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CAD Lights Updates their AIO line with the 34-gallon Mini II

CAD Lights is no stranger to All-In-One aquariums, and they continue roll out great looking tanks. The new Mini-II looks like a winner, as it expands the mini line of aquariums with a larger volume system and some enhancements as…

A Personal Recap of MACNA 2013

Thirteen years ago, I attended MACNA 2000 in Ft. Lauderdale. I had just finished my undergraduate studies, and happened to be in the area for other reasons. It was a memorable event for me, my first MACNA experience, and I…

My Reef Creations shows off a pimp quarantine system

My Reef Creations showed off a really sweet pre-configured quarantine system. The MRC quarantine setup is designed for stores, public institutions, and the hobbyist who wants top of the line everything. The unit comes already plumbed, including a skimmer, chiller,…

CPR Aquatic’s optional bubble trap box, and an AeroFuge AP.

CPR Aquatic released a “bubble trap box” for the newer tray outlets found on the AeroForce, Aerofuge, and Aquefuge line. Longtime fans of CPR may remember they had a similar box for their original pipe outlets. The AFBT accomplishes the…

Vertex sumps are almost too pretty to hide in a stand.

Vertex Aquaristik had some really good looking sumps on display here at MACNA. Following the red and white color scheme as the rest of their products, these PVC welded sumps bring a level of beauty to the filtration core of…

Vertex V6 Circulation/Flow Pump

Vertex Aquaristik showed us their new V6┬áCirculation/Flow Pump. Vertex mated the reliable and quiet Askoll motor block with a nicely finished impeller housing and base. The base includes vibration dampening rubber feet, and the impeller housing is threaded to a…

Vertex’s Cerebra Controller in the flesh

Vertex Aquaristik had their power house Cerebra Controller on display at MACNA 2013, and they were kind enough to spend time with Reef Builders for a run down of the unit’s immense capabilities. The Cerebra is an Android based controller…

Hands on with the EcoTech ReefLink

EcoTech’s ReefLink wireless controller for the Radion is definitely drawing a lot of attention here at MACNA. We had EcoTech do a walk-through with us, and spent some time playing with it ourselves. One of the things that really stood…

The Alternative Reef purple ceramic products in the flesh

The Alternative Reef displayed purple, black, and even a purple/black mix of their popular ceramic products at MACNA 2013. This includes frag discs, plugs, magnetic shelf rocks and frag stations. But they also had some really nice larger ceramic aquascaping…

Fauna Marin’s Reef Vitality Marine Organics

Fauna Marin’s Reef Vitality Marine Organics is one of the more interesting additives on display at MACNA. With so much attention placed on nitrifying/denitrifying bacteria and carbon dosing,┬áReef Vitality Marine Organics takes things in a different direction with a focus…