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Latest ReefBuilders feature on UCSI

Solomon Island Acropora millepora Are Taking Over Unique Corals



Article by Jake Adams, at https://reefbuilders.com/2021/06/30/solomon-island-acropora-millepora-are-taking-over-unique-corals/

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"10 Upgrades to Dalua’s DC Great White Protein Skimmer" - Reefbuilders

"10 Upgrades to Dalua’s DC Great White Protein Skimmer" - Reefbuilders

The Great White from Dalua Australia is one of the best value protein skimmers in the reef aquarium hobby and now Dalua is doing the same for controllable DC skimmers. The new Great White DC skimmer is much more than just a DC powered version of the original sporting ten improvements to the design for even better performance and ease of use. 

Building on the success and widespread popularity of the original Great White skimmers, Dalua doubled the number of sizes in the range and developed four different models of the Great White DC. The larger GW10 was probably the most popular size in the original line and we’ll be comparing it to the similarly sized Great White DC12 to see all the ways that the new models have been improved. 

1. DC Needle Wheel Pump

The inclusion of a DC Pump is clearly the most obvious new improvement to the Great White Skimmer offering improved performance, quieter operation, and reduced power draw. The larger needle wheel also draws in more air than the similarly sized AC pump so there’s even more foam to carry away all the unwanted nutrients. 

2. Controller w/ Functions 

Just because most DC powered pumps are controllable, it’s actually much cheaper to make a non-controllable, one-speed DC pump. You would still get the primary benefits of reduced power and silent operation, but you need some electronics to make them speed up or ramp down, or go into pause/feed mode for a period of time. 

3. 3D Printed Venturi Valve

Besides the controllable needle wheel pump, perhaps one of the most interesting new improvements to the new Great White DC skimmers is the use of a 3D printed venturi valve. By printing their own aspirating mechanism for each pump and skimmer model, Dalua can do a lot more fine tuning to the performance of the skimmer getting the ratio of the air/water mixture just right. 

4. Larger Thumb Screws

The thumb screws included in the base of the Great White DC skimmer are much larger and much easier to handle, especially for guys like us with big sausage fingers. 

5. Bayonet Neck Fitting

The new Bayonet locking neck is very smooth and very easy to engage and disengage which will make removing and replacing the cup easier than ever, and possible to do with one hand on the GW12. 

6. Reduced Clearance Required

The GW12 DC is about one inch shorter than the GW10 but due to the new bayonet neck fitting there’s even less clearance required to remove and replace the collection cup. The GW10 is 23 inches tall but requires an extra inch of clearance, 24 inches or 60cm in total while the GW12 is 22 inches tall, but only needs 22.5″ of clearance; this sounds like a small difference but it’s the best approach to pack a ton of power into a modern, compact all in one sump for smaller reef tank setups. 

7. Wider Neck

The width of the neck on the GW12DC may only be half an inch wider in diameter than the GW10, but this translates to a 30% increase in the surface area. The wider neck works better in regular seawater salinity environments making it capable of producing thicker foam, but most of all it should be much more stable at skimming marine aquarium water. 

8. Larger Reaction Volume 

The wider neck is not limited to the collection cup as the conical portion of the body is also wider in cross section at the top. This wider path also creates a larger reaction volume for more reaction time, and a skimmer that is generally better at processing a foam of air & water. 

9. Larger Drain Hole 

Since the Dalua Great White DC 12 can produce more skimmate than ever before, the larger drain hole will make it simpler for users to use a protein skimmer waste collector remotely from the primary filtration area. 

10. Integrated Air Silencer

The new integrated air silencer is a circular ring that forms the bayonet where the cup locks into the body of the skimmer. Unlike typical small air silencers the circular design is concentric and reduces the noise of the air intake which is more important than ever since the GW12 pulls in an estimated 50% more air than its predecessor. 


Article by Jake Adams, full article and more pics on Reefbuilders.

Dalua DC Great White Skimmers coming to UniqueCorals soon!

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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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TRITON Applied Reef Bioscience US Lab officially opens with free return shipping on ICP-OES water analysis

TRITON Applied Reef Bioscience US Lab officially opens with free return shipping on ICP-OES water analysis

Los Angeles - 

As of January 20th, US consumers can have their water tested and results uploaded within as little as 48HRS!

The grand opening of our long awaited TRITON Lab at Unique Corals in Los Angeles has finally arrived. Customers can enjoy water analysis results and TRITON’s unique AI recommendations within 48 hours of samples being received at our Los Angeles lab.

Along with rapid results and recommendations, all samples will now ship FREE back to the TRITON US Lab via USPS.  A first class return postage label is included in every testing kit. 

Simply peel off the label, affix it onto the box, drop it off in any mailbox or give it to your mailman.  Depending on your geographical location, the test will arrive at the lab within 1-3  working days.

The TRITON ICP-OES water analysis is not only about testing 36 aquarium parameters, more importantly, it is about providing customers with a deeper understanding of how these parameters affect their reef aquariums. With TRITON US Lab testing customers will receive analysis derived from the most qualified aquarium experts, with highest quality of service and advice. Triton testing is based on information derived from the world’s biggest and fastest growing database of aquarium lab analysis. TRITON’s unique recommendation system provides the user with easy-to-follow solutions based on test results, prioritized based on level of importance. Drop down tabs let you choose between habitats and problems commonly encountered to ensure that suggestions and solutions are far more customized for each client. Armed with knowledge, users can take informed and immediate action.


If you require further help our expert support team at the TRITON Help Desk (Hello@triton.de) is available to help you with any questions.

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