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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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Dr. Mac’s Black Friday Live Sale

Dr.-Mac's-Black-FridayBlack Friday is fondly known as the day when people lose their minds and beat each other senseless for a $10 discount on a TV.  Not feeling up for the USA’s version of the Running of the Bulls?  Thanks to the cool technology known as the internets, you can sit at home, sipping your hot cocoa, and score some of the best deals on livestock you have ever seen.  Saturday night, the festivities will be on full display as Dr. Mac and the fine folks at Pacific East Aquaculture unveil over 1000 corals, fish, clams and inverts to help you stuff the stockings of your reefing loved ones. Aww, who are we kidding, this is as good a time as any to treat YOURSELF to some one of a kind items that you can have in your tank before the holiday shopping season has gotten underway.  Please join us on Saturday at 6PM EST when the live sale kicks off, right here on… More:

Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap – Sunday November 8th

The Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap is just a few short weeks away and as usual the planning is in full gear.  We’re expecting a packed house as usual, so if you have not already bought a ticket, you need to do so HERE before they are all sold out.  All of your favorite vendors will be onsite and we’ve got some great speakers and presentations lined up.  As always, price includes a catered lunch and a free frag for all first time attendees (Manhattan Reefs forum members only).

Confirmed Vendors

 Cherry Corals
Dr. Mac Pacific East Aquaculture
Pop Corals
Pieces of the Ocean (POTO)
Jason Fox Signature Corals
Manhattan Aquariums
Pax Bellum
New York Reef Aquatic
The Reef Shoppe
Schedule Of Events

 10:00 AM – Door Open
11:00 AM – Speaker 1
12:00 & 12:30 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Fragging Demonstration
2:00 PM – Speaker 2
3:00 PM – Fragging Demonstration
4:00 PM – Raffle
6:00 PM – Doors Close
Guest Speakers

 Dr. Craig Bingman
Christine Williams
Admission Includes

 Catered Lunch
Product Samples/Giveaways
Free coral for first time registered members

LIVE SALE – Dr. Mac & Pacific East Aquaculture – THIS SATURDAY

Dr. Mac's Fall Festival
This Saturday, at 6PM EST, Dr. Mac will open up his famous farm and join us in an online chat and live sale event.  The Live Sale System allows people from all over the world to participate in a timed event where the fine folks at Pacific East Aquaculture will offer some incredible deals and lots of fun for 6 hours on our website.  Unlike all other live sales, this one is actually LIVE.  You don’t need to refresh the page at all.  The chatroom is live and the products drop every few minutes.  There is a counter at the top to indicate when the next item goes on sale, so you can hang out and talk with other buyers until the right moment.  When products show up, you have to be FAST in order to get things, but don’t worry there will be plenty of items for everyone.  This live sale is a fun and fast paced event, but you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home and even view it from a mobile device.  All sales are for mail order shipment the following week and you buy a shipping pack according to what day you want to receive your goodies.  So don’t forget to join us this Saturday the 26th and good luck! Find the latest live events at

MASNA Aquarist of the Year 2015 is Awarded to Terry Siegel

TS1Hot off the press, MASNA announced the 2015 winner of their Aquarist of the Year award, and it goes to our friend Terry Siegel.  Terry has been a long time aquarist and teacher of reef science through his work with The Marine Aquarist, Aquarium Frontiers,, and Advanced Aquarist.  We’re delighted that Terry has been honored with this award and are looking forward to the presentation of the award at the MACNA banquet in Washington DC on Saturday Night.  Congrats Terry!… More: at MACNA 2015

macna-2015-floorplan-reefs-blogSo we’re en route to MACNA, doing our best to not get Sanjay-ed, and we obviously brought the whole suitcase of fun activities and antics we’re known for.  This year’s floorplan is HUGE, and since we’re not all in the same room you may have to look around to find us.  You can visit our lounge by heading to the Hawkfish logo on the map above.  We’ll be waiting for you with comfortable seating, snacks, children’s activities, video games, and FREE BEER.  So come by, relax, and take a break from the madness that is MACNA.  If you get lost, find the Hospitality Lounge on the map.… More:

Encrusting Corals Can Create Art

skeleton-coralWe spend a lot of time talking about the intersection of reefs and the art world, and this photo is a great example of something near and dear to any reef aquarist, encrusting corals.  As many people know, encrusting corals typically have very fast horizontal growth rates and demonstrate very interesting patterns and formations when left to grow on flat objects like tiles and discs.  But what happens when you give the coral a head start by growing it onto an actual 3D object?  This skeleton encrusted with Meteor Shower Cyphastrea is a great example of how to take your typical underwater decoration and make it into something entirely new.  Having gone through the process a few times with Moai statues, it is only for people who have great patience, but the rewards are striking in their appearance.  If you decide to try your hand at this process, make sure you give the object plenty of room, having another coral sting your piece mid-growth can set you back an entire year.  Also be sure to pick a coral that has a high growth rate or you will be waiting forever.  Lastly, definitely pick a coral that does not typically plate out when it grows as this will create a shadow and prevent your piece from being completely encrusted.  Have you ever done this yourself?  Drop us a note in the comments and tell us how you did it!… More:

Reef Aquarium Forums 2.0

reef-forumsWe are pleased to announce a major new project on, Forums 2.0.  We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to make our forums much easier to navigate, but more importantly, we’re putting the right people in place to foster interesting and accurate discussions. With the advent of thousands of Facebook groups devoted to reefing, many experts felt that the ability to provide quality advice and guidance to a large group was lost.  Facebook groups can sometimes be a case of the blind leading the blind, so we sought out some of the foremost experts on the reef aquarium hobby and gave them their own forums to discuss a topic of their choosing. 

Check out the forums now!


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!.
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