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Whataburger Donates 1 Million Dollars To Texas State Aquarium

theaterWhataburger, the fast food restaurant based in Texas, has given a $1 million dollar donation to the Texas State Aquarium.  It is just one of the contributors as part of the ‘Campaign Caribbean’ fund. The money was given to help the aquarium design the first 4 dimensional theater in South Texas, as part of the ‘Caribbean Journey’ expansion. The theater will be named after Whataburger matriarch Grace Dobson, who was responsible for the growth and success of the chain. The new theater will include 3D and live effects including water mist, snow and sound effects to give the viewer the full 4D experience. Dobson passed away in 2005, but was greatly involved in many charity works, including the aquarium. The $50 Million dollar renovation is scheduled to be complete by 2017. MORE

Review: AquaMedic EcoRunner 6000

The ‘beating heart’ of numerous designs, a return pump is without doubt a key component of many modern reef systems. It can be a fairly thankless task though and, due the fact that this kind of kit is often out of sight, it can be tempting to try to save money and skip the research when it comes to selection. However, when we expect such an item to perform flawlessly 24/7 with little intervention, it seems crazy to even consider cutting costs. Also, given the fact that a pump is a constant energy drain, it makes sense to look for an efficient unit that won’t make our energy metre spin like a fruit machine! For this review we take a look at AquaMedic’s EcoRunner 6000 which is part of a range that promises energy-saving, silent operation with high efficiency and long-term maintenance free design… just the ticket… or is it?! Launched back in 2012, and with 5 models spanning 2700 to 12000lph output, this range has a pump for most applications (actually certain models are fitted with needle-wheels and used in AquaMedic’s aCone skimmers). Taking the mid-range 6000 unit ‘for a spin’, the first thing that strikes us about the pump is More: Review: AquaMedic EcoRunner 6000

Reef Threads Podcast #204

reefthreads The lionfish appetizer as served at GW Fins in New Orleans.It’s time for podcast #204 and the Reef Evangelist is not happy. Before she blows off steam, we talk about eating lionfish, our “Where you listen contest,” and reef season. Then we talk about why it is that people are always making reef-aquarium keeping sound so difficult as we tackle the blog post “11 Hard Truths About Marine Aquariums. 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 #204

ORA Announces Commercial Availability of the Orbic Cardinalfish

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Let’s Get Postal: A Sneak Peak At 10 Piscine-Themed Stamps

stamps2Whether you’re a reefer who’s hobbies also cross into stamp collecting, or, like me, you just adore all things from the deep blue and would love to dot your letters with something fishy, you should take a look at this handsome collection of postage from Coral Reef Photos. The stamps feature deep water fish of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, all photographed by Barry Brown. MORE

The World’s Rarest Fish: The Devil’s Hole Pupfish

devilsholepupfishThe Devil’s Hole Pupfish is currently the World’s rarest fish. It is estimated that there are fewer than 100 of the species left. The numbers fluctuate depending on the season. These 1-inch fish live in Devils Hole, in Death Valley National park. The fish reside solely in the top 25-30 ft of the small, geothermal aquifer fed pool in a limestone cavern, which has to be one of the smallest habitat’s there are.   MORE

The Cold, Dark, Deep Side of Reef-Building

jagosampleWhen it comes to reef-building down at the deepest, dankest depths of the sea, one would think nary a soul would care to coexist, let alone procreate. Given the tales that go around of deep-sea monsters, this is hardly a surprise, yet it’s actually quite the opposite (for coral, at least). Deep-sea coral species really get around. MORE

Man Climbs on Dead Whale Surrounded By Sharks

man on whale Here’s yet another bizarre story this weekend. A man in Perth, Australia decided it would be a good idea to swim to a Great White Shark infested rotting whale carcass, and ‘surf the whale.’ Harrison Williams was on a boat with his friends when they saw the deceased whale.boat This amazing video shows the young man jump from his boat and swim over to the whale. You have to admit that the guy is pretty brave and perhaps stupid. Luckily the man was not hurt and was picked up off the whale by the boat. Williams sums up his experience and states: “Definitely not (wouldn’t do it again) … I’ve done it, I don’t need to do it again. Definitely it was a stupid act, didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, mum thinks I’m an idiot, dad’s not too proud either.” 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.