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Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 15: Grand Opening Today!

Mosaic walkway in the renovated Aquarium (Credit: Toledo Zoo/Andi Norman)Virtually since we launched Saltwater Smarts back in April of 2013, we’ve been bringing you regular updates on the progress of the $25.5 million renovation of the Toledo Zoo Aquarium. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that this ambitious project has finally come to fruition with the grand opening of the new Aquarium taking place. Congratulations to all who were involved in this ponderous undertaking—and special salty kudos to our friend and regular contributor Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates for the Toledo Zoo and author of The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes.I’ve always had a special affinity for the Toledo Zoo. Not only was my first home as a child situated literally a stone’s throw from the Zoo (escaped peacocks, a common occurrence back in those days, would often land atop neighborhood houses, ours included), but I’m also proud to say that from May of 2002 to December of 2005, I had the privilege of working in the Zoo’s marketing department as Writer/Publication’s Coordinator. Panoramic shot of the new entrance (Credit: Toledo Zoo/Bruce Burkhart) The Toledo Zoo boasts many world-class exhibits, but, perhaps not surprisingly, the Aquarium has always been my favorite. If ever my workload got the better of me, I could step away from my computer, walk the short distance from my office in the Museum of Science to the Aquarium, immerse myself (figuratively) in the captivating exhibits, and let the stress just drain away. I’ll take a moon jelly tank over meditation any day MORE

Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium: Over 150 Mysterious Tuna Deaths

tunaTokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium staff are currently baffled. Of the 160 Bluefin Tuna which have lived in the exhibit up to November of last year, only one fish is left alive as of Tuesday. An investigation is under way to try and figure out why the Tuna are perishing at such astonishing levels. Lighting, noise vibrations, toxins, and water quality are being studied to see if there is any potential risk factors. There was a virus detected in the examined dead fish, but it wasn’t the type to cause fatal deaths. Tokyo Sea Life Aquarium created a Tuna breeding program which was started over two decades ago, in 1989, with the intent to ‘reproduce aquatic habitats in the world’. Tuna have been kept in the aquarium since then. It was only as of November of last year that the Aquarium ever noted the tuna dying in such vast quantities. Bluefin Tuna are an endangered species, mostly due to over fishing of the ever popular sushi cut.  MORE

Giveaway Time! Sick Fish? Get Salt Smart With This Essential Guide

Disease-Marine_Fishes_coverIt can’t be said enough – one of the most difficult aspects of keeping an aquarium is dealing with loss. While some of the culprits may fall out of the realm of your control, there’s a great deal of measures that can be taken to ensure your beloved fishes live healthy, vivacious lives while in your care. Nearly all hobbyists will encounter disease at some point, and one of the most crucial steps that can be taken in this instance is being able to properly identify and safely treat the ailing animal within an effective timeframe. MORE

Six Months With the Maxspect Gyre XF-150

reefs.comGyreReviewOn August 31, 2014 I met with the awesome crew of Coralvue at MACNA in Denver. Although I worked the show, they were the one booth I had to visit in order to catch a glimpse of the highly anticipated Maxspect Gyre XF-150 in action. Overall I’m not generally excited for most product releases these days. Many are subtle improvements on existing products that technophiles go bonkers over. But this thing turned my idea of flow upside down well before I had seen it in person. For years many of us had attempted to create gyre flow throughout our aquariums to keep detritus in suspension and replicate a natural environment for our animals. Sometimes it was successful, other times not even close. Regardless right off the bat I could tell this thing was a drop-in solution for any aquarist wanting to achieve amazing flow.  MORE

Dragons Breath Macro Tree – See it to Believe it!

 In this CoralFish12g video I highlight Pedro’s 34g Solana cube tank. It is custom drilled and has a custom sump. The filtration is a filtersock and cermedia bio balls along with a Reef Octopus bh50 skimmer. Light is dual t5 ho with Trulumen blue led strip. He will be upgrading lighting soon. MORE

Beautiful New Species of Weedy Sea Dragon Discovered

Photo by Josefin Stiller , Nerida G. Wilson , Greg W. Rouse. CC by 4.0.

Photo by Josefin Stiller , Nerida G. Wilson , Greg W. Rouse. CC by 4.0.

 Syngnathid fish fans have a new species to fawn over, according to a recent article in Scientific American Magazine. Until now, only two species of seadragon were known, the leafy and weedy seadragons. No new seadragon species has been discovered in 150 years. This newest addition to the small group, the aptly-named ruby seadragon, was uncovered by a trawler during a routine biodiversity survey by the University of Western Australia’s Marine Futures project in 2007. It was a happy surprise indeed. It is not only a very strange and attractive animal, but is decidedly quite MORE

German Tourist Killed In Shark Attack Off Egypt’s Coast

map Very sad news coming from the resort town of Al-Qusair in Egypt this past Sunday. The Red Sea is a top diving location for scuba diving in the Middle East. It is the first fatal shark attack to occur in the region since 2010. According to reports, a 52 year old German tourist was swimming with his wife on a resort beach off the coast of Al-Qusair in Egypt when his leg was bitten by a shark. The species of the shark has not been confirmed. The last fatal shark attack in the area took place back in 2009. Further details about this unfortunate incident have not been confirmed.  MORE

How to Acclimate Marine Animals in 8 Easy Steps—Plus 5 Cases When You Can’t

In his book The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fish, Jay Hemdal provides a surprisingly simple method for acclimating marine animals—just one of many useful tips readers will discover in this authoritative tome. Here, excerpted from the book (Chapter 1: Selecting Healthy Specimens), is Jay’s straightforward, step-by-step acclimation technique, followed by five special cases that warrant a modified approach:A simple acclimation process The following process is one that should be employed for all normal acclimation of animals from one system to another. STEP 1 If possible, determine the water quality values for the aquarium that the fish will be coming from and adjust the receiving aquarium’s values to a similar range. As mentioned, if the values can be made nearly identical, no acclimation process is even required. STEP 2 The fish must be transported from one aquarium to another in a manner that minimizes additional stress. The fish should be kept in the dark, and supplemental aeration or oxygen must be used for any transport lasting longer than about 30 minutes. MORE

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