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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.
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Reef Threads Podcast #191

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We have returned once again to do that podcasting thing that has become our habit. This week we talk about MACNA, Christine’s Project Oceanology trip, tools you should have, plumbing, and “vacation fish.” Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #191

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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #190More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #189

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This week we talk a lot about seahorses.After our unplanned week off we return to talk about seahorses, screen tops, cooling tanks in summer, and a new overflow kit. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #189More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #188

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #188 A colony photographed by the folks at Coral Morphologic.This week we’re joined by Colin Foord of Coral Morphologic. Colin has been in the news lately because of his efforts to save corals that were living in the Government Cut shipping channel in Miami, FL. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun a project to make that channel wider and deeper and were going to destroy corals that have adapted to that very different environment. Colin took steps to save them and, this week, tells the story of his efforts and what he’s doing with the corals he’s saved. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #188More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #187

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #187 The squat lobster Christine and Gary photographed at Penn State Univ.It’s time once again for a Reef Threads podcast. This week’s topics include capturing coral criminals, Florida lionfish ban, the question of where to buy, Terrible Advice Tuesday, and repurposed accessories. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #187More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #186

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #186 Marc Levenson’s fungia has babies.That’s right. We’re back with more of that reef-hobby stuff. This time around we’re talking about Gary’s DFMAS trip, Franks Tanks, Marc Levenson, Melev’s Reef, MASNA scholarships, choosing a DSLR camera, and whether reef tanks are ever finished. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #186More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #185

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #185 Seen above is a fluorescence photograph of an ultra rare hybrid staghorn coral (Acropora prolifera) living in Miami’s Government Cut waterway (“Borrowed” from the Coral Morphologic website).We’re back once again to talk about reef stuff. This week our subjects include MASNA scholarships, marketing language, Colin Foord, and a LFS discouraging a reef tank. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #185More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #184

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #184 It’s podcast time #184 and this week’s lineup includes PVC pipe in colors, frag mounts, photos through acrylic, Terrible Advice Tuesday threads, bulkheads, filter socks, and slime coat products. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #184More:

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