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We Brought an Entire Aquarium With Us (and Built a Fish-Sized Hyperbaric Chamber)

Rich aqSetup We Brought an Entire Aquarium With Us (and Built a Fish Sized Hyperbaric Chamber)When I tell people that we’re in the field collecting saltwater animals for display and research at the aquarium, most of them imagine that the actual catching is the hard part. In reality, the hard work starts after we collect the animal. Keeping animals healthy in the field—and then healthy while en route back to Manila for a 14-hour flight to their new home in Golden Gate Park—entails an entire slew of life-support equipment (LSS). We have that stuff at the Academy, obviously, but right now we’re out in the field. Where it’s too hot. Where there isn’t a store to buy what we need. Where we have to constantly battle a continually moving colony of fire ants that appeared right where we set up our equipment. Fortunately, all the pre-planning we did to prepare for this is paying off. Want the laundry-list of what came with us on the plane? Two 200-gallon inflatable kiddie pools (plus a third, just in case), 220-bolt air and water pumps, rolls of tubing, nets, containers, coral-holding devices, fish-holding cups, seeded biofilters, and an assortment of valves, glue, patch kits, rubber bands, cable ties, etc. We knew we’d need to keep MORE: We Brought an Entire Aquarium With Us (and Built a Fish-Sized Hyperbaric Chamber)

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Fincasters Episode 37 Fintastic Mermaids!

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: How to Feed Nori Without Getting Your Hands Wet

I’m a hands-on type of guy. Around my reef tank though, I try to be a hands-out type of guy. Here’s one way I feed my fish without putting my hand in the tank.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: How to Feed Nori Without Getting Your Hands Wet

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All-in-One Biopellets Aim to Be Potent Blend of Carbon Dosing and Phosphate Remover

14b2All in one Biopellets All in One Biopellets Aim to Be Potent Blend of Carbon Dosing and Phosphate Remover Aquarium Specialty is introducing us to a brand new type of biopellet from Reef Interests that hopes to be a game changer for nitrate and phosphate removal. Announced on the Aquarium Specialty Blog, the All-in-One biopellets are a mixture of NP Reducing Biopellets and the active ingredient found in phosphate removers. This marriage of carbon dosing with phosphate removal is said to remove 5 times more nitrate and 10-20 times more phosphate than all other biopellet products s currently available to aquarium keepers. How do they work? According to the blog article, the pellets are effective because they provide all of the nutritional requirements for the bacteria in one place, the surface of this new pellet. Since bacteria consume both nitrate and phosphate to grow and reproduce, the original biopellets weren’t able to be successful because these key compounds were being removed too rapidly. The bacteria were essentially starving becusse phosphate was being removed via other avenues, most likely Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO), which is run independent of the pellet products. So, the minds at Reef Interest decided to bring the phosphate removing chemicals to the pellet, which works well because as the bacteria consume the pellet, they are not only getting the nitrogen, but the phosphate that has been absorbed as well. As the surface of the pellet is consumed, so too is the phosphate absorbing portion that has been added MORE: All-in-One Biopellets Aim to Be Potent Blend of Carbon Dosing and Phosphate Remover

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Replay of The Question and Answer Session With Mr. Saltwater Tank on 5/12/2014

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Milletseed Butterflyfish Larvae Update

Milletseed+larval+update+1 Milletseed Butterflyfish Larvae Update
A 35 day old milletseed butterflyfish larva with morepronounced dorsal spines.  During this recent trial, larvae displayed greater development in a shorter period of time.It’s been a while since our last milletseed butterflyfish post but, not to worry, I’ve been very busy conducting a variety of replicated experiments to better understand their larval requirements.  From those experiments, I’ve learned MORE: Milletseed Butterflyfish Larvae Update

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Good at Gardening? Try Reefkeeping!

gardening to reefkeeping 300x169 Good at Gardening? Try Reefkeeping!If you’re a gardener with a green thumb, making the leap to reefkeeping isn’t as far as you might think!Having once worked in the nursery and landscaping business, it often occurs to me that there are a surprising number of similarities between terrestrial gardening/landscaping and reefkeeping. I would even suggest that, in some ways, reefkeeping has more in common with gardening than with maintaining a freshwater or marine fish-only aquarium. Many of the elements terrestrial “green thumbs” must deal with in order to succeed with gardening have analogs in the reefkeeping hobby, and I’m convinced that if gardeners could be persuaded to give reefkeeping a try, they might just discover they have a certain knack for nurturing More: Good at Gardening? Try Reefkeeping!

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Luiz Rocha to be Keynote Speaker at MACNA 2014

rocha Luiz Rocha to be Keynote Speaker at MACNA 2014Hot off the press, the MACNA 2014 Keynote Speaker will be Luiz Rocha, a well known expert on fish and reefs.  Luiz works at the Steinhart Aquarium here he is the curator of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences. He specifically focuses on fish evolution and biology, and maintains one of the largest collections of preserved reef fish used for study at Steinhart.  Luiz was recently on two major expeditions in remote reef area such as Anilao and rarely visited locations in the Philippines. This video from FORA is a great introduction to his work.  Remember, you have to attend the MACNA Banquet dinner in order to view the Keynote.  More information on our MACNA coverage coming soon!

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