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Brevard Zoo Proposes Aquarium In Port Canaveral, Florida

capeThe Brevard Zoo has proposed a new aquarium that would be located in the Port Canaveral, Florida Cove area. Currently there is a Cove project that is being proposed by two different groups, and is slated to be discussed at meetings this month. Port Canaveral is located on Florida’s Space Coast and is famous for the Kennedy Space Center. The Aquarium is being touted an exciting focal point for tourism in the area, which the Brevard Zoo estimates would bring between 400,000 to 600,00 additional visitors each year.… More:

Innovative Marine Launches Line of Lagoon-style Aquariums

The all-new FUSION Lagoon 50gAn interesting trend in marine aquarium aquascaping is taking advantage of the space above the water surface to create more complex habitats for livestock while enhancing the system’s visual impact. With their new Fusion Lagoon aquariums, Innovative Marine taps into this new aesthetic. Described as “shallow yet deep,” these all-inclusive plug-and-play aquariums—available in 50- and 25-gallon sizes—offer a greater front-to-back dimension and thicker glass than their predecessors, opening up all kinds of unique display opportunities. A coral frag or mangrove garden, a clam lagoon, a sea mount rising from the substrate and thrusting above the water surface, and a tidal zone suitable for crabs and snails are just some of the possibilities these tanks might present.An acrylic wall located at the rear of the tank discreetly conceals the designated mechanical filter, protein skimmer, and heater compartments, helping to keep the display as “clean” and naturalistic as possible. The high-gloss stands are available in three different colors Innovative Marine also offers high-gloss stands for their Fusion Lagoon aquariums, each available in three different colors. The stands come equipped with magnetic latches, storage shelves, and precut cable ports to help keep all those cords neat and organized. Below are the specifications for the new Fusion Lagoon aquariums, which will be available for purchase on Friday, August 28th through major online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores: 50-gallon aquarium Cost: Aquarium – $600, Stand – $500 Ultra Thick 10mm High Clarity Glass / Low Iron Leveling Rubber Mat DIMS (30” x 24” x 16”) Flat Polished Diamond Edge Polished Black Silicone Filtration: Acrylic Filter Wall w / Dual Overflows Pre-Molded Micron Sock – Mechanical Filters (2) Adjustable Return Flare Nozzles 476-Gallon-Per-Hour Pump Designated Heater Column Designated Skimmer/Reactor Column Stand: 36” High (30” x 24” x 36”) Magnetic Cabinet Latches Storage Shelves Pre-Cut Cable Ports Available in colors: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, and Gunmetal Gray The FUSION Lagoon 25g and 50g 25-gallon aquarium Cost: Aquarium – $249, Stand – $300 Ultra Thick 8mm High Clarity Glass / Low Iron Leveling Rubber Mat DIMS (24” x 20” x 12”) Flat Polished Diamond Edge Polished Black Silicone Filtration: Acrylic Filter Wall w / Dual Overflows Pre-Molded Micron Sock – Mechanical Filters (2) Adjustable Return Flare Nozzles 211-Gallon-Per-Hour Pump Designated Heater Column Designated Skimmer/Reactor Column Stand: 36” High (24” x 20” x 36”) Magnetic Cabinet Latches Storage Shelves Pre-Cut Cable Ports Available in colors: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, and Gunmetal Gray Also, check out this video to see aquascaping artist Johnny Ciotti (you may remember him from his aquascaping presentation at MACNA last year) put his talent to work in a Fusion Lagoon system below: [embedded content] Photo & video credit: Innovative Marine Related posts:Share this:

Stunning Human Aquarium ‘Sky-Pool’

skyThe Nine Elms Development in London is going to add a 90 foot swimming pool, enclosed in glass, that will be suspended 10 stories above ground. The aquarium pool is connected between two apartment buildings. How about just swimming to your neighbors house? The aquarium pool is the creation of Irish developer Ballymore. The pool will be 9.8 feet deep, 82 feet long and 16 feet wide.… More:

The Yellow Clown Goby: A Practically Perfect Nano Candidate

Yellow Clown Goby (Gobiodon okinawae) perching in coralsNano marine aquarium enthusiasts must be very discerning in their livestock selections to ensure any specimens they choose won’t outgrow their systems. Reaching a maximum size that can best be described as miniscule, the yellow clown goby (Gobiodon okinawae) is a pretty safe bet in this regard. It’s also charming, attractively colored, relatively outgoing and active, and typically very inexpensive to boot. Physical traitsG. okinawae is a uniform canary yellow in coloration. Its general body shape is somewhat similar to that of clownfishes, hence the “clown goby” moniker applied to it and its congeners. Size-wise, this western Pacific species is among the smallest fish available in the hobby, growing no larger than around 1 to 1½ inches.

How Can We Encourage Saltwater Gender Equality?

There’s a lot of conversation these days about gender equality with respect to income, career opportunities, education, and many other arenas of life. However, we tend to give it very little thought when it comes to participation in our hobby. Let’s face it, the perception—if not the reality—of the gender ratio in the marine aquarium hobby is that it’s largely tipped in favor of males.But if this is true, why is it so? After all, there’s nothing inherently masculine about keeping fish and corals in glass or acrylic boxes. What is it that seemingly discourages many women from getting involved or, if they are hobbyists, from getting their voices and opinions heard just as much—or as loudly—as their male counterparts do? As regular Saltwater Smarts visitor Louise Maggs helpfully points out, there are some persistent myths and misconceptions floating around out there that might be inhibiting women from participating fully in our salty pastime. That really got me thinking, so I’d like to dedicate today’s post to a discussion of those myths as I perceive them and invite all of you—whatever your gender—to weigh in with your thoughts.

Name That Octopus

octThe Sea Life Michigan Aquarium is currently conducting on online poll to name its Enteroctopus dofleini, or Giant Pacific Octopus. The 14 month old female octopus arrived at the Aquarium last December and has remained unnamed. She weighs around 12 pounds, but is not yet fully grown. Giant Pacific Octopus, hence the name, can vary greatly in size, but get up to 30 pounds in weight, on average. The Guinness Book of World Records list the largest of the species at 300 pounds and a 33 ft arm span!!… More:

Chronic Stress in Captive Tangs

Juvenile chevron tang (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis)Tangs and surgeonfish are a diverse, beautiful, and often highly personable group of fish. It is no wonder that so many of us want to keep these fish in our systems. Inexperienced keepers do the right thing by going to their favorite forums and sites to ask which tangs can be kept, what size tank is appropriate, and how many they can keep in a particular system. Unfortunately, there has long been disagreement among certain hobbyists on precisely how to answer these questions—with some being much more restrictive than others when it comes to the species, tank sizes, and number of specimens recommended. In some instances, heated arguments occur as a result. Folks on both sides of the issue are generally well-meaning. Certainly neither side wants to bring harm to captive tangs. So why all the fuss then?An overlooked ailment I believe a good deal of the original disagreement actually stemmed from problems created by an unrelated group of ailments that few people at the time correctly identified

Vertical Carlson Surge Device

Vertical Surge Device

Vertical Surge Device

 Space in the coral troughs is always at a premium at the ReefGen coral farm, and we all agree that water flow is one of the most important aspects of coral care. When one of my troughs has an area of inadequate flow, such as this Acropora grow out system, it starts under-producing. I needed to build a unique surge device to provide more flow to the stagnant corner, as well as create a chaotic alternating current for the Acropora located downstream.… More:

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