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Coral Off The Coast Of Cuba Is Flourishing

Cuban Elkhorn coralIt’s refreshing to finally get some good news about the health of our ocean’s corals. While most of the World’s corals are suffering, the corals off the coast of Cuba are flourishing. Scientist, David Guggenheim, attributes this to the ‘lack of typical human behavior.’ Cuba’s political climate made it difficult to get pesticides or fertilizers, which resulted in basically organic farming. MORE

*EXCLUSIVE* Unboxed: Red Sea REEFER™ 170 Aquarium System

(light not included)Breaking the news of their launch back in November 2014 we’ve been eagerly anticipating the commercial release of Red Sea’s new REEFER line of rimless braceless aquaria, as we suspect have many of you! In advance of the imminent arrival of the first run we’ve managed to get our hands on the very first unit and in this unboxing review (of sorts) we’ll be taking a preliminary look at the key aspects of the set-up both aesthetic and functional. Whether or not you’ve placed an order already, are considering doing so, or are just plain interested in such a system for the future, we hope this review will prove useful and entertaining! Coming in 5 models ranging from 117 to 450l in total volume, we’ve got our hands on the Reefer 170 which is one model up from the nano (incidentally, note that the model number refers to the total litre volume of the system including sump and top up tanks). MORE

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation—Update 14: Fish Start to Arrive, Grand Reopening Set for March 27

Salties who have been following our updates on the Toledo Zoo Aquarium renovation these last few years will be excited to hear that the ambitious, $25.5 million project will soon be coming to fruition. Read on for the very latest from our friends at the Toledo Zoo.An epaulette shark gets accustomed to its new digs in the touch tank The Zoo’s innovative new Aquarium experience is slated to open on March 27 with incredible aquatic experiences like nothing else in the region. The Aquarium closed in October, 2012, for major renovations. Now that renovation of this historic Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era structure is complete, animals are starting to arrive, with key arrivals in the touch tanks and the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. Epaulette sharks and southern stingrays are adjusting to the new quarters of their spacious touch tank, a dynamic encounter that brings visitors close to these amazing animals. Nearby, the first tropical reef fish have been introduced to the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, a huge 90,000-gallon exhibit that will feature sleek sharks and Zoo divers who interact directly with visitors. This is the largest exhibit in the new Aquarium. Other animals will continue to arrive at the Aquarium and “graduate” to new exhibits after completing their quarantine requirements. MORE

Santa Clarita’s Mini Public Aquarium

0130_news_aquarium_KL_0001 Public aquariums don’t have to be multi-million dollar projects in order to educate and inspire children and adults. A great example of a mini public aquarium is the Newhall Aquarium in Santa Clarita California. This pint-sized facility is located inside a suburban strip mall.  MORE

Reefs In Art: Stunning Blue Twisted Tentacles of Venomous Cnidocyte Edition

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Just had to share these absolutely face-melting images of these ethereal creatures – Physalia utriculus, Blue Bottle or (Indo-Pacific) Portuguese Man-of-War (not to be confused with Physalia physalis, Atlantic Portuguese Man o’ War).  MORE

BREATHTAKING Reef Aquarium! HD -104 Gallons


This 104 gallon reef aquarium belongs to Marco Pardun of Dortmund, Germany. It is a room divider reef and it really is breathtaking. The equipment list is rounded out with a Bubble Magus Curve 5 protein skimmer, Jebao DC-3000 return pump, Jebao RW-8 wavemaker, Eheim Jager heater, DIY activated carbon and GFO reactor, and sump. The corals he has include a diverse variety of SPS and mix of assorted LPS, soft corals, and zoanthids. MORE: BREATHTAKING Reef Aquarium! HD -104 Gallons

The Reef Table: Sexy, Sexy Ethics and a Bit of R+R

 Yes, once again I’m joined by Ret Talbot and Rich Ross for the fourth installment of “The Reef Table”! A few weeks ago, we stretched the walls of information in regards to sustainability and conservation as these two handled the topic. Alas, there’s only so much time for a discussion and we cut it short – to be continued at a later date. MORE

Deltec Announces Expansion of Their DC Skimmer Lineup

Deltec is making a few nice moves here in 2015, adding a trio of new skimmers to their popular SC lineup. And in similar fashion to their October 2014 release of the SC 1660, all three of these new skimmers will feature DC controllable pumps. The new skimmers will be the SC 1351, SC 1456, and the SC 2061, all internal models of course, and their addition brings the total number of Deltec’s DC skimmers up to four. Beyond the new pumps, there’s really not much that has changed. The body looks the same, as does most of the add-ons MORE: Deltec Announces Expansion of Their DC Skimmer Lineup

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