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Video: Gabon Creates Worlds Newest Marine Sanctuary

Banner225x600px Video: Gabon Creates Worlds Newest Marine Sanctuary [embedded content] Encompassing some 18,000 square miles of ocean around the central African nation of Gabon, the world’s newest marine sanctuary was announced this week. Home to more than 20 species of sharks and rays, including threatened species like great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, and tiger sharks, protection of the area had been a major aim of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project, which conducted a marine survey of parts of the nation’s almost 500-mile (800-kilometer) coastline in 2012. Making the announcement on Wednesday at the opening of the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress, which has drawn several thousand delegates from 165 countries, the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, said: “Today I can announce our decision to create a network of marine parks covering about 23 percent of Gabon’s territorial waters and EEZ [exclusive economic zone], within which no commercial fishing will be allowed”. Via Newscientist More: Video: Gabon Creates Worlds Newest Marine Sanctuary

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Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving – Exactly What It Sounds Like

 This just made my bucket list. Here’s an absolute must watch video of PADI Diver Gulliver Page jumping from a helicopter in snorkel gear, plummeting into The Great Barrier Reef. Awaiting for him within the reef was his scuba gear, which he swiftly slipped into and took in the astonishing beauty of life. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to start a day. If you’re not certified yet, what are you waiting for?!  Screen Shot 2014 11 13 at 8.43.09 PM 150x150 Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving   Exactly What It Sounds LikeScreen Shot 2014 11 13 at 8.43.43 PM 150x150 Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving   Exactly What It Sounds LikeScreen Shot 2014 11 13 at 8.43.50 PM 150x150 Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving   Exactly What It Sounds LikeScreen Shot 2014 11 13 at 8.43.47 PM 150x150 Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving   Exactly What It Sounds LikeScreen Shot 2014 11 13 at 8.44.16 PM 150x150 Holy Adrenaline Rush! Scuba Skydiving   Exactly What It Sounds Like

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“Spineless” – Susan Middleton Delivers Painstakingly Intimate Imagery of Marine Invertebrates

embedly image 710561b350a816d6ac01078b4a018e955d83f852.jpg.300x0 q85 upscale Spineless   Susan Middleton Delivers Painstakingly Intimate Imagery of Marine InvertebratesNo, this isn’t an Idiot’s Guide to the Coward. In her new book, ‘Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life’, San Francisco based photographer Susan Middleton captures more than 250 photographs of the fragile critters across the Pacific Ocean. I received this book early this morning much to my delight, and felt like my 5-year-old self on Christmas tearing through the packaging. The book itself is stunning. And huge (hey, size matters).  What struck me right away once I was able to tear myself away from the adorable Cephalopod-plastered cover art was the forward. The wonder that is Sylvia Earle shares her insight on invertebrates, their significance and, most importantly, the state of our oceans and their contained ecosystems.  MORE

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Fish Tank Kings Season 2 Now Avaiable on DVD

Just in time for the Holidays, Season 2 of Fish Tank Kings is now available for purchase via the National Geographic Online Store. With a cast of thousands (of fish)—Fish Tank Kings follows Florida-based custom aquarium specialists Living Color as they use their unparalleled skills, creativity, and teamwork to pull off the most extreme of these tanks, where the drama and pressure of the building process is nowhere as serene as the final product. 1095654 Fish Tank Kings Season 2 Now Avaiable on DVDEpisodes included in the 4 disc box set are: 

  • The Amazing Aqua-Van
  • Big Bowl of Gumbo Limbo
  • Desperate Housetanks
  • Love’s A Beach
  • Turning a New Reef
  • Little Mermaids
  • There’s a Tree in My Tank
  • 14 Tanks and a Shipwreck
  • Shark Tank
  • Secret Crystal Cave Fish
  • The Fish Whisperer
  • Empire Tank Building
  • Jellyfish Jackpot
  • Go Fish!
  • Pufferfish Palace
  • Sweetest Tank on Earth


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LRS Fish Frenzy adds Live Blackworms

reefs.comLRSBlackworm2 300x225 LRS Fish Frenzy adds Live  Blackworms LRS Reef Frenzy foods continue to amaze me with their ongoing effort to produce the best frozen food available. Most recently LRS has added Live Blackworms to their standard “Fish Frenzy” ingredient list. LRS owner Larry Dupont contacted me a few weeks back asking if I would be interested in trying a new blend he was working with, which was formulated for breeding and particularly fastidious fishes. Now while I don’t do a whole lot of breeding these days, I do work with incredibly finicky fishes on a daily basis so I was all-in to give this blend a go. This last shipment I received contained two unbelievably picky Blue Spotted Pufferfish (Canthigaster solandri) which refused to eat any of the eighteen frozen (or chilled) foods I had on hand. Yep, eighteen foods they snuffed their noses at. While these fish aren’t multi-thousand dollar animals, all fish that pass through my office get the five-star treatment. I received five of these fish and three took to prepared foods quickly as I generally expect from this species, although these last two would only nibble at little neck clams (however not ingest). Luckily the two puffers still took enriched live brine with gusto so not all hope was lost. MORE

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4 Marine Aquarium Problems That Sneak up on You

aquarium problems 4 Marine Aquarium Problems That Sneak up on YouThere’s an old saying that only bad things happen quickly in a marine aquarium. That’s certainly true enough, but it’s also important to keep in mind that some problems that can affect the health and wellbeing of livestock tend to develop very gradually and almost imperceptibly over time. Here’s a quick (but by no means exhaustive) list of some of the sneaky marine aquarium problems that we must be vigilant against: 1) Downward drift in pH Maintaining a stable pH in the desired range of 8.2 to 8.4 demands careful monitoring, conscientious livestock husbandry, and diligent maintenance. Neglect in any of these areas can cause your pH to drift off course, and the trend is usually (though not always) downward as a result of the natural biological processes going on in the tank. In addition to regular water testing, your best hedges against drifting pH are: Performing regular partial water changes Maintaining an appropriate alkalinity level (between 8 and 12 dKH) Providing turbulent water movement at the surface to drive off carbon dioxide Avoiding overstocking and overfeeding 2) Loss of light intensity The gradual loss of intensity in aging aquarium lamps isn’t necessarily a big deal for fish-only and FOWLR tanks, but it can lead to significant problems in a reef system. Not only will the inadequate light level stress your photosynthetic invertebrates, but if you’re not careful, they can also be shocked a second time by the sudden increase in light intensity when you finally replace the lamps. Don’t assume you’ll notice the difference in the output of your aquarium lighting because you won’t until it has grossly decreased. It’s best to replace your bulbs/tubes regularly according to the schedule recommended by the manufacturer. More: 4 Marine Aquarium Problems That Sneak up on You

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Deepwater Acroporas

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Deep water Acroporas can be awesome specimens for the captive reef aquarium.  They have very delicate branching which gives these corals a unique and interesting appearance.  The coral pictured above came from the great barrier reef as a wild colony, but most of the original mass developed necrosis and perished in the first few months in captivity.  Several small growth tips were fragmented from the original colony and managed to acclimate to conditions. One of these grew into this colony we see today.  These deep water acroporas can be some of the most sensitive stony corals to keep and grow in captivity, as they prefer lower light conditions and high plankton density.   They can develop some beautiful structure and pigments if they survive long term, and once a specimen has acclimated to artificial conditions it fares very well and can be rather hardy.  This particular specimen is finally growing well and adding new mass quite quickly, but it took about 2 years for it to gain a good foot hold.  I believe this coral is a Acropora Cardus and can be found in deeper water, reef backs, and lagoons in the wild.  Most are cream or brown when collected, but once they have become fully acclimated to artificial light and conditions, develop some very nice pigments.

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