Monthly Archives: June 2012

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How To Remove Sea Anemones

Sea anemones are easily my #1 saltwater tank invertebrate. I won’t lie – I like them more than coral! Being that anemones are delicate creatures, there are right ways and wrong ways to remove them both of which I outline in this episode of Mr. Saltwater Tank TV

National Geographic Shows Off New Found Fish

The “Tripod Fish” pictured above (Pteropsaron longipinnis) was photographed by Gerry Allen on a recent dive in Indonesia.  This fish is joined by 24 other new species recently discovered and documented in this HUGE new set of books called Reef Fishes of the East Indies.  The book is packed with over 3600 color photographs and looks to be amazing based on the photographers involved.  You can see some of the other new fish on the NatGeo slideshow HERE.… More:

Eat, Sleep, Tank

Here is some pretty cool gear for aquarists this summer.  Aquapparel has a whole line of aqua themed clothing that is perfect for you or your significant other including aquarium, diving and surfing logos and designs.  Check them all out at Aquapparel.  Right now they are donating $1 for every item purchased to the Coral Restoration Foundation!… More:

Lightning Maroons Hatch!

After a long time, Matthew Pederson has a successful hatch of his Lightning Maroon clownfish!  Excellent news for the hobby and the world! Congrats! More:

Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #84: Look Before You Rinse

I’m a big fan of filter socks as they can help make your saltwater tank look really good.

Reef Eden Shows Off Cubic Jellyfish Tank

Our friends at Reef Eden in the UK are teasing us with their latest product launch for the Cubic Jellyfish Aquarium which combines the best of current jellyfish tank design with some incredible engineering feats.  First off, the tank itself is built from high quality CNC milled acrylic, but it is what you don’t see that is the real wow factor.  Built into the tank is a media chamber that can hold sponges, filter media, or live gravel.  The system is really clean on the inside and has built in pumps for the media space as well as a Kreisel flow system and perfectly assembled bulkheads for quick water changes or connection to external systems.  Check out the photos below for more details.  The Cubic Jellyfish Aquarium will be available near the end of the year through select retailers in the USA.

Return Pumps: tests and real measurements compared

The project of the return pumps is now old and started with the previous article “return pumps: calculating the flow” that I invite you to read, and where I proposed an excel file, downloadable, editable with most of the pumps on the market, which were often recommended as return pumps in the forums and among hobbyists. The file made possible from the data of the pumps and the prevalence of each tank, get a pump flow rate calculated for each individual pump.

Although the file would be updated by anyone, I was always curious to know how pumps would behave in reality as well as declared by individual manufacturers.

During the Zoomark held in Bologna, Italy last year, we decided to contact some companies in the aquarium industry to do a comparative test of the pumps.

Some have enthusiastically joined, in true alphabetical order, Eheim, Tunzeand Sicce, and they have provided the pumps subject of our comprensive test.… More:

Squid inseminates Korean ladies mouth

 Ok, now that that attention grabbing headline is out of the way, here is what happened. A lady in Korea taste tested a part of a whole parboiled squid, and had pain in her gums, tongue and cheek. Turns out par boiling doesn’t diminish the squids spermatophores capacity for firing and shooting into whatever is nearby. Have I even mentioned how awesome and amazing cephalopods are? Evolution is amazing, the world is just awesome and gut your squid before you eat or cook it. The peer reviewed paper on this incident (its not the first time this has happened, really) is available here. Me talking about it on Penn’s Sunday School with Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau is available here. Danna Staaf, the squid sex expert who first broke the tale here, talked about about the story recently at Nerd Nite SF in the video above – and does a great job explaining the complex apparatus of squid sperm delivery with amazing video support. PS –  If you don’t know what Nerd Nite is, click here and find one near you. If there isn’t one near you start one. Super cool events.
PPS – If the above story isn’t enough squid sex for you, and not enough Nerd Nite for you, click here to see the talk I was privileged to give at a Nerd Nite SF last year about cephalopod sex.… 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.