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 If your kids are anything like mine, they LOVE bringing home treasures. Encourage them to just collect 2 or 3 little things (instead of half the beach) with this easy craft, which can become a souvenir of that lovely afternoon by the seashore. Simply fill an old, clean jar with some sand and gently drop in the shells, sticks, rocks, sea glass, etc.

Is It Okay to Quarantine Multiple Marine Fish at Once?

Sometimes QTing multiple saltwater fish in the same tank makes sense, other times it doesn’tAs regular Saltwater Smarts visitors are well aware, “Caribbean Chris” and I are strong proponents of quarantining all newly acquired fish for at least four weeks before introducing them to a display tank. But what about keeping two or more fish in the same quarantine tank (QT) simultaneously? Is that an acceptable practice? The answer to this question, as with so many aspects of marine aquarium keeping, depends on a variety of factors. Before proceeding with multiple-specimen quarantine, ask yourself these questions:Am I doing this just to save time in stocking a new tank? When contemplating the necessarily drawn-out process of quarantining all the livestock for a new display system, it might be tempting to think, “Hmm, if I just put all the specimens into quarantine at once, I can have a lively show tank in no time!” But this ignores the fact that whether you put all the specimens into the QT or display tank simultaneously, one sick fish among them will still infect the rest. MORE

The Challenges Of Preserving A Rare Three Ton Shark

how-do-you-preserve-a-rare-three-tonne-shark-body-image-1437354532-size_1000 This is a very interesting article that raises some very novel questions. Namely, how do you preserve a very rare and already dead basking shark when it washes ashore in Australia? Well it is certainly much easier said than done. I wrote about this shark discovery last month, but this article brings a different focus to the find. Basking sharks are extremely rare. In the past 160 years, this shark has only been spotted a grand total of three times. MORE

The Ginpohaze – Part 2

2 C 2Closely related are the seven “sand darts” species of the genus Kraemeria, which differ most notably in the elongated lower jaw adapted for burrowing and the smaller pectoral fins. [While it isn’t mentioned in the description of the genus, it is presumed that Parkraemeria is derived from Para- (Gr. “near”) and Kraemeria, alluding to the close relationship of these two.]The sand darts live in similar habitats as the ginpohaze, though with a more widespread tropical distribution. Rather than residing in vertical burrows, Kraemeria shallowly buries itself up to its eyes with sand in the same manner as Trichonotus,lunging out to grab passing zooplankton. The general similarities between these two unrelated groups are a striking case of convergent evolution, where similar ecological and behavioral traits have independently brought about similar morphological adaptations in unrelated lineages. MORE

Orphek Atlantik P300 – first preview

2015 06 Plafoniera Orphek Atlantik P300 03Orphek recently presented a new LED pendant, the Atlantik P300. Designed specifically for large aquariums, it can successfully replace HQi 1000 watt lamps!  MORE

Brown Tube Sponge, Agelas conifera


Hello all, I have a common Curacao reef scene for you today: a wild-looking colony of brown tube sponges, Agelas conifera, and a little sea bass hiding among them.  Sponges are animals of the phylum Porifera (/pɒˈrɪfərə/; meaning “pore bearer”). They are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to circulate through them, and consist of jelly-like mesohyl sandwiched between two thin layers of cells. Sponges have unspecialized cells that can transform into other types and that often migrate between the main cell layers and the mesohyl in the process. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems    MORE

The Ginpohaze – Part 1

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copyright: Hiroshi Izumi

 The oceans are full of interesting shallow water fishes, but all too often the ichthyological diversity collected for aquarists is limited to only those species which appear on tropical coral reefs. It’s a shame that collectors don’t venture into other habitats with more regularity, for outside the reefs there’s a wealth of unique and desirable aquarium species. In the shallow waters off the coasts of Australia and Japan is a flamboyant little fish called the ginpohaze. It can be found in sandy and silty areas, where it resides in small vertical burrows which it digs into the sediment. MORE

New Ecotech Marine pump – the Vectra L1

ecotech-marine-vectra-l1A leaked picture from Ecotech Marine shows their new return pump, the Vectra L1.
From this image, we can see that it has a variable output, DC with the new Quiet Drive, and a transformer. I plan to connect this pump to my Vortech with a wireless Quiet Drive controller, which will make it so easy to control.  MORE

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