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Finally! “Mermaiding” School Hits The Philippines!

Screen Shot 2014 07 28 at 12.05.25 PM1 Finally! Mermaiding School Hits The Philippines!I’ve been seriously waiting for this magical moment my whole life! OK, no. My initial reaction was honestly just “what in the..”, however, upon further reading I found it’s actually a really cool fitness concept developed by Anamie Saenz and Normeth Preglo. In 2012 they founded their Mermaid Swimming Academy, located on Boracay Island’s white beaches. The concept actually sounds like it would be quite effective – you’re fitted with a “mermaid tail” (they’ll teach you how to slip into your tail, as well as care for your fancy new fins) and forced to use your core muscles to propel yourself forward without looking like a complete idiot (Mermaids are creatures of beauty and finesse, let’s remember). Not to be left out, all ages of Mermaids and Mermen are of course welcome to join in on the fishy fun. Mermaid abs of steal, here I come! You can read more over at Distractify. Screen Shot 2014 07 28 at 12.04.00 PM1 Finally! Mermaiding School Hits The Philippines!

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Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion Lineup

171dtive Marine Fusion 10 Gallon Livestock 150x150 Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion LineupInnovative Marine is living up to their namesake this week with the announcement of the most well-equipped all-in-one nano aquariums on the market. They are bolstering their Nuvo Fusion lineup, going a little smaller to target those hobbyists who enjoy a beautiful yet insanely functional desktop sized aquarium. The new models will include the Fusion Nano 10 and 20, and despite their size, they will enjoy all of the same features of their larger brethren. That means a 10 and 20 gallon tank with low iron glass (an industry first as far as we know), mesh screen top to keep fish in, built-in overflows, a rubber leveling mat, and some impressive rear chamber filtration. And you know what the real shocker is…the tanks start at just $99. But the fun doesn’t stop there. As IM has done in the past with other aquariums, the lineup has been given access to some really awesome third-party upgrades. MORE: Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion Lineup

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Get Excited For Fluval’s “Win My Wishlist” Contest!

Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.15.41 AM1 e1406434974353 Get Excited For Fluvals Win My Wishlist Contest!Hey there,  fellow Reefers, I’ve got some news you can all get excited about! Fluval is holding a “Win My Wishlist” contest via their website. All you have to do is create an account, sign in and fill your wishlist with a maximum of $1,000 worth of desired items. Contest ends August 31, 2014. Winners will be notified via email and announced on Fluval’s Facebook Page. Check out their website for rules and regulations, and start wishing. Good luck to all that enter, I’ve got my fingers crossed for one of their sweet new seamless tanks!  

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Reef Threads Podcast #191

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #191

We have returned once again to do that podcasting thing that has become our habit. This week we talk about MACNA, Christine’s Project Oceanology trip, tools you should have, plumbing, and “vacation fish.” Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #191

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Some Corals Can ‘Tough It Out’ In Acidic Oceans

Lagoonal patch reef 300x225 Some Corals Can ‘Tough It Out’ In Acidic Oceans A set of experiments undertaken in Hawaii, Moorea and Okinawa, and now documented in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, offer a glimmer of hope for the future of coral reefs under the continuing threat of Ocean Acidification. In the study, two coral taxa (Pocillopora damicornis and Porites) and two calcified algae (Porolithon onkodes and Halimeda macroloba) were subjected to conditions that mimic oceans if CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere reached 1000 ppm, more than double the levels today. Surprisingly, three out of the four could still easily form their hard calcium shells even in such an acid ocean. Although positive, the discovery doesn’t necessarily mean that ocean acidification won’t be bad for corals and algae though. It does mean that across the Pacific some of species may prove to be more resilient than others. More: Some Corals Can ‘Tough It Out’ In Acidic Oceans

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In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!

close not enough2 In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!When it comes to achieving success with a marine aquarium, there’s a certain “X Factor” that comes into play—the hobbyist’s attention to detail. Let’s face it, some of us are pretty focused on making sure every parameter, measurement, calculation, and setting is spot on, while others tend to be a bit more, well, lackadaisical in their approach. Admittedly, my natural tendency is toward the latter. I guess you could say I’m more “big picture” focused than detail-oriented. But I’ve found over the years that my usual “close enough” thinking is not a terrific asset in this hobby, so I have to work hard to be more diligent and precise. Here are just a few examples of when “close enough” thinking doesn’t pay in our hobby: Matching fish to tank size “Hmm, says here a clown triggerfish needs at least a 135-gallon tank. My 100-gallon should be close enough. After all, it’s only a difference of 35 gallons!” Sound familiar More: In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!

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Light The Way For Me, Beautiful

Screen Shot 2014 07 26 at 11.15.37 PM1 e1406431470311 221x300 Light The Way For Me, BeautifulSo this lovely creature crawled onto my Facebook feed tonight and I immediately had to have it! Aside from my love of the incredible octopus, I have an affinity for all things beautiful, and the fine detailing on the piece doesn’t disappoint. His adorable little arms delightfully hold the gothic inspired votives as if he’s leading us somewhere magical under the sea. I’m not quite sure what’s going on around the base – baby melting octopi, perhaps? Who cares. Once I find out where to purchase this, I’m buying one for myself and Richard Ross!

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Reef-A-Palooza Heading to New York in 2015

04cbReef A Palooza New York Reef A Palooza Heading to New York in 2015 Reef-A-Palooza, one of the most attended aquarium trade show in the US, is looking to conquer another state. The show originated in California, headed east to sunny Florida, and now makes the trek north to New York. There is absolutely zero info about the show at this point, besides a date and an address, but we are sure that this event will be just as massive and successful as the other two Reef-A-Palooza events. If the other shows are any indication of how the New York version will be, then we can expect the same $15 admission fee (kids 12 and under are free), tons of aquarium equipment and livestock vendors, a boatload of family friendly activities, and a bevy of industry hardened guest speakers. Again, none of this has been released, and what little info we could find came from the show’s Facebook page. We will keep updating the blog, however, as those finer details emerge. Update: We did find a location for RAP New York. It will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center located at 355 Plaza Dr in Secaucus, New Jersey MORE: Ree-A-Palooza Heading to New York in 2015

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