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Reef Threads Podcast #205


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We’re back again, this week to talk about our “Where Do You Listen” contest, the St. Jude/Reef Savvy reef system raffle, keeping sun corals, and five quarantine-tank myths. 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 #205

Long Polyp Toadstool Timelapse + Info – HD

 The long polyp toadstool is part of the genus Sarcophyton. This is an easy soft coral for any beginner or expert and will grow fast. It is really easy to propagate and is also hardy. Toadstools come in all sorts of shapes but this long polyp is the coolest of them all and will do great in almost and reef aquarium. Enjoy the stunning time-lapse and information!  MORE: Long Polyp Toadstool Timelapse + Info – HD

LED lights that make corals pop with color

I wanted to talk about LEDs for a few minutes. I’ve had the Radion Gen 2 over my anemone cube (60-gallon aquarium 24″ x 24″ x 24″) for the past 12 months. As a light, it functions perfectly. Is it the best fixture ever? My feelings are a tad mixed, and I’ll discuss why. The light itself provides sufficient lighting for anemones, SPS, LPS, gorgonians, zoanthids and even a T. MORE: LED lights that make corals pop with color

Pectinia – The Next Big Thing?

 Nobody knows what the next super popular coral might be, but a contender is Pectinia. The common name is Spiny Cup Coral and you can see why. They have a very distinctive cup shape that grows More: Pectinia – The Next Big Thing?

Unboxed: MaxSpect XF150 Gyre Generator

It’s been the talk of the forums since the prototype was seen at Interzoo earlier this year, now finally we’ve received an early production model of Maxspects hotly-anticipated new product for testing. With potential to literally ‘stir-up the market’ in water flow devices, this product is certainly novel in appearance and the performance stats also look exciting. Before we install our unit on the test tank, lets unbox the product and give you some of our initial impressions. Shipped to us direct from UK distributor BCUK, the XF150s packaging is some of the best we’ve seen. Inside the attractive outer cardboard box, the contents are contained neatly within a metal case (OK, it looks a bit like a biscuit tin but hey, we like biscuits!) More: Unboxed: MaxSpect XF150 Gyre Generator

Why Territoriality is a Major Issue in Marine Tanks

One of the more challenging aspects of marine fishkeeping, particularly for those interested in creating a mixed community of interesting fishes, is choosing different species that will coexist peacefully in captivity. This might seem easy enough given the fact that, in the wild, so many different species can often be found sharing the same patch of reef and that many species commonly form schools or shoals, sometimes numbering in the thousands. However, what works in the wild doesn’t always translate to hobbyists’ tanks. Why is that? Well, it’s a matter of scale (excuse the pun). When you take fishes from the (for all intents and purposes) limitless ocean and place them in water-filled glass or acrylic boxes, certain factors that promote territorial aggression are bound to come into play. More: Why Territoriality is a Major Issue in Marine Tanks

ORA Releases Whitespotted Pygmy Filefish

reefs.comORAfileORA has added another fish to their growing list of successful captive bred offerings, this time it’s a little filefish! Filefishes in general just make me smile. Their goofy demeanor and camouflaging ability make them very intriguing. Most of the time when I add them to a clients aquarium they’re referred to as “that ugly fish”, however that “ugly fish” keeps their reefs devoid of pesky aiptasia anemones. MORE

Aquarium Disposal King

reefs.comZiaEver been so angry with an event in your aquarium that you were ready to throw it out the window? Or smack it with a hammer? Username “Zia” takes the cake on the most creative and brutal way of disposing of an aquarium I’ve ever seen… MORE is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.