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Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday Am Quick Tip: Reference the Reference For An Accurate Test Kit

Can’t figure out which the color in the test tube matches up to on the color card? Use this tip to make it really easy.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday Am Quick Tip: Reference the Reference For An Accurate Test Kit

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Rare Changes In Wind Patterns Bring Unusual Species In Pacific Ocean

SJM-WARMOCEAN-1102-10Unusual winds are causing record high temperatures along the West Coast, particularly off California’s Coast.Temperatures are currently 5 to 6 degrees warmer for this time of year, making it the warmest fall in about 30 years. A change in wind patterns, notably no winds blowing in from the north, are stopping the water from cooling down, as it normally would. An endangered sea turtle, normally only found in the warmer waters of Southern California, was found in San Francisco. Fisherman have noted seeing Hawaiian Ono and other warm water species. Whales common to the area have not been spotted and fisherman have noted the waters seem empty and salmon catches are down. Scientists speculate that the normal species will return once the water returns to its normal temperature. MORE

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Manhattan Reefs – Fall Frag Swap

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Zeolite in the reef aquarium

2 partsThe term zeovit reactor is making its rounds on the aquarium forums and in fish store chatter more and more these days. To help clear any confusion, zeovit refers to a zeolite media sold by Korallen zucht, and available online via While we are on the topic, what exactly is zeolite, and does this relatively different approach to a reef aquarium offer the amazing results, shared by some zeolite users, who have been affectionately dubbed zeoheads.  MORE

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“Baby, It’s Creepier, When you Get Deeper”

 Couldn’t have said it better myself. Check out this flippin’ hilarious video from the folks over at College Humor, giving us a pretty impressive breakdown of what to expect from the deepest, darkest crevices of the sea. The darling spoof on Sebastian’s little number from “The Little Mermaid” is wickedly honest about just how fugly some of those deep-sea species can be. Even their given names don’t try to sugarcoat anything – “hagfish” and “blobfish” – “repulsive freaks”! I can sort of relate to the Hatchetfish, with eyes “translucent and devoid of soul”. Personally, I find all these creatures delightfully fascinating, hideous as they are. Although, “giant spider crabs” sound like something I never want to encounter.

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Marine Aquarium Acclimation: Bridging the Specific Gravity Gap

In today’s post, I’d like to address a very common issue marine aquarium hobbyists encounter when purchasing livestock (particularly fish) and offer a simple method for addressing it. The issue in question is how to deal with the dramatic difference in specific gravity (SG) that often exists between dealers’ display tanks and home aquariums when acclimating new specimens. As every experienced hobbyist knows, dealers often keep the SG of their fish display tanks well below that of natural sea water—often in the vicinity of 1.020 or lower. While being kept at a lower SG is in no way harmful to the fish, it can present certain challenges if the tank in which they will ultimately reside is, say, a reef system with an SG closer to 1.025. Fish should never be subjected to such a precipitous increase in SG during a single acclimation session (Saltwater Smarts contributor Jay Hemdal recommends avoiding any increase in SG over .004), so you have to choose a way to safely bridge this gap. There are numerous approaches you can take to achieve this objective, but the method I prefer is to take advantage of evaporation during the four-week quarantine period. Here’s how: Before purchasing a specimen, contact your LFS or online retailer to ask where they maintain the SG in their tanks. Don’t leave this to chance. More: Marine Aquarium Acclimation: Bridging the Specific Gravity Gap

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Humbug Damsel: Prepping for the Hunt

There’s a reason I chose to spotlight Dascyllus aruanus, the humbug or three-striped damselfish, in this profile. “Caribbean” Chris and I will soon be matching wits with four representatives of this species that have laid claim to a large marine aquarium situated in one of our local coffee shops. Steve, the shop’s owner, is at wits’ end with these four humbugs, which won’t abide most new tankmates, and would like to see them captured and relocated by any means necessary, short of (or possibly including) dynamiting the tank. Chris and I figure that between the two of us, we should have the mental prowess to outsmart these little devils, so we’re currently brainstorming the capture techniques we’d like to experiment with over the next week or so (suggestions from fellow salties are most welcome). We plan to document the process on video, so stay tuned for updates. For the time being, though, let’s take a closer look at our future quarry: Physical traits D. More: Humbug Damsel: Prepping for the Hunt

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Fincasters Episode 46: New Desktop Aquariums From Fluval

 Fluval is out with two cool new desktop aquariums that make keeping a small reef easier and more affordable than ever. More: Fincasters Episode 46 New Desktop Aquariums From Fluval

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