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Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium Masterpiece

picasso1 Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium MasterpieceCertain fishes available in the marine aquarium trade are truly bizarre in their coloration and patterning. Ranked high among them when it comes to both exotic appearance and aquarium adaptability is Rhinecanthus aculeatus, better known as the Picasso triggerfish or the Humuhumu triggerfish. This latter appellation (which is also applied to the closely related and similar looking R. rectangulus) is derived from the Hawaiian name for the species: Humuhumu nukunuku apua’a, which, if memory serves, translates loosely into “Man, how many Mai Tais did I pack away last night!?” I could be wrong on that. Physical traits R. aculeatus exhibits “typical” triggerfish morphology, with a highly laterally compressed body; high-set, independently moving eyes positioned far back on the head; a deceptively small, forward-set mouth; and a stout first dorsal spine that can be “locked” in an upright position to secure the trigger in a reef crevice when the fish is threatened. The maximum recorded length for this species is around 10 inches. I could try to describe the color and patterning of R. aculeatus, but it wouldn’t do this fish justice More: Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium MasterpieceMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #199

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #199

Ret Talbot is our guest this week to talk about issues that affect the future of our hobby.Ret Talbot joins us this week to discuss endangered and threatened marine species, recent National Marine Fisheries Service regulation activities, and what all of this means for marine-aquarium hobbyists. This is an important subject that could affect the future of this hobby. We also encourage you to support PIJAC’s efforts to collaborate with regulation authorities. 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 #199

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Cute Babies Turned into Cuter Sea Creatures


Ok, someone just turned the cuteness factor way up. Anne Geddes, a photographer well-known for her creative and adorable baby portraits, has created the best baby calendar in the world. Simply titled the “Under the Sea”, it features 12 unique scenes that have babies dressed up as mermaids, sea turtles, hermit crabs, nudibranchs, and even coral polyps. But it’s not just the babies that got all dressed up. The scenery created also involved a lot of work and planning. Each backdrop was handcrafted with such detail so as to truly capture the marine environment. We have never seen such aquatic cuteness all in one place.According to the video above from ET Now, the calendar photoshoot took nearly a year of planning and pre-production, 12 days of shooting, 20 babies, and probably a ton of patience. But this isn’t Anne’s first rodeo. MORE: Cute Babies Turned into Cuter Sea CreaturesMore:

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Planctontech’s New Planctondose: In Depth Review

DSC 0546 planctontech planctondose 400 Planctontechs New Planctondose: In Depth Review The New Planctondose from Planctontech is a zooplankton dosing station for marine aquarium, designed for benthic organisms, but also all the different types of corals and fishes that can be hosted in aquarium.  Testing such an object like the New Planctondose of Planctontech is not a simple affair. Beyond the technical aspects of our review, one of the key points is the actual need to feed live zooplankton in the marine aquarium.… More:

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Awesome 137 Ft Deep Pool Opens In Italy

 Equal to the height of a 12 story building, this new enormous pool defies imagination at 137 Ft depths. Named ‘Y-40 The Deep Joy’, the pool is located in the Hotel Terme Millepini near Padua, Italy. This massive pool allows scuba divers to train in controlled conditions for deep water diving. There are numerous underwater viewing windows for spectators and instructors to keep an eye on students, along with a transparent tunnel 16 ft down. Imagine filling this pool with some deep water species to create a one of a king pool diving experience! MOREMore:

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New incredible rotor for the Rossmont Mover italian pumps

Improved rotor Mover M Series 1 minute timer compatible1 New incredible rotor for the Rossmont Mover italian pumps
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the italian company behind the Mover recirculating pumps, has just introduced in the last few days a new improved rotor for their pumps, specifically designed for on-off cycles for one minute only. We have tested the Rossmont Mover M 5800 pump some months ago, and we liked it very much, for its flow, construction and low noise.… More:

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Hexacopter Drone Used For The First Time To Monitor Killer Whales

 The Vancouver Aquarium has been at the forefront of marine conservation since 1956. Having been an aquarist there myself for seven years, I have remained a strong advocate and fan of the great work they do. Most recently, the Vancouver Aquarium worked with American researchers to use a Hexacopter drone, also known as an unmanned aircraft, to monitor whale pods for the first time. Scientists were able to gain a new perspective of the whales from the drone view, allowing them to view the whales at angles not available through boat view or typical underwater cameras. Specifically, the scientists will be able to study the pregnancy of the whales in detail. Normally, a scientist studying a whale from a boat would be unable to track the whales when they dive in the water. Along with offering a different viewpoint to study the whales from, the use of the drones does not impact the whales personal space and is less invasive than traditional manned boats or dives. Scientists plan to continue using the drones for research. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #198

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #198

We’re back because we can’t stay away. This week we talk about Gary’s clam-eating copper band, goldfish brain surgery, Florida lion fish, natural seawater, green reefs, Randy Holmes-Farley, and Reef2Reef. 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 #198

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