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MACNA 2015 – Washington D.C.

reefs.comMACNA20158The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) is the largest marine aquarium conference in the world. The gathering brings livestock vendors, equipment manufacturers and everything in between together for a three day extravaganza of reef geek utopia from around the world. Forget holidays, for me this is the most sought after weekend of the year. This year the Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society (WAMAS) hosted the conference at the Wardman Marriott in Washington D.C., and what a MACNA it was!… More:

Reefs Best of 2015: Reef Savvy Surreal Sump

reefs.comSurrealSumpReef Savvy is known to continuously raise the bar on what a high-end display aquarium can and should be. This year at MACNA 2015, their displays were as eye-catching and innovative as ever, and a sump resting front and center in their booth piqued my interest. Felix Bordon, president of Reef Savvy, calls this new product the “Surreal Sump”, which fits the namesake perfectly.… More:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Chengdu’s Cube Oceanarium Sets a Record

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Opened on New Year’s Eve, Chengdu’s Cube Oceanarium (a public aquarium) is an beautiful, educational wonderland located in Seaside City in the JiaoLong Port. The recently completed project has been awarded not one, but two Guinness World Records – one for the world’s largest window and one for the world’s largest aquarium window. chengdu aquarium 4-reefsMore:

Astreopora montiporina the backstory

The story of my Astreopora montiporina colony is an interesting one. If you’re not familiar with this coral don’t worry, it is not commonly known or collected; it was named as a new species in 2011. Back to my story, I purchased a colony of clove polyps four years ago and when I was making some fragments I noticed that the rock the clove polyps were growing on was not a rock but the underside of a browned out coral colony. I removed all of the clove polyps, turned the coral towards the light, and waited to see what would happen. During the following months it slowly started to recover, the color changed from brown to green. After about a year it looked like this. 


Astreopora after about a year of recovery

 I didn’t know what kind of coral it was; the growth… More:

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