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2013 Drum and Croaker now available

The 2013 edition of Drum and Croaker – A Highly Irregular Journal for the Public Aquarist, sponsored by the Columbus Zoo, is now available online. If you are not familiar with the publication, Drum and Croaker is a non-peer-reviewed journal that has acted as an “informal organ” for public aquarium professionals since 1958. This years edition includes:

  • The Metamorphosis of the Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park into the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, with Historical Annotations by Barrett L. Christie
  • Small Fish Feeding in a 212,000 Gallon Coral Reef Exhibit by Richard Ross, Matt Wandell, and J. Charles Delbeek
  • Aquarium Cleaning Using Melamine Foam Pads by Richard Ross and Matt Wandell
  • A Unique Program for Aspiring Aquarists by Christina J. Slager, Bruce Koike, and Chris Spaulding

  The issue is available here as a pdf, and  past issues are available hereMore:

The refractometer Vertex RF-I

The Vertex Aquaristik recently introduced many new products. One of these is the new Vertex Refractometer RF-I.

The stainless steel Refractometer comes in a handy waterproof case, so it can be placed in the vicinity of the aquarium without fear.… More:

Open Season on Hawaii’s Marine Aquarium Collectors

 White-spotted Puffer, Arothron hispidus, nuzzles the photographer’s camera on a reef off the Big Island of Hawaii. Image: Brocken Ingaglory/GNU. 2013 Promises to be a potentially dccisive year in the history of Hawaii’s marine ornamental fisheriesBy Ret Talbot A landslide of 13 legislative measures that could significantly impact the aquarium fishery in Hawaiian waters was introduced in the state legislature in the week between opening day on January 16th and the cutoff deadline for new bills on January 24th. At least three of the measures-two senate bills and one house bill-seek to close the fishery in state waters, while several others not explicitly seeking to end the commercial aquarium fishery would most likely do just that if passed. MOREMore:

CoralVue Inks Deal to Be Exclusive Distributor of the Flipper Magnet

Flipper Magnet Announced earlier today, CoralVue has officially become the exclusive North American distributor for the Flipper Cleaner product line, which is headed by their flagship Flipper Magnet. This partnership will make the unique magnet scraper available to hobbyists all over the country through the large number of retail stores and distributors that purchase from CoralVue. Since CoralVue only sells to distributors and fish stores and not directly to the customer, the owner at Enoch Innovations, who own the Flipper brand, felt this was the most effective and fair way to get their product more exposure, and we agree. CoralVue already has a large offering of aquarium equipment, including Reef Octopus, Maxspect, and IceCap products, and they a network of over 2000 fish stores and distibutors. They are one of the larger movers of aquarium equipment in the US and will likely do a great job moving some Flippers. Definitely a good move in our opinion.  Read MoreMore:

Acrylic Tank Manufacturers (ATM) Robbed

Last night the famed Las Vegas tank manufacturer ATM was burglarized. The owner Wade King cites a loss of four prized “birds” (One Cockatoo and three Parrots) plus four beaded dragons. The animals were taken from their Las Vegas production facility in a brazen effort of destruction and theft. The animals have actually been featured on the show “Tanked” (Animal Planet) and will likely be recovered because the burglary was captured on video camera and is now receiving national attention. Anyone with knowledge of the burglary is asked to contact ATM directly. Watch the news story here! Descriptions of the four birds: 

  • 8-month-old Umbrella Cockatoo named “Avalanche”;
  • 6-month-old Blue & Gold Macaw named “Sapphire”. King said Sapphire is considered handicap and has a leg defect;
  • 2-year-old Harligold Macaw named “Tequila”;
  • 3-and-a-half-year-old Green Wing Macaw named “Porsche”.

Aquatronica Best Point Shop

Aquatronica point is a new collaboration between Aquatronica and the best aquarium shops in the world.

The aim is to bring users to Aquatronica technologies thanks to qualified personnel into the shop and no longer exclusively online.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #116

MACNA 2013, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2013,
We return for the 116th time to discuss the MACNA keynote speaker, palytoxin and reef-aquarium safety, skimmer versus water changes, GFIs and other electrical issues, and daily maintenance. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.-Gary and Christine… More:

Fish Store Thieves Caught on Video Boosting Corals

Coral Thief Caught on Tape Here’s one of those moments in the aquarium hobby that just disgust us. A small group consisting of three men, one women, and a child walked into a mom and pop fish store and stole corals out of one of the aquariums when they thought nobody was looking. Located in Tonawanda, New York, Annette Kozak and her husband have owned and operated their store, Saltwater Paradise, for 20 years. This past Friday, they decided to take a day off and left one of their employees in charge. The coral thieves entered, turned one of the store’s cameras away from the aquariums, distracted the employee, and stole approximately $300 in coral.  Read MoreMore: 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.