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New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast

new sponge New Sponge Discovered Off The Galway Coast  Christine Picton, a scientist at the Titanic Belfast, has discovered a new species of Sponge off the West Coast of Ireland. While exploring the continental shelf in a remotely operated underwater vehicle, Picton discovered the sponge growing on a piece of coral. While Ireland isn’t exactly known for their coral reefs, Ireland does have flourishing deep water coral reefs that are visually stunning. The new species has been named ‘Beauforti’ after the Beaufort Marine Biodiversity Research Award, the award which funded Picton’s research. MORE

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The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months

IMG 2776web The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months
As an update to the feature on our test tank in issue 43 of UltraMarine magazine way back in December 2013, we thought it was high time we put together another of our ‘black tank updates’ as the system has also recently passed the minor milestone of 18 months old. Plenty has happened since we wrote that update for UltraMarine, let alone over the last 12 months since our last update on here, so let’s dive right in before anything else happens! OK, so in terms of equipment, without doubt the biggest change has been the installation of a new acrylic sump. We made this change because we wanted to try out a new skimmer and unfortunately the water level in the original sump was too high to allow for headroom of this new model, given the water depth required. So, after having used the Hydor Performer recirculating skimmer for a few months, we’ve now got a Vertex Omega 150 running on the system. Running smoothly for several months, this skimmer sits in a More: The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months.

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Coverage of MACNA 2014 Part 4

The final installment of my MACNA 2014 coverage including an interview about dinoflagellates, and a budget-concious LED light  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Coverage of MACNA 2014 Part 4

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Reef Threads Podcast #202

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #202 Reef animals thrive when the nutrient levels are properly managed.This week Craig Bingman joins us to discuss nutrients, one of the most important facets of reef-aquarium keeping. Don’t miss this one. It will help you better understand what goes on in your water and why you may or may not be having problems. 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 #202

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Fish Health Through Slime

fish slime1 Fish Health Through SlimeFish diseases—they are the meat of fish forums and the subject that takes up the most ink (or whatever causes words to form on a computer screen), so for today’s post, I am going to discuss fish immunity in relation to fish slime. Fish, like every organism, have an immune system that is specifically designed to function in the environment they live in, using as its source of energy the food that the creature is able to acquire through its intake devices, or mouth parts. The immune system is one of three parts of a fish that needs to be fueled to keep the fish operating at peak efficiency. The other two parts are growth and reproduction. If fish don’t take in enough food or get the wrong types of food, there will be less energy to fuel those systems properly and one or all will suffer. More: Fish Health Through Slime

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This Rainbow Plate Coral is Beyond Psychedelic

264fPsychedelic Rainbow Plate Coral This Rainbow Plate Coral is Beyond Psychedelic
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The Vertex V6 pump – our hands on preview

2014 09 vertex v6 003 The Vertex V6 pump   our hands on preview The new Vertex V6 pump was presented at the beginning of this year, and unveiled during Interzoo in Nuremberg, Germany. This pump is Vertex’s first entry in the return pump market, and I think it will be a great success. The pump is sturdy, beautiful (a beautiful pump!) and is built very well. MORE

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Fincasters Episode 45 Meet Thomas Vision Reef

 The host of Tank Wars and other great You Tube aquarium features talks about his next project and more. More: Fincasters Episode 45 Meet Thomas Vision Reef

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