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The Triton method arrives in the United States

Screen Shot 2014 03 27 at 22.46.32 300x160 The Triton method arrives in the United StatesI was first introduced to the triton method a while back, while it was still gaining traction in Europe. As a reef aquarist, with a knowledge of natural reef ecosystems, I’ve always felt there was something fundamentally wrong with our approach to reef aquariums. Natural reef ecosystems are immensely stable, with very little fluctuations. In the reef aquarium hobby, we utilize water changes as a way to remove waste and replenish trace elements. I’m always looking for something new, and Triton offers an entirely fresh approach to keeping a reef aquarium. Until now, it’s been exclusively available in Europe. Thanks to one of my favorite reef entrepreneurs, Scott Fellman and Unique Corals, Triton has made its way to the United States. I simply cannot think of anyone better to introduce this method to America. What is Triton, take it straight from the horse’s mouth:… More:

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New Double Cone 130 on the Way from Bubble King

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Life After Death In The Deep

carcass shrimp octopus 300x225 Life After Death In The Deep Ever wonder what would happen to your corpse if you were submerged roughly 300 feet under the sea? Yea, me neither. Keeping with my spooky theme in anticipation of Halloween, I bring to you a cadaverous investigation of carcass decomposition. While there’s a decent idea of what happens to the waterlogged bodies of deceased marine animals such as whales, dolphins and sharks, what happens to humans?… More:

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The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

fruit loops2 The Trouble with Coral Trade NamesThe reefkeeping hobby today is full of colorful trade names for corals, and it appears that, for better or for worse, the trend is here to stay. Tidal Gardens has plenty of corals with goofy names, so we are the last folks in the world who should be judgmental about the practice. As a seller, it is clear that named corals sell better than corals with a descriptive name such as “red and blue” coral. Higher prices and greater overall demand are incentive enough for sellers to continue naming corals. The other reason that coral naming continues is that it’s literally the number one most asked question we get. When customers ask, “What is that coral called?” they aren’t asking about the genus or species; they want to know “what it’s called.” Even if the vendor were to draw a line in the sand and say no more stupid names, the market is like the mafia. It will draw you right back in More: The Trouble with Coral Trade NamesMore:

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 448 Gallon Tank Build

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ORA White Bonnet Clownfish Now Available

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4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium Fish

acclimation stage issues1 4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium FishWhen we consider the term “acclimation” as it relates to marine aquarium fish, we usually think of the relatively brief period during which—with the hobbyist’s help—they gradually adjust to the temperature, pH, and other water parameters in a new system. But in actuality, it takes several days to weeks after introduction for a fish to become fully acclimated to the conditions and other livestock in a new aquarium environment. It’s during this period that certain health and compatibility problems are most likely to arise, so hobbyists must be especially vigilant and take precautions to ensure their new aquatic charges adjust to their new digs successfully. Here are a few issues to watch for in those first crucial weeks: #1 The fatal leap Frightened fish have the potential to leap from an uncovered tank to their death at any time, but never are they more skittish and prone to jumping than during the first few days in a new tank—especially after lights out on that first night. Stands to reason, doesn’t it? After all, how would you feel if you were shoved unceremoniously into a room full of strangers, some of whom appear to resent your arrival, and before you could even get your bearings, someone suddenly shut off all the lights? You’d probably be pretty jumpy, too! Keeping the tank well covered is the most obvious solution to this problem, but it’s also helpful to arrange the rockwork so there are plenty of hiding places not already claimed by established residents, minimize human activity outside the tank, and provide a gradual change in the lighting scheme from daylight to dusk to dark. More: 4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium FishMore:

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Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliaris

689bGoldentail Moray Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliarisGood morning friends, I had another nice dive yesterday morning but failed in bringing back any new “fish face shots” which I am trying so hard to get at the moment. When I first went out I parked myself at another cleaning station but as hard as I tried could not get the shot I wanted and after 10 minutes gave up! I then moved on slowly down the reef staying at around 45 feet looking for anything new to post on the blog. I then came across this small Goldentail Moray eel, Gymnothorax miliaris that you see above poking his head out from behind a blade of fire coral and of course I had to stop. These beautiful eels are one of the most curious and easiest to photograph of all the morays in the Caribbean, it’s like they love the camera! This one here may have seen his reflection in my dome or just wanted to come out and say hi, he was so cool MOREMore:

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