Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Save Green + Keep Clean this Earth Day.

Today (April 22nd 2014) is officially Earth Day, but like countless other organizations, ReefGeek is proud to support  Earth Day year round. It starts by keeping a green office and extends though our ReefGeek Cares initiative, where a portion of our profits go to the NRDC and CORAL. They work to educate and advance initiatives that are important to keeping the Earth in better shape for generations to come. You can easily do your share by helping to keep a smooth running tank. By performing  regular scheduled maintenance, cleanings and upgrading outdated equipment, your tank will use a lot less electricity, water and produce a healthy Eco-system. A smooth running tank is an energy efficient tank.

This week we are offering some great deals on filtration equipment which will allow your tank to run at maximum efficiency while helping you keep it clean and running smoothly.  Save up to 20% off products from Thrive and PhosBan now through May 5th.

To view all of our specials, click here!

Here are a couple of other ideas to help "green" your tank:

LED Lighting plays part
The lighting on your tank plays a big part into being able to run a more energy efficient tank. The LED fixtures use a lot less energy and put off less heat. This means you may not need to run a chiller in your tank. You are also not changing "Bulbs" that involve a lot of resource to manufacture and ship a T5 or MH bulb.

Light Bulb Changes
If you do have a T5 or MH bulb setup, It is important that you change your lights every 9-12 months to get the best performance for your tank (6 to 9 months if you are dimming them).  Even if you think you see great light, wavelengths from the original spectrum gradually start to fade to the point where you could hurt your tank. This weakened light will likely encourage algae growth which then requires more maintenance and added waste.

Keep all Moving Parts Clean
Clean moving parts are high functioning parts! Clean all housings, intake, blades, outlet pipes and the body of the filter or pumps to make sure they are free of debris.

Consistent Water Changes
Water changes again help you keep a healthy tank. For most tanks a 30% monthly change is sufficient. If you want to take water recycling to the next level, there are some clever ideas on the internet about how to best reuse or dispose off the changed salt water.

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 17, 2014

Product Comparision: LED Lighting fixtures

As the kids like to say, today's tanks are no longer your fathers aquarium. The home aquariums being built today are bigger, high-tech and fully automated. Gone is the game of wondering what happened to your tank while your gone. Every inch of the tank is getting a technological makeover and nowhere is that more prevalent then when you look at the aquarium lighting of your tank.

While the tried and true T5 and Metal Halide are still extremely popular amongst reefers, the LED market is constantly expanding. Companies are working hard to put out incredible products that promise to deliver improved looks, growth and less energy consumption. Like the cell phone, people are clamoring for more and faster causing these companies to release newer products on shorter life cycles. Do you buy the 5X model when you know the 6X is coming out within a year?

With the expense to outfit your tank (with hanging kits and controllers) running between $700 and $2000, we know it is hard to keep shelling out that kind of cash every time a new fixture comes out.  We wanted to give you a birds eye view of the products that are available on ReefGeek, so we've created this handy little product comparison chart. This chart breaks down the features, lens, colors and connectivity of the different  LED Lighting fixtures/modules. When comparing these systems one of the things to consider is all these lights will all give you the growth you would be looking for so you may really just looking for one that has the best bells and whistles.

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If you would like to print a copy of the PDF, simply click here to open our LED Lighting Comparison Chart PDF. 

This list is purely for LED only models and does not include models that feature combination lighting. Included in this comparison chart are the following fixtures/modules:

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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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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