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Reef Threads Podcast #162

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #162 A rainbow of polyps.The end of the year is upon us and this is the last podcast for 2013. This week we talk about Gary’s Wisconsin Reef Society talks, Christine’s tank, ORA fish, Divers Den, palytoxin, and reef nutrients. 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 #162

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Happy Holidays to All!

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Remember what’s really important.

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AquaNerd’s Top 10 Stories from 2013

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This year is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and as we creep forward to 2014, we couldn’t help but stop and reflect on all of the stories that made 2013 so memorable. While we have a handful of recap articles on the way, we wanted to first take a look at the top 10 most visited articles that hit your computer screens and mobile devices from the AquaNerd Blog. The list has a few shockers on it, at least from our standpoint, and they weren’t all good news for the aquarium hobby. So, check out the list and let us know what aquarium related stories had the biggest impact on you and your hobby. Continue below for the full list… Mindstream Aquarium Monitoring System Measures Twelve Parameters with One UnitThe Mindstream aquarium monitor came out of nowhere and news of its abilities took the hobby by storm. Able to monitor twelve different water paraters using fluorescent MORE: AquaNerd’s Top 10 Stories from 2013

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Worldwide appeal finds last remaining wild Madagascan Cichlid

Seven months ago things looked pretty bleak for the Mangarahara cichlid Ptychochromis insolitus. The only habitat for this rare Madagascar fish species had been destroyed and the cichlid was down to its last 3 known individuals, all of which were males. In a last-ditch effort to save the species from extinction, conservationists at the London Zoo Aquarium and Berlin Zoo put out a worldwide call to private aquarium owners, fish collectors and hobbyists in hopes that someone, somewhere, would have a female fish waiting to find a mate. In May 2013, the ZSL London Zoo began a campaign to find a female mate for a critically-endangered fish species- the Mangarahara cichlid Ptychochromis insolitus– after a small population was found in remote Madagascar. The ZSL London Zoo was home to two of the last known species, both of which were male. It was believed that this species was no longer due to rice farming and agriculture taking away the native habitat of the Mangarahara cichlid, rhe Mangarahara River in Madagascar. 

Mangarahara cichlid Worldwide appeal finds last remaining wild Madagascan Cichlid

Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus)


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Interrupta Angelfish (Centropyge interrupta)

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Montipora Placement

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Many Montipora species can co exist and add striking color differences in reef aquariums.  This is one quality that compliments the lower light and less demanding bio types as well as shaded areas in the contrary. These plating Montipora corals were allowed to grow in close proximity given the low aggression displayed in these specimen.  Over time they can be allowed to touch with little or no death and co exist comfortably.  The seed fragments for the Montipora undata at he top of the image came from Steve Tyree lineage and has grown in captivity for 8 years.  The red polyp Montiporatuberclosa below originated from Jason Fox and has been growing for 3 years from a small seed fragment.

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The Pacific Sun Intelligent Dosing Pump Sets a New Standard for Automated Dosing

8521Pacific Sun Intelligent Doser Pump The Pacific Sun Intelligent Dosing Pump Sets a New Standard for Automated Dosing
When they’re not dabbling in LED and T5HO lighting, apparently the guys from Pacific Sun also spend their spare time tinkering with other high end aquarium equipment…namely this 5-channel “intelligent” dosing pump. In February 2014, Pacific Sun will unleash this beast onto the aquarium marketplace, making it the largest dosing pump on the market as far as we know. Most dosing pumps come in three and four channel flavors, with the four pump systems usually being a slave unit with no on-board controller. Pacific Sun’s dosing pump, on the other hand, sports five independent channels AND a built-in controller. According to the teaser info, this new dosing system is said to be “super-accurate” with dosages ranging from 0.1ml to 1500ml and the unit cranking out up to 24 doses per day per channel. The Pacific Sun intelligent doser up the bar even further by incorporating a built-in top off with water level sensors and a computer controlled DC pump for topping off up to 300 liters per hour. Stepping up the game even further, the on-board controller allows the unit to be controlled wirelessly using an iOS or Android app, along with both PC and Mac versions of the software. Available in version with silicone tube / Viton tube – provides great accuracy and configure using the wireless controller – using an application on the PC / Mac / Android MORE: The Pacific Sun Intelligent Dosing Pump Sets a New Standard for Automated Dosing

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End the Toil and Trouble of Bubble Algae

bubble algae 300x169 End the Toil and Trouble of Bubble AlgaeA whole mess of bubble algae.“Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” could be the lament of any marine aquarium hobbyist battling a stubborn outbreak of green bubble algae. (Okay, “Double, double toil and trouble,” is the actual incantation from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but I digress.) Green bubble algae appear as rounded or tubular green bladders ranging from about the size of a small pea to approximately quarter-sized or even larger. Contrary to popular misconception, there isn’t just one species of bubble alga; rather, several species representing various genera (Ventricaria and Valonia among others) are known to appear in aquaria. Pretty, but… Bubble algae present hobbyists with something of a dilemma. On the one hand, the shiny green vesicles can actually be quite attractive and interesting to look at, thus tempting the hobbyist to leave them in place. Indeed, in a balanced system with dissolved nutrients kept well under control, the presence of a few vesicles here and there is no cause for panic and merely adds to the biodiversity. On the other hand, if conditions are—or ever become—conducive to explosive growth, the bubbles can rapidly reproduce to plague proportions. When this happens, rocks, coral skeletons, and other hard surfaces can become coated; vesicles attached at the base of coral specimens can actually displace them from their attachment site; and loose, drifting bubbles can clog powerhead intakes, substrate vacuums, overflow tubes, etc More: End the Toil and Trouble of Bubble Algae

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