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While you were at MACNA: Groundbreaking study on reef recovery and coral recruitment.

F1.medium While you were at MACNA: Groundbreaking study on reef recovery and coral recruitment.   A remarkable piece of research was published in the journal Science this past week, absorbed by the scientific community while you were all being enchanted by Mitch Carl’s emcee repertoire. And it further points to a global coral reef realm on the razor’s edge. Danielle Dixson and Mark Hay, from Georgia Tech, and David Abrego from Zayed University provide new evidence that recruiting fish and coral larvae actively avoid waters derived from degraded reefs. The scientific team utilized waters from healthy reefs in no-take marine protected areas and waters from adjacent degraded reefs along the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji, sometimes as close to one another as 100 m, to monitor preference of coral and fish larvae for recruitment preferences to one environment or the other. Dixson et al. determined that algal cues derived from the degraded reef systems quite literally “repulsed” would-be MORE

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Sustainable Aquatics Longfin Clownfish Available to the Masses

Sustainable Aquatics Longfin Clownfish Sustainable Aquatics Longfin Clownfish Available to the Masses
A little more than a year ago, Sustainable Aquatics showed off one of the most unusual wild-caught clownfish the world had ever seen, the Longfin clownfish. For the most part, the fish looked like your every day, run of the MORE: Sustainable Aquatics Longfin Clownfish Available to the Masses

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Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 3): Modern Husbandry – Filtration

elasmobranch part3 1 Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 3): Modern Husbandry – FiltrationFrom the ferocious great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) to the graceful white-spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari), Elasmobranchii are a diverse group of boneless fishes that are circumglobal, inhabiting a diverse array of habitats, temperature ranges, salinity, and niches in the world’s oceans and rivers. It is no wonder that these unique creatures, while usually boasting relatively bland coloration compared to the typical teleostei reef fishes, pique the interest of pretty much every hobbyist. This group of fish definitely has its challenges but, with proper information and species selection, can be kept fairly easily by a moderately skilled aquarist with a generous budget. Another elasmobranch curveball So your system is all coming together. You have the appropriate space and the ability to provide appropriate food and nutrition. But elasmobranchs throw another curveball at aquarists. As with a messy two-year-old, their waste and leftover food are a concern that must be addressed by providing good filtration for an elasmobranch system. More: Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 3): Modern Husbandry – Filtration

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ReefBreeders LED Debuts Carbon Fiber Wrapped SuperNova LED

SuperNova Sizes ReefBreeders LED Debuts Carbon Fiber Wrapped SuperNova LED
The new products are rolling out of MACNA in a hurry. The first up on our list is the new SuperNova LED from Reef Breeders. The fixture sports a really sleek carbon fiber housing that lets the rather large fixture Continue reading → MORE: ReefBreeders LED Debuts Carbon Fiber Wrapped SuperNova LED

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No Surprise Here – Richard Ross Named the 2014 Aquarist of the Year

Screen Shot 2014 09 01 at 6.46.59 PM copy 253x300 No Surprise Here   Richard Ross Named the 2014 Aquarist of the YearThere’s no secret of my adoration of Richard Ross, a great influence to myself and countless others within the industry, as I wrote about how I was very much looking forward to his talk this year (it was riveting – he took the mundane topic of “phosphate” and made me give a hoot). The second Mitch Carl sauntered on stage with his #Rossing tee (that I am now the proud possessor of), I got a little jolt of glee – there was no doubt in my mind of who had won. Not only was this my first MACNA ever, and certainly not my last, but I got to enjoy Rich’s humble, albeit brief, acceptance of the honorary award. The prospects were all very well-deserving this year, so it was an incredibly close race. There were a few moments throughout the night I doubted my prediction, and thought perhaps Karen Brittain would take the honor for her breakthroughs she accomplished captive-breeding the elusive Genicanthus personatus angelfish. However, as the night progressed, and Mitch tip-toed the line of what many considered an R-rated roast of Mr. Ross, broaching controversial topics such as religion, child abuse, and kinky reef sex, it became quite clear that Mr. Ross was indeed the recipient. Loaded with priceless and hysterical visuals, one of which I was delighted to see I made a little cameo in, Mitch pushed the limits for the duration of the night. Rich was quite gracious in his acceptance, spurting out a few words of thanks to his peers. It might be quite some time before Mitch is invited back to repeat his raunchy act – but I’d love to see him up there again all the same.
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Panta Rhei Shows Off Hydro Wizard ECM 42 Water Pumps

Hydro Wizard ECM 42 Panta Rhei Shows Off Hydro Wizard ECM 42 Water PumpsPanta Rhei is a company that has specialized in making some seriously powerful water pumps. Originally known for their Hydro Wizard ECM 75, which puts out a flow rate of 200,000 liters per hour, it looks like the Germany-based company Continue reading → MORE: Panta Rhei Shows Off Hydro Wizard ECM 42 Water Pumps

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Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2

reefthreads1 Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2 It’s day two and we have so much to talk about. Here’s a just some of what we’re seeing, hearing, and learning. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2

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Neptune Systems Unveils Beefy Dosing System

Neptune Systems Dosing Pumps Neptune Systems Unveils Beefy Dosing System
Neptune Systems is conquering the aquarium controller accessory world yet again. Here at MACNA 2014, they are introducing their new DOS system, which consists of a pair of dosing pumps and a dual chamber reservoir to hold all of your Continue reading → MORE: Neptune Systems Unveils Beefy Dosing System

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