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Long Island Collecting Log: The next wave has arrived

Spotfin and tangsLast week I reported on the arrival of the first tropical fishes of the year to appear in Long Island waters after a seining trip at Fire Island inlet turned up a filefish, groupers, and northern sennets. This week I am happy to announce that the next wave has arrived.… More:

Reef Kids

octopus clockI love the idea of an ocean-themed nursery or kid’s bedroom, filled with friendly sea creatures to keep the children company. Check out this trio of furnishings, each more charming and friendly than the last.… More:

New Dwarf Cuttlefish at Henry Doorly Zoo!

Dwarf_cuttlefish_(Sepia_bandensis) by the High Fin Sperm Whale

Dwarf cuttlefish. Photo: High Fin Sperm Whale/Wikimedia Commons

 The newest residents at the Henry Doorly Zoo have ten tentacles, swim via jet propulsion, squirt ink at potential danger and are masters of camouflage.  Yes, the zoo has cuttlefish!!Sixteen dwarf cuttlefish are now on display near the giant Pacific octopus exhibit.   These little guys are only 4 inches (10cm) in size when adults (the size of your computer mouse), but they are big on the cuteness scale.  Beware though; they only live for a year so don’t get too attached! Want one?… 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: xeniaforever030@gmail.com… More:

Friday Rewind

…and because it’s my birthday I’ll indulge myself and you all with a Friday afternoon look back at one of my favorite coral and music videos. More:

Xenia Refugium. What’s in/by your sump?

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

 Inspired by Jake Adams and Julian Sprung’s friendly debate on Refugiums last MACNA, I decided to remove algae from my Refugium and replace it with Xenia. I wanted to remove any nuisance algae as well as Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa, so I added urchins, snails, and tangs. I also decided to try 24-hour lighting for the benefit of a more stable pH. I wasn’t sure how the Xenia would respond, and I was ready to switch to a reverse day/night cycle if needed.… More:

One More Reason to Suit Up: Quicksilver Introduces Wetsuit… “Suits”

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.48.37 PM Because you never know when you want to head straight from the office to explore the shallow reefs, or perhaps you felt underdressed on your last dive? Or maybe just because these are bursting at the glue and blind seams with awesomeness and you know you want one. Ok, so this trio of super stylish “suits” from Quicksilver Japan is marketed towards surfers, but we see no reason why you can’t slip into this 4-piece (jacket, pants, suit and tie) 2mm neoprene garb, which comes in two business casual options, along with a fancier black-tie tuxedo, for a little light diving. Available for roughly $3,200, two week custom order and shipping, we’ll file this one under “completely impractical yet desirable”. More:

Breaking News! Designer Clown 12 Years in the Making Finally Debuts

nemo_strain3Here’s some news we can’t believe we’re even breaking today! Upon first glance, this Amphiprion ocellaris may strike you as your typical false percula clownfish. The familiar citrine-hued inhabitant has become what could be considered the Golden Retriever of the aquarium world – a docile, friendly, glistening little fish with a reputation that children fawn over – the perfect family pet! While this particular anemonefish is no stranger to the trade, it seems it was only a matter of time before someone honed in on the “Nemo” trend that caught so many by storm Circa 2003. … More:

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