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By admin - Posted Jan 14, 2002 07:00 PM
Below is a listing of all of our articles about aquarium equipment (selection, reviews, maintenance, etc) sorted by date with the newest at the top of the list.
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Product Review: Barrier Reef Aquariums' EverGrow Nova A4 LED Light

By Dana Riddle on Feb 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Dana Riddle thoroughly reviews the Barrier Reef Aquarium Nova A4 controllable LED light. For under $300 USD, how well does this four array, 51 LED, 100 watt, remote-controlled fixture perform?

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Product Review: Apogee Instruments' PAR Meter (Model MQ-200) and Software

By Dana Riddle on Sep 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The Apogee MQ-200 Quantum Meter offers many advantages to aquarium hobbyists. The meter is relatively inexpensive (as quantum meters go) and the submersible sensor is small and allows measurements to be made in tight spots. Hobbyists should take a careful look and see if this PAR meter is for them.

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Equipment Review: LED Lighting Tests: Ecotech Radion Pro, Aqua Illumination Hydra, GHL Mitras 6100HV and 6200HV

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Aug 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

LED lighting has come a long way and the new generation of LED fixtures is delivering on the promise of LED technology, and control features. As usual, the users need to consider their own applications to determine the best one for the situation. Hopefully this data will be helpful in making your decisions.

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Equipment Review: LED Lighting Tests: Maxspect Razor, Aquatic Life Expert Series, and Tao-Tronics

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Continuing in the same vein as my previous LED lighting tests, this article presents data on light intensity and spread along with spectral plots for several new LED fixtures.

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Equipment Review: Propeller Pump Performance, A Different Look: Tunze Nanostream Pumps

By Dana Riddle on Apr 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Dana provides a very in-dept look at the Tunze Nanostream pumps, their flow characteristics, and water velocities and compares them to various water velocity zones found on reefs.

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Product Review: Build My LED 48" Strip Light: Custom LED Lighting for Freshwater and Reef Aquaria

By Dana Riddle on Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

"I want a reliable lighting device and Build My LED seems to have hit the right note." Dana evaluates the construction, performance, and customer service of a custom-configured LED light from the new company, Build My LED.

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Aquarium Equipment: PAR Meters and LEDs - How Accurate are the Measurements? A Comparison of Three Meters and Lux to PAR Conversion Factors for LEDs

By Dana Riddle on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

How do PAR meters stack up to one another? Dana delves into the data comparing and contrasting three light meters and gives us his take on the results.

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Product Review: Ecotech Marine Radion XR30w Pro

By Leonard Ho on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

It's been a little over a year since Ecotech Marine introduced the Radion LED light. The Radion made big waves with aquarists and quickly ascended to mass popularity. In January 2013, Ecotech Marine began shipments of their latest and most powerful incarnation of the Radion platform: the XR30w Pro. Advanced Aquarist takes a closer look at the Pro.

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Feature Article: LED Lighting Tests: Maxspect Mazarra P and Aqua Illuminiation Vega

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

As LED lighting moves further into the mainstream, there is new effort being made to provide a fuller spectrum light that can be tuned by the aquarist to satisfy both the demands of the corals as well as the visual pleasure of the aquarist.

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Product Review: EcoTech Marine MP60 Propeller Pump

By Dana Riddle on Sep 05, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This review will report on operational issues of a MP60 that has seen over a year of service. How well did the pump hold up? What problems, if any, encountered? These questions and others will be answered below.

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Product Review: Maxi-Jet Pro Series Pumps

By Dana Riddle on Aug 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Marineland Aquarium Products' Maxi-Jet pumps have been around for quite some time. Recently, their design changed as well as their country of manufacture. The manufacturer promises relatively high performance while offering them at very modest prices. Is this a case of 'you get what you pay for' or are they a true value?

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Aquarium Lighting: Moonlight - A Concise Review of Its Spectrum, Intensity, Photoperiod, and Relationship to Coral and Fish Spawning

By Dana Riddle on Jul 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Moonlight is thought to play an important role in timing reproductive cycles of many coral and fish species. In corals, lunar cycles set the date of spawning, while the time of onset of darkness fine tunes the cycle and decide the hour and minute (then a release of hormones into the water induces mass spawning). Lunar periodicity seems to play a role in timing of reproduction among at least some fish species. It seems apparent that different taxa are affected differently by altered moon phases, if only temporarily.

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Equipment Review: Getting the Most from Your T-5 Lights: A Look at Reflectors and More

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on May 09, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It is imperative that you use reflectors with T-5 bulbs, and individual reflectors do a better job of sending light into a tank than a single reflector. Bulb temperature and even an aquarium's background has a measurable effect on lighting performance.

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Product Review: RLSS R10-U Protein Skimmer

By Leonard Ho on May 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM

RLSS is a new line of protein skimmers by H2O systems featuring the speed-controllable Waveline DC pumps. Advanced Aquarist reviews the RLSS R10-U.

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Feature Article: Spectral Distributions of LEDs: AI-Sol, Radion, Orphek, EcoRay, Mvava

By Sanjay Joshi on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:00 AM

In addition to the characterization of light by its intensity and distribution, the spectral distribution is also of interest. Light sources emit light at varying amounts at different wavelengths. Spectral distribution characterizes the light output across different wavelengths of the light spectrum.

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Feature Article: LED Lighting Tests: Radion, Orphek, Mvava, Ecoray and Ecoxotic

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

As LED lighting moves further into the mainstream, there a lot of new choices available to the aquarist. Hopefully this data will help the aquarist make an informed choice on what to expect from the individual LED fixtures and how best to utilize them to achieve the desired coverage and light intensity.

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Product Review: Blue Moon Aquatics' P30 LED Pendant

By Dana Riddle on Nov 02, 2011 at 10:00 AM

What seemed impossible to many just a few years ago is now reality - this LED luminaire can complete with metal halides when used over coral reef aquaria of sizes commonly seen in homes. I've had another Blue Moon Aquatics LED system in operation for over a year and report no problems with it. If that is any indication, one should get long, reliable service from the P30 luminaire.

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Product Review: Inexpensive Analytical Devices: Hanna Instruments' Checkers: Alkalinity and Phosphate

By Dana Riddle on Aug 24, 2011 at 08:00 AM

In many cases, results from colorimeters are superior to visually judging colored samples. Will an inexpensive device deliver results comparable to an expensive spectrophotometer? Dana tests the Hanna Checkers to find out.

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Feature Article: LED Lighting Tests: Ecoray, Reef Fanatic, and MaxSpect

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:00 AM

LED lighting for reef tanks is on its way to becoming a reality, and various designs and configurations are making their way into the market.

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Aquarium Equipment: The Internet Accessible Aquarium for the Budget Conscious Aquarist

By Raul Roman on Aug 03, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Raul will give you the necessary information, presented at a layman's level, to get your reef aquarium up on the Internet. The Internet accessible aquarium will be discussed here from the standpoint of two particular pieces of equipment, the aquarium controller and the network webcam. Read on to see how it's done.

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