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Fish Are Superior to People!

When viewed at depth, a copperband butterflyfish looks much different than the colors we’re familiar with.Why do I make this claim? Well, primarily to capture your attention. But think about some of the things fish can do that we cannot. For example, we two-legged beings can go forward, backward, and from side to side. Fish can do that too, but they can also go up and down, and they can do that just by thinking about it and barely moving a fin. If we get up in the middle of the night because we hear a noise or are thinking about that Victoria’s Secret catalog on the table (strictly for research purposes, of course), we would run into walls, doors, windows, or, if we’re lucky, a beautiful cat burglar. MORE

Marine viruses: aquarist’s friend or foe?

virus_algal1_fIn expanding on my previous post about marine microbes, I thought I would dive a little deeper (no pun intended) into this subject. As I said in my last post, many aquarists don’t know the basics of marine microbe existence, mainly because it’s not often discussed in detail. I often advise aquarists to view their systems as one living being. Every part of the aquarium from filtration, to live rock, on up to livestock is part of that being, and must remain healthy for the entire system to function. The basics of that in the aquarium is the same as in an animal’s body, or natural ecosystem, and it begins at the microbial level. In learning more about how microbes affect our marine aquariums, let’s take a look at one group of microbes.  MORE

Welcome To The Reef Table: Lemon Tea Yi Kai On Deep Water Fish

 Let’s start off this week with something new! Here’s our first installment of what we hope to make an ongoing feature here at reefs.com, a little video blog called “The Reef Table”. Here we’ll be addressing the hobby’s hot topics on a face to face basis with industry experts in hopes of shedding light on prevalent issues, or sometimes just sitting down to talk about some really sweet fish. Well, for our very first episode, that’s exactly what we decided to do. I sat down with Lemon Tea Yi Kai, editor for ReefBuilders and an unfathomable wealth of knowledge when it comes to reef fish. He was kind enough to join me all the way from Singapore (via a video call, of course), despite the fact it was nearly 3AM his time AND he had a flight to catch to yet another dreamy destination, to touch on the scarcely discussed topic of deep-water fish. Hope you all enjoy! Have any questions or topics you’d like to see discussed? Send them my way to my inbox, caitlin@reefs.com

ORA Announces Availability of Rare Japanese Kamohara Fang Blenny

ORA has set the bar really high for 2015, and we’re just a dozen days into it. They announced on Friday via their blog that they will be shipping out their latest addition to the captive bred fish lineup, the ORA Kamohara Blenny (Meiacanthus kamoharai). This stunning fish is a Japanese endemic normally found in shallow waters off the country’s southern coasts. While it is common in the wild, it is surprisingly absent from the aquarium community here in the US, though ORA obviously hopes to change all of that. In their blog post, ORA describes the Kamohara blenny has having a tolerance or a wide range of water temperatures. MORE: ORA Announces Availability of Rare Japanese Kamohara Fang Blenny

Marine microbes: your aquarium’s most important tenant

microbes-marine01You can’t see the most important organisms within your reef tank. You can’t see some of the most important organisms on your body either. Why? Because they are microbes, tiny single celled organisms that arrived on Earth billions of years ago, as inorganic carbon became simple sugar. At any point during the day, there are millions and millions of microbes all over and throughout your body, and countless numbers within your reef aquarium. Believe it or not, these organisms are reef filtration, and the future and past of captive marine aquarium water quality lies in our understanding, and ability to selectively cultivate these organisms. Science is studying marine microbes for a variety of exciting purposes, from generating fossil fuels to curing disease. Various marine microbes even hold within them the promise of reversing the disastrous effects of climate change, restoring health to various coral and sponge species. For aquarists, we cannot deny our intimate relationship with these microscopic organisms, and our ability to successfully keep marine life healthy hinges largely on our ability to nurture them. MORE

Carolina Aquatics Acquires Entire Stock of Citron Clownfish From Bali Aquarich

16241256625_aafce4f80d_zThe Citron Clownfish is a truly fascinating, clementine-hued anemonefish first bred by Wen-Ping Su at Bali Aquarich with nobody else to date able to reproduce this cross. The hybrid of a True Percula (Amphiprion percula) and a White Stripe Maroon (Premnas biaculeatus), this fish is unusual in the sense that this is not simply the crossing of two species, but two separate genus! MORE

World Wide Corals Reef Farm Grand Opening

reefs.comWWCFragFarmToday World Wide Corals is hosting a grand opening of their new frag farm. Not only will they allow the public to peruse (today only!) the amazing selection of corals these guys grow, but they have three speakers present: Julian Sprung, Mike Paletta and Jake Adams. If that wasn’t enough, WWC has pledged to donate a portion of the sales (up to $1,000) to PIJAC in order to help keep our hobby alive! MORE

Ecotech Drops Price on Vortech MP40

reefs.comMP40Early yesterday we saw several major online dry good vendors promoting a price drop on the infamous Ecotech Vortech MP40w ES pump. The pump is now being offered for $299.99, down from the most recent MSRP of $395.25. This is super exciting news for anyone who has been wanting to try one but didn’t want to fork out nearly $400 for an aquarium pump. MORE

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