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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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The Polyp Craze, a Look at Why Zoanthids and Palythoas are So Popular Even After All These Years

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In this hobby we see coral and invert phases come and go. From clams to chalices and even maxi mini anemones, it seems like they all go through a lot of initial hype then slowly decline in popularity. One of the mainstays in the hobby have been zoanthids and palythoas, which have been the craze for quite a while now. They have been in demand for what seems like an eternity and they do not appear to be getting less popular. Instead, it seems like they’re constantly on the rise. Zoas and palys are highly favored in the hobby by both beginner and expert reefers alike. They don’t require much in terms of care like other specimens and they grow under many types of lighting from T5s to LEDs. Polyps grow at the bottom of the sand bed or on your highest rock. They don’t necessarily need to be target fed like other corals and they also do not require us to dose things like calcium. MORE: The Polyp Craze, a Look at Why Zoanthids and Palythoas are So Popular Even After All These YearsMore:

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Fish Tank On Wheels!

If only pet fish could drive their tanks… Studio diip has built the rather aptly named Fish on Wheels…a little fish tank-carrying vehicle that operates, not by remote control, but by the fish swimming in said tank. “Fish on Wheels” forgoes remote controls, and instead uses the movement of the fish inside to steer the vehicle. The car itself was created using an Arduino-powered robot vehicle, a battery-powered Beagleboard, and a standard Webcam. While it is a novel display of technology, the practice of handling your fish and placing them on a remote controlled car is totally absurd and borderline fish abuse! The Webcam sits over the top of the tank and tracks the fish’s movement using the contrast between the fish and the bottom of the tank. The position of the fish in the tank is used to send commands to the Arduino microcontroller to steer the vehicle in that direction. Studio Diip says, “By using a camera and computer vision software it is possible to make a fish control a robot car over land. By swimming towards an interesting object, the fish can explore the world beyond the limits of his tank.” There is currently no price or release date listed yet. MORE

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Playing with the Ecoxotic EcoPico

0369EcoPico with LED Arm Playing with the Ecoxotic EcoPico Nano aquariums are so much fun. It’s as simple as that. The tiny little glass boxes can be put just about anywhere, and while they can’t house every fish or coral, they can be personalized in so many ways. One such nano that we’ve recently gotten to play with is the EcoPico from Ecoxotic. This tank measures 10”x10”x12”, which translates to just a shade over 5 gallons, and has a small LED light and filter that make it pretty much saltwater friendly out of the box. We have a hard time calling it reef ready, which for the record is not one of Ecoxotic’s claims, but it certainly has a lot of features to get it off to a good start. MORE: Playing with the Ecoxotic EcoPicoMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #168

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One of those colored-stick colonies.

  It’s podcastin’ time again. This week’s topics include a backup-power lesson from Dad Williams, carp intelligence, speaking gigs, fish disease, a new forum, our mentors, hobby books, second-hand equipment, HOB equipment, impulse buys, and ich killers. 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 #168More:

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