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Octopus At Seattle Aquarium Makes A Break For Freedom

 Our favorite Houdini of the ocean has just made another high profile daring escape at the Seattle Aquarium. And I think its fair to say that those visitors at the Seattle Aquarium that day were in for a shock. The aquariums Giant Pacific Octopus decided to take advantage of its open air tank, and see what the world outside had to offer outside those glass tank walls. In this video, you can see the octopus quickly making its way over the open air tank.… More:

Get Your Official Left Shark Onesie Costume

katy-perry-left-shark-belovesie-fashion-lead Here’s to 2015’s most famous shark, the “left shark’. It is certainly seeing to it’s 15 minutes of fame appropriately. The Left Shark was all the news at this years super bowl. Katy Perry and her lawyers shut down any impostor’s earlier this year. They have now filled the need for an official, authorized Left Shark costume. If you saw the super bowl you know you want one. It’s now available for sale for a mere $129.99.. If that’s just a little too much shark for you, you can also get a Katy Perry left shark t-shirt for a mere $29.99. MOREMore:

Reef Threads Podcast #219


Triggers are a popular inhabitant of fish-only tanks.

It’s an unusual podcast this week in that we do what we’re supposed to do–talk about forum threads. We choose three posts in which people are having trouble/need help and actually try to help them. We talk about a fish-only tank, cycling issues, and an open-top tank. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Fish only
Intro and question about overloaded 100 gal., Mercm3, Reef Central

Did it cycle?
Cycling Craziness!!, ABnormalAZ, Reef Central

Aeration?
Aeration of tank, Spike1306, Ultimate Reef

Red Hind, Cleaner Fish, Epinephelus guttatus

Good morning from Curacao, how was your weekend out there?? We finally got a few little rain showers but to be honest it didn’t do much!! On my three hour mountain bike ride Sunday morning I was pretty shocked at how dry the island is looking, I hate the thought of another year of drought conditions! We found yet another bird (big pigeon) in need last night over at our neighbors house, it was just sitting on the steps and not moving very much. I watched for awhile from a distance and then towards dark went to check on him again and he was still there. I calmly walked up the steps, he didn’t move so I picked him up and took him home, he seems to have a bad foot or something, will take him to the vet on Wednesday

Reef Threads Podcast #218


Cirrhilabrus laboutei

It’s podcastin’ time once again. This week we talk about our most-recent Reef Threads Plus podcast, replacing lamps and heaters, the impact of LEDs, hobby accessibility, and the Triton system and tank data. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Being skeptical
Skeptical Reefkeeping XII: Triton Lab ICP-OES Testing of a Certified Artificial Saltwater Standard,Rich Ross and Dr. Chris Maupin

Reef Threads Plus #2


In our second Reef Threads Plus podcast we welcome Richard Ross and Kathy Leahy to address the difficult question: Is the hobby cruel to animals? We hope you enjoy the discussion and that it gets you to think and share with your fellow hobbyists. As always, you can download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter @reefthreads. We hope you enjoy our new series, find it thought provoking, and will share it with others.—Gary and Christine

Honeycomb Cowfish, Acanthostracion polygonia

Good morning friends, I have a pair of Honeycomb Cowfish, Acanthostracion polygonia for you all today that I photographed just moments before sunset. Every day here on the Caribbean reef around dusk many species of fish set out to find a mate and spawn before sunset, it’s by far the best time to be out with a camera. These unique looking box shaped Cowfish usually spend the day by them selves but around dusk will set out to find a mate. Once found the Male (in front) usually starts the courtship ritual by bumping into the female, swimming fast circles around her and showing off his beautiful electric colors which they can change in the blink of an eye! These fish are fairly uncommon to see and I have never found a baby one, it’s on our top 10 hardest fish to find list

Reef Threads Podcast #216


Image shown in the Miami Herald article, provided by Waterkeepers, of coral covered in silt.

We return, yet again, to talk about reef-aquarium-hobby stuff. Our subjects this week include our new sponsor Rod’s Food, Miami dredging, restoring Florida reefs, and Christine’s photos and her new light fixture. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Florida dredging
Biscayne Bay coral at risk from sloppy dredge work, Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald

Fast coral growth?
Scientists try to regrow a dying coral reef 25 times faster than nature, PBS Newshour, Hari Sreenvisan

Christine’s Light Fixture
Maxspect Razor light fixture

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