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Shop Spotlight, MACNA Edition- Elite Reef

Elite Reef is jammed packed with unique frags, inverts and quarantined fish. This shop is mainly focused on having healthy livestock at all times. I may be slightly biased since I helped get this shop started. It will always be another home for me. But this shop is a must see for those in town for MACNA. Be sure to see their ridiculous chalices at the Blue Life Booth. 

                

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We Finally Made It! Your First Look at MACNA 2014 With Reefs.com

Screen Shot 2014 08 29 at 10.02.09 AM 300x190 We Finally Made It! Your First Look at MACNA 2014 With Reefs.comI know you’ve all been so hyped about MACNA this year, myself included, and the wait is finally over. I flew in last night making it in just after midnight, could hardly sleep, and popped up this morning ready to geek out. Looks like we’re going to have a full house with people already lining up to get in over an hour before they officially open the doors to the exhibitor center. There’s tons of eye candy – beautiful tanks, corals, tanks, awesome new products and of course, lots of cool giveaways (check out my awesome shark I already nabbed below). The reefs.com Booth 207 is all set up, swanky lounge style, good to go so come say hi, download our innovative app, grab a cool sticker and check out what exciting things we have going on this weekend. MACNA will kicked off with their first speaker, Tony Vargas,  at 9:00AM where he went over what exactly makes a “great reef tank”. The schedule looks jam packed today with a workshops from Michael Cavasoz, Denver Downtown Aquarium, Lauren Arrington and Tim Marks, as well as more talks by Kevin Kohen, Tea Yi Kai, Jamie Craggs, Meneeka Gurroby, Eshan Dashti, Jean Jaubert and Martin Moe. Also in the cards is the refugium debate I’ve been waiting for between Julian Sprung and Jake Adams, a prize drawing, and the much anticipated reception! I’m beyond excited for this weekend – and I’ve already bumped into one of my Top Five most anticipated speakers – Laura Birenbaum!
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MACNA 2014 is OPEN! Visit us at Booth 207

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Well, here it is!  MACNA 2014 is right upon us.  We’re going to be enjoying the event rather than posting throughout it, so come to Booth 207 and check out all of our surprises.  See you there!

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GHL Announces Cloud Based Service for 4Q Launch

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Oooohhhh, the cloud! More and more companies are moving their services to the cloud, an online system that gives users an incredible amount of computing power while also improving functionality, adding handy features, offering seamless continuity among connected devices, and Continue reading → MORE: GHL Announces Cloud Based Service for 4Q Launch

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Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

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Just in time for MACNA 2014 this weekend in Denver, we bring to you the latest issue of Reefs Magazine.  Randy put together a whopper this time with all of the big reef aquarium writers contributing.  In addition to the hobby slanted articles, we also have a very important article from Rich Ross and Ret Talbot about point of origin tracking and why this is important to the entire industry as a whole.  Be sure to check the new issue here on the website or in the new Reefs App v4.2.

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AquaIllumination Giving Away Decked Out IM SR-120 Display Tank at MACNA 2014

MACNA 2014 AI and IM Giveaway AquaIllumination Giving Away Decked Out IM SR 120 Display Tank at MACNA 2014
AquaIllunination is kicking off MACNA 2014 with an epic giveaway that spreads across three different companies and is sure to draw a crowd at their booth at the conference. The lighting gurus have teamed up with Innovative Marine to giveaway MORE: AquaIllumination Giving Away Decked Out IM SR-120 Display Tank at MACNA 2014

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The Pros and Cons of a Bare-Bottomed Marine Tank

bare bottom tank1 The Pros and Cons of a Bare Bottomed Marine TankIf you’re in the process of planning and setting up a new saltwater aquarium, you’ll need to give some thought to the type of substrate you’d like to use. It may seem counterintuitive, but one of your options in this area is to dispense with any sort of substrate altogether and go bare-bottomed (BB). To help you decide whether the BB approach might be right for you, here are some of the pros and cons to consider: Pros: Very easy to vacuum up uneaten food, fish waste, and other detritus that has settled to the bottom without siphoning up sand in the process. Allows you to aim the effluents of powerheads and other sources of water movement in any direction desired to maximize water flow throughout the system and behind rockwork without creating an underwater “sand storm.” Detritus more readily remains suspended in the water column so it can be filtered/skimmed out efficiently. Cost savings from going sans substrate can be significant depending on the size of your system. Cons: Arguably less natural looking, though this is a matter of taste. (Plus, coralline algae and, potentially, various encrusting invertebrates will eventually conceal the bottom, giving the system a more natural look.) Can’t keep burrowing fishes as easily. Some BB aficionados get around this by placing a substrate-filled container somewhere in the system. Having no sand-dwelling microfauna can mean lower biodiversity More: The Pros and Cons of a Bare-Bottomed Marine Tank

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The Top Five Speakers I Can’t Wait to See!: Grand Finale

ulufeke 300x225 The Top Five Speakers I Cant Wait to See!: Grand FinaleHere we go, guys, the final round of my Top Five! This particular speaker sparked my interest not too long ago, based not only on the strides he’s made in the aquarium industry and his fascination with my absolute favorite thing ever- Cephalopods, but for how he came to be the Octo-Guru he is today. Richard Ross, Senior Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, actually kicked off his career in a comedic fashion in the form of juggling and improv while pursuing a degree in Philosphy instead of the expected field of Biology. Eventually establishing himself as a full -time entertainer, he also began exploring the arts of glass blowing, founding his own glass blowing studio in Alameda, CA. After the birth of his daughter, Ross left his career as an entertainer and fulfilled the duties of a stay-at-home dad, where he was able to completely engulf himself in the beauty of the reef keeping hobby. He eventually made incredible breakthroughs in keeping Sepia bandensis, the Dwarf Cuttlefish, documenting the entire process. Rich began volunteering at the Steinhart Aquarium in 2003 after a divesting earthquake forced the animals to be moved to a holding facility. After years of volunteering and part-time employment, in 2008 he was offered an opportunity he could never turn down – the full-time position of managing their 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef and associated exhibits. I haven’t had the pleasure of viewing this phenomenal system in person, but it’s on my list for this upcoming year. The reason this all fascinates me so much is I myself started of on a vastly different career path before I found myself here, writing this. While I’ve always had a passion for the ocean and it’s occupants, and my first job was scrubbing algae and doing water changes at the local fish store, I ended up following the culinary road, with a degree in Professional Cooking. Unhappy with the field I found myself itching to get back into Reefs, discovered my love for the Octopus, and quickly started following Ross’ career. Needless to say, I consider him a huge influence in my endeavors. This year, he’ll be speaking about Phosphate, what it means, and how it effects your reef systems and how it influences a thriving tank. It’s going to be riveting, I seriously am jumping up and down with glee for this one. For more about Rich and his career path, check his website here. rich ross 150x150 The Top Five Speakers I Cant Wait to See!: Grand Finale 388834 2320896225798 661253257 n L 150x150 The Top Five Speakers I Cant Wait to See!: Grand Finale

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