Hydor are a company who’s products we’ve used before and we have to say, we really like their approach. They are certainly always looking to bring new products to the aquarium market and strive to make reef-keeping easy. In terms of their flow pump range, although already offering some of the most compact and efficient models available, they continue to make their products smaller, reduce electricity consumption and increase water flow output.
Just announced, their new Koralia Nano 2200 achieves all this and is the smallest flow pump in the market to boot. This pump really is something special at just 6cm length while pumping up to 2200lph and consuming just 4 watts!
Widely regarded as market leaders in LED lighting technology for reef aquaria, EcoTech’s products are some of the most advanced and desirable available to today’s hobbyist. With a line-up that is constantly evolving to incorporate the very latest technology, we use this review to take a preliminary look at their latest and most compact LED light to date – the Radion XR15w Pro. Continue reading Unboxed: EcoTech Radion XR15w Pro→
Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, Australia, have discovered that sediment concentrations at levels found in plumes from dredging or floods can cause a significant delay in the development of clownfish larvae. As part of the study, researchers took five-day-old clownfish larvae and raised them under four different sediment levels. They observed that Continue reading Sediments ‘Muddy the Waters’ for Larval Fishes→
As an update to the feature on our test tank in issue 43 of UltraMarine magazine way back in December 2013, we thought it was high time we put together another of our ‘black tank updates’ as the system has also recently passed the minor milestone of 18 months old. Plenty has happened since we wrote that update for UltraMarine, let alone over the last 12 months since our last update on here, so let’s dive right in before anything else happens! Continue reading The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months.→
A team that surveyed 16 oil or gas platforms and seven rocky reefs each year for 5 to 15 years, from 1995 to 2011, have concluded that fish are 27 times more productive under rigs than on reefs off the coast of California. And even when the Californian rigs are compared with natural marine habitats all around the world, they still boast about 10 times more fish. Continue reading Rigs Beat Reefs For Fish Productivity→
We are thrilled to announce that the EcoTech and AI brands have joined us on the blog as our latest official sponsors!
Already highly regarded as providers of the very best in cutting-edge LED lighting technology and water movement solutions for aquaria, EcoTech and AI offer a truly revolutionary approach. With their rich histories of innovation in the hobby we look forward to covering their futures as they bring new and exciting products to our aquariums.
Both brands are as committed to advancing aquarium technology as they are to an underpinning of reliable customer support. With the annual influx of cheaply made and cheaply sold equipment in the hobby it is refreshing to see manufacturers that value the user experience and loyalty of their customers.
Take a look at the videos HERE and HERE for more info on each operation… oh and don’t forget to keep your eyes on the blog in the coming weeks as we’ll be presenting a raft of our unboxing and hands-on reviews as we look at a variety of offerings from these two distinct product lines.
Frequently on show in specialist exhibits like public aquaria, it seems a common perception that keeping jellyfish is beyond the average individual, perhaps even if they are already marine hobbyists maintaining complex reef aquaria. Maybe it’s due to the delicate appearance of the organisms themselves, or maybe it’s the almost clinical appearance of their holding systems that makes people often think it just isn’t possible in a home setting. Over the last few years though, technology and understanding has improved and now it is entirely feasible to maintain these fascinating and mesmerising creatures in your own home as easily as any small aquarium. In this review we take a look at one such system, the Cubic Orbit 20 which is distributed in the UK by London-based specialist Glass Ocean. Continue reading Review: Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish Aquarium→
Scientists returned Tuesday from a 25-day research expedition with specimens and photographs of new records of marine life from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, including sea urchins, sea cucumbers, algae and reef fish possibly new to science.
The crew of the NOAA Ship Hiialakai explored the deep coral reefs within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Besides what they brought back, researchers saw and photographed several fish species not previously seen by divers but known only from submersible observations.
“Our discoveries underscore how little-explored the deeper portions of coral reefs are, and how much remains to be discovered,” said Dr. Randall Kosaki, NOAA’s deputy superintendent of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and chief scientist of the expedition.