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AZA’s Releases Winners Of 2014′s Most Innovative Exhibits

The Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums (AZA), founded in 1924, is a non-profit organization focused on conservation, education and advancement of aquariums and zoo’s. What is not to like about that mission? Working at public aquariums is how i got started in the aquatic industry and how my love for the hobby began and flourished, I have much respect for the AZA.  Last month, the AZA hosted their annual Honors and Awards Event in Orlando, Florida. chesnee AZAs Releases Winners Of 2014s Most Innovative Exhibits The event honors outstanding institutions and members of the aquarium and zoo community with a variety of different awards. Included in the event is the award for compelling exhibit. The AZA states that the award ‘recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit display by an AZA institution.’ To have been considered for the 2014 award, the exhibit must have been opened during 2012 and 2013 calendar year. Applications were considered by the AZA before being chosen. This years award winners included  The Fresno Chaffee Zoo for their Sea Lion Cove, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo‘s Encounter Africa and The Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU. These diverse and exciting exhibits were honored for engaging and inspiring guests. Certainly well done and a few more reasons to make a zoo travel plan this year to incorporate these awesome exhibits. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #202

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #202 Reef animals thrive when the nutrient levels are properly managed.This week Craig Bingman joins us to discuss nutrients, one of the most important facets of reef-aquarium keeping. Don’t miss this one. It will help you better understand what goes on in your water and why you may or may not be having problems. 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 #202More:

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Fincasters Episode 45 Meet Thomas Vision Reef

 The host of Tank Wars and other great You Tube aquarium features talks about his next project and more. More: Fincasters Episode 45 Meet Thomas Vision ReefMore:

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Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named ‘Sea Hero Of The Year’

dove Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named Sea Hero Of The YearA big congratulations to Ken Nedimyer, who has been named ‘Sea Hero of the Year’ by Scuba Diving and Oris Watches USA. Having had the pleasure of working with Kevin during his appearance on Fish Tank Kings and Fluval’s Coral Restoration Sponsorship, I believe that this award could not have gone to a better person. He has devoted years to promoting the conservation of coral reefs. Starting out his career as a fisherman and collector in the 1980′s, Ken noticed many corals in the Keys were dying. Kens passion became a mission to protect our coral reefs. Eventually Ken started the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a non profit conservation organization dedicated ‘to creating off shore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species’. CRF is the leader in producing Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral. This most recent accolade only adds to his previous awards, which include being named CNN Hero in 2012. Ken is truly an inspiration to us all. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #201

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #201 We didn’t quit at 200. We’re back for more. This week we talk about equipment redundancy and backups, pyrosomes, comb jellies, refugiums, and buying animals online. Don’t forget to go to our Facebook page and tell us how you listen to the podcasts. The standout entry will win a free Coral magazine subscription. 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 #201More:

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Having Crabs is a Good Thing for Coral

Smithsonian scientist Seabird McKeon, along with the museum’s predoctoral fellow Jenna Moore of the Florida Museum of Natural History, have published new research highlighting the importance of reef diversity and how symbiotic crabs can help defend against coral predators. “We found that diversity in both species and size of coral guard-crabs is needed to adequately fend off coral predators,” said McKeon. “It is an example of how biodiversity is crucial to conserving reef environments and the essential resources they provide for thousands of species, including humans.” coral crab 300x275 Having Crabs is a Good Thing for CoralSymbiotic relationships like those between an acropora crab and its colony are something we as hobbyists are well aware of, yet our opinions on the benefits between host and guest in a captive enviroment remain divided. This research shows just how important the relationships are to a natural environment, with Moore adding: “Seemingly small differences among crabs guarding their coral homes can have big effects on coral survival. “Not only does the level of protection provided vary by species, but the smallest crabs were defending the coral from coral-eating snails, a threat that larger crabs ignored.” Read more here!… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #200

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #200

This week we celebrate our 200th podcast.This week we reach a major milestone with our 200th Reef Threads podcast. To help us celebrate, we’re joined by Rich Ross, Ben Johnson, and Jeremy. This week we talk about various aspects of the hobby and what lies ahead for us. 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 #200

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Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes Set-up and Review- Polyp Lab

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I have used this carbon product from Polyp Lab for 6 months. The Nitra-Guard Cubes do a good job at eliminating nitrates and phosphates. BIO-Cubes are made from 100% biologically degradable polymers that effectively remove both nitrates and phosphates from both marine and freshwater systems. BIO-Cubes have a very high surface area and contains 400% more carbohydrates than any other brand, making it the best product of it’s kind in the world. MORE: Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes Set-up and Review- Polyp LabMore:

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