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Do reef aquariums require a controller?

maxresdefaultWhile watching an interview with Fishbit creator Nathan Levine, I noticed a surprising statistic. One out of every ten people who enter the marine aquarium hobby stay in it past 18 months. Is it really surprising? The hobby is expensive, time consuming and often equipment is difficult to implement when you’re new. It also can be disastrous to a home, in the event of a large water leak. I’ve known aquarists who enjoyed the hobby and maintained moderate success, but once their floors or ceilings were ruined by saltwater, they decided to throw on the towel, quite literally. Nathan Levine brings up an important point about controllers, in that they can take some of the guess-work out of hobby success, but are often so difficult to use they alienate many aquarists.  MORE

LRS Fertility Frenzy

LRS fertility frenzy poster davana - reefsA new product announcement from Larry DuPont and the team at LRS Reef Frenzy: after their third revision and plenty of trial and error, the company has perfected their new fish food, which they are dubbing the  “LRS Fertility Frenzy: Who’s Your Daddy blend”.  The latest incarnation of the popular frozen food has an even higher protein and fatty acid content than before, and aquarists are getting great results. The food’s success is due to its unique ingredient list and preparation; as well as active probiotics and a bunch of vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements, LRS foods are made up of human-grade seafood, including peeled shrimp, fresh clams, wild-caught ocean perch, bay scallops, PE Mysis®, and pacific plankton. MORE

3D Fish Microrobots Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

glowThis is a very interesting study. Researchers from UC San Diego published a study in Advanced Materials, that has printed 3D tiny microrobots in the shape of fish. The tiny fish microrobots, or microfish, are just 120 microns long and 30 microns thick. A micron is a unit of length which is equal to one millionth of a meter. To put it another way, there are 25,4000 microns in one inch. So we are talking a very, very small microfish. Hundreds of the fish can be printed in seconds. They contain platinum in the tail with reacts with hydrogen peroxide, moving the tails of the fish. MORE

MACNA 2015 – Nation’s Capital Soon To Be Salty

MACNA 2015 will take place in Washington, D.C.In a little more than a week, thousands of marine aquarium hobbyists and industry professionals will shoal in Washington, D.C. for the 27th annual MACNA (Marine Aquarium Conference of North America). If you attended MACNA last year in the Mile-High City or in South Florida the year before, you’ll know they were both incredibly successful events. Hosted at the beautiful Marriott Wardman Park, this year’s conference is in the capable hands of the Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society, marking ten years since the club last brought MACNA to our Nation’s Capital. What is it and what can you expect?MACNA is a long-running, large-scale event that successfully hybridizes several components into one cohesive weekend of saltwater and reef aquarium goodness. First is the learning symposium aspect, which gives industry leaders, conservationists, authors, and scientists a platform to address a wide variety of topics. I always look forward to hearing what the top minds in our hobby have to say – so don’t underestimate how educational and entertaining these can be MORE

Brevard Zoo Proposes Aquarium In Port Canaveral, Florida

capeThe Brevard Zoo has proposed a new aquarium that would be located in the Port Canaveral, Florida Cove area. Currently there is a Cove project that is being proposed by two different groups, and is slated to be discussed at meetings this month. Port Canaveral is located on Florida’s Space Coast and is famous for the Kennedy Space Center. The Aquarium is being touted an exciting focal point for tourism in the area, which the Brevard Zoo estimates would bring between 400,000 to 600,00 additional visitors each year. MORE

MACNA 2016 set to hit Sunny San Diego with hosts SDMAF!

macna_2016Mark your calendars and pack your sunglasses, who’s ready for SoCal?! There’s a flutter of excitement on all the reef blogs as MACNA 2015 rapidly approaches; the beloved conference will draw swarms of passionate reefers from all sides of the hobby/industry and all over the world to Wahington DC next weekend – you can all but hear the buzzing coming from the capital as the reef builders assemble. That rumbling grew exponentially louder when the San Diego Marine Aquarium Foundation (SDMAF) announced yesterday that it has been chosen to host  MACNA 2016!  MORE

New Coral Varieties from Asexual Reproduction

goni clones justin - reefsThis is an exciting hobby and profession to be a part of. The smartest people I know are continually surprised and dumbfounded by the new discoveries that are constantly made, and all the questions that are yet to be answered. I am fascinated by the variability in captive grown coral lines. There have been many studies on chimerism in coral, and this explanation describes certain characteristics in some of the imported coral colonies I have seen. However, as I have farmed more and more coral long-term, I have seen certain variations and mutations show up in some of my asexually-propagated coral clone lines that defied this explanation. 

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project X and project X2

 Due to the fact that this “color change in clones” phenomenon kept popping up, I decided I would take this opportunity to see if I could maintain any changes in future clones from that gene  line. One happy byproduct of that research is the Project X and Project X2 line of Fungia. MORE

Crossbreeding To Help Coral Survive Warming Ocean Temperatures

A new study finds that mixing corals of the same species from different latitudes could help coral reefs survive, despite ever-increasing warming ocean temperatures. Researchers from the University of Texas published their findings in the journal Science. Promiscuous coral - Acropora papillare on Ningaloo Reef.  THE AGE . news . OCTOBER 21, 2008 . pic by Natalie Rosser . story by Chee Chee Leung .MORE


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