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Innovative Marine’s New SkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer is Sure to Be a Crowd Pleaser

cfacSkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer Line Up Innovative Marine’s New SkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer is Sure to Be a Crowd Pleaser Innovative Marine is back with another ground breaking product for the world of all-in-one marine aquaria. Announced just yesterday, and in a far too subtle fashion in our opinions, the SkimMate Ghost is a new protein skimmer that looks to bring serious performance to IM’s AUQA GADGET lineup. The SkimMate Ghost is a drop-in skimmer that will be available in three distinct sizes, each of which will fit nicely into the rear chambers of the NUVO aquariums whose name they bare. For example, the SkimMate Ghost DeskTop skimmer is designed to function seamlessly with the DeskTop model of the NUVO aquariums, and so on. In terms of features, the Ghost will sport a compact design that recirculates bubbles passively to increase dwell time. Additionally, the skimmer has an enlarged inline air silencer box, a bubble diffusing plate, an adjustable air valve, and a needle wheel impeller. The design keeps the air line tubing neat and kink free, and the collection cup design isn’t all too different from other popular drop-in skimmers that have been around for a while. MORE: Innovative Marine’s New SkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer is Sure to Be a Crowd Pleaser

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How to Reduce the Risk of Flooding with Hang-on-Back Overflows

hob flood 300x169 How to Reduce the Risk of Flooding with Hang on Back OverflowsMarine aquarium hobbyists whose tanks didn’t come with a built-in overflow or can’t be drilled to accommodate one (i.e., those made of tempered glass) sometimes choose to use a siphon-based hang-on-back (HOB) overflow to feed water from the aquarium to a sump. These overflows come in different designs, but they’re all more or less a variation on the same theme. In very simple terms, they consist of two chambers: a slotted box that is positioned inside the tank and skims water from the surface, and another box that hangs outside the tank. Water is drawn from the inside chamber to the external chamber via a siphon tube (or sometimes more than one tube). The water then flows under the influence of gravity out the bottom of the external chamber, through a hose, and down into the sump, where it’s pumped back to the main tank through a return hose. While this type of overflow can be a viable alternative to built-ins, it does have some possible drawbacks, not the least of which is the potential for flooding your fishroom in the event of a power outage, pump failure, or loss of siphon. More: How to Reduce the Risk of Flooding with Hang-on-Back Overflows

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Sand Tiger Shark Attempts to Swallow Tankmate Whole

4a92Sand Tiger Shark Attacks Blacktip Sand Tiger Shark Attempts to Swallow Tankmate Whole
It is always easy to underestimate the feeding abilities of predatory fish, in this case a sand tiger shark at a marine park in Japan. You see the animal and think, “surely, it can’t eat that” when referring to its tankmates. But the 9-foot sand tiger at Aqua World surprised its keepers when after an extended fasting period, perhaps in preparation of the swimming meal it was eyeballing, the shark tried to eat a 3-foot long whitetip reef shark. The aquarium’s staff had been worried for days because the sand tiger was showing no interest in feeding. That is until, however, the tasty little whitetip morsel came a little too close. The shark attacked the much smaller whitetip and even managed to get most of victim into its mouth. But the 3-foot long shark proved to be a bit too much, as it was seen sticking out of the sand tiger’s mouth and was eventually spit out. Obviously dead at this point, the aquarium keepers removed the whitetip in fear that the sand tiger would return and try to finish the job MORE: Sand Tiger Shark Attempts to Swallow Tankmate Whole

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Mozambique Channel Lends insight into Bleaching Events

In an ongoing effort to understand the effects of ocean warming scientists have made yet another breakthrough in determining which reefs are more susceptible to increases in temperature. Tracking patterns of decline and measuring recovery rates of reefs throughout 291 sites, and thousands of miles of ocean over a 7 year span, scientists found that the Mozambique Channel offered the most insight into future events as its treasure trove of diversity withstood the massive warming and bleaching events of El Nino. Doctor Caleb McClennen, Director of the WCS Marine Program said this to support their findings: “The remaining coral diversity of the Mozambique Channel presents us with an opportunity to safeguard these remaining ecosystems for posterity.”

71516 web Mozambique Channel Lends insight into Bleaching Events“Determining which reef systems possess a measure of resistance to climate change requires knowing how they have survived the many recent climatic disturbances. The Western Indian Ocean provides us with a variety of responses to disturbances that we can examine and distinguish environmental variation, resilience, adaptation, and other factors for a more informed view of management priorities and solutions to the climate crisis.” said Tim McClanahan, WCS’s Senior Conservation Scientist and lead author of the paper. Read more here!

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Turning Old Computers Into Aquariums

iMac Aquarium thumb 1 Turning Old Computers Into AquariumsIn Nebraska, Jake Harns takes old computers and turns them into some pretty cool Aquariums. He sells complete aquariums and kits on his website. His iMacAquarium sells for $299.00 and holds 3.5 gallons. These novel aquariums may just help make your office cubicle a little more entertaining. MORE

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Mini Maxi Spawning at Tidal Gardens

minimaxi2 300x189 Mini Maxi Spawning at Tidal GardensFor years now, we have been propagating mini maxi anemones. They are easy to propagate by cutting them in half and letting them heal for a month or two. Most aquacultured corals are asexually produced either by allowing them to split naturally or by propagation techniques such as cutting and remounting. It is very uncommon to see sexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction in anemones is done by way of broadcast spawning, in which the anemones release both sperm and egg into the water column. Fertilized eggs later settle on the substrate and form new colonies. Coral and anemone spawning in home reef aquariums is not unheard of, but it is uncommon. The main reason coral spawning is uncommon in most home aquariums is the close tie between spawning and the lunar cycles. Anemones rely so much on the moon for sexual reproduction that there is no guarantee an egg will come in contact with sperm. If they mistime their release of gametes by as little as 15 minutes, the chance of successful fertilization occurring is greatly minimized. More: Mini Maxi Spawning at Tidal Gardens

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New Chiller line from Teco, the Teco Tank

2014 04 teco refrigeratori chiller tank nuovo modello nuova serie 150 500 1000 2000 001 New Chiller line from Teco, the Teco Tank Teco has just unveiled a new series of chillers; Teco Tank. The new chillers have been completely redesigned, have a highly improved efficiency compared to older models and contain many new interesting features. A few days ago we were guests at the new Teco factory, which is based in Ravenna, Italy, where the new chillers will been built.  MORE

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Graduated Caps on Fluval SEA Supplements are the Perfect Touch for Precision Dosers

daddFluval Sea Supplement Graduated Caps on Fluval SEA Supplements are the Perfect Touch for Precision Dosers Have you ever heard of someone singing the praises of a product for such a small, seemingly insignificant detail? Well, we’re doing just that for the Fluval SEA additives, which have impressed us with their bottlecaps alone. Dosing with aquarium supplements has always been a bit of a guessing game. The instructions are always a little iffy, and measurements have always been eyeballed. To avoid all of the confusion, however, Fluval did something special with their line of supplements, and it’s one of those fine details that will likely go unnoticed by many. To help dose their products, Fluval included a graduated plastic cap into the overall design of their SEA additive line. In a broader view of our daily lives, this isn’t anything special MORE: Graduated Caps on Fluval SEA Supplements are the Perfect Touch for Precision Dosers

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