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Marine Aquarium Contingencies I Never Anticipated

harmful algal bloom1 Marine Aquarium Contingencies I Never AnticipatedIf you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard about the massive Microcystis algae outbreak that is currently affecting the western basin of Lake Erie and, from this past Friday until around 9:30 this morning, rendered the tap water in Toledo, Ohio and many surrounding communities unsafe to drink. Toledo just happens to be home to yours truly, and “Caribbean Chris” just happens to live in one of those surrounding communities. My wife and I first learned of this most unusual water emergency at the tail end of our vacation in Florida. Our teenage son and daughter, who are now way too old and cool to travel with Mom and Dad, broke the news via text message. My first thought was, “Thank heaven we’ve stockpiled plenty of clean drinking water that the kids can use (I guess you could say we’re preppers of a sort—though not the wild-eyed, catapult-building, planning-for-Armageddon type). My second thought was, “Hmm, I wonder what this means for my aquariums.” The same question occurred to Chris. So many questions, so few answers Is microcystin (the toxin produced by Microcystis) harmful to marine fish and/or invertebrates? More: Marine Aquarium Contingencies I Never AnticipatedMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #192

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #192

Maybe this was the butterfly Gary “imported” from Hawaii.This is the podcast in which we play 20 questions, but actually only get to seven before we run out of time. It doesn’t matter because we uncovered some fun memories along the way. 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 #192

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5 Reasons to Understock Your Marine Aquarium

understock aquarium1 5 Reasons to Understock Your Marine AquariumOver the many years I’ve kept marine aquariums, guests in my home have more than occasionally noted the relatively low number of specimens, particularly fish, in my tanks. You could say it’s been a hallmark of my fishkeeping career to understock my aquariums, sometimes to the point that they look rather sparse. But there’s a method to the madness of my modest stocking levels. Here are five benefits that I derive from stocking sparingly—and you can too: 1) Fewer compatibility issues While I’ve seen my share of piscine pugilism, most of my aquariums have been fairly tranquil. This is due in part to careful specimen selection and introducing species in the proper order (least aggressive to most aggressive), but I’m convinced that giving the fish plenty of elbow (fin?) room so they can stay out of each other’s business has played a big role in promoting the peace as well. 2) Decreased demand on filtration In a lightly stocked aquarium, the biofilter (if well established), protein skimmer, and any chemical filtrants used can easily keep pace with the nitrogenous wastes and dissolved organic compounds, providing a good margin of error against ammonia spikes and other water-quality issues. 3) Reduced maintenance Having a lower level of dissolved pollutants translates into slower algal growth, slower accumulation of nitrate, etc. As a result, it generally takes less “elbow grease” to keep a lightly stocked aquarium in good health and looking its best More: 5 Reasons to Understock Your Marine AquariumMore:

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Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation Fail

aquarium Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation FailPublic aquariums are supposed to protect animals and promote conservation. This sad news from the Taraporewala Aquarium in Mumbai, India is the antithesis of all that public aquariums stand for. Currently, over 270 fish and 38 turtles who were previous residents are now at the Versova fisheries center, without any handler or appropriate care.The animals were moved to the fisheries center in March 2012, when the Taraporewala Aquarium underwent renovation work. While the renovations were supposed to be completed in 2013, leaky tanks and other structural inadequacies delayed the project. It is still unclear when the renovations will be complete. In the meanwhile, these poor animals are being held without anyone to care for them. To date, more than 30 animals have died and the conditions reported, included fish being attacked by crows in open ponds, are grave.  MOREMore:

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Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion Lineup

171dtive Marine Fusion 10 Gallon Livestock 150x150 Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion LineupInnovative Marine is living up to their namesake this week with the announcement of the most well-equipped all-in-one nano aquariums on the market. They are bolstering their Nuvo Fusion lineup, going a little smaller to target those hobbyists who enjoy a beautiful yet insanely functional desktop sized aquarium. The new models will include the Fusion Nano 10 and 20, and despite their size, they will enjoy all of the same features of their larger brethren. That means a 10 and 20 gallon tank with low iron glass (an industry first as far as we know), mesh screen top to keep fish in, built-in overflows, a rubber leveling mat, and some impressive rear chamber filtration. And you know what the real shocker is…the tanks start at just $99. But the fun doesn’t stop there. As IM has done in the past with other aquariums, the lineup has been given access to some really awesome third-party upgrades. MORE: Innovative Marine Adds Two Smaller Tanks to the Fusion LineupMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #191

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #191

We have returned once again to do that podcasting thing that has become our habit. This week we talk about MACNA, Christine’s Project Oceanology trip, tools you should have, plumbing, and “vacation fish.” 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 #191

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Hot Summer, Cool Seahorses: Cooling The Seahorse Aquarium

Hot Seahorses Desert Hot Summer, Cool Seahorses: Cooling The Seahorse Aquarium
Summer’s here, and seahorse aquarists are starting to see tank temperatures rise. Seahorses, are particularly vulnerable to warmer temperatures , so for many seahorse aquarists, even moderate heat can lead to a mad dash to lower the water temperature. The consequences of warm water can be deadly for seahorses. Bacteria spread at a faster rate in warmer water, so the warmer it gets, the more likely you are to see illness pop up in your aquarium. Another often overlooked problem is that warmer water holds less oxygen, stressing out the inhabitants of your aquarium. This tends to be worse for seahorses than other fish due to their lobed gill structure. Fans, your first line of defense Often, open tops with fans blowing across the water is enough to drop temp a few degrees. This works by evaporative cooling. Removing tops, and placing a fan so it blows across the water will make More: Hot Summer, Cool Seahorses: Cooling The Seahorse AquariumMore:

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Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima ND

IMG 6676 300x200 Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima NDAs LED aquarium lighting continues to evolve rapidly, let’s take a look at how this technology can benefit our reef tanks beyond the illumination of corals and fishes in our main display tank. As well as providing such lighting, LED units can also be extremely useful for fueling algae filters in sumps, indeed we’ve shown this before with our review of the Arcadia EcoAqua 30watt spotlight. With many hobbyists now switching to LED for this purpose, in this review we look at another unit that can be adapted from its primary use as a freshwater planted tank light, and put to good use in a marine setting. Obtaining our unit in good order from renowned online operation Swell UK, out-of-the-box our GroBeam tile feels solid and well-made. This 2013-made 1500 ND (Natural Daylight) model is the latest ‘version’ of the tile boasting higher output LEDs than the preceeding ‘1000’ model. An inspection of the contents and instructions confirms that this is a product from a specialist manufacturer, purposefully-designed and optimised for the task in hand. With a colour temperature of 6500k, this unit is well-suited to illuminating a range of marine macro algae… Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa. The LED tile is fitted with 10 Cree More: Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima NDMore:

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