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Proposed New Aquarium To Replace One Destroyed By Hurricane Katrina

marine life Proposed New Aquarium To Replace One Destroyed By Hurricane KatrinaHurricane Katrina happened almost 10 years ago and was one of the worst natural disasters the United States has ever seen. Katrina destroyed many peoples homes and businesses, all along the Mississippi and Louisiana Coasts. The city of Gulfport lost the Marine Life Aquarium to the hurricane in 2005. Gulfport is trying to welcome a new aquarium that is estimated to cost over $100 million dollars and to hopes to be one of the 10 largest aquariums in the United States. The location for the aquarium has not yet been disclosed, but sources say it has been in the works for months. Its exciting to see the City renovating and getting back on its feet after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, even all these years later. While the aquarium is still in the works, fingers crossed that we have a fantastic new aquarium in the future of Mississippi. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #204

The lionfish appetizer as served at GW Fins in New Orleans.It’s time for podcast #204 and the Reef Evangelist is not happy. Before she blows off steam, we talk about eating lionfish, our “Where you listen contest,” and reef season. Then we talk about why it is that people are always making reef-aquarium keeping sound so difficult as we tackle the blog post “11 Hard Truths About Marine Aquariums. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Hard truths?
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Aquarium Under Fire From PETA For After Hour Parties

 Who doesn’t like a good party? Well apparently not PETA. The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium has recently come under scrutiny from PETA. The animal welfare organization has expressed it’s concern due the aquariums 18 and older parties which are held at the aquarium after hours, the parties include music and pop up bars featuring alcoholic drinks. PETA alleges that because the animals would normally be resting during these after hours events, they are detrimental to the animals health. What are your thoughts? Should these events be stopped? Or is PETA overreactingMOREMore:

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This Is One Cool Beta Tank Design

cool tank This Is One Cool Beta Tank DesignThis is definitely not your average Beta tank. A collaboration between a designer and a glassblower has created quite the impressive Beta fish tank design. “Echappée,” or “Extension,” designed by Sebastien Cordoleani and Vincent Breed, is a different way of imagining beta fish tank utility. The tanks rippling, ‘bubbly’ effect is supposed to resemble a bubble of water and a flowing water effect. The aquarium was part of the show “15 Designers, 15 Artisans” held in France in December 2010. The participants all had 2 months to create the pieces of art, which had to fit into a 60 x 60 x 60 cm space. Of course its unclear how well this tank would actually function, but I think this would make a spectacular piece of tank art for any home. MOREMore:

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Unboxed: EcoTech Radion XR15w Pro

Widely regarded as market leaders in LED lighting technology for reef aquaria, EcoTech’s products are some of the most advanced and desirable available to today’s hobbyist. With a line-up that is constantly evolving to incorporate the very latest technology, we use this review to take a preliminary look at their latest and most compact LED light to date – the Radion XR15w Pro. So, getting hands-on with this unit, we are immediately impressed with the quality of presentation. The slick packaging presents the tile with beautiful simplicity and the supporting materials included reflect this. To be honest we feel like we are excitedly unpacking the latest tablet or computer peripheral rather than an aquarium item! Anyway, the light is literally ready-to-go as soon as it is lifted from its from its moulded receptacle and out of the box. Build quality appears to be excellent and we love the look of the honey-comb fan aperture. With the ducted cooling system of its larger brethren, the operating temperature of the LED array should be managed quietly and effectively. Refined in gloss black this unit looks every inch the ‘bleeding-edge’ option you craved. Measuring just 7”x7”x1.5″, the XR15 certainly is remarkably compact. Despite its diminutive size though, and thanks to the 120 degree TIR lenses fitted as standard, it is rated to illuminate a 24”x24” footprint from 8” or more above the water line. Clearly this makes it copesetic for a range of aquaria, from nano tanks up to fairly large systems (in the latter case, when used as part of an array of multiple units). Emitting a claimed maximum PAR of 825, and with a full spectrum (and UV) output optimised for coral growth full, it should be possible to maintain a range of species under this light, including light hungry species like SPS corals. Consuming just 75watts though, this is also one efficient light unit. In terms of bulbs, the XR15 is a single-cluster unit featuring 21 high-output, energy-efficient LEDs covering the full light spectrum. Specifically we have: 4 Cree XP-G2 (20W) Cool White, 4 Osram Oslon Square (20W) Deep Blue, 4 Cree XP-E (12W) Blue, 2 Cree XP-E (7W) Green,2 Osram Oslon SSL (6W) Hyper Red,1 Osram Oslon SSL (3W) Yellow, 2 SemiLEDs (5W) Indigo, 2 SemiLEDs (5W) UV. All-in-all, superb quality and more than enough colours to provide a spectrum for both coral health, good colour rendition and to replicate a diverse range of aquatic scenarios. The XR15 continues to impress when we look at its functionality, and with a variety of presets (including acclimatisation mode, weather simulation and lunar cycles) built-in, this is already one versatile unit. Take into consideration the fact the tile has a built-in RF Module that can communicate wirelessly with other Radion lights and VorTech pumps (through EcoSMART Live) and we enter a new dimension of control. Finally this unit is also ReefLink compatible and can therefore be controlled wirelessly using an ios or Android device. When you come to mount this light take note that it can easily be connected to EcoTech’s new modular RMS (Radion Mounting System – which we’ll be looking at shortly), hanging kit, or the multi-light mounting rail. Retailing here in the UK for around £360 (at time of this feature), the XR15w Pro comes backed-up with EcoTech’s 1yr warranty for the fixture/2yrs for the LEDs. To show exactly what the unit can do in the real world, we’ll be producing a full operational review of this unit when we’ve got it installed on the test tank in the near future. While you wait, take a look at EcoTech’s official run down on their website by clicking the banner below.
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Mame Nano Protein Skimmer III Review – Saltwater Conversion

http://saltwater-conversion.com/collections/mame/products/mame-skimmer http://reefertees.com https://www.facebook.com/coralfish12g In this coralfish12g video, I am going to be reviewing the Mame Nano Protein Skimmer III. I was searching for a smaller and quieter protein skimmer for my 30 gallon reef tank when I found it on Saltwater Conversion.com. The Mame Nano Skimmer III is a very small, practical protein skimmer that is specially designed to skim the smallest nano tanks.
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Reef Threads Podcast #203

Gary’s maintenance tools drying in the sun.We return for the 203rd time, this week to talk about Gary’s maintenance toolbox, listener Don Davis visiting Snorkel Bob, group buys, saving filtration wastewater, and milk and honey and PB&J as carbon sources. We hope you enjoy the podcast and urge you to not use PB&J as a carbon source. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Milk and honey
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5 Myths About Marine Quarantine Tanks

A standard quarantine aquarium setupQuarantine tanks are often discussed/written about as though they require very little effort, planning, or expense. Just dust off that 10-gallon plastic “critter keeper” sitting on the shelf, fill it with salt water, drop in a heater and sponge filter, and you’re good to go, right? Unfortunately, it’s not really that simple. One could argue that in their justifiable zeal to encourage marine aquarium hobbyists to quarantine all their livestock, some aquarium authors (myself included, admittedly) and others with a voice in the hobby have created some false impressions about the practice. Here are a few of the quarantine tank myths I’ve noted over the years—and probably even perpetuated to some degree: 1. A 10-gallon tank will do ya!
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