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The Dangers of The Deep: Death-Dealing Palytoxins

20129 400wh copy 300x225 The Dangers of The Deep: Death Dealing PalytoxinsAlright, Reef Folks, today I’m going to delve into a topic that needs to be addressed with any hobbyist – Palytoxins. I know – I hate to be a drag and dig out this chemical compound that all to often is swept under the rug, but it’s a necessary evil. MORE

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Aquarium Of Boise Gives Website Visitors A Divers Eye View of The Shark Tank

 The Aquarium of Boise is letting its online viewers become interactive through the ‘LiveDiver Device’ made by Reach In. The aquarium now allows visitors to the aquariums website to control a mini-submarine, which includes an installed camera, in the shark and fish tank. This allows those people at home to get a fish eye and divers view of the tank, and take some pictures while they are at it. MORE

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GHL Mitras Lightbar Announced in Smaller Sizes and More Colors

517cMitras Lightbar GHL Mitras Lightbar Announced in Smaller Sizes and More ColorsGHL is updating their Mitras Lightbar for 2014 by offering them up in one brand new color configuration and two new sizes. Where the first generation of the Lightbar saw its smallest fixture tipping the scales at roughly 60 cm in length, or just under two feet, the new nano models will be suited for 40 or 50 cm aquariums. This is a good move to hit those smaller desktop nano aquariums that are all the rage these days, and nano owners could certainly appreciate the access to this high end LED striplight.As for the new color, the Mitras LED striplight will now be available in a deep actinic. Prior to this release, the Lightbar was only available in a daylight (freshwater), actinic (saltwater), and an ocean blue (mix of fresh and salt) configuration. This new color offers up the deep blue that has become synonymous with reef aquaria and it gives users more options for color blending and bolstering coral coloration.The Mitras Lightbar fixtures for 40 and 50 cm nano tanks are currently available in the GHL webshop, and the deep actinic models will become available in mid-October.Features common to all models:Selected high-power-LEDs of Cree MORE: GHL Mitras Lightbar Announced in Smaller Sizes and More Colors

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A cog in the engine of conservation…

1024px NOAA logo.svg  300x300 A cog in the engine of conservation...When NOAA released its plans to add 20 coral species to the list of threatened species, the reef aquarium hobby took a hit. Not only does it mean our right to keep those 20 species, (many of which are popular aquarium corals) will be under the microscope, it adds public stigma to reef aquariums, making reefers appear, “like those people that want to keep endangered species.” Suddenly, we may appear more like the weird lady who has tigers in her backyard, or a chimp in her living room. In reality, reef aquarists are miniature versions of the staff seen at public aquariums, dedicated, smart, innovative and caring. More than a few of my friends in oceanic conservation don’t fully understand what keeps me, and millions of others, in a hobby that takes from Mother Nature. What they don’t know, is that dedicated reef aquarists understand coral biology, like no one else, and have helped pave the path, to not only a sustainable hobby, but re-populating threatened reefs. In 2010, I had the distinct honor of working with Ken Nedimyer, of the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). In the Florida Keys, Ken is working to save planet Earth’s third largest barrier reef, by re-populating it with maricultured corals. It’s a slow and tedious process, and CRF uses massive underwater nurseries in the Caribbean, to grow species that are in stark decline. The Caribbean species that were on NOAA’s threatened list prior to the new ruling, are all species Ken focuses on, in his restoration efforts. CRF logo  new 300x156 A cog in the engine of conservation...As I swam along the tract of artificially created reef, surveying the intricate work done by CRF, a thought occurred to me. Why not tap into a network of aquarists, worldwide, to help contribute to this program. The mariculture systems used by CRF have some problems, which we can easily control in aquaria. A coral nursery in the ocean, cannot be protected from in climatic weather, (such as 2013’s severe drop in temperature throughout the south) hurricanes, or predatory MORE

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Haunting Imagery of Just How Callous We Can Be With Our Fragile Reefs

beer can coral 2 Haunting Imagery of Just How Callous We Can Be With Our Fragile ReefsI was lurking around Keoki Stender’s interweb portfolio in search of artwork for my new apartment when I stumbled upon this off-putting series titled “Marine Debris”. Shameful, tragic images of floating plastic and various human waste made me nauseous but really made me think. Am I responsible on level for some of this? Do I always recycle or am I guilty of sheer laziness from time to time? Do I always cut the plastic from my six-packs to ensure marine life doesn’t end up snagged in it’s grip? Short answer – no. Do I try? Of course. These photos made me incredibly sad. I’ll be ordering a few as a stark reminder of how just being ever so slightly environmentally conscious can make a vast difference to the health of the reefs we adore. Please take the time to click through the photos – I can only post so many here. Also, be sure to peruse his other works as it’s all gorgeous. Keoki was responsible as the man behind the lens of that face-melting photograph of the Fuscipennis I posted about a few months ago. Seriously – don’t contribute to this mess. Keoki, please make this an ongoing series – it’s quite difficult to look at but all the more necessary.
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Who is PIJAC and How Are They Helping Us?

pijac2 Who is PIJAC and How Are They Helping Us?Last week I told you about the recent Endangered Species Act (ESA) coral listings and how they could mean the end of our hobby. This week I wanted to take a closer look at Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and what they’ve been doing to fight for our interests from this and future legislation. Let’s see how PIJAC fits into the picture by first taking a look at their mission: PROMOTE responsible pet ownership and animal welfare FOSTER environmental stewardship & ENSURE the availability of pets PIJAC has been an advocate of the pet industry for more than 35 years. Their accomplishments include helping raise the standards of animal care, developing information and resources for pet owners and stores, creating programs and campaigns to promote protection of the natural environment, and working to protect the right to own a pet. In light of recent ESA coral listings, the last part is of particular importance to us as hobbyists. This is because PIJAC functions as a national watchdog organization that addresses legislation which can cause hurt our ability to own and keep pets. They do this by monitoring legislation at all levels of government, providing testimony and comments on legislation, empowering members with the tools they need to respond to legislative issues, and by building relationships and networks with government agencies, industry groups, and other organizations More: Who is PIJAC and How Are They Helping Us?

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Stunning Underwater Art Museum Submerged in the Red Sea

10599533 598797240230764 1018825868129224817 n 300x199 Stunning Underwater Art Museum Submerged in the Red SeaI was originally planning on hitting the Museum of Natural History tomorrow since, GASP! I’m a born and bred New Yorker and have never been (shameful, I know), but then I saw this incredible underwater art museum located in the Red Sea. Ok, realistically I’m still going to stick to New York City and fulfill my duties as a Manhattanee since I don’t have the unlimited funds or freedom to hop on an 8+ hour flight at my whimsy. MORE

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Elephant Aquarium In Switzerland?!

 The Zurich Zoo in Switzerland has a new exhibit, of the likes I have never seen before. The Kaeng Krachen Elephant park features 6 ‘aquariums’ or water basins for the elephants to swim in. The exhibit is described as ‘the most magical thing you will ever see’ and the exhibits are intended to reflect the natural environment of Asian elephants and improve the health of Zoo Elephants. This is definitely not your traditional aquarium, and certainty not one I would like to clean. MORE

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