All Posts by "Ryan Gripp"

Consumers still protesting Petco / Drs. Foster Smith deal

Now that it’s been several months of Petco’s acquisition of Drs. Foster & Smith and their famous Live Aquaria division the Internet has  and is still crying out in protest of the deal. Every major social network has been slammed with negative responses to the news including news outlets that are outside of the industry. Read More

Tropical Marine Centre bringing Ecoxotic Canon Pro lighting to UK and beyond

Tropical Marine Centre is partnering with Ecoxotic to bring the high power Canon Pro range of LED pendant lights to the commercial market in Europe, the Middle East and Russia. The Canon Pro LED lighting is extremely popular with large installations as the amount of light distributed is second to none, as we’ve concluded with Read More

Bulk Reef Supply suffers cyber attack, customer data stolen

Bulk Reef Supply, a popular provider of aquarium equipment and supplies announced yesterday they have been hacked. Those customers who were affected by the breach will receive written notice from the company along with free instructions to receive credit monitoring services. The investigation is ongoing to the incident but the company has confirmed some customer Read More

Hawaii removes ban on aquarium collection in proposed bill

Hawaii has been at the center of legislation that would ban aquarium collection. Last week, the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs approved a revised House Bill 873 which initially called for a ban on the industry that officials have said does around $2 million a year in business. The decision came Read More

Ocean Swipe 360 — A Robot that can clean all four sides of an aquarium

Keeping reef tanks is a big job that takes a large investment in time. One of the bigger tasks is cleaning the aquarium glass especially removing it from any built up algae. A new product called Ocean Swipe 360 seeks to change our hassle of cleaning aquariums with a novel way to clean the inside Read More

QuietDrive is new pump technology from Ecotech Marine

It is highly likely that Ecotech Marine will launch new generation Vortech pumps in the coming months using new pump technology that has yet to be revealed. According to information we have dug up and other signs pointing to a refreshed pump lineup including a new feature called “QuietDrive” and other new features are expected Read More

The Saltwater Aquatics Industry is in major jeopardy

Last week, we reported on the process to start legislation to ban 20 species of corals in the U.S. Territories. The process does take time to work its way through the United States and as we again reported last week the phase the 20 corals are in is the commenting phase. The commenting phase is Read More

Aquatics retailers: Amazon is now the #1 Competition

Amazon might be hurting fish stores more than other online stores, that’s according to interviews conducted by Reef Builders and talking to major retailers across the country.  The data suggests that consumers are comparison-shopping online and in stores for popular aquatics goods and then purchasing directly through Amazon. Several online retailers have reported that Amazon Read More

Is Ecotech Marine planning on a new pump?

EcoTech marine, the purveyor of premium high quality pumps and lighting equipment for both freshwater and saltwater tanks recently dropped the price of one of their most popular pumps by one hundred dollars. Suffice to say the price drop has several folks speculating on the reasons why exactly the price drop when into affect. Like Read More

What’s next for Drs Foster and Smith, Live Aquaria, and Petco?

Petco, the large multi-channel retailer is intent to purchase our beloved Drs. Foster Smith mail order and eCommerce business. Apparently the owners wanted out of their successful enterprise—which comes as no surprise as they are older in age and more than likely want to retire with their families and grand kids. We can’t blame Marty Read More

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