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Marine Fish Propagation System at the Toledo Zoo

tz update13 1 Marine Fish Propagation System at the Toledo ZooYou’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it can take thousands of copepods to raise one larval fish. Our curator of fishes, Jay Hemdal, and I recently went to a grant-funded workshop in Bristol, Rhode Island, to learn how to hatch marine fish eggs and raise juvenile fish, in preparation for the Aquarium reopening in March, 2015. Copepods, eggs and larvae, oh my A lot of people don’t know what a copepod is, but it’s an important food source to larval fish. Copepods are tiny crustaceans, related to crayfish and water fleas, that young, or larval, fish eat. We want to increase our knowledge of hatching and raising our own fish from eggs, because it will reduce the number of fish we get from the wild for the new Aquarium. A grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) covered the costs for me and Jay to attend a recent workshop at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, in conjunction with the New England Aquarium. This was the third time this workshop had been offered More: Marine Fish Propagation System at the Toledo Zoo

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Octopus Selfies! Angry Octopus Has Had Enough of the Paparazzi

 Off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, Joe Kistel was diving at depths of about 70 feet when he noticed a mass of shells that seemed out of place. Since this is usually an indication of an octopus lair, he went to further investigate. He set up his nearly $12,000 underwater camera and sure enough, our favorite cephalopod crawls out to check out the fancy gadget. All seems innocent as he reaches up as if to take a selfie, when he starts engulfing the camera within his tentacles. Kistel quickly realizes the octopus is removing a gasket – one responsible for keeping water from destroying the camera – and begins an epic tug-of-war. Surprisingly, Kistel won despite the octopus having a 6 arm advantage AND being covered in suction cups. He manages to retrieve the gasket before any damage is done and we get to enjoy the hilarious result. The octopus retreats to his unassuming lair and Kistel learns an important lesson in letting eight-armed, unpredictable sea creatures handle his fancy equipment. More about the story at The Daily Mail.

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BioTek Marine Mounting Arms Are the Sexiest Way to Mount Your Radion Fixtures

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Ever since EcoTech Marine introduced their Radion XR30 LED fixture at MACNA in 2011, aquarium keepers have been on the hunt for the best solution to mounting them on or hanging them above their aquariums. Since aesthetics are so, so important in the appeal of an aquarium, there’s really no surprise that the hunt has been never ending for some. Fortunately, that search may be over, as BioTek Marine has (in our humble opinions) the best looking tank mounts for the Radion XR30 light fixtures. The light mounts, which are distributed through Aquarium Specialty, are made from solid cast acrylic and have been machined and polished to give a mirror like finish. They mount simply to the aquarium, using discretely placed thumbscrews, and additional hardware keeps the cords from the light fixtures hidden from view. For the Radion, there are two models available, an 18-20″ mount and a 24″ arm. They are each priced at $209. If you’re in the market for a mounting arm such as this, but don’t have a Radion, there are other models available form BioTek that accommodate the AquaIllumination Hydra and Hydra FiftyTwo LED fixtures. Eventually, models for the Hydra TwentySix and Radion XR15w Pro will be available MORE: BioTek Marine Mounting Arms Are the Sexiest Way to Mount Your Radion Fixtures

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Hey, Suppliers, You Should Package Everything With This!

Goldfish bubble Hey, Suppliers, You Should Package Everything With This!Ok, so it’s actually just a concept right now, but I know I’d definitely use this amazing bubble wrap on everything I ship – work related or not! Japan-based designer Daisuke Akiyama (feel free to click the link, however, it’s all in Japanese) filled the bubbles with tiny goldfish replicas, creating the illusion of tiny, adorable fish bowls in an effort to deter people from the addictive act of popping the bubbles. I’m not sure what exactly he’d be trying to accomplish with that goal – but my guess would be to prolong the life of the packaging, thus making it reusable and reducing waste. Whatever his reasoning, it’s ridiculously cute. He’s  marketing the idea to manufacturers, but I think he should throw the idea our way – I know at least a few people who would bite the bait. (via: Spoon & Tomago)  

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Flesh Eating Bacteria In Florida Kills Ten People

beach Flesh Eating Bacteria In Florida Kills Ten PeopleLiving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, My wife and I spend a lot of the time at the beach, so this latest news hits very close to home. Florida beaches are currently under warnings, due to Vibrio Vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacteria that thrives in warms waters. The bacteria attacks through opens wounds. So far, 32 people in Florida have contracted this flesh eating bacteria, 10 of which have died. MORE

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Frag to Colony

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This acropora is a prime example of the beauty that can be achieved when starting with a seed fragment instead of a wild colony.  The placement of a frag with the vision of what it will become in time can be difficult for some to visualize, and may deter the less patient aquarist. The captive grown colony will take space up and fill the area nicely, giving a natural appearance as opposed to when wild colonies are placed on live rock like a fruit stand at the grocery store.  The survivability of a coral grown from a seed fragment is much higher than trying to introduce larger wild corals into artificial conditions.  Instant gratification is not part of the puzzle when attempting a natural look in a reef aquarium.  Using captive grown seed fragments will give a great sense of accomplishment if given proper time and patience.

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Screams Heard From The Other Room

Screen Shot 2014 07 30 at 4.45.24 PM 300x247 Screams Heard From The Other RoomJared runs in to see if I’m still alive (I don’t always have the most appropriate reactions). “I MUST HAVE THIS!!!”. My list continues to grow at a daunting rate, and the pieces on it keep creeping slowly upward – but this Is truly an incredible find. Stefan Kudoke presents us with this Kraken timepiece, aptly named the “KudOktopus” (nice word-play there Stefan, I approve). At 42mm in diameter, this glorious work of art is encased in stainless steel and features sapphires on the front and back. With your choice of Louisiana Alligator or calf-skin, the leather strap will assure the watch stays snugly affixed to your wrist. You better hope it does, anyway, given the $9,860 price tag. See and read more at

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Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!

Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.36.21 PM2 Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!“AND WHEN YOU GAZE LONG INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS ALSO GAZES INTO YOU.” – FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. Will the Interwebs ever stop torturing me? I’m debating banning myself from This Is Colossal’s website as I’m slowly but surely going bankrupt. Perhaps I should take a lesson in impulse control, but this is too good to pass up. Check out this stunning layered glass table that creates a cross-section of the deep blue by designer Christopher Duffy of Duffy London, appropriately named “The Abyss Table”. Production will be limited to 25 which can be purchased here so hurry! At $7,800, I actually think it’s reasonably priced for such a stunning piece. More images of my newest coffee table below. Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.36.09 PM Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!Screen Shot 2014 07 27 at 12.36.26 PM Sigh, Another Thing To Add To My List Of Things I MUST Own!

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