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Anemones and Water Pumps, a Recipe for Disaster

05b6rbta Anemones and Water Pumps, a Recipe for Disaster In recent months, I’ve been toiling away at the nano aquarium, following a rigorous water change and maintenance schedule, and stocking it mostly with a few high end Zoanthids. The goal for this aquarium has been simplicity, since my work and personal schedules are both so hectic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t resist adding a rose bubble tip anemone, which isn’t exactly a difficult invertebrate even for a nano aquarium, but coupled with the type of equipment in the tank, housing the RBTA could (and did) lead to disaster. From the anemone’s introduction, I knew that it could wander all over the tank at will. I was also very aware that it could crawl into my VorTech MP10w water pump. Still, I pressed on. As a precaution, I did reduce the speed of the pump to just a fraction of what it normally operates at. I waited a few days, let the anemone settle in, then ramped up the speed of the pump. Of course, I monitored the anemone’s actions, mostly looking for any sort of movement. The anemone stayed in place, not moving an inch…until one random evening MORE: Anemones and Water Pumps, a Recipe for Disaster

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4 Reasons Not to Knock Nano Aquariums

nano aquarium1 300x169 4 Reasons Not to Knock Nano AquariumsNano aquariums boast lower initial and ongoing costs compared to larger systemsOne of our earliest posts here at Saltwater Smarts was titled “4 Reasons to Start with a Bigger Saltwater Tank.” In it, we outlined the various benefits of starting with a larger aquarium and the potential drawbacks to downsized systems—instability of water parameters, fewer stocking options, etc. We still think it’s best for beginners to get their feet wet with a larger tank, but as several of you nano-keeping salties out there have pointed out, the pro/con balance doesn’t tip entirely in favor of bigger systems. Nanos have their plusses too. Here, in no particular order, are four of them: #1 Significant cost savings Both initial and ongoing expenses are considerably lower for nano aquariums than for their larger counterparts. Not only are equipment costs more manageable, but also: You don’t need much in the way of live rock and substrate material for biological filtration and aquascaping. Fewer pumps are needed to create adequate circulation in the system. More: 4 Reasons Not to Knock Nano Aquariums

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Corky Sea Finger, Briareum asbestinum, Octocorals

0a97Corky Sea Finger 1 457x305 Corky Sea Finger, Briareum asbestinum, OctocoralsBelieve it or not I have a cool octocoral for you today that is actually a gorgonian, it’s called a Corky Sea Finger, Briareum asbestinum. These are one of the most overlooked and most under appreciated animals on the reef and yet are an essential part of our Caribbean coral reef system. Normally you find these colonies in one to several erect, unbranched, cylindrical rods, arising from a common encrusting base but in this case above they are growing in small low-growing clumps. When extended the large polyps give the colony a “hairy” appearance and the area around pore-like polyp apertures often swollen. Rods or the rind are violet to purple colored, occasionally with some tints of brown or tan with the polyps being greenish brown to brown or brownish gray MORE: Corky Sea Finger, Briareum asbestinum, Octocorals

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Announced

tattersall Wildlife Photographer of the Year Announced
The Natural History Museum of London has an annual contest to recognize the best photographs of the year, and the results are in!  After poring through thousands of entries, 25 were selected as the best of the best.  Be sure to check out the entire set HERE.  They are all incredible and you can order framed prints directly on the website.

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Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap 2013 – Sunday November 17th

mr fall swap 2013 flyer1 Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap 2013   Sunday November 17th

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Jawbreaker Mushroom Coral Reportedly Has Four Figure Price Tag

06e9Sexy Corals Jawbreaker Mushroom Jawbreaker Mushroom Coral Reportedly Has Four Figure Price Tag
How much would you drop on a mushroom coral? Ten bucks? How about $20? Is fifty bucks pushing the limit? What if I told you there was one out there being sold for a four figure price tag? You heard me right, a mushroom coral in the thousands of dollars. At Reef-A-Palooza, one vendor had an absolutely jawdropping mushroom coral on display with a reported price tag of somewhere near $5000. The ultra high end mushroom coral, called the Jawbreaker mushroom, is undoubtedly a keystone piece from the wildly colorful and unique collection from Sexy Corals MORE: Jawbreaker Mushroom Coral Reportedly Has Four Figure Price Tag

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Clownfish Halloween Costume

rSsNIp2 Clownfish Halloween Costume

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Calcium And Alkalinity: A Beginner’s Briefing

elos test kits Calcium And Alkalinity: A Beginner’s Briefing
Calcium and Alkalinity: A Beginner’s Briefing Elos Calcium and Alkalinity Test Kits Milk and batteries? What is this stuff?! You never thought keeping corals would require a slight knowledge of chemistry, did you? Do not worry! It does not have to be as scary as your high school chemistry class. In fact, I am going to make it as easy as possible to ensure people of all ages and educations can at least get started. With a quick idea of what these two words mean and how to manipulate their levels you can easily do it yourself and feel confident you are doing it right More: Calcium And Alkalinity: A Beginner’s Briefing

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