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Reef Threads Podcast #175

reefthreads1 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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Saltwater Confessions: Bizarre Marine Aquarium Blunders

aquarium blunders1 Saltwater Confessions: Bizarre Marine Aquarium BlundersAfter many years in the marine aquarium hobby—I’m not talking Paul B years here, but let’s just say a reasonable length of time—I like to think I’ve acquired a certain degree of wisdom with respect to keeping saltwater organisms. What I don’t care to admit is how much of that wisdom was actually gained as a result of making really strange and downright inexplicable blunders from time to time. Some of these are too dark and horrifying to recount here, but I’d like to share a few of the less-mortifying ones so other salties out there can benefit from my experiences—or at least avoid making the same sorts of mistakes I’ve made. (Note: some details may have been changed to protect the innocent—or to make me look like less of a moron.) More: Saltwater Confessions: Bizarre Marine Aquarium BlundersMore:

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Attention: European Aquarists

Aquarium tank public domain 300x185 Attention: European AquaristsEurogroup for Animals (based in Brussels) is asking MEPs, ahead of the May elections, to sign a pledge to work towards banning the import of wild caught animals OATA (The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association) Chief Executive Keith Davenport sees it as the hobby being under threat: “Taken to its logical conclusion this would mean if you want to keep tropical marine or freshwater fish, corals, soft corals or other invertebrates you might as well forget it. All of these are either wild-caught and/or exotic, which means they’re not native to the UK, so they would no longer be available to buy.” OATA is urging keen fish keepers to contact MEPs to urge them not to sign the Eurogroup for Animals pledge.  A special #handsoffmyhobby campaign has been launched to get passionate aquarium hobbyists to shout about what they love about keeping fish. We’re all for keeping the hobby going, but at what cost? Is this pledge not a step in the right direction?  Should exotics be included in the pledge?  Should they not rather say that all exotics should be captive bred?  Why not tell them what you think.  Have a look at: http://www.ornamentalfish.org for more.… More:

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Fluval’s New M-90 (36 gal) All-In-One Reef Aquarium

The new Fluval M-90 all-in-one reef aquarium has just been introduced to North America. The new 36 gallon M-90 expands on Fluval’s successful line of 2 smaller all-in-one reef aquariums, the M-40 (15 gal) and the M-60 (24 gal).  More:

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Yellow Tang… so close, yet so far… – Update from OI

yellow+tang+Day+60+001+7x Yellow Tang… so close, yet so far… – Update from OI Since we last wrote at Day 50, we’ve observed a lot of interesting things with our yellow tang larvae. Probably the most important thing we observed is their very inefficient feeding capability. At their size (~1cm), newly hatched Artemia nauplii should have been easy prey, but time and time again we’d watch them strike and miss, or partially catch one only to spit it out. Artemia nauplii definitely don’t seem to be adequate to sustain yellow tang at this stage in development. Likewise enriched Artemia were all but rejected. Also, at this stage, the fish seem to rely on their large pectoral fins for propulsion and were very awkward moving around the tank.  We would frequently observe them floundering about and then suddenly right themselves and swim on quite normally. This seemed to require a lot of energy, which in their compromised nutritional state, likely lead to some additional stress. They also tended to gravitate MORE:Yellow Tang… so close, yet so far… – Update from OIMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #174

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #174

We return once again, this time to discuss captive-bred-fish economics, the role of limited-edition corals in the hobby’s future, can you ever be completely happy with your tank, and whether hobbyists focus too much on equipment. 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 #174

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Fluval Unveils New Premium Freshwater Aquarium Series

 The annual Global Pet Expo in Orlando is the largest pet product show in the USA. It is a chance for manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest products to thousands of retailers, distributers and industry insiders. Fluval made a big splash by unveiling their all new Premium Fresh Water Aquarium Series at the event.DSC 1262 Fluval Unveils New Premium Freshwater Aquarium SeriesMore:

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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Sharks Getting A New Home

Just moving from one home or apartment to another is a tedious thought for most of us. Think about how hard moving a whole aquarium is! The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is moving approximately 5000 animals to a new 24 million dollar facility, which was funded by donors, grants, corporate sponsors and financing, that will hold over 500,000 million gallons of water (information gathered from the Aquariums website).  The new 136,000-square-foot facility in Draper is scheduled to open March 25, 2014.  This  move will be no easy feat.… More:

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