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The Starburst Grafted Montipora is a Hot New Piece from The Digital Fishroom

48daTDF Grafted Starburst Monti The Starburst Grafted Montipora is a Hot New Piece from The Digital Fishroom
Hobbyists have have enjoyed performing numerous growth experiments on Montipora corals, both encrusting and plating alike. While most of the tinkering has resulted in the blending two or more different colored individuals into one coral, which usually reverts back to a single colored coral, every once in a while something truly special pops up on our radars. Such is the case for The Digital Fishroom, who recently shared their Starburst Grafted Monti. According to the article, this is a naturally occurring pigment graft that has been isolated and successfully reproduced over and over again the last couple of years. What we like so much about this particular graft isn’t just the fact that the base color is two different colors, but that the polyps exhibit some random color morphing as well. If you take a look at both images (one above, one below), you’ll notice that the polyps in the red/orange portion of the coral stay that orange-ish color for the most part, but randomly show neon green highlights. Similarly, the polyps on the green portion of the coral show those interruptions of orange. And this blending doesn’t just occur where the orange and green base colors meet, but randomly throughout the frags. There are currently only four WYSIWYG frags available for the initial release. They are priced at $200 per frag (includes shipping) and all frags have were made about a month ago…meaning they’re all healed up from the fragging process MORE: The Starburst Grafted Montipora is a Hot New Piece from The Digital Fishroom

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Emma Forbes Update: Understanding Bacteria at OI

 Emma Forbes Update: Understanding Bacteria at OI
Aloha everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s been a busy few months. Though it’s the kind of busy you don’t realize until you sit down and catch your breath. It’s been a lot of fun spending my days in the lab working with everyone learning new things. MORE

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Dig Those Crazy Pajama Cardinalfish!

pajama cardinal1 300x169 Dig Those Crazy Pajama Cardinalfish!A hardy, peaceful, wildly patterned species, the pajama cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) makes a great choice for novice and experienced marine aquarists alike. Owing to its very manageable adult size, it’s a great candidate for modest-sized systems, and like many of the cardinalfishes, it can be kept successfully in groups. Physical traits In common with its other cardinalfish kin, S. nematoptera has two distinct dorsal fins, with the broader, transparent posterior dorsal trailing a long filament. Its maximum size is about 3 inches. With respect to color and patterning, S. nematoptera looks as though it were designed by committee. From the first dorsal fin forward through the head, this fish is golden yellow with a bright-red eye. From just behind the first dorsal through the caudal peduncle, it’s silver with reddish polka dots. More: Dig Those Crazy Pajama Cardinalfish!

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Fully captive bred Yellow tangs to go to market?

Yellow tang public domain square Fully captive bred Yellow tangs to go to market?Many aquarists and hobbyists alike look forward to the day when aquaculture farms are teeming with millions of colourful fish to help stock public aquariums rather than wild caught individuals fitting the bill.  The reason it’s not happening now with all the species, according to some who have tried rearing the elusive Yellow Tang, is that resources are limited and getting the juveniles past the 90 day mark is quite a feat. “Getting good survival of the larvae is the main problem, especially that first week,” said Syd Kraul, owner of Pacific Planktonics.  Kraul is currently raising flame angelfish, multicolor angelfish and yellow tang at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.   He reckons that the tang, in particular, is in high demand and very difficult to raise.  “Out of 10,000 eggs, you might get 200 to 300 larvae that survive the first week,” he said. “That’s not enough. By 90 days you won’t have any left.”  The 90-day point is when the fish change from clear to yellow and take up shelter in the rocks. Kraul has been raising aquarium fish since 2006 and now he thinks he finally has it figured out and hopes to offer yellow tang on a commercial basis within a year. “It’s no secret. It’s just about getting the right balance of food in the water,” he said. “Put in too much food and the fish are going to die. They need the food but they need clear water. That’s the challenge.” Oceanic Institute and Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center are two other facilities trying their hand at culturing aquarium fish so who knows, perhaps there’ll be a race to get the first fully captive-bred Yellow Tangs to market.  Keep your eyes peeled! For more information, go to:

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Reef Threads Podcast #188

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #188 A colony photographed by the folks at Coral Morphologic.This week we’re joined by Colin Foord of Coral Morphologic. Colin has been in the news lately because of his efforts to save corals that were living in the Government Cut shipping channel in Miami, FL. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun a project to make that channel wider and deeper and were going to destroy corals that have adapted to that very different environment. Colin took steps to save them and, this week, tells the story of his efforts and what he’s doing with the corals he’s saved. 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 #188

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EcoTech Marine Announces Radion XR15w Pro LED Fixture

777bEcoTech Marine XR15w Pro EcoTech Marine Announces Radion XR15w Pro LED Fixture We’ve been dying to make this announcement for almost three weeks now, and the cat is finally out of the bag. EcoTech Marine is releasing their all new XR15w Pro, and as the lingo suggests, this version of the Radion is smaller than its XR30w brethren, offering up a single LED cluster but all of the same awesome features. A total of 21 LEDs fill out the lone cluster, and it features a full spectrum output with a touch of UV that has been optimized for coral growth. In terms of size, the new XR15 measures just 7″ x 7″ with an expected light spread of roughly 20″ x 20″. This spread is achieved by the standard issue 80 degree TIR lens, though a 120 degree TIR lens will also be available for those needing just a bit more. The wider lenses give the XR15 a 24″ x 24″ light spread. The maximum PAR levels are around 825 with a peak power consumption of 85 watts. In typical EcoTech fashion, the XR15w Pro will be equipped with the same wireless technology that is found in other products of the brand. The on-board RF Module makes compatibility and communication seamless, letting the light work with other lighting and flow products via the ReefLink and EcoSmart Live software. MORE: EcoTech Marine Announces Radion XR15w Pro LED Fixture

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Soft Coral And Climate Change

coral Soft Coral And Climate Change New Study from Israeli Researchers suggests soft corals may help coral reefs survive the fight against climate change. As climate change leads to warmer and more acidic waters, the health of coral reefs decline. This new study suggests that coral reefs have a natural defense against global warming’s effects, soft corals. The study found that the soft coral provides a natural armor to the underlying coral skeleton. MORE

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