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Replay of The Question and Answer Session With Mr. Saltwater Tank on 4/21/2014

This week’s topic was my top 5 corals that won’t break the bank. Here’s the list: 

  • Montipora Undata (Montipora undata)
  • Montipora Setosa (Montipora setosa)
  • Zoanthids
  • Gorgonians
  • Meat Corals (Acanthophyllia deshayesiana)

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Rare, Deep Sea Octopus, Octopi, Cephalopod

8cabBaby Octopus web 457x305 Rare, Deep Sea Octopus, Octopi, CephalopodGood morning readers, feast your eyes on this tiny little octopus sp. found yesterday with our manned submersible at 640 feet!! He was spotted by the Smithsonian Institution walking around on the sand and at first glance they didn’t know what it was as it looked like a hermit crab from a distance. This beautiful little cephalopod is less then 3 inches in length (with arms out) and was flashing all different colors as we watched. Notice the brilliant blue stripes along the arms, talk about one sexy looking sea creature MOREMore:

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The Amazing World of Microscopic Pond Life Video

 Daniel Stoupin is determined to win the internet. He has already shown us how corals can make for some terrific subjects of time lapse photography, and his latest video shows how freshwater life can be just as interesting when displayed in a similar high def format. The clip shows an amazing world full of life, some of which looks like it would be right at home in the oceans or in our aquariums. It focuses on bryozoans, water fleas, mayfly nymphs, mosquito larvae, water mites, ostracods, and the amoeba…which looks extremely menacing in this video. To view this tiny pond life, Daniel used microscopy techniques and macro photography. Unlike the coral video, which used hundreds of thousands of still images to create a breathtaking time lapse, this video was made from a week’s worth of videography coupled with years of experience in finding and videoing these interesting critters. We don’t need to dive into the deep ocean to find the most unusual lifeforms. This short clip is a journey into a bizarre world of microscopic inhabitants of pond water. You will see water fleas, bryozoans, water mites, mayfly nymphs, ostracods, and, of course, hydras MORE: The Amazing World of Microscopic Pond Life VideoMore:

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Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, Crabs

9496Banded Clinging Crab 1 Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, CrabsHi friends, I have an algae covered Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus for your viewing pleasure today. This is a small crab less than an inch that is for the most part difficult to spot as they spend their lives hiding under the arms and in association with anemones, especially the giant anemone, Condylactis gigantea. They are very shy and will usually retreat into the protection of the anemones tentacles or under the anemone when approached. This one here I kind of snuck up on and cleverly waited for the anemones tentacles to move and then snap a photo. I have learned from trial and error that one usually only gets one shot and then he will slide down farther into the anemone, so make that first shot count MOREMore:

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How Big is Bite-Sized in Marine Aquarium Fish?

angler bite size 300x169 How Big is Bite Sized in Marine Aquarium Fish?A novice hobbyist once asked me whether there’s a particular “rule of thumb” with respect to the size of fish that can be kept in the same tank with a predatory fish, such as a lionfish or grouper. He’d heard somewhere that the other fish would need to be at least half the size of the predator, and he wanted to know if I could confirm this. I replied that there really isn’t any such rule that applies in all circumstances because predatory fish vary considerably in the size of prey they’ll attempt to consume as well as the “tools” they have at their disposal for dispatching them. Here are some factors that must be considered before pairing any predatory fish with a piscine tankmate: Are fish on the predator’s menu? Not all predatory fish include other fish in their natural diet. For example, many species that we keep in aquariums are zooplanktivores and are a threat only to the tiniest prey items—certainly not to other fish sharing their tank (unless you’ve got fish larvae in there, which is highly unlikely in a typical community tank). More: How Big is Bite-Sized in Marine Aquarium Fish?More:

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First Ever Fully Cultured Tridacna maxima Hits the Market

198fAcro Al Cultured Maxima Clam First Ever Fully Cultured Tridacna maxima Hits the Market Thanks to the extremely focused efforts of one individual, the world of Tridacnid clams has been completely changed. We’ve been following the work of one Australian “super aquarist” who goes by the name Acro Al. He has been breeding clams at his home for quite some time now, sharing much of his journey with fellow hobbyists on social media. And because we’re total clam junkies, we’re totally excited about the fact that his babies are getting old enough to hit the market. What makes the news even more exciting is that this is the first time that fully cultured maxima clams have ever been offered in the aquarium trade! To let the market fully dictate the price, this first individual, which is a total looker by the way, was posted in an online auction with a minimum reserve set at $250. The price quickly rose to well over $400 for this 40mm individual, which interestingly is about to turn one year old. The clam is not availalbe to purchase by US hobbyists, as the permitting and paperwork hoopla is far too difficult to overcome at this point, but it’s still groundbreaking news for the hobby. First fully aquacultured Maxima clam IN THE WORLD! Species: Tridacna Maxima (Röding, 1798) Batch No. MORE: First Ever Fully Cultured Tridacna maxima Hits the MarketMore:

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Juvenile Golden Coney, Cephalopholis fulva, Bass

ff05Juvenile Golden Coney 2 Juvenile Golden Coney, Cephalopholis fulva, BassHey gang, geez it’s 8:30pm!!! Talk about dropping the ball on the blog today, super sorry but I was so busy!! I took off to Blue Bay Resort with our friend Emma from Sweden at around 9:30am and spent around 2 hours doing a fun photo-shoot with her on the beach. I have been wanting to get more into photographing people and models (on land) and today was a perfect opportunity. We shot Emma holding beautiful conch shells, using Ikelite cameras, laying in the sand, on towels, with hermit crabs and on and on, it was super fun and I got some great photos to share, so stay tuned. Once I returned I met Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian and her and I went for one last round of beach combing as she flies back to the States early in the morning. MOREMore:

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Reef Octopus Elite Skimmers Add DC Controlled Pumps to Wine Glass Bodies

4491Reef Octopus Elite 220INT DC Skimmer Reef Octopus Elite Skimmers Add DC Controlled Pumps to Wine Glass Bodies What do you get when you combine the elegant shape of a wine glass bodied skimmer with the performance and controllability of a DC powered pump? The new Reef Octopus Elite skimmer, that’s what. Reef Octopus has taken their Prime protein skimmer line and given it a big boost with the addition of a DC pump, marrying two of the hottest features in protein skimmer technology into one product that is sure to perform. The RO Elite skimmer will come in two models, the 220-INT with a filtration capacity of 530-gallons and the 200-INT for aquariums 400-gallon and less. Both models will feature the popular wine-glass body, which is comprised of soft curves that gently bottleneck bubbles into the collection cup, along with tons of other nice features outline immediately below. Turbulence Reducing Super Cone Body Solid Cast Acrylic & Machined PVC Construction Bubble Dispersant Plate Vented Output Valve with Adjustment Dial Controllable RO-DC Pump “Twist & Lift” Collection Cup Efficient & Quiet Operation Disassembles for Easy Cleaning & Maintenance As for individual product specs, the largest of the two models is the 220-INT. It sports a 16.5″ x 12.2″ footprint and draws in air at a maximum rate of 2000 lph depending on the DC 5500s Pinwheel Pump’s settings. The smaller model, called the 200-INT, takes all of the same features and crams them down into a 15″ x 11.2″ footprint. It’s DC 3500s pump has an air draw of up to 1200 lph, but like its big brother, these numbers can be dialed back to fine tune performance. MORE: Reef Octopus Elite Skimmers Add DC Controlled Pumps to Wine Glass BodiesMore:

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