Monthly Archives: October 2011

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No podcast this week

Apologies to our growing list of loyal podcast listeners, but there will not be a podcast this week. Gary’s West Coast travel schedule was too hectic and involved too many late appointments, making it impractical to record.

“I am going to open my own fish store!”

When you start to travel the country and visit various aquarium clubs, it is inevitable that you run into someone that wants to start their own small business. Many of these individuals are enamored with the idea of having their own fish shop. They usually voice complaints that there is no “good” LFS in the area and the market really deserves one. Admittedly, I have heard this comment slightly less frequently lately due to the economic downturn and the harsh realities of retail sales for the past few years, but it is an idea that is still around. I completely understand it. I too was just a hobbyist years ago and have been able to make a living doing what I love for quite a while now. With that in mind, I want to offer a little advice for those contemplating making the jump.… More:

Hydor’s SmartWave Powerhead Controller Reviewed

Creating random currents in you saltwater tank help keep your tank clean and add neat effects like simulating a tide going in and out. Lucky for you, Hydor’s SmartWave powerhead controller makes these random currents for you, and you don’t need to program a thing.

Aquarium Based Exhibit Going Up at Lever House in NYC

Word is out that House of Fins in Greenwich CT is installing some crazy aquarium in the lobby of the Lever House on Park Ave.  Always known for their art exhibits, and being one of the coolest buildings in the city, Lever House is in a great destination surrounded by some of the world’s best restaurants and shopping.  If you want to surprise your significant other with a trip into the big city to shop and take a nice meal, and wait what, oh look at that they have an aquarium here too, what are the odds of that?  Surely you had no idea and didn’t actually plan it just to sneak in a fish geek trip in New York?… More:

What is that???

 Can you guess what this thing is?  You get two hints: 1. It’s appearing on,  and 2. It was taken at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, NY.  That’s all I’ll say for now.  Place your bets.  There’s only one rule:  If you have inside information, you can’t play.  After all, this isn’t Wall Street!… More:

They Call ‘Em Sun Corals

As common names go, few corals carry a more accurate name than the Sun Coral moniker often applied to Tubastrea coccinea and Tubastrea aurea. Their yellow and orange colors are unmatched by any other sessile invertebrate.
   When photographing my Tubastrea colony, the challenge was not to deliver the brilliant colors. That’s relatively easy to do. The extra component I wanted to add was to convey the translucency and delicacy of the tissue without giving up any color intensity. Several previous attempts didn’t deliver the image I wanted, so I decided to do a little “shooting in the dark.”
   The first step… More:

Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip #52: Like Being In A China Store When You Were A Kid

Even your mother had sound advice for your reef tank.

The Great Fish Move

Aquarists at the Long Island Aquarium catching fish from the outdoor snorkel tank
It’s mid October and it’s the most stressful day of the year for the aquarists at the Long Island Aquarium – as well as for a thousand or so of our favorite fishes.  It’s the day we empty the outdoor snorkel tank for the season and move all of the fishes into other exhibits or to our off-site holding facility. What’s so stressful about that?  Hmm…where to begin? For starters,… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.