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Florida’s Reefs Go Digital

 I’ve written about it before here, but Google Map, thanks to Catlin Seaview Survey, is coming to an underwater reef near you. Eventually, our reefs will be documented in the same way as our streets are. This is a remarkable feet in being able to capture and study the health of our Ocean’s reef in a level that was not achievable before this technology. Up until now, the camera’s have focused on underwater reefs outside the United States. I am happy to say that a place near to my heart, the Florida Keys, will be the first American Reef to be photographed and available for underwater viewing. MOREMore:

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Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 2

ozone2 2 Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 2In the first installment of this series, we examined the confirmable uses of ozone gas in the home aquarium. We saw ozone having a positive effect on the nitrogen cycle and doing a great job creating ultra-clear water conditions by breaking up suspended particles. We also examined the biggest myth of using ozone—that it will sterilize your water. It is true that ozone will kill bacteria, but we use ozone at a level far below what is required to kill the majority of bacteria. Today we will look at the most common means of using ozone in the home aquarium and how to select the right system for creating and applying ozone. Ozone is created by intense electrical discharges. In nature, that means lightning bolts. At home, we can also create ozone by using an electrical discharge device (imagine a spark plug and a current jumping the gap as air passes over it). Skimmer injection Ozone is a gas at room temperature, which makes injecting it into your skimmer an ideal application method. A skimmer draws air into its chamber at such an angle as to maximize contact time with the water More: Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 2More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #194

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #194

Arm of a basket starfish.This week we talk about something for beginners and something for veterans. The beginner segment is mistakes to a avoid and the veteran segment is what to think about before turning your hobby into a business. We also learn that some people go to reef events carrying their own autograph pen so that they’re at the ready when a signature is requested. 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 #194

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Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1

ozone1 1 Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1The use of ozone in home aquaria is far from a new idea. In fact, 20+ years ago, ozone was commonly used by both public aquaria and hobbyists alike. I experimented with the use of ozone on my classroom system a little over a decade ago. However, the system I invested in was of very poor quality. We had two probes fail in less than a year, and the monitor indicated that our generator had also failed to continue to generate the gas. Needless to say, I dropped out of ozone, having experienced mixed results at best. Fast forward to three years ago More: Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #193

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Everyone should have a specie tank that’s home to a Pygmy Tuberculated Angler. All of the other fish we talked about are already sold. Sorry.It was a whim and we went with it. We trashed everything we were planning to talk about, fired up the Live Aquaria Diver’s Den page and geeked out about fish for 50 minutes. We had fun. Hope you enjoy listening. 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 #193

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Caribbean Reef Squids, Baby Reef Squids

a8d13 Squids Caribbean Reef Squids, Baby Reef SquidsHi gang, I have been busy getting my blue-light equipment ready for a night-dive tonight with Aimee. We usually wait till around 7:30 or 8:00 before we jump in the sea that way all the nocturnal creatures have time to crawl out giving us better odds of finding them. Tonight we are in search of a little fish (blenny or Goby) that hides in the open polyps of corals. Twice now we came back with photos and after viewing them on the computer realized that there is a fish in there as well, so tonight with Aimee’s help we will try to just find him and get a nice macro shot. As fun as the blue-light dives are they require a lot of additional work before the dive like setting up the camera, getting the yellow glasses and search lights ready and making sure the dive gear is good to go. Once underwater it’s always worth the effort and the dive itself goes by super fast MOREMore:

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Maxspect Riptide Black: Pictures and Pricing

reefs.comRiptide 300x300 Maxspect Riptide Black: Pictures and PricingTeaser pics of the black version have been released… with initial pricing! The black looks super slick, but the price point is unfortunately higher than I would’ve liked to have seen at “approximately $300″ for the 35w, 4,200 GPH unit. With that said the pricing is lower than somewhat comparable controllable units such as Vortechs and Tunzes. Build quality is still to be determined by this picky reefer, but they sure look better than I initially suspected. One thing I’m not concerned about is customer support, knowing first hand that Coralvue is already one of the best in the business.… More:

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Red Sea to Host Product Workshop at FJW Aquarium in Houston

d792Red Sea Logo Red Sea to Host Product Workshop at FJW Aquarium in Houston We love aquarium related workshops, whether they be some sort of husbandry demo, a product showcase, or anything that spreads the good word of the hobby. We especially love them when the events are local. Such is the case for a Red Sea workshop that will be hosted at one of our favorite Houston area fish stores, FJW Aquarium. The event is still a little ways away, being hosted on September 20th from noon to 4pm. Like many events, this workshop will also feature awesome deals on livestock and equipment, as well as raffle prizes and other attractions that will bring in local hobbyists in droves. As we said, the workshop will take place at FJW Aquarium, located at 3839 Mangum Road in Houston, Texas. More details about the event will unfold on the FJW Facebook announcement, linked to above. A representative, or representatives, from Red Sea will be in-house doling out the goods on all of their latest gear, presenting a great opportunity for users to become more familiar with their dosing systems and other popular products. MORE: Red Sea to Host Product Workshop at FJW Aquarium in HoustonMore:

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