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Mall of America Set to Get $2 Million Dollar Aquarium Expansion

sea life expansion 300x168 Mall of America Set to Get $2 Million Dollar Aquarium ExpansionAs if I needed another excuse to visit the World’s largest shopping facility, Sea Life Minnesota, the Aquarium located within the Mall of America, will be carrying out a $2 million expansion March 2015, the largest expansion since its opening in 1996 (they can get, say, 80 Personatus Angels for that!). The 1,200,000 gallon aquarium will feature an additional 15,000 gallon interactive Stingray Adventure as it’s main attractant, along with an interactive shipwreck exhibit and expanded touch pools featuring Pacific Northwest inhabitants. The aquarium already boasts the “world’s largest jellyfish collection” as well as the “world’s largest underground shark exhibit”. Thankfully, the aquarium won’t be closing its doors while undergoing the expansion, and in the meantime regular admission guests will receive a free “comeback ticket” to visit the completed project in May 2015.
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Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium Masterpiece

picasso1 Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium MasterpieceCertain fishes available in the marine aquarium trade are truly bizarre in their coloration and patterning. Ranked high among them when it comes to both exotic appearance and aquarium adaptability is Rhinecanthus aculeatus, better known as the Picasso triggerfish or the Humuhumu triggerfish. This latter appellation (which is also applied to the closely related and similar looking R. rectangulus) is derived from the Hawaiian name for the species: Humuhumu nukunuku apua’a, which, if memory serves, translates loosely into “Man, how many Mai Tais did I pack away last night!?” I could be wrong on that. Physical traits R. aculeatus exhibits “typical” triggerfish morphology, with a highly laterally compressed body; high-set, independently moving eyes positioned far back on the head; a deceptively small, forward-set mouth; and a stout first dorsal spine that can be “locked” in an upright position to secure the trigger in a reef crevice when the fish is threatened. The maximum recorded length for this species is around 10 inches. I could try to describe the color and patterning of R. aculeatus, but it wouldn’t do this fish justice More: Picasso Triggerfish: A Marine Aquarium MasterpieceMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #199

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #199

Ret Talbot is our guest this week to talk about issues that affect the future of our hobby.Ret Talbot joins us this week to discuss endangered and threatened marine species, recent National Marine Fisheries Service regulation activities, and what all of this means for marine-aquarium hobbyists. This is an important subject that could affect the future of this hobby. We also encourage you to support PIJAC’s efforts to collaborate with regulation authorities. 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 #199

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Awesome 137 Ft Deep Pool Opens In Italy

 Equal to the height of a 12 story building, this new enormous pool defies imagination at 137 Ft depths. Named ‘Y-40 The Deep Joy’, the pool is located in the Hotel Terme Millepini near Padua, Italy. This massive pool allows scuba divers to train in controlled conditions for deep water diving. There are numerous underwater viewing windows for spectators and instructors to keep an eye on students, along with a transparent tunnel 16 ft down. Imagine filling this pool with some deep water species to create a one of a king pool diving experience! MOREMore:

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You’ve Bought a Tankbuster! Now What?

tankbuster1 You’ve Bought a Tankbuster! Now What?At one time or another in their fishkeeping career, many marine aquarium hobbyists make the mistake of purchasing a fish that is destined to grow too large for their tank. They may do so completely unwittingly (because they didn’t research that “pretty little fish” in advance), or they may be more or less aware of the species’ growth potential but underestimate how much tank space it truly needs in order to thrive. Regardless of how hobbyists manage to make this blunder, they’re left with the problem of what to do with the fish now that it’s in their aquarium and growing fast. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, here are a few possible solutions to explore. I’ve listed them in the order of (in my opinion) best to worst options. Upsize your tank It may be that the fish in question is a tankbuster only with respect to your current aquarium. For instance, that harlequin tuskfish may prove to be too much fish for your 75-gallon, but if you have the wherewithal to upsize to, say, a 125-gallon, your problem is solved and your fish will be much better off for it. (Not to mention, you’ll have a new 125-gallon tank!) Of course, keep in mind that if you have a spouse, partner, or roommate sharing your living space, such an arrangement may warrant pre-approval for the sake of domestic tranquility. More: You’ve Bought a Tankbuster! Now What?More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #198

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #198

We’re back because we can’t stay away. This week we talk about Gary’s clam-eating copper band, goldfish brain surgery, Florida lion fish, natural seawater, green reefs, Randy Holmes-Farley, and Reef2Reef. 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 #198

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GHL Mitras Lightbar Announced in Smaller Sizes and More Colors

517cMitras Lightbar GHL Mitras Lightbar Announced in Smaller Sizes and More ColorsGHL is updating their Mitras Lightbar for 2014 by offering them up in one brand new color configuration and two new sizes. Where the first generation of the Lightbar saw its smallest fixture tipping the scales at roughly 60 cm in length, or just under two feet, the new nano models will be suited for 40 or 50 cm aquariums. This is a good move to hit those smaller desktop nano aquariums that are all the rage these days, and nano owners could certainly appreciate the access to this high end LED striplight.As for the new color, the Mitras LED striplight will now be available in a deep actinic. Prior to this release, the Lightbar was only available in a daylight (freshwater), actinic (saltwater), and an ocean blue (mix of fresh and salt) configuration. This new color offers up the deep blue that has become synonymous with reef aquaria and it gives users more options for color blending and bolstering coral coloration.The Mitras Lightbar fixtures for 40 and 50 cm nano tanks are currently available in the GHL webshop, and the deep actinic models will become available in mid-October.Features common to all models:Selected high-power-LEDs of Cree MORE: GHL Mitras Lightbar Announced in Smaller Sizes and More ColorsMore:

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Elephant Aquarium In Switzerland?!

 The Zurich Zoo in Switzerland has a new exhibit, of the likes I have never seen before. The Kaeng Krachen Elephant park features 6 ‘aquariums’ or water basins for the elephants to swim in. The exhibit is described as ‘the most magical thing you will ever see’ and the exhibits are intended to reflect the natural environment of Asian elephants and improve the health of Zoo Elephants. This is definitely not your traditional aquarium, and certainty not one I would like to clean. MOREMore:

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