The new "Black Box" controller/monitor series

The new “Black Box” controller/monitor series

 Milwaukee Instruments, a North Carolina-based manufacturer of professional grade diagnostic instruments, is a long time player in the aquarium industry, both at the commercial and hobby levels. They were one of the first companies to introduce consumer-level testing equipment to monitor crucial parameters, such as pH, ORP and temperature in home aquariums and to this day, are a key player in the aquarium monitoring devices market.

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RCA_3379s It’s hard to read about coral reefs these days without hearing bad news stories about ocean acidification, plastic pollution, overfishing and all the rest…  Over three quarters of the world’s reefs are in some way damaged or threatened, but what does a degrade reef look like?  Well, here’s some pictures and it’s not a pretty sight.

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Chaetodon flavocoronatus, the Yellow-crowned Butterflyfish. Photo credit: Lemon TYK.

 It has been a while since our last installation of epithet etymology, and, to make up for the absence in posts, we’ll feature a truly stunning fish from the butterflyfish genus Chaetodon. In keeping with the theme of these articles, we’ll take a look at the meaning behind the name of this species. Chaetodon is the largest genus in the family Chaetodontidae, which features eleven other genera. The epithet is the combination of the greek words “chaite”, for hair, and “odous”, for teeth. This eludes to the very fine, hair like teeth that are present in all members of this genus. 

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starlet-reefs Good morning friends, last night was the first of three nights of coral spawning for the month of September. I completely missed the August spawning but never the less this month is usually always the best. Like every year 7 days after the full moon corals around the world all release eggs and sperm into the water column in hopes of growing new corals and insuring it’s species will survive. The downside for me is the time in which this all happens, I mean I am usually fast asleep by the time this event is just starting. Aimee went with me last night but only for shore support and to help me get my giant camera in and out of the water, it’s impossible for me to do alone as it’s so cumbersome and heavy. I jumped in at 9:30 by myself and off I went in search of any possible star-corals that might spawn but ended up finding everything but those Read More
ghl-p4-controller-reefs It was recently announced at MACNA 2016 in San Diego that GHL, the makers of the Profilux controller line, dosing pumps and Mitras LED fixtures will be launching a new aquarium controller dubbed the P4. The above photo was taken at MACNA and as you can see, GHL will be offering the P4 in two color choices.  The very attractive P4 controller also offers many upgrades that the current model lacks and Vinny Altamirano from GHL USA was kind enough to put together some details for us (see below).  The P4 controller is expected to launch later this Fall.  Pricing on the controller hasn’t been set yet but GHL should be releasing that information ahead of the anticipated November release date. Profilux P4 Details: Measurement and Control Read More

macna2016-apex Neptune Systems, manufacturer of the highly prized Apex Aquacontroller, once again managed to stand out from the crowd at MACNA 2016 with their expansive, well-designed booth. We had the chance to see some brand new additions to their line, as well as prototypes of products still in development. But center stage was taken by the new Apex, a long-awaited update to the industry standard when it comes to aquarium controllers.… More:

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seneye-reef-reefs As expected, MACNA 2016 in San Diego, delivered another crop of new and innovative products into the aquarium market. There were so many exciting products on display and we look forward to reviewing many of them for you in coming days and weeks. We wanted to start with one of our favorites, the Seneye Reef Monitoring System and PAR Meter.   Seneye’s owner and founder, Matt Stevenson, is an avid supporter of MACNA, the aquarium industry and hobbyists.  As one of the supporters of AquaNerd, Matt was kind enough to give us a personal demonstration of the functions and features of Seneye’s exciting new product. We have watched with keen interest as Seneye has become recognized and popular among aquarists around the world. So what’s so unique about Read More