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A Brief History of the Saltwater Aquarium Hobby

blue devil 300x169 A Brief History of the Saltwater Aquarium HobbyOur hobby of keeping saltwater fish for the sole purpose of pleasure is not very old. People have been keeping fish for thousands of years, but virtually all of those fish were used as food. Asian cultures have been culturing carp and koi for enjoyment for centuries, but those are freshwater fish. Roots in Merry Old England Saltwater fish keeping for fun actually began in England about 200 years ago. At that time, wealthy Ladies had servants but lacked Oprah and soap operas, so they were bored and needed to find a hobby. England’s damp climate is conducive to fern growth, so the ladies would traipse through the bogs with their long hoop skirts and corsets on looking for ferns. They would then put the ferns in tanks that had glass fronts and wooden or slate sides. Then they’d sketch pictures of their ferns and mail them to their friends. More: A Brief History of the Saltwater Aquarium HobbyMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #177

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The Evangelist drags her flunky along for yet another podcast about the reef-aquarium hobby. We spread the word this week about the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, phosphate removal with lanthanum chloride, Kathy’s Clowns and pipefish breeding, kalkwasser, dismantling and rebuilding a reef aquarium, and maintaining and designing plumbing. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #177More:

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“Tentacles” Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium to Cultivate It’s Own Cephalopods

flamboyant 1 Tentacles Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium to Cultivate Its Own Cephalopods The soon to open $3.5 million “Tentacles” exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, will be the World’s largest collection of Cephalopods. The exhibit will focus on Octopus, Squid and Cuttlefish.   The aquarium will captive breed many of the species used in the exhibits. Animals for the Tentacles exhibit  will be bred in-house. Eggs and hatchlings will be visible to the public in the Aquarium’s Egg Lab. As many hobbyists know, caring for Cephalopods in the aquarium is no small task.  So breeding multiple species on a regular basis demonstrates the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mastery of  Cephalopod husbandry.   The “Tentacles” exhibit will open on April 12, 2014. MORE Source: KQED by Danna Staaf… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #176

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We return from the big Jubilee podcast to talk about the reef-aquarium hobby once again. This week’s subjects include the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, ich and aiptasia, euthanizing and disposing of fish, light-dark cycles, and stupid mistakes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Reef Threads Podcast #176

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Fish Tank Kings New Season Premieres April 28

  FTK Fish Tank Kings New Season Premieres April 28NAT GEO WILD’S FISH TANK KINGS PLUNGE INTO UNCHARTERED WATERS FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF MIND-BLOWING AQUARIUMS  The wait is over! The highly anticipated new episodes of Fish Tank Kings begin airing on  Monday, April, 28 at 9pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD. Having spent months filming the new episodes, I can say that the wait will be worth it. Bigger tanks, cooler builds and awesome animals!

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Fish Tank Kings Premieres Monday, April 28, at 9 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILDVia Press Release (WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 1, 2014) The dynamic “school” of aquarium specialists at Living Color in southern Florida are experts at fulfilling the wild aquatic requests of their fish-loving clientele. Last season they made a “splash” transforming a Volkswagen Minibus into an aquarium and building a fireplace around a fish tank. This spring, Nat Geo WILD “hooks up” once again with the Fish Tank Kings for an all-new season of custom-built tanks that seem to defy imagination. The new season of Fish Tank Kings premieres Monday, April 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD. Each episode follows the dedicated team as they work to create some of the most impressive fish tanks ever developed: Mat Roy is the president and is responsible for overseeing all projects and running operations at Living Color.… More:

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Largest Aquarium On Earth Opens In China

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, a new aquatic theme park in China that opened last week, is breaking Guinness records left and right. The park is part of the Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel, which is touted to be the “largest ocean ecological-themed hotel” in China. … More:

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Home Aquarium Kitsch for the Kiddies

If you thought you’d seen it all then you HAVE to see this!!  What will they think of next?! Home aquarium kitsch 300x166 Home Aquarium Kitsch for the KiddiesA completely customizable fish tank, produced by Marukan, is aimed at young children in Japan and due to be on the market soon. The fish tank kit is the brainchild of one of Japan’s largest pet supply corporations.  The kit comes with the standard items such as a tank, an air hose and a filter, but the kitsch comes in with a hologram backdrop, stickers and clear jewel stones.  If you haven’t spent enough money or haven’t got enough kitsch for your liking, you can spend an extra wad of cash on accessories such as a… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #175

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  It’s our 175th podcast, also known as the Queen’s Plasma Centennial Jubilee podcast. This week we bring you a small bucketload of semi-interesting to absolutely fascinating discussion items about the reef-aquarium hobby, including NERAC events, Long Island Aquarium, collecting shore shrimp, Todd Gardner, Richard Ross and designer/feeder clownfish, instant-cycle goop from the Tanked people, and bottled bacteria. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #175More:

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