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Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing

46b2Fish Shaming Bully Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing Apparently, there’s such a thing as fish shaming. In this interesting act of internet virality, an aquarium owner posts conceivably embarrassing messages about their fish. While the comedy of humiliating fish on the internet may be lost on some (or likely most) people out there, believe me when I say that it’s the perfect message for an aquarium keeper. In the images shown above and below, which were taken from the Tumblr page Distinct Memory, the fish were apparently overly aggressive toward tankmates, inflicting some sort of damage or death that the aquarist was tired of. The hobbyist then used the power of social media to let the world know of the fish’s bad behavior. And while the fish obviously aren’t really even aware of what’s going on, we got quite a chuckle from this fish shaming and would love to see it expanded towared more of our salty pets as well. Just image, shaming that “reef safe” angelfish for nipping at all the clams or humiliating a clownfish for trying to host a water pump. The possibilities are endless. MORE: Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real ThingMore:

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Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation Fail

aquarium Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation FailPublic aquariums are supposed to protect animals and promote conservation. This sad news from the Taraporewala Aquarium in Mumbai, India is the antithesis of all that public aquariums stand for. Currently, over 270 fish and 38 turtles who were previous residents are now at the Versova fisheries center, without any handler or appropriate care.The animals were moved to the fisheries center in March 2012, when the Taraporewala Aquarium underwent renovation work. While the renovations were supposed to be completed in 2013, leaky tanks and other structural inadequacies delayed the project. It is still unclear when the renovations will be complete. In the meanwhile, these poor animals are being held without anyone to care for them. To date, more than 30 animals have died and the conditions reported, included fish being attacked by crows in open ponds, are grave.  MOREMore:

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The Sturdy but Shy Marine Betta

marine betta2 The Sturdy but Shy Marine BettaWith its dark-brown body covered with a myriad of tiny white to pale-blue dots, the marine betta, a.k.a comet (Calloplesiops altivelis) is truly a dazzling sight to behold. Start out with a healthy specimen, and you’ll find it’s also a fairly hardy and rugged species despite its somewhat delicate appearance and shy nature. But success with this Indo-Pacific species demands thoughtful selection of tankmates, an appropriate aquarium environment, and oftentimes considerable patience. Physical traits The maximum reported size for this species is around 8 inches. In addition to its night-sky color and patterning, C. altivelis has long dorsal and anal fins that meet the caudal fin. A prominent ocellus, or eye spot, appears at the base of the dorsal fin, just ahead of the caudal peduncle, while the fish’s true eyes blend in cleverly with the body coloration. Combined, these characteristics make it difficult to determine whether the marine betta is coming or going. More: The Sturdy but Shy Marine BettaMore:

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Shark Shields For Sale In Florida

 Here’s another one to add to the “only found in Florida” list… Shark Shield’s. This Australian invention is only available in one store in the US, and its located in Tampa Bay. The shark shield is worn around the ankle, or put on the back of a surfboard, with an antenna which faces towards the back of the swimmer or surfboard. The device uses an antenna which emits electrode signals, which claim to deter sharks in the area by creating an underwater electric field. The device does not harm the sharks, according to Shark Shields General Manager Amanda Wilson, “[Shark Shield] doesn’t cause any long-term damage. [Shark Shield] just causes the muscular contraction of their snout. As soon as they’re outside of the field, that spasm stops.” The device costs about $600.00. Although it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, I can see this bringing plenty of peace of mind to divers and scuba divers who spend a lot of time in the water.  MOREMore:

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Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion Lineup

171dtive Marine Fusion 10 Gallon Livestock 150x150 Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion LineupInnovative Marine is living up to their namesake this week with the announcement of the most well-equipped all-in-one nano aquariums on the market. They are bolstering their Nuvo Fusion lineup, going a little smaller to target those hobbyists who enjoy a beautiful yet insanely functional desktop sized aquarium. The new models will include the Fusion Nano 10 and 20, and despite their size, they will enjoy all of the same features of their larger brethren. That means a 10 and 20 gallon tank with low iron glass (an industry first as far as we know), mesh screen top to keep fish in, built-in overflows, a rubber leveling mat, and some impressive rear chamber filtration. And you know what the real shocker is…the tanks start at just $99. But the fun doesn’t stop there. As IM has done in the past with other aquariums, the lineup has been given access to some really awesome third-party upgrades. MORE: Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion LineupMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #191

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #191

We have returned once again to do that podcasting thing that has become our habit. This week we talk about MACNA, Christine’s Project Oceanology trip, tools you should have, plumbing, and “vacation fish.” Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #191

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In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!

close not enough2 In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!When it comes to achieving success with a marine aquarium, there’s a certain “X Factor” that comes into play—the hobbyist’s attention to detail. Let’s face it, some of us are pretty focused on making sure every parameter, measurement, calculation, and setting is spot on, while others tend to be a bit more, well, lackadaisical in their approach. Admittedly, my natural tendency is toward the latter. I guess you could say I’m more “big picture” focused than detail-oriented. But I’ve found over the years that my usual “close enough” thinking is not a terrific asset in this hobby, so I have to work hard to be more diligent and precise. Here are just a few examples of when “close enough” thinking doesn’t pay in our hobby: Matching fish to tank size “Hmm, says here a clown triggerfish needs at least a 135-gallon tank. My 100-gallon should be close enough. After all, it’s only a difference of 35 gallons!” Sound familiar More: In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!More:

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Hot Summer, Cool Seahorses: Cooling The Seahorse Aquarium

Hot Seahorses Desert Hot Summer, Cool Seahorses: Cooling The Seahorse Aquarium
Summer’s here, and seahorse aquarists are starting to see tank temperatures rise. Seahorses, are particularly vulnerable to warmer temperatures , so for many seahorse aquarists, even moderate heat can lead to a mad dash to lower the water temperature. The consequences of warm water can be deadly for seahorses. Bacteria spread at a faster rate in warmer water, so the warmer it gets, the more likely you are to see illness pop up in your aquarium. Another often overlooked problem is that warmer water holds less oxygen, stressing out the inhabitants of your aquarium. This tends to be worse for seahorses than other fish due to their lobed gill structure. Fans, your first line of defense Often, open tops with fans blowing across the water is enough to drop temp a few degrees. This works by evaporative cooling. Removing tops, and placing a fan so it blows across the water will make More: Hot Summer, Cool Seahorses: Cooling The Seahorse AquariumMore:

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