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Octopus At Seattle Aquarium Makes A Break For Freedom

 Our favorite Houdini of the ocean has just made another high profile daring escape at the Seattle Aquarium. And I think its fair to say that those visitors at the Seattle Aquarium that day were in for a shock. The aquariums Giant Pacific Octopus decided to take advantage of its open air tank, and see what the world outside had to offer outside those glass tank walls. In this video, you can see the octopus quickly making its way over the open air tank. MORE

Touch of Modern Offering PJ Reef Deluxe Kit Flash Sale

TOM Looking for just a sliver of reef in your life without the hassle of expensive equipment or maintenance? Touch of Modern, the uber-sleek hub of flash sales focusing on innovative and unique wares is offering the PJ Reef Deluxe Kit with a generous discount. The ultra-pico “tank”, which was successfully funded in July of 2013 with a Kickstarter campaign, boasts itself as a super low-maintenance, self contained marine environment.  MORE

Reef Savvy Swag is Finally Here

reefs.comRSshirtIt’s been quite some time now that I’ve been bugging Felix Bordon, owner of Reef Savvy, to offer some gear to the masses that rivals their aquariums. While most days I’m donning my own businesses apparel, it’s no secret that my closet consists of 90% aquarium nerd shirts with the other 10% being normal people clothing. While I don’t personally own a Reef Savvy aquarium, I recently installed my first one and have two more in the books already. With that said I also don’t own a Ferrari, but we can dream can’t we!? Without further ado, here’s the link to snag yourself your very own “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Tanksta” shirt, and more. MORE

How Not to Cut Costs When Starting a Reef System

In some aspects of reef aquariums, saving money on the cheaper options can be detrimental to your successRecognizing that the question of affordability is top of mind for many aspiring marine aquarium hobbyists, one of our earliest posts here at Saltwater Smarts dealt with ways to reduce the expenses associated with aquarium setup and ongoing operation. Notwithstanding those recommendations, it’s important to note that in some cases, taking the seemingly cheaper route in the reefkeeping hobby can be highly counterproductive. For example, purchasing the following essential equipment based on price alone—or avoiding the purchase altogether just to save money—could not only end up costing you much more in the long run but may also greatly limit your long-term reefkeeping success:Reef lighting I’m leading with this one because proper lighting is commonly the largest single expense hobbyists encounter when setting up a reef system. To those on a limited budget—and/or those who equate “aquarium lighting” with the inexpensive fluorescent hoods so popular on the freshwater side of the hobby—the price of a good reef lighting system can produce some serious “sticker shock.” But I strongly urge you to resist the allure of cheapo lighting systems that claim they will support photosynthetic invertebrates for a fraction of the cost. Not only do such systems typically fall far short of expectation with respect to the inverts they can sustain, but as you might expect, they also tend to be built with low-quality components and, thus, have a notoriously limited functional lifespan. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t look for the best possible deal on a quality lighting fixture or that you shouldn’t explore the more budget-friendly option of buying a gently used fixture from a reputable source. Just keep in mind that if reef lighting sounds too good—and costs too little—to be true, there’s a good chance it is. Protein skimmer While proper lighting serves as the essential energy source for a reef system, a good protein skimmer plays an indispensable role in maintaining the best possible water quality MORE

Get Your Official Left Shark Onesie Costume

katy-perry-left-shark-belovesie-fashion-lead Here’s to 2015’s most famous shark, the “left shark’. It is certainly seeing to it’s 15 minutes of fame appropriately. The Left Shark was all the news at this years super bowl. Katy Perry and her lawyers shut down any impostor’s earlier this year. They have now filled the need for an official, authorized Left Shark costume. If you saw the super bowl you know you want one. It’s now available for sale for a mere $129.99.. If that’s just a little too much shark for you, you can also get a Katy Perry left shark t-shirt for a mere $29.99. MORE

Cruise Line Pays $100,000.00 To Magic Reef Restoration Project

A-cruise-ship-anchor-severelly-damaged-the-coral-reefCarnival Cruise line has ‘donated’ $100,000.00 to the Magic Reef Restoration Project. This could be the first of many such donations. This most likely stems from talks between Cayman Island Government officials with the Cruise line regarding an incident which took place last August. While at port, the anchor was dropped outside of the regulated anchorage zone. More than 11,000 sq feet of endangered coral reef was crushed as a result of the incident. MORE

Coral City: Review

 In this video I am going to simply do a personal review on the hot new documentary out called Coral City. It is made by a hip video studio/blog company called The Creators Project but it is the story of how two men, Colin Foord and Jared McKay of a company called Coral Morphologic aquaculture coral, create artwork through their stunning videos and pictures, while also trying to protect the native reefs in Miami from dredging. Take an exclusive look at the process behind Coral Morphologic’s living artworks, colorful reefs created using coral polyps native to Miami. Watch as the scientific art collective explores the visual storytelling potential of coral reef organisms through film, multimedia and site-specific artworks. Additionally, learn how rising sea levels, combined with government dredging projects, are impacting not only corals, but the entire fate of Miami. MORE

Elos Test Kit Nitrates – NO3

2014_03_elos_test_kit_no3_nitrati_001 Having already reviewed Elos’s tests for dKh, Magnesium and Calcium, today I present one of the most important tests for both fresh and marine aquarium tanks, the  Elos NO3 Test : nitrate.  MORE

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