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Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014

Aquarium Nerd Travel Gear Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014
Below is a repost of our article: Ten Things Every Traveling Aquarium Nerd Should Pack With all of the aquarium industry focusing on MACNA this weekend, and thousands of hobbyists traveling to Denver for the show, we decided to throw together Continue reading → MORE: Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014More:

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Maxspect Riptide Black: Pictures and Pricing

reefs.comRiptide 300x300 Maxspect Riptide Black: Pictures and PricingTeaser pics of the black version have been released… with initial pricing! The black looks super slick, but the price point is unfortunately higher than I would’ve liked to have seen at “approximately $300″ for the 35w, 4,200 GPH unit. With that said the pricing is lower than somewhat comparable controllable units such as Vortechs and Tunzes. Build quality is still to be determined by this picky reefer, but they sure look better than I initially suspected. One thing I’m not concerned about is customer support, knowing first hand that Coralvue is already one of the best in the business.… More:

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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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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-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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The Return of the IceCap 660 Ballast

0ef9IceCap IC 660 Ballast The Return of the IceCap 660 Ballast
After a brief time away from the aquarium industry, IceCap is officially back in the game and they’re brining their most popular product back with them. The ever popular IceCap 660 ballast is the flagship product making its return to the lighting scene, and it will offer the same great quality and features that made it so popular to begin with. The 660 can fire VHO, PC or high output T5 light bulbs while running cooler than other ballasts while using 40% less electricity and burning 40% brighter. Single 660 ballast can run up to 4 lamps or 440watts and is fully dimmable for T12 style VHO bulbs. On top of that, the ballast is fully repairable and comes with a three year warranty. As for new features of the ballast, most things are unchanged from its predecessors, but will utilize higher quality, non lead “RoHS Compliant” integrated components that allow the ballast to run cooler, reduces the failure rate, and even makes them a little more environmentally friendly. Now, I do realize we stated that the ballast is making its return, but it should be noted that it really never quite went away. IceCap’s former VP Chris Conti went to CoralVue after the company shut it’s doors, and when he left, he took the IceCap 660 and other products with him. The 660 was rebranded under the CoralVue name, but it just wasn’t the same MORE: The Return of the IceCap 660 BallastMore:

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Fully captive bred Yellow tangs to go to market?

Yellow tang public domain square Fully captive bred Yellow tangs to go to market?Many aquarists and hobbyists alike look forward to the day when aquaculture farms are teeming with millions of colourful fish to help stock public aquariums rather than wild caught individuals fitting the bill.  The reason it’s not happening now with all the species, according to some who have tried rearing the elusive Yellow Tang, is that resources are limited and getting the juveniles past the 90 day mark is quite a feat. “Getting good survival of the larvae is the main problem, especially that first week,” said Syd Kraul, owner of Pacific Planktonics.  Kraul is currently raising flame angelfish, multicolor angelfish and yellow tang at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.   He reckons that the tang, in particular, is in high demand and very difficult to raise.  “Out of 10,000 eggs, you might get 200 to 300 larvae that survive the first week,” he said. “That’s not enough. By 90 days you won’t have any left.”  The 90-day point is when the fish change from clear to yellow and take up shelter in the rocks. Kraul has been raising aquarium fish since 2006 and now he thinks he finally has it figured out and hopes to offer yellow tang on a commercial basis within a year. “It’s no secret. It’s just about getting the right balance of food in the water,” he said. “Put in too much food and the fish are going to die. They need the food but they need clear water. That’s the challenge.” Oceanic Institute and Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center are two other facilities trying their hand at culturing aquarium fish so who knows, perhaps there’ll be a race to get the first fully captive-bred Yellow Tangs to market.  Keep your eyes peeled! For more information, go to: http://westhawaiitoday.com/… More:

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Reefkeeping is Seasonal – and You Can Reap the Rewards

summer hobby 300x169 Reefkeeping is Seasonal – and You Can Reap the RewardsIt may not seem apparent, but the reef aquarium hobby is highly seasonal. Compared to the winter months, there is almost no activity in the spring and summer. The industry as a whole slows down. I think this phenomenon has to do with the amount of time hobbyists are stuck inside. During the colder months, people spend more time indoors, and just being around the aquarium almost obligates additional maintenance and new additions. In nicer weather, people naturally spend more time outside and the tank gets a bit more neglected—out of sight, out of mind. Having said that, this theory really doesn’t explain warm-weather states like Texas or California, where it’s generally pleasant outside in December. The summer months slow down there too. Good deals can be had! More: Reefkeeping is Seasonal – and You Can Reap the RewardsMore:

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