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Red Seadragon Is Spectacular New Species

A paper in the Royal Society Open Science has announced the discovery of a new species of seadragon. The Ruby Seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) is named for its incredible bright-red coloring and was first noticed after a male was caught during a biodiversity trawling survey in 2007. At first, scientists thought it was a weedy seadragon, but DNA analysis revealed it to be a completely new species. In addition to DNA research, the team also took a CT scan of one of the specimens. “[The] scan gave us 5,000 X-ray slices that we were able to assemble into a rotating 3-D model of the new seadragon,” said lead author Josefin Stiller. “We could then see several features of the skeleton that were distinct from the other two species, corroborating the genetic evidence.” The scientists believe the new seadragon has gone un-noticed for so long because it is found in deeper waters off the coast. The deeper water habitat may also explain its darker, red color

EcoTech VorTech ‘QuietDrive’ Pumps Announced

Rumour and speculation have been rife over the last couple of weeks but now the embargo has finally been lifted, we can stop ‘keeping it quiet’ as it were, and bring you official details on the latest product development from our sponsor Ecotech Marine! We’ve studied the offical 16 page release at length so here are the key points. Building on the already award-winning VorTech pump line, the new MP10wQD, MP40wQD and MP60wQD offer claimed improvements in noise reduction, efficiency, flow and durability. Specifically, this next evolution of the VorTech range offers up to 90% noise reduction and up to 40% more output* while the line retains connectivity and offers a new gyre flow mode.

Review: Nyos Quantum 220 Skimmer

If you caught our recent unboxing review you’ll know that we installed this interesting skimmer on the test tank back in Autumn 2014. This is certainly a great looking skimmer and now that it’s been running for a good while we are in a position to give you more detail on how it stacks-up operationally (for technical details on the design of the skimmer, please read the unboxing review). OK, so installing the Quantum was a piece-of-cake. With the pump held internally there’s no need to assemble it once it’s inside the sump and it’s easy to handle (although we did take the cup off until it was in place). In operation this unit is very quiet… it’s not silent but is barely audible, especially once cabinet doors are shut. The noise produced is more a product of the water movement inside the unit rather than the pump

*EXCLUSIVE* Unboxed: Red Sea REEFER™ 170 Aquarium System

(light not included)Breaking the news of their launch back in November 2014 we’ve been eagerly anticipating the commercial release of Red Sea’s new REEFER line of rimless braceless aquaria, as we suspect have many of you! In advance of the imminent arrival of the first run we’ve managed to get our hands on the very first unit and in this unboxing review (of sorts) we’ll be taking a preliminary look at the key aspects of the set-up both aesthetic and functional. Whether or not you’ve placed an order already, are considering doing so, or are just plain interested in such a system for the future, we hope this review will prove useful and entertaining! Coming in 5 models ranging from 117 to 450l in total volume, we’ve got our hands on the Reefer 170 which is one model up from the nano (incidentally, note that the model number refers to the total litre volume of the system including sump and top up tanks).

Unboxed: JECOD (Jebao) DCT4000 Return Pump

In case you haven’t heard, Jebao are changing their name to JECOD (which stands for Jebao ECOlogical Design). All new UK products will have this branding, and first to reach us are the new DCT series of pumps which replaced the previous DC series late last year. In this unboxing review we take a preliminary look at the DCT4000 model and evaluate the range overall in terms of quality, performance on paper and features. Looking almost identical to the older DC series (with the new DCTs grey, and the older DC series blue) you might wonder what exactly makes these pumps ‘new and improved’ as overall they do appear to be very similar.

Review: TMC EASI-Dose 3 Programmable Dosing System

Although they’ve been used on reef systems for many years, peristaltic dosing pumps (or ‘peri’ pumps) have become a much more common sight in the last few years being integral to a number of relatively new supplementation regimes. Whereas once, a single peri pump with no particular control, slaving away in some far corner of a cabinet was the norm, modern units offer multiple pumps, digital control, slave options and a range of other features. One such unit is the EASI-Dose from TMC which we look at in this review. Part of a much wider ‘system’ aimed at advanced reef-keepers, the EASI-Dose 3 is, as the name suggests, a triple pump dosing unit. Also in the REEF range by TMC, we have single and double pump units (EASI-Dose 1 and 2 respectively), a 4 pump slave unit, and there are also bespoke shelves for each pump plus a container system which comes in different sizes and can handle aggressive chemicals. In terms of modularity, taking the EASI-Dose 3 as an example, you could feasibly connect 2 slave units to this ‘master’ giving you 11 pump heads in total… easily enough to cover a vast range of systems

Decisions, Decisions: New SAIA Tool Can Help Stock Your Nano Reef

Focusing on nano tanks, AquarioScenario is a new tool from the SAIA. Along the lines of their existing FishSelector, this interface offers the aquarium hobbyist guidance on selecting organisms for stocking a tank in an ethical and sustainable way, while avoiding impulse buying. AquarioScenario also incorporates the SAIAs ‘Lists of Unsuitable and UnsustainableSpecies’, and ensures the combinations of marine life suggested are suitable and compatible, considering not only size, but also behaviour and needs of the species. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed with the many decisions to make and options to choose from when planning your small reef, AquarioScenario can assist by suggesting possible combinations of marine life for each tank size range, while still ensuring an interesting display.

OATA Petition Needs Your Support!

Calling all UK hobbyists! OATA have recently launched a campaign to defend the UK ornamental trade and hobby from a host of overzealous campaign groups who are seeking to bring an end to the practice of keeping fish in captivity by introducing bans on the importation and sale of wild-caught and exotic species. Clearly the ramifications of such a ban would be huge – not just stopping us from enjoying the beauty of such life in our own homes, but also destroying a myriad of businesses across the country, and even beyond these shores. We strongly recommend you visit the site by clicking HERE and show your support as we have.

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