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Reef Octopus Debuts Regal Red DC Powered Skimmer Line

bcbaeef Octopus Regal Red Protein Skimmer 1024x675 Reef Octopus Debuts Regal Red DC Powered Skimmer Line Reef Octopus is breaking out the DC skimmer pumps once again in this new protein skimmer release. Called the Regal Skimmers, this line of foam fractionators looks quite similar to the Super Reef Octopus Space Saving skimmers of recent memory, but will feature Reef Octopus’ own brand of DC controllable pumps. The pumps, which RO has been marketing extensively since MACNA last year, are becoming more incorporated into the product line, and for good reason. The controller allows for fine tuning of the pump’s speed, which affects things like air draw and the all important air-to-water ratio. Unlike the SRO skimmers, the new Regal line will feature red accent pieces laid over clear and white arcylic. This color scheme falls in line with the rest of what Reef Octopus has been doing, as their Prime skimmers sport a hefty amout of red as well. In terms of tank sizes, pump ratings, prices, and the like, we don’t fully know what the Regal skimmers will offer MORE: Reef Octopus Debuts Regal Red DC Powered Skimmer LineMore:

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Replay of The Question and Answer Session With Mr. Saltwater Tank on 4/21/2014

This week’s topic was my top 5 corals that won’t break the bank. Here’s the list: 

  • Montipora Undata (Montipora undata)
  • Montipora Setosa (Montipora setosa)
  • Zoanthids
  • Gorgonians
  • Meat Corals (Acanthophyllia deshayesiana)

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Polyp Extension

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polyp extension can be an important factor when trying to determine the health of a specimen.  Although it is possible to achieve some success when growing this species when absent, the axial and radial coralite polyps are a good indicator that the specimen is thriving.  A healthy specimen with no coral pests and excellent water quality will appear  similar to the image, as the absence of polyps would tend to the lower end of the scale.  Parasites as well as fish that may feed on coral polyps and tissue can remove apparent polyp extension which in turn limits feeding and tends to slow growth or even bring it to a halt.  Paying attention to this factor in certain species can give one the ability to trouble shoot issues and help the aquarist gain success in the long term.  This coral is believed to be a Acropora cerealis and was grown from a captive grown seed fragment over several years.… More:

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Rare, Deep Sea Octopus, Octopi, Cephalopod

8cabBaby Octopus web 457x305 Rare, Deep Sea Octopus, Octopi, CephalopodGood morning readers, feast your eyes on this tiny little octopus sp. found yesterday with our manned submersible at 640 feet!! He was spotted by the Smithsonian Institution walking around on the sand and at first glance they didn’t know what it was as it looked like a hermit crab from a distance. This beautiful little cephalopod is less then 3 inches in length (with arms out) and was flashing all different colors as we watched. Notice the brilliant blue stripes along the arms, talk about one sexy looking sea creature MOREMore:

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The Amazing World of Microscopic Pond Life Video

 Daniel Stoupin is determined to win the internet. He has already shown us how corals can make for some terrific subjects of time lapse photography, and his latest video shows how freshwater life can be just as interesting when displayed in a similar high def format. The clip shows an amazing world full of life, some of which looks like it would be right at home in the oceans or in our aquariums. It focuses on bryozoans, water fleas, mayfly nymphs, mosquito larvae, water mites, ostracods, and the amoeba…which looks extremely menacing in this video. To view this tiny pond life, Daniel used microscopy techniques and macro photography. Unlike the coral video, which used hundreds of thousands of still images to create a breathtaking time lapse, this video was made from a week’s worth of videography coupled with years of experience in finding and videoing these interesting critters. We don’t need to dive into the deep ocean to find the most unusual lifeforms. This short clip is a journey into a bizarre world of microscopic inhabitants of pond water. You will see water fleas, bryozoans, water mites, mayfly nymphs, ostracods, and, of course, hydras MORE: The Amazing World of Microscopic Pond Life VideoMore:

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Reefs in Art: Our Changing Seas

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This incredible installation was created by Courtney Mattison and is on display at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs NY.  Created out of glazed stoneware and porcelain, the level of detail is astounding, Courtney clearly knows coral biology.  The description of the exhibit points out that the colorful live coral is surrounded by an area of dead bleached skeletons, showing the parallels to state of the world’s reefs.  Courtney has several other exhibits around the country if you can’t make it upstate, but seeing as horse racing and outdoor music (Tanglewood) season is about to start, this is yet another reason to visit the beautiful Berkshire region.  You can also get your own pieces from Courtney’s Etsy shop Corallia.… More:

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Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, Crabs

9496Banded Clinging Crab 1 Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, CrabsHi friends, I have an algae covered Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus for your viewing pleasure today. This is a small crab less than an inch that is for the most part difficult to spot as they spend their lives hiding under the arms and in association with anemones, especially the giant anemone, Condylactis gigantea. They are very shy and will usually retreat into the protection of the anemones tentacles or under the anemone when approached. This one here I kind of snuck up on and cleverly waited for the anemones tentacles to move and then snap a photo. I have learned from trial and error that one usually only gets one shot and then he will slide down farther into the anemone, so make that first shot count MOREMore:

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How Big is Bite-Sized in Marine Aquarium Fish?

angler bite size 300x169 How Big is Bite Sized in Marine Aquarium Fish?A novice hobbyist once asked me whether there’s a particular “rule of thumb” with respect to the size of fish that can be kept in the same tank with a predatory fish, such as a lionfish or grouper. He’d heard somewhere that the other fish would need to be at least half the size of the predator, and he wanted to know if I could confirm this. I replied that there really isn’t any such rule that applies in all circumstances because predatory fish vary considerably in the size of prey they’ll attempt to consume as well as the “tools” they have at their disposal for dispatching them. Here are some factors that must be considered before pairing any predatory fish with a piscine tankmate: Are fish on the predator’s menu? Not all predatory fish include other fish in their natural diet. For example, many species that we keep in aquariums are zooplanktivores and are a threat only to the tiniest prey items—certainly not to other fish sharing their tank (unless you’ve got fish larvae in there, which is highly unlikely in a typical community tank). More: How Big is Bite-Sized in Marine Aquarium Fish?More:

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