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Shark Carrying Truck Crashes on Florida Highway

A truly bizarre traffic accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, when a truck carrying several Sandbar Sharks crashed on I-95 in Volusia County, Florida.  The trailer crashed after a tire became separated from the vehicle near Oak Hill said Florida Highway Patrol officials.  The semi crossed over  the median and stopped at a tree line.… More:

Have a Fellow Aquarium Hobbyist on Call for Vacation Emergencies

There’s something about being thousands of miles away from your aquarium that seems to spark tank emergenciesWhat is it about taking a vacation that seems to precipitate problems in a marine aquarium? My system can go for many months or even years without a significant glitch, but then as soon as my wife, Melissa, and I embark on a much-needed getaway, something always seems to go awry. A memorable example of this phenomenon occurred just a few summers back. Melissa and I were down in St. Augustine, Florida, enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, when her cell phone rang. At the other end of the line was her father, LeMoyne, who, despite being a non-hobbyist, is always kind enough to feed my fish and top off my tanks whenever we’re out of town. Now, LeMoyne has a pretty solid grasp on those particular duties and is not prone to making frivolous phone calls, so the fact that he was trying to reach us did not bode well.Lager interrupted My fears were confirmed when Melissa said, “I have no idea! Here, I’ll put him on” and then handed the phone across the table to me

Marshawn Lynch Gets BeastMode Custom Fish Tank

marshall Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch will be appearing on this season of Tanked on Animal Planet. The Custom tank will include a Beast mode logo and skittles colored coral. Watch the tank preview here.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #231

Fishing tyres out of the ocean. Photo: AFP

After an unplanned week off, we return to talk about pollen, a research job, Miami dredging, failed fake reefs, canopies, wall-of-rocks aquascaping, powerheads, live rock, and books. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum restore reefs prize

Failed fake reefs
France fishes thousands of used tyres from failed artificial reef off Cannes, Henry Samuel, The Telegraph

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Coral Interactions in 20,000 Gallons

A cluster of interacting coral.

A cluster of interacting coral.

 I am continually fascinated by the goings-on in Joe Yaiullo’s massive aquarium. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this tank, and its mature age, 14+ years, allows for some dynamic interactions between coral species. I’m impressed with the way Joe is willing to push the envelope, and will often recreate coral combinations that have worked for him the past.… More:

Reefing from Afar, Part 2: Automation Options

There are a wide variety of solutions for automating your reef aquarium and monitoring from afarIn Part 1 of this series, I laid down some of the expectations for success, and now we are ready to dive into the functions that we can automate. Automation can range from low-tech to high-tech and fit various budgets, though the level of refinement of the solution and its robustness can be a function of cost and knowledge. As long as the solution serves the purpose you need it to perform, then it is a viable solution. Stages of automation based on budget or needThis is a major part of the planning phase since you need to understand what is available to you and for what cost. Fortunately these can be implemented as needed or as funds become available since very few people can afford all this at once. We will focus on the practical levels of automation, but if you have the money and the knowledge, you can reach very extreme levels of automation. So below are some ideas of what to automate and their options

Five Japanese Aquariums May Quit Association Over Taiji Ban

Japan controversial dolphin tradeFive Japanese Aquariums are Threatening to leave Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) based on the decision not to use Taiji Dolphins. Jaza made the decision to ban use of Taiji Dolphins based on the pressure asserted by the World Aquarium of Zoos and Aquariums (waza) that if Jaza did not stop using Taiji dolphins they would be expelled from the group. Five Aquariums have indicated they may leave the association. Seven aquariums are undecided as to their future membership, four declined to comment, and sixteen aquariums stated they will remain members. Compared to the United States where 70 percent of dolphins are aquariums are bred in captivity, only 13 percent of Japanese dolphins are bred in captivity.… More:

Tattoo Tuesday

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:… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.