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It Pays to Put Marine Fish on Hold

fish hold It Pays to Put Marine Fish on HoldMarine aquarists are always hearing that it’s unwise to purchase fish or other marine livestock on impulse—that they should thoroughly research any stocking decision to make sure the animal in question is appropriate for their system, compatible with their existing livestock, and a good match for their level of expertise. All good advice to take to heart! Now, allow me to add one more wrinkle to the fish-buying equation: In addition to doing your homework in advance of a purchase, it’s also a good idea to wait a couple days to take home a specimen that has just arrived at your LFS. I know, you’re first impulse when you see that fish you’ve been looking for is to snap it up as quickly as possible before someone else does, but practicing a little more patience and asking the dealer to hold the specimen for just a few days might pay big dividends. Why wait? But if you already know the fish you’ve got your eye on is a good choice for your system, what’s the point in waiting any longer to take it home? Here are a few good reasons to consider: Fish that die of “mysterious” causes often do so within just a few days of arriving at the LFS More: It Pays to Put Marine Fish on Hold

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Picture of the Week, Dragonface Pipefish

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For this installment of the AquaNerd Picture of the Week, we’re digging up a blast from the past. We’re showing off an image we took years ago of a dragonface pipefish, which is probably one of the first images we took with a macro lens as we started our foray into aquarium photography. While the image may not be technically perfect, meaning the lighting isn’t correct and the camera settings may not be right, we still love what we were able to capture. For those familiar with this particular pipefish, you know how hard they can be to photograph. They are quite small, move about quickly, and are often shy in the presence of people (especially those holding cameras). MORE: Picture of the Week, Dragonface Pipefish

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Funny Fish Friday – Man Swallowed Whole on Basketball Court!

 Here’s a little bit of entertainment for my favorite Reefers! “Mackeral Jordan” (hehe) hit the court during a NCAA Women’s Basketball game between the University of Connecticut and Notre Dame (old news I know – this is 2010, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it). Guess the big guy was a tad hungry because he totally housed a dude during a break, and then proceeded to disrobe the man. I guess that’s the equivalent of tying a cherry stem in a knot to a fish? Anyway, the now scantily clad gentleman managed to make a miraculous, albeit embarrassing, escape dressed only in his skivvies and shoes.

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Friday AM Quick Tip: The DIY Nori Feeder That is Actually Secure

Feed your fish and keep your feeding device in one place.  MORE: Friday AM Quick Tip: The DIY Nori Feeder That is Actually Secure

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Survival of the Fattest and Most Flexible Corals Amidst Climate Change

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Coral reefs are theorized to annual undergo a “bleaching” event in where corals die off as a result of ecological changes. As climate change rears its ugly head those impacts are slowly becoming a human issue. Researchers from Ohio State University have found that while some corals are whipped clean in a bleaching event others are adapting, along with their symbiotic partners, to the changes and becoming less susceptible to environmental extremes. “We found that some coral are able to acclimatize to annual bleaching, while others actually become more susceptible to it over time,” said 
Andréa Grottoli, professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State. She and her team found that by keeping a large fat/energy reserve in the cells of zooxanthellae, corals can acclimatize, and thus recover, from a bleaching even much more easily than those that do not.

Grottoli concludes stating: “We found that the research on single bleaching events is misleading. Species that we think are resilient to temperature stress are actually susceptible and vice versa when stressed annually. We’re actually a bit optimistic, because we showed that there’s acclimation in a one-year window, that it’s possible. In two of our three coral species, we have recovery in six weeks. The paths they took to recovery are different, but they both got there.” Read more here!

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Win a Kessil 350 Narrow LED!

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Give me a caption on this picture that will make me belly laugh and you get a Kessil 350 Narrow courtesy of Innovative Grow Lights (IGL). I’m not a stickler for rules so my only request is that you keep it PG-13 at the max. Let me get you clowns started – “Real Fishwives of Saltlake City”. Ok, lame – I know you can top that. Leave your comments on Facebook or Twitter – best of luck!

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New Aquatic Works Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye

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Keng Lye is a world apart when it comes to art. Lye carefully layers paint within layers of clear resin to create these one of a kind masterpieces. Over the last year Lye has moved from bowl pieces to bags and plastic containers. Making it not only easier to view his handmade creatures but they are even more realistic. Check out Keng Lye’s Facebook to see other works and future projects. 

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EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture

9bcfEcoTech Marine Radion XR15FW EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture Did you know that EcoTech Marine has a light designed specifically for freshwater applications? Neither did we. Amidst all of the fanfare of the XR15w Pro launch, EcoTech quietly slipped their XR15FW light into the mix, kicking off what might be a very lucrative venture into the freshwater side of the aquarium hobby. Since we don’t dabble in freshwater tanks, we can only speculate, but seeing as how revolution the EcoTech Marine produce line has been for salty tanks, we’re positive that the freshwater community will accept them with wide open arms. Getting back to the fixture itself, the Radion XR15FW uses the same form factor as the pro model, but comes with fewer LEDs and a much different array of LED colors. Where the pro model uses 21 diodes that emphasize blues and cool whites, the freshwater version only uses 15 LEDs and relies heavily on warmer colors. Here is a breakdown of each of the color channels: • Neutral White: 5 • Deep Blue: 2 • Blue: 2 • Green: 2 • Hyper Red: 2 • Indigo: 1 • UV: 1 The XR15FW will feature the same wireless technology and TIR lenses found on the pro model, meaning it will work flawlessly with the EcoSmart Live platform and the ReefLink wireless hub. As for the fixture’s price, the XR15FW will retail for $299, or about $150 less than the pro version. The light is currently available for preorder, but hasn’t quite hit the market as of yet MORE: EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture

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