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Digital Aquatics Unveils New Archon Aquarium Controller

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Unveiled this weekend at MACNA is a brand new controller setup, the Archon, which will for the first time ever bring Cloud-based technologies to the Digital Aquatics family. In addition to the cloud, the Archon will include both wired and MORE: Digital Aquatics Unveils New Archon Aquarium Controller

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The Sucky Side of Reef Keeping: Losing Fish.

10563073 271480163057463 8004830305828010336 n 300x150 The Sucky Side of Reef Keeping: Losing Fish.Jeremy once again has delighted me by sharing some of the inner-workings of his brain, and this time with a more morbid topic that while depressing, needs to be addressed. Whether it be from natural causes, old age, or carpet surfing, we’ve ALL been there. This topic is a tough one for me because while losing fish, no matter the cost, is always super sad, I’ve had a couple of tough losses myself. A suicidal Suess fish ended up being a pricy piece of jerky (and if you follow Rich Ross’ “Skeptical Reefkeeping” feature in our online magazine, you’d know he posed the question of whether Suess fish are jumpers. Well if they get too close to a cuttle enclosure when sneaking around their egg crate barriers, they definitely are), a Gem Tang who lost a fight to a bitchy Clarion angel, and a dwarf cuttlefish who had the unfortunate experience of being raped to death by her mate. It really, really blows. Not only is it a lot of money you’re losing – it’s a life that more often than not that ends far too soon. I don’t even want to THINK of what’s going to happen when we lose one of our Personatus angels – I’ll probably have a massive funeral – you’re all invited. Moving on, let’s get down to Jeremy’s article on the topic. He’ll inform you with excellent info on what to do when MORE

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Corals Stir up Their Own Cocktails

A new paper published by MIT has provided a deeper understanding into how coral utilize their external cilia in respiratory and metabolic processes. “These microenvironmental [findings] are not only important, but also unexpected,” says Roman Stocker, an associate professor at MIT and senior author of the paper.  “The general thinking has been that corals are completely dependent upon ambient flow, from tides and turbulence, to enable them to overcome diffusion limitation and facilitate the efficient supply of nutrients and the disposal of dissolved waste products,” adds Orr Shapiro, co-first author of the paper. “I was expecting that this would be a smooth microworld, there would be not much action except the external flow.” said Stocker. However, upon closer, microscopic inspection, he and his team found that it is in-fact “very violent.”140901211419 large Corals Stir up Their Own Cocktails “It appears that most if not all [coral] have the cilia that create these flows. The retention of cilia through 400 million years of evolution suggests that reef corals derive a substantial evolutionary advantage” Said Shapiro, and “It’s rare that you have a situation in which you see cilia on the outside of an animal,” adds Stocker. David Bourne, a researcher at the Australian Institute of Marine Science who was not connected with this research, says the work has “provided a major leap forward in understanding why corals are so efficient and thrive. … We finally have a greater understanding of why corals have been successful in establishing and providing the structural framework of coral reef ecosystems.” Read more here!

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CARB FX Resinator Chamber from Blue Life USA is a New Take on Media Reactors

Blue Life USA CARB Fx Resinator 644x320 CARB FX Resinator Chamber from Blue Life USA is a New Take on Media Reactors
Please tell me I’m not the only one who hears Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice when you say the name of the CARB Fx Resinator…emphasis on the Resinator, of course. Maybe I’m just going a little crazy. Anyways, Blue Life USA has MORE: CARB FX Resinator Chamber from Blue Life USA is a New Take on Media Reactors

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Is Your Seahorse Floating? Seahorse Pouch Evac How To Video

 Gas in the pouch of seahorses is one of the most common ailments of seahorses in captivity. Knowing how difficult pouch evacuations can be for seahorse aquarists, we put together a video that shows how to do a pouch evacuation on seahorses. Many thanks to Momo Yang and his master editing skills in getting this put together. This is the first in a series of how to videos to come here at Fusedjaw.com More: Is Your Seahorse Floating? Seahorse Pouch Evac How To Video

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Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 3

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The Neptune folks discovered that a dosing pump was a very effective way to mix tequila shots.MACNA 2014 has come to an end. It was a great weekend immersed in marine aquarium information. Here’s our Day 3 report. Tune in next week for our MACNA recap show. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 3

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = Dead

c1a7gold torch 150x150 Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = DeadTerrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): A coral that has turned white is dead and should be removed from your tank. The rest of the story: First things first. A coral that has turned white (called bleaching) is not a good thing. The bleaching is a sign of stress and stressing your corals is bad. And, just because a coral is white, that doesn’t mean you should immediately consider it dead. Corals can bleach out and sometimes recover. That being said, how do you know if the white coral is dead or not? For soft and LPS corals the answer is easy: as long as there is still flesh or a single polyp alive, the coral isn’t dead. Take for example zoanthids. As long as there is still a polyp visible (even if it is closed up), the coral is still alive. c1a7gold torch 150x150 Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = Dead
For LPS coral, if there is any flesh on the coral, the coral isn’t dead – at least not yet. A LPS coral that is MORE

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While you were at MACNA: Groundbreaking study on reef recovery and coral recruitment.

F1.medium While you were at MACNA: Groundbreaking study on reef recovery and coral recruitment.   A remarkable piece of research was published in the journal Science this past week, absorbed by the scientific community while you were all being enchanted by Mitch Carl’s emcee repertoire. And it further points to a global coral reef realm on the razor’s edge. Danielle Dixson and Mark Hay, from Georgia Tech, and David Abrego from Zayed University provide new evidence that recruiting fish and coral larvae actively avoid waters derived from degraded reefs. The scientific team utilized waters from healthy reefs in no-take marine protected areas and waters from adjacent degraded reefs along the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji, sometimes as close to one another as 100 m, to monitor preference of coral and fish larvae for recruitment preferences to one environment or the other. Dixson et al. determined that algal cues derived from the degraded reef systems quite literally “repulsed” would-be MORE

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