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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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Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation

a205Reef Suds Soap Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation The Coral Restoration Foundation has been rockin’ and rollin’ in 2014, receiving generous donations from all sorts of organizations. Another company that’s making good on their promise to contribute is Reef Suds, the first reef safe soap product to be introduced to the aquarium hobby. When Reef Suds first launched in November 2013, they promised to donate $1 from every bar sold to the CRF. Well, a few months into their campaign, the soap makers are making their initial donation of $400, with planned contributions every quarter from here on out. The goal is to gradually increase these donations as the company continues to grow, and we’re glad to see such a commitment from yet another company in the aquarium industry. MORE: Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration FoundationMore:

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Results or Convenience – Which Matters Most When Feeding?

7519p coral frenzy 041812 004 57845N2 300x300 Results or Convenience – Which Matters Most When Feeding? I would always like to think the aquarium owners are the ideal feeders and give every organism the proper nutrition. Chances are though that you, like everybody else, have forgotten to feed your fish for a few days. We are human and feeding a sun coral multiple times a day is not something every aquarium owner wants to do. It is a hassle for some people to feed there corals once a week!… SO… Well when I discovered I had a dying anemone I knew that I would have to feed it every day. For about a month I followed through with this but then eventually it becomes annoying to go through the process of pulling the food out, preparing it, feeding it, and cleaning up. So I started doing once every other day, and that turned into once every three days. My point is that I started feeding for the results but over time what mattered to me was the convenience MORE: Results or Convenience – Which Matters Most When Feeding?More:

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Marine Aquarium Trade: A Force for Good in Saving Coral Reefs

58a7Fish Catch Marine Aquarium Trade: A Force for Good in Saving Coral Reefs
The fate of coral reefs worldwide is now a well-publicized, front-page, six o’clock news crisis. In fact, three marine scientists just published a landmark paper that leads with this daunting proclamation: “Coral reefs are at the brink of a global, system-wide collapse.” Lead author of the paper, Dr. Andrew L. Rhyne: “Ending cyanide fishing and effective trade monitoring are necessary and critical short-term gains for the marine aquarium trade.” Ending cyanide fishing and effective trade monitoring are necessary and critical short-term gains. For those involved in the keeping of marine aquaria, it is logical—perhaps even imperative—to wonder whether or not embattled reef ecosystems can sustain fisheries pressure in addition to all the other stressors they face. Often the heated arguments come down to these two points of contention: 1. Is it possible to harvest live fishes and invertebrates from coral reefs in a sustainable manner? MORE: Marine Aquarium Trade: A Force for Good in Saving Coral ReefsMore:

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AquaXplorer Live 3.0 Released by Puratek

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via AquaXplorer Newsletter: Puratek is committed to introducing new and innovative products to the aquarium industry. With the latest release of our Aquarium Management software, AquaXplorer Live, you’ll see for yourself how our feature-rich platform will help you simplify and enhance your aquarium maintenance.  New Aquarium Dashboard Comprehensive and intuitive overview on a single page for simple monitoring and control New Extended Feature Set Calendar – Synchronize Insight Controller events and alarms to calendar or link calendar events to your personal Google Calendar and set schedules. Manual Chemistry Tracking – Configure any chemistry parameter you want to measure and trend. Set valid threshold limits and perform graphical trending to see history. Scheduler – Set up schedules to perform maintenance on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly intervals. Equipment Tracking – Keep an accurate list of all equipment in your system including manufacture, serial and model numbers, warranty period, attach receipts and user guides for safe keeping and more. Expense Tracking – Customize exactly how you want to track your expenses by setting up categories to log where and when you purchased things.

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ORA Introduces Blue Hypnea Macroalgae

bluehypnea lg ORA Introduces Blue Hypnea Macroalgae
Other forms of this widespread Indo-Pacific seaweed are used in Asian kitchens as salad ingredients and in industry as a source of the thickener carageenan, but Blue Hypnea (Hypnea pannosa) is an iridescent blue ornamental algae and ORA believes it has a future in reef aquariums. According to ORA: “Though similar in appearance to Ochtodes sp. algae from the Caribbean, this species originates from Micronesia and has slightly different morphology. Blue Hypnea grows in very dense, matted clumps that loosely anchor to coarse substrates. It is not a particularly fast growing algae so containing its growth is not difficult. “We recommend moderate to high, full spectrum lighting for optimum coloration and growth. Photo taken under 10K Metal halide with supplemental flash.” Source: http://www.orafarm.com/products/algae/hypnea/ MORE: ORA Introduces Blue Hypnea MacroalgaeMore:

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Living Color Aquariums Teams with Make-A-Wish Foundation to Fulfill Child’s Dreams

f7d3ing Color Aquariums and Make A Wish Foundation Living Color Aquariums Teams with Make A Wish Foundation to Fulfill Child’s Dreams Here’s a feel good story to cap off a year that has been full of aquarium industry drama. A young boy in south Florida, 10-year-old Benji Trevino, recently had his wish fulfilled when Living Color Aquariums teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to install a large aquarium at his church. Benji, who suffers from Spina Bifida and who has had to have two major surgeries this year alone, has a passion for animals and wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up. So, when he heard what the foundation would do for him, he immediately asked for a six foot long aquarium to be installed at his church. Cranking up the “aww factor”, Benji could have had the aquarium installed in his parents’ home where he could enjoy it daily. Instead, he asked that it be installed at his family’s church, Ministerio Esperanza Church, so that all of his friends and family could enjoy the tank with him. The tank is 270-gallons and features lots of low maintenance fish and elaborate coral inserts. For the original story and the video, be sure to visit Wink. MORE: Living Color Aquariums Teams with Make-A-Wish Foundation to Fulfill Child’s DreamsMore:

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Cell Phone Photography for Corals and Inverts Getting Easier and Easier with Improving Technology

6a7dFeather Duster iPhone Cell Phone Photography for Corals and Inverts Getting Easier and Easier with Improving TechnologyThe use of cell phones is nothing new in this hobby, as they’ve been a vital tool with applications that help us calculate how much calcium to dose in our tank and give us the ability to monitor and control our aquariums from afar. While these apps haven’t been around for too long, comparatively, something that has been in use for what seem like an eternity is cell phone cameras, and hobbyists are always improving aquarium photography with their phones. With the constant competition of who is the best and top dog of the smartphone industry, it is the camera in our phones that is always upgraded. For example, the iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel camera. This year the iPhone 5s was released, and while it stayed with its 8 megapixel camera, it increased its aperture to f/2.4, allowing up to %33 more light into the camera. It also got really neat features like the burst mode allowing you to capture things in action with more success. It also got the slow-mo feature slowing videos down making for really neat shots of fish eating or swimming. While DSLR macro shots are relatively nice, we all know that is another hobby that gets expensive. Nothing is going to beat a nice crisp shot you get with a true macro lens attached to that awesome camera of your choice, but we have found great success snapping close up pictures of our tanks with our phones MORE: Cell Phone Photography for Corals and Inverts Getting Easier and Easier with Improving TechnologyMore:

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