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perpetual98
06/22/2006, 10:39 AM
So I'm going over to Germany at the end of September for a couple of weeks of sightseeing, bier drinking. :) Is there anything over there that I should be looking for as far as reefkeeping goes that is more of a deal over there than it is here? That they can get there that we can't get here? That I can lug around with me and isn't too big? :) It's not like I have a lot of time to go reef shopping, but we're going to be in Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich along with numerous other small towns.

Eric

BreadmanMike
06/22/2006, 11:23 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7607729#post7607729 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by perpetual98
Is there anything over there that I should be looking for as far as reefkeeping goes that is more of a deal over there than it is here?
Eric

Yeah.... Deltec and Tunze! :D

JER-Z
06/22/2006, 11:27 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7607986#post7607986 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Aquaticman74
Yeah.... Deltec and Tunze! :D

they are not going to plug into U.S. outlets...

perpetual98
06/22/2006, 11:29 AM
Converting to 220V isn't terribly difficult. Do they run on the same Hz over there? That might be a sticky issue. I can't imagine that the Tunze stuff is THAT much cheaper over there though.

JER-Z
06/22/2006, 11:33 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7608024#post7608024 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by perpetual98
Converting to 220V isn't terribly difficult. Do they run on the same Hz over there? That might be a sticky issue. I can't imagine that the Tunze stuff is THAT much cheaper over there though.

they do run at a different frequency (Hz), which is why some people say the U.S. deltecs and U.S. eheims run better than the euro counterparts

boyohboy2
06/22/2006, 12:31 PM
Actsually was gona post a Q about this too...Would the different Hz creats problem when running the pump?
I just got a Seio that is 220V/50Hz,... with a stepup transformer, now running here in Canada 110V/60Hz. For some reason I can only run it at the lowest setting (still alot of flow tho), once I turn the control up, the impeller will just shake and makes very little flow. Duno if it's the problem of the Hz or the pump itself. Forgot to "test" it when I was still oversea with the 220V/50Hz electricity. Well at least I got it for less than 1/2 the price so no complain, the flow is enough for me already anyway :)

wlagarde
06/22/2006, 11:27 PM
Not a problem runing at 60hz - it will deliver more flow...

boyohboy2
06/23/2006, 12:26 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7612304#post7612304 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wlagarde
Not a problem runing at 60hz - it will deliver more flow... So in my case of my Seio, perhaps the most likely reason is just the pump having problem itself?

hahnmeister
06/23/2006, 12:31 AM
I would spend time looking into corals myself. The corals that european reefers get are from different areas of the sea than what we get in the states (we get more of the west pacific through to about the thailand...they get whats west of there through the red sea and africa) because of shipping. You will see some different corals...a few of which you might be able to bring back if you plan accordingly (or smuggle frags inside of a thermos).

As for equipment, I would look at buying G-man and ATI halide bulbs rather than stuff that actually plugs in to 220/110. At the bulb socket, its all the same.

tasos
06/24/2006, 03:37 AM
If you go to Munich ,then take a look at www.aquariumcenter.de .It is close to the Main train station.

perpetual98
06/24/2006, 08:00 AM
We'll be in Munich for several days, and I'm sure at some point I'll be sober. (Oktoberfest) I'm not terribly sure what I'll be able to haul back with me. Bringing live stuff back seems like it would open the biggest can of worms with customs.

marcrothschild
06/24/2006, 09:29 AM
I thought it was June

horkn
06/24/2006, 10:01 AM
at least check out the t5ho stuff they have.

maybe you can see what they have for sweet t5ho endcaps thatw e cant get here..


;)

tom

perpetual98
06/24/2006, 02:23 PM
It is June. The 24th actually. Oktoberfest is in September though. ;)

Horkn, I forgot all about those endcaps. You don't remember the brand, do you? Heck I might pick up a bunch of those when I'm over there if I can find them. :)

horkn
06/25/2006, 09:51 AM
ah crap, now i need to find the thread about the endcaps...

if my computer wasnt so filled up with garbage i would save all my links.


a 19gb HD on a home computer doesnt do much... not when you own a digital camera:banghead...

moonpod
06/25/2006, 10:31 AM
Arcadia endcaps

the problem with lightbulbs is that they are a pain to bring back. I would get my self a new set of BLV 14k 400watters otherwise....(I am in Switzerland right now)

horkn
06/25/2006, 10:32 AM
thanks moonpod.

arcadia...:)

hahnmeister
06/25/2006, 11:15 PM
Oooooooh, thats a good bulb to bring back...OR, better yet, a bunch of Aquaconnect 14,000K 250watt and even better yet, 400watt bulbs!!! I would buy that!! Heck, buy a case and bring it back!

perpetual98
06/28/2006, 12:31 PM
Just thought of one... Who makes that funky looking controller setup? I think it's available in Europe only at this point.

perpetual98
08/04/2006, 08:02 AM
Ok kids, I'm about 5 weeks away from my trip. Giving myself a bump :)

Fatboy
08/04/2006, 09:42 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7624974#post7624974 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by moonpod
I would get my self a new set of BLV 14k 400watters otherwise.....

They are OK if you like white light...... I run them in my Sfiligoi lamp and there is not hint of blue in that bulb..... just very esterile white. Actually, I'm planning to change them.

Fatboy
08/04/2006, 09:45 AM
perpetual98,

Take a look at this link http://www.korallenriff.de/29interzoo/

These are most of the companies that participated at Interzoo 2006. Lot of them are European. Maybe you can get a couple of ideas.

darkwingduck
08/04/2006, 09:49 AM
When going to munich, make a stop at Stuttgart. Close to the highway is Flora2000, a shop with a 22.000 litres tank (which i will dwarf some day), http://www.flora2000.de/inc/index.php?c=01&sid=02
At the other end of the city, but directly at the highway too, is Koelle, perhaps the biggest shop of it's kind in southern germany, always good for a rare animal to find
http://www.koelle-zoo.de/ueber_uns/fachmaerkte/stuttgart/index.shtml

perpetual98
08/04/2006, 09:51 AM
Cool! Thanks guys. I know that our schedule is pretty set already. I'll have to ask the tour guide (my dad) if we're going to hit Stuttgart or have time to.

ub32965
08/04/2006, 10:00 AM
You could check out the Radisson hotel in Berlin. World largest cylindrical aquarium with 2,500 tropical fish.
http://www.radissonsas.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=RadissonSAS/integration/hotelInfo&hotelCode=berza&language=en&backURI=/reservation/rateSearch.do&origin=Rates%20And%20Availability
http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?qscr=dspv&flag=l&itid=&itdx=&itty=&from=f&foop=0&hwrq=&htid=15620&spsh=&spsi=&crti=4&nfla=1&mdpcid=21187-1.ExpediaHotelImages|+ShowUserReviewsThumbnail|+freesearch|+US

raskal311
08/04/2006, 11:11 AM
I was there for 3 days and wasn't able to find anything. I was in france for two weeks and did find a few ehiem stuff but after the exchanger rate it cost more then what we pay here.