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OdySea Aquarium Coming to Arizona

 Scottsdale, Arizona will be getting a fantastic new aquarium. OdySea Aquarium is in the works to open in July of 2016. Upon completion, the 14 acre Aquarium will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest. It will be over 200,00 square feet and hold up to 2 million gallons of water. MORE

Fincasters Episode 70 Hairfin Eel Blenny


The Hairfin Eel Blenny, Xiphasia setifer, is a rare and unique fish that is easy to keep in your aquarium if you can find one. In this Fincast, John talks with Barry Wisebram of Sunpet which had a pair of the fish on display at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando. MORE

Reef Threads Podcast #228

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It’s a new week and we have a new podcast for reef-aquarium junkies. This week’s topics are the MBI workshop, MASNA scholarships, lionfish, and the definition of a biotope. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Volunteers Transfer Belle Isle Aquarium Koi To Outdoor Pond

koiSummer is officially here for Detroit’s Koi. Yesterday, over 500 volunteers became involved helping move Koi at the Belle Island Conservatory. During the winter months, the Koi at Belle Isle Conservatory are contained in an indoor habitat. Volunteers moved the Koi from the indoor habitat, using plastic buckets, to the outdoor pond in front of the Aquarium. More than 292 Koi were successfully transferred. This bi-annual Koi transfer occurs twice a year thanks to the help of volunteers. MORE

Gymnomuraena zebra: Another Moray You Just Might Love!

Zebra moray (Gymnomuraenea zebra)On various occasions, I’ve written about my fondness for the snowflake moray eel (Echidna nebulosa), in one post even going so far as to claim there may be no better eel for the marine aquarium. My biases notwithstanding, I can’t deny that certain other morays make excellent aquarium candidates as well. Among them is the stunning zebra moray (Gymnomuraenea zebra), which has a pretty sterling reputation for being peaceful, hardy, adaptable, and generally safe around piscine tankmates. Physical traitsAs you might guess from its common name and specific epithet, G. zebra is brown overall with a series of vertical white to yellowish bands running the length of its body (or is it white to yellowish overall with vertical brown bands?). Typically eel-shaped, this species can reach a length of almost five feet—but that’s the record holder. Most specimens are unlikely to achieve that prodigious length MORE

Clearwater Aquarium Scraps Plans For Move To Downtown

aq It appears the Clearwater Aquarium has had a change of direction. ‘Winter’ the Dolphin will not be moving to downtown. Rather than relocate, the Aquarium will expand its current location.The Aquarium has stated that the issue is bad timing, with not enough time to relocate to the new location. “The number one issue I’ve always had in the expansion was the issue of timing,” aquarium CEO David Yates said. “We feel we can do things much faster here.” The Aquariums focus now will be adding onto the Island Estates location. The renovation plans are not finalized at this time but it seems clear that downtown relocation will not be happening. MORE

Friday Rewind

…and because it’s my birthday I’ll indulge myself and you all with a Friday afternoon look back at one of my favorite coral and music videos. MORE

Xenia Refugium. What’s in/by your sump?

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

 Inspired by Jake Adams and Julian Sprung’s friendly debate on Refugiums last MACNA, I decided to remove algae from my Refugium and replace it with Xenia. I wanted to remove any nuisance algae as well as Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa, so I added urchins, snails, and tangs. I also decided to try 24-hour lighting for the benefit of a more stable pH. I wasn’t sure how the Xenia would respond, and I was ready to switch to a reverse day/night cycle if needed.  MORE

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