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Product Review: Sunshine Systems AquaUFO LED light

Manufacturers of aquarium LED lights are doing everything to make their product stand out of the crowd an gather a steady customer base. The manufacturer of LED panel that is a subject of today’s review tries yet another approach to attract customers to it’s product. The AquaUFO light from Sunshine Systems (LINK) surely turns heads with it’s unforgettable name and interesting looks. Let’s find out what it offers and how well it performs in the remaining part of this review…… More:

Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #93: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Curious

Crabs, shrimp and snails all make up members of your tank’s clean up crew. Given their nature, they crawl over everything and can make you think they do more harm then good. Here’s how to make sure they are staying in line.

Interzoo 2012: The Vertex Aquaristik booth

We continue our trip inside Interzoo and into the hall number 4 to visit the stand of Vertex that welcomes us immediately with a statement of intent, with a list of all new products that were on the booth: Illumina, Cerebra, Mocean, Simplex, Vectra, Alpha and Libra.

Let’s proceed in order, and let’s start with one of the most acclaimed Vertex products, the LED lighting Illumina. Here were presented several innovations like the introduction of a different set of LEDs with other shades of color.


Reefs App Updated to 3.2

Today we released a minor update to the Reefs iOS app which adds a bunch of new long requested features as well as hundreds of new coral photos, all of which are in higher resolution.  Remember, the Reefs App is FREE from the Apple App Store.  DOWNLOAD HERE.  This update is free for all previous owners.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #96

Help Kennedy Donnelly, through her Pedaling for Pencils effort, to raise money to build a classroom through the Pencils of Promise program. Seven days have passed and that means it’s time for the next Reef Threads podcast.

Squid Skin and Cypress Hill combine forces

 The folks at Backyard Brains, known for their Spikerbox that can help you record and see neural activity, and researchers at at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA have applied the Backyard Brains protocol stimulating an amputated cockroach leg into motion via music to the chromatophores of squid skin, with very cool results. Squids, and other cephalopods, neurally control the pigmented cells in their skin, chromatophores, to reflect light. The squid skin in use belongs to the Longfin Inshore Squid, loligo pealei, and has three different chromatophore  colors – brown, red and yellow – with each chromatophore surrounded by muscles that can contract to reveal the pigment underneath. According to Backyard Brains, “We used a suction electrode to attach to the squid’s fin nerve, then connected the electrode to an iPod nano as our stimulator. The results were both interesting and beautiful. The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the fin”.
 If you didn’t think cephalopods were cool before, this alone should change your mind. Perhaps in the future, dance clubs will be wall papered with artificially grown squid skin, or perhaps your television will be made of a squid skin analogue. I know, we still want our jet packs, but perhaps the squid can help us there too.… More:

Sicce Syncra Silent pumps 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0: The Total Comparative Test

Let’s continue with this article to speak about the numbers resulting from our tests, following the introduction that you can read here: Return Pumps: tests and real measurements compared, and the test done with Eheim pumps: Eheim pumps 1048, 1250 and 1260: The Total Comparative Test and Sicce Pumps: Sicce Syncra Silent pumps 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5: The Total Comparative Test now we continue to analyze the intermediate Sicce pumps: the Sicce Syncra Silent 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0. Sicce Syncra Silent 2.0 His technical characteristics are:… More:

A reefer’s guide to weekend activities- Whale-watching Trip

Just because spending an evening having face flattened on the aquarium glass panels and remaining motionless for hours (except eyes racing after tank inhabitants) isn’t enough for an average aquarium keeper, we need to entertain ourselves in some other ways. Beside public aquariums visits and fish store carpools, there are plenty of other activities more or less related to our hobby. In this series of articles, I’ll aim to write about some of the most interesting ideas to fill your free time and feed your creative mind…… 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.