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Josh Saul

About Josh Saul

Josh Saul is a consultant for Fortune 500 finance and banking companies. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 13 years and has been SCUBA diving for over 20. He spends his spare time planning dive trips, designing websites, DJing, and finding new and exciting ways to flood his apartment. He is married with two children and lives in Manhattan.
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Reefs in Art: Our Changing Seas

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This incredible installation was created by Courtney Mattison and is on display at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs NY.  Created out of glazed stoneware and porcelain, the level of detail is astounding, Courtney clearly knows coral biology.  The description of the exhibit points out that the colorful live coral is surrounded by an area of dead bleached skeletons, showing the parallels to state of the world’s reefs.  Courtney has several other exhibits around the country if you can’t make it upstate, but seeing as horse racing and outdoor music (Tanglewood) season is about to start, this is yet another reason to visit the beautiful Berkshire region.  You can also get your own pieces from Courtney’s Etsy shop Corallia.… More:

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Manhattan Reefs Spring Frag Swap 2014

spring 2014 frag swap Manhattan Reefs Spring Frag Swap 2014 The Manhattan Reefs Spring Frag Swap 2014 will be held at Pace University in downtown New York on May 4th.  The guest speakers are Francis Yupangco and Laura Birenbaum.  Vendors to include: 

  • Cherry Corals
  • Jason Fox Corals
  • Pacific East Aquaculture
  • Manhattan Aquariums
  • Blue Water Tropicals
  • Gotham Aquatics
  • Affordable Aquatic Supplies
  • R & R Aquatics
  • Exotic Reef Creations
  • Pop Corals
  • colorfulcorals
  • Pax Bellum
  • Pablo / Dan Rigle
  • Fluval / Hagen
  • Aquatic Life Direct

  This event is almost sold out, your must RSVP NOW to guarantee admission.  … More:

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A Word From

It recently came to our attention that one of our writers was reposting content from other sites without giving proper credits.  In our investigation we found that whole articles had been copied with limited or no references to the original source.  While some of these posts are actually press releases and are allowed to be reposted in total, it is not in our DNA to repeat things without adding something to the topic. The majority of our writers come from academic backgrounds so we take the issue of plagiarism seriously.  We were not aware that this content was being copied, and upon discovering this we removed all posts by this author.  We have also implemented a copyright management system and we are working on hiring a senior editor to ensure this oversight does not happen again.  In our opinion, it’s just not cool. We do of course syndicate several blogs or news sources but these posts are listed here under their original author or blog name with a direct link back to the source.  The purpose of this is to bring this information to a larger audience.  All of our syndicated feeds credit the original authors. The issue of copyright on the internet is challenging.  Knowing when and where to cite and the method you use is challenging, we generally err on the side of caution but in this case it was a complete miss.  As an organization committed to educating hobbyists, we fully respect the content creators and will do everything possible to ensure that they receive full credit for their works. Should you notice anything on our site that appears to violate standard copyright and citation processes, please feel free to contact us at and we will immediately investigate. Thank you again for your support.… More:

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ORA Shutting Down Live Coral & Fish Divisions


In a dramatic turn for a typically good natured company, ORA has decided to stop production on its “non consumable” product line and instead focus heavily on the edible pet industry. With the surging popularity of delicious teacup poodles, it was only a matter of time before Americans hunger spread to the aquarium industry.

The edible aquarium trend died out quickly, likely due to the challenging textures and poor palatability. Thus far ORA’s shift to sugary-sweet digestible livestock has been met with great fanfare amongst hobbyist circles.

“What we seem to have produced are the most edible fish in the aquarium hobby. Did I say edible? I meant delicious.” ORA President Dustin Dorton was overheard mumbling to himself, while pretending to swim the tasty confections directly into his mouth.

With worldwide appetites surging for tastier pets, ORA is poised to be the leader in producing aquatic animals that wash down easily with a glass of milk or breakfast beer. Dorton refused to comment on rumors of a fermented seawater line potentially set for release later this quarter. Read More, or less, it’s up to you really.… More:

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Slow Life – Time Lapse

 This awesome time lapse video of coral is mind boggling.  Even though we see these behaviors in our tanks every day, we rarely get to see it in such detail and with the addition of the higher speed you can really start to understand what all of these bizarre physical forms and morphs are for.  The sponge movement is especially cool as the changes are very hard to perceive with the naked eye.  Enjoy the weekend eye candy.  Thanks for the tip, Laura and Caitlin!  More details on the movie HERE.More:

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This Saturday is our favorite event of the year.  Not because we get to rub shoulders with reef glitterati like Joe Yaiullo, Laura Birenbaum, Justin Credable and more, but because of the awesome lineup that LIRA has planned.  For example, you get the following: Guest Speakers: Julian Sprung, Andrew Rhyne, Charles Delbeek
Admission to the Long Island Aquarium
Vendor Show including many livestock sellers
Awesome catered lunch (seriously good eats!)
Huge Raffle! And if you decide to stay for the evening Gala, you can expect: VIP access to the aquarium exhibits
Backstage access to the 20,000 reef tank
Dinner in front of the displays
Open Bar!
Live Music
And the high probability that a penguin or two may join you on the dance floor! Seriously, can you beat this event?  Not a chance.  Register NOW and we’ll see you there.More:

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What Lurks In Your Sand

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This incredible photo was taken by Alexander Semenov, and is part of a series of photos focused on polychaetes.  It obviously includes the lovely Eunice worm as well as the dreaded bristle and fire worms, which are generally well behaved reef inhabitants but are absolutely infuriating once you touch them.  The complexity and variations of different forms is on display here, and even though we are repulsed by them (perhaps evolutionary or biologically), up close they are beautiful and fascinating nonetheless.  Check out the entire series here.… More:

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Cuttlefish Bottle Opener

1660266 10202680941318308 1612875910 n Cuttlefish Bottle OpenerCheck out these cute cuttle bottle openers.  Cuttles are some of the most engaging of the invertebrates, and the “dull” look in their eyes absolutely covers up higher intelligence.  When they catch prey, they reach out just so and snatch up the unlucky victim, and this bottle opener catches the moment perfectly.  It’s as if the cuttle is just a member of your party that arrives whenever a bottle needs to be opened.  Get them now at Shapeways.  Also be sure to check out more sculpture from Bathsheba.… More:

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