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Josh Saul

About Josh Saul

Josh Saul is a technology consultant for large global banks. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 15 years and has been SCUBA diving for more than 20.
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Eshopps Announces New Channel Design (ECD) Sumps

Eshopps has just released a new line of sumps that integrate their Channel Design system to optimize the flow pattern in the system.  Instead of a standard trickle/overflow system where the water moves from one area to the next, the ECD sumps force the water through the various sections through some clever engineering and acrylic work.  The pattern allows for the water to have a nice slow route through the fuge or filtration area before returning to the tank.  You can check out the intended use below.  Be sure to reach out to our friends at Eshopps for more info!.

MASNA’s 2015 Scholarship Application is Live

MASNALogoR600Every year, the good folks at MASNA give two lucky students a scholarship of $4000 to pursue their academic interests related to marine aquaria. The process involves merely submitting an application, and if you are selected not only do you get the money but you become a bit of a celebrity at this year’s MACNA when it is announced. Imagine telling a room full of 1000+ gala attendees (who are eagerly waiting to devour their choice of Chicken, Beef or Vegetarian dinner) about your interests in aquariums and how the money will help you in your research efforts? Nervous about public speaking? There is a cash bar so we’ll leave you to figure out how best to prepare for the moment, but it is truly an honor to receive these scholarships and we expect many of our readers to apply. You must be an undergrad or graduate student with at least a 2.5 GPA (so obviously I can’t apply), and there are a few other criteria, but in general this is an easy way to get funding for your research project. You can apply here now and look for information on the winners around September at MACNA in Washington DC.… More:

Announcing Reefs:Dispatches strives to be the world’s leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. As such, we think it is vitally important to inform our readers about aquarium trade issues pertaining to sustainability. There are few more important issue for sustainably minded aquarists to be following right now than the legislative efforts to close Hawaii’s aquarium fishery.  This new series will focus on issues related to the aquarium trade and what individuals can do to better understand industry concerns and long term sustainability activities. To bring you some perspective on those efforts and how aquarists can respond, we reached out to Ret Talbot, who has covered Hawaii for CORAL Magazine since 2009. We are pleased to bring you a special report on a very important and timely topic.More:

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MACNA 2014 is OPEN! Visit us at Booth 207

Well, here it is!  MACNA 2014 is right upon us.  We’re going to be enjoying the event rather than posting throughout it, so come to Booth 207 and check out all of our surprises.  See you there!… More:

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

Just in time for MACNA 2014 this weekend in Denver, we bring to you the latest issue of Reefs Magazine.  Randy put together a whopper this time with all of the big reef aquarium writers contributing.  In addition to the hobby slanted articles, we also have a very important article from Rich Ross and Ret Talbot about point of origin tracking and why this is important to the entire industry as a whole.  Be sure to check the new issue here on the website or in the new Reefs App v4.2.… More: 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.