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Win a Kessil 350 Narrow LED!

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Give me a caption on this picture that will make me belly laugh and you get a Kessil 350 Narrow courtesy of Innovative Grow Lights (IGL). I’m not a stickler for rules so my only request is that you keep it PG-13 at the max. Let me get you clowns started – “Real Fishwives of Saltlake City”. Ok, lame – I know you can top that. Leave your comments on Facebook or Twitter – best of luck!

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New Aquatic Works Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye

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Keng Lye is a world apart when it comes to art. Lye carefully layers paint within layers of clear resin to create these one of a kind masterpieces. Over the last year Lye has moved from bowl pieces to bags and plastic containers. Making it not only easier to view his handmade creatures but they are even more realistic. Check out Keng Lye’s Facebook to see other works and future projects. 


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EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture

9bcfEcoTech Marine Radion XR15FW EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture Did you know that EcoTech Marine has a light designed specifically for freshwater applications? Neither did we. Amidst all of the fanfare of the XR15w Pro launch, EcoTech quietly slipped their XR15FW light into the mix, kicking off what might be a very lucrative venture into the freshwater side of the aquarium hobby. Since we don’t dabble in freshwater tanks, we can only speculate, but seeing as how revolution the EcoTech Marine produce line has been for salty tanks, we’re positive that the freshwater community will accept them with wide open arms. Getting back to the fixture itself, the Radion XR15FW uses the same form factor as the pro model, but comes with fewer LEDs and a much different array of LED colors. Where the pro model uses 21 diodes that emphasize blues and cool whites, the freshwater version only uses 15 LEDs and relies heavily on warmer colors. Here is a breakdown of each of the color channels: • Neutral White: 5 • Deep Blue: 2 • Blue: 2 • Green: 2 • Hyper Red: 2 • Indigo: 1 • UV: 1 The XR15FW will feature the same wireless technology and TIR lenses found on the pro model, meaning it will work flawlessly with the EcoSmart Live platform and the ReefLink wireless hub. As for the fixture’s price, the XR15FW will retail for $299, or about $150 less than the pro version. The light is currently available for preorder, but hasn’t quite hit the market as of yet MORE: EcoTech Marine Looking to Conquer the Freshwater World with the XR15FW LED Fixture

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Boat Noise a Culprit for Decline of Sea Hare

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) CRIOBE in France have long understood that artificial marine noise can affect the ecology of marine life, but they now understand that propeller noise from boats can also affect change in the life cycle of one of the most important reef inhabitants. Lead author Sophie Nedelec, a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol and EPHE had this to offer: “Traffic noise is now one of the most widespread global pollutants. If the reproductive output of vulnerable species is reduced, we could be changing communities and losing vital ecological functions. This species is particularly important because it eats a toxic alga that affects recruitment of fish to coral reefs.” 

seahare article Boat Noise a Culprit for Decline of Sea Hare

Researchers found that when exposed to anthropogenic noises throughout gestation, some of the Stylocheilus striates eggs studied for this experiment were found to be underdeveloped and in some cases actually perished as a result. Co-author, Dr Steve Simpson, a marine biologist and senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, said: “Boat noise may cause stress or physically disrupt cells during development, affecting chances of survival. Since one in five people in the world rely on marine animals as a major source of protein, regulating traffic noise in important fisheries areas could help marine communities and the people that depend on them.” Read more here.

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Red Tide Killing Marine Line Off Florida Coast

 The Gulf of Mexico, specifically the West Coast of Florida, is currently experiencing a red tide bloom that has killed tens of thousands of fish.  Red tide is a phenomena that is caused by high concentrations of toxic dinoflagellates. The Red Tide has also killed a number of manatees and is threatening Florida’s end of summer, normally booming, tourism. While Red Tide is not uncommon to Florida in the summer, the concentration of dinoflagellates in this concentration that is currently approaching, is higher than has been since in Florida 2005. Living on the East Coast of Florida, I am in the Ocean at least twice a week. However this summer I have had to skip some outings due to red tide and flesh eating bacteria. Its not a good summer for us Floridians. MORE

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Old School

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Old school captive grown corals have a certain appeal.  The fact that they are recognizable by the trained eye and hold their pigments throughout the years can surely add to their allure.  A small pigment of a certain seed fragment can be passed on to the full grown colony and yet the beauty remains constant.  Unlike some of the newer captive grown corals or wild specimens which can change dramatically through the years, the old school varieties are proven and well known to the trained eye.  This specimen is commonly called the Pink Lemonade and has been in the hobby for many years.  It is one of a handlful of yellow Acropora specimens that have paid off the few people who invested a great amount of time in their care.  Given patience and excellent water quality a mature colony can be achieved in a relatively short time compared to some slower growing stoney corals.  One of the many advantages of old school Acroporas.

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Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1

ozone1 1 Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1The use of ozone in home aquaria is far from a new idea. In fact, 20+ years ago, ozone was commonly used by both public aquaria and hobbyists alike. I experimented with the use of ozone on my classroom system a little over a decade ago. However, the system I invested in was of very poor quality. We had two probes fail in less than a year, and the monitor indicated that our generator had also failed to continue to generate the gas. Needless to say, I dropped out of ozone, having experienced mixed results at best. Fast forward to three years ago More: Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1

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Blue Tang Aggregation, Acanthurus coeruleus

6bf1Blue Tangs 457x303 Blue Tang Aggregation, Acanthurus coeruleusHi friends, Here’s a colorful photo of a big school of Blue Tangs cruising through the reef with a single goatfish (yellow fish) trying hard to blend in. I really had quite a laugh underwater watching this single goatfish, it’s like he always wanted to be a blue tang and figured they wouldn’t even notice if he hung out with them. We see these large groups called “aggregations” on the reef here every single day and I still never seem to get tired of it, they are just so beautiful. Adult blue tangs have three social modes: territorial, wandering, and schooling. Territorial adults defend their home rage from other members of the species MORE

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