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UC "Stay-Home" SALE event coming your way, March 26-30th, FREE ICP Test, Easy Financing, Easter Eggs, UC Rewards

UC "Stay-Home" SALE event coming your way, March 26-30th, FREE ICP Test, Easy Financing, Easter Eggs, UC Rewards

As of the time of writing, most of the country has been ordered to Stay Home!  We could have never imagined such a thing even a few months ago, yet this is our reality today.

In the spirit of "Stay-Home", UniqueCorals.com will hold a fun sale event, Thurs March 26th to Monday March 30th. Starting Thursday, new items and categories will be made available in the SALE section every hours.  The reefing staples will be available, some at never before discounts, to help with your Stay-At-Home needs.  

Brands included in the sale are:
-Triton 10% off
-Pax Bellum 10% off
-Illumagic LED lights 10% off
-Great White Skimmers 20% off
-DaStaCo 5-10% off
-Panta Rhei 5% off
-and many more

Additionally, for orders over $200 you'll get a FREE Triton ICP water analysis test, a $49 value! *one per order. Test your water and know exactly where you tank is at, for optimal health and if needed, corrective regimen for continued success.

Many livestock items will be on sale as well, some at deep discounts.  Look for some "Easter Eggs" at up to 90% off (these will pop up periodically, for maximum fun), throughout the Sale Event.

If you have shopped with us before, you'll know we stand behind every animal and item we ship, with a robust guarantee, and dedicated customer service, shop with confidence.

Additionally, we have just added UC 0% Financing or Split pay features (with no impact on your credit score, even if just checking to see if you qualify) to simplify your reefing needs!  There is no better time to get that equipment you need.

Earn UC Rewards for all your purchases.

Please share the news with your reefing friends and spread the cheer. #uniquecorals #uniquecoralsstayhomesale

Happy Reefing-At-Home

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New Illumagic Vitamini LED Super Actinic LED Lights Available Now

Great article on the Vitamini lights by ReefBuilders

https://reefbuilders.com/…/new-illumagic-vitamini-led-supe…/

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Available now in 36" size and 42" size, both comes with 1 pair of arms so you'll have everything you need to get these up and running right away.

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Illumagic Blaze X LED lights available now

Illumagic Blaze X LED lights available now

Robert on Social media asked:"What makes them unique?"

Our answer is:

The main factors are: 

1) The build quality is the best in the world. Extremely strong outer casing, highest and most efficient heat dissipation in its class. It's a retail light built for commercial use and used by all the collectors in Australia. 

2) The lenses used will never burn, fade or go yellow allowing maximum par for years down the road. The lenses also have a triple diffusion technology meaning the light is perfectly blended even before it hits the water surface. So basically maximum par with maximum light diffusion. 

3) Both freshwater and marine spectrums have been tested for over 4 years (in this model) in both coral farms and for freshwater aquascaping professionals. 

4) LED spectrum is similar to other brands which also work well. However Illumagic chooses to use 33% UV and cyan instead of green for what they have measured to be better growth and colour for coral in the long term. Cyan is very different to green and is great for gold and orange pigments.

5) Fully customizable, and every unit comes with free mobile app to control your lights from anywhere.

6) Super clean profile and design, less wires, use the included hanging kits, also available are optional ghost floating legs.

7) For this quality and build, its an unbeatable price.

Find out for yourself! From model X to the 6 foot, marine to freshwater, tank to fuge, there is an Illumagic light that fits your aquarium needs.

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Illumagic LED aquarium lighting - the perfect choice for full control and coloring up SPS

Hobbyist Richard Miller help demonstrates the Illumagic Blaze X 6 foot light in this video.

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Best in class: superior quality and value, quiet and efficient, The Great White protein skimmer

Best in class: superior quality and value, quiet and efficient, The Great White protein skimmer

for the first time to market, the Dalua Great White is making splashes.

It's been called the best in class - with superior quality and value, it is also extremely quiet and efficient.

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Everything you need to know about the Pax Bellum A.R.I.D., Part2 LED and maintenance

Everything you need to know about the Pax Bellum A.R.I.D., Part2 LED and maintenance

How long will the LED’s last?

The LEDs are rated by the manufacturer for 50k hours. We suggest replacement after 40k. Make sure your heat sink is able to radiate heat to room temperature air. LED life can be cut short by inadequate cooling. Placing the ARID inside a cabinet without ventilation will put unnecessary thermal stress on your light assembly, and reduce its service life.  While LED’s are much cooler to run than other light bulb technologies, they do still produce some heat and need room to expel that energy safely.

 

What voltage are the LEDs?

The LEDs are designed to run using only the 12VDC power supply provided with the ARID. Running the ARID on higher voltage will cause them to burn out.

 

How are the LED’s cooled?

The LEDs are attached to a vapor heat pipe that carries the heat evenly away from the LEDs to the heat sink located above the lid where it is released into the air. 

 

Will heat from the LEDs raise my tank water temperature?

LEDs waste about half of their input energy as heat. Therefore our smallest model the, “ARID N18” would give off approximately 7 watts as waste heat, of this at least 3 watts is taken away by the heat pipe, leaving at most 4 watts of heat to transfer into a 40-120 gallon system. Basically, an insignificant amount of heat is transferred into the aquarium.

 

Why is the light tube plastic and not glass?

The heat pipe in the ARID extracts heat so efficiently it allowed the use of high output LEDs and a plastic light tube that is impact and thermal cycling resistant. The heat pipe also cools the lights sufficiently that carbonates will not precipitate out of the saltwater and build up on the light tube, obstructing light transmission. The heat pipe will also protect the macro-algae from cooking should the pump supplying water to your reactor fail. Proper thermal management is necessary for optimal life expectancy of LEDs that are designed to be cooled from the underside.

Simply encasing LEDs inside a glass tube and submerging them in saltwater is not a good idea for the previously mentioned reasons. Glass also tends to break along thermal gradients, especially ones that rapidly change temperature, like the one found at the point the light tube passes through the lid. Glass sleeves work in UV sterilizers because they’re always on. The temperature is relatively constant 24/7, and it’s chosen because glass is UV stable. UV sterilizers are generally not opened up on a regular basis. This is not the case in an ARID macro-algae reactor.

Glass is not impact resistant or resistant to external forces placed on it especially when undergoing a rapid thermal change. If you have ever taken a hot glass aquarium heater out of your tank without letting it cool first and then accidentally tapped it on something you’ll know the heater can shatter instantly.

Even if we used glass with our heat pipe cooling system we would be limited to the height the reactor due to the deflection strength of glass. Glass failure is also abrupt unlike plastics.

 

Why not place the LEDs on the outside of the chamber?

Efficiency is the main reason the ARID doesn’t use LEDs on the outside of the chamber shining in. Many more LEDs are required to penetrate the algae mass when illuminated externally. The LEDs would also require the same intensity to penetrate the algae mass the same depth. This may work for a small reactor but scaled up it would be very cost prohibitive.

For this illumination strategy to work the transparent chamber wall will need to be kept free of any bioaccumulation to maintain light transmission, and would require frequent acid washing and scrubbing. After time the chamber will become scratched and light transmission will be degraded, resulting in the entire chamber needing to be replaced.

Heat is another issue, more LEDs means more heat. The entire chamber will be heated and transferring a good portion to the water, more so if the chamber wall is thin. Many transparent plastics have residual internal stresses from to rapid of cooling during production and are not able to take thermal cycling and will eventually crack. If the LEDs are to be cooled from the underside to avoid this problem, a heat sink the entire surface area of the chamber would need to be used.

 

What periodic maintenance should I perform on the reactor itself to keep it operating efficiently?

We recommend an acid wash of the chamber every 6 months to keep the chamber walls reflective. Either acetic acid (white vinegar) or hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) can be used. This involves filling the unit with straight store bought white vinegar or making a dilute solution of 5% HCL acid and letting it sit for a few hours until all carbonate buildup is dislodged,or dissolved. Then drain and rinse with freshwater and put it back into operation. A white poly pad made for scrubbing plastics can be used to aid in dislodging any stubborn buildup.

The light tube should be replaced every 10-12 months due to aging and scratches that will accumulate from cleaning.

The flange seal may need replacing yearly due to dimensional changes from aging and compression set. 

Wipe dust from the heat sink on a regular basis to keep it transferring heat efficiently.

Clean the gland that the flange seal seats into of any foreign material to ensure a proper seal.

Check plumbing fittings leading to, and on the reactor for blockages during routine algae harvests. Low flow is the number one reason for algae collapse.

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