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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. 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 #190More:

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Authorities End Search For Missing Doctor Diving At Tiger Beach

tiger 300x199 Authorities End Search For Missing Doctor Diving At Tiger Beach Doctor John Petty, 63 years old, was one of eight individuals who went to Tiger Beach for Shark Diving last Sunday. Tiger Beach in the Bahamas is one of the first destinations that offered cageless shark diving. Tiger Beach is a world known diving destination that attracts tons of visitors yearly. The water is baited with chum before the divers submerge, often times without a cage. Petty was part of a multi-day exursion lead by Jim Abernethy Scuba Adventures (JASA).… More:

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Mat Roy leaves Living Color

10171300 10152349479978908 5062828833889193980 n 199x300 Mat Roy leaves Living ColorNews that Mat Roy, President of Living Color and co-star of Fish Tank Kings on Nat Geo WILD is leaving his position at the company was quite a surprise to me. Having worked with the man for years, I know it was a difficult decision for him to leave the largest custom aquarium exhibit builder in the country, a company that he spent 20 years building.  … More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #189

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #189
This week we talk a lot about seahorses.After our unplanned week off we return to talk about seahorses, screen tops, cooling tanks in summer, and a new overflow kit. 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 #189More:

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Scientists Close To Discovering Cause of Starfish Wasting Epidemic

starfish Scientists Close To Discovering Cause of Starfish Wasting EpidemicThe Starfish Epidemic has been sweeping through the West Coast since 2014, the cause has been unknown so far. it has decimated the starfish population. I have written about ‘Starfish Wasting’ this year a few times, watching the disease spread further and further along the West Coast. The symptoms are synonymous with what you would expect with such a name, the Starfish literally look wasted away, with arms falling off or starting to separate and the starfish appearing milky or mushy.… More:

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My Boyfriend Gave Me Crabs

reefs.comMBGMC My Boyfriend Gave Me CrabsAfter being in the hobby or industry for a while we become very aware of how much our aquariums will directly impact relationships, particularly concerning significant others. At 28 years old, and 12 years of salt creep under my belt, many relationships have gone by the wayside with several of them being directly correlated to aquaria. “You love your stupid corals more than me!” is a term I’ve had yelled at me more than once. Being the giant reef nerd that I am, perusing various forums is all in a days work for me. I stumbled across this thread a while back and asked the original poster if I could share it with a wider audience. Without further ado, I present “My Boyfriend Gave Me Crabs”: My Boyfriend has two great loves in his life: his children, and his fish. Ok, so maybe that’s a little exaggerated, because I know he loves me, but I am pretty sure I’m not that far off. For fifteen years my guy has dedicated himself to learning about aquariums, saltwater and reef tanks, fish, corals, and reef conservation. For the last fifteen years, I have…not.  Seeing the warning signs
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Reef Threads Podcast #188

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #188 A colony photographed by the folks at Coral Morphologic.This week we’re joined by Colin Foord of Coral Morphologic. Colin has been in the news lately because of his efforts to save corals that were living in the Government Cut shipping channel in Miami, FL. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun a project to make that channel wider and deeper and were going to destroy corals that have adapted to that very different environment. Colin took steps to save them and, this week, tells the story of his efforts and what he’s doing with the corals he’s saved. 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 #188More:

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5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer Espouse

aquarium misconceptions 300x169 5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer EspouseCasting my mind back on my early days as a marine aquarium keeper, it’s funny how some of my stances on various aspects of the hobby have, shall we say, evolved in the intervening years. Of course, these changing opinions have led to different ways of doing things—and different ways of dispensing advice. Here are just a few examples (experienced salties, see if any of these sound familiar to you): 1) Quarantine is an extravagance I used to think quarantining new specimens was more of a luxury than a necessity. Besides, despite my failure to quarantine, I somehow got lucky and managed to sneak by with no major disease problems for quite some time. Oh, what a naïve fool I was! No one could have convinced me that I was playing a game of Russian roulette and running out of empty chambers. It took (wait for it!) an outbreak of Cryptocaryon to achieve that. There’s nothing like the sight of all your prized fish dashing around the tank and scraping their bodies on the rockwork to change your mind about the importance of quarantine! 2) Live rock hitchhikers should be eradicated with extreme prejudice More: 5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer EspouseMore:

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