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Fish Health Through Slime

fish slime1 Fish Health Through SlimeFish diseases—they are the meat of fish forums and the subject that takes up the most ink (or whatever causes words to form on a computer screen), so for today’s post, I am going to discuss fish immunity in relation to fish slime. Fish, like every organism, have an immune system that is specifically designed to function in the environment they live in, using as its source of energy the food that the creature is able to acquire through its intake devices, or mouth parts. The immune system is one of three parts of a fish that needs to be fueled to keep the fish operating at peak efficiency. The other two parts are growth and reproduction. If fish don’t take in enough food or get the wrong types of food, there will be less energy to fuel those systems properly and one or all will suffer. More: Fish Health Through SlimeMore:

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Shaq’s Awesome Big Rig Tank

shaq Shaqs Awesome Big Rig Tank This is one cool tank. We all know Shaquille O’Neal is a big guy, at over 7 feet tall, he was bound to have an equally large and in charge fish tank. The guys from ‘Tanked’ hooked him up with this spectacular tank for the living room of his 10 bedroom Orlando, Florida home.  The tank incorporates use of O’Neals two nicknames: Diesel and Superman. The 250 gallon tank is incorporated into the front end of a real big rig truck. Talk about a show piece. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #201

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #201 We didn’t quit at 200. We’re back for more. This week we talk about equipment redundancy and backups, pyrosomes, comb jellies, refugiums, and buying animals online. Don’t forget to go to our Facebook page and tell us how you listen to the podcasts. The standout entry will win a free Coral magazine subscription. 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 #201More:

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Strange And Cool Tanks

eerie 2 Strange And Cool Tankseerie 3 Strange And Cool Tanks Here is just another example of fish tanks serving as the base for some really cool art. Artist Mariele Neudecker has a collection of ‘tank works’ which are pretty awesome. These handcrafted sculptures are placed inside water filled tanks which include chemicals to create an atmospheric effect. … More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #200

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #200

This week we celebrate our 200th podcast.This week we reach a major milestone with our 200th Reef Threads podcast. To help us celebrate, we’re joined by Rich Ross, Ben Johnson, and Jeremy. This week we talk about various aspects of the hobby and what lies ahead for us. 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 #200

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Earthquake Shuts Down Napa’s Only Fish Store

napa 300x199 Earthquake Shuts Down Napas Only Fish StoreRunning an aquarium store these days is difficult enough as it is. Imagine trying to rebuild the business you worked so hard to establish, after a devastating earthquake, when both you, and many of your customers, lost their aquariums. This is the unfortunate reality for Napa Valleys’ ‘Aquatics World’, the only fish store in town.  I wrote about this story on Reefs.com back in August, after the earthquake hit, you can read the article here. The damage see in the video really shows the extant of the earthquakes impact.… More:

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Is There a Jellyfish Tank in Your Future?

jelly tank Is There a Jellyfish Tank in Your Future?One of the product lines that really caught my eye at MACNA 2014 were the jellyfish tanks at the Boyd Enterprises booth. Until recently, home aquarists did not have access to jellyfish systems. When I think of jellyfish systems, I think of them almost exclusively in the context of big public aquariums. I’ve been to a few really nice aquariums lately, and they all had these types of displays featuring different species of jellyfish. As far as these tanks are concerned, it appears to be a Kreisel design, which is a circular tank that lightly tumbles the jellyfish using an air pump for water movement. The idea is to keep the jellies in suspension and prevent the animals from hitting the sides. Contact with the tank risks injury to the animals. The tanks come with an array of colored LEDs to make for a dazzling display More: Is There a Jellyfish Tank in Your Future?More:

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Keeping “Difficult” Marine Fish

difficult fish Keeping “Difficult” Marine FishThere are no real “difficult” fish; they survive just fine in the sea before someone comes along and collects them. They know what they need, and if we studied them in the sea, we would also know what they need, and it isn’t always about food (though most of the time, it is). There is a reason different fish come from different places—why Moorish idols come from the South Pacific and not Coney Island, why mandarins come from the Philippines and not Bayonne, New Jersey. I have spent time underwater with most of the fish I have ever kept, and I learned more from swimming a few minutes with them than from all the articles I ever read about them. Eating doesn’t equal thriving We as aquarists have a large list of fish that some consider difficult. I say the fish are not difficult but that the aquarist is either lazy or just doesn’t know what that fish is supposed to eat. Not all fish will thrive on “normal” aquarium fare. Many will eat it, but eating something doesn’t always equate with thriving More: Keeping “Difficult” Marine FishMore:

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