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ORA Announces Availability of Captive Bred Blue Fin Watchman Gobies

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Oceans Reefs & Aquariums has been very very busy over the last month or so. Since the beginning of December, the aquaculture experts have released two new fish (the Eastern Hulafish and Yellowstriped Cardinal), along with a gorgeous algae and even a brand new coral. And they are continuing with their strong performance in 2014 with the release of yet another new fish, the ORA Blue Fin Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus fasciatus), which was just announced earlier today on their blog. Somewhat similar to the yellow watchman goby (C. cinctus), the blue fin watchman are only subtly different from their yellow cousins. Despite being predominantly grey in coloration, the blue fin gobies can take on a more yellow appearance, which of course depends on the environment in which it resides as well as other external cues. So, to better distinguish the two, you have to look at other key differences. The blue fin is a tad larger than the yellow watchman, and its dorsal and anal fins have more of a blue coloration to them (hence their name) MORE: ORA Announces Availability of Captive Bred Blue Fin Watchman Gobies

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Review: Vertex Omega 150 skimmer

IMG 1364web 206x300 Review: Vertex Omega 150 skimmerFollowing on from our unboxing review slightly earlier this year, we decided now would be a great time to take a closer look at our Vertex Omega in operation as we’ve now had it installed and running on our test system for several weeks. OK, so this skimmer has already received plenty of good reviews around the web, but how would it work out in practice on our SPS dominated test system? Well, going back slightly, we had the small issue of swapping-out our sump for a new design before we could use this skimmer. This isn’t a fault of the Omega we hasten to add, but it’s worth knowing that  this skimmer and many others like it, are optimised to work in water that is around 10” deep at the most. As our own sump had a water level of 15” in the skimmer chamber, we would have had to raise the Omega at least 5 inches off the bottom for it to work efficiently and this ultimately meant that we simply didn’t have enough headroom in our cabinet for the skimmer to fit. Now, with a new sump in place with a More: Review: Vertex Omega 150 skimmer

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Reef Threads Podcast #163

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #163 One of Gary’s favorite parts of Elliott from Arizona’s tank is this quiet little alcove.We return from our holiday hiatus to talk about Christine’s new fish, Gary’s RO/DI system, annual heater and lamp replacement, spending $1,000 on reef aquariums, and expensive animals. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Melev’s Reef website More: Reef Threads Podcast #163

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Sicce Voyager Nano, the tiniest recirculating pumps – preview

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After having previewed the small Sicce Syncra Nano (preview), we are here today to present the other two recirculating small pumps, which were presented at the same time, the Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 and the Sicce Voyager Nano 2000, that as the name implies, have a range of 1,000 to 2,000 l/h, respectively  MORE

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Interesting New ‘Creeper Monti’ from The CandyShop

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We present you with the Creeper Monti, a new offering from The Candy Shop. This encrusting montipora coral is beyond bright, sporting a neon pink base that is broken up with small patches of green and even some shdes of purple. And it doesn’t appear to be the green fluorescing protein (GFP) that infects various corals only to eventually go away completely. Instead, it might be the result of grafting two colors variants of the same species into one individual, a popular practice that also results in the coral reverting back to a single color in most situations. Regardless of whether this is the case or not, that pink is just too eye-catching to pass up, especially when our tanks are usually dominated with blues and greens. There are tons of variations of monti corals on the market, and this one will surely catch your eye. MORE: Interesting New ‘Creeper Monti’ from The CandyShop

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Sharks on Twitter!

Shark attacks seem to be increasing in recent years, and although the number are minuscule compared to the millions swimming in beaches everyday, attacks still pose a valid concern for swimmers. However, with the help of Twitter, researchers in Western Australia are trying to give swimmers a heads up on the location of sharks by tagging over 300 sharks with transmitters. Receivers for the transmitters are then placed under water which keep an eye out for where the sharks are and send tweets when they get too close. Specifically, when a shark comes within a kilometer of the shore line in various spots in Western Australia, the receivers will detect the sharks fitted with transmitters and will send out a tweet under the @SLSWA Twitter account — Surf Life Saving WA. Those who follow the Twitter account will then be able to see when a shark is nearby, as well what kind of shark it is and the time it was detected. Prionace glauca 1 820x420 Sharks on Twitter! MORE

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ORA Introduces Blue Hypnea Macroalgae

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Other forms of this widespread Indo-Pacific seaweed are used in Asian kitchens as salad ingredients and in industry as a source of the thickener carageenan, but Blue Hypnea (Hypnea pannosa) is an iridescent blue ornamental algae and ORA believes it has a future in reef aquariums. According to ORA: “Though similar in appearance to Ochtodes sp. algae from the Caribbean, this species originates from Micronesia and has slightly different morphology. Blue Hypnea grows in very dense, matted clumps that loosely anchor to coarse substrates. It is not a particularly fast growing algae so containing its growth is not difficult. “We recommend moderate to high, full spectrum lighting for optimum coloration and growth. Photo taken under 10K Metal halide with supplemental flash.” Source: MORE: ORA Introduces Blue Hypnea Macroalgae

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CORAL Magazine’s Captive Bred Marine Fish Species List for 2014

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As soon as CORAL Magazine’s 2013 Captive-Bred Marine Fish Species List was published last year, new additions started to show up. Several species that were left off the 2013 list have now been added, as well as new species that were confirmed as being captive-bred during the year. More than 30 new species have been added to the list, bringing the total to over 250. While there haven’t been a lot of new species released commercially by the large aquaculture facilities this year, there have been some exciting developments. From ORA: Black Cardinalfish (Apogonichthyoides melas) Black Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus fasciatus) Randall’s Assessor (Assessor randalli) From Bali Aquarich: Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) Clarion Angelfish (Holacanthus clarionensis) Maze Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus cephalareticulatus) From Rising Tide: Green Chromis (Chromis viridis) French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum) One of the more exciting additions to the list is the Red-Striped Pipefish (Dunckerocampus baldwini) bred by Jim Welsh in Northern California. Welsh’s work with the species yielded market-sized offspring in less than six months from the beginning of the project. (A report on this project will appear in the March/April 2014 issue of CORAL.) Following up her success last year with Genicanthus watenabei, Karen Brittain in Hawaii has continued to pursue angelfish breeding projects. She started off revisiting Reef Culture Technology’s success with Centropyge interruptus as part of her “A Girlfriend for Fabio” IndieGoGo campaign, and promising progress was made in the second half of 2013 pursuing a species first with Paracentropyge venusta. Hopefully we will be able to put the Venustus Angelfish the list next year. During 2013, in an effort to narrow down the definition of “what is” a captive-bred marine fish (along with other trade jargon), Richard Ross dedicated an issue of his Skeptical Reefkeeping series to the subject. Ross, along with Kevin Erickson, has compiled a detailed list of terms and definitions used when referring to the origins of our marine livestock. MORE: CORAL Magazine’s Captive Bred Marine Fish Species List for 2014

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