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Is the Internet a Viable Resource for Marine Aquarium Research?

Virtually since the advent of the internet, there’s been a tendency in our hobby to rate the reliability and trustworthiness of online content beneath that of print-format materials—books, magazines, and so forth. But is this assessment really fair?The general premises behind this viewpoint are: Anyone with a computer and internet connection can post anything they want online, whether or not he or she has the requisite expertise to expound on the subject. Online articles and posts are seldom given professional editorial treatment and/or subjected to peer review, so you can’t trust that they’ve been vetted properly for accuracy. There tends to be an “echo-chamber effect” online, so inaccurate or outright fallacious information appearing on one site can be picked up immediately by others and repeated ad nauseam, creating the false impression of consensus on the information/viewpoint. Now, there’s truth to each of these arguments, but as someone who’s made his living as a writer/editor for nearly 20 years (primarily in print format) and once served on an editorial committee that reviewed book submissions for a major retail pet chain, I can say with some confidence that print materials have their limitations as reference sources, too. Among them: Just as with online materials, print books and magazines are no more reliable or accurate than the writers and editors who produce them. You can’t assume that just because someone went to the effort to produce something in hardcopy, the information it contains was properly vetted.

Friends don’t let friends skip coral dip…

austin coral dip 1 - reefsHate is a strong word. A word that I rarely, if ever, use. But I hate coral predators! These pesky little bugs can ruin years of work, bring grown reefers to their knees in tears and cause thousands upon thousands of [polyp] lives and dollars lost. One way to help prevent coral pests is dipping, which can be done in so many ways it’s hard to wrap a new reefers mind around.… More:

TripAdvisor announces Traveler’s Choice Zoo’s and Aquariums 2015

oceanario-de-lisboaIt’s that time of year again… TripAdvisor announces Traveler’s Choice Zoo’s and Aquariums. The number one aquarium in the United States this year is the Georgia Aquarium, while the number one aquarium in the World goes to Oceanario de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. … More:

CMAS Frag Swap 2015

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/coralfish12g In this CoralFish12g video I take a trip to the CMAS, Chicago Marine Aquarium Society Frag Swap. There were a lot of vendors and plenty of people to meet. Marc Levenson was the guest speaker and it was overall a very cool event.

Rock Flower Anemone Collection! CRAZY HD

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/coralfish12g My Instagram Page: https://instagram.com/coralfish12g/ Frost Nguyen AznNutty's SaltwaterConnections SaltwaterConnections@hotmail.com These are beautiful rock flower anemones. Frost Nguyen had these at his vendor booth at the CMAS Frag Swap in Chicago.

Hammer Heaven Reef Tank – Absolutely STUNNING!

FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/coralfish12g Instagram Link: http://instagram.com/coralfish12g In this CoralFish12g video I feature Philip Nguyen's Hammer Heaven reef tank. Hammer corals are awesome but this is just awesome. Maintenance is done weekly with a 2-3 gallon water change with Red Sea Coral Pro Salt with RODI water. And the Sandbed is vacuumed 2 times a week. No dosing it any sort since the Pro salt has high concentration levels of trace elements. Tank equipment is as follow: 8 gallon display tank 10 gallon sump Maxspect razor r420r 60w 16k lighting Jebao wp10 wave maker Mame glass overflow Tunze osmolator nano 3152 Coral Box D300 protein skimmer Ehiem compact 2000 return pump 4 stage RODI water filtration Tobu - Candyland | http://youtu.be/ZFrkGSmYJ6w | provided by CopyrightFreeNetwork

Vlog of George #1 – Instagram, Gel Filters, Reef Fuel

Instagram Link: http://instagram.com/coralfish12g In this CoralFish12g video I am going to be vlogging for the first time. I want to know what you think in the comments section below. I call it Vlog of George!

Six Months With the Maxspect Gyre XF-150

reefs.comGyreReviewOn August 31, 2014 I met with the awesome crew of Coralvue at MACNA in Denver. Although I worked the show, they were the one booth I had to visit in order to catch a glimpse of the highly anticipated Maxspect Gyre XF-150 in action. Overall I’m not generally excited for most product releases these days. Many are subtle improvements on existing products that technophiles go bonkers over. But this thing turned my idea of flow upside down well before I had seen it in person. For years many of us had attempted to create gyre flow throughout our aquariums to keep detritus in suspension and replicate a natural environment for our animals. Sometimes it was successful, other times not even close. Regardless right off the bat I could tell this thing was a drop-in solution for any aquarist wanting to achieve amazing flow.… More:

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