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3 Misconceptions About Small Marine Fish

A juvenile three-spot domino damselfish (Dascyllus trimaculatus)As human beings, it’s in our nature to assign certain traits to small animals—cute, dependent, harmless, defenseless, etc. Perhaps we think this way because when it comes to animals, people included, smallness is usually correlated with infancy. However, if applied to marine fish, this type of anthropomorphic thinking can lead to some rather significant compatibility issues in our aquariums. So let’s dispel a few of the misconceptions we may have with respect to smaller marine fish species: Small fish are peaceful While many smaller fish species seem to know they’re vulnerable to predation and bullying by larger fish and so have learned that their best defense is beating a hasty retreat whenever danger threatens, some species apparently never got the memo. For example, as mentioned in my previous post on humbug damsels, certain damselfish species, including many representatives of the genera Dascyllus and Stegastes, can be explosively belligerent despite their small size, making it very difficult to house them with other fishes (though “Caribbean Chris” claims he can calm dusky damsels into a tonic state and lead them away from the reef like an aquatic Pied Piper by playing soothing tones on a conch shell). Many of the dottyback species also pack a fairly powerful territorial punch for their size, e.g. the irresistibly colorful royal dottyback (Pictichromis paccagnellae) and the gorgeous magenta dottyback (Pictichromis porphyrea), both of which reach only 2 to 3 inches in length.
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Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 4): Modern Husbandry—Reproduction

Different elasmobranchs produce different styles of egg cases. Shown right to left: Brown Banded Bamboo Shark, Clearnose Skate, and White Spotted Bamboo Shark.From the ferocious great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) to the graceful white-spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari), Elasmobranchii are a diverse group of boneless fishes that are circumglobal, inhabiting a diverse array of habitats, temperature ranges, salinity, and niches in the world’s oceans and rivers. It is no wonder that these unique creatures, while usually boasting comparably bland coloration to the typical teleostei reef fishes, pique the interest of pretty much every hobbyist. This group of fishes definitely has its challenges but, with proper information and species selection, can be kept fairly easily by a moderately skilled aquarist with a generous budget. Breeding and raising elasmobranchs You may skim over this installment of Elasmobranch Enthusiasts because your goal maybe isn’t to breed them…but you shouldn’t! Many elasmobranchs that are sold in stores are eggs or babies, and special care needs to be taken to provide the right conditions to be successful with these smaller, more delicate aquatic animals. Because it is just the beginning of our “baby” season right now, this the perfect time to talk about elasmobranch reproduction. The birds and bees Male and female elasmobranchs are morphologically different from each other.
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Reef Threads Podcast #206


Support St. Jude research and give yourself a chance to win this reef system.

It’s time once again to do the marine-aquarium hobby podcast thing that we do. This week’s subjects are our “Where Do You Listen” contest, the St. Jude/Reef Savvy reef system raffle, women in the hobby, lionfish videos, Ret Talbot’s new series, hobby expense, and mysis shrimp and other frozen foods. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

St. Jude raffle

Spearing lionfish

Ladies fragswapping site

Ret writes

It costs too much

1.5-gal. vase reef

Bulk frozen

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Checkin’ Out Will’s Mixed Reef Tank

Checkin' Out Will's Mixed Reef Tank I haven't done a tank video in a long time, mostly because I'm a hermit, but I did manage to get out of my pajamas and visit my friend Will. Will is a long-time customer of Tidal Gardens... From: tidalgardens Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 07:16 More in Pets & Animals
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Researchers Focus On Sand Shark Propagation

animals SandTigerShark slide2 web Researchers Focus On Sand Shark PropagationSand Tiger Sharks look fierce, they are the quintessential, stereotypical ‘man-eater shark’ with their jagged, razor sharp teeth protruding out of their mouth. Basically, the ticket item many aquarium visitors expect to see in exhibits.. As such, they are a popular exhibit animal in large public aquarium tanks. There are approximately 200 sand tiger sharks on exhibit in public aquariums and zoo’s in America. Although they look scary, they are relatively docile sharks that are easy to care for in captivity. However, Sand sharks in captivity do not breed easily, since the environment in captivity does not mimic the seasons and changes in the wild. Sand shark population in the wild is at low levels because of fishing nets and shark fin poaching, and the slow maturing reproduction in the species.… More:

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Swimming With Sharks At Florida Aquarium

shark Swimming With Sharks At Florida AquariumThe Florida Aquarium has a new 30 minute experience, Shark Swim, which allows anyone, ages 9 and up, the option to swim with sharks, without having to be scuba-certified. Four swimmers at a time, using a pole, are kept just below the surface of the water, using a small scuba tank, regulator and flotation device.shark 2 Swimming With Sharks At Florida Aquarium The tank has over 1,600 fish which include sea turtles, sand tiger sharks, sting rays, and many more. Guests will start their way from the shallow side of the tank ending up at the deep side, surrounding by sharks. Aquarium staff remain nearby during the swim in case aid is needed. The experience was previously only open to certified scuba divers. At $100.00 for the experience, this is a cool way for non scuba divers to get introduced to diving.MOREMore:

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Jelly Live Web Cam Launches At Monterey Bay Aquarium

 People love watching the mesmerizing, pulsing movements of our Jelly Fish Friends. Now you don’t even have to leave your home to do so. The wonderful folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have brought us this amazing technology. They have been leaders in Jelly Fish displays for many years. The Jellies Experience, currently on exhibit, includes flower hat jellies, blubber jellies, elegant jellies, spotted jellies, Mediterranean jellies and comb jellies, just to name a few. These are some spectacular jellies that you can now watch from the comfort of your couch. If only I could get a Jelly Cam display on large screen for my own home. MOREMore:

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Fish Tank Kings Season 2 Now Avaiable on DVD

Just in time for the Holidays, Season 2 of Fish Tank Kings is now available for purchase via the National Geographic Online Store. With a cast of thousands (of fish)—Fish Tank Kings follows Florida-based custom aquarium specialists Living Color as they use their unparalleled skills, creativity, and teamwork to pull off the most extreme of these tanks, where the drama and pressure of the building process is nowhere as serene as the final product. 1095654 Fish Tank Kings Season 2 Now Avaiable on DVDEpisodes included in the 4 disc box set are: 

  • The Amazing Aqua-Van
  • Big Bowl of Gumbo Limbo
  • Desperate Housetanks
  • Love’s A Beach
  • Turning a New Reef
  • Little Mermaids
  • There’s a Tree in My Tank
  • 14 Tanks and a Shipwreck
  • Shark Tank
  • Secret Crystal Cave Fish
  • The Fish Whisperer
  • Empire Tank Building
  • Jellyfish Jackpot
  • Go Fish!
  • Pufferfish Palace
  • Sweetest Tank on Earth

  MORE http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/dvds/new-dvds/fish-tank-kings-season-two-dvd-r-set… More:

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