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Reef Threads Podcast #203

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #203 Gary’s maintenance tools drying in the sun.We return for the 203rd time, this week to talk about Gary’s maintenance toolbox, listener Don Davis visiting Snorkel Bob, group buys, saving filtration wastewater, and milk and honey and PB&J as carbon sources. We hope you enjoy the podcast and urge you to not use PB&J as a carbon source. 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 #203

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Specs Out For New Nano Koralia From Hydor

KORALLIA 300x257 Specs Out For New Nano Koralia From Hydor Hydor are a company who’s products we’ve used before and we have to say, we really like their approach. They are certainly always looking to bring new products to the aquarium market and strive to make reef-keeping easy. In terms of their flow pump range, although already offering some of the most compact and efficient models available, they continue to make their products smaller, reduce electricity consumption and increase water flow output. Just announced, their new Koralia Nano 2200 achieves all this and is the smallest flow pump in the market to boot. This pump really is something special at just 6cm length while pumping up to 2200lph and consuming just 4 watts! Click the graphics for more detail. More: Specs Out For New Nano Koralia From Hydor

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Out of this World Symphyllia wilsoni is Simply Mesmerizing

2380ARC Symphyllia wilsoni Out of this World Symphyllia wilsoni is Simply Mesmerizing
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Mr. Saltwater Tank Invades Reef-A-Palooza

I’m headed to the left coast and I’m taking 4 hours of Q&A with me  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank Invades Reef-A-Palooza

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Marine Mysteries: Seaweed vs. Sea Urchins of French Polynesia

rapa iti small Marine Mysteries: Seaweed vs. Sea Urchins of French PolynesiaBelow the surface of silvery waters of beautiful Southern French Polynesian Islands, Rapa and Marotiri, a wealth of sea life glides about. The reefs are healthy, thriving and rich with vitality. One of the most bountiful creatures scattered throughout these reefs is the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum). The team of Pristine Seas,  a project dedicated to protecting the last gems of the wild ocean, plunged 20 meters below the ocean’s surface to explore the sea floor over a span of five days.
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Segrest Farm Announces Gold Rush Maroon Clownfish

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Shark Fin Poacher Caught In Costa Rica

Shark fins 356x200 Shark Fin Poacher Caught In Costa RicaIt is a very sad reality that shark fin poaching is still a very real problem in today’s world. It is estimated that over 10 million sharks die per year due to this barbaric practice. The fins are brutally chopped off the sharks, and then they are either left to die on the boat, or thrown back into the water and left to die slowly or by other animals. The Coast Guard in Costa Rica recently apprehended a fishing boat in the Bay of Queopos, very early in the morning, that was loaded with shark fins. MORE

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Turning Fish Poop Into Produce

 Aquaponics combines both aquaculture (raising marine life) and hydroponics (growing plants). Bill Carlson, the co-owner of Mountainside Lavender Farm, along with his wife, Lori Carlson, utilizes this concept. Carlson has a greenhouse aquaponic system in which fish waste provides nutrients for plants, the plants help clean the water, which is then cycled back to the fish tanks.When Carlson first started out, he was more interested in growing fish rather than produce, but realized how the two could easily intertwine. His fish tanks include tilapia, goldfish, catfish and bluegill.  Carlson states that the system seems more complex than it really is. Carlson, with the help of his older brother, built the existing system in a greenhouse. There are three fish tanks, with a single, underground tank that pushes the water into the three tanks.The fish waste creates ammonia, which later turns into nitrates, which is absorbed by the plants to grow. Carlson has started the Portland Metro Aquaponics Meetup Group, which would be a great starting point for anyone interesting in learning more. This an awesome example of green living at its best….if only I had a greenhouse. Watch the video to learn more. MOREMORE

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