Welcome To Specialty Pets

We Know Saltwater

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.



The basics of flow and light

view live camera feedsLets talk about what you need to keep your reef tank happy and healthy for a long time. All to often in the saltwater hobby you will be bombarded by "experts" who tell you to add this or add that but what do you really need? I mean what are the pieces of equipment and additives that you have to have in order to have better success and less trouble with your new reef tank? To start there is lighting, and what you need is dependant upon what you are keeping and what size tank you are keeping it in.

A fish only tank will require no special lighting at all, it's up to the hobbyist to determine based on color preference. A reef tank with coral however is a different matter all together. Remember not all coral are created equally and therefore have different light and water flow needs. Lighting and water flow on a SPS tank will be far different from lighting on a soft coral system. It comes down to a basic high and low system for water flow and lighting. If you are keeping SPS your going to want a high flow system with heavy skimming. If your going with a soft coral system, depending on tank depth you might get by with a bit less lighting and flow. Always try to create the specific flow and light needs of your particular coral. If you do this you will insure it's health and longevity for many years to come.


After lighting and flow the next most valuable piece of equipment to any reef keeper is a good skimmer. All to often this is the one area a lot of new hobbyists neglect. A good skimmer is essential for continued health of both a reef and fish only with live rock (FOWLR) system. The size of the skimmer should be proportional to the tank size and over all bio load. In other words the bigger the tank and the more fish and coral the bigger your skimmer will need to be. Until recently the general hobbyist skimmer market was full of skimmers that just were not suited for any serious long term use. Now there are affordable solutions to all your skimming needs no matter the tank size. For long term success we recommend a skimmer rated for at least 2 X your tank size at least, with skimmers bigger is usually better.

No matter which brand you decide on, remember to regularly clean your skimmer, a dirty skimmer will not produce skimate no matter what name is on its side. Always check the skimmers venturi air line supply if it has one, these can clog and reduce skimming effectiveness. Also make a point to remove the pump from time to time and clean it in a solution of vinegar and water, this will get rid of any calcium deposits that may be blocking the pumps intake and will give your skimmer many years of continued service.




The Reef Specialists

At Specialty Pets we know reefs, we know a lot of other things to. We know you are looking for the best deals you can find. That's why we are competitive toward any of the big online stores. You will also be able to see some of this equipment for yourself and get a demonstration before you make any decisions on purchasing. Specialty Pets is run by people who are hobbyists and have decades of experience with marine tanks and reef set ups. You can rest assured you will receive the best possible information and support from us. We are in the business of creating new hobbyists. Bulk and special orders are always welcome, call for details.


Ready for Serious Flow?

If you want real flow in your reef tank, and why wouldn't you? In our opinion there is no better way than using a Vortech MP system. Or a TUNZE power head. The Vortechs can generate massive amounts of chaotic wave action and with smaller models available, can be used on tanks as small as 10 gallons! TUNZE is German made for precision and long term service. Powerheads by Tunze can generate flow from a few hundred gph all the way up to a staggering 7,925 gph boasted by the Turbelle 6305. If you have need of serious flow in your reef tank, give us a call. We are the area only "Authorized Tunze dealer" so drop by and let us see what we can do for you.

Lighting solutions for any tank

Every tank needs lighting, and we have gone out of our way to get the best lighting options under one roof here locally. You can find the same great fixtures and bulbs that you will find on other big box web sites. The difference is that you can come in and actually see what some of these lighting options look like and get professional advice before you decide which is best for you.



Project 66

P-66 started modestly from a handful of home grown coral and some small holding tanks. Today it is a small scale coral propagation and research facility designed to maximize the growth of healthy coral to supply today's hobbyists with zero impact coral. The system allows the shop to have an almost un-ending supply of coral.

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