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EcoTech Marine Announces Radion XR15w Pro LED Fixture

777bEcoTech Marine XR15w Pro EcoTech Marine Announces Radion XR15w Pro LED Fixture We’ve been dying to make this announcement for almost three weeks now, and the cat is finally out of the bag. EcoTech Marine is releasing their all new XR15w Pro, and as the lingo suggests, this version of the Radion is smaller than its XR30w brethren, offering up a single LED cluster but all of the same awesome features. A total of 21 LEDs fill out the lone cluster, and it features a full spectrum output with a touch of UV that has been optimized for coral growth. In terms of size, the new XR15 measures just 7″ x 7″ with an expected light spread of roughly 20″ x 20″. This spread is achieved by the standard issue 80 degree TIR lens, though a 120 degree TIR lens will also be available for those needing just a bit more. The wider lenses give the XR15 a 24″ x 24″ light spread. The maximum PAR levels are around 825 with a peak power consumption of 85 watts. In typical EcoTech fashion, the XR15w Pro will be equipped with the same wireless technology that is found in other products of the brand. The on-board RF Module makes compatibility and communication seamless, letting the light work with other lighting and flow products via the ReefLink and EcoSmart Live software. MORE: EcoTech Marine Announces Radion XR15w Pro LED Fixture

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Soft Coral And Climate Change

coral Soft Coral And Climate Change New Study from Israeli Researchers suggests soft corals may help coral reefs survive the fight against climate change. As climate change leads to warmer and more acidic waters, the health of coral reefs decline. This new study suggests that coral reefs have a natural defense against global warming’s effects, soft corals. The study found that the soft coral provides a natural armor to the underlying coral skeleton. MORE

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Shark Mystique Aquarium Opens At Ocean Park In Hong Kong

 While the US has nearly reached its capacity to build profitable, mega aquariums, such as Georgia, Monterey, and Shedd. Asia is just beginning its mega aquarium building boom.  Shark Mystique has just opened at the ginormous Ocean Park in Hong Kong. The Aquarium houses 100′s of different species of sharks in multiple levels and is touted as one of the largest shark aquariums in Asia. MORE

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Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 1): Modern Husbandry – Space

elasmobranch1 300x169 Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 1): Modern Husbandry – SpaceFrom the ferocious great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) to the graceful white-spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari), Elasmobranchii are a diverse group of boneless fishes that are circumglobal, inhabiting a diverse array of habitats, temperature ranges, salinity, and niches in the world’s oceans and rivers. It is no wonder that these unique creatures, while usually boasting relatively bland coloration compared to the typical teleostei reef fishes, pique the interest of pretty much every hobbyist. This group of fishes definitely has its challenges but, with proper information and species selection, can be kept fairly easily by a moderately skilled aquarist with a generous budget. The space-swim pattern continuum As with every other family of fishes, sharks have a wide range of spacial considerations by species. “Go big or go home” is a decent motto for most species. Length, width, and shape are the most important factors with all elasmobranchs, with depth being a factor only for pelagic shark species. Most hobbyists are intrigued by pelagic (open-ocean) sharks like blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) or bonnethead sharks (Sphyrna tiburo), but a typical tank will not suffice for these obligate swimmers. They prefer a kidney-bean-, figure-eight-, or at least cylinder-shaped pool or tank to do well. These sharks need large straight-aways and long corners for energy conservation More: Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 1): Modern Husbandry – Space

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Primo Reef T-Slotted Aluminum Stands Make for Some Good Lookin’ Hardware

ac6bPrimo Reef Aluminum Aquarium Stand Primo Reef T Slotted Aluminum Stands Make for Some Good Lookin’ Hardware Aquariums stands are every bit as crucial to the overall process as the aquariums themselves. They provide a place to out the tank as well as store all of the other gear necessary to keep the tank functioning properly. For years, aquarists have relied on various types of wood to serve as the structure of the stand, with particle board (MDF) and plywood making up the largest portions. In more recent times, metal stands have been put into service, but these huge and heavy stands had to be built by welders and they often cost a small fortune. While these two options have generally been the only ones available, the guys at Primo Reef are looking to shake things up a bit by introducing their T-slotted aluminum stands. These metal stands are made from aluminum, a real shocker huh, but they don’t assemble like other metal stands. Instead, these stands piece together with aluminum tubing that is slotted down the middle and fastened together with nuts, bolts, and angles brackets. It’s a whole new way to look at aquarium stands, and they can be pieces together by any hobbyist with even the slightest amount of mechanical skill. As for the benefits of using these slotted aluminum stands, for one, they look pretty slick MORE: Primo Reef T-Slotted Aluminum Stands Make for Some Good Lookin’ Hardware

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Australian Study Finds Damselfish Cause Coral Disease

damsel Australian Study Finds Damselfish Cause Coral Disease Damselfish are known for cultivating their own algae gardens. Essentially Damselfish destroy the Coral, sucking on the coral polyps until they die, to create an area where algae may then grow. Australian researchers have now linked Damselfish to Coral decline, in a new study published in the ‘Proceedings of the Royal Society B’. Part of the problem is that the predators which would control the Damselfish population are over fished, which has led to the growth of the Damselfish population. MORE

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This Week in Reef Fashion

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Check out this sweet little number brought to us by the brilliant folks over at BlackMilk (I want to note they have TONS of geeky get ups that I would rock everyday if I could afford to). The dress is currently unavailable on their site – total bummer since I seriously wanted to snag one of these for MACNA this year. But alas, there’s still hope! Looks like they’re available on ebay, with free shipping to boot! What do you think, Reef Boys? A nice little gift for the Reef Girl in your life?jellyfish dress 1366163207 1024x1024 150x150 This Week in Reef Fashion This Week in Reef Fashion

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ORA Announces Limited Availability of Rare Turquoise Squamosa Clams

3e2bORA Turquoise Squamosa Clam ORA Announces Limited Availability of Rare Turquoise Squamosa Clams Oceans Reefs and Aquariums is known mostly for their aquacultured fish and frags, but they’ve also got some awesome Tridacnid clams, and they’re reminding us all of this fact in a huge way. Announced yesterday on the their Facebook page, ORA has just made their highly prized ORA Turquoise Squamosa clams available to stores nationwide. These clams are breathtaking, sporting the typical “squammie” patterns but draped in a vibrant turquoise color with a bright blue rim around the mantle. There’s only one catch though. The clams will be extremely limited in a one-time special offer, and so rare in fact that there are only four individuals available. This extremely limited availability will definitely lead to a super high price tag, which will most likely come from the vendors selling the clams and not so much ORA themselves. We’ve heard rumors of $300 price tags, but who knows if that is anywhere close to being an accurate number. MORE: ORA Announces Limited Availability of Rare Turquoise Squamosa Clams

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