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Reef Threads Plus #1


We are very pleased to present our first podcast in a new monthly series we’re calling Reef Threads Plus. In these podcasts we’ll choose a single topic and discuss it in depth with experts/knowledgeable people. For our first Plus podcast, Ben Johnson, Ret Talbot, and Jim Walters discuss what the hobby will be like if we reach a point at which we are no longer able to collect/import reef animals. 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

Ben Johnson, Captive Aquatic Ecosystems
Ben Johnson’s Captive Aquatic Ecosystems website

Ret Talbot’s Good Catch Blog
Ret Talbot’s Good Catch Blog

Jim Walters’ Old Town Aquarium
Jim Walters’ Old Town Aquarium website

Reef Threads Podcast #214


Chaetodon tinkeri at Diver’s Den.

It’s time for another Reef Threads podcast. This week we announce a new podcast series and talk about Christine’s coral crouchers, dither fish, and prepping frozen food. Then we do one of our favorite reef-geek things and take a tour of the Diver’s Den site. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

The Emerald City of marine aquariums
Diver’s Den

New York Subway Cars Transformed Into Artificial Reefs

subway 1 All along the East Coast, New York subway cars are being transformed into artificial reefs. Photographer Stephen Mallon has caught some amazing shots of the subway cars being recycled into new homes for marine life. These 18 ton stainless steel cars are stacked up on liners and then dropped into the Atlantic, minus their wheels, windows and doors.… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #213


Palys are beautiful but palytoxin is dangerous. Use care when fragging or cleaning around palys.

Palytoxin leads off our list of topics this week. We also discuss, DJ power strips, Bill Wann’s 20,000-gal. reef, tackling Crown of Thorns starfish, used tanks, feeding nori, and chaetomorpha. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Bill Wann’s leaks
Bill Wann update, Caitlin Goldenberg, Reefs.com

Chasing Crown of Thorns
Scientists to recreate snail scent to scare starfish from Great Barrier Reef, The Guardian

Used tanks
Thoughts on a used tank?, geckoejon, Reef2Reef

Feeding nori
How to get a tang to eat nori?, 427HISS, Reef2Reef

Chaeto lighting
Lighting for chaeto, TJ1, UltimateReef

Reef Threads Podcast #212


These guys are not algae eaters.

It’s been a long break but we’re back for first 2015 show. To kick off the year, we talk about feeding algae to Copperbands (not), Bucket-Hand Syndrome, non-natives in Florida, giant clams, staghorn-coral fields of Florida coast, tank maturity, filter socks, and milk filter socks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Florida non-natives
First Report (and Removal) of Non-Native Surgeonfish Species in Florida, Ret Talbot, The Good Catch Blog

Staghorn forest discovery
Rare staghorn coral forests found off South Florida coast, Shane Graber, Advanced Aquarist

Reef multi-tools
Giant clams are the Swiss Army Knives of coral reefs, Leonard Ho, Advanced Aquarist

Filter-sock cleaning
When I use bleach to wash the filter sock, skimmer stops foaming, chercm, Reef Central

Scientology V. Winter The Dolphin?

Clearwater, Florida is a pretty quiet place on the West Coast of Florida. Clearwater is also the spiritual headquarters to Scientology. While, I would imagine most residents of Clearwater are very excited for the major renovations which are brewing for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of the famous and inspiring dolphin with prosthetic tail ‘Winter”. winter-the-dolphin-2Winter-dolphin-tales-winter-the-dolphin-25515452-300-207More:

Reef Threads Podcast #211


Check out the teeth on this tang!

In our last 2014 show we talk about Mr. Clean magic erasers, aquarium-keeping difficulty, Christine’s tank, blind aquascaping, fish odor camouflage, and fish sound amplifiers. We hope you enjoy the podcast and have a great Christmas. Our first 2015 podcast will be Jan. 11. We appreciate all of you listening to our weekly offerings. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Using smell to hide
You are what you eat, if you’re a coral reef fish, Leonard Ho, Advanced Aquarist

Oyster-shell amplifiers
Oystershell amplifies pearlfish calls, Kathryn Knight, The Journal of Experimental Biology

PetSmart Gets Bought Out for $8.7 Billion

Who would have thought that PetSmart was worth $8.7 billion? Well, apparently that’s the case, as the pet retail giant has changed ownership for the aforementioned lofty sum. The acquisition was spearheaded by an investment team led by BC Partners, with this buyout tipping the scales as the single biggest private equity deal announced globally this year. This move was brought on by declining stock prices earlier this year, in which the company’s stock value slipped 18%

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