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Jimmy Butler’s Boombox Tank

ButlerAnimalPlanet.vadapt.620.high.78The guys from Animal Planet’s Tanked are at it again building some incredible celebrity fish tanks. This time they designed a special music themed fish tank for 26 year old Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler. Butler loves all genres of music and commissioned a special music themed tank to go inside of his River North Mansion, perhaps to celebrate signing his recent new contract on a five year deal with the Chicago Bulls, which will bring him in more than 90 million dollars. The Tanked stars designed a 600 gallon, boom box shaped fish tank to fit the order. The 6000 pound, 9 feet tall, 10 feet long, boom box shaped tank even actually plays music, which filters through the tank.… More:

Some Subtle Signs that a Fish is Sick

I’ve kept multiple copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) in my reef over the yearsMost marine aquarium hobbyists learn quickly to identify common warning signs of ill health in fish—white spots, excessive mucus production, bulging eyes, frayed fins, etc. But sometimes ailing fish exhibit much more subtle symptoms that are evident only to someone with powers of observation honed by many decades of experience. In the following excerpt from his book The Avant-Garde Marine Aquarist: A 60-Year History of Fishkeeping, hobby pioneer Paul “Paul B” Baldassano demonstrates how things with fish aren’t always what they seem:A copperband conundrum Recently, I was in a large LFS in New York. My mother-in-law is in a nursing home nearby, so I go there often. This store is very old, and I even helped start their saltwater tanks in the early 70s. They had a tank of about five copperband butterflies, and they were kind of cheap—like $20.00, which is a great price for copperbands.

Mall Of America Aquarium Fixes Turtle’s ‘Bubble Butt’

sea turtle bubble_1447189968654_465741_ver1.0_640_360‘Bubble butt’, although a phrase not ordinarily associated with marine life, is a syndrome that affects turtles. ‘Bubble butt’ occurs when turtles get an air pocket under their shell, causing too much buoyancy and an inability of the turtles to dive underwater. This condition can often be caused by turtles swallowing harmful debris and pollutants like plastic or being impacted by boats. The trapped gas from the decomposition of the debris in the turtles stomach leads to the air pocket, which causes them to float at the top of the surface. A sea turtle unable to dive would eventually starve to death and become an easy target for predators.… More:

Ocean Swipe 360 Kickstarter Campaign Launched

reefs.comOS360I have to say that your new product has me more excited than any product release in the 12 years I’ve been in the industry.” This was the opening sentence of the first email I sent to the Ocean Swipe team. And it’s true. I was refreshing their homepage all day between aquarium visits. At noon today their Kickstarter campaign launched.… More:

Dealing With Red Bugs and AEFW

When I first started keeping reef tanks a long time ago there seemed to be much less awareness of certain pests that can infiltrate and harm a reef tank. “Back in the day” wild colonies were all the rage and reef keepers were not as diligent about checking for pests. Dealing with Red Bugs and AEFW (Acro Eating Flatworms) wasn’t even on my radar when I had my first 90 gallon reef and it took a while before it crept into my conscience when I had my 120 gallon reef. The 120 gallon reef was my best tank to date and it was dominated with large and colorful SPS that grew from small frags and colonies My 120 Gallon Reef Tank However, over time, a few acros didn’t look as colorful as others so I tried certain remedies like changing my lighting setup or doing more water changes but nothing seemed to help.

Million Dollar Tanks

While working as Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums and directly for Middle Eastern royalty for several  years, I learned a great deal about the luxury aquarium market and the endless possibility for aquarium design when money is no object. Custom aquarium designs can come in any shape or size imaginable, and can accommodate every whim of their ultra-rich owners.  The rise of reality TV shows like Tanked and Fish Tank Kings (my personal favorite) has helped to fuel the desire for custom, high end aquariums. 

Photo Credit- Aquarium Architecture

A 2,645-gallon saltwater tank built by Aquarium Architecture, valued at $310,000, houses a rare Gem Tang


Fluval Marine & Reef LED 2.0 Review

fluval sea 2.0 Three years ago, I reviewed the Sea LED Light, Fluval’s first attempt to enter the reef-capable LED lights scene. At the time, it wasn’t a revolutionary light, nor was it a high end fixture. However, it had an attractive retail price, a large coverage area, a wide availability through chain pet stores, and it grew less-light-demanding corals just fine. The light became popular, and proved that low-power SMD (surface mounted diodes), when packed together tightly, can support growth of photosynthetic animals in a saltwater setup. The blog donated the light in 2012 to a struggling reefer who had lost his tank during Hurricane Sandy, and he still enjoys it to this day, growing zoanthids and leather corals in a 20g aquarium. A year ago, Fluval announced the second generation of its reef-oriented LED panels, consisting of the Fluval Halo Nano, the Fluval Sirius Reef (which never made it to the shelves), and the subject of my review today, a new version of the Sea LED, called the Marine & Reef Full Spectrum Performance LED 2.0.… More:

Aquarium Nutrition: Part 3

Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins. There are roughly 20 different amino acids, with half being essential and the other half non-essential.  Non-essential amino acids can be produced by animal cells when the building blocks are available, while essential amino acids are not produced by animal cells and must be acquired from the environment. The ultimate source of essential amino acids is marine algae and those who consume it up the food chain, which is why gut-loading is so important. Peptides are amino acid chains with 2-50 amino acids, and proteins are groups of amino acids and peptides that are metabolically active, and can be various sizes, from small to very large. During digestion, some proteins are ingested whole, others broken down into peptides and absorbed, and a small amount is broken down into simple amino acids for absorption. Much of the immune response is mediated by ingesting whole molecules that can be recognized as antigens.… More:

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