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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

Hydra Aquatics and Tony’s Vault Launch a More Mindful Wholesale Facility in South Florida

HydraPR0001Down in Sunny Dania Beach, Florida, something quite refreshing is rumbling within the trade – a wholesale facility brought to us by Hydra Aquatics International and Tony’s Vault that focuses on the wellbeing and health of livestock as opposed to simply turning a profit.  Many wholesalers have a tendency to do what could be considered “flipping” livestock – they get in an order of fish/corals and have it available for sale within days. This means many of the beautiful specimens you see at your local fish store were most likely halfway across the world just a few days ago, swimming (or slowly building a calcium carbonate skeleton) along, minding their own business. MORE

A network of coral health and communication

coral-from-glynnMost reef aquarists are familiar with coral’s symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae algae. These tiny algae are responsible for providing corals with nutrition, in the form of sucrose which is over-produced during photosynthesis. Scientists have uncovered that coral’s have another (possible equally as important) organism living with them. In keeping in line with my recent posts on marine microbes, I thought it pertinent to discuss the relationship between corals and various species of marine bacteria. Many aquarists don’t realize the extent of this relationship. Various bacteria actually produce antibiotic which helps heal coral infections, and establish networks of bacterial communication, literally serving as coral’s microscopic caretakers. Since we are just beginning to understand the importance of microbes in the marine ecosystem, it’s also vital to understand how remarkably crucial earth’s tiniest organisms are to living corals.  MORE

A Little Eye Candy For You Today: Lovely Juvie “Rorschach” Clarion

CLARION1Ok, this little six centimeter stunner isn’t actually called a “Rorschach” Clarion (I made that up), but you have to admit his aberrant pattern is reminiscent of the good ol’ fashioned psychological inkblot test. I see two seahorses kissing, or perhaps human embryos? Now we do occasionally see an aberrant Holacanthus clarionensis, usually from Bali, but this is one of the coolest ones we’ve seen in a while.MORE

Sharks In The Water At New Detroit Aquarium

There is a new aquarium opening in Detroit this month, and it is not where you would it expect it to be opening.  The Sea Life Michigan Aquarium will be opening in the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, Detroit. The 35,000 sq foot aquarium will be open on January 29, 2015 and will feature over 5,000 different creatures.MORE

Fish Are Superior to People!

When viewed at depth, a copperband butterflyfish looks much different than the colors we’re familiar with.Why do I make this claim? Well, primarily to capture your attention. But think about some of the things fish can do that we cannot. For example, we two-legged beings can go forward, backward, and from side to side. Fish can do that too, but they can also go up and down, and they can do that just by thinking about it and barely moving a fin. If we get up in the middle of the night because we hear a noise or are thinking about that Victoria’s Secret catalog on the table (strictly for research purposes, of course), we would run into walls, doors, windows, or, if we’re lucky, a beautiful cat burglar. MORE

Marine viruses: aquarist’s friend or foe?

virus_algal1_fIn expanding on my previous post about marine microbes, I thought I would dive a little deeper (no pun intended) into this subject. As I said in my last post, many aquarists don’t know the basics of marine microbe existence, mainly because it’s not often discussed in detail. I often advise aquarists to view their systems as one living being. Every part of the aquarium from filtration, to live rock, on up to livestock is part of that being, and must remain healthy for the entire system to function. The basics of that in the aquarium is the same as in an animal’s body, or natural ecosystem, and it begins at the microbial level. In learning more about how microbes affect our marine aquariums, let’s take a look at one group of microbes.  MORE

Welcome To The Reef Table: Lemon Tea Yi Kai On Deep Water Fish

 Let’s start off this week with something new! Here’s our first installment of what we hope to make an ongoing feature here at, a little video blog called “The Reef Table”. Here we’ll be addressing the hobby’s hot topics on a face to face basis with industry experts in hopes of shedding light on prevalent issues, or sometimes just sitting down to talk about some really sweet fish. Well, for our very first episode, that’s exactly what we decided to do. I sat down with Lemon Tea Yi Kai, editor for ReefBuilders and an unfathomable wealth of knowledge when it comes to reef fish. He was kind enough to join me all the way from Singapore (via a video call, of course), despite the fact it was nearly 3AM his time AND he had a flight to catch to yet another dreamy destination, to touch on the scarcely discussed topic of deep-water fish. Hope you all enjoy! Have any questions or topics you’d like to see discussed? Send them my way to my inbox, is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.