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An In-Depth Look at the Natural System of Reef Keeping: Part Two

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The other day I brought you the first of three installments from a notable article written by Jeremy Gosnell. We took a quick look into the natural system of reef keeping originally expressed by Lee Chin Eng 60 years ago. Gosnell exposed us to Eng’s ideas on the common tank husbandry practices at the time, and how we can better replicate a natural environment within our reef systems. He touched base on the benefits and downfalls of utilizing refugiums, as well as experimenting with bare bottoms as opposed to substrate. Not to keep you all hanging, today I’ll carry on with the second installment of Jeremy’s article which will provide you with alternative options to a messy, muddy, stinky fuge. So here you go – Zeolite reactors and biopellets – enjoy! MORE

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Top Five Speakers I Can’t Wait to See!: Part Four

less.jpg.w300h200 Top Five Speakers I Cant Wait to See!: Part FourThings are about to get really deep this year at MACNA thanks to none other than Rufus Kimura, and this is without a question one of the top talks I can’t hide my excitement for. The Molokai native and founder of Kaiohi Tropical Fish, a collection facility located in West Oahu, is renowned as being one of the top deep sea collectors in the industry. Specializing in the delicate, perilous process of collecting such rarities from the deep such as the Paracentropyge boylei and the Genicanthus personatus while using sustainable and ethical methods. This approach is undoubtedly more dangerous, but Kimura’s dedication to preserving our reef’s natural environment far outweighs the comfort and safety of more traditional methods. This year, Rufus will be taking us into the great depth of his world of the collection of sparsely seen species of the deep. From equipment preferences to proper care during collection to export, he’ll to be cluing us in to his greatest secrets as well as explaining the difficulties of such dives and efforts he’s put into practice in order to make the aquarium hobby more sustainable. If you can only make a few speakers this year, I implore you to really make some time for this particular one, you seriously won’t regret it!
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Earthquake In Napa Devastates Local Fish Store


Sunday’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa Valley, California had devastating effects for the surrounding community. With reports of up to 1 billion dollars in damage, the earthquake, which was the largest earthquake in the past 25 years, effected many businesses. Napa Valleys only aquarium store, ‘Aquatic World’, took quite the hit. Of the 150 tanks in the store, most were shattered in the quake. The scene that awaited the owners was disastrous, the aftermath left fish and tanks all over the shop floor. The owners worked for hours after the quake to try and save the 100 fish or so that survived by getting them to another location with working tanks. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Aquatic World and its fishy inhabitants. MORE

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Just In! MACNA 2015 to be Held In Washington, DC

Early registrationbaltimore national aquarium 300x199 Just In! MACNA 2015 to be Held In Washington, DC has just opened up on MACNA’s 2015 website, and it looks like it’ll be hitting the Nation’s capital next year September 4th – 6th. The Early Bird special for full passes clocks in at $89, so get them while you can (we’re getting ours today). To be held at the beautiful Wardman Marriott and Exhibition Center, just two blocks from the Smithsonian Zoo, speakers already signed on include a few of my favorites – Julian Sprung, Sanjay Joshi, Kevin Cohen and Tony Vargas. The event is being hosted by Washington Area Marine Aquarium Society, WAMAS, and looks like it’s set to be a spectacular event. Keep checking back for more updates throughout the year, and be sure to keep an eye on their website. I’m so excited – I haven’t even gone to this year’s MACNA yet and I’m already amped for next year!
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Orchid Dottyback: Hardy, Peaceful, and Just Right for Reef Tanks

fridmani1 Orchid Dottyback: Hardy, Peaceful, and Just Right for Reef TanksCaptive breeding of marine fishes has been a boon to our hobby in any number of ways, one of which is democratizing access to formerly really pricy species such as the orchid dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani). While I wouldn’t characterize the current market price of this Red Sea species as “cheap,” it’s definitely in the realm of affordable for most hobbyists—and it’s hardiness, ease of feeding, manageable adult size, reef-friendliness, and relatively peaceful disposition (as dottybacks go, that is) more than justify the modest outlay of cash for a specimen. Physical traits P. fridmani is a small (reaching only around 2½ inches), streamlined fish with reddish-purple overall coloration and blue scale margins. A dark stripe extends diagonally from the snout upward through the eye. This species’ appearance in aquariums can vary markedly depending on the lighting scheme. Feeding You’ll find this P More: Orchid Dottyback: Hardy, Peaceful, and Just Right for Reef Tanks

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Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014

Aquarium Nerd Travel Gear Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014
Below is a repost of our article: Ten Things Every Traveling Aquarium Nerd Should Pack With all of the aquarium industry focusing on MACNA this weekend, and thousands of hobbyists traveling to Denver for the show, we decided to throw together Continue reading → MORE: Ten Items You Should Bring with You to MACNA 2014

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An In-Depth Look at the Natural System of Reef Keeping: Part One

197103 10150130002722087 3593988 n 300x200 An In Depth Look at the Natural System of Reef Keeping: Part OneToday I bring you a truly captivating article that travels back to explore Lee Chin Eng’s original thoughts on keeping a natural reef system. This exclusive content was graciously sent to me by Jeremy Gosnell, author for Tropical Fish Hobbyist and of his own works, Neptune’s Garden. No stranger to the deep, Gosnell has spent a considerable amount of his life below the ocean’s surface exploring the wonders of the deep. A certified PADI Dive Master and under water photography instructor at the Eastern Academy of Scuba Education, Jeremy also works with other divers and conservation societies to promote the welfare of our seas. “A love of marine aquariums led me into the world of scuba diving. The world of scuba diving gave me a love of natural coral reefs. Responsibly caring for captive ecosystems, with an eye on wild reef health, can act as a gear in the machine of conservation.” The article he sent over is a real wealth of valuable information we can all learn thing or two (or ten) from. It’s also pretty lengthy so I’ve decided to break it into a few installments. So here you have it, Part One of this exciting new read:MORE

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