 • Hyper Red: 2 • Indigo: 1 • UV: 1 The XR15FW will feature the same wireless technology and TIR lenses found on the pro model, meaning it will work flawlessly with the EcoSmart Live platform and the ReefLink wireless hub. As for the fixture’s price, the XR15FW will retail for $299, or about $150 less than the pro version. The light is currently available for preorder, but hasn’t quite hit the market as of yet MORE: EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED FixtureMore:

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Jebao Launches DC Powered Protein Skimmers

ccf4Jebao DC700 Curve Skimmer Jebao Launches DC Powered Protein Skimmers Jebao is making its first foray into the protein skimmer department with the release of their DC pump powered D700 Curve Skimmer. Based on the same controllable pump line we’ve seen over and over again from RLSS, Jebao isn’t doing anything groundbreaking with the new D700 and subsequent models, but they are bringing in a DC controllable skimmer at a sub-$300 price point. The D700 Curve is priced at $275, and is fitted with an under mount DC3000 pump and all of the usual bells and whistles we’ve come to expect on cone shaped skimmers. The pump is adjustable to six different speed settings, which can be controlled via the included controller or a properly equipped aquarium controller. Additionally, the DC3000 has a soft start function and a feeding timers that shuts it down when triggered. Reef Breeders, who are marketing the skimmer, state that the D700 is suitable for medium to well stocked tanks up to 200 gallons in total water volume. The skimmer has a base diameter of 8 3/4″ and a height of 21″ with the cup. While the D700 is immediately available, future models will also fill out the line MORE: Jebao Launches DC Powered Protein SkimmersMore:

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Now You Can Swim In An Aquarium Too

 Ever wonder what is would be like to be a fish in the aquarium? Well no more imagination needed. You can now experience what it is like to be on the inside of an aquarium, with people looking in at you. The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana now offers the opportunity for visitors to dive or snorkel inside their 130,000 gallon tank. While this is not a new concept, as similar encounters are offered with other aquariums, programs like this are probably one of the only ways you will ever get to swim inside a giant fish tank. The cost varies, diving inside the tank costs $250.00, and snorkeling inside the aquarium is $175.00, which includes all gear. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #193

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #193

Everyone should have a specie tank that’s home to a Pygmy Tuberculated Angler. All of the other fish we talked about are already sold. Sorry.It was a whim and we went with it. We trashed everything we were planning to talk about, fired up the Live Aquaria Diver’s Den page and geeked out about fish for 50 minutes. We had fun. Hope you enjoy listening. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #193


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Orphek Crams Atlantik Features into the DIF Form Factor

ddb5Orphek Atlantik Pendant Orphek Crams Atlantik Features into the DIF Form Factor
Hey, you got Atlantik in my DIF. No! You got DIF on my Atlantik. Does anyone else remember those Reeses Peanut Butter Cup commercials or am I just a bit too nostalgic? Well, as the metaphor implies, Orphek is blending their lighting technologies, cramming the LEDs from their flagship Atlantik fixture into their DIF pendant. Now, users can have the same power and flexibility of the Atlantik v2.1 but in a much smaller form factor. The light will replace the DIF, which is being discontinued, and it will feature the same wireless controllability that is channeled through an on-board WiFi module and Orphek’s free Android app. Similar to the Atlantik fixture, the pendant will enjoy controllability across four different channels, allowing users to fine tune colors and intensities to get the right look with the right amount of light MORE: Orphek Crams Atlantik Features into the DIF Form FactorMore:

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ABC News Lists 7 Hotels With Must See Aquariums

shark reef ABC News Lists 7 Hotels With Must See AquariumsSummer vacation is coming to an end. Maybe there is still time to stay in one of these 7 hotels with amazing aquariums featured by ABC News. Number one on the list is the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Famous for its Shark Reef and walk through tunnel, the exhibits house over 2000 animals. It’s not all that surprising that three of these hotels are in Las Vegas, which is essentially Disney Land for adults. Go for the slots and stay for the fish.  In some cases, these hotel aquariums are on par with the exhibits found in well known public aquariums.Hey, actually you don’t even have to stay in these hotels, you can just walk in and enjoy some of these awesome works of aquarium art . MOREMore:

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TripAdvisor Announces Travelers Choice Zoos and Aquariums Winners

monterey TripAdvisor Announces Travelers Choice Zoos and Aquariums WinnersTripAdvisor, a very large travel website, has come out with the winners of its travelers choice awards for zoos and aquariums. The list includes the top 25 in both the U.S. and the World. This is pretty awesome to look at. Number one Aquarium in the U.S. and the World went to Monterey Bay Aquarium (not too surprising as it is an awesome place).  Actually the U.S. comes in on top for both the Zoos and Aquariums. What are your thoughts? Did they get it right? MOREMore:

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Picture of the Week, Pakistan Butterflyfish

ebf3Pakistan Butterflyfish Picture of the Week, Pakistan Butterflyfish
Gracing the AquaNerd Picture of the Week this time around is the beautiful, yet not so reef friendly, Pakistan butterflyfish (Chaetodon collare). While we don’t have any personal experience with this fish, we have crossed its path several times at public aquariums all over the globe. It is a beautiful fish, no doubt, but its diet of SPS polyps and notoriously finicky nature make it a surprising choice for most public exhibits. In all of the displays we’ve seen the fish, none were in Acropora-ridden tanks, which means the caretakers must be providing them with superb attention and the perfect diet. The butterfly is known for its dark body that is highlighted with lighter colored scales. It’s boldly colored red tail and stand out sharply against the darker background, as does the fish’s vertical white stripes on its face. MORE: Picture of the Week, Pakistan ButterflyfishMore:

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