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Reef Octopus Elite Skimmers Add DC Controlled Pumps to Wine Glass Bodies

4491Reef Octopus Elite 220INT DC Skimmer Reef Octopus Elite Skimmers Add DC Controlled Pumps to Wine Glass Bodies What do you get when you combine the elegant shape of a wine glass bodied skimmer with the performance and controllability of a DC powered pump? The new Reef Octopus Elite skimmer, that’s what. Reef Octopus has taken their Prime protein skimmer line and given it a big boost with the addition of a DC pump, marrying two of the hottest features in protein skimmer technology into one product that is sure to perform. The RO Elite skimmer will come in two models, the 220-INT with a filtration capacity of 530-gallons and the 200-INT for aquariums 400-gallon and less. Both models will feature the popular wine-glass body, which is comprised of soft curves that gently bottleneck bubbles into the collection cup, along with tons of other nice features outline immediately below. Turbulence Reducing Super Cone Body Solid Cast Acrylic & Machined PVC Construction Bubble Dispersant Plate Vented Output Valve with Adjustment Dial Controllable RO-DC Pump “Twist & Lift” Collection Cup Efficient & Quiet Operation Disassembles for Easy Cleaning & Maintenance As for individual product specs, the largest of the two models is the 220-INT. It sports a 16.5″ x 12.2″ footprint and draws in air at a maximum rate of 2000 lph depending on the DC 5500s Pinwheel Pump’s settings. The smaller model, called the 200-INT, takes all of the same features and crams them down into a 15″ x 11.2″ footprint. It’s DC 3500s pump has an air draw of up to 1200 lph, but like its big brother, these numbers can be dialed back to fine tune performance. MORE: Reef Octopus Elite Skimmers Add DC Controlled Pumps to Wine Glass BodiesMore:

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EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control

4814EcoSmart Live App with VorTech Control EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control As part of the continued effort to integrate the VorTech pumps into EcoTech Marine’s EcoSmart Live system, an update to the EcoSmart Live app has been released that allows users to control their VorTech pumps via any iOS powered device. Just last month, EcoTech added VorTech control to their Reeflink, for the first time allowing the ReefLink and EcoSmart platforms to live up to their promises of simultaneous wireless control of the Radion XR30w LED fixtures and the popular pumps. The update app has the same look and feel of the previous verions that only offered Radion control, but adds the touch sensitive wheel right alongside the Radion controls. This touch sensitive wheel is dual purpose, allowing the speed of the pump to be adjusted, as well as the flow mode. This app is free to download from Apple’s App Store and an Android friendly version will shortly follow. MORE: EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech ControlMore:

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Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix-II DIMTEC T5HO Fixtures

c296Matrix II DIMTEC Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix II DIMTEC T5HO Fixtures Giesemann is one of the few companies out there that isn’t abandoning the tried and true T5HO technology, and in fact, they are still making groundbreaking strides that keep it totally relevant in a time dominated by LED light fixtures. Around a year ago, Giesemann revamped the look of their Matrixx T5HO fixtures to bring their aesthetics in line with their gorgeous Teszla and Futura LED products, and just a week ago they announced even more upgrades. The brand new Matrixx-II DIMTEC will share the same sleek look as its predecessor, but will also incorporate full Bluetooth connectivity that allows it to communicate with a variety of devices including personal computer, Macs, and Android powered devices. The user interface is provided by Giesemann’s own software package, which is very similar to the one used on the Futura LED system. The key selling features of the software include: Point to point multi-plot light cycle programming allowing smooth transitional lighting phases across an available 920 set points. Fully independent channel control over 2 – 4 channels dependent on light unit connected. Transitional color shift dependent on the mix of tubes across each channel. Fully adjustable cloud and weather simulations Fully adjustable lunar phases. Creation of dedicated user profiles MORE: Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix-II DIMTEC T5HO FixturesMore:

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EcoTech Marine Celebrates 3rd Gen Radion XR30w by Giving One Away

4be8EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w G3 Giveaway EcoTech Marine Celebrates 3rd Gen Radion XR30w by Giving One Away
Have we ever mentioned just how much we like contests and giveaways where free aquarium gear is involved? Well ladies and gents, we like them a lot and do our best to share them with all of you whenever we come across them, especially the good ones. In celebration of launching their highly anticipated Radion XR30w Gen 3 LED fixture, the crew at EcoTech Marine decided to just give one away in a little promotional Facebook contest. And they didn’t just stop at the light fixture, as the winner will receive other prizes like a bottle of Elements Coral Glue and T-Shirt. Like most Facebook friendly contests, the way to enter is to “Like”, “Comment”, and “Share” the contest post on the EcoTech Marine Facebook page. The contest will end February 28th at 11:59 pm and the winner will be announced March 3rd. Simple contest with an amazing prize…count us in. If you do hit up their contest via our link, be sure to let them know. MORE: EcoTech Marine Celebrates 3rd Gen Radion XR30w by Giving One AwayMore:

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Playing with the Ecoxotic EcoPico

0369EcoPico with LED Arm Playing with the Ecoxotic EcoPico Nano aquariums are so much fun. It’s as simple as that. The tiny little glass boxes can be put just about anywhere, and while they can’t house every fish or coral, they can be personalized in so many ways. One such nano that we’ve recently gotten to play with is the EcoPico from Ecoxotic. This tank measures 10”x10”x12”, which translates to just a shade over 5 gallons, and has a small LED light and filter that make it pretty much saltwater friendly out of the box. We have a hard time calling it reef ready, which for the record is not one of Ecoxotic’s claims, but it certainly has a lot of features to get it off to a good start. MORE: Playing with the Ecoxotic EcoPicoMore:

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Bacteria Infused Life Rock on the Way from CaribSea

1c65CaribSea Life Rock Bacteria Infused Life Rock on the Way from CaribSea The substrate connoisseurs are back with a brand new product. CaribeSea recently announced their Life Rock, an an aragonite based live rock substitute that is infused with live bacteria and made to look like the coralline laden live rock that you often find well-established aquaria. And because the rock product contains no cement or decaying material, it requires no curing prior to use. The CaribSea Life Rock will come in 20 pound and 40 pound boxes, though retail pricing details have yet to be released. The rock is currently available, at least at the distributor level, and we expect it to start trickling out to hobbyists in no time. MORE: Bacteria Infused Life Rock on the Way from CaribSeaMore:

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New Dual Pump Controller on the Way from Jebao

6663Jebao Twinr Controller New Dual Pump Controller on the Way from Jebao Announced earlier this week, Jebao has released a brand new Twins Controller for the unusually popular Jebao WP Series and FS Type next generation pumps. After sorting through the poorly written announcement, here are the details of the controller that we were able to come up with. The new Twins Controller, which was designed by Fish-Street engineers, provides more flow patterns and a higher output than its predecessor while using up one less power outlet and controller port. Where the old controller had three preset flow rate settings (50, 75 and 100%), this new controller has a range of 30-100% with far more steps in between. In terms of functions, the Twins Controller also allows for alternating pump mode and a switch mode, which allows one pump to act as a stream and the other as a pulsing wavebox. As far as all of the buttons and indicator LEDs go, Fish-Street provided a pretty thorough breakdown of what each does. And not trying to re-invent the wheel, here is there descriptions: MODE/NIGHT: Press the “MODE” button once to select the function, long press to enter into Night mode. FEED/LOCK: Press the “FEED” button once to get into 10- min feed mode, long press to lock the knob. P1_FLOW: Setting the flow rate of P1 Pump. P2_FLOW: Setting the flow rate of P2 Pump MORE: New Dual Pump Controller on the Way from JebaoMore:

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Neptune Systems to Offer Apex Gold Package for More Savings, Convenience

fa7dNeptune Systems Apex Gold System Neptune Systems to Offer Apex Gold Package for More Savings, Convenience A week removed from the news that the Apex Lite was being discontinued, Neptune Systems has announced that they would be packaging their popular Apex controller into a new gold bundle. This new gold package doesn’t include any new products that we haven’t seen before. Instead it is comprised of several popular items rolled into one pakage, providing more savings for hobbyists looking to purchase a controller with a few more accessories instead of having to piece things together over time. So what’s included in the Apex Gold Package? According to the Neptune Systems Facebook page, for the retail price of $799.95, controller happy hobbyists will get: Apex Base Unit Energy Bar 8 Apex Display Module Long-life Temperature Probe Lab Grade pH Probe Lab Grade ORP Probe PM2 – Salinity Module Lab Grade Conductivity (Salinity) Probe For those not entirely familiar with all of the Neptune Systems controllers and their accessoires, the previously most robust Apex Controller package was priced at $524.95 and included everything above except the Lab Grade ORP Probe, the PM2 Salinity Module, and the Lab Grade Conductivity Probe. Priced individually, these three add-ons total almost $283. This means hobbyists will enjoy approximately $10. Not a huge discount, but at this point in the game, any savings helps a ton. But the package goes beyond just the savings aspect. Where the highest level Apex bundle offered up just the basics, this package is one that many hobbyists are applauding because it contains all of the stuff they need and none of the stuff they don’t. MORE: Neptune Systems to Offer Apex Gold Package for More Savings, ConvenienceMore:

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