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Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2

reefthreads1 Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2 It’s day two and we have so much to talk about. Here’s a just some of what we’re seeing, hearing, and learning. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2More:

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Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 1

reefthreads1 Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 1 It’s the first day of the Denver MACNA show and we’re reporting what we’re seeing and hearing. Hop you enjoy. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 1More:

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Techniques for Maintaining Calcium and Alkalinity in Reef Tanks

reef chemistry1 Techniques for Maintaining Calcium and Alkalinity in Reef TanksCalcium and alkalinity are vitally important chemical parameters in reef aquariums. They are used by stony corals to build their calcium carbonate skeletons. A lack of calcium and alkalinity in the water will inhibit the growth of reef-building corals and invertebrates, which will eventually lead to health problems. What is calcium? Calcium is one of the major ions in salt water. It is the fifth most common ion in salt water behind, chloride, sodium, sulfate, and magnesium. In most healthy reefs, the calcium level hovers around 425 parts per million (ppm). More: Techniques for Maintaining Calcium and Alkalinity in Reef TanksMore:

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Earthquake In Napa Devastates Local Fish Store


Sunday’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa Valley, California had devastating effects for the surrounding community. With reports of up to 1 billion dollars in damage, the earthquake, which was the largest earthquake in the past 25 years, effected many businesses. Napa Valleys only aquarium store, ‘Aquatic World’, took quite the hit. Of the 150 tanks in the store, most were shattered in the quake. The scene that awaited the owners was disastrous, the aftermath left fish and tanks all over the shop floor. The owners worked for hours after the quake to try and save the 100 fish or so that survived by getting them to another location with working tanks. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Aquatic World and its fishy inhabitants. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #195

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #195 A tang with attitude.This week’s podcast topics include MACNA, gluing frags, sea smells, frag tanks as displays, and buying high-end equipment. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to meeting people at MACNA and sharing what we see and hear with those who can’t attend. 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 #195More:

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New Plans For Clearwater Marine Aquarium Focus On Rehabilitation

clearwater New Plans For Clearwater Marine Aquarium Focus On Rehabilitation                  clearwater 2 New Plans For Clearwater Marine Aquarium Focus On Rehabilitation                      The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of the inspiration for the ‘Dolphin Tale’ movie, has released its plans for an updated, downtown aquarium. The plans are much different from what was originally proposed for the renovation, however, remain true to the Aquariums mission of rescue and rehabilitation. The new facility will not have a Dolphin Show Stadium, instead the Dolphin Interaction that is planned will focus on behind the scenes tours and dolphin habitats. The total cost of the renovations has also been downsized from the originally proposed 160 Million Dollar Cost, to the now expected cost of 68 Million dollars. The new plans go along with the Aquarium’s mission; “We believe in preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release.” With the recent release of ‘BlackFish’, and accompanying negative media attention on Seaworld, it is refreshing to see Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s focus remain on rescue and rehabilitation. The aquarium’s residents only remain if they can’t survive in the wild, and are released upon successful rehabilitation. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #194

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #194

Arm of a basket starfish.This week we talk about something for beginners and something for veterans. The beginner segment is mistakes to a avoid and the veteran segment is what to think about before turning your hobby into a business. We also learn that some people go to reef events carrying their own autograph pen so that they’re at the ready when a signature is requested. 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 #194

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It Pays to Put Marine Fish on Hold

fish hold It Pays to Put Marine Fish on HoldMarine aquarists are always hearing that it’s unwise to purchase fish or other marine livestock on impulse—that they should thoroughly research any stocking decision to make sure the animal in question is appropriate for their system, compatible with their existing livestock, and a good match for their level of expertise. All good advice to take to heart! Now, allow me to add one more wrinkle to the fish-buying equation: In addition to doing your homework in advance of a purchase, it’s also a good idea to wait a couple days to take home a specimen that has just arrived at your LFS. I know, you’re first impulse when you see that fish you’ve been looking for is to snap it up as quickly as possible before someone else does, but practicing a little more patience and asking the dealer to hold the specimen for just a few days might pay big dividends. Why wait? But if you already know the fish you’ve got your eye on is a good choice for your system, what’s the point in waiting any longer to take it home? Here are a few good reasons to consider: Fish that die of “mysterious” causes often do so within just a few days of arriving at the LFS More: It Pays to Put Marine Fish on HoldMore:

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