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Hagen Names Francis Yupangco Aquatic Development Manager

Francis Yupangco. Photograph courtesy of Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Francis Yupangco. Photograph courtesy of Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Mansfield, MA – (For Immediate Release) – A leader in the aquatics market, Hagen is known for a powerful brand lineup that includes Fluval, FluvalSea, Marina and AquaClear. Now the company has made the team behind those brands stronger with the appointment of Francis Yupangco as Aquatics Development Manager.

Yupangco’s educational and career background make him exceptionally qualified for his new position. In addition to earning a BSc. in marine biology from SimonFraserUniversity in Vancouver, Canada, he holds an MBA from RoyalRoadsUniversity.  His work experience ranges from designing and managing complex marine habitats to overseeing market development plans for global corporations.

“We’re very excited to welcome Francis on board,” said Rolf Hagen Jr., President and CEO of Rolf C. Hagen Inc. “His skills and experience make him ideal for the position of aquatics development manager. He’s not only very well versed in marine biology, he also has a great grasp of marketing and market development, which enables him to look at things from a variety of angles.”

Prior to joining Hagen, Yupangco served as Director of Marketing and Business Development at Living Color Enterprises. Francis co-stars in the National Geographic reality TV series Fish Tank Kings, which features the company and its services. While at Living Color, he worked with a variety of corporate entertainment clients including Disney, Sea World, Rainforest Café and the Florida Marlins Major League Baseball team.

Francis was also Director of Operations at Issham Aquatics International, where he led aquarium operations at 30 locations across four countries, including major tourist attractions and government institutions, such as the KhalifaParkMaritimeMuseum, Prince Sultan Science and TechnologyCenter and the Royal Palace Shark Encounter. Prior to that, Francis was employed at the prestigious Vancouver Aquarium for seven years as an aquarist and researcher.

Now at Hagen, Yupangco is looking forward to building on the reputation of some of the aquatic industry’s most iconic brands. “This is an exciting opportunity,” he said. “The aquatic brands in our portfolio have always stood for quality; and the company’s commitment to advancing aquatic technology and responsible pet care is second to none, so I am very proud to be associated with Hagen.  The recent launch of and Fluval’s social media initiatives is exciting. I will be able to really interact with our aquarium enthusiasts to discuss everything from fish breeding to LED lighting and water quality. I look forward to simplifying aquarium keeping through innovation to make the hobby enjoyable and easy for everyone.”

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Founded in 1955, Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of pet products, pet food and pet supplies with facilities located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Posted October 2nd, 2013.

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Aquarium Robot launched by AquaGenesis

The RoboSnail the world’s first and only automated aquarium glass cleaner is taking aim at modernizing the daily maintenance of algae prevention


San Diego, CA April 22, 2013 –  Aquagenesis International Inc. ( has created  a new innovation  for the aquarium  industry, a magnetic robotic algae cleaning device called the RoboSnail™ for automating the daily maintenance of cleaning aquarium glass surfaces from algae build up.

The RoboSnail, an automated Robotic aquarium magnet, will activate independent of the user every 24 hour period to prevent the daily buildup of aquarium algae much like the robotic vacuum cleaners that have become prevalent.    The RoboSnail cleans the glass surface and upon completion of its cleaning cycle will then recharge itself via a docking station until its next cleaning cycle. The product is fully programmable for the user’s individual aquariums parameters.  The RoboSnail works on Rimless, In Wall mounted, and standard aquariums. The RoboSnail is capable to clean the glass of aquariums ranging from 55-150 gallons with an upper operating tolerance of .40” or 10mm in glass thickness.  Subsequent models will follow that will work on a broader selection of aquariums.

“With the RoboSnail, aquarium owners will appreciate that their investment in an aquarium provides a clear peaceful view of a calming underwater atmosphere as opposed to a reminder of another cleaning chore that needs to be done” says Milan Rafailovich, President of AquaGenesis.

The RoboSnail’s is the only robotic device in the aquarium industry.  AquaGenesis International was founded to revolutionize the tedious and time consuming task of maintaining and keeping aquariums.  The RoboSnail is currently available for purchase both in the US and Europe.

For more information about the RoboSnail please visit

Posted August 16th, 2013.

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Justin Bunton Joins Aquatic Life, LLC As Customer Support Manager

COMMERCE, CA- Aquatic Life, LLC, a company that creates, markets and manufactures premium branded aquarium and hydroponics equipment, is pleased to announce that Justin Bunton has joined the Aquatic Life team as the Customer Support Manager.

In this role, Bunton will plan, coordinate and oversee the activities of the customer support team to maintain and enhance consumer and reseller relationships, as well as identify and implement strategies to improve quality of service and productivity for Aquatic Life. Additionally, he will manage technical support personnel and inside sales teams.

“As a small, dynamic company, we pride ourselves in providing quality customer support and service,” explains Michael Elliot, Aquatic Life co-owner. “When we started looking for a Customer Support Manager, we wanted someone with strong interpersonal skills who could learn the technical aspects of our products. Justin is an experienced professional with solid sales, management and customer service skills that will help us to continue to provide first-rate customer service.”

Before joining the team at Aquatic Life, LLC, Bunton worked in sales as an Assistant Manager for Cingular Wireless. In this position, he established marketing partnerships with area businesses, developed customer service guidelines and managed sales team business objectives.

Bunton received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communication from William Carey University.


Founded in 2008 by co-owners Michael Elliott and David Troop, Aquatic Life products are produced by Aquatic Life LLC, a company that creates, markets and manufactures premium branded aquarium and hydroponics equipment. Aquatic Life products are available through distributors across North America. For more information, please visit the website at or call (818) 768-6943.

Posted May 29th, 2013.

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South Yorkshire Fish Food Expert Lands Its Largest Order for World’s Largest Oceanarium

New Era Aquaculture, the South Yorkshire-based fish diets expert, has further enhanced its status on the global stage by landing its largest ever order for the world’s newest and largest oceanarium.

New Era’s deal is to supply a comprehensive range of diets for the 100,000 marine animals, across more than 800 species, which will inhabit 60 million litres of water in the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Marine Life Park, Singapore. This final element of the US$5 billion integrated hotel, gaming and attractions complex on Singapore’s Sentosa Island opened in December 2012. RWS is part of the Malaysia-based Genting Group.

Over the last 12 months New Era’s technical staff consulted closely with Marine Life Park’s curatorial team advising on quarantine techniques and feeding strategies. Convinced that New Era’s innovative diets would meet its feeding needs, RWS pledged its commitment by placing its first order.

Craig Sowden, director and chief curator of SEA Aquarium, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with New Era to support the world’s largest aquarium, the SEA Aquarium. Its experience in providing nutrition to aquariums around the world proved to be a natural choice when choosing a reputable organisation to feed our 100,000 marine animals residents.”

Peter Kersh, New Era’s managing director, said: “We are extremely excited to have secured this landmark order. We are totally confident that our products will deliver major benefits for RWS because they are not only easy to manage and sustain fish health and water quality but, with no preparation required, they are also economical. The RWS order helps to augment our reputation in the growing public aquariums market – the world is our oyster!”

New Era annual sales are growing at an impressive 50% per year, with international sales forming the major part and extra staff members recruited to manage the increased volumes.

New Era supplies more than 100 major aquariums across the globe, primarily in Europe and North America and recently exhibited at the International Aquariums Conference in Cape Town. The company is currently working with existing and other new build aquariums in China, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Pacific and Latin America.

Posted February 20th, 2013.

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New Era Aquaculture Celebrates Its First Business Award



New Era Aquaculture, the Thorne-based company revolutionising the fish food market, is celebrating its first business award, confident that it may not be its last!

The manufacturer of innovative fish diets, supplied to public aquariums and hobbyists across the globe, lifted the Excellence in Overseas Trade accolade in Doncaster Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Business Awards.

Established in 2005, with the aim of establishing the company as the world’s leading producer of diets for ornamental fish, New Era is enjoying annual growth rates of 50%, with export business representing 40% of turnover. New Era has 31 overseas distributors selling into 35 countries.


The judges were impressed by the company’s spectacular export sales growth and how the brand was conceived, produced and distributed from South Yorkshire in only a few years. Also noted were New Era’s understanding of overseas markets, innovative global sales and marketing strategies, seeing the company adapt its sales approach to suit varied markets, valuing face-to-face dealings with clients, overseas trade exhibitions and the use of foreign languages.

Managing director, Peter Kersh said: “For our efforts and success to be recognised by the business community in Yorkshire makes the whole team very proud. From the start it was clear that huge export potential existed for our products and a strategy was developed to attack the international market. Sales will continue to grow to even higher levels. Our plan is for 75% of our revenues to be from overseas by 2016, so perhaps New Era might net more awards in the future!”

Photo caption: Peter Kersh (c) and Mark Wilson, New Era’s technical director (centre left and right) receiving the award from BBC Breakfast TV’s Stephanie McGovern and Jon Templeman (l) of Bridon PLC who headed the judging panel.

 For further press information please contact either David Grassby on 01405 815 605, or Margaret Laver on 0114 236 1286 or

Posted January 16th, 2013.

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ATM Debuts “Ask the Shark” Educational YouTube Video Series

ATM’s “Ask The Shark”
Educational Youtube Video Series


As ATM continues to pave the way for increased popularity and introduction of an entire new generation of aquarium hobbyists, we have offered a new outlet for beginners and experts alike to ask questions about aquariums and ATM aquarium products. We give you “Ask The Shark”, our new weekly Youtube show!

Episode 1
Release: 1/11/13

Show host puppet and comedian, “The Shark”, takes questions ranging from entry level to advanced, enabling all levels of aquarist to take part. From home aquaria to big water industries, our biology and water quality teams have decades of experience and expertise to get aquarists pointed in correct and practical directions regarding their aquarium inquiries and problems.

At ATM Aquarium Products our goal is to always give aquarists simple, practical tools to simplify achieving a successful, natural aquarium. We look forward to joining in on educational efforts for the aquarium hobby and entertaining all at the same time!

Questions can be submitted via email, audio, or video at

Find “Ask The Shark” at

Contact: Stacey Blood
Cell Phone: 760.213.2568

Posted January 11th, 2013.

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EcoTech Marine Launches Radion XR30w Pro

EcoTech Marine launches Radion XR30w Pro

[BETHLEHEM, PA, Jan. 9, 2013]—EcoTech Marine has released the newest model of its Radion lighting system, the Radion XR30wPro.
The Radion XR30w Pro uses EcoTech’s TIR lenses and is outfitted with 42 professional-grade LEDs representing eight different colors in six separate channels. This enables the XR30w Pro to deliver unsurpassed full-spectrum output from 405nm (Ultra Violet) to 660nm (Hyper Red). The XR30w Pro’s premium LEDs from Cree and other manufacturers provide efficient and precise light output, while the six channels of control allow users to adjust each color group individually.

“The Radion XR30w Pro represents the latest in LED technology, power, spectrum and spread, giving hobbyists the opportunity to create a near-perfect environment in their aquariums,” said Tim Marks, President of EcoTech Marine. “EcoTech Marine pioneered the market in full spectrum LED lighting for aquariums and we are proud to continue to produce leading-edge, high quality, professional-grade components that shape the future of the industry.”

The Radion XR30w Pro is ideal for reef owners who want to achieve the highest PAR ratings, have a deep aquarium or want wide light spread with broad spectral coverage.
Integrates seamlessly with the existing EcoSmart Live web-based controller platform. (
Features the same unprecedented modularity found in the Radion XR30w, allowing for future upgrades and backward compatibility within the entire Radion line. (Existing Radion XR30w owners can upgrade their lighting systems to XR30w Pro clusters. Details will be announced in the near future.)
Priced at $899, the Radion XR30w Pro is available for purchase at leading retailers across the U.S. For a list of EcoTech Marine retailers, visit

About EcoTech Marine
Now in its second decade, EcoTech Marine continues to revolutionize the way people think about aquarium technology. Each of EcoTech Marine’s products are meticulously engineered to improve the health of aquarist’s ecosystems – and to enhance the natural beauty of aquascapes.

EcoTech Marine has set all new industry standards for aquarium equipment. Its technologically superior products produce unmatched performance, and its commitment to elegant design minimizes the equipment’s visual intrusion into customer’s aquarium.

Working tirelessly to improve upon “state-of-the-art,” EcoTech Marine enables customers to create the healthiest, safest and smartest aquarium possible. That’s why EcoTech Marine’s products offer a wide variety of easy-to-program modes and have been thoroughly tested and endorsed by marine-biologists – making them the most versatile and proven products on the market. For more information about EcoTech Marine and their products, visit:

Posted January 11th, 2013.

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EcoTech Marine Receives Two Best of 2012 Awards

November 26, 2012, Bethlehem, Pa. – EcoTech Marine is pleased to announce that it received two of’s Best of 2012 Awards in the Best Aquarium Light and Best Powerhead categories. EcoTech Marine was one of only two companies to receive more than one award this year from a pool of more than 180 global brands considered.

The awards, which recognize aquarium supply manufacturers and products that have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout a one-year period, called out EcoTech’s Radion XR30w LED Light Fixture and EcoTech’s MP40 VorTech Propeller Pump.

“We’re honored to receive an award by – let alone receiving two,” EcoTech Marine Co-Founder Patrick Clasen said. “Our goal is to develop quality products for customers to create the healthiest, safest and smartest aquarium possible. These awards are a great testament to the vision, drive and talent of my fellow founders and our team. We look forward to many more years as a leading producer of accessories and equipment for reef aquarium enthusiasts.”

EcoTech’s Radion XR30w LED Light Fixture, the standard in LED lighting, won Best Aquarium Light. Outfitted with 34 energy-efficient LEDs in five controllable colors, the XR30w communicates wirelessly with other Radion lights and VorTech pumps through EcoSMART Live, a cloud-based web app that’s accessible on any device with an internet connection.

EcoTech’s MP40 VorTech Propeller Pump won Best Powerhead. It minimizes the intrusion of equipment in your tank by using a bracket-less design, allowing the motor to be placed on the outside of the aquarium. It is fully equipped with the EcoTech RF wireless module pre-installed, which allows for advanced modes and features in which synchronized flow or coordinated flow and lighting conditions can be created to simulate a natural underwater environment.

For more information on EcoTech Marine, visit For more information about and the Best of 2012 Awards, please visit

Posted November 27th, 2012.

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Sensorex’s PH-1 Turns iPhone®, iPod®, or iPad® into Portable pH Meter

Garden Grove, California (November 8, 2012) – Sensorex has developed an industry-first mobile accessory for pH measurements. Compatible with Apple™ iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® devices, the PH-1 pH meter accessory measures and records pH values in the field for use in aquariums, environmental, education and industrial applications.

Sensorex’s PH-1 turns iPhone®, iPod®, or iPad® into portable pH meter

The patent-pending PH-1 accessory plugs into the standard Apple dock connector and uses a Sensorex pH electrode to measure pH with accuracy to .01 pH. The free Sensorex app displays pH, millivolts, ambient temperature and solution temperature in real time. The CE marked device supports 1, 2, 3, or more calibration points and sends readings by email for later analysis. When used with a GPS-enabled device, the pH meter app will record measurements with both timestamp and geographic coordinates, eliminating transcription errors and improving efficiency.

Powered from the Apple device, the PH-1 requires no supplemental energy source. Its pH measurement range is 0-14 pH and it operates in ambient temperatures of 0-40° C, in solutions of 0-100° C. Data history can be grouped by date or location and exported individually or in .csv format via email.

Learn more about the PH-1 online at

Posted November 9th, 2012.

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Ultimate Aquariums on HGTV


The boys of Infinity Aquarium Design invite you into the world of ULTIMATE AQUARIUMS! Come along for an underwater ride that will leave your jaw dropping as Nic and Joe showcase their talents as custom aquarium designers.  From celebrity clients, to million dollar deals, these two guys are taking Hollywood by storm.  You’ll get a never-before-seen look into the lives of the famous and wealthy, the beautiful homes they live in, and the most amazing aquariums that money can buy! From concept, to design and install, we’ll get a first-hand look into how these custom aquariums are created with dramatic reveals. See what happens when homes are designed with the ocean in mind! Friday, October 12th at 1pm/Noon Central. Only on HGTV.

Source: HGTV

Posted September 21st, 2012.

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