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Super Saturday Live Sale!

live sale cherry corals flyer - reefsOur good friends at Cherry Corals will be opening up their vaults and hosting a live sale event this weekend on  You can find the sale here: Live Sale Event The online retailer is one of the nation’s largest propagators of premium aquacultured corals; their mantra is: “If it’s not HOT, it’s not here!”. They will be hosting the sale tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb 6, from 6:00 pm to Midnight (EST), and over 400 of their finest frags will be made available to the public, including a large selection of $1, $5, and $20 frags. This will be a great event, with T-Shirt giveaways and a $250 grand prize. As always, the live sale system includes a real-time chat venue as well as a coral purchasing system that is as much fun to use as a video game. You can interact with your hosts and other buyers while you snap up some of the finest corals on the market.… More:

Otter Bowl at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday time. Whether you are rooting for the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos, its bound to be a fun filled and exciting day. Even if your not into sports, the half-time commercials certainly prove entertaining. But if the Super Bowl really isn’t your thing, maybe the Monterey Bay Aquarium Otter Bowl is more your style. The Monterey Bay Aquarium hosted their first ever Otter Bowl in anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday. The aquarium created their own football field for the otters to get their game on.… More:

First Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo Coming Soon!

Northwest Ohioans finally get a frag swap and marine expo in their home territoryAs a long-time hobbyist in northwest Ohio (Hey, I can at least claim that for the rest of this week, then I’m a Floridian), I’m accustomed to traveling outside the region for frag swaps and events of appreciable size. NW Ohio is located within reach of regular events held in northeast Ohio, central Ohio, and southern Michigan but hasn’t been home to a swap capable of drawing in many folks (and vendors) from outside the area. Now I realize becoming a road warrior is the fate of many a reef hobbyist, but with the amount of hobbyists who call northwest Ohio home, it seemed inevitable that someday we would have a marquee event. Well that day is almost upon us! On February 13, will host their first annual Marine Expo in Bowling Green, Ohio. With Buckeye Reef founder Jesse Lambdin and founding member Joe Perkins at the helm, the long-planned event earned the “expo” moniker through their long-term desire to build something more than the traditional frag swap.This first annual event will kick of with guest speaker, and Saltwater Smarts’ very own, Jeff Kurtz. He’ll be expounding upon Marine Aquarium Success in the Information Age

Make More Flow, Get Free Glow!

WAV starter kit offer - reefs Neptune Systems and Unique Corals have just announced a great new promotion: from now until June 30, 2016, buy a WAV Starter Kit from any authorized US retailer and get one of three pre-selected coral packs, valued at $100, from Unique Corals absolutely FREE!… More:

Aquatic Creations Big Raffle

aquatic creations tank - reefsIf you live near or are planning on visiting New Hampshire any time in the next couple of months, make sure to stop in to Aquatic Creations in Amherst. The family-owned shop carries, in their words, “quality aquarium products and equipment. From frozen foods to filters, rare and unusual salt and freshwater live stock, as well as hard to find reef specialty items, we have everything you need and more at great prices!” But the biggest draw right now? They have just announced their 5th annual Aquatic Creations Big Raffle. Past years’ prizes have included a Radion light fixture, a rimless 57-gallon aquarium and stand combo, an ATI T5 dimmable sunpower light fixture with selection of tubes, and a trip to Florida to go on a collection trip with Diver Tom. This year, the raffle prize is awesome: a trip to the Long Island Aquarium, in Riverhead, New York. The prize includes admission for two to the world-renowned facility, a guided behind-the-scenes tour, a shark dive with gopro video, and a one-night stay at the beautiful Hyatt Place hotel, located just steps away from the aquarium. Starting tomorrow, January 26, customers will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $50.00 they spend in the store. The raffle runs until 5:00 pm on April 9th, and the winner will be drawn at 12:00 pm on April 10th. Good luck everyone!… More:

Giant Barrel Sponges, Xestospongia muta

Good morning from rainy overcast Curacao! Check out these monster sized Giant Barrel Sponges, Xestospongia muta that we found at 70 feet on our drift dive from the Sea Aquarium house reef to the Substation house reef. The barrel sponge at the top is the largest at around six feet tall with a good two and half foot wide opening, these are truly exceptional specimens! As we passed we watched a single Foureye Butterflyfish swim in and out of the bottom sponge pecking at small amounts of algae from around the inside of the sponge without a care in the world.  The giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta) is the largest species of sponge found growing on Caribbean coral reefs. It is common at depths greater than 10 metres (33 ft) down to 120 metres (390 ft) and can reach a diameter of 1.8 metres (6 feet).

Meet the People Who are Rebuilding the Reefs

From the boat, there’s nothing remarkable about the place — just choppy water and a white mooring ball, a few miles offshore. But once we’re underwater, I can see the rows and rows of PVC trees, suspended above the sand in a grid that stretches away into the distant murk. This is a coral nursery. Each tree bears a ripening crop of a hundred or more pieces of coral. The smallest fragments are pinkie-sized, twirling on their tethers as other divers kick by; the largest hang like many-limbed chandeliers, turning slowly in the current. When I get closer, I can see the individual polyps, the anemone-like creatures that make up each fragmented colony. Nestled in the crenellated openings in their solid skeletons, they

Northern Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Inc. to hold first ever inaugural MACA


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Inaugural MACA 2015.

 November 2015 will see the inaugural pilot launch of Australia’s very first Marine Aquarium Conference (MACA). The conference aims to bring together home hobbyists, industry leaders, scientists, curators and a whole spectrum of regional and international talents in this first ever event. MACA 2015 will make its debut in the vibrant and postcard perfect city of Cairns, Queensland Australia. … More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.