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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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Review: Bio Aquatek Bio-Phos 80 Phosphate Media and Reactor

bio phos 80 phosphate reactor 300x300 Review: Bio Aquatek Bio Phos 80 Phosphate Media and Reactor Anyone using chemical media on their reef system will almost certainly have delved into the wonderful world of fluidising reactors at some point. There’s something mesmerising about seeing your chosen media churning and swirling, happily doing its job. More importantly of course, fluidisation is also a great way to avoid ‘caking’ and to make sure you get the best efficiency out of your media (as opposed to ‘passive’ use, in a mesh bag for example). It’s more than likely that this research hasn’t left you with a clear ‘winner’ though, indeed uncertainties about reactor sizing, pumps, volume, construction, plumbing options and the like often result in something of a ‘hopeful’ purchase. In this review we aim to take some of the guess work out of this buying process by bringing you one of our ‘hands on’ reviews. On this occasion we have a neat little reactor that we’ve been after since seeing a demo More: Review: Bio Aquatek Bio-Phos 80 Phosphate Media and ReactorMore:

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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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The Ascent to MACNA 2014 Is Near!

pre macna2 The Ascent to MACNA 2014 Is Near!In just about three weeks, we here at Saltwater Smarts (and thousands of other saltwater aquarists from around the US and world) will ascend to The Mile-High City for MACNA (Marine Aquarium Conference of North America) 2014! This first-ever MACNA to take place in beautiful downtown Denver is being held at the Colorado Convention Center from August 29 through 31. If you attended or heard anything about MACNA 2013 in South Florida, you know the show was a resounding success. This years migration to Denver puts the 2014 event in the very capable hands of CORAL (Colorado Organization for Reef & Aquatic Life) and promises to be one of the best events yet. So what is MACNA? The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America is the longest-running marine aquarium conference in North America. Each year, the event moves to a different host city and the organizational responsibilities are given to a local host club. The conference itself is part educational symposium, part trade show, and part social gathering. With such a dynamic event, you can expect the attendees to be just as dynamic. The attendance ranges from hobbyists to marine scientists and LFS owners to industry professionals More: The Ascent to MACNA 2014 Is Near!More:

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Marine Aquarium Contingencies I Never Anticipated

harmful algal bloom1 Marine Aquarium Contingencies I Never AnticipatedIf you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard about the massive Microcystis algae outbreak that is currently affecting the western basin of Lake Erie and, from this past Friday until around 9:30 this morning, rendered the tap water in Toledo, Ohio and many surrounding communities unsafe to drink. Toledo just happens to be home to yours truly, and “Caribbean Chris” just happens to live in one of those surrounding communities. My wife and I first learned of this most unusual water emergency at the tail end of our vacation in Florida. Our teenage son and daughter, who are now way too old and cool to travel with Mom and Dad, broke the news via text message. My first thought was, “Thank heaven we’ve stockpiled plenty of clean drinking water that the kids can use (I guess you could say we’re preppers of a sort—though not the wild-eyed, catapult-building, planning-for-Armageddon type). My second thought was, “Hmm, I wonder what this means for my aquariums.” The same question occurred to Chris. So many questions, so few answers Is microcystin (the toxin produced by Microcystis) harmful to marine fish and/or invertebrates? More: Marine Aquarium Contingencies I Never AnticipatedMore:

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Reef-A-Palooza Heading to New York in 2015

04cbReef A Palooza New York Reef A Palooza Heading to New York in 2015 Reef-A-Palooza, one of the most attended aquarium trade show in the US, is looking to conquer another state. The show originated in California, headed east to sunny Florida, and now makes the trek north to New York. There is absolutely zero info about the show at this point, besides a date and an address, but we are sure that this event will be just as massive and successful as the other two Reef-A-Palooza events. If the other shows are any indication of how the New York version will be, then we can expect the same $15 admission fee (kids 12 and under are free), tons of aquarium equipment and livestock vendors, a boatload of family friendly activities, and a bevy of industry hardened guest speakers. Again, none of this has been released, and what little info we could find came from the show’s Facebook page. We will keep updating the blog, however, as those finer details emerge. Update: We did find a location for RAP New York. It will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center located at 355 Plaza Dr in Secaucus, New Jersey MORE: Ree-A-Palooza Heading to New York in 2015More:

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New Dosing Pumps on the Way from IceCap

518eIceCap Liquid Dosing Pump New Dosing Pumps on the Way from IceCap The IceCap brand is continuing its expansion with the release of their new single channel dosing pump. Based on the popular peristaltic pump design, the IceCap Liquid Dosing Pump is great for adding all sorts of supplements to your aquarium, including two-part supplements, kalkwasser solutions, top off water, and pretty much any other type of liquid. The pump will be offered in the form of a master unit, seen above, and a slave unit that presumably lacks the onboard controls. Instead of those controls, it will receive all of its operating instructions from the master unit, and up to four units can be linked together. The Liquid Dosing Pump can dose anywhere from 1-99ml of solution per cycle, with a maximum of one cycle per hour and a minimum of one per nine days. As for other features, the dosing pumps have a Delayed Mode Operation which prevents the dispersal of liquid whenever the unit loses power, being especially useful when more than one dosed is being used. Additionally, the doser can be calibrated in order to keep up with its accuracy and it even has a service door latch that makes maintenance quick and easy. MORE: New Dosing Pumps on the Way from IceCapMore:

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Interzoo 2014: Ecotech Marine and the Radion Mounting System

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The Ecotech Marine booth was showing off the Radion Xr30w G3 PRO, the incredible ReefLink, and last but not least, the Radion Mounting System.… More:

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