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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: The Easiest Glass Cleaner For Your Tank

Even if you think the news is mostly negative these days, it can have positive effects on your saltwater tank  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: The Easiest Glass Cleaner For Your Tank

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Why Discovery Channel and Their Shark Week Both Suck

Shark Week Why Discovery Channel and Their Shark Week Both Suck
Shark Week is the annual event we used to get excited about. As children, the majestic beasts inspired awe in our little hearts and minds, but as we grew up we noticed all of the imperfections in the program schedule MORE: Why Discovery Channel and Their Shark Week Both Suck

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And the Winner of the Kessil 350 is…..

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 Woah, woah! You piss in the tank BEFORE you put me in!” - Jeremy Mixon of Orlando, Florida! Congratulations, Saltwater Hobbyist! Jeremy won based on his originality and the fact that he threw in an ammonia joke. There were a few runners up that made it a close race, but Jeremy’s bathroom humor ultimately won my heart. We hope you enjoy your new LED fixture, fellow reefer! Hopefully we’ll be doing a few more contests like this in the future so stay tuned.  Listed below are the honorable mentions.  

   
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 “Botox Fail” – Todd Gardner  

 “Designer Clownfish have inspired some unrealistic beauty standards” – Brittani-Pearl McFadden  

 “Botox is safe, they said; it will make you pretty, they said” – James Harley Cowger  

  Excellent efforts to all who entered, and congrats again to Mr. Mixon. Very much looking forward to the next one!

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One Week Until MACNA 2014 – The Top 5 Speakers I Can’t Wait to See!

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Ok, now that we’re all jittering with excitement over the fact that MACNA is a mere week away from today, I see it fitting to discuss the 5 individuals I’m most looking forward to this year. It was honestly a distressful list to narrow down as all of the speakers this year are flipping fantastic. Check out the full list of them here! To get started, I’ll go with a Double Feature – two of my favorite Reef friends and brilliant minds behind so many groundbreaking projects in the industry, Laura Birenbaum and Justin Credible Grabel of ReefGen. Laura’s talk is going to cover the keeping and breeding of Dwarf Cuttlefish (Sepia bandensis), her most recent project that yielded some pretty adorable results. I was the lucky recipient of a pair of these guys – but that story sadly ended in tragedy. Nonetheless, she’s plays a huge part in my interest with the tiny Cephs, and I very much look forward to her future work. The other half of ReefGen, Justin Grabel, my go-to source for coral voodoo, easily makes it onto my list. He’s been known to make corals do things they just really shouldn’t do. Take today’s earlier post on their aquacultered Trachyphyllia Brain Coral, for example. Not only is he making great advancements with the animals, he’s also always more than willing to give the details of such projects to me, and doesn’t shy away from sharing his methods. I expect a lot from his presentation – the Reef Rockstar will be discussing no less than SIX excellent topics, “Together we will explore Thraustochytrids (the unsung Symbiont hero), Hydrogen Peroxide and algae control, Grafting and Fusion, Potassium Dosing, Unusual Coral Propagation and whatever hot topic I’m jazzed about at the moment.”. There’s also mention of trivia. So there you have it, your first taste of what’s to come at MACNA this year. Stay tuned for the next speaker on my list – someone who had a great deal of influence on me when I first crawled my way into the industry. I’m psyched.
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A Recap of the MBI Workshop 2014

workshop1 A Recap of the MBI Workshop 2014Hosted by the Marinelife Aquarium Society of Michigan (MASM) and the Marine Breeding Initiative (MBI), and held July 19, 2014 at Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, this was the fifth workshop they have offered dealing solely with the captive breeding of marine species. This approach supports the sustainability of the aquarium hobby and gives home aquarists the information needed to propagate marine aquarium animals in their homes. Aquarists who are successful at raising their own animals always learn skills along the way that translate to better aquarium keeping overall. Knowing that networking is at least as important as the lectures themselves, the MBI organized a pre-workshop reception and a post-workshop barbeque, allowing attendees to interface with the speakers and gain additional insight in an informal setting. I’ve attended this conference in the past, and presented on the Toledo Zoo’s efforts to propagate boarfish, as well as our pilot marine fish propagation program. Here are brief descriptions of the day’s presentations: 1. The first speaker was Matt Pedersen, an editor for Coral and Amazonas magazines, who spoke about clownfish species and varieties. He feels (as I do) that Amphiprion leucokranos and A. theilli are not valid species, but are, rather, naturally occurring hybrids More: A Recap of the MBI Workshop 2014

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Drooling. ReefGen Has Developed the First Ever Aquacultured Trachyphyllia Brain Coral!

Screen Shot 2014 08 21 at 1.46.53 PM 300x262 Drooling. ReefGen Has Developed the First Ever Aquacultured Trachyphyllia Brain Coral! I’ve been debating how to stock my new nano for quite some time and this gem popped onto my newsfeed today! The creative masterminds of ReefGen  have done it again and blew me away with their stunning aquacultured pieces. If you want a chance at being one of the first to own this beautiful red and green open brain, I suggest you hurry up before I beat you to it – I love being first! This guy is relatively easy to keep, enjoys moderate light, easy flow and is semi-aggressive. No word yet on how he feels about long walks on the beach. Ever the curious reefer, I reached out to Justin Grabel of ReefGen to get some behind the scenes info on just what kind of sorcery was involved to make this happen. 

It has taken me over 2 years of work on two strains of Trachyphyllia to get to the point where we can release them in limited numbers. My goal has been to create miniature version of a full colony in shape and form. It is not too much unlike the process for creating my Project Line of unusual morphology in usually single polyp, non-encrusting coral. However the process to create these miniature babies forgoes one of the steps used to make a fully encrusting Project coral. The end of the process yields a miniature of mother colony.”

  So there you have it from Mr. Grabel himself, many thanks to him for sharing this info with us. I’m fascinated by the process and hope they produce many more of these babies in the future so I can have a full tank! Happy Reefing!

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Deep Red

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Bigeye, Priacanthus arenatus. This specimen was found drifting in Sargassum weed.

 Red coloration and large eyes are typical of deep-water fishes. MORE

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Rising Tide Intern Joe Frith

Joes%2Bblog%2Bpic Rising Tide Intern Joe FrithHello Everybody!  My name is Joe Frith and I have been interning here at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, FL for the past 2 months. I would first like to say “thank you” to Dr. Judy St. Leger, Eric, Kevin, Roy, Craig, Jon and the rest of the staff here at the Lab for giving me this opportunity and making this a meaningful experience. I’m currently an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Columbia completing my degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Biology. As a child growing up in the woods of Missouri I was always very intrigued by the natural world and usually had several different aquariums spread throughout my house at any one time. My interest in the aquatic world slowly evolved from freshwater aquariums to saltwater aquariums to eventually trying my hand at breeding the Bluestripe pipefish (Doryrhamphus excisus), which I had help with from Matt Pederson and the other members at MarineBreeders.org.  It was back in February of this year, after reading posts on the Rising Tide blog that I decided to contact Dr. St. Leger about possible internships they may be awarding for the summer. I received an email shortly after and we soon started laying the groundwork for me to become an intern at TAL. What was once a dream was now a reality. Over the course of this summer I have helped the Rising
Tide team with a number of different projects ranging from Pacific blue tang and
emperor angelfish spawning to water quality refinement in an attempt to
increase spawning and overall health of all brood fish. Specifically I constructed an algae scrubbing device, complete with mangroves, which has made a significant impact on lower the nitrate levels in the fish growout system (the details of which will be discussed in a future blog). In addition I have learned a lot about the whole marine fish larval rearing process including egg collection, egg counting, stocking and density, and important first food items such as copepod nauplii and rotifers. And if I wasn’t working on any one of these projects I was traveling alongside Dr. Roy Yanong to one of the many aquaculture farms here in the Ruskin area. This experience has opened my eyes even further to the wonderful world of
aquaculture and I can’t think of any other way I would’ve rather spent my
summer. With all of the knowledge and insight I have gained in the past couple
of months I hope to continue on in this field and hopefully make some great discoveries. Another big thanks to the Rising Tide team for such an awesome experience! MORE: Rising Tide Intern Joe Frith

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