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Patter of Tiny Tentacles Heard at Mote Aquarium, Florida

Baby Caribbean pygmy octopus born at Mote Marine Lab. Credit Mote Marine LabHaving already hit the spotlight earlier this year, the Caribbean Pygmy Octopuses of the Mote Aquarium in Florida are in the limelight again – but this time they aren’t the babies, rather they’ve gone on to become proud parents. Previously shown in an image dubbed one of the “most amazing science and technology images of the year”, the aquariums Octopus mercatoris are nocturnal and secretive in the wild, and experts at blending into the reefs and rocky outcroppings they inhabit. As such, it’s perhaps no surprise that the 20 new babies from the one mated pair are currently hiding behind the scenes, too delicate and secretive to be on exhibit.

Review: Radion XR15w Pro and Reeflink Controller

Following on from our recent unboxing review, we’ve now had chance to install our XR15w over the test tank, hook it up to one of EcoTech’s ReefLink wireless controllers and have a good old play with the various settings and functions on offer. In this review we’ll detail exactly how we’ve integrated it onto the test tank, and evaluate the units capabilities in a real hobbyist setting. So the first thing we needed to do with our unit was to mount it, and to achieve this we decided to use a custom-cut sheet of glass to support it from underneath. Although any of the EcoTech mounting systems would have been fine for our tank, the other light we are currently testing (an AI Hydra 26) wouldn’t fit with this system so we needed something universal.

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 3

412 gallon reef display in Dave Bowers' marine lab classroomIn the first two parts of this series, we talked about how ozone can function as a powerful tool in keeping your reef aquarium water very clear, how it can boost your skimmer’s ability to remove waste from the water column by breaking down the larger molecules, and how using ozone can be as simple as blowing the gas into your skimmer or injecting it into a dedicated reactor and carbon media reactor. This final installment will focus on how to keep yourself and your aquarium inhabitants safe while using ozone. Regardless of how you choose to administer your ozone, safety has to be your number one concern. Too much ozone in the tank will harm—or even kill—your invertebrates and fish. Too much ozone released into the room air can irritate a healthy adult’s lungs and is even more dangerous to anyone with lung-health issues. Keeping your livestock safe To keep their aquarium inhabitants safe, most keepers use an Oxidation/Reduction Potential (ORP) meter coupled with a controller that will switch the generator off when the ORP reaches a certain level. 300 mV is commonly considered to be a safe yet effective ORP level for the home aquarium. A controller uses the meter reading to shut the generator off when the water reaches the 300mV level or whatever level you may opt to use. Experts warn against ORP levels beyond 450 mV, as that level has been shown to cause major damage to aquarium systems.

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 2

In the first installment of this series, we examined the confirmable uses of ozone gas in the home aquarium. We saw ozone having a positive effect on the nitrogen cycle and doing a great job creating ultra-clear water conditions by breaking up suspended particles. We also examined the biggest myth of using ozone—that it will sterilize your water. It is true that ozone will kill bacteria, but we use ozone at a level far below what is required to kill the majority of bacteria. Today we will look at the most common means of using ozone in the home aquarium and how to select the right system for creating and applying ozone. Ozone is created by intense electrical discharges. In nature, that means lightning bolts. At home, we can also create ozone by using an electrical discharge device (imagine a spark plug and a current jumping the gap as air passes over it). Skimmer injection Ozone is a gas at room temperature, which makes injecting it into your skimmer an ideal application method. A skimmer draws air into its chamber at such an angle as to maximize contact time with the water

Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Review of the AquaIlluminations Wireless Controller

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are and continue to be very popular with saltwater tank hobbyists. Between the power savings, range of available colors and seemingly infinite controllability, LEDs are here to stay. AquaIlluminations released their wireless controller in an effort to bridge the gap between hobbyist’s wishes for wireless LED control and what’s available on the market. During my review of the controller, I’ve found it to be wireless with a catch and a big footnote. Tagged as: aquailluminations , fail safe , sol , Sol Nano , Vega , wireless LED controller

Our in-depth review of the Seneye Reef System

The Seneye system is a new control system just introduced on the market that stands out for being extremely cheap. We just tried the Seneye Reef which will be discussed in this review.

After quoting the price we have to start from it to understand how this system can be cheap. Seneye Reef is sold to the public at 133 € (albeit in Italy). But now let’s start our complete review.

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Being A Better Reefer: Know Your LEDs

 Before I start, I want to be clear that this will not serve as an advertisement for any company and I won’t be targeting any company specifically as either good or bad.  The purpose is to impart the knowledge I have gathered on the subject in general and pass that on to help you make better and more informed decisions.  Those that know me or have followed the numerous threads on LEDs here know that until recently I was almost completely against LEDs as reef lighting.  Not because I thought the tech was bad, but more because I felt the tech hadn’t caught up to our needs or rather the needs of our tanks, plus some of the colors were just nauseating and fake looking.… More:

Seneye Monitor | Why So Cheap?

 Since the Seneye monitor hit the market it has created a huge amount of buzz with reef keepers of all types, and I’ve noticed a major trend with the feedback floating around. Every time I Google “Seneye” I find countless people wondering why it’s so cheap, and even some saying that the low price is a sure sign of less quality. Considering what it does, some speculation on why it’s so inexpensive is certainly natural, and I’ve been wondering the same since the release. Instead of speculating, I decided to return to the source and simply asked Seneye, “Why so cheap?”… More:

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