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This is but one of the marine themed tattoos Rich has

This is but one of the marine themed tattoos Rich has

Rich Ross Aquarium Champion

Rich Ross
Aquarium Champion

 Last week’s tattoo teaser belonged to none other than Aquarist of the Year Rich Ross. Rich is well known for his love of cephalopods, and his mastery of some species is legendary. Aside from taking care of one of the world’s largest reef tanks, he can blow glass and juggle knives while balancing on various objects. Rich is a man of many talents, and you can be sure he will be keeping a skeptical eye on reef industry developments. 
Rich Ross doting father,

Rich Ross doting father

 We’ve received some great submissions and we are excited to share them in the coming weeks. If you or a friend would like to see your ink featured here, send pics and a description to: xeniaforever030@gmail.com… More:

Captive Grown Coral Colonies

Here is a captive grown colony of Cortez Favia. 7 Polyps to full colony in 1 year.

Here is a captive grown colony of Cortez Favia. 7 Polyps to full colony in 1 year.

 One of my life goals is to become a key player in the restoration of coral reefs. Until that time comes, I get to play pretend with one of the world’s largest thriving reef tanks, Joe Yaiullo’s 20,000 gallon behemoth. Last year, Joe noticed how several of our (ReefGen’s) Cortez Favia frags had fused into large, healthy colonies, and asked me to make him one for his tank. I happily agreed. As an aside, this technique is also used by Jamie Craigs from the Horniman Museum and Aquarium to produce spawning-size Acropora colonies in a short amount of time.… More:

Georgia Aquarium Welcomes Baby Beluga Whale On Mothers Day!

beluga Georgia Aquarium resident Beluga Whale, Maris, gave birth early Sunday morning to a female calf. What a special Mothers Day for the Aquarium! The calf was born coming in at almost 60 inches long and 126 pounds and successfully swam to the surface to take her first breath of air. The Georgia Aquarium has temporarily closed the Beluga Exhibit to allow mom and baby some private time to bond and to ensure that all of their needs are properly met. Both mom and baby will receive 24 hour monitoring and care in this crucial period after birth.… More:

OdySea Aquarium Coming to Arizona

 Scottsdale, Arizona will be getting a fantastic new aquarium. OdySea Aquarium is in the works to open in July of 2016. Upon completion, the 14 acre Aquarium will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest. It will be over 200,00 square feet and hold up to 2 million gallons of water.… More:

Volunteers Transfer Belle Isle Aquarium Koi To Outdoor Pond

koiSummer is officially here for Detroit’s Koi. Yesterday, over 500 volunteers became involved helping move Koi at the Belle Island Conservatory. During the winter months, the Koi at Belle Isle Conservatory are contained in an indoor habitat. Volunteers moved the Koi from the indoor habitat, using plastic buckets, to the outdoor pond in front of the Aquarium. More than 292 Koi were successfully transferred. This bi-annual Koi transfer occurs twice a year thanks to the help of volunteers. MOREMore:

Clearwater Aquarium Scraps Plans For Move To Downtown

aq It appears the Clearwater Aquarium has had a change of direction. ‘Winter’ the Dolphin will not be moving to downtown. Rather than relocate, the Aquarium will expand its current location.The Aquarium has stated that the issue is bad timing, with not enough time to relocate to the new location. “The number one issue I’ve always had in the expansion was the issue of timing,” aquarium CEO David Yates said. “We feel we can do things much faster here.” The Aquariums focus now will be adding onto the Island Estates location. The renovation plans are not finalized at this time but it seems clear that downtown relocation will not be happening. MOREMore:

Friday Rewind

…and because it’s my birthday I’ll indulge myself and you all with a Friday afternoon look back at one of my favorite coral and music videos. More:

Third Generation Reef Sumps are here from Eshopps…

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And they’re so quiet you probably didn’t hear them coming! Eshopps has made a few improvements over their 2nd generation of acrylic sumps, one of the most notable being they’re virtually silent. These are designed specifically for reef tanks, and their ridiculously easy installation and micron bag removal make them a great choice for reefing newbies. … More:

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