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Gary Parr

About Gary Parr

Reef Threads is a podcast and blog that discusses the most interesting subjects from the various forums, blogs, and magazines supporting the reef hobby. Reef Threads is produced by Gary L. Parr and Christine Williams Pasagelis, two veteran reef hobbyists. Gary has been keeping aquariums for most of his life, starting with a 1-gal. bowl of guppies. He has kept reef aquariums for the past 15 years. His current tanks are a 65-gal. LPS and leather reef and a 40 breeder that contains azooxanthellate corals. Gary’s other hobby is photography. He specializes in macro photography and currently spends most of his time photographing coral and marine fish. You can see Gary’s work in the Reefs and Animals sections of his website, www.gparr.com. You can contact Gary at gparr@reefthreads.com. Christine Williams started keeping fish while she was still a fetus. While the aqueous environment did lend itself to the hobby, it limited her to freshwater species, and so she decided to be born several weeks early. Through sign language, she demanded that her parents convert her crib into a reef aquarium and thus started her illustrious career in marine ornamentals. After completing her studies in biochemistry and molecular microbiology she went to work at “Animal ER” where unfortunately she was not filmed for the Animal Planet channel (though her feet did make a cameo during a rescue segment). She frequently lectures on reef topics including marine animal disease, fish husbandry, human-tank zoonosis, and fish cognition. Contact Christine at christine@reefthreads.com.
Latest Posts

Reef Threads Podcast #260


Reef safe?

A new week and a new podcast. This week’s topics include lighting, reef-safe fish, Paul Allen’s yacht, reefer phrases, and cosmetics. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Paul Allen’s yacht
Paul Allen’s yacht destroys coral reef, Business Insider

Reef speak
Phrases only a Reefer Would Say, CastAway, East Tennessee Reef Club, Reef2Reef

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Reef Threads Podcast #259


Sanjay’s 500-gal reef aquarium.


We’re back, this week with returning guest Sanjay Joshi. While our focus was on his LED experiences with his 500-gal. reef, we also talked about water flow, tank heating, coral growth, closed-loop systems, and the reef-system rebuild at the Penn State Univ. student union. This is a good one. Don’t miss it. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Sanjay’s 2-yr. LED experience
Sanjay Joshi, 2 years with LEDs

The Penn State student union tank in its rebuilt infancy.

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Reef Threads Podcast #258


Just some favia

It was a much longer break than we planned, but we’re back for more podcasting. This week it’s new tanks, growing sponge, coral harvesting for cosmetics, and cleaner-wrasse myths. Thanks for your patience and we hope you enjoy our first 2016 podcast. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Corals and cosmetics
Coral to be Harvested for Cosmetics, Jennifer Novoseletsky, Cosmetics and Toiletries

Wrasse myths
5 Cleaner Wrasse Myths, Saltwater Smarts via Reefs.com

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Reef Threads Podcast #257


Thanks to all for listening in 2015.

It’s our last podcast of the year and weird gifts are on our minds. Thanks to everyone for being such loyal listeners. We hope we’ve entertained you and, on occasion, expanded your knowledge. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Traumatizing gifts
Awesome Gifts For Traumatizing The People You Love, Felix Clay, Cracked

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Reef Threads Podcast #256


Visit the Coral Fever website at coralfever.com

This week’s topics are a most-unusual combination of reef aquariums and drag racing. Our guests this week are Seth and Angelle Drago, owners of Coral Fever, a reef store and maintenance business located in Mathews, LA, near New Orleans. Motorcycle drag-racing fans will know Angelle as Angelle Sampey, three-time NHRA pro stock motorcycle world champion and the winningest female in motorsports history. We hope you enjoy hearing from Seth and Angelle about their business and racing. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Angelle Sampey at the track.


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Coral Fever website
Coral Fever website

Angelle on FB
Angelle Sampey’s Facebook page

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Reef Threads Podcast #255


Toys for Kids at Reef2Reef

We’ve mostly recovered from illness and are back with another podcast. This week’s topics include the Reef2Reef Toys for Kids program, the Penn State Student Union tanks, the Vita aquarium, Kohler’s EnCube backup system, clean-up crews, and super-heated water changes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Toys for Kids
Reef2Reef Toys for Kids

Vita aquarium
Vita aquarium Kickstarter page

Kohler enCUBE generator
Kohler enCUBE generator

Cleanup crews
4 Crabby Caveats to Keeping Clibanarius tricolor, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

Cleanup crews
Superheated water changes, Jeremy Gosnell, Reefs.com

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Reef Threads Podcast #254


Ret Talbot is our guest this week.

It’s time for a new Reef Threads podcast. This week we’re joined by Ret Talbot to talk about the tremendous and exciting progress that is being made with the Philippines fisheries. Collecting in the Philippines has long been a sore spot for this hobby. But it’s all changing for the better through the efforts of a new under secretary. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Good Catch Blog
Ret Talbot’s blog

Ret on Reefs.com
Ret Talbot’s Reefs.com reports

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Reef Threads Podcast #253


Hawaii Pacific University grad students Aurora Burgess, and our guests this week, Emma Forbes and Erin Pereira-Davison (l-r)

This week we talk about yellow tang breeding with Emma Forbes and Erin Periera-Davison, graduate students with Rising Tide Conservation and the Oceanic Institute at the Hawaii Pacific University. Emma and Erin share how they got involved in the project, some of their experiences while trying to get the larvae to develop and settle, and their individual research work as part of the project. Don’t miss this one. It’s a fantastic look into what it takes to realize such an achievement. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Rising Tide
Rising Tide Conservation website

Rising Tide on Facebook
Rising Tide Conservation Facebook page

Oceanic Institute Yellow Tangs
Oceanic Institute Yellow Tang research web page


 


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