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Our goal is to not only educate saltwater aquarium hobbyists, but also bring them aquarium related news, product information, equipment reviews, and livestock care tips. We cover industry related events and share hundreds of photos and videos of anything and everything related to this great hobby.
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Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014

Aquarium Nerd Travel Gear Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014
Below is a repost of our article: Ten Things Every Traveling Aquarium Nerd Should Pack With all of the aquarium industry focusing on MACNA this weekend, and thousands of hobbyists traveling to Denver for the show, we decided to throw together Continue reading → MORE: Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014More:

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Bobbit Worms are Gruesomely Awesome

 When you think of sea creatures that instantly strike terror in the hearts of everyone, you generally think of ferocious sharks or giant man-eating squid. While those are rarely, if ever, encountered, this bottom dwelling worm is far more common Continue reading → MORE: Bobbit Worms are Gruesomely AwesomeMore:

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Why Discovery Channel and Their Shark Week Both Suck

Shark Week Why Discovery Channel and Their Shark Week Both Suck
Shark Week is the annual event we used to get excited about. As children, the majestic beasts inspired awe in our little hearts and minds, but as we grew up we noticed all of the imperfections in the program schedule MORE: Why Discovery Channel and Their Shark Week Both SuckMore:

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EcoTech Marine RMS Radion Mounts Start Shipping

EcoTech Marine RMS Radion Tank Mount System EcoTech Marine RMS Radion Mounts Start ShippingEcoTech Marine is accessorizing their Radion LED fixtures, releasing one of the best and most functional mounting systems the lights have ever seen. Available in two different kits designed specifically for the XR30 and XR15 models, the RMS mounts are MORE: EcoTech Marine RMS Radion Mounts Start ShippingMore:

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Picture of the Week, Dragonface Pipefish

ec5eDragonface Pipefish Picture of the Week, Dragonface Pipefish
For this installment of the AquaNerd Picture of the Week, we’re digging up a blast from the past. We’re showing off an image we took years ago of a dragonface pipefish, which is probably one of the first images we took with a macro lens as we started our foray into aquarium photography. While the image may not be technically perfect, meaning the lighting isn’t correct and the camera settings may not be right, we still love what we were able to capture. For those familiar with this particular pipefish, you know how hard they can be to photograph. They are quite small, move about quickly, and are often shy in the presence of people (especially those holding cameras). MORE: Picture of the Week, Dragonface PipefishMore:

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EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture

9bcfEcoTech Marine Radion XR15FW EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture Did you know that EcoTech Marine has a light designed specifically for freshwater applications? Neither did we. Amidst all of the fanfare of the XR15w Pro launch, EcoTech quietly slipped their XR15FW light into the mix, kicking off what might be a very lucrative venture into the freshwater side of the aquarium hobby. Since we don’t dabble in freshwater tanks, we can only speculate, but seeing as how revolution the EcoTech Marine produce line has been for salty tanks, we’re positive that the freshwater community will accept them with wide open arms. Getting back to the fixture itself, the Radion XR15FW uses the same form factor as the pro model, but comes with fewer LEDs and a much different array of LED colors. Where the pro model uses 21 diodes that emphasize blues and cool whites, the freshwater version only uses 15 LEDs and relies heavily on warmer colors. Here is a breakdown of each of the color channels: • Neutral White: 5 • Deep Blue: 2 • Blue: 2 • Green: 2 • Hyper Red: 2 • Indigo: 1 • UV: 1 The XR15FW will feature the same wireless technology and TIR lenses found on the pro model, meaning it will work flawlessly with the EcoSmart Live platform and the ReefLink wireless hub. As for the fixture’s price, the XR15FW will retail for $299, or about $150 less than the pro version. The light is currently available for preorder, but hasn’t quite hit the market as of yet MORE: EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED FixtureMore:

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Commence Drooling Over This Amazing Favia

1e70Exclusive Corals Ultra Favia Commence Drooling Over This Amazing Favia
Setting faces to stunned! We always love sharing hot new corals, and this one is absolutely unbelievable. Arguably one of the best releases of the year, this unnamed favia comes to us via Exclusive Corals, an online retailer who recently shared the image on their Reef2Reef page. The coral sports a deep red hue, reminiscent of the war corals that found intense popularity in years past, and it is accented with the yellow, purple and neon green colors make up the coral’s “eyes”. While the details of this coral have yet to be finalized (e.g. name and price), two decent sized frags have been cut for a future availability. They both appear to have five or more mouths, which is nice considering how fragging usually goes in this hobby these days. If you’re as in love with this piece as we are, be sure to snatch up one of the limited release frags in a hurry, because we all know they won’t last long. And for the record, we’d be tickled to death if this coral went without a designer name and designer price tag. We understand corals of this caliber command a high price, but we’d love to see a shift in the status quo of coral naming back to a more old school approach…that being no fancy names for colorful corals MORE: Commence Drooling Over This Amazing FaviaMore:

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Jebao Launches DC Powered Protein Skimmers

ccf4Jebao DC700 Curve Skimmer Jebao Launches DC Powered Protein Skimmers Jebao is making its first foray into the protein skimmer department with the release of their DC pump powered D700 Curve Skimmer. Based on the same controllable pump line we’ve seen over and over again from RLSS, Jebao isn’t doing anything groundbreaking with the new D700 and subsequent models, but they are bringing in a DC controllable skimmer at a sub-$300 price point. The D700 Curve is priced at $275, and is fitted with an under mount DC3000 pump and all of the usual bells and whistles we’ve come to expect on cone shaped skimmers. The pump is adjustable to six different speed settings, which can be controlled via the included controller or a properly equipped aquarium controller. Additionally, the DC3000 has a soft start function and a feeding timers that shuts it down when triggered. Reef Breeders, who are marketing the skimmer, state that the D700 is suitable for medium to well stocked tanks up to 200 gallons in total water volume. The skimmer has a base diameter of 8 3/4″ and a height of 21″ with the cup. While the D700 is immediately available, future models will also fill out the line MORE: Jebao Launches DC Powered Protein SkimmersMore:

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