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Aquarium Under Fire From PETA For After Hour Parties

 Who doesn’t like a good party? Well apparently not PETA. The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium has recently come under scrutiny from PETA. The animal welfare organization has expressed it’s concern due the aquariums 18 and older parties which are held at the aquarium after hours, the parties include music and pop up bars featuring alcoholic drinks. PETA alleges that because the animals would normally be resting during these after hours events, they are detrimental to the animals health. What are your thoughts? Should these events be stopped? Or is PETA overreactingMOREMore:

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This Is One Cool Beta Tank Design

cool tank This Is One Cool Beta Tank DesignThis is definitely not your average Beta tank. A collaboration between a designer and a glassblower has created quite the impressive Beta fish tank design. “Echappée,” or “Extension,” designed by Sebastien Cordoleani and Vincent Breed, is a different way of imagining beta fish tank utility. The tanks rippling, ‘bubbly’ effect is supposed to resemble a bubble of water and a flowing water effect. The aquarium was part of the show “15 Designers, 15 Artisans” held in France in December 2010. The participants all had 2 months to create the pieces of art, which had to fit into a 60 x 60 x 60 cm space. Of course its unclear how well this tank would actually function, but I think this would make a spectacular piece of tank art for any home. MOREMore:

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The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

fruit loops2 The Trouble with Coral Trade NamesThe reefkeeping hobby today is full of colorful trade names for corals, and it appears that, for better or for worse, the trend is here to stay. Tidal Gardens has plenty of corals with goofy names, so we are the last folks in the world who should be judgmental about the practice. As a seller, it is clear that named corals sell better than corals with a descriptive name such as “red and blue” coral. Higher prices and greater overall demand are incentive enough for sellers to continue naming corals. The other reason that coral naming continues is that it’s literally the number one most asked question we get. When customers ask, “What is that coral called?” they aren’t asking about the genus or species; they want to know “what it’s called.” Even if the vendor were to draw a line in the sand and say no more stupid names, the market is like the mafia. It will draw you right back in More: The Trouble with Coral Trade NamesMore:

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ORA White Bonnet Clownfish Now Available

8375ORA White Bonnet Clownfish1 ORA White Bonnet Clownfish Now Available
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4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium Fish

acclimation stage issues1 4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium FishWhen we consider the term “acclimation” as it relates to marine aquarium fish, we usually think of the relatively brief period during which—with the hobbyist’s help—they gradually adjust to the temperature, pH, and other water parameters in a new system. But in actuality, it takes several days to weeks after introduction for a fish to become fully acclimated to the conditions and other livestock in a new aquarium environment. It’s during this period that certain health and compatibility problems are most likely to arise, so hobbyists must be especially vigilant and take precautions to ensure their new aquatic charges adjust to their new digs successfully. Here are a few issues to watch for in those first crucial weeks: #1 The fatal leap Frightened fish have the potential to leap from an uncovered tank to their death at any time, but never are they more skittish and prone to jumping than during the first few days in a new tank—especially after lights out on that first night. Stands to reason, doesn’t it? After all, how would you feel if you were shoved unceremoniously into a room full of strangers, some of whom appear to resent your arrival, and before you could even get your bearings, someone suddenly shut off all the lights? You’d probably be pretty jumpy, too! Keeping the tank well covered is the most obvious solution to this problem, but it’s also helpful to arrange the rockwork so there are plenty of hiding places not already claimed by established residents, minimize human activity outside the tank, and provide a gradual change in the lighting scheme from daylight to dusk to dark. More: 4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium FishMore:

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Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliaris

689bGoldentail Moray Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliarisGood morning friends, I had another nice dive yesterday morning but failed in bringing back any new “fish face shots” which I am trying so hard to get at the moment. When I first went out I parked myself at another cleaning station but as hard as I tried could not get the shot I wanted and after 10 minutes gave up! I then moved on slowly down the reef staying at around 45 feet looking for anything new to post on the blog. I then came across this small Goldentail Moray eel, Gymnothorax miliaris that you see above poking his head out from behind a blade of fire coral and of course I had to stop. These beautiful eels are one of the most curious and easiest to photograph of all the morays in the Caribbean, it’s like they love the camera! This one here may have seen his reflection in my dome or just wanted to come out and say hi, he was so cool MOREMore:

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Unboxed: EcoTech Radion XR15w Pro

IMG 1882 300x199 Unboxed: EcoTech Radion XR15w Pro Widely regarded as market leaders in LED lighting technology for reef aquaria, EcoTech’s products are some of the most advanced and desirable available to today’s hobbyist. With a line-up that is constantly evolving to incorporate the very latest technology, we use this review to take a preliminary look at their latest and most compact LED light to date – the Radion XR15w Pro. So, getting hands-on with this unit, we are immediately impressed with the quality of presentation. The slick packaging presents the tile with beautiful simplicity and the supporting materials included reflect this. To be honest we feel like we are excitedly unpacking the latest tablet or computer peripheral rather than an aquarium item! Anyway, the light is literally More: Unboxed: EcoTech Radion XR15w ProMore:

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New Study: Aquarium Sawfish Learn To Swim With Current

sawfish 1 New Study: Aquarium Sawfish Learn To Swim With Current Largetooth sawfish are listed as critically endangered. The sawfish had been kept in aquariums for conservation. However, once the sawfish were released, it was hard to track their progress. Recently, ten sawfish were tracked in a study to see what happened when the sawfish were released after being in aquariums versus sawfish that were in the wild. Five sawfish were caught, tagged and immediately released, where as the other five were placed in an aquarium for 6 months, then tagged and released. The wild sawfish would swim with the current over 90 percent of the time. However, initially, the aquarium sawfish would swim against the current. After 24 hours, the aquarium sawfish also began to swim with the current. Its important to keep studying and tracking this marvelous fish, with hopes we can get them out of the critically endangered status and use aquariums for a conservation purpose to aid in this process. MOREMore:

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