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Let’s Get Right Into It – Real Life Palytoxin Tales

So my Social Media Circle was quite generous to me today when I reached out and asked for any personal experience with the deadly Palytoxin we are faced with when dealing with some of our reefs. My take on the  output? People are very confused – mistaking bacterial infections for the neurotoxin. Take note – “streaking” is blood poisoning which is a huge indicator for bacteria. No biggie, we all get misdirected at times, but for your safety as an aquarist it’s still important to recognize the symptoms. Not unlike the flu, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, the works. Go to a hospital. But let’s take some time to visit your personal stories with the dangerous polyps. Warning: the following images are somewhat graphic. I hope you all take this as a stark reminder to protect yourself when dealing with lethal species. Unfortunately, again in warning, these stories don’t all have happily ever afters… MORE

Hybrid Fused Staghorn Disease and Recovery Survey (Sept. 2014)

It was the discovery of a hybrid fused staghorn coral living on a granite boulder beneath the shadows of a luxury condo that initially sparked our interest in the resilient corals that are taking advantage of Miami’s underwater infrastructure. Colin first presented this coral to the public for TEDxMIA in 2011 in a talk titled ‘A Hybrid Future – The Corals of Miami’. But with the Army Corps’ Deep Dredge of Government Cut happening just a stones throw from where this coral lives, we have been particularly concerned about the health of this coral. Not only are Miami’s corals being inundated with excessive More: Hybrid Fused Staghorn Disease and Recovery Survey (Sept. 2014)

You’ve Bought a Tankbuster! Now What?

At one time or another in their fishkeeping career, many marine aquarium hobbyists make the mistake of purchasing a fish that is destined to grow too large for their tank. They may do so completely unwittingly (because they didn’t research that “pretty little fish” in advance), or they may be more or less aware of the species’ growth potential but underestimate how much tank space it truly needs in order to thrive. Regardless of how hobbyists manage to make this blunder, they’re left with the problem of what to do with the fish now that it’s in their aquarium and growing fast. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, here are a few possible solutions to explore. I’ve listed them in the order of (in my opinion) best to worst options. Upsize your tank It may be that the fish in question is a tankbuster only with respect to your current aquarium. For instance, that harlequin tuskfish may prove to be too much fish for your 75-gallon, but if you have the wherewithal to upsize to, say, a 125-gallon, your problem is solved and your fish will be much better off for it. (Not to mention, you’ll have a new 125-gallon tank!) Of course, keep in mind that if you have a spouse, partner, or roommate sharing your living space, such an arrangement may warrant pre-approval for the sake of domestic tranquility. More: You’ve Bought a Tankbuster! Now What?

ReefKoi Corals Has the Most Amazing Rainbow Plate Coral Ever

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Reef Threads Podcast #198


We’re back because we can’t stay away. This week we talk about Gary’s clam-eating copper band, goldfish brain surgery, Florida lion fish, natural seawater, green reefs, Randy Holmes-Farley, and Reef2Reef. 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 #198

Win A GoPro Hero3

gopro_contest_banner1_700x320_enWho doesn’t love free stuff? Fluval has just announced a new contest. You can win an ultra cool GoPro Hero3 Camera. This cool camera does so much more than just take photos of your tank! This lightweight camera shoots HD Video and has a rugged waterpoof housing to capture sharp images above and below the water. The contest ends on October 31, 2014.  Click here to enter now!

The Dangers of The Deep: Death-Dealing Palytoxins

20129_400wh copyAlright, Reef Folks, today I’m going to delve into a topic that needs to be addressed with any hobbyist – Palytoxins. I know – I hate to be a drag and dig out this chemical compound that all to often is swept under the rug, but it’s a necessary evil. MORE

Aquarium Of Boise Gives Website Visitors A Divers Eye View of The Shark Tank

 The Aquarium of Boise is letting its online viewers become interactive through the ‘LiveDiver Device’ made by Reach In. The aquarium now allows visitors to the aquariums website to control a mini-submarine, which includes an installed camera, in the shark and fish tank. This allows those people at home to get a fish eye and divers view of the tank, and take some pictures while they are at it. MORE is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.