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I’ve Failed My Kids as a Marine Aquarium Mentor!

When my son and daughter, Aidan and Hannah, were youngsters, both seemed to share my enthusiasm for marine aquariums. Even when they were just toddlers, they loved peering into my tanks—often leaving sticky little handprints on the glass in the process—and helping ol’ Dad with his aquarium chores in any way they could.I can still recall each of them at different times standing next to a five-gallon bucket—almost as big as themselves—and helping me mix up batches of salt water with a wooden stirring stick. Hannah once even had her own little tank containing a blue devil damsel named “Blueberry.” However, as painful as it is to acknowledge, somewhere between that time and this, my kids not only transformed into cynical young adults (one in college, the other in high school), but they also lost all interest in aquariums, completely and utterly. Heck, they don’t even seem to notice my tanks are there anymore, let alone spend any time viewing the livestock. I guess I just assumed their early fascination would eventually blossom into a full-blown passion for marine aquariums, just as it had for me, and that the hobby would be something we could share for a lifetime. Boy, was I wrong! Where things went off track, I’m not exactly sure, but here are a few theories I’ve been toying around with: 1) They’re not my children This was my first assumption. After all, how could anyone who shares my DNA have no interest whatsoever in marine aquariums?

Review: Nyos Quantum 220 Skimmer

If you caught our recent unboxing review you’ll know that we installed this interesting skimmer on the test tank back in Autumn 2014. This is certainly a great looking skimmer and now that it’s been running for a good while we are in a position to give you more detail on how it stacks-up operationally (for technical details on the design of the skimmer, please read the unboxing review). OK, so installing the Quantum was a piece-of-cake. With the pump held internally there’s no need to assemble it once it’s inside the sump and it’s easy to handle (although we did take the cup off until it was in place). In operation this unit is very quiet… it’s not silent but is barely audible, especially once cabinet doors are shut. The noise produced is more a product of the water movement inside the unit rather than the pump

Significant Update to Apex Fusion Makes Aquarium Control Even Easier

unnamed2Apex Fusion, the nifty, free cloud-based service that allows you to control and monitor your Apex AquaController remotely from virtually anywhere in the world from nearly every platform available – Windows, OSX, iOS, or Android, just got a little makeover.… More:

*EXCLUSIVE* Unboxed: Red Sea REEFER™ 170 Aquarium System

(light not included)Breaking the news of their launch back in November 2014 we’ve been eagerly anticipating the commercial release of Red Sea’s new REEFER line of rimless braceless aquaria, as we suspect have many of you! In advance of the imminent arrival of the first run we’ve managed to get our hands on the very first unit and in this unboxing review (of sorts) we’ll be taking a preliminary look at the key aspects of the set-up both aesthetic and functional. Whether or not you’ve placed an order already, are considering doing so, or are just plain interested in such a system for the future, we hope this review will prove useful and entertaining! Coming in 5 models ranging from 117 to 450l in total volume, we’ve got our hands on the Reefer 170 which is one model up from the nano (incidentally, note that the model number refers to the total litre volume of the system including sump and top up tanks).

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation—Update 14: Fish Start to Arrive, Grand Reopening Set for March 27

Salties who have been following our updates on the Toledo Zoo Aquarium renovation these last few years will be excited to hear that the ambitious, $25.5 million project will soon be coming to fruition. Read on for the very latest from our friends at the Toledo Zoo.An epaulette shark gets accustomed to its new digs in the touch tank The Zoo’s innovative new Aquarium experience is slated to open on March 27 with incredible aquatic experiences like nothing else in the region. The Aquarium closed in October, 2012, for major renovations. Now that renovation of this historic Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era structure is complete, animals are starting to arrive, with key arrivals in the touch tanks and the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. Epaulette sharks and southern stingrays are adjusting to the new quarters of their spacious touch tank, a dynamic encounter that brings visitors close to these amazing animals. Nearby, the first tropical reef fish have been introduced to the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, a huge 90,000-gallon exhibit that will feature sleek sharks and Zoo divers who interact directly with visitors. This is the largest exhibit in the new Aquarium. Other animals will continue to arrive at the Aquarium and “graduate” to new exhibits after completing their quarantine requirements.

Santa Clarita’s Mini Public Aquarium

0130_news_aquarium_KL_0001 Public aquariums don’t have to be multi-million dollar projects in order to educate and inspire children and adults. A great example of a mini public aquarium is the Newhall Aquarium in Santa Clarita California. This pint-sized facility is located inside a suburban strip mall.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #215


This is what Christine did while recording the podcast. Stunning, isn’t it?

Another week, another podcast. This week’s topics include Reef Threads Plus, Christine’s new lights, hair-care products, old saws, reasons to under stock, and coral recovery in Hawaii. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Rock poundage
How much rock?, Zephryn100, Reef Central

Don’t panic
Reefkeeping is NOT under attack, Leonard Ho, Advanced Aquarist

Bleaching recovery
Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching: DNR study, Chicago Tribune/AP

Aquarama 2015 to Include Public Aquaria Program

Aquarama 2015According to the organizers, Aquarama is the leading biennial international ornamental fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates and accessories trade exhibition in the world.  It started back in 1989 and has attracted exhibitors, trade and public visitors from all corners of the globe. The next exhibition that is scheduled to run from 28-31 May 2015 is said to be an affair not to be missed! The organizers and a specially convened public aquarium committee are launching a program of sub-events aimed specifically at public aquarium personnel. This committee, consisting of Scott Dowd (Senior Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Boston, USA), Ramon Barbosa (Senior Curator at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore) and Rob Jones (‘The Aquarium Vet’ and veterinarian at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Australia) and co-ordinated by Aquarama Consultant, John Dawes, is devising a program of activities tailored to the needs of the public aquarium industry, as well as the fostering of closer links between the home aquarium industry and public aquaria. Aquarama will be dedicating over 50% of its… More:

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