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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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Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony Corals

5a84Elkhorn Corals 457x305 Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, did you have a great weekend out there??? We sure did because our prayers have finally been answered, WE GOT RAIN!!! Yes our 6 month drought is finally over!! We woke to rain about 3:30 in the morning friday and it was still going into the daylight hours, it was fantastic!! MOREMore:

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Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea

2e44Squids 457x305 Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea
Good morning friends, I jumped in the water early this morning with camera in hand and photographed our school of baby Caribbean Reef Squids that have been living here since they were born. The squids range in size from around three to six inches and I counted around 35 of them. The squids seem very relaxed and they let me get very close and at times they were hovering around me and the camera, it was fantastic! Although the photo is small you can still see all their crazy iridescent colors which they have the ability to change in the blink of an eye, truly one of the hands down coolest creatures in the sea! I have found out that photographing these animals can be very difficult because of their eyes, too much light and it ruins the eyes and too little and the body is too dark, this was hot at 160-F13 making the squids colors perfect with no over-exposed eyes. The Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), also known as just the Reef Squid, is a small (20 cm) torpedo-shaped squid with fins that extend nearly the entire length of the body and undulate rapidly as it swims. MOREMore:

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“Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless

ccdaSexy Corals Super Schroom “Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless
Who would have thought that mushroom corals would ascend up the ladder of corals in high demand? After all, they’ve been around forever, are virtually indestructible, reproduce like crazy, and are usually quite boring. Despite that, the hobby still surprises us with individuals like the one pictured above, a “Jawbreaker” variant of the the Discosoma mushroom. While the typical Jawbreaker is orange with hints of red, green and yellow, this super sexy mushroom from Sexy Corals takes it up a few notches with its kaleidoscope of colors. Called the SC Super Schroom, this coral sports orange, green, red, purple, and hints of blue. Besides what we can derive from the image, there is literally zero information on this particular mushroom. We don’t have a price tag (we probably don’t want to know), but we do know that it sold to someone in Texas. Perhaps it’s a fellow reef keeper in my area. MORE: “Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us SpeechlessMore:

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Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our Retinas

dbe1Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our Retinas
We’ve seen some pretty awesome chalices in our day, but this one is probably going to rank right up near the top of our list of all time favorites. Called the Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia, this rainbow colored colony from Unique Corals is totally different from the other multi-colored chalices that we’ve come across in recent years. Undoubtedly, there has been a huge explosion of out-of-this-world chalices, but this one differs from the rest of the pack in that its colors look like they were dripped onto the coral canvas. Most of the chalices we’ve seen have a distinct separation of colors, but the Acid Patchwork piece blends and layers the colors so much better. According to Unique Corals, this maricultured chalice has been in captivity for several weeks, maintaining its ‘”acid-etched” conglamoration of color’ under LED lighting. The price on this insane coral was set at just under $1100, but it has been marked as “out of stock” on the site. MORE: Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our RetinasMore:

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5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with Caveats

reef safe caveat 6 300x165 5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with CaveatsWhen we say a marine fish is “reef safe,” we usually mean that it won’t eat the corals or other sessile invertebrates that we keep in reef systems. Using that definition, we can easily determine that, for example, the peaceful, planktivorous purple dartfish (Nemateleotris decora) is completely reef safe but the exquisite butterflyfish (Chaetodon austriacus), an obligate corallivore, is most decidedly not reef safe. But sometimes fishes fall into more of a gray area with respect to reef-appropriateness. Depending on the particular setup and invertebrate livestock kept, some species (or individuals within a species) may cause problems in reef systems. Here are just a few examples: Coral/clam nippers Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula)Fish don’t always have to outright eat coral polyps in order to prove problematic in a reef tank. Some have the proclivity to just nip at fleshy invertebrates, such as LPS corals and the mantles of giant clams, which irritates them and can cause them to remain contracted. More: 5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with CaveatsMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #189

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #189
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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Night-Diving in Curacao, Giant Porcupinefish

9a16Nightdive Ikelite 3 Night Diving in Curacao, Giant PorcupinefishGood morning from Curacao! Good news, we got more rain and our bone dry island is starting to turn green again, I can’t tell you how happy I am! The downside to the rain was getting stuck in it for two hours on Saturday while cycling around the island. I finally talked two friends into joining me on my long weekend bike ride and within minutes of starting it stated to rain! Yeah not fun! MOREMore:

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