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Breaking News! Genicanthus Personatus Has Been Bred in Captivity!

 I can’t even begin to tell you all how elated I am to be writing this right now as well as how honored I am to be the person to share this mind blowing news with you!! The “Holy Grail” of fish is finally here. The Genicanthus personatus, a visually stunning, pearlescent-white angel with a striking, inky-black mask and tail, has rarely been seen within the trade. It’s ghostly nature and ethereal appearance put this little number in a class of ultra-rare fish that most people will never see in person. That’s what makes this news so exciting. Biologist Karen Brittain of Hawaii is breeding them successfully in captivity. Numbers are pretty secretive at this point – but we do know that several made their way into Japan, the US and the UK. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have set eyes on these magnificent angels in person, and hope you all get a chance to do the same. Featured below we have a press release issued by Larry DuPont of Reef Frenzy, the exclusive food used for the project with a plethora of details, from collection to breeding, along with some seriously fantastic video and pictures for you to ogle at, enjoy!
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“The G. personatus Project 2014” Many people in the hobby consider the Peppermint Angelfish to be the ultimate “If money was no object, I would have one” fish. However, there is another ultra-rare angelfish rarely encountered in the hobby and often referred to by prominent figures as “the holy grail.” This would be the Genicanthus personatus or Masked Angelfish. The G. personatus is seldom seen in the trade and when specimens are located the price is out of reach for all but the most elite exotic fish collectors. The last collected pair was listed for sale at a starting price of nearly $30,000. A Google search reveals very few articles or videos online about this elusive species, which some hobbyists may have never heard of until now. Well that is about to change…. Veterans in the hobby may recognize the name Rufus Kimura, who is a well-respected deep-water diver who resides in Hawaii. Using special closed-circuit rebreathers and other advanced equipment Rufus and his team risk their lives diving to depths of 400+ feet to collect some of the most sought after fish in the aquarium trade. In late 2013 Rufus was able to collect a pair of mature G.

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Shop Spotlight, MACNA Edition- Elite Reef

Elite Reef is jammed packed with unique frags, inverts and quarantined fish. This shop is mainly focused on having healthy livestock at all times. I may be slightly biased since I helped get this shop started. It will always be another home for me. But this shop is a must see for those in town for MACNA. Be sure to see their ridiculous chalices at the Blue Life Booth. 

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MACNA 2014 is OPEN! Visit us at Booth 207

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Well, here it is!  MACNA 2014 is right upon us.  We’re going to be enjoying the event rather than posting throughout it, so come to Booth 207 and check out all of our surprises.  See you there!… More:

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GHL Announces Cloud Based Service for 4Q Launch

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Oooohhhh, the cloud! More and more companies are moving their services to the cloud, an online system that gives users an incredible amount of computing power while also improving functionality, adding handy features, offering seamless continuity among connected devices, and Continue reading → MORE: GHL Announces Cloud Based Service for 4Q LaunchMore:

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Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

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Just in time for MACNA 2014 this weekend in Denver, we bring to you the latest issue of Reefs Magazine.  Randy put together a whopper this time with all of the big reef aquarium writers contributing.  In addition to the hobby slanted articles, we also have a very important article from Rich Ross and Ret Talbot about point of origin tracking and why this is important to the entire industry as a whole.  Be sure to check the new issue here on the website or in the new Reefs App v4.2.… More:

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AquaIllumination Giving Away Decked Out IM SR-120 Display Tank at MACNA 2014

MACNA 2014 AI and IM Giveaway AquaIllumination Giving Away Decked Out IM SR 120 Display Tank at MACNA 2014
AquaIllunination is kicking off MACNA 2014 with an epic giveaway that spreads across three different companies and is sure to draw a crowd at their booth at the conference. The lighting gurus have teamed up with Innovative Marine to giveaway MORE: AquaIllumination Giving Away Decked Out IM SR-120 Display Tank at MACNA 2014More:

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The Pros and Cons of a Bare-Bottomed Marine Tank

bare bottom tank1 The Pros and Cons of a Bare Bottomed Marine TankIf you’re in the process of planning and setting up a new saltwater aquarium, you’ll need to give some thought to the type of substrate you’d like to use. It may seem counterintuitive, but one of your options in this area is to dispense with any sort of substrate altogether and go bare-bottomed (BB). To help you decide whether the BB approach might be right for you, here are some of the pros and cons to consider: Pros: Very easy to vacuum up uneaten food, fish waste, and other detritus that has settled to the bottom without siphoning up sand in the process. Allows you to aim the effluents of powerheads and other sources of water movement in any direction desired to maximize water flow throughout the system and behind rockwork without creating an underwater “sand storm.” Detritus more readily remains suspended in the water column so it can be filtered/skimmed out efficiently. Cost savings from going sans substrate can be significant depending on the size of your system. Cons: Arguably less natural looking, though this is a matter of taste. (Plus, coralline algae and, potentially, various encrusting invertebrates will eventually conceal the bottom, giving the system a more natural look.) Can’t keep burrowing fishes as easily. Some BB aficionados get around this by placing a substrate-filled container somewhere in the system. Having no sand-dwelling microfauna can mean lower biodiversity More: The Pros and Cons of a Bare-Bottomed Marine TankMore:

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An In-Depth Look at the Natural System of Reef Keeping: Part Two

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The other day I brought you the first of three installments from a notable article written by Jeremy Gosnell. We took a quick look into the natural system of reef keeping originally expressed by Lee Chin Eng 60 years ago. Gosnell exposed us to Eng’s ideas on the common tank husbandry practices at the time, and how we can better replicate a natural environment within our reef systems. He touched base on the benefits and downfalls of utilizing refugiums, as well as experimenting with bare bottoms as opposed to substrate. Not to keep you all hanging, today I’ll carry on with the second installment of Jeremy’s article which will provide you with alternative options to a messy, muddy, stinky fuge. So here you go – Zeolite reactors and biopellets – enjoy!… More:

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