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Tread Lightly Off The Jersey Shore – Rarely-Seen Venomous Jellyfish Cruises Through Manasquan River

jellyfish_3Somewhere within the Manasquan River, which flows along Gull Island in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, lurks a potently venomous little jelly, the Tamoya haplonema jellyfish, aka, “Box Jellyfish” or “Sea Wasp”. Now, I hate all stinging insects so automatically all I can think is “NOPE”, especially so close to my home turf. MORE

Take A Survey To Protect Florida’s Coral Reefs

fl-reef-survey-20141023-001Calling all Floridians, or anyone who engages in fishing, diving or boating in the Atlantic Ocean, from Miami Dade to Martin County, to take the Our Florida Reefs Survey. The survey focuses on coastal and ocean recreation on the Southeast coast of Florida. After giving your email, you receive a link to take the quiz. When you fill in your date and recreational sport, a interactive Florida map allows you to map where you have had recent activity. The surveys data will be used to determine the areas of visitors to each area, and develop management strategies to effectively balance resource use with protection of the area. Currently there is no management plan for the Southeast Florida reefs. These seems like a great first step to determine what can be and needs to be done to protect Florida’s reefs.MORE

Reefs In Art: A Compilation Of (Mostly) Octopuses

I’ve been itching to do a “Reefs In Art” post as it’s been a while and I seem to be on an “art kick” of sorts myself. I’ve found a few gorgeous pieces I’d be simply delighted to share with you all, and I hope you enjoy them nearly as much as I do! MORE

Prodibio Launches New Coral Vitamin Supplement

CORAL VITS is a hyper-concentrated solution containing all the vitamins needed for coral growth and for the well-being of fish in saltwater or reef aquarium. Available in Standard,(6,12 and 30 vials) and Pro ranges. 6 vials £14.29 RRP12 vials £22.49 RRP30 vials £35.79 RRPPro 10 vials £86.00 RRP As with all the Prodibio range dosage is simple and the product always remains fresh. CORAL VITS works in synergy with REEF BOOSTER. More: Prodibio Launches New Coral Vitamin Supplement

AZA’s Releases Winners Of 2014’s Most Innovative Exhibits

The Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums (AZA), founded in 1924, is a non-profit organization focused on conservation, education and advancement of aquariums and zoo’s. What is not to like about that mission? Working at public aquariums is how i got started in the aquatic industry and how my love for the hobby began and flourished, I have much respect for the AZA.  Last month, the AZA hosted their annual Honors and Awards Event in Orlando, Florida. chesnee The event honors outstanding institutions and members of the aquarium and zoo community with a variety of different awards. Included in the event is the award for compelling exhibit. The AZA states that the award ‘recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit display by an AZA institution.’ To have been considered for the 2014 award, the exhibit must have been opened during 2012 and 2013 calendar year. Applications were considered by the AZA before being chosen. This years award winners included  The Fresno Chaffee Zoo for their Sea Lion Cove, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo‘s Encounter Africa and The Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU. These diverse and exciting exhibits were honored for engaging and inspiring guests. Certainly well done and a few more reasons to make a zoo travel plan this year to incorporate these awesome exhibits. MORE

11 Hard Truths About Marine Aquariums

Reef keeping is an imperfect science. In many cases, it’s not science at all. When an un-informed person enters an aquarium store and decides they want a home reef, any number of things can happen. Even intermediate aquarists often have a finite understanding of the biological, chemical and physical processes that make a reef aquarium function, and many know very little about wild reef ecosystems. So often, aquarists are simply winging it, trying method after method, and tossing in livestock item after livestock item. People in general, are looking for quick results and immediate satisfaction. In reality, the reef aquarium hobby is the antithesis of this, rewarding patience and long-term thinking. While I like to encourage anyone with an interest, to attempt their own reef aquarium, I believe that it’s vital to understanding some serious realities about the hobby. Over the years, I’ve watched many aquarist’s prized tanks, go from being a centerpiece to basement clutter. In an effort to both educate those considering a new reef aquarium for the first time, and refresh those aquarists currently on the ropes, I offer the following 11 hard truths. AMLHard Truth #1: It’s not cheap I often find those moving from the freshwater aquariums, to marine aquariums, quiet disillusioned about costs. Everything on the marine side is more expensive, from livestock to filtration. Tanks that are pre-drilled and designed for reef ecosystems cost more, and sumps and circulation pumps all add to the massive bill a properly designed aquarium system can create. Entering the hobby, with the mindset of doing things cheaply, can often lead to long term issues. Equipment designed for the bare minimum is often MORE

The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater Refugium

“Refugium” is a hobby term that resists easy definition. This is probably so because, unlike most aquarium accoutrements—heaters, powerheads, protein skimmers, lights, etc.—there’s no single, readily identifiable purpose for a refugium. Ask 10 different hobbyists what a refugium is for, and you’re apt to get 10 different answers. Essentially, a refugium is some sort of tank, chamber, or reservoir that is isolated from the main display tank but shares the same system water. It could be another tank located under the display aquarium, a compartment within a sump system, a box that hangs on or inside the display tank, or one of many other possible configurations. In broad terms, and as the name implies, a refugium can be said to serve as a place of refuge for an organism that is sequestered from the livestock in the main aquarium for one reason or another—but even that definition doesn’t exactly apply in every circumstance. So let’s take a look at some of the more common uses for refugiums (refugia?) to get a better sense of what one is and why you might want to consider adding one to your aquarium system: Isolating an injured/bullied specimen A refugium is the perfect place to move a fish or coral specimen that has been injured/nibbled upon by a tankmate and needs a stress-free place to rest and recuperate in isolation More: The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater Refugium

Cherry Corals to Giveaway Awesome Colorado Sunburst Anemone at RAP

MORE: Cherry Corals to Giveaway Awesome Colorado Sunburst Anemone at RAP 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.