Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It is still showering savings. 10% Savings + New products = happy tank!

Good morning fellow ReefGeeks!

All month long we have been having some great deals with our April Showers of Savings. So why would we stop now. We are going to keep those discounts flowing by continuing to give 10% off through the end of the month! Just use the new code APRIL10 and enjoy the savings till 4/28/14.

This is your last week to  take 20% off our entire stock of Thrive Supplements, 15% off LET Retrofit kits and 15% off AquaEuro Chillers. These specials expire 4/21.

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We have also added a couple of new products to the site including the new Neptune System Magnetic Probe Rack.
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Finally if you are looking for some truly incredible deals, then swing over to our specials page where you can save up to 80% off selected items. We just added dozens of new products for you to chose. Some are really limited quantity so act fast.

As always, if you have any questions about how these products could work best in your tank, just call us toll-free at 866-295-9230 or email us.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Product Review: Neptune Apex Gold Package

The demand for the Apex Gold Package from Neptune Systems has been running high since its release. We have been getting a lot of questions asking if the gold package is right for them. So we wanted to give you a little insight into each of the features and show you why the new Apex package represents the gold standard in aquarium control. When you feel you are ready to order one or if you would like more information just visit our site to learn more.

The Apex controller is a feature rich, high-quality controller that provides a vast amount of features and functionality and virtually limitless expandability while still being easy to use. It is one of the most popular products in the market today and is a must have for the modern day enthusiast. Owning this controller is the best ways for you to get back to focusing on the things you love like fish and coral. The controller is here to help you take care of those less desired tasks like temperature issues, pH levels, and light timers.

You can be up and controlling the basic systems of a tank in a matter of minutes with simple, easy to use menu-driven set-up for lights, pumps, heaters, chillers and other equipment. With the built-in internet connectivity, the Apex can also be configured so that you will get an email or text message whenever something is not quite right with your setup.

Control your tank from anywhere in the world!

All you need is an internet connection and the full feature functionality of the Apex controller is at your fingertips. The Apex is the only controller currently available that has a full-featuredapplication that works for the computer, mobile and tablets that was created exclusively by Neptune Systems. Control your tank from anywhere in the world. Hands down, the Apex has the most feature-rich, field tested software. Smart Built-in wizards ensure you don't need have a teenager over to show you how it all works. I was able to get it up and running quickly right out of the box.

The programing interface is easy to understand and learn. It allows you to really get creative and come up with new cool ways to use their Apex. People love the option to create storms in their tanks, or deliver complex dosing of additives. The possibilities are pretty much only limited by your imagination.

Complete control in the palm of your hand

For quick and easy access to your information, the display modle will give you the vital information you need at a quick glance for all your installed modules. The device does feature some alarm functionality so if there is an issue that needs to be addressed you will know about it.

It starts with the "brain"

The Apex Base Unit is basically the brains of the entire Apex System. It has a 32-bit microprocessor and runs at up to 10x the speed of other controllers in its class. You can be up and controlling the basic systems of a tank in a matter of minutes with simple, easy to use menu-driven set-up for lights, pumps, heaters, chillers and other equipment. It also has enough memory on board to store several month’s worth of complete tank data.  Even with a power outage, your tank history and all configurations are safe.

The ABU is Internet-ready straight out of the box. Just plug it into your router and you are good to go. The brain has a built-in web server that makes it possible for you to configure and operate your Apex from any network-connected computer or mobile device – no software to install. Once you set up external access, you can easily access your Apex from anywhere in the world via a web browser or via our iOS or Android apps!

It can control everything you need. The device allows you to add up to 240 Expansion Modules like an Energy Bar 8 or Probe Module (PM) by simply plugging them into any AquaBus port. The controller will automatically recognize and configure any new module upon its addition.

Don't call it just a powerstrip!

The Energy Bar 8 that comes with the gold package is much more than a glorified power strip. In fact, this component of your aquarium controller equipment is far more important than most people realize – and not all systems are created equal! There are eight controllable outlets. Six of these outlets are controlled by super-silent solid-state triacs and are rated at 5A. Two of the outlets are controlled by high-current mechanical relays and are rated at 10A. Each Energy Bar can consume a total of 15A  and has a built-in 15A circuit breaker.

The bar also features Six AquaBus connectors so you will have five free to connect to more modules or Energy Bars. Another great feature is that the power is slowly ramped on so that every motor is safely brought up to speed without the damaging torque.

Lab Grade Probes gets the grade!

Lab Grade Conductivity (Salinity) Probe
Lab Grade pH Probe
Lab Grade ORP Probe

While there is not a huge difference between the lab grade and the professional grade, the Lab Grade Probes tend to last longer, give more accurate results, stay calibrated longer, and need replaced less frequently

The whole package comes delivered to your door with Free Shipping for only $799.99. Hooray for bundling! If you would like to order one, you can click here. Here is a complete run down of everything you will see inside the box:

- Apex Aquarium Controller
- Lab Grade pH Probe
- Lab Grade ORP Probe
- Lab Grade Conductivity (Salinity) Probe
- Temperature Probe w/ 10' Cable
- Apex Display Module w/ 10' AquaBus Cable
- Energy Bar 8 Module
- PM2 Module for Salinity-Conductivity
- 6' AquaBus Cable
- Ethernet Cable
- 2x Built-In AquaBus Ports
- Set-up Guide

As always, if you have any questions you can give us a call or email us.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Come take a peek at what we have recently added to ReefGeek.

There is a little secret you should know. Not only are we reef enthusiasts but we are also part time detectives. Always trying to solve the mystery of what products you should add to your tank. No stone is left unturned in the hunt for that perfect match. Our team analyzes the pros and cons of every product we look to bring in. We roll up our sleeves and get our hands wet learning the inner workings. If the product does not pass our tough standards, and is not something we would use in our own tanks, then it does not go on the site.

This month we have added products that will help enhance the look and functionality of the outside of your tank as well as the quality of life inside your tank.

As always, if you have any questions about how these products could work best in your tank, just call us toll-free at 866-295-9230 or email us.

Reeflo Hybird Pumps - Starting at only $329.00

These pumps are built and tested in Colorado and the reason they are loved by everyone is they are remarkably quiet. These pumps push some serious flow with out making much of a peep!

The HYBRID pumps have a conversion kit that allow you to switch between models thereby adjusting flow and watt draw. This increases the flow range allows you to adjust the pump to your systems needs.  So instead of four models there are just TWO.

The Snapper consumes 35% less wattage than the Dart version. It can even be valved back for even lower watts. Ideal applications for this unit are aquariums 75- 150 gallons.  The Snapper is great for close loop reef systems requiring high turnover.

"The Hammerhead  is the most powerful pump in its class. This energy efficient pump is ideal for 300-500 gallon aquariums. This unit is rated for a maximum flow rate of 6000gph, a shut off head of 24 feet and maximum wattage of 355/ 3 amps

AqauticLife Hanging Arms - Starting at $49.99 each

If hanging lights from the ceiling is not an option for you, these AquaticLife Light fixture hangers should do the
trick.  The extending Arms allow suspension of light fixtures over your aquarium and can raise up to 30 inches tall. The welded end-stop keeps your cables safely secured while the hand knob easily locks suspension arms at desired height.

The Recommended Max Weight is only 25 lbs per arm, so if you are thinking of hanging heavier fixtures, make sure you know the exact weight of the fixture before hanging. Hanging overweight fixtures will lead to waterlogged lighting.

Julian Sprung's SeaVeggies - Only $7.49 each

Treat your tank friends to some incredible all natural food. The seaweed sheets are able to stay in the water column for a few hours allowing fish to naturally graze as they please.The all natural seaweed sheets are a nutritious food source and they come in three delicious flavors:

 Super nutritious natural Purple Seaweed. Ideal for marine herbivores such as Tangs and Surgeonfish, Moorish Idols, Parrotfish, Angelfish, large Butterflyfish, and herbivorous freshwater fishes, such as Cichlids and Goldfish.

Super nutritious natural Green Seaweed sheets. Ideal for marine herbivores such as Tangs and Surgeonfish, Moorish Idols, Parrotfish, Angelfish, large Butterflyfish, and herbivorous freshwater fishes, such as Cichlids and Goldfish.

Super nutritious natural Red Seaweed. Ideal for marine herbivores such as Tangs and Surgeonfish, Moorish Idols, Parrotfish, Angelfish, large Butterflyfish, and herbivorous freshwater fishes, such as Cichlids and Goldfish.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

ReefGeek in the community- Supporting local reefers, organizations and charities

Since ReefGeek was founded in 2000, we have proudly supported charities and local organizations with their events and fundraisers. The industry would not be thriving as much as it does today without the local reef clubs and the work their volunteers do in building such strong communities. Already this year ReefGeek has participated in some great events around the country that have had great turnout and happy reefers. Below we are excited to feature three such local organizations that had some fantastic events with amazing turnout and community support. Their stories are below.

If you have a local club, project or event that you think ReefGeek would be a great fit for, please feel free to email us and let us know the details.

E.O. Smith Coral Project - Greater Hartford Connecticut Area
Where education meets conservation

Inspired by the idea of the the reef club frag swap, the New England Frag Farmer's represents a regional event with "farmers" from all over New England gathering to sell their home grown "crop." The E.O. Smith Coral Project opens the doors for local hobbyist and retailers to come in and set-up a tank to sell coral frags. The admission price is just a buck to encourage people to come in and chat with the farmers, share information and get a few nice homegrown frags to stock their tanks. The Frag Farmer's Market has grown into the largest frag swap in the Northeast, with 40+ sellers and hundreds of people coming to shop.

This year’s FFM was the biggest yet with over 800 people coming through the door for the event. We love supporting this event because Jon Swanson really does a fantastic job teaching the kids in his program. He has influenced hundreds of kids throughout the years growing up wanting to protect the corals.

To learn more about the project click here

FRAGniappe- Greater New Orleans Area
Presented by: Bayou Reefkeeping and Benefiting Wounded War Heroes

The inaugural Fragniappe which was held at the Northshore Harbor Center in Sidell, La was a huge success. After all was said and done, they had over 500 people attend this years event. Fragniappe is unique to the Gulf Coast region consisting of a large scale frag swap combined with a resourceful, educational, and hands on learning experience.The event featured speakers Steve Tyree and Marc Levenson and had over 25 vendors displaying their products in the exhibit hall.

The Wounded War Heroes group got amazing exposure at our event due to high turnout. We had the pleasure of having many wounded veterans present throughout the day. We also had a steady flow of veterans who are reef hobbyists attend, all of which were let in for free.

If you are in the area and want to attend upcoming events, you can learn more here

NERAC VIII- Long Island, NY
Presented by: Long Island Reef Association

The Long Island Reef Association (LIRA) is a 501C-3 non profit educational organization comprised of marine aquarium hobbyists from all over Long Island.

The NERAC VIII was held at the beautiful Long Island Aquarium and exhibition center and featured almost 20 vendors and had presentations from acclaimed speakers Julian Sprung, Dr. Andrew Rhyne and Charles Delbeek.

If you live in the Long Island area and want to attend upcoming events, you can learn more here

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ask A Geek- Compare the ATI T5/LED Power Module or the AI Hydra 52.

Ask A Geek - You email us. We respond & then blog it!

Every day we get emails from customers with great questions about how certain products might work best with their tanks. We happily try to provide as much information as possible to help you make a decision that is in your best interest. Sometimes we feel these questions can really help other people besides the person who asked. So we are happy to present, Ask A Geek, where we will start to post some responses we think can help you as well.

Like Shayne, if you have specific questions, just email us or call us toll-free at 866-295-9230. We may even blog the response too!

-----Original Message-----
From: Product Questions
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:25 AM
To:  Customer Care
Subject: Contact Form

Comment: I have a mixed reef 250 gallon

Which of these 2 lights do you prefer and why?

ATI t5 / led power module   or
AI Hydra fifty two

Thank you !
Shayne Ferzguson (Travoltified name)

Hello Shayne,

Thanks for your inquiry!

First off, let me say there are a couple of important variables in a fixture as far as controllability, size requirements, how you would prefer to mount it, and what the dimensions are of your tank. Some of those choices are personal preferences, some are space related but if you want to email me any more details about your set-up, that will give me a better idea of which one will be better suited for you. For now, I will give you a breakdown of both fixtures, and hopefully you can make a better decision from that, or ask more questions that you may have based on the info that I give you. Lets start with the ATI T5/LED fixture.


This consists of both T5 bulbs, and powerful led clusters. As far as lighting and colors are concerned, this gives you the best of both worlds, you get the shimmer of LEDs, and the additional color options and extra coverage of the T5 bulbs as well. Along with that bonus of having that extra color adjustability, however, you do have to periodically change the T5 bulbs for best performance. Also with the ATI Powermodule, you purchase it in factory set sizes, therefore once you buy it, that is the size you have, it is not a modular system. The benefit to that is you only have one powercord to plug in, which is a plus if space on the powerstrip/surge protector is limited. The fixture does come with a controller, and you can control both the leds and T5 bulbs dimming, on/off times, ramp times, etc but it does not have some of the extra bells and whistles you find on the LED controller. This fixture must be hung, and a hanging kit comes with it in the box.

This is strictly an LED unit, consisting of LED clusters. These clusters do offer a good range of colors and you get the power of leds, without having to worry about changing bulbs, and you get the LED shimmer. The Hydra 52 is a modular unit, which means you can use it for any size tank you ever own, all you would have to do is purchase additional units and mount them up, or use fewer units in your setup. With this ability comes the need to power each individual unit, so it can get a bit cluttered if you don’t specifically map out where all your power supplies will be routed. This being a modular system, it can be hung, or mounted with tank brackets, both of which are available at an additional cost. 

There is not a controller included with the purchase, however AI does offer a controller and it will wirelessly communicate to the Hydra, and that has been tested up to at least 30 units. The controller offers a wide range of adjustability, you can simulate weather storms, dimming, on/off times, ramp times, etc. You can also simulate different climates, such as the Florida keys or Fiji islands.

A second style of controller, called the Director allows you to control your lights from your iphone or android smartphone from anywhere in the world.

Key Factors/Comparisons: While both fixtures put out more than a sufficient amount of light, a 4 foot ATI T5/LED puts out more light than a comparable Hydra setup. (AI recommends 1 Hydra 52 for every 2'x2' area, so that would be 2 units).  The downside to that is that the ATI T5/LED also draws more energy than the Hydra as well. Maintenance is arguably easier on the Hydra, as there are no bulbs to replace or ballasts to fail. LEDs on both units typically last for many, many years, and require no maintenance other than keeping the lens (Hydra) or the splash shield(ATI T5/LED) wiped down and clean.

Price wise, the AI Hydra will be less expensive if you follow the guidelines on sizing requirements, those being one unit for every 2'x2' area. The ATI T5/LED comes with a controller, the Hydra does not-however, The Hydra controller has more options than the ATI controller, however not everyone needs or wants to use those options.

Bottom line: They are both really nice fixtures and you can not go wrong either way. With this info hopefully you can better decide on what would work the best for you in your specific setup. One thing The one thing I did not mention in the comparison is the growing power or exact light output, because both of these fixtures are PAR monsters, and will provide a huge amount of light for your corals, so that is not a concern.

This is a lot of information to process, but I want to help you make the right purchase for you and your tank, so if after reading this you need any clarification on something, if you have any further questions, or if there is anything I can do to earn your trust and business please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

New products we think can really help your tank.

From the desk of the Chief RG Product Officer:

One of our goals for 2014 has been to find exceptional products that we think will be beneficial for you tank. Our team spends countless hours researching and testing products to make sure it gets the ReefGeek stamp of approval. There are several important criteria we consider while reviewing products besides just the cost. They  include helping save you time and/or helping improve the quality of life for your tank. Already this year we have added dozens of new products and this week I would love to share a couple of them with you. Each week moving forward, we will be spotlighting a few of the new additions we are adding.

As always, if you have any questions about how these products could work best in your tank, just call us toll-free at 866-295-9230 or email us.

Pan World is rapidly becoming a dominant market force in the global pump industry. Pan World Pumps are durable magnetic drive external pumps that produce long lasting, steady performance. Featuring ceramic or silicon carbide, seal-free bearings for quiet operation and years of trouble-free use. These pumps are actually a bit quieter than Iwaki pumps and more affordable, making it a good alternative. Plus, it comes with a power cord.

All Pan World pumps feature magnetic drives, seal free bearings and come with a two year parts and labor guarantee. See our whole line of Pan World pumps by clicking here.

The new Radion Gen 3 XR30W has 42 energy-efficient LEDs featuring the Total Internal Reflection (TIR). These lens direct more of each LED's output directly into the tank where you need it, increasing peak output to 1100 PAR Capable of producing more than enough light for effective growth of all types of corals even on deeper aquariums. It has 6 channels of control that allows the user to independently adjust each color group to create the own perfect color. Communicate wirelessly with other Radion lights as well as any future equipment designed to work on the ReefLink EcoSmart Live platform. The Modular LED cluster, lens and driver assemblies are fully upgradeable. Get more information about the Radion XR30W by clicking here

The all new Cobalt Aquatics NEO-Therm fully submersible electronic heaters feature a modern, super flat design with an easy to set “one touch” control system. The advanced electronic thermostat is accurate to ±0.5ºF and includes a LED that displays both the Set Temp and Tank Temp simultaneously and has a Set temperature range from 66ºFup to 96ºF. 

For ultimate safety and reliability, integrated thermal protection circuitry shut the heater down before it can overheat and its shatterproof outer casing make the NEO-therms virtually indestructible. These are glass-free heaters!  Perfect for freshwater and saltwater aquariums and terrariums. Available in 25- 200watt sizes and come with a 3 year warranty. Find out which heater is best for your tank by clicking here.

Red Sea’s Aiptasia-X treatment is completely reef-safe and any material not ingested by the Aiptasia is harmless to sessile invertebrates. Excess material will decay harmlessly over time without any adverse consequences. Easy to use and highly effective for you reef-keeping needs, Aiptasia-X provides a solution you are bound to seek out at one time or another in the life of your aquarium.

The Aiptasia-X® kit includes a 60ml bottle of material plus an applicator set consisting of a syringe with two (straight and angled) lock-on applicator tips, enabling treatment of even the most inaccessible of anemones. The 60ml provided in the kit should be sufficient to treat approximately 100 Aiptasia anemones. Ready to slay the Aiptasia? Then order it today by clicking here.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Breaking Down the 3 Most Popular Types of Aquarium Lighting

Popular Types of Aquarium Lighting

Aquarium lighting has come a long way from days of VHO fluorescent, compact fluorescent and metal halide lighting. Today there is a variety of high-tech lighting options available, like LEDs and Dimmable T5s with built in dimming controls and timers that let the user create realistic lighting programs that closely mimic the lighting found in nature. Some of these lights are even able to create storm simulations and lightning strikes.

These new features and enhancements typically come with some extra cost up front, but many of these new lighting options are also consume less energy and run cooler, so it can cost less to run and maintain them compared to more traditional types of lighting.

Below you will find our little breakdown of the 3 most popular types of lighting today; LED, T5 Fluorescent and Metal Halide. We hope this will help you in your decision on which type of lighting is best for your tank.

LED Lighting 

LEDs or light emitting diodes as they are technically known are one of the newest styles of aquarium lighting and they are fast becoming one of the most popular. Compared to other types of lighting, LEDs offer enhanced control, better energy efficiency, lower maintenance costs… there are no bulbs to replace… and a more compact size all while still producing enough high quality light to keep a wide variety of soft, lps and even sps corals. The color spectrum of LEDs has also improved dramatically compared to when they were first introduced to the market several years ago which has put to rest many of the original complaints regarding loss of coral color.

Although most LEDs have a rated life of 10+ years, we find that most hobbyists replace their LED fixtures every 2-5 years as LED technology is progressing so rapidly that it just makes sense to upgrade to the latest and greatest technology every few years. LEDs also product significantly less heat than metal halides, so the need for a chiller is all but eliminated in most cases.

ReefGeek carries the best LED products available on the market today. Click here to view our current selection of LED Lighting 

T5 Fluorescent

T5s are similar in style to a common T8 or T12 fluorescent bulb found in many office buildings and warehouses. However, at 5/8" diameter they are much thinner and they are capable of producing approximately 2X the amount of light while at the same time using less energy than a standard fluorescent. With the addition of a quality T5 reflector, the amount of light reaching the tank will increase by 3-4 times compared to the bulb alone.

Compared to other types of lighting, T5s offer enhanced coral color and superior light balance… light is spread out over the length of the tube as opposed to emanating from a point source… while producing enough high quality light to keep a wide variety of soft, lps and sps corals. T5 bulbs are also offered in a wide range of different color spectrum's which allows for a wide variety of different color combinations to suit the needs of each individual hobbyist.

T5s fixtures are generally less expensive than a comparably sized LED fixture, but bulbs typically need to be replaced every 9-12 months for optimal performance which can put a dent in the money saved over the lifespan of the fixture. However, changing the bulbs does give the user the ability to change the look and feel of the tank by simple changing the bulb combination.

Dimmable T5 fixtures are also available with the ability to fully dim the bulbs and create more realistic sunrise and sunset conditions.

We carry all popular brands of T5 fixtures.Click here to view our current selection of T5 fixtures. 

Metal Halide

Metal halides are a tried and true method of lighting a reef aquarium and capable of producing enough high quality light to keep a wide variety of soft, lps and sps corals. Metal halides also produce a shimmer effect that is difficult to replicate with LED’s only and impossible to replicate with T5s only.

Metal halides are generally considered a “no frills” type of lighting with no readily available dimming or smart controls available. It is basically turn it on and turn it off. Metal halides also run much hotter than both LEDs and T5s and which typically means a chiller must be run in order to keep tank temperatures down. This means extra equipment cost and higher energy costs plus you’ll need to find some extra space to store it.

We carry some great Metal Halide fixtures, click here to view our current selection of Metal Halide lighting.

I hope you've found the above information helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email us or call us toll-free at 1-866-295-9230. We are here to help!

Happy Reefing!

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