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Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima ND

IMG 6676 300x200 Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima NDAs LED aquarium lighting continues to evolve rapidly, let’s take a look at how this technology can benefit our reef tanks beyond the illumination of corals and fishes in our main display tank. As well as providing such lighting, LED units can also be extremely useful for fueling algae filters in sumps, indeed we’ve shown this before with our review of the Arcadia EcoAqua 30watt spotlight. With many hobbyists now switching to LED for this purpose, in this review we look at another unit that can be adapted from its primary use as a freshwater planted tank light, and put to good use in a marine setting. Obtaining our unit in good order from renowned online operation Swell UK, out-of-the-box our GroBeam tile feels solid and well-made. This 2013-made 1500 ND (Natural Daylight) model is the latest ‘version’ of the tile boasting higher output LEDs than the preceeding ‘1000’ model. An inspection of the contents and instructions confirms that this is a product from a specialist manufacturer, purposefully-designed and optimised for the task in hand. With a colour temperature of 6500k, this unit is well-suited to illuminating a range of marine macro algae… Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa. The LED tile is fitted with 10 Cree More: Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima NDMore:

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Harlequin Shrimps: Seeing Stars (On the Menu)

harlequin shrimp1 Harlequin Shrimps: Seeing Stars (On the Menu)Somewhat comical and cartoonish in both name and appearance, harlequin shrimps (Hymenocera picta) are not invertebrates to be purchased on a whim. Keeping these critters, as I’ll soon explain, demands an investment of cash and effort that not every marine aquarium hobbyist is willing to undertake. Not to mention, their very narrow feeding habits are not necessarily for the softhearted. A quick note on taxonomy Though here I’ll be referring to H. picta as the harlequin shrimp, be aware that some sources split these shrimps into more than one species. For example, you may come across references to H. elegans, and possibly others, in your research. I chose to stick with H. More: Harlequin Shrimps: Seeing Stars (On the Menu)More:

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Vote For The Ten Best Aquarium’s In North America

tank 300x206 Vote For The Ten Best Aquariums In North AmericaUSA Today’s 10 Best is giving you the opportunity to place for your vote to determine the 10 best aquariums in North America. The Vote will be determined on August 18, 2014. They have cut the selection down to twenty aquariums, which include some of the usual suspects like the Georgia Aquarium and Monterey Bay. There were also a few more surprising selections. It will be interesting to see who makes the top ten in these next three weeks. MOREMore:

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DIY Marine Aquarium Chiller

diy chiller1 DIY Marine Aquarium ChillerAquatic creatures, with the exception of mammals, are all cold-blooded animals. Some sharks and tuna slightly warm their blood through the movement of their muscles, but we don’t normally keep pelagic sharks or tuna in our tanks, so we don’t have to discuss those. But for the rest of the livestock we keep, it is important to maintain an appropriate temperature. It is easier, to an extent, for these cold-blooded creatures to be a little cool than a little hot, as their metabolism is directly related to the temperature. The ocean temperature where they live doesn’t change appreciably, so they didn’t have to evolve mechanisms to deal with that. We, on the other hand, evolved into warm-blooded organisms because the air temperature we live in changes with the seasons and weather conditions. Now, of course, most of us wear clothes (some of us wear silly looking clothes—and by the way, our clothes don’t make us look fat; our fat makes us look fat!), and those clothes allow us to live in a wide variety of climates, but so far, fish have not learned how to knit sweaters. I don’t know if they ever will, but without thumbs, that would be tough. With our modern reef tanks that must be lit very brightly, we sometimes need a way to cool the water More: DIY Marine Aquarium ChillerMore:

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World’s Third Largest Aquarium Underway In Brazil

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The Aquario Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil is scheduled to open in 2015. 
In 2012 the U.S. Government lent over 105 Million Dollars to the Brazilian state of Ceara to help build the aquarium in its capital city of Fortaleza.  A. Zahner Co. and Colorado Design Firm International Concept Management, Inc. will start manufacturing the exterior of a new public aquarium this week, which is expected to become the world’s third largest by its completion in 2015. The Aquarium will have four floors with 25 large tanks with over 15 million liters of water. It is anticipated to have over 500 marine species, along with 3D cinemas and educational centers. “This is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas,” CEO Bill Zahner said in a release. “There will be nothing like it and it will be a treasure for the country of Brazil. We’re extremely proud to be involved with the project.” MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #190More:

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Pietro Romano’s Incredible Marine Aquarium

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During the meeting of Goccia Nera in the last days of may at Gallarate, not so far from Milano, I had the chance to meet my friend Pietro Romano and to take some pictures of his wonderful aquarium. The aquarium measures 250x80x70cm for 1.400 liters, or 66x21x18,5 US gallons and 370 US gallons.… More:

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Mat Roy leaves Living Color

10171300 10152349479978908 5062828833889193980 n 199x300 Mat Roy leaves Living ColorNews that Mat Roy, President of Living Color and co-star of Fish Tank Kings on Nat Geo WILD is leaving his position at the company was quite a surprise to me. Having worked with the man for years, I know it was a difficult decision for him to leave the largest custom aquarium exhibit builder in the country, a company that he spent 20 years building.  … More:

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