Monthly Archives: December 2012

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7 Months With The Hydor Performer 2005 Recirculating Skimmer

Protein skimmers have a lot of value on a saltwater tank. They remove dissolved organic material (waste), they oxygenate your tank’s water and they help give you insight to what’s going on in your tank. For my 235g tank build, I wanted to go in a different direction with my protein skimmer choice and try a recirculating skimmer. I chose the Hydor Performer 2005 as my test subject and here’s my review after 7 months of testing. Tagged as: hydor performer 2005 , hydor protein skimmer , protein skimmer , recirculating skimmers

MACNA Corals Photographs Pt.2 (and another free wallpaper, too!)

 Part II of MACNA coral and invertebrates pictures.  My choice for a wallpaper comes from a Coral Restoration Foundation tank, a beautiful display featuring fish and invertebrates that can be found in waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Florida. Enjoy this gallery of reef animals and I wish everyone  happy holidays season with unforgetable Christmas and New Year!… More:

Local Fish Store Teases Kessil Owners With New Mounting Hardware

A leader in the SF Bay Area reef market has introduced a new product for Kessil A350 LED spotlights. The “Premium Light Bar” appears to have been designed and manufactured by Neptune Aquatics in Milpitas, CA. Teased Tuesday on facebook this product has yet to see any other specs disclosed. neptune-premium-light-bar Utilizing a clean hollow (probably milled steel) tube to hide the wire creates a simple and elegant look, while the light itself is cradled in a circular frame for the light housing base. Although Kessil lighting solutions come with mounting hardware this product is sure to have a following, adding a revenue stream to a company that already specializes in not only saltwater aquariums but also freshwater aquariums. Check out the pics here and contact Neptune Aquatics here!… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #112

Canyon rivers in clam mantles. Read about it at This week we welcome back Ret Talbot to talk about recent NOAA and PIJAC activity, storing and dealing with excess equipment, factors that drive hobby enthusiasm, LFS contributions, and using natural seawater. A big thanks to Ret for joining us this week. Download the podcast here , or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes . Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads. This is our last podcast for 2012. Thanks to all for listening. We’ll return on Sunday, Jan. 6— Gary and Christine NOAA and PIJAC Culturing Corals Gary’s articles Natural Seawater

Who Are You Calling Ugly?

Ornate Cowfish (Aracana ornata)

 In many cases our aquariums represent an extension of ourselves. Some people like zoa’s, some people like acans, and some people even like non-photosynthetic corals. My passion is “ugly” fish. Are they really ugly or are they just misunderstood? I’ve always had interest in keeping unusual pets. Mainly for the conversation-provoking aspect of having a pet that people do not see very often. Triggerfish were of interest to me but I found early on that many of them were too aggressive with many of the other fish I wanted to keep. As a result, I developed… More:

Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #105: I’m White, Sticky And I’ll Hold Your Stuff For You

Doing work on your saltwater tank is fun or extremely frustrating if you can’t find the tools you are looking for. To make tool organization really easy, here’s how to kill two birds with one stone. Tagged as: friday am quick tip , tool organization

Hawaiian megatsunamis

 Imagine a wave, a giant wave, rushing inland toward you. Imagine it keeps coming, and coming without any end in sight. You’re thinking of a tsunami. Now imagine the wave is more than 1000 ft high (300 m), enough to engulf the bottom 2/3 of the Empire State Building. This is a megatsunami. Speaking at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Dr. Gary McMurty (a professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and co-instructor for a couple of geology courses I took as a grad student here UHM) reported his recent work showing that over the last 4 million years the Hawaiian Islands have experienced at least 15 megatsunamis. Unlike typical tsunamis, which are usually driven by earthquakes, Hawaiian megatsunamis are driven by catastrophic landslides as large sections of the volcanoes that build the islands cleave off and cavitate the ocean. Surprisingly, these landslides are… More:

Large Zoanthid Colonies Needed

In recent Reef Threads podcasts Christine and I have discussed the unique beauty of soft-coral aquariums and how they should be viewed with more enthusiasm by hobbyists. As part of our discussions we’ve talked about how uncommon it is to see decent-sized zoanthid colonies. Most zoanthid collectors tend to have a lot of small clusters on frag plugs rather than mature colonies that play a notable role in their overall coralscapes.… 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.