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Baby Caribbean Reef Squids, Sepioteuthis sepioidea

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Good morning friends, I jumped in the water early this morning with camera in hand and photographed our school of baby Caribbean Reef Squids that have been living here since they were born. The squids range in size from around three to six inches and I counted around 35 of them. The squids seem very relaxed and they let me get very close and at times they were hovering around me and the camera, it was fantastic! Although the photo is small you can still see all their crazy iridescent colors which they have the ability to change in the blink of an eye, truly one of the hands down coolest creatures in the sea! I have found out that photographing these animals can be very difficult because of their eyes, too much light and it ruins the eyes and too little and the body is too dark, this was hot at 160-F13 making the squids colors perfect with no over-exposed eyes. The Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), also known as just the Reef Squid, is a small (20 cm) torpedo-shaped squid with fins that extend nearly the entire length of the body and undulate rapidly as it swims. MORE

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“Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless

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Who would have thought that mushroom corals would ascend up the ladder of corals in high demand? After all, they’ve been around forever, are virtually indestructible, reproduce like crazy, and are usually quite boring. Despite that, the hobby still surprises us with individuals like the one pictured above, a “Jawbreaker” variant of the the Discosoma mushroom. While the typical Jawbreaker is orange with hints of red, green and yellow, this super sexy mushroom from Sexy Corals takes it up a few notches with its kaleidoscope of colors. Called the SC Super Schroom, this coral sports orange, green, red, purple, and hints of blue. Besides what we can derive from the image, there is literally zero information on this particular mushroom. We don’t have a price tag (we probably don’t want to know), but we do know that it sold to someone in Texas. Perhaps it’s a fellow reef keeper in my area. MORE: “Super Schroom” Mushroom Coral from Sexy Corals Leaves Us Speechless

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: The Backup Generator You (Likely) Didn’t Know You Had

At some point in your saltwater tank career, the power will go out. While having a generator is the best plan for a power outage, here’s a source of backup power you might not know you had.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: The Backup Generator You (Likely) Didn’t Know You Had

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They’re baaaack! Lionfish return to New York

IMG 8000sm Theyre baaaack! Lionfish return to New York What can it mean that after a complete absence of lionfish around Long Island, New York, for the last three years, they have suddenly reappeared? MORE

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Pietro Romano’s Incredible Marine Aquarium

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During the meeting of Goccia Nera in the last days of may at Gallarate, not so far from Milano, I had the chance to meet my friend Pietro Romano and to take some pictures of his wonderful aquarium. The aquarium measures 250x80x70cm for 1.400 liters, or 66x21x18,5 US gallons and 370 US gallons.  MORE

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Interzoo 2014: Ecotech Marine and the Radion Mounting System

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The Ecotech Marine booth was showing off the Radion Xr30w G3 PRO, the incredible ReefLink, and last but not least, the Radion Mounting System.  MORE

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Review: Vertex V6 Return Pump

IMG 6354 300x253 Review: Vertex V6 Return PumpAlthough a key component in a variety of reef system designs, the return pump is one of those pieces of equipment that often doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. For many, as long as their pump is obviously running, it’s not something that is given special thought. However, when we consider that flow can ‘make or break’ a reef system biologically, and that a return pump is often one of the most costly items overall to run on a reef tank, we begin to understand that it is worth paying close attention to your choice of pump. For this review, we’ll be taking a look at the recently released Vertex V6 return pump.  Built around a highly-regarded and proven More: Review: Vertex V6 Return Pump

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Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our Retinas

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We’ve seen some pretty awesome chalices in our day, but this one is probably going to rank right up near the top of our list of all time favorites. Called the Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia, this rainbow colored colony from Unique Corals is totally different from the other multi-colored chalices that we’ve come across in recent years. Undoubtedly, there has been a huge explosion of out-of-this-world chalices, but this one differs from the rest of the pack in that its colors look like they were dripped onto the coral canvas. Most of the chalices we’ve seen have a distinct separation of colors, but the Acid Patchwork piece blends and layers the colors so much better. According to Unique Corals, this maricultured chalice has been in captivity for several weeks, maintaining its ‘”acid-etched” conglamoration of color’ under LED lighting. The price on this insane coral was set at just under $1100, but it has been marked as “out of stock” on the site. MORE: Acid Patchwork Echinophyllia from Unique Corals Burns Up Our Retinas

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