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Seahorse Canada: Canadian Seahorses At Last!

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A flirty pair of seahorses from Seahorse Canada. Canadians have long had trouble getting true captive bred seahorses. CITES has had the unfortunate side effect of restricting access to Captive Bred seahorses to Canada, and while a few overseas companies do ship across the border, it’s a difficult process. No more! Seahorse Canada has recently opened it’s doors, specializing in captive bred seahorses. Their first offering is the Lined Seahorse Hippocampus erectus. H. erectus are considered the hardiest of the seahorses, making this an excellent first offering. This is doubly good news, as many of the tank raised seahorses that make it into Canada tend to species that are more difficult to keep. A beautiful group of Lined Seahorses showing long cirri, the fleshy growths that help them blend into algal environments. And did I mention they’re true More: Seahorse Canada: Canadian Seahorses At Last!More:

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CORAL Video: Frag Swap Set Up with HighDefCorals

 It’s safe to say that HighDefCorals has taken the act of being a “Frag Swap Vendor” to a true art-form; they often have the swankest setup in the room. Gone are the days when vendors at frag swaps were simply hobbyists with a 20 gallon long and a metal halide light; these days frag swapping is serious business. Based in Oklahoma City, OK, Ed and Denise Brookshire, and partner Paul Whitby, dedicate their time to traveling the country to offer “[imported] livestock not found in your LFS.” For companies like HighDefCorals, perhaps we are better off thinking of their mobile setups as the gourmet food trucks of the aquarium industry. Last weekend at the inaugural Reef Currents conference and coral farmers market put on by MARSH, HighDefCorals took the time to film frag swap setup Friday night before the event on Saturday. What resulted is a 2-minute condensed look at the setup of the HighDefCorals display you see may see around your local frag swap or convention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbvNGfR_s4c They make it look easy, but having been there myself to see the tear down (and to get drenched when a hose came off a high volume water pump that was draining a bucket) there’s a lot to be done even with such a well-thought out and engineered setup. MORE: CORAL Video: Frag Swap Set Up with HighDefCoralsMore:

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Don’t Get Stuck On It, As It Is A Crappy Way To Live

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A Red Sea Urchin of the Northeast Pacific, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus. Of urchins and amphipods and of beauty and bugs Text & Images by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D. People who have read more than one of my musings generally are aware I like to discuss things that aren’t what they seem to be. And particularly, I like to discuss things that seem to be very obvious, but actually are more oblivious than obvious.  So putting this all together, I like to discuss interactions that are obviously what they aren’t. A good case in point revolves around the large Red Sea Urchin of the Northeastern Pacific, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus. These are sea urchins that are far larger than the common sea urchins of reef aquaria. MORE: Don’t Get Stuck On It, As It Is A Crappy Way To LiveMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #170

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #170http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt170.mp3 Transluscence! It’s time for more reef chit chat. Subjects this week include Christine talking at the Boston Reef Society meeting, accuracy and precision (again), Gary’s soft-coral tank plan, Xenia, Rod’s food, exploring a LFS, painting tank backs, and skimmer performance. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Painting tank backs When skimmers don’t work The Reef Addicts site More: Reef Threads Podcast #170More:

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Stunning 140 gallon SPS Reef Tank Profile

Tenji Inc, a leading Custom Aquarium Design and Construction firm recently set up a 140 gallon SPS reef in their Carmel Valley, California showroom. The tank was started on December 1, 2013, so it’s only 2.5 mos old, but it is already showing tremendous growth. You can see a live video feed of the aquarium  here.11 Stunning 140 gallon SPS Reef Tank Profile Tank and System Stats:… More:

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The Aquarium Life Film With Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown is a self-proclaimed aquarium hobbyist and filmmaker in Atlanta, Georgia, who is on a quest to make a difference in the aquarium world. 1 300x185 The Aquarium Life Film With Thomas Brown Brown started the YouTube Channel “ThomasVisionReef” in February 2013. On his channel, he has two main series, “Local Fish Store Travel” and “Tank Wars”. On “Local Fish Store”, Brown seeks out to find unique aquarium stores. During “Tank Wars”, Brown hosts an aquarium competition where two aquariums similar in size face off against each other and the viewers get to choose the winner for each episode. Brown’s latest quest is to create a film called “The Aquarium Life”.… More:

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Aquariums As Art Exhibition

In my opinion, aquariums, whether large or small, are always a form of art, letting the designer express their creativity and style throughout the tank. The Central Florida Aquarium Society (CFLAS) will be hosting “Immersed”, Orlando’s first ever aquaculture art gallery exhibit.immersed Aquariums As Art Exhibition The gallery will include a variety of themed art by local artists and photographers, and will also feature aquascaped aquarium displays by hobbyists and businesses alike. The show will take place at the CityArts Factory and will be open for a month, starting tomorrow, February 20, 2014. This sounds like an awesome event for any of the local Floridian reefs.com readers to check out.  MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #169

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A bunch of tiny polyps.

  We return once again, this week to talk about Sanjay Joshi’s RTN battle, Christine’s dinoflagellates problem, learning from others, nutrient control, skeptical reef keeping, test kits, insulated containers, and transporting animals. 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 #169More:

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