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    Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica)

    It's no mystery how this fish got it's name--just look at the tail! Doesn't it remind you of glowing embers? You can practically smell the smoke.

    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Reef Safe: Yes
    • Native To: Maldives, Coral Sea, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, and Indonesia
    • Lifespan: 4-7 years (but have been known to live much longer)
    • Care: Easy
    • Size: 2 1/2 to 3 inches max
    • Hangs Out: Mid to lower levels of the tank
    • Carnivore

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    Scarlet Badis (Dario dario)

    What the Dario dario lacks in stature, he makes up for in personality! Often described as a dwarf cichlid (they're not), this diminutive fish will amuse you with his antics. Males are a vibrant red, with 7 dark vertical stripes and a blue iridescent sheen to their scales. Females, on the other hand, are a uniform gray. Their stripes are indistinct or missing altogether. As for size--the average male will be about 0.8 inches long and the females are even smaller (0.5 inches). Lifespan for these little guys is between 4 and 6 years.

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    Finnex Ray 2 24 inch

    If you're tired of looking at big, black, boxes hanging over your aquarium and would like something a bit more unobtrusive, then look no further. Finnex, has come out with a new line of high output LED fixtures that don't overwhelm the tank. But will they grow plants?

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    Fluval View

    The Hagen Fluval View, is not quite an "out of the box" setup, but almost....the only things lacking are plants, water, fish, and gravel.

    Kit Includes

    • 3.96 gallon, oval shaped, plastic tank, with removable cover
    • Integrated filtration system with day and night, LED lighting
    • 2 filter cartridges
    • Water conditioner
    • Biological supplement
    • 17 1/4 inches wide X 9 inches deep X 15 1/4 inches tall

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    Two Stripe Pygmy Goby (Eviota bifasciata)

    We have searched online for hours, but have been unable to find very much information regarding these tiny fish. With that being said, we'll post what we have found and the rest, we'll just have to learn together!

    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Reef safe: Yes
    • Native to: Western Pacific (inhabits reefs and can usually be found hovering over corals and/or sponges)
    • Lifespan: ?
    • Care: ? (ours have been very easy to care for and appear to be quite hardy)
    • Size: 1"
    • Hangs Out: All over the tank, but with a tendency towards the mid to bottom regions
    • Diet: Carnivore

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    Fluval View

    The Hagen Fluval View, is not quite an "out of the box" setup, but almost....the only things lacking are plants, water, fish, and gravel.

    Kit Includes

    • 3.96 gallon, oval shaped, plastic tank, with removable cover
    • Integrated filtration system with day and night, LED lighting
    • 2 filter cartridges
    • Water conditioner
    • Biological supplement
    • 17 1/4 inches wide X 9 inches deep X 15 1/4 inches tall

    • 5 comments
    • 6,220 views
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    Sicce Whale 120

    Made in Italy, and somewhat new to the US, Sicce filters can be hard to come by. Luckily for us, our local fish store saw them in action at the pet expo and decided to stock the Sicce (we're so cutting edge here in the panhandle). The Whale comes in 4 different sizes; the 120 (10-30 gallon), 200 (25-50 gallon), 350 (50-90 gallon) and the 500 (80-135 gallon). For the purposes of this review, all information is about the 120 (unless otherwise noted).

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    Anyone with a planted, or large tank probably has a fairly elaborate water change drill. Once a week, drag out hoses, buckets, nets, and the never ending roll of paper towels. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to vacuum your gravel and do a 50% water change in even a 75 gallon aquarium in under thirty minutes? Actually there is. With any of the "Python-style" systems, you can drain half your tank in just a few minutes (even if your sink is higher than the water level in the tank). So if these systems are already out there, you have to ask yourself two questions. Why don't you have one, and what's better about Marina's product than the original?

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    Mr Aqua 12 Gallon Long and 11.4 Gallon Tanks

    Do you like the look of a rimless tank, but not the price? Well, you're in luck, because Mr. Aqua has some pretty cool tanks selling for literally, half the price of some of the other brands.

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    AquaTop ST 320 Series Review

    For those of you who are new to hobby and want to get your feet wet (pun intended), then you may want to consider the AquaTop ST320 series. It's an all inclusive kit and the price right now is killer ($22.99)!

    Kit Includes

    • Tank
    • Waterproof light
    • Filter (undergravel)
    • Pump

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    Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater

    Finding a good heater for your tank is like a quest for the Holy Grail and like the Holy Grail, they can be quite rare. We first read about the Cobalt Neo-Therm, back in May of 2013, and thought they sounded promising! Since it was spring and we'd just pulled all the heaters out of our tanks, we filed the information away for future use. Well, now it's fall, and we need a heater to replace the one that had a giant melt down in our 20 gallon long. Time to check out the Cobalt Neo-Therm.

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    Tropical Spirulina Fish Food

    In case you haven't heard of Tropical before, they're a company out of Poland, that officially began in 1977. Throughout the years, they have continued to upgrade their facilities, and have expanded their distribution to over 70 countries. While popular in Europe, Tropical, can be very hard to find here in the U.S. We look forward to that changing in the not too distant future.

    Highlights (Spirulina Platensis)

    • Enhances color and pigmentation
    • Enhances immune system
    • Prevents inflammatory disorders and aids in digestion
    • Contains easily digestible protein
    • The Super Spirulina Forte line is available in regular, mini and micro pellets, flakes, chips, mini sticks, sinking tablets and adhesive tablets.
    • The Standard Spirulina product (lower spirulina content) is available as flakes, sinking pellets, and adhesive tablets.

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    Nutramar Ova

    Nutramar Ova, is a food specifically geared towards small to medium sized fish, soft corals, LPS, SPS, and of course, picky eaters such as dragonets, pipefish, and seahorses.

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    Zoomed Nano 501 Canister Filter

    The Zoomed 501 is a basic, no fuss, canister filter. Its closest competitors are the Toms Aquarium Rapid Canister Filter () and the Finnex 360 (). It appears to be a more solid filter than the Toms Rapid, but less so, than the Finnex 360. The price ($39.00 average) reflects this as well. It costs about 10 dollars more than the Toms filter, and around 10 dollars less than the Finnex (which has gone up in price over the past year)

    Quick Stats

    • For filtering tanks from 2-10 gallons
    • Comes complete with spray bar system, mechanical filter sponge, bio ceramic media, and carbon
    • Easy priming feature
    • For fresh or saltwater aquariums
    • Volts/Cycles 110/60
    • Watts 4
    • Max Gallons Per Hour 79
    • Pre-Filter 17.0 cubic inches
    • Bio Filter 27.5 cubic inches
    • Dimensions 3.5 inches X 6.5 inches X 5.9 inches

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    AquaTop AT 200 Canister Filter

    You may think that you're looking at an Eheim filter, but this is the TruAqua, AquaTop AT 200--or as we refer to it, the Fauxheim. The AT 200 is rated for tanks up to 50 gallons, with a flow rate of 211 gallons per hour. There is also a larger model, the AT 300, that is meant for tanks up to 80 gallons; flow rate is 317 gallons per hour. Unless otherwise stated, all info in this review is about the AT 200.

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    TruAqua, AquaTop Low Iron Glass Aquariums

    If you like the clarity of low iron glass, and the look of rimless tanks, but not their hefty price tags, then TruAqua, aquariums might be the answer to your prayers.

    • 2.11 gallon cube 7.87 X 7.87 X 7.87 ($29.99 delivered)
    • 4.12 gallon cube 9.84 X 9.84 X 9.84 ($39.99 delivered)
    • 7.13 gallon cube 11.81 X 11.81 X 11.81 ($55.99 delivered)
    • 11.33 gallon cube 13.78 X 13.78 X 13.78 ($79.99 delivered)
    • 24.09 gallon cube 17.72 X 17.72 X 17.72 ($189.99 delivered)
    • Also available in high clarity, low iron glass, are 4 different sizes of rectangular tanks (3.4, 5.4, 8.6, and 21.4 gallon).

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    Boyd Chemiclean Aquarium Treatment

    We had an outbreak of cyanobacteria in the saltwater tank and spent days trying to remove it with a turkey baster, a net and a toothbrush. Anyone who has experience with cyano, knows the aforementioned items are pretty much useless in combating this evil pestilence. For obvious reasons, we didn't want to have to resort to antibiotics, so we consulted Matt, of Matt's Coral Connection fame and he recommended Boyd Chemiclean. Was it a miracle in a bottle or snake oil?

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    Azoo BioPro For Shrimp

    We received a box of goodies from Sevenports not too long ago that included BioPro for Shrimp. Shout out to whoever designed the package--it's gorgeous!! But pretty art work, does not a good product make. Did the inside of the box, live up to the outside? That's what we needed to find out.

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    Mr Aqua MA-730 Series (Mini Bookshelf Aquariums)

    If you like the Mr Aqua, 12 gallon long as much as we do, then you'll be happy to know that the company has just introduced a new series of "longs" (or bookshelf tanks as they are sometimes called). Besides 12 gallon, they will now come in 6.5, 3, and 1.5, gallon sizes. We have a feeling these are going to be a mega hit in the aquatic world!

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    Seachem Aquavitro Salinity Review

    We first heard about Salinity at a couple of our local fish stores--they were gaga over it and because of their recommendations, we decided to try it.

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    For years, efficient CO2 distribution in larger tanks has been an issue. Multiple ceramic diffusers will work, but they clutter up the tank. In-line CO2 diffusers work well, and can go in the sump, but require special plumbing. The Mr. Aqua, Turbo 600 addresses both these problems. Within minutes of taking it out of the box, you can have it up and running in either your main tank or sump. Is this finally the perfect solution for larger planted tanks?

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    Tom Aquarium Rapids Mini Canister

    Always on the lookout for anything nano, that filters water, we decided to test out the Tom's Mini Rapids on our 12 gallon long, saltwater tank.

    Quick Stats

    • Dimensions: 6.4" X 4.1" X 8.6 "
    • Weight (empty): 2 lbs
    • Flow rate: 80 gallons per hour
    • Self-priming
    • Type of filtration: chemical, biological and mechanical
    • Rated for: up to 20 gallon aquariums

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    With hurricanes and super storms making headlines, we decided it was a good time to test some alternative methods of aerating our tanks. That's where the Bubble Box comes in.

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    When we first heard about the Aquatek 6 valve, CO2 pressure regulator, the clouds parted, and a ray of sunshine shone down upon us. It was an ah-ha moment--we were psyched! Did it live up to our expectations? Not exactly, and here's why.

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  20. Teaser Paragraph: Repashy Meat Pie, is a food meant for fresh and saltwater carnivores and/or scavengers. Meat pie, can be the staple diet of carnivores, but due to its high protein content, it should only be fed to omnivores as an occasional treat or for conditioning.
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    The Fluval Ebi...is it good for shrimp?

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    Repashy Shrimp Souffle

    Shrimp Souffle, another entry in the Repashy lineup, has been the hands down favorite so far. This food is meant for fresh or saltwater inverts and scavengers. It's high in calcium and has double the carotenoid levels of other Repashy foods (which helps build strong exoskeletons and promote coloring).

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    Repashy Super Green, is a plant based, vegan, food, made especially for green algae, grazers. Contains no animal matter.

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    Repashy Community Plus, is a salt/freshwater food made up of aquatic animal, algae, yeast and plants. The main ingredient is krill (which is supposed to be attractive to a wide variety of fish).

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    Repashy Superfood

    Could Repashy be the next big trend in fish food? We decided to test it and find out for ourselves.

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