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Groundbreaking New Material Could Change Diving Forever

ea46htuff6pfqyu2rzor 300x136 Groundbreaking New Material Could Change Diving ForeverEver since I was a wee little babe, it was my dream to someday be able to live in the ocean. Not in some bizarre underwater station or submarine, or with a strange globe surrounding my head, but legitimately be able to breathe and survive blissfully in the massive, mysterious abyss of the sea. I’ve hoped my whole twenty-seven whopping years to be able to live to see some sort of technology make this possible without the utilization of bulky, hindering equipment. MORE

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Origin of the Purple Monster; Tyree L.E. and Coral Names.

TyreePurpleMonster Origin of the Purple Monster; Tyree L.E. and Coral Names.

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 Today Steve Tyree shared with the Facebook world the origin of the Purple Monster, Tyree L.E. and coral names as we know it. I especially like hearing Steve’s take on coral names… direct from Steve! If you know me, naming corals has always been somewhat of a peeve of mine. But it is part of the hobby that’s here to stay, and it obviously helps identify a particular morph of a specific species. Without further ado, a little history lesson from Mr. Tyree: 

Hello Reefers,

And I mean the coral reefers, not the… well you know what. Thought I would do a little write up and explain how the Purple Monster coral came into the captive coral reef market. And also how the whole Limited Edition exotic naming of corals began. Saw someone was reading and commenting on my old Dynamic Ecomorphology Purple Monster page. That page has not even been updated in 10 years. Was taking care of 8 web sites for awhile and that number is down to just 5 now. So yeah, the old DE web site is still up there, but way out of date. Also the current Reeffarmers page is out of date. Will get to it when I get some time.

Back when the PM was imported, 1995 from the Solomon Islands, the keeping of Acropora within the US was just beginning. The very first Acropora colony sold in a store was in my reef tank at the time and had grown in captivity to about 2 feet x 1 3/4 feet x 1 1/2 feet in size. Acquired it around June 1992. So we were three years into keeping Acropora in the US. And yes most were not very colorful. We did experiment with the colorful Loripes from Fiji in 1993 and 1994 but were running into KH issues and the first KH crashes. So there was not a whole lot of color beyond brown and green.MORE

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Protein Skimmer Review: Innovative Marine Ghost full size

p 90438 78970R 03 INT fish 300x300 Protein Skimmer Review: Innovative Marine Ghost full sizeProtein skimmers, are in my opinion, the heartbeat of a reef aquarium’s filtration system. Some would disagree, and beautiful, skimmer-less reefs certainly do exist. Any device that remove solid waste, before bacteria begins breaking it down, is of value in a reef aquarium. Most of us are intimate with the chemical mechanisms that allow skimmers to work, so instead of re-share old information, I am going to offer a review of Innovative Marine’s new full size Ghost Skimmer. A little disclaimer, as this skimmer is meant to be used with Innovative Marine’s SR line of all in one aquariums. I don’t own one of the SR series of aquariums, so I am running this skimmer on a standard reef tank, within a 30 gallon sump. The Ghost skimmer doesn’t look like much, as most of the bells and whistles are tucked away behind a white plastic body. It sort of looks like the old original iPod, got together with a CPR backpack skimmer, and had an illegitimate child. This sleek and simple design, allows for true drop in convenience. You literally set the skimmer into your aquarium filtration chamber or sump, adjust the water level, collection cup, and plug it in. Innovative Marine packed a few nice features, MORE

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Maxspect Gyre Pitted Against EcoTech VorTech Pumps in This Flow Comparison Video

 It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. The Maxspect Gyre, which debuted earlier this year with a ton of buzz around it, has been put to the ultimate test. In this comparison video, hobbyist and YouTuber Ben Wagoner did a side-by-side flow test with the current king of the water pump mountain, the EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40w, or rather two of them. To compare the flows, Ben did two separate tests, both of which give great visualizations to how differently each operates. MORE: Maxspect Gyre Pitted Against EcoTech VorTech Pumps in This Flow Comparison Video

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OdySea Aquarium To Open In Arizona Will Feature Underwater Acrylic Escalator

blogposting1 rendering 2wx8479qtw8lxgylfinpqi OdySea Aquarium To Open In Arizona Will Feature Underwater Acrylic EscalatorSmall to medium sized public aquariums seem to be popping up across the country creating a golden age of aquarium offerings. Scottsdale, Arizona is the next place, with the OdySea Aquarium underway. The Aquarium will feature 16 acres, a two level facility with underwater tunnels to guide visitors through the exhibits and an acrylic escalator to transport guests between levels. Those who can’t use the escalators will not be left out, the aquarium also features an underwater acrylic elevator. Another cool feature will be the bathrooms, which will have a floor to ceiling acrylic wall with sharks swimming around. I like how the aquarium plans to highlight what other aquariums tend to neglect, bathrooms and elevators/escalators. Guests will be excited to experience both. The acrylic underwater tunnels and windows will be designed and supplied by Reynolds Polymer Technology, the same company which designed the fantastic tunnels at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China. The aquarium is slated to open in December of 2015 and sounds like it will have a whole lot to offer visitors. MORE

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Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium Masterpiece

picasso1 Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium MasterpieceCertain fishes available in the marine aquarium trade are truly bizarre in their coloration and patterning. Ranked high among them when it comes to both exotic appearance and aquarium adaptability is Rhinecanthus aculeatus, better known as the Picasso triggerfish or the Humuhumu triggerfish. This latter appellation (which is also applied to the closely related and similar looking R. rectangulus) is derived from the Hawaiian name for the species: Humuhumu nukunuku apua’a, which, if memory serves, translates loosely into “Man, how many Mai Tais did I pack away last night!?” I could be wrong on that. Physical traits R. aculeatus exhibits “typical” triggerfish morphology, with a highly laterally compressed body; high-set, independently moving eyes positioned far back on the head; a deceptively small, forward-set mouth; and a stout first dorsal spine that can be “locked” in an upright position to secure the trigger in a reef crevice when the fish is threatened. The maximum recorded length for this species is around 10 inches. I could try to describe the color and patterning of R. aculeatus, but it wouldn’t do this fish justice More: Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium Masterpiece

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Sweet Dreams, Dear Plankton, Have Some Melatonin

melatonin larva brain 300x205 Sweet Dreams, Dear Plankton, Have Some MelatoninWell this is pretty interesting – turns out the sleep hormone melatonin that’s responsible for jet lag in humans has a similar effect on plankton. Supposedly, it could possibly be the cause of mass migration of the little guys in the ocean, according to scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. They’ve discovered that melatonin most likely governs their  nightly migration from the surface to deeper waters. Since the hormone is essential in maintaining our daily rhythm, scientist believe this role most likely evolved early in the history of animals and sleep patterns. So what’s the difference in how melatonin effect vertebrates vs. invertebrates? Detlev Arendt’s lab at EMBL took a close look at the marine ragworm Platynereis dumerilii to find answers. Because the worm’s larvae take part in what’s considered to be, in terms of biomass, the world’s largest migration, it makes them a perfect subject. Using their microscopic cilia “flippers” to propel them to the surface each day, the larvae reach the surface at dusk, then dive back down to the deep abyss where they’re shielded from harmful UV rays at the height of day. Researchers believe the melatonin is triggered by photosensors in the larvae’s brain, signaling the hormone to be produced at night. This then regulates the neurons that determine their day to night behavioral patterns. This study also suggests that the cells that control our very own sleep rhythms may have first evolved in the ocean, hundreds of millions of years ago, in response to protecting ourselves from the damages of the sun. You can read more about this compelling story over at Science 2.0.

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Baby/Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish, Rhinesomus triqueter

cbcdTrunkfish 3 457x305 Baby/Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish, Rhinesomus triqueterGood evening friends, what a day!! Sorry about the late blog  but yours truly has been very busy!! Yesterday after posting the blog Aimee called and begged me to come over to Dolphin Academy with my dive gear and help the trainers do underwater repairs to the dolphin lagoons. Because of this crazy wind we are getting monster waves which are causing damage to our underwater dolphin living areas. What we did in a nutshell was to lift giant rocks back into place and tie many of them down with ropes. The waves were rolling in so hard at times we couldn’t see the hand in front of your face with all the bubbling whitewater, it was actually kind of funny and I found myself laughing to myself more than once! MORE

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