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Mat Roy leaves Living Color

10171300 10152349479978908 5062828833889193980 n 199x300 Mat Roy leaves Living ColorNews that Mat Roy, President of Living Color and co-star of Fish Tank Kings on Nat Geo WILD is leaving his position at the company was quite a surprise to me. Having worked with the man for years, I know it was a difficult decision for him to leave the largest custom aquarium exhibit builder in the country, a company that he spent 20 years building.    MORE

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5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with Caveats

reef safe caveat 6 300x165 5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with CaveatsWhen we say a marine fish is “reef safe,” we usually mean that it won’t eat the corals or other sessile invertebrates that we keep in reef systems. Using that definition, we can easily determine that, for example, the peaceful, planktivorous purple dartfish (Nemateleotris decora) is completely reef safe but the exquisite butterflyfish (Chaetodon austriacus), an obligate corallivore, is most decidedly not reef safe. But sometimes fishes fall into more of a gray area with respect to reef-appropriateness. Depending on the particular setup and invertebrate livestock kept, some species (or individuals within a species) may cause problems in reef systems. Here are just a few examples: Coral/clam nippers Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula)Fish don’t always have to outright eat coral polyps in order to prove problematic in a reef tank. Some have the proclivity to just nip at fleshy invertebrates, such as LPS corals and the mantles of giant clams, which irritates them and can cause them to remain contracted. More: 5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with Caveats

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JBJ USA Releasing New Nano Protein Skimmer

f02bJBJ USA SK 45 Nano Skimmer JBJ USA Releasing New Nano Protein Skimmer There’s a new nano sized protein skimmer hitting the market really soon from JBJ USA called the SK-45. Ideal for tanks up to 45-gallons, this new skimmer was purposefully designed to fit in the rimless JBJ aquariums, specifically the RL-45, RL-30 and the RL-20. It has a total footprint of just 3.75″ x 3″, which also makes it a good candidate for other nano aquariums as well. As far as features go, the SK-45 uses a needle wheel pump with an adjustable venturi valve, a height adjustable outage pipe that controls the internal water level, a large column for microbubble removal, double media sponges, large collection cup, and a mounting bracket for rimless aquariums. On top of those features, JBJ is also offering a limited one year warranty and, more interestingly, a free media sponge replacements for every six months over a two year span. The SK-45 will officially launch in a couple of weeks, but if you can’t wait until then to get a glimpse at it in action, feel free to check out the video below. MORE: JBJ USA Releasing New Nano Protein Skimmer

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Reef Threads Podcast #189

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This week we talk a lot about seahorses.After our unplanned week off we return to talk about seahorses, screen tops, cooling tanks in summer, and a new overflow kit. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #189

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Night-Diving in Curacao, Giant Porcupinefish

9a16Nightdive Ikelite 3 Night Diving in Curacao, Giant PorcupinefishGood morning from Curacao! Good news, we got more rain and our bone dry island is starting to turn green again, I can’t tell you how happy I am! The downside to the rain was getting stuck in it for two hours on Saturday while cycling around the island. I finally talked two friends into joining me on my long weekend bike ride and within minutes of starting it stated to rain! Yeah not fun! MORE

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Amazing Fluorescing Corals Seen During Red Sea Night Dive

 Coral fluorescence is one of the many mysterious things that draws aquarium hobbyists to reef tanks like moths to a flame. And it apparently draws a lot of divers to venture out on dangerous night dives as well. Armed with intense blue lighting rigs, the crew from FireDive Gear took to Masbat Bay in the Red Sea to view various marine organisms, and the resulting footage just blows us away. Demoed in the annotated short version above, the clip shows images of the corals during the day followed immediately by a video clip of each of the fluorescing corals at night. The list of animals featured in the video includes a Tridacna maxima clam, feather starfish, hermit crab, a handful of different fish, cuttlefish, octopus, and a neon green carpet anemone. While the video above is a couple of years old, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share its beauty with all of you. MORE: Amazing Fluorescing Corals Seen During Red Sea Night Dive

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Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 12: A Work in Progress

tz update12 1 Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 12: A Work in ProgressSalties who have been following the $25.5 million renovation of the Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium (slated for completion in 2015) might be wondering about the status of the project since we haven’t provided an update in a while. Well, we can assure you that the renovation is moving right along. The following pictorial will give you a pretty good sense of the progress being made on the new exhibits. The basic structure for the stingray/shark touch tank being set in place by Dixon Studios. The stingray/shark touch tank being test filled. There are now three female southern stingrays (donated by the Columbus Zoo) in the Aquarium holding building. These rays will be used in the new stingray/shark touch pool and will be moved into the Gulf of Mexico exhibit as they grow larger. More: Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 12: A Work in Progress

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Interzoo 2014: Thrive Aquatics Booth (featuring WaterLab)

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We have met Thrive Aquatics during the last Interzoo, and also had the chance to meet them during Macna 2013 at Ft. Lauderdale and now we have met them again to fully understand the impressive WaterLab. Thrive Aquatics is well known in Italy since Interzoo 2012, for their wonderful coral plugs, and for the Tree 360 to contain all the plugs with a tree shape.  MORE

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