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Coral Placement

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Coral placement is as crucial to success with a captive coral reef as any parameter or piece of equiptment.  Mistakes can be made when building the reef that will inhibit growth and success as time passes and the specimens grow.  Placing Acropora corals in close proximity is safe in most instances as they do not have a strong mechanism to compete for space.  A soft coral or a stone coral such as Euphilia can however create a silent warfare that will inhibit growth and eventually cause death.  Often times as the corals grow and space becomes the limiting factor death will occur quite quickly.  The death can be misdiagnosed as one of the many other factors that are involved and add even more questions to the issue.  Experience with placement is a hard learned lesson and will undoubtedly confuse many.  Taking the time and patience to provide plenty of space when dealing with a mixed biotype style reef is essential for long term success.  A good rule to follow is to keep Acropora and Montipora species well away from soft corals and the large polyp stoney corals as this is where many of the issues occur.  Many of the Montipoas will get along nicely with Acropora specimens and that grown-in look can be realized if the time and dedication is provided.

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Reef Threads Podcast #177

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The Evangelist drags her flunky along for yet another podcast about the reef-aquarium hobby. We spread the word this week about the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, phosphate removal with lanthanum chloride, Kathy’s Clowns and pipefish breeding, kalkwasser, dismantling and rebuilding a reef aquarium, and maintaining and designing plumbing. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #177

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Brownbarred Goby: Sand-Sifting Species Well Suited to Aquariums

brownbarred goby 300x169 Brownbarred Goby: Sand Sifting Species Well Suited to AquariumsMarine aquarists looking for a sand-sifting fish to keep the top layer of their sand bed stirred often run into a dilemma. Many of the species renowned for this behavior, such as the ever-popular and commonly offered yellowheaded sleeper goby (Valenciennea strigata), have the frustrating tendency of wiping out all the benthic invertebrates in the sand bed and then proceeding to starve to death because they don’t always learn to accept the non-living food items hobbyists offer. One of the notable exceptions to this phenomenon is the brownbarred goby (Amblygobius phalaena), a.k.a. the bullet goby or sleeper banded goby. A. phalaena does a great job of sifting sand, but it’s much more inclined to accept standard non-living aquarium fare than V. strigata and many other sand-sifting species are. Physical traits A. phalaena is typically goby-shaped with a robust body, high-set eyes, and a comically oversized mouth. More: Brownbarred Goby: Sand-Sifting Species Well Suited to Aquariums

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Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation

a205Reef Suds Soap Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation The Coral Restoration Foundation has been rockin’ and rollin’ in 2014, receiving generous donations from all sorts of organizations. Another company that’s making good on their promise to contribute is Reef Suds, the first reef safe soap product to be introduced to the aquarium hobby. When Reef Suds first launched in November 2013, they promised to donate $1 from every bar sold to the CRF. Well, a few months into their campaign, the soap makers are making their initial donation of $400, with planned contributions every quarter from here on out. The goal is to gradually increase these donations as the company continues to grow, and we’re glad to see such a commitment from yet another company in the aquarium industry. MORE: Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation

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Rapid Growth or Bleaching

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The active rapid growth of certain Acropora specimens can mimic bleaching  and appear very similar, and it takes experience and a trained eye to determine the difference in many instances.  This macro image shows a coral that is growing rapidly and a close inspection will show healthy tissue in the absence of color.  The polyps are large and visible as well as the sight of several new growth tips forming.  A bleaching coral will not show any new growth and polyps will be non existent or barely visible as health declines..  Careful inspection and daily observation will help to sharpen your ability to determine this factor.  This coral is called the Red Planet and was acquired from ORA coral farms.

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Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday AM Quick Tip: Mostly Equal, Yet Still Should Be Kept Separate

These two types of corals are some of my favorites and I recommend you keep the separate. Here’s why.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday AM Quick Tip: Mostly Equal, Yet Still Should Be Kept Separate

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Super Rare Aurora Anthias Surface In The UK

aurora anthias 300x244 Super Rare Aurora Anthias Surface In The UKWe’ve just received a ‘heads-up’ from our friends at Aquarium Architecture to say that they’ve recently obtained a number of super rare and stunning Pseudanthias calloura via TMC. Also known as the Aurora Anthias for it’s stunning red, orange and lavender hues, this species has entered the trade before but specimens have so far apparently gone top paying Asian outlets. Although details are quite sketchy at the moment we believe this stock may be destined for the incredible Luxury Townhouse aquarium in Hampstead Heath, London, which we were lucky enough to shoot for Aquarium Architecture recently. More: Super Rare Aurora Anthias Surface In The UK

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Eshopps Adding Some Style to Refugium Lighting

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Many marine aquarists illuminate their refugia with the most basic of lighting systems. These usually consist of an aluminum shop light and a compact fluorescent bulb, which isn’t exactly the most visually appealing arrangement. Eshopps is looking to change all that, however, with the upcoming release of their yet to be named LED refugium light. This sleek little fixture sports a razor thin design that sports the signature blue coloration that permeates thought the entire Eshopps lineup. It has a footprint of 5″ x 4″, with a thickness of just 5/16th of an inch. Helping the light to jut out over the water is a mounting bracket that blends right into the fixture and can affix to acrylic or glass of varying thickness thanks to nylon thumbscrews. Getting back to the fact that the refugium light is without a name, Eshopps is looking for a little help in the creativity department. MORE: Eshopps Adding Some Style to Refugium Lighting

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