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Aquarium Disposal King

reefs.comZia 300x245 Aquarium Disposal KingEver been so angry with an event in your aquarium that you were ready to throw it out the window? Or smack it with a hammer? Username “Zia” takes the cake on the most creative and brutal way of disposing of an aquarium I’ve ever seen…… More:

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Aquatic Experience Chicago

 Aquatic Experience ChicagoIt’s that time of year again…Aquatic Experience in Chicago. The show began yesterday and goes on until tomorrow, November 9, 2014.The motto is ‘Everything Aquatic Under One Roof’ and that pretty much sums it up. There’s so much going on in here. I had the honor of speaking at this years conference yesterday, about my time in the Middle East, “Mega Aquariums In The Middle East’. It was great to reminisce about those crazy years and I was honored to share my experiences building amazing aquariums in the desert. There are a ton of awesome speakers this year, like Jake Adams, Sanjay Joshi, Charles Delbeek, and Steve Lundblad, and that’s just to name a few. This year is really shaping up to be a great show. The show goes on until Tomorrow, so if you are near by, it’s definitely worth a visit. Time to get back to the show-photos and follow up articles to come. MOREMore:

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The Maxspect Gyre is Officially Available to the Masses

It has been a while since we have seen a product with this much excitement around it, and we’re happy to say that it is officially available for all to enjoy. Maxspect has been showing off this revolutionary water pump for what seems like forever (it debuted back in May) and even though it was sent out to a limited number of testers months ago, the product will now be able to be put thorough the rigorous testing of the ever demanding aquarist. The Maxspect Gyre will initially launch in the XF150 model priced at $299. This model has a maximum flow rate of 5000gph at 50watts, and is suitable for a wide range of aquariums that span 50-800+ gallons. The Gyre mounts via magnets to either glass or acrylic, with the mounts capable of holding on tanks up to 3/4″ thick. While the XF150 is currently the only model available to purchase, it is by no means the only model that will be made available
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Marine Aquarium Acclimation: Bridging the Specific Gravity Gap

In today’s post, I’d like to address a very common issue marine aquarium hobbyists encounter when purchasing livestock (particularly fish) and offer a simple method for addressing it. The issue in question is how to deal with the dramatic difference in specific gravity (SG) that often exists between dealers’ display tanks and home aquariums when acclimating new specimens. As every experienced hobbyist knows, dealers often keep the SG of their fish display tanks well below that of natural sea water—often in the vicinity of 1.020 or lower. While being kept at a lower SG is in no way harmful to the fish, it can present certain challenges if the tank in which they will ultimately reside is, say, a reef system with an SG closer to 1.025. Fish should never be subjected to such a precipitous increase in SG during a single acclimation session (Saltwater Smarts contributor Jay Hemdal recommends avoiding any increase in SG over .004), so you have to choose a way to safely bridge this gap. There are numerous approaches you can take to achieve this objective, but the method I prefer is to take advantage of evaporation during the four-week quarantine period. Here’s how: Before purchasing a specimen, contact your LFS or online retailer to ask where they maintain the SG in their tanks. Don’t leave this to chance.
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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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