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Shipwrecks Removed From Protected Coral Reefs

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The F/V Hui Feng No. 1 was grounded on the reef at the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

 On January 29, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) completed a $5.5 million conservation project to remove three wrecked ships, weighing a total of one million pounds, from protected wildlife areas in the Pacific Ocean. The restoration project is part of an ongoing investigation to see how shipwrecks damage the coral reefs and how fast the reefs can recover after the vessels are removed. 
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The iron that leached into the environment from this shipwreck on Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge had encouraged the growth of an invasive green algae.

 The three ships, which all sank within the past 15 years, were in the Pacific Remote Islands National Wildlife Refuge and caused miles of damage to two important coral reefs: Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef. These wildlife refuges, located in the 2,575-mile stretch between Hawaii and American Samoa, are home to 176 species of coral and 418 types of reef fish. As the seawater absorbed iron from the ship’s body, a condition called “black reef” developed. Iron attracts invasive species to the area, such as corallimorph or algae, that kill anything that can’t get out of it’s way. The invasive species of algae takes over the area, obstructing the view of the many different coral species underneath. MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #168

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One of those colored-stick colonies.

  It’s podcastin’ time again. This week’s topics include a backup-power lesson from Dad Williams, carp intelligence, speaking gigs, fish disease, a new forum, our mentors, hobby books, second-hand equipment, HOB equipment, impulse buys, and ich killers. 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 #168

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Captive Bred Bandensis Cuttles Now Available!

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Today Live Aquaria announced that they are now offering captive bred Bandensis Cuttlefish, courtesy of the master cuttle breeder, Laura Birenbaum from Reefgen.  These cuttles have been missing from the marine hobby for some time, but the first pair will be available on LA Divers Den today at 5PM CST.  They are about 2″ and will be available for $399.99 for the pair.  Don’t miss the chance to pick up these incredibly cute cuttles.

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How To: Paint Aquarium Background

OfficeTankFB7 300x264 How To: Paint Aquarium BackgroundAquarium backgrounds offer an easy way to hide unsightly electrical cords, plumbing and equipment. Subconsciously our eyes are drawn past the aquarium and beyond exposing things that could easily be hidden, detracting from the overall feel of the aquarium. Keeping the back panel of an aquarium clean allows the tank inhabitants to really ‘pop’ out at you. Over the years I’ve tried every method I could find in search of the best aquarium background that withstood the test of time and was easy to apply. Heavy duty tapes don’t last on ‘cut to size’ backgrounds, ‘peel and stick’ backgrounds are a nightmare to work with and fixing an accidental scuff overtime proved troublesome. Painting the background quickly became my favorite option in regards to longevity and ease of application. MORE

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Seneye, slide soaker as a gift again

slide 2 pack free slide soaker offer.2 Seneye, slide soaker as a gift againAs you all well know, to get the most from your Seneye system, you have to soak the slide for at least 48 hours before placing inside the probe, in order to avoid an incorrect pH reading, as well as ammonium. With this offer Seneye wants to pay homage to its customers with an accessory specifically designed to soak the slide without this might ruin. Until now, I put my slide in a cup of coffee with aquarium water, but this accessory seems, of course, much more practical. Of course 6 slides may seem not quite cheaper, but for those unfamiliar with the system, the slides are sold in sets of three, so… you have to buy two packs instead of the usual single pack, not a great problem, after all. MORE

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Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and Plugs

MG 4257web 300x200 Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and PlugsAfter several months of growth and the occasional disturbance to our aquascape, we recently had chance to round-up some of the various fragments that had naturally ended up lying around on the substrate in our test tank. Rather than using them to start new colonies on the aquascape though we decided we’d get hold of a frag rack and see if we could grow these on to trade with other hobbyists. At the end of the day, any extra money we could generate would be very useful in continuing to run and stock the system. SmallRackBlue 300x132 Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and PlugsSo, having been impressed with Little Oceans products previously, we dropped them a note and soon had 2 different racks in our possession to trial. In the hand, each rack felt well-fabricated being formed from a single piece of 3mm clear acrylic (the plate holding the shelf steady from the outside is made from black acrylic with logo cut-out and magnets of course). On the rack, holes (12mm) and edges were well-finished showing a high degree of precision and attention to detail in the manufacturing process. More: Review: Little Ocean Frag Racks and Plugs

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Why Don’t Aquarists Support Captive Breeding

f028No ORA Captive Bred Mandarins Why Don’t Aquarists Support Captive Breeding It would seem that the recent musings of Scott Fellman, longtime figurehead in the marine aquarium hobby and co-owner of Unique Corals, on captive bred fish have really struck a nerve. In a recent posting on his company’s Reef2Reef forum page, Scott shared a little of his frustrations about the virtual disappearance of captive-bred mandarin dragonets from Oceans Reefs and Aquariums (ORA). In a nutshell, he was told by an ORA rep that the dragonet breeding program had essentially been shelved due to the lack of support from aquarium hobbyists. This was due to the fact that wild-caught mandarins were far too cheap for the captive-bred variety to compete with. With regards to this news, Scott went on to say “that sucks”, and offered up a thorough virtual “spanking” of the aquarium hobby as a whole…and we completely agree with Scott one billion percent! To clarify, this is not in any way a reflection on ORA or any other organizations or individuals that breed marine ornamental species or support captive breeding efforts. Instead, this is a look at why aquarium keepers still continue to purchase low-quality wild-caught livestock. Scott’s article highlights the big reason why captive-bred fish still see so many hurdles…and it’s purely financial. After all of the initial excitement wore off, hobbyists by and large avoided buying them because they were $40 or more per fish. MORE: Why Don’t Aquarists Support Captive Breeding

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Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The Truth

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So you want a fish who will brighten up your day?  If you have a 6 foot or larger tank like a 125 gallon you are open to a type fish that can actually benefit your reef’s community in a way you would never expect. Lyretail Anthias are a very popular fish for larger aquariums. Before you dump one or two into your tank there are some facts to look over first.  PERSONALITY & BEHAVIOR  These fish have a very outgoing personality.  They are the life of the party.  If they notice a fish that is shy or skittish they are known to give them the courage to join the rest of the fish in their daily…whatever it is fish do to pass the time. They spend most of the day swimming around the middle of the tank but do swim through the rocks as well so hiding spots are a must, besides, they do need a place to sleep. More: Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The Truth

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