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Breaking News! Designer Clown 12 Years in the Making Finally Debuts

nemo_strain3Here’s some news we can’t believe we’re even breaking today! Upon first glance, this Amphiprion ocellaris may strike you as your typical false percula clownfish. The familiar citrine-hued inhabitant has become what could be considered the Golden Retriever of the aquarium world – a docile, friendly, glistening little fish with a reputation that children fawn over – the perfect family pet! While this particular anemonefish is no stranger to the trade, it seems it was only a matter of time before someone honed in on the “Nemo” trend that caught so many by storm Circa 2003.  MORE

Music To Our Ears – Noise Cancelling Meets Your Aquarium

unnamedTHANK YOU! For years aquarists have struggled with the plight of aquarium noise – splashing, splooshing, humming and what some may swear could be the sound of fish chomping as they chow down on their favorite foods. Well, some of us need to sleep at night, so thankfully, Neptune Systems has come out with the perfect solution for this dilemma MORE

Reefs In Art: Impossibly Miniscule Shark Tooth Sculptures

sharktooth1Here are some lovely little sculptures created by some super talented cleaner wrasses and some extremely patient sharks… Ok, not really, but still remarkable talent from the man behind these impressive works. Hedley Wiggan, an English artist most recognized for his incredibly intricate microsculptures, usually finds himself hovering over a microscope carving final details onto the tips of pencils when immersed in his work. But while his typical medium may be of the graphite variety, when the SEA LIFE Aquarium of London proposed to him a more unconventional subject, he didn’t shy away from the opportunity. The fragile, unblunted, naturally discarded teeth of resident Tiger and Brown Sharks proved to be a challenge for Wiggan, yet he spent nearly two weeks excitedly bringing six aquatic creatures to life.  MORE

Can ozone cure ich?

ozone-technology-for-aquatic-installations-1-728EDIT: I have received notice that I was incorrect in using the term Oxygen Redox Potential to describe ORP. Commonly ORP is described as Oxidation Reduction Potential. However, in his book “Water Chemistry for the Marine Aquarium” published in 2005, author John H. Tullock gives an in-depth description of ORP. He describes redox as “…the tendency for redox reactions to occur in a solution. The redox potential of a complex solution such as seawater is the sum of all redox potentials present. Page # 15” Because aquarists using ozone are often attempting to use ORP as a measure of seawater quality, or create better quality water, I describe it as Oxygen Redox Potential, which would be better stated as redox potential. This gives an overall view that in reality we are measuring the sum of all redox potentials in the seawater, to gauge how effectively oxidization is taking place. Though, the term that most applies to aquarium literature is Oxidation Reduction Potential.     Aquarists become so desperate during an ich outbreak that often they will do anything to cure their fish and return the tank to harmony. While ich isn’t often fatal, various species react different to the parasite and without treatment it can become like a plague, looming over the aquarist’s head as more and more fish fall victim. If the parasite infects gill tissue, the fish’s respiration rate increases giving the parasite the upper hand.  MORE

Reef Threads Podcast #223

It’s time once again to chat with the Reef Evangelist and her minion. This week’s topics include NERAC, the Toledo Aquarium, World Aquarium, Pitcairn reef preserve, and aquarium complacency. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Saving Florida’s Coral Reefs Must Be A Priority

reefmapThe National Marine Fisheries Services has released a Recovery Plan for South Florida’s Coral Reefs. The plan says it will take more than $250 million — and an astounding 400 years — to replenish the elkhorn and staghorn corals that have formed once-fabulous reefs off Florida’s coast and throughout the Caribbean.The Plan attempts to address the problems leading to reef decline, like coral bleaching, pollution,and rising temperatures. Ideas to aid in reconstruction of reefs includes ‘transplanting coral grown in nurseries, restocking sea urchins that clear algae from corals, improving sewage treatment and reducing the amount of fertilizer and other pollutants that reach the sea’.
“Although specifically written for elkhorn and staghorn corals, the recovery plan contains actions that will benefit coral reef ecosystems as a whole”, said Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. MORE

Vlog of George #1 – Instagram, Gel Filters, Reef Fuel

In this CoralFish12g video I am going to be vlogging for the first time. I want to know what you think in the comments section below. I call it Vlog of George! MORE

Frozen Mysis Part 2: The Science Behind the Food

Young H. erectus at mysis feeding table. Photo by Louise Hines

In Frozen Mysis Part 1: The Quest For Quality Mysis, we took a look at how to best select quality mysis for our seahorses, and what to avoid. In this long overdue part two, we’re going to take a look at why being picky about our frozen food matters. Just What Does Freezing Do More: Frozen Mysis Part 2: The Science Behind the Food is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.