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Notice: iTunes Subscribers

Tweet If you’ve been having problems obtaining the podcasts through your iTunes subscription in the past couple of weeks, I made a coding error. The problem has been fixed and your subscription should now perform properly. My apologies for the hassle.–Gary

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Octopied

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This art installation, scratch that, this “art attack” was done by an artist known as Filthy Luker, an in your face street artists along the lines of Banksy whose work is as daring as it is intriguing.  This “attack” is part of a series of octopus themed displays put on around the world.  Designed to surprise the public, these legs slowly appear out of nowhere, you can check out a video of how it is done here.  Hey Filthy, come to New York and hang out with the original reef gangsters!… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #80

2b58stripedmouth8stack 214x300 150x150 Reef Threads Podcast #80 Tweet Blastomussa It’s our 80th podcast and it’s packed with information. This week we talk about cyanide collection and reef “bombing,” Aquanerd’s 10 signs you’re a nerd, moving tanks, and the legendary Isabella Abbott. Download the podcast here , or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes .

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Reefs.com Wallpapers Polyp Extension

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There is an ongoing debate about SPS corals polyp extension and how to make your corals show their shear beauty during the photo period time. While in the wild corals usually extend their polyps at night, it’s not rare to see SPS kept in captivity extending their polyps to feed in artificial sunlight we provide them.  … More:

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Too Cute

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From The Archive: Friday AM Quick Tip #29

mrsaltwatertank From The Archive: Friday AM Quick Tip #29 I’m reaching into the Mr. Saltwater Tank TV archives this week to remind you of a small step that can really help your tank: Make sure you suck this stuff up.
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Cancer Fighting Drugs From the Reef


This recent report
from NBC Universal sheds light on what a lot of hobbyists already know in their heart, that the reef has untold riches to benefit the world if we would just take more time to study them.  The sheer diversity of life on the reefs and the incredible number of compounds found in even the smallest life forms makes it statistically probable that there are many biological and chemical tools available that we just haven’t figured out yet.  Take cancer for instance.  Corals seem to be impervious to cancers, even though they can live for hundreds if not thousands of years.  Octopuses and sharks share this incredible trait.  Also, how many reef animals can regenerate limbs, even with the stressors of an ultracompetitive reef world trying to eat any critter who is weak or wounded?  The number of poisons and toxins alone should be a clue that there are a lot of cool compounds available, even in our lowly aquariums.  This video special really dives into the latest developments in this field.  Take a moment to follow this LINK to see the other videos.… More:

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How An Aquarium Is Made

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As much as we all talk about what’s inside our tanks, without the tank itself, you wouldn’t have anything to stare at all day! I’ll take you behind the scenes @ Dutch Aquarium Systems to show you how an aquarium is made.

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