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Frag to Colony

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This acropora is a prime example of the beauty that can be achieved when starting with a seed fragment instead of a wild colony.  The placement of a frag with the vision of what it will become in time can be difficult for some to visualize, and may deter the less patient aquarist. The captive grown colony will take space up and fill the area nicely, giving a natural appearance as opposed to when wild colonies are placed on live rock like a fruit stand at the grocery store.  The survivability of a coral grown from a seed fragment is much higher than trying to introduce larger wild corals into artificial conditions.  Instant gratification is not part of the puzzle when attempting a natural look in a reef aquarium.  Using captive grown seed fragments will give a great sense of accomplishment if given proper time and patience.… More:

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Screams Heard From The Other Room

Screen Shot 2014 07 30 at 4.45.24 PM 300x247 Screams Heard From The Other RoomJared runs in to see if I’m still alive (I don’t always have the most appropriate reactions). “I MUST HAVE THIS!!!”. My list continues to grow at a daunting rate, and the pieces on it keep creeping slowly upward – but this Is truly an incredible find. Stefan Kudoke presents us with this Kraken timepiece, aptly named the “KudOktopus” (nice word-play there Stefan, I approve). At 42mm in diameter, this glorious work of art is encased in stainless steel and features sapphires on the front and back. With your choice of Louisiana Alligator or calf-skin, the leather strap will assure the watch stays snugly affixed to your wrist. You better hope it does, anyway, given the $9,860 price tag. See and read more at DudeIWantThat.comMore:

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Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing

46b2Fish Shaming Bully Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real Thing Apparently, there’s such a thing as fish shaming. In this interesting act of internet virality, an aquarium owner posts conceivably embarrassing messages about their fish. While the comedy of humiliating fish on the internet may be lost on some (or likely most) people out there, believe me when I say that it’s the perfect message for an aquarium keeper. In the images shown above and below, which were taken from the Tumblr page Distinct Memory, the fish were apparently overly aggressive toward tankmates, inflicting some sort of damage or death that the aquarist was tired of. The hobbyist then used the power of social media to let the world know of the fish’s bad behavior. And while the fish obviously aren’t really even aware of what’s going on, we got quite a chuckle from this fish shaming and would love to see it expanded towared more of our salty pets as well. Just image, shaming that “reef safe” angelfish for nipping at all the clams or humiliating a clownfish for trying to host a water pump. The possibilities are endless. MORE: Apparently Fish Shaming is a Real ThingMore:

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Update on Copps’ New Beast

reefs.comCoppsUpdate4 300x214 Update on Copps New BeastTowards the end of January we shared the progress of well-known reefer John Coppolino’s new massive aquarium system. He recently shared some new breathtaking pictures of the main display aquarium. Staying true to his word, we can already see a myriad of fish species, notably the inclusion of many smaller schooling species. Of course lets not discount the amazing array of angelfishes that we can already spy! It looks like many of John’s massive Acropora colonies have already been added, and at this point the sheer size of the aquarium makes them look like frags. John noted that final coral placement is to be determined, but as expected this is quickly turning into a dream aquarium. Keep the updates coming and keep up the great work, John! More pictures after the break. … More:

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The Sturdy but Shy Marine Betta

marine betta2 The Sturdy but Shy Marine BettaWith its dark-brown body covered with a myriad of tiny white to pale-blue dots, the marine betta, a.k.a comet (Calloplesiops altivelis) is truly a dazzling sight to behold. Start out with a healthy specimen, and you’ll find it’s also a fairly hardy and rugged species despite its somewhat delicate appearance and shy nature. But success with this Indo-Pacific species demands thoughtful selection of tankmates, an appropriate aquarium environment, and oftentimes considerable patience. Physical traits The maximum reported size for this species is around 8 inches. In addition to its night-sky color and patterning, C. altivelis has long dorsal and anal fins that meet the caudal fin. A prominent ocellus, or eye spot, appears at the base of the dorsal fin, just ahead of the caudal peduncle, while the fish’s true eyes blend in cleverly with the body coloration. Combined, these characteristics make it difficult to determine whether the marine betta is coming or going. More: The Sturdy but Shy Marine BettaMore:

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): The Easy Way To Get Rid of Mushroom Corals

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Eradicating mushroom corals requires simply cutting the top of the coral off. With the top removed, the base will die. The rest of the story: Whoever said that must have fantastic luck or be completely delusional. The only way I’ve ever successfully eradicated mushroom corals from a tank is by cutting the top off, then completely covering the base with epoxy. If the smallest amount of the base is left uncovered, it will regrow a new top and the coral will start growing again. I’ll also add enough epoxy such that I cover an extra inch (1″) of the rock around the base of the coral to make sure it doesn’t somehow find light and start growing again. Other mushroom eradication methods I’ve tried include MORE: Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): The Easy Way To Get Rid of Mushroom CoralsMore:

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Since I’m on an Interior Design Kick – I Present to you the “Ammonite Sink”!

Screen Shot 2014 07 28 at 11.35.23 AM2 Since Im on an Interior Design Kick   I Present to you the Ammonite Sink!Well since I’m a certified Ceph-Freak, this is perfect for my washroom! I’m telling you, Cthulhu could walk right through my door, crack open a Seaweed Beer from the fridge, take a look around and feel right at home. And that’s exactly the look I’m going for. Not to leave any rooms behind, let’s focus on how to Octify you’re bathroom. This concrete sink features a stunning hypnotic Ammonite design, the now extinct species of cephalopod that existed 400-million years ago. I’d be so riveted by the simple act of washing my hands – I’d probably never leave the bathroom. The product’s website seems to not be working at the moment, so no word on pricing. Would really love to see a similar design with the arms of the magnificent Giant Pacific Octopus – tentacles and all!  … More:

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Picture of the Week, Leafy Sea Dragon

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There is something that is just so alluring about sea dragons. Although they aren’t too different from seahorses, usually moving in the same slow and methodical fashion while they cruise around the aquarium, they are far more elaborate in their appearance. Looking like an ultra modified versions of their close seahorse relatives, sea dragons are often adorned with elaborate fins that resemble marine vegetation like Sargassum, kelp, and whatever else is readily available in their habitat. And like seahorses, the sea dragons are just so cute and are super easy to photograph. They can get quite camera shy, but after warming up to us, we are usually able to get good pictures of them, such as the one shown above. The image was taken at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. MORE: Picture of the Week, Leafy Sea DragonMore:

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