best-of-interzoo-2014-b The new InterZoo products we expect to see at MACNA Writing about the release of the Radion Mounting System got us to thinking about all the new products we reported on at InterZoo which American reefers will see for the first time at MACNA. While it may be four months after their initial release, many of the products debuted at InterZoo 2014 are one-offs and
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AI Hydra 52, AI Director, Deltec, and Polyp Lab’s new prototype products launches at ReefDepot’s open house

Using the unique Barrel Tender ATO device from Avast Marine

The Barrel Tender from Avast marine is such a unique product, it’s hard to compare it to anything else that is available in the aquarium market. Simply put the Barrel Tender is a high precision “float switch” that includes a high and low water level sensor, and a heavy duty solenoid to open and close Read More

Neat photosynthetic blue sponge likes to live among stony corals

Corals command so much of the spotlight when it comes to aquariums, it’s easy for us reefers to forget that there’s an incredible diversity of other creatures that populate the reef environment. One such critter that caught our attention on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition is this fascinating blue sponge we found living mere feet from Read More

Biting back, scientist who owes his career to Shark Week takes aim at programming

David Shiffman owes his career to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week having caught the bug after being captivated by the first Shark Week over 25 years ago. Shiffman is now a PhD candidate at the University of Miami studying shark ecology and conservation and is crusading to have the monumental event turn from less shocking style of pseudoscience programming Read More

MaxSpect Gyre Pump gets details and some pricing revealed

The MaxSpect Riptide Gyre generating water pump was one of the hottest new products of InterZoo 2014. In just a few short weeks MaxSpect and CoralVue will be unveiling this new aquarium device to the reefing world at MACNA in Denver, with a new look, some final specs and estimated retail pricing. The MaxSpect Gyre Read More

London’s Aquatic Design Centre is an aquarium store that has it all

The Aquatic Design Centre is an aquarium store in London that any kind of aquarium enthusiasts would be thrilled to visit. The space that ADC takes up is modest but every square inch of the shop is densely packed with every kind of aquatics that you can possibly imagine. We’ve been to hundreds of aquariums stores around Read More

New ELOS Magnesium test kit review – redefining accuracy

The new Elos Magnesium AquaTest is advertised as providing precise measurement of the magnesium level in aquarium water. The Elos Magnesium test is designed to have “real color” technology which assists in the reading of the kit. In the past I have used, and been quite happy with the Salifert range of tests, including the magnesium kit. However, I Read More

Finding Neo: Oceansphere is the Matrix for fish

Fisheries are under a lot of stress and strain and this company’s Matrix-like approach might just be the answer by creating automated fish farms in the open ocean. The Oceansphere, from Hawaii Oceanic Technology (HOT), is a huge spherical fish farm that can grow 1,000 tons of ahi and bluefin tuna from eggs to harvest. The Read More

Green Acropora solitaryensis being exported from Australia

Acropora solitaryensis was once the name of an Acro so exalted, merely uttering its name around reefers would be a cause for silence. Back when all we had were fuzzy sticks, the plating Acro was the holy grail of SPS nuts everywhere. One of Tyree’s original Limited Edition corals which helped to kick off the Read More

Current USA Solo Desktop Aquarium is focused squarely on style

The Solo Desktop is Current USA’s new all in one aquarium with a sleek new look and design. Besides being a beautifully made square box with a small power filter inside, the main attention grabbing detail of the Solo Desktop is its use of recessed LEDs around the rim. The recessed LEDs inside the rim Read More

Awesome fish cannon shoots salmon safely over dams

One company is using fish cannons to safely get migrating fish through man-made obstacles. Salmon are curious creatures going from the saltwater ocean to travel hundreds of miles up freshwater rivers and streams to return to where they were born to spawn. Along the way, the salmon navigate through some serious obstacles with head-scratching amazement, Read More