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Aquarama 2015 to Include Public Aquaria Program

Aquarama 2015According to the organizers, Aquarama is the leading biennial international ornamental fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates and accessories trade exhibition in the world.  It started back in 1989 and has attracted exhibitors, trade and public visitors from all corners of the globe. The next exhibition that is scheduled to run from 28-31 May 2015 is said to be an affair not to be missed! The organizers and a specially convened public aquarium committee are launching a program of sub-events aimed specifically at public aquarium personnel. This committee, consisting of Scott Dowd (Senior Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Boston, USA), Ramon Barbosa (Senior Curator at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore) and Rob Jones (‘The Aquarium Vet’ and veterinarian at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Australia) and co-ordinated by Aquarama Consultant, John Dawes, is devising a program of activities tailored to the needs of the public aquarium industry, as well as the fostering of closer links between the home aquarium industry and public aquaria. Aquarama will be dedicating over 50% of its MORE

Trust me! I have tanks! An overview of my personal tanks.

tank.overview.useI recently read a reefing blog that suggested some Internet and magazine “experts” didn’t own an aquarium, and were simply copying the success of other reef keepers to develop an online or print persona as an aquarium expert. I have commented in the past that I greatly question the quality of advice thrown around on open forums, even some offered by site administrators and moderators. I can say, I’ve known many experts on marine life that didn’t keep an aquarium, but greatly aided me in my success as an aquarist. This includes research scientists on up to people like Ken Nedimeyer of the Reef Preservation program on Key Largo, FL.  MORE

Unboxed: JECOD (Jebao) DCT4000 Return Pump

In case you haven’t heard, Jebao are changing their name to JECOD (which stands for Jebao ECOlogical Design). All new UK products will have this branding, and first to reach us are the new DCT series of pumps which replaced the previous DC series late last year. In this unboxing review we take a preliminary look at the DCT4000 model and evaluate the range overall in terms of quality, performance on paper and features. Looking almost identical to the older DC series (with the new DCTs grey, and the older DC series blue) you might wonder what exactly makes these pumps ‘new and improved’ as overall they do appear to be very similar. MORE

Mystic Aquarium Transforms Debris Into Energy

coventaThe Mystic Aquarium has partnered with Covanta Energy to create a new exhibit called Covanta Cove. The mission of public aquariums around the world is to educate visitors and deliver a strong green message that supports conserving and protecting our oceans. MORE

The Marine Aquarist’s Greatest Asset

Patience, much like in many other aspects of the hobby, is important to creating a thriving coral gardenIf someone were to ask you (perhaps with a gun held to your head, as is so often the case in these hypothetical scenarios) to identify the one thing that no aspiring marine aquarist should be without, what would your answer be? A top-of-the-line protein skimmer? The best synthetic sea salt mix on the market? An exceptional water-flow scheme? A high-tech controller to monitor and maintain proper water parameters? While state-of-the-art gear helps make a successful marine aquarium more attainable to the average person, the most important tool for any hobbyist is something you can’t buy at your LFS or on the internet. Rather, it’s a personality trait that you’re either born with or must learn to practice: patience MORE

Review: TMC EASI-Dose 3 Programmable Dosing System

Although they’ve been used on reef systems for many years, peristaltic dosing pumps (or ‘peri’ pumps) have become a much more common sight in the last few years being integral to a number of relatively new supplementation regimes. Whereas once, a single peri pump with no particular control, slaving away in some far corner of a cabinet was the norm, modern units offer multiple pumps, digital control, slave options and a range of other features. One such unit is the EASI-Dose from TMC which we look at in this review. Part of a much wider ‘system’ aimed at advanced reef-keepers, the EASI-Dose 3 is, as the name suggests, a triple pump dosing unit. Also in the REEF range by TMC, we have single and double pump units (EASI-Dose 1 and 2 respectively), a 4 pump slave unit, and there are also bespoke shelves for each pump plus a container system which comes in different sizes and can handle aggressive chemicals. In terms of modularity, taking the EASI-Dose 3 as an example, you could feasibly connect 2 slave units to this ‘master’ giving you 11 pump heads in total… easily enough to cover a vast range of systems MORE

“Ocean Gravity” – The Parallels of Sea and Space

 “Just like in the space, there isn’t anymore a top or a bottom. There isn’t anymore upside down and wrong side out. The ocean becomes cosmos, the man a satellite, and the bottom of the sea an unknown planet. Welcome in the fascinating universe of Ocean Gravity” – Guillaume Néry MORE

UltraReef Akula UKS-180 Conic Skimmer

2015_01_ultrareef_akula_UKS_nuovo_modello_08UltraReef has just restyled and updated its three-year-old skimmer, the Akula, and now offers us its new conic skimmer, the Akula UKS-180MORE

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