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New Shark Aquarium To Open In The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is a mecca for tourists who are drawn to it’s beautiful reefs and scenery. A new aquarium being opened in Marathon hopes to catch some of the tourist traffic.   The Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters grand opening is planned for July 1st, 2014 and will be located on Mile Marker 53. A unique element about the aquarium is the shark tank that will allow guests to feed the sharks. The Shark tank will feature a 10 feet tall,  200,000 gallon tank with openings on the side, which visitors can use to feed the sharks. The sharks are being collected by Marathon based Dynasty Marine Associates. According to the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters facebook page, there will be also be an interactive sting ray tank.   As a frequent visitor to the Florida Keys myself, the new aquarium will be a welcome addition to the area. Having worked in the public aquarium industry for many years, I am glad to see that the sharks are being sourced from Dynasty Marine, a recognized and responsible leader in supplying sharks for public aquariums worldwide. MORE Source: KeysInfoNet by Ryan Mccarthy… More:

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Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes

Allfish Emporium, located in Tamarac, Florida, closed its doors on March 30, 2014. It was the largest aquarium-only retail store in North America.The store opened in mid 2000’s as a Big Al’s Aquarium location, it later changed to Allfish Emporium in 2010. There are unconfirmed reports that several of the large aquarium displays are being moved to a local Miami Zoo. Known for its large and elaborate aquarium displays, it was a destination for many aquarium hobbyists and visitors alike in South Florida.all fish 4 Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes  In such a large store with high overhead, the aquarium-only format was obviously unprofitable. The chain still remains alive with two other South Florida stores, Allpets Emporium. These full line pet stores both feature an impressive 3000 gallon shark tank as a centerpiece. MORE  … More:

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Replay of The Question and Answer Session With Mr. Saltwater Tank on 4/15/2014

This week’s topic was clean up crews

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EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control

4814EcoSmart Live App with VorTech Control EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control As part of the continued effort to integrate the VorTech pumps into EcoTech Marine’s EcoSmart Live system, an update to the EcoSmart Live app has been released that allows users to control their VorTech pumps via any iOS powered device. Just last month, EcoTech added VorTech control to their Reeflink, for the first time allowing the ReefLink and EcoSmart platforms to live up to their promises of simultaneous wireless control of the Radion XR30w LED fixtures and the popular pumps. The update app has the same look and feel of the previous verions that only offered Radion control, but adds the touch sensitive wheel right alongside the Radion controls. This touch sensitive wheel is dual purpose, allowing the speed of the pump to be adjusted, as well as the flow mode. This app is free to download from Apple’s App Store and an Android friendly version will shortly follow. MORE: EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech ControlMore:

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Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese Fishermen

aecbSeized Clams from Mengalum Island Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese Fishermen Here is a very troubling story out of Malaysia. According to The Star Online, a group of nine Vietnamese fishermen were arrested for illegally harvesting dozens of giant clams whose combined weight totalled nearly 20 metric tons (almost 44,000 pounds). The arrest is reportedly the first of its kind, but officials strongly believe that this isn’t the first incident for these fisherman, who were arrsted on Monday. The clams have a value of RM500,000, which roughly translates to somethine like $150,000 US, as their shells are valuable in the curio trade as well as in the cosmetics industry. The giant clams, which are probably of the species but could include several others, are obviously endangered and protected marine species that require specialized permitting to collect. It is even illegal to sell the clam shells without special permits. In addition to the fishermen, the boat company is also under investigation, as it is believed that they entered into a joint venture with the fishermen to harvest the clams MORE: Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese FishermenMore:

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Hydor Smart Level Control

2014 03 hydor smart level sensore livello 003 Hydor Smart Level ControlHydor has unveiled its new level controller Smart Level Control at the Interzoo fair in Nuremberg in 2012, since then it has been a controller appreciated all over the world. Hydor Smart Level Control is a fully electronic level controller. It can drive any pump that has a power consumption lesser than 50 watts, it could easily afford to drive almost all the return pump we use.… More:

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Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix-II DIMTEC T5HO Fixtures

c296Matrix II DIMTEC Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix II DIMTEC T5HO Fixtures Giesemann is one of the few companies out there that isn’t abandoning the tried and true T5HO technology, and in fact, they are still making groundbreaking strides that keep it totally relevant in a time dominated by LED light fixtures. Around a year ago, Giesemann revamped the look of their Matrixx T5HO fixtures to bring their aesthetics in line with their gorgeous Teszla and Futura LED products, and just a week ago they announced even more upgrades. The brand new Matrixx-II DIMTEC will share the same sleek look as its predecessor, but will also incorporate full Bluetooth connectivity that allows it to communicate with a variety of devices including personal computer, Macs, and Android powered devices. The user interface is provided by Giesemann’s own software package, which is very similar to the one used on the Futura LED system. The key selling features of the software include: Point to point multi-plot light cycle programming allowing smooth transitional lighting phases across an available 920 set points. Fully independent channel control over 2 – 4 channels dependent on light unit connected. Transitional color shift dependent on the mix of tubes across each channel. Fully adjustable cloud and weather simulations Fully adjustable lunar phases. Creation of dedicated user profiles MORE: Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix-II DIMTEC T5HO FixturesMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #177

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #177

The Evangelist drags her flunky along for yet another podcast about the reef-aquarium hobby. We spread the word this week about the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, phosphate removal with lanthanum chloride, Kathy’s Clowns and pipefish breeding, kalkwasser, dismantling and rebuilding a reef aquarium, and maintaining and designing plumbing. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #177More:

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