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Reef Threads Podcast #156

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #156http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt156.mp3
One of those little fairy wrasses.We return once again, this week to discuss progress with Christine’s tank, the typhoon in the Philippines, Dana Riddle’s lighting research, flow, food, photographing coral with flash, and reef logs. 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 #156

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Next Weekend – Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap

fall frag swap 2013 Next Weekend   Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap

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Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby: A Fascinating but Challenging Sand-Sifter

goldheaded sleeper goby 300x169 Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby: A Fascinating but Challenging Sand SifterA pair of Yellowheaded Sleeper Gobies, also known as Gold Head or Blueband Gobies.Though not the most chromatically gifted species, the yellowheaded sleeper goby (Valenciennea strigata), is interesting to observe and can serve a utilitarian purpose in marine aquaria—regularly overturning and oxygenating the top layer of the substrate with its sand-sifting feeding behavior. However, for reasons I’ll soon elaborate upon, this same behavior can make V. strigata somewhat challenging to keep. Physical appearance Potentially reaching about 7 inches in total length, this Indo-Pacific species has a slender, cream-colored body with a yellow head and a thin, blue horizontal band extending from the corner of its mouth to the margin of the gill cover. Behavior V. strigata is a burrowing species, so it’s important to secure any rockwork or décor that could be toppled if undermined. It feeds by repeatedly taking in mouthfuls of sand, sifting out tiny benthic invertebrates, and expelling the sand from its gill openings. Small fish and fish eggs are also on its natural menu More: Yellowheaded Sleeper Goby: A Fascinating but Challenging Sand-Sifter

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Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous Fish

cc39Lionfish Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous FishGood morning friends, here’s a fish that no longer needs an introduction but for those of you who don’t know, this is a recently introduced fish to the Caribbean called a Lionfish. It’s looking like these invasive predators are here to stay and it’s up to us to TRY to keep the numbers down by any means possible. And YES, I agree with everyone that says “they are so beautiful” but this is not a beauty contest anymore, it’s a fight to save our juvenile fish against a predator that has no limits when dining and doesn’t ever seem to get filled up??  Yesterday our submersible did a 7 hour tour off the coast of Curacao starting at Caracasbaai  and ending up back at the Sea Aquarium, that’s around 2.5 miles underwater exploring depths down to 700 feet! This was a scientific trip with Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian Institution onboard with one mission in mind, to find new species of fish MORE: Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous Fish

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Maxspect 300w Razor LED Fixture Officially Announced

4062Maxspect Razor 300w Bottom Maxspect 300w Razor LED Fixture Officially Announced Since our initial reveal of the new R420R Razor 300w LED fixture came to us via poor quality video from a random trade show in some other country, we felt that this official announcement from Maxspect was a far more proper introduction. This new Razor is the largest in the lineup, sporting six clusters of LEDs across its nearly four foot wingspan. Besides the length and number of LED clusters, little is different from the other Razor models. In fact, the 300w verion sports the same control panel, the same LED colors, and all of the other features that have made the Razor such a popular choice for aquarium keepers. Priced at $899, the Razor measures 43.5 inches long, making it a perfect match for four foot long aquariums. With the mounting legs, which are included, the fixture stretches it reach by another four feet, allowing hobbyists even with eight foot tanks to join in on the fun. Despite its size, the R420R 300w fixture weighs just 9 lbs, allowing the hanging options to be virtually limitless. The fixture isn’t quite available to purchase, but it is showing up on the websites of retailers as they start taking pre-orders. You might remember from our previously released writeup on this fixture that it is actually replacing a 200watt prototype that was shown off at MACNA, as Maxspect felt the 200watt version just wasn’t going to cut it on larger tanks MORE: Maxspect 300w Razor LED Fixture Officially Announced

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Victorian Parlor Aquarium – Coldwater Marine Tank Video

 It’s a modern day riff on the legendary works of British naturalist and marine biologist Philip Henry Gosse, who is credited as inventing the word “aquarium” to replace the phrase “aquatic vivarium”.  Unlike Gosse in the 1800s, this modern tank features a remote life support system with nothing but the best to ensure a stable, healthy environment. This video from the Manchester Museum’s Youtube channel gives you a quick overview and behind the scenes look at what it takes to bring antiquity back to life.  Philip Henry Gosse’s 1855 book, A Handbook to the Marine Aquarium, is available to read online in a myriad formats including downloadable pdfs.  While it’s not quite like owning the real thing, it’s a fascinating glimpse into our past. Video Credit – The Manchester Museum Thanks to Steve Waldron for bringing this to our attention. MORE: Victorian Parlor Aquarium – Coldwater Marine Tank Video

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Ultimate Tank Overhaul Part 2

In part 2 of my Ultimate Tank Overhaul of Dave’s old 75 gallon tank, Dave comes home to what he thinks will be some simple tweaks on his tank. So much for that idea!  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Ultimate Tank Overhaul Part 2

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Innovative Marine NUVO SR Series Brings Beauty and Function to Large All-in-One Aquariums

b6a3Innovative Marine NUVO SR 120 Innovative Marine NUVO SR Series Brings Beauty and Function to Large All in One Aquariums For years, all-in-one aquariums have been limited to small volumes and insufficient out-of-the-box features. Most of tanks that saw mainstream success stayed around 30-gallons or less, with just about all of them coming with inadequate filtration for a fully functional reef aquarium. Even adding extra equipment proved to be difficult, as the rear chambers of these tanks were often too small and the built-in lid limited what you could put in the back. Innovative Marine changed all that when they introduced their NUVO line of aquariums. The sleek, open-top aquariums had huge rear chambers for additional equipment, and they even made solid performing protein skimmers and media reactors that could easily fit. After a couple of very successful years, IM has expanded their initial lineup to include the all new Shallow Reef (SR) series, which was designed specifically from a hobbyist standpoint. The new SR tanks come in three beefy sizes of 60, 80 and 120 gallons MORE: Innovative Marine NUVO SR Series Brings Beauty and Function to Large All-in-One Aquariums

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