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This New LE Rainbow Shortcake Acropora Looks Amazing

LE Rainbow Shortcake Acropora 644x320 This New LE Rainbow Shortcake Acropora Looks Amazing
It seems like it’s been ages since we wrote about a Limited Edition Reef Farmers coral, but here we are. Steve Tyree’s high end coral outlet has recently listed this amazing LE Rainbow Strawberry Acropora from Coral Revolution, and it is truly a stunner. The corallites of this A. microclados sports a vivid blue tip a pink edge that is adorned with blood red polyps. The remaining tissue of the coral varies from yellow to green, depending on the lighting and other factors. This strawberry variant has been in captivity since the beginning of this year and has been spread to only a limited number of systems, mainly Steve Tyree’s Reef Farmers raceway tank and his personal reef tank. MORE: This New LE Rainbow Shortcake Acropora Looks Amazing

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Florida Diver Fends Off Great White Shark

 Great White Sharks are among the most impressive predators in our Oceans. Imagine the utter fear felt by Florida diver Jimmy Roseman as he inadvertently came face to face with a large Great White Shark. The encounter was even more unexpected since Great Whites’s do not often swim through Florida waters. Roseman was wearing a gopro camera and caught everything. This amazing video speaks for itself.   MORE

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Elos Water Test kit: KH alkalinity

2014 03 elos test kit carbonati dkh 002 Elos Water Test kit: KH alkalinity
I started talking about Elos test kits in 2007, and have been replacing them as I do every 6 months, I’d like to give you an overview of my experiences. Let’s start with the Elos Alkalinity test, or KH.

  As you can see from the photo, the test kit consists of a good-sized box that contains the folding paper with explanations, the leaflet, one glass tube with Elos symbol and its plastic cap, a small bottle containing the liquid reagent called KH and a syringe.  MORE

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Video: Satellite Sees Portents Of Powerful El Niño

In 1997-98 the strongest El Nino event on record to date caused unprecedented coral bleaching and death across the globe. Now, in a worrying development, the NASA/French Space Agency Jason-2 satellite has detected tell-tale ‘kelvin waves’ crossing the Pacific that suggest another powerful event may be brewing. Watch the video for a full More: Video: Satellite Sees Portents Of Powerful El Niño

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Return from Lubang

Lubang1 Return from LubangWell, we’ve just returned from Lubang Island, and I’ve never been to a more remote, more rustic place in the world. The boat ride we were told would take three hours ended up taking five, but the sea was calm and we had a beautiful ride out. We saw dolphins, jellies, and tons of flying fish. When we first pulled up at the port, there were probably 50 people who came out to look at us. I have no doubt we were the first Americans many of them had seen—kids were yelling, “Power boat! Look, a power boat!” and running over to check out our relatively modest, 15-foot whaler-type boat. As soon as we arrived, four of us took off in the power boat to scout for the dive locations for the next two days. We looked for rocky outcrops on the end of the island facing the drop-off into the South China Sea, and we used side-scan sonar to find rocky areas in the 200- to 350-foot-deep range. After a few stops, we found a spot to dive, so Elliott and I suited up and dropped into a dive site we named “The End of the World.” We did a (relatively) quick pass on the site—buzzing down to 300 feet on scooters and then taking our time coming back up—the total length of dive was 71 minutes, which is about as quick as you can do a dive like MORE: Return from Lubang

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New Dosing Pump Module Teased by Digital Aquatics

1fe0Digital Aquatics Dosing Pump New Dosing Pump Module Teased by Digital Aquatics
We’re full of teaser information today, it seems. Digital Aquatics let it slip that they will soon be releasing their very own dosing pump module, called the DP1. This new module is pretty straightforward, using a peristaltic pump to move liquids from one container to another and connecting to the Reef Keeper controller via the BUS connection. A total of 16 individual DP1 modules can be used simultaneously on the RK Elite controller, which is overkill, but it gives users tons of options for dosing various products. As far as mounting the module goes, a pair of screw holes flank the DP1, allowing it to be mounted to the inside of the stand or anywhere else you might want it installed. Pricing for the new module hasn’t been finalized, but we’re told that it will definitely be under $100. In addition to the DP1, another one of the Digital Aquatics modules is getting a refresher MORE: New Dosing Pump Module Teased by Digital Aquatics

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Super Eye Candy

 Here is some super eye candy for your Wednesday morning coffee break.

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