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

29f9reefkoi14 1024x833 The Polyp Craze, a Look at Why Zoanthids and Palythoas are So Popular Even After All These Years
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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How To: Paint Aquarium Background

OfficeTankFB7 300x264 How To: Paint Aquarium BackgroundAquarium backgrounds offer an easy way to hide unsightly electrical cords, plumbing and equipment. Subconsciously our eyes are drawn past the aquarium and beyond exposing things that could easily be hidden, detracting from the overall feel of the aquarium. Keeping the back panel of an aquarium clean allows the tank inhabitants to really ‘pop’ out at you. Over the years I’ve tried every method I could find in search of the best aquarium background that withstood the test of time and was easy to apply. Heavy duty tapes don’t last on ‘cut to size’ backgrounds, ‘peel and stick’ backgrounds are a nightmare to work with and fixing an accidental scuff overtime proved troublesome. Painting the background quickly became my favorite option in regards to longevity and ease of application. More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #167

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #167http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt167.mp3 What’s your preference, species or community fish tank?We’re back again with the Reef Evangelist evangelizing to six continents. This week’s topics include generators, captive-bred fish, tank-crash recovery, community vs. species tanks, and ten resolutions for aquarium keepers. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Generators Disappearing mandarins 10 aquarium resolutions More: Reef Threads Podcast #167More:

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Stunning High Res Photos of Segrest Farms’ Aberrant Moorish Idol

5fe8Segrest Farms Aberrant Moorish Idol 4 Stunning High Res Photos of Segrest Farms’ Aberrant Moorish Idol
Yesterday, we broke news on the amazing aberrant moorish idol that popped up in the holding tanks of Segrest Farms. Unfortunately, the images in that post were not the best quality, but Segrest delivered the goods today with a fresh batch of high res photos showing the amazing moorish idol in all its splendor. They just uploaded them to their Facebook page moments ago, and the images confirm, at least in our humble opinions, that the fish is a moorish idol and not the proposed hybrid that many folks were chattering about on social media sites. That said, this is the most unique moorish idol we’ve ever laid eyes on. This aberrant form has significant yellow markings all over its body, with only slight hints of the black bars that are normally seen. It’s such an amazing fish and we’re grateful to Segrest Farms for keeping us in the loop in a big way. Continue below for a rather impressive gallery. <! #gallery-1 margin: auto; #gallery-1 .gallery-item float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; #gallery-1 img border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; #gallery-1 .gallery-caption margin-left: 0; ]> MORE: Stunning High Res Photos of Segrest Farms’ Aberrant Moorish IdolMore:

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Copps’ New Beast

John Coppolino, better known as “Copps” or the angelfish guru to reef geeks, is in the midst of setting up and absolute dream system to house his prized collection of fish and corals. A behemoth of a home aquarium system, this build is absolutely mind boggling to watch. Oh, did I mention that there was a new house built around this aquarium system to boot? The main display comes in at a whopping ~1,300 US gallons (~5,000 liters), with the mesmerizing dimensions of 8.5 feet long x 6 feet wide x 42 inches tall (~2.6 m x 1.8 m x 1 m tall) and weighs in at 1,300 pounds, while empty.… More:

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