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Idaho Aquarium Sentenced For Illegal Trafficking

Public aquariums are intended to be places for education, conservation and entertainment. For any institution to knowingly advocate and participate in the illegal collection of display animals is a shame. It’s also a crime. Idaho Aquarium Sentenced For Illegal TraffickingThe Idaho Aquarium, Inc, was sentenced on April 15th in Key West, Florida for “conspiring to harvest, transport, and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks, knowing the marine life were taken, possessed, transported, sold, and intended to be sold in violation of the laws and regulations of the State of Florida, contrary to the federal Lacey Act, Title 16, United States Code, Sections 3372(a)(2)(A), and 3373(d)(1) and (2), all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.” The Aquarium had previously pled guilty to the charges and agreed to pay $10.000.00 in fines and 3 years probation as part of the plea. The Court additionally ordered that the Aquarium pay $50,000.00 to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit organization. The money will be used to help to promote education, conservation and research of coral reefs and marine life in the Florida Keys. Two Former Operators of the Aquarium, Ammon Covino and Christopher Conk were sentenced to prison time, in addition to additional fines and probation, in December for illegally obtaining and shipping three spotted eagle rays and two lemon sharks for the Idaho Aquarium. Illegal trafficking is a serious problem and it is good to see that Justice is being served and violators are duly prosecuted. It is also good to see that the fines are going to go back to help preserve the Florida Keys.  MORE Source: Outdoor News Daily… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #178

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The Dragonface pipe fish that lived to 6.5 weeks. More to come from Kathy with this species.Renowned fish breeder Kathy Leahy joins us this week to talk about her long and successful history in the hobby. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Kathy’s Clowns MBI Workshop More: Reef Threads Podcast #178

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Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes

Allfish Emporium, located in Tamarac, Florida, closed its doors on March 30, 2014. It was the largest aquarium-only retail store in North America.The store opened in mid 2000’s as a Big Al’s Aquarium location, it later changed to Allfish Emporium in 2010. There are unconfirmed reports that several of the large aquarium displays are being moved to a local Miami Zoo. Known for its large and elaborate aquarium displays, it was a destination for many aquarium hobbyists and visitors alike in South Florida.all fish 4 Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes  In such a large store with high overhead, the aquarium-only format seems to have been untenable.  The chain still remains alive with two other South Florida stores, Allpets Emporium. These full line pet stores both feature an impressive 3000 gallon shark tank as a centerpiece. MORE  … More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #177

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The Evangelist drags her flunky along for yet another podcast about the reef-aquarium hobby. We spread the word this week about the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, phosphate removal with lanthanum chloride, Kathy’s Clowns and pipefish breeding, kalkwasser, dismantling and rebuilding a reef aquarium, and maintaining and designing plumbing. 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 #177More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #176

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We return from the big Jubilee podcast to talk about the reef-aquarium hobby once again. This week’s subjects include the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, ich and aiptasia, euthanizing and disposing of fish, light-dark cycles, and stupid mistakes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Reef Threads Podcast #176

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Reef Threads Podcast #175

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  It’s our 175th podcast, also known as the Queen’s Plasma Centennial Jubilee podcast. This week we bring you a small bucketload of semi-interesting to absolutely fascinating discussion items about the reef-aquarium hobby, including NERAC events, Long Island Aquarium, collecting shore shrimp, Todd Gardner, Richard Ross and designer/feeder clownfish, instant-cycle goop from the Tanked people, and bottled bacteria. 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 #175More:

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Attention: European Aquarists

Aquarium tank public domain 300x185 Attention: European AquaristsEurogroup for Animals (based in Brussels) is asking MEPs, ahead of the May elections, to sign a pledge to work towards banning the import of wild caught animals OATA (The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association) Chief Executive Keith Davenport sees it as the hobby being under threat: “Taken to its logical conclusion this would mean if you want to keep tropical marine or freshwater fish, corals, soft corals or other invertebrates you might as well forget it. All of these are either wild-caught and/or exotic, which means they’re not native to the UK, so they would no longer be available to buy.” OATA is urging keen fish keepers to contact MEPs to urge them not to sign the Eurogroup for Animals pledge.  A special #handsoffmyhobby campaign has been launched to get passionate aquarium hobbyists to shout about what they love about keeping fish. We’re all for keeping the hobby going, but at what cost? Is this pledge not a step in the right direction?  Should exotics be included in the pledge?  Should they not rather say that all exotics should be captive bred?  Why not tell them what you think.  Have a look at: http://www.ornamentalfish.org for more.… More:

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Blackworms Mean Better Health for Marine Fish

blackworms tank 300x205 Blackworms Mean Better Health for Marine FishLive worms are about the best thing we can feed to our fish. How do I know this? Am I just making it up so I have something to write? Actually, no. Live California blackworms have been used for ornamental fish food since a few years after World War II, as that is when I started feeding them to my freshwater fish. Blackworms will get freshwater fish into spawning condition in no time, and I can attest that the same applies to saltwater fish. Back in 1971, when I started in the saltwater aquarium hobby (I think it was on a Tuesday), I bought some of the first blue devils imported into the US. More: Blackworms Mean Better Health for Marine FishMore:

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