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Reef Threads Podcast #168

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One of those colored-stick colonies.

  It’s podcastin’ time again. This week’s topics include a backup-power lesson from Dad Williams, carp intelligence, speaking gigs, fish disease, a new forum, our mentors, hobby books, second-hand equipment, HOB equipment, impulse buys, and ich killers. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #168

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Captive Bred Bandensis Cuttles Now Available!

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Today Live Aquaria announced that they are now offering captive bred Bandensis Cuttlefish, courtesy of the master cuttle breeder, Laura Birenbaum from Reefgen.  These cuttles have been missing from the marine hobby for some time, but the first pair will be available on LA Divers Den today at 5PM CST.  They are about 2″ and will be available for $399.99 for the pair.  Don’t miss the chance to pick up these incredibly cute cuttles.

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How To: Paint Aquarium Background

OfficeTankFB7 300x264 How To: Paint Aquarium BackgroundAquarium backgrounds offer an easy way to hide unsightly electrical cords, plumbing and equipment. Subconsciously our eyes are drawn past the aquarium and beyond exposing things that could easily be hidden, detracting from the overall feel of the aquarium. Keeping the back panel of an aquarium clean allows the tank inhabitants to really ‘pop’ out at you. Over the years I’ve tried every method I could find in search of the best aquarium background that withstood the test of time and was easy to apply. Heavy duty tapes don’t last on ‘cut to size’ backgrounds, ‘peel and stick’ backgrounds are a nightmare to work with and fixing an accidental scuff overtime proved troublesome. Painting the background quickly became my favorite option in regards to longevity and ease of application. MORE

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Seneye, slide soaker as a gift again

slide 2 pack free slide soaker offer.2 Seneye, slide soaker as a gift againAs you all well know, to get the most from your Seneye system, you have to soak the slide for at least 48 hours before placing inside the probe, in order to avoid an incorrect pH reading, as well as ammonium. With this offer Seneye wants to pay homage to its customers with an accessory specifically designed to soak the slide without this might ruin. Until now, I put my slide in a cup of coffee with aquarium water, but this accessory seems, of course, much more practical. Of course 6 slides may seem not quite cheaper, but for those unfamiliar with the system, the slides are sold in sets of three, so… you have to buy two packs instead of the usual single pack, not a great problem, after all. MORE

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Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and Plugs

MG 4257web 300x200 Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and PlugsAfter several months of growth and the occasional disturbance to our aquascape, we recently had chance to round-up some of the various fragments that had naturally ended up lying around on the substrate in our test tank. Rather than using them to start new colonies on the aquascape though we decided we’d get hold of a frag rack and see if we could grow these on to trade with other hobbyists. At the end of the day, any extra money we could generate would be very useful in continuing to run and stock the system. SmallRackBlue 300x132 Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and PlugsSo, having been impressed with Little Oceans products previously, we dropped them a note and soon had 2 different racks in our possession to trial. In the hand, each rack felt well-fabricated being formed from a single piece of 3mm clear acrylic (the plate holding the shelf steady from the outside is made from black acrylic with logo cut-out and magnets of course). On the rack, holes (12mm) and edges were well-finished showing a high degree of precision and attention to detail in the manufacturing process. More: Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and Plugs

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Why Don’t Aquarists Support Captive Breeding

f028No ORA Captive Bred Mandarins Why Don’t Aquarists Support Captive Breeding It would seem that the recent musings of Scott Fellman, longtime figurehead in the marine aquarium hobby and co-owner of Unique Corals, on captive bred fish have really struck a nerve. In a recent posting on his company’s Reef2Reef forum page, Scott shared a little of his frustrations about the virtual disappearance of captive-bred mandarin dragonets from Oceans Reefs and Aquariums (ORA). In a nutshell, he was told by an ORA rep that the dragonet breeding program had essentially been shelved due to the lack of support from aquarium hobbyists. This was due to the fact that wild-caught mandarins were far too cheap for the captive-bred variety to compete with. With regards to this news, Scott went on to say “that sucks”, and offered up a thorough virtual “spanking” of the aquarium hobby as a whole…and we completely agree with Scott one billion percent! To clarify, this is not in any way a reflection on ORA or any other organizations or individuals that breed marine ornamental species or support captive breeding efforts. Instead, this is a look at why aquarium keepers still continue to purchase low-quality wild-caught livestock. Scott’s article highlights the big reason why captive-bred fish still see so many hurdles…and it’s purely financial. After all of the initial excitement wore off, hobbyists by and large avoided buying them because they were $40 or more per fish. MORE: Why Don’t Aquarists Support Captive Breeding

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Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The Truth

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So you want a fish who will brighten up your day?  If you have a 6 foot or larger tank like a 125 gallon you are open to a type fish that can actually benefit your reef’s community in a way you would never expect. Lyretail Anthias are a very popular fish for larger aquariums. Before you dump one or two into your tank there are some facts to look over first.  PERSONALITY & BEHAVIOR  These fish have a very outgoing personality.  They are the life of the party.  If they notice a fish that is shy or skittish they are known to give them the courage to join the rest of the fish in their daily…whatever it is fish do to pass the time. They spend most of the day swimming around the middle of the tank but do swim through the rocks as well so hiding spots are a must, besides, they do need a place to sleep. More: Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The Truth

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Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

2014 1 reefs magazine Reefs Magazine   New Issue Online Now!In the Fall 2009 issue of Reefs Magazine we introduced a number of articles that revolved one way or another around difficulties that serious aquarists encountered with their systems. We facetiously refer to this issue as our “Disaster issue”, but looking back at it, I feel it is one of the most important issues we have released. It is easy and fun for people to write about their successes and triumphs, but it takes the truly dedicated among us to detail their tribulations and failures. These are the kinds of contributions that really help us all learn and grow. While we are not dedicating this entire issue to disasters, our feature is part 1 of a thought- provoking examination of the anatomy of the disaster that beset Sanjay Joshi and his legendary 500g. reef. We can all learn from the clear- headed and analytical approach he took to figuring out how to deal with his heartbreaking and confounding situation. We thank him for his honesty and willingness to share. In Skeptical Reefkeeping IX, Rich Ross is joined by our old friend Chris Jury as they try to come to terms with the “impossible” yet confirmed PO4 readings in Rich’s gorgeous reef. The analysis is thorough, thought- provoking, grounded in science and suggestive of a far more complex picture regarding PO4 and its role in our aquariums. We are also joined for the first time by the “Fish Geek” himself, Francis Yupangco who presents a Pioneer Profile of hobby mainstay Charles Delbeek. Dana Riddle returns with part 2 of his examination of the illumination requirements of a shallow tide pool coral Porites lobata and the implications the real world data has for lighting our captive reefs. Justin Credable introduces us to the Thraustochytrids- the most important coral symbionts no one knows, while Matt Stansbery re-introduces us to the Corallimorphs that we all thought we knew. Finally, in Fish Tales, Richard Aspinall explains in lucid detail the history, logic and utility of binomial nomenclature. If you have ever wondered about those strange Latin names you see bandied about, this is the article for you. Richard also contributes an art gallery worth of his beautiful underwater photographs. Important contributions all. We hope you enjoy. Happy Reefing, Randy

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