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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:

Weedy Seadragons Available to Hobbyists

reefs.comSeadragonColdwater Marine Aquatics is bringing in captive raised weedy seadragons (Phyllipteryx taeniolatus) available to the masses. For me this news is akin to the first time I heard Borbonius anthias coming into the industry after drooling over their pictures for years. I had the pleasure of meeting the C.M.A. crew at MACNA Denver last year. I can tell you that these guys are incredibly knowledgeable regarding their niche in the industry, seemingly offering only the healthiest animals all around. I asked C.M.A. regarding the rearing technique and they replied with, “Berried adult males are collected annually and the young are hatched out and raised in captivity.”… More:

Have You Stumbled Upon Your Sole Mate? Looking To Make It O-Fishal?

 Ah, the age old adage, “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” (ok, “Belinda the Single Fish” might have a less than optimistic look on that semblance, but no one likes a party-pooper). Now, if you’re lucky enough to have happened upon that one perfect little fishy just for you in the whole deep blue, and you’re head-over-heels madly in love and want to make an extravagant, whimsical gesture of romance and spend the rest of your lives swimming side-by-side together, this might just be the perfect way to do just that.… More:

Reefs In Art: Glass Cephalopods. Grab a Straw and Drink This One In

il_570xN.680708285_dewkIn the full-blown frenzy of the holiday season, I was feverishly searching for new Cephalopod-inspired ornaments to adorn our little tree, so obviously an “octopus ornament” google search was in order. That little search got us here – Full Blown Glass – an online shop with a wide gamut of eight-limbed mouth-blown art glass in various shapes, sizes and functions. Get ready to fall madly in love.… More:

The Amorous Pufferfish: Sexiest Fish Alive?

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 11/11/2014 - Programme Name: Life Story - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows: Cameraman Hugh Miller spent weeks designing and building bespoke equipment to capture the extraordinary    landscaping    bPerhaps according to Sir David Attenborough, though I’ve seem some pretty sexy anthias  (have you SEEN a Holanthias fuscipinnis?). But we’re not talking aesthetics this time around, we’re going strictly based on their romance game. At first glance, the unassuming porky pufferfish, with his rotund cheeks, toothy grin and goofy, bulgy eyes wouldn’t strike you as any sort of Rico Suave – in fact you’d probably assume him to be a stuttering, clumsy buffoon in the sack. This is why you shouldn’t make snap judgements! Turns out Mr. Pufferfish has some seriously sultry tricks up his metaphorical sleeve.… More:

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