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Home Nova’s Aquaponics Eco

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Home Nova is pleased to announce the launch of their kickstarter campaign, focused on the production and distribution of their beautiful, organic herb garden aquariums. From their site: “Many people living in the city do not have the luxury of space to grow food for themselves.  Even when they have backyards for gardening, cultivating some herbs and vegetables indoors can be a convenient, pest-free way to grow fresh greens year-round. On the web, there are many articles about building organic gardens and aquaponic systems, but most of them are designed with backyards in mind. We have devised an eco system to grow fresh produce at home while simultaneously enjoying keeping aquatic pet animals.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #255

Toys for Kids at Reef2Reef

We’ve mostly recovered from illness and are back with another podcast. This week’s topics include the Reef2Reef Toys for Kids program, the Penn State Student Union tanks, the Vita aquarium, Kohler’s EnCube backup system, clean-up crews, and super-heated water changes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
Rod’s Food website

Toys for Kids
Reef2Reef Toys for Kids

Vita aquarium
Vita aquarium Kickstarter page

Kohler enCUBE generator
Kohler enCUBE generator

Cleanup crews
4 Crabby Caveats to Keeping Clibanarius tricolor, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

Cleanup crews
Superheated water changes, Jeremy Gosnell, Reefs.com

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A.I.O. Drop-Off Aquarium

reefs.com Reef Crest Main PageA cool new style of all-in-one aquarium will be on the market shortly. While I’m normally not impressed by A.I.O. aquariums, this one’s unique design gets my gears turning: Artfully Acrylic’s exciting new release is finally available for purchase!More:

The Best Beginner Small-Polyp Stony Corals

These SPS coral species are a beginner’s best betUpon entering the world of small polyp stony corals (or SPS), many people ask the magic question, “Which types are best for beginners?” In my opinion the most beginner-friendly choices are found in the genera Montipora, Pocillopora, Seriatopora, and Stylophora. Most of the corals I’ll discuss here are commonly available, so there should be a low cost of entry. They’ve also proven fairly hardy in my experience and can be kept in a wider range of parameters than most SPS corals. What’s more, they’re rarely susceptible to the dreaded rapid or slow tissue necrosis (RTN/STN) that you see in Acropora species. General requirements for these SPS coralsCare level: moderate Temperament: peaceful (will not try to attack neighboring corals but will most likely lose to aggressive species) Lighting: moderate to high (of the correct full spectrum) Flow: medium to high Temperature: 72-78F Alkalinity: 8-12 dKH pH: 8.1-8.4 Specific gravity: 1.023-1.025 Preparing for SPS The ultimate practice for these corals is mastering water parameter stability. Don’t chase specific numbers, but if you can keep parameters in the required ranges and stable with very little variance and spikes, you can keep practically any coral. The only other specifics to each coral are placement, which impacts lighting; flow requirements; and whether they need to be fed. These are primarily photosynthetic corals, but additions of amino acids and other elements may help with coloration and growth

Product Review: 2 gallon Jellyfish Cylinder Nano by Jellyfish Art


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The author feeds his pet jellyfish in Jellyfish Art’s 2-gallon Nano Cylinder.

 Finally, keeping jellyfish easily at home is actually possible! The team from Florida-based Jellyfish Art recently unveiled their 2 gallon Jellyfish Cylinder Nano on Kickstarter. You may have heard in just over 2 weeks, the product has over 1200 backers and has raised more than $300,0000.  I have been one of the  lucky people who have been  testing pre-production units for the past two months.  I can say that you should be excited about this tank, because it is pretty awesome. As my wife will attest, it is a jellyfish system that even first time aquarium consumers can maintain successfully.… More:

Nano Jellyfish Tank News

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Exciting news from Jellyfish Art!  The Florida company has more than surpassed its $50,000 Kickstarter goal (raising over $300,000 to date!) and will be shipping their new Jellyfish Cylinder Nano just in time for Christmas 2015. The first of its kind, the aquarium is a revolutionary 2 gallon all-inclusive jellyfish aquarium kit, and comes with everything you need to set up the aquarium, including jellyfish food and a voucher for three live Moon jellyfish. When the tank is ready for jellyfish, the vouchers can be redeemed at JellyfishArt.com; the company will express-ship to your doorstep anywhere in the continental U.S..… More:

Why Isn’t Cryptocaryon irritans a Major Problem for Wild Marine Fish?

Whitecheek Tang (Acanthurus nigricans) afflicted with Cryptocaryon irritansDuring yesterday’s Thanksgiving get-together, which my wife and I host for my side of the family every year, a teenaged nephew asked me about marine ich (Cryptocaryon irritans)—the one fish disease he’s heard something about from a friend who keeps saltwater tanks. As I explained the parasite and its lifecycle and why I think it’s so important to quarantine new specimens, he asked, “If ich spreads so easily, why aren’t all the fish in the ocean infected?” Thrilled that, for once at least, I could offer my curious young nephew something akin to wisdom, I explained that the following factors help keep ich infections at a manageable level in wild fish populations:The vastness of the ocean Even though coral reefs appear to be bristling with fish, the density of the fish population relative to the volume of the ocean is, if you’ll excuse the pun, a mere drop in the bucket. Remember, during the tomite, or theront, stage of the Cryptocaryon lifecycle, the free-swimming parasites must find a host fish to attach to and feed upon within a relatively short period or they die. In the vast ocean, with its limitless water volume and powerful, dynamic currents, only a very small number of tomites ever succeed in locating a host. On the other hand, in a closed aquarium system, even if the actual number of fish specimens is fairly small, the population density is still extremely high relative to the volume of water. Of course, the density of host-seeking parasites relative to the water volume is also very high.

How Simple Can You Get with Your Marine Aquarium?

While the title of this post puts me in mind of a song performed by Nick Rivers in the 1984 comedy film Top Secret, it’s a question many a novice has posed before setting up his or her first marine aquarium. How basic can it be? Or, put another way, what equipment is absolutely essential and what isn’t?This is a perfectly logical question because ours can be a highly equipment-intensive hobby, and the choices of gear and gadgets designed to make our lives easier can be downright mind-blowing. Add in all the online forum chatter about—and volatile disputes over—the latest-and-greatest hobby technology and methodology, and it’s no surprise that many beginners have a heck of a time distinguishing between the bare essentials and the “bells and whistles.” Complicating matters, of course, is the fact that opinions on what constitutes “essential equipment” can vary widely from one hobbyist to the next. I would humbly submit that the following items are all you really need for a bare-bones saltwater setup: (Note that you’ll also need various and sundry small-ticket items used for regular operation and maintenance, such as aquarium brushes, an algae magnet, etc. Plus, if you plan to keep a reef system, you’ll need to add some means of calcium/alkalinity supplementation to the list.) Some folks might say this list is grossly incomplete while others might contend you could get by without some of the items on it.

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