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Coral Smuggler Jonathan Hale Sentenced in “Operation Rock Bottom” Case

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It looks like “Operation Rock Bottom” has claimed yet another would be coral poacher. The federal probe targeted at the illegal harvest of marine life in the Florida Keys has led to a long list of arrests and convictions, with the latest sentence being handed down to Jonathan Hale of Country Critters in Patchogue, New York last week. As we mentioned in our “initial coverage of this sweeping operation, Hale was out on $25,000 bail after being charged with buying and selling live rock and corals taken from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, as well as falsely labeling overseas imports. According to a followup story on the Keys News, Hale has been sentenced to two years of probation and $10,000 in fines following his guilty plea. This is a considerably lighter sentence than the potential five years in a federal prison that he was facing. Luckily for him, he was willing to accept a plea bargain and the prosecuters were willing to play ball. As for the specific details of Hale’s involvement, the Key News story claims “Hale met with an unnamed harvester in Marathon on Sept. 30, 2012, and discussed pricing for Ricordea Florida coral specimens, tarpon and sharks. MORE: Coral Smuggler Jonathan Hale Sentenced in “Operation Rock Bottom” Case

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Creating Beautiful Under Water Museums To Promote Coral Reefs

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The D-Day Acro from Reef Raft USA is a Real Eye Catcher

f7f6Reef Raft USA D Day Acro The D Day Acro from Reef Raft USA is a Real Eye Catcher We sure do love our colored sticks, and Reef Raft USA has one that is particularly beautiful. Recently displayed on the Reef2Reef forums, the stunning D-Day Acropora sports an exotic combination of colors, including a blue base, neon yellow corallites, dark red polyps, and hints of green laced throughout. It’s a beautiful coral to say the least, and although it sports a pretty exotic price tag, it’s a coral that is high up on our list of favorites among the Acroporids. The D-Day Acro sports a striking resemblance to the TCK Pikachu Acro that we shared back in April, though that electrifying Acro was far more monochromatic, consisting of bright yellow tissues with red polyps. It lacked the blue and green that makes the D-Day a standout coral, though we wouldn’t be surprised if they turned out to be the exact same coral that has taken on a slightly different appearance due to lighting or some other external factor. The price for Reef Raft’s D-Day is set at $400 per 1/2″ – 1″ frag and a total of five will be made available, at least initially. MORE: The D-Day Acro from Reef Raft USA is a Real Eye Catcher

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My Top 6 Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine Aquariums

simple accessories 300x169 My Top 6 Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine AquariumsOftentimes simple household items make great aquarium toolsVisit your local fish store, and you’ll see shelf after shelf of equipment, implements, doodads, and thingamabobs specifically designed to make the maintenance of marine aquariums more manageable. But when you really think about it, a lot of the handy tools and materials we hobbyists use on a daily basis come not from the LFS, but from hardware stores, housewares departments, supermarkets, or other retail venues not even remotely related to the aquarium hobby. Here, in no particular order, are six such items that I can’t live without: 1) Single-edged razor blades I’m never without at least one cartridge of these little wonders. No aquarium scraper seems to get algae (especially coralline) off the glass panes of my aquariums with as much ease. I also use a razor blade to carefully dislodge pulsing Xenia corals from the rear pane of my reef tank so I can then rubber band them to rocks or rubble and, once the corals have attached completely, trade them with Mark, Susan, and Nikki at Coral Reef for store credit. I’m always careful to rinse the blade in fresh water and dry it thoroughly after each use. Also, be aware that razor blades cannot be used on acrylic tanks, as doing so will cause severe scratches. 2) Plastic milk jugs A well-rinsed one-gallon plastic milk jug (juice jug, punch jug, etc.) has long been my go-to container for holding the fresh water I use for top-offs. You can also use one of these ubiquitous vessels to construct a basic DIY kalkwasser doser if you’re so inclined. To do so, simply drill a small hole in the side of the jug about 3 inches up from the bottom, insert one end of an appropriately sized length of airline tubing into the hole so it protrudes inside the jug slightly, seal around it with aquarium-safe silicone, and then attach an adjustable clamp or valve to the opposite end of the tubing. More: My Top 6 Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine Aquariums

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First Public Display Of Live Vampire Squid

 The Tentacles exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium allows visitors to get up close to some rarely collected deep sea creatures, which would be otherwise very difficult to view in public aquariums. Some of the stars of the exhibit include a flapjack octopus, which is possibly a newly discovered species, and a vampire squid, which has never been on display before. The Aquarium has teamed up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in a collaborate effort between scientists and the husbandry specialists at the aquarium. MORE

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Let’s Talk CEPHALOPODS!

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Mainly, Cephalopods in Fashion. I love to think I’m extremely chic and avant-garde when it comes to my fashion sense, but if I’m being completely honest – I’m a basic black, white and grey kinda gal.  Every once in a while I’ll experiment with something I think is “really cool”, which is basically everyone else’s “really lame and dorky”. With that being said, I present you with this “really cool” OCTOPUS BACKPACK! I love a good backpack since I bike to work the majority of the time, and I lurve me some cephalopods. They’re beautiful, intelligent, cunning and deadly – all traits I aspire to. If you crave having an octopus hang off your back and (unlike me) don’t wish to have one permanently inked to oneself – I would suggest you pick up one of these – except you can’t. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece brought to you by Jen via her tumblr page which you can check out here: Hi Guys I Made Myself An Octopus Backpack

I feel strongly that these should be mass-produced as there’s no way I’m the only one who finds this fantastic! I reached out to Jen and offered her a fancy sum for my very own, but have yet to hear back.

Side note: Given my Octopus Back Tattoo, this would feel like an octopus giving an octopus a piggy-back ride. ‘Nough said.

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10 Most Expensive Tropical Fish Named

63e0Peppermint Angelfish Paracentropyge boylei1 10 Most Expensive Tropical Fish Named The internet has a severe obsession with lists, especially top “insert random number here” lists of whatever obscure parameter could be thought of. While we tend to avoid them like the plague, we do entertain them when it involves aquarium related stuff…like this list of the 10 most expensive tropical fishes. To no surprise, the list was almost completely comprised of marine fish, 8 out of 10 in fact, with just a couple of insanely expensive freshwater fish taking the top two slots. This list, like most others, isn’t completely accurate but it does include several holy grail level fish that very few of us could ever afford and continue to pay mortgages and car notes, or keep our spouses. On to the list. The bottom 8 fish on the list of the most expensive tropical fish include: 10. Candy Basslet – $1,000 9. Clarion Angelfish – $2,500 8 MORE: 10 Most Expensive Tropical Fish Named

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Interzoo 2014: Korallen Zucht Displays Incredible Corals

2014 05 interzoo norimberga 2014 korallen zucht 022 Interzoo 2014: Korallen Zucht Displays Incredible Corals The Korallen Zucht booth at Interzoo attracted a ton of attention. In fact Korallen Zucht is the company that invented the Zeovit method and always brings magnificent corals to events.  Read on for our report and some incredible SPS eye candy!  MORE

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