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Have you been searching for a serious skimmer for a great price? We now carry the full Reef Octopus line of skimmers, reactors, etc and as always you can expect unbeatable prices and free advice on choosing the equipment that you need to make your tank something you can be proud of. So what are you waiting for? Drop by or call us today to day to place your order!



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Vortech Intelligent power head systems create ideal conditions for your reef aquarium. With flow rates from 200 to over 6000 gallons per hour, there is a Vortech to match your reef needs.

The MP 10 Series

Designed especially for nano-reef aquariums, the MP10w ES from EcoTech Marine is a small yet powerful pump. The MP10w ES ideal for tanks from 2.5 to 50 gallons creates gentle flows of 200 to 1,575 gallons per hour, helping the tanks feel more like the ocean.


Ideally suited for aquariums smaller than 70 gallons, the MP20 produces unmatched broad yet gentle flow while placing the motor outside the tank preserving the beauty of your aquarium and enhancing the health of your tank’s ecosystem.

MP-40 Series

The award-winning technology of the MP40w ES provides wireless operation on tanks between 50 and 500+ gallons, producing 1,000 to 3,200 gallons per hour of flow and smallest in-tank footprint for full-size reef aquariums.

Specialty Pets carries a full line of Eco Tech Marine products and can order anything from the catalog including upgrades for your older MP series pumps. Anyone wishing to see a vortech in action can drop by and view the two we use on our 150 gallon reef display tank.


Hobbyists need not be limited to Vortech for their reef keeping needs as Specialty Pets is the areas only "Authorized TUNZE dealer." If you need high flow with precise German engineering, TUNZE is the undisputed champ of the power head world. TUNZE pioneered powerhead technology with the introduction of Stream style pumps in the early 70s. Today hobbyists have an almost endless assortment of pumps and accessories to choose from. If you have a large tank more than likely you are going to go with TUNZE at some point. TUNZE pumps deliver flow rates from a few hundred gph all the way up to a staggering 7,925 gph boasted by the Turbelle 6305.



We also offer a line of more economy friendly powerhead solutions for the hobbyists on a budget or anyone who is just getting started and doesn't want to make a huge initial investment. For tanks that require a bit more flow for a lot less cost we suggest SEIO Prop pumps. These pump models can deliver flow from 600 to 1,500 gph and are perfect for medium sized (40-75 gallon) systems. Before










So you have heard other reef hobbyist talking about reactors on their tank? Do you need one? If so what kind and what are the differences? reactors come in different sizes and shapes but all have a common function. They are a vessel where media is exposed to tank water and returned. Calcium reactors are the most common and complex of the types. A calcium reactor injects CO2 gas into the chamber where the gas causes a calcium based media to dissolve infusing the water with calcium. These reactors should only be used with a controller as potential for disaster exists without proper safety measures. The next is a Kalkwasser reactor, these are filled with Kalkwasser and are used in conjunction with an auto top off system such as a TUNZE osmolator. They contain a small pump that is hooked to a timer or controller that that is set to stir the media intermittently. When the top off pumps in tank water it flows through the Kalk reactor back into the tanks sump. This is used to increase both the tanks Calcium level and the Alkalinity. As a general rule one should purchase a Kalk reactor before a calcium reactor, the Ca reactor will be used to increase the Ca levels when and if the Kalk reactor alone will not suffice. There are other reactors such as Phosphate reactors, nitrate reactors etc. The use of reactors in a system will help maintain the stability needed to insure long term success with your tank.


Live Rock & Base Rock

What's the difference in live rock and base rock? Well it's easy, live rock comes out of a live saltwater system. It harbors beneficial bacteria's and life that will help establish a SW system faster. Base rock is dry reef rock and is far less expensive than live. Either can be used to set up a saltwater reef system but most hobbyists opt for a 50/50 mix of base and live. What ever you choose you should plan for about 1- 1.5 lbs per gallon and look for rock that is not solid, look for porous rock, this will harbor far more bacteria than a solid piece. If you are buying live rock and adding to a already cycled aquarium you must be sure that the rock is fully cured. If the rock has been out of the water for over 12 hours there will likely be a lot of die off on the rock causing the tank to undergo a cycle. This is why live rock is best for starting a new aquarium as it can quickly help to establish a bacteria bed and cycle the tank. If you are buying live rock it is strongly advised that you have a good skimmer in operation as there will allmost always be die off to some degree unless the rock is placed into the system within several hours. The live rock we sell is fully cured and is safe to add to either an established system or a new system.

Lighting solutions for any tank

Lighting is important for any tank but for a reef tank it's a necessity. Coral or more specifically the zooxanthellae, the symbiotic algae's that live within them need light for photosynthesis. What type of light is dependant upon your particular coral needs. T-5 and metal halide are the top choice in advanced reef lighting right now. T-5s promise less energy usage and more light than other conventional means where as halides produce a great deal more PAR or photosynthetic active radiation. LED technology is an upcoming force and much talked about but over larger tanks it still falls a bit short, plus the cost of these systems leaves most new hobbyists out of game. Power compacts which were the long standing solution for years are slowly giving way to T-5s and then there are Plasma and HID lights. Which of these will become the next lighting leader? That's for the future to determine, right now you should go with which ever light source is more proven for your particular tank lighting needs. We offer lights and bulbs for all your lighting needs at an affordable price.




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