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Production Model of Maxspect Gyre Unboxed at Coralvue

reefs.comProdGyreBox Production Model of Maxspect Gyre Unboxed at CoralvueCoralvue recently received the final production sample of the 50w Maxspect Gyre, and based on the pictures they shared I fully concur with their statement of, “WOW“. A couple things have been improved upon since prototype units were released, including a stronger magnet, a super sleek intuitive controller and some accessories to boot. It also seems that the “Riptide” name has gone by the wayside, sticking with the simple moniker of “Maxspect Gyre”. MORE

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The Wonders That Lurk Way Down Deep

image 1 300x168 The Wonders That Lurk Way Down DeepWay down below the surface of the sea, on the very bottom of the ocean floor, exists a profusion of fascinating creatures. You have your regular superstars, of course, like hermit crabs, sea stars, sponges and, my personal favorite, nudis. But oh, there’s so much more. MORE

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New Study: Fish Thrive On Oil And Gas Platforms

oil New Study: Fish Thrive On Oil And Gas PlatformsThis is an interesting article which seems counter-intuitive to what we would associate with the image of oil platforms. A new study from Occidental College, UC Santa Barbara, and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management shows that oil platforms had 10 times the fish biomass to other, more traditional marine environments. The study surveyed oil platforms and seven different reefs through the years from 1995 to 2011. Fish population were counted in all of the areas surveyed. The Study revealed that the oil platforms were 27 times more productive.The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #201

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #201 We didn’t quit at 200. We’re back for more. This week we talk about equipment redundancy and backups, pyrosomes, comb jellies, refugiums, and buying animals online. Don’t forget to go to our Facebook page and tell us how you listen to the podcasts. The standout entry will win a free Coral magazine subscription. 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 #201

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Picture of the Week, Gold Maul Palythoa

8b51Gold Maul Unique Corals Picture of the Week, Gold Maul Palythoa
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Review: Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish Aquarium

IMG 2016 300x200 Review: Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish Aquarium Frequently on show in specialist exhibits like public aquaria, it seems a common perception that keeping jellyfish is beyond the average individual, perhaps even if they are already marine hobbyists maintaining complex reef aquaria. Maybe it’s due to the delicate appearance of the organisms themselves, or maybe it’s the almost clinical appearance of their holding systems that makes people often think it just isn’t possible in a home setting. Over the last few years though, technology and understanding has improved and now it is entirely feasible to maintain these fascinating and mesmerising creatures in your own home as easily as any small aquarium. In this review we take a look at one such system, the Cubic Orbit 20 which is distributed in the UK by London-based specialist Glass Ocean. Having already seen positive reviews on this product we were keen to try it for ourselves and, after we contacted Glass Ocean, a few days later our system was delivered. We must commend Glass Ocean here for some superb service…. both the delivery of the systems and the packaging were top notch. The manufacturers, Cubic, are a UK-based company founded in 2010 and their personnel includes those from a public aquarium background as well as a marine biologist. The Cubic Orbit 20 itself is the smallest More: Review: Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish Aquarium

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The New Vertex Omega 180i Skimmer Preview

2014 09 vertex omega 180i 001 The New Vertex Omega 180i Skimmer Preview The new Vertex Omega 180i skimmer, first presented at Interzoo 2014, is perfectly constructed of acrylic and PVC and comes in Vertex’s quintessential red and white color scheme. MORE

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Strange And Cool Tanks

eerie 2 Strange And Cool Tankseerie 3 Strange And Cool Tanks Here is just another example of fish tanks serving as the base for some really cool art. Artist Mariele Neudecker has a collection of ‘tank works’ which are pretty awesome. These handcrafted sculptures are placed inside water filled tanks which include chemicals to create an atmospheric effect.  MORE

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