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Bacteria Infused Life Rock on the Way from CaribSea

1c65CaribSea Life Rock Bacteria Infused Life Rock on the Way from CaribSea The substrate connoisseurs are back with a brand new product. CaribeSea recently announced their Life Rock, an an aragonite based live rock substitute that is infused with live bacteria and made to look like the coralline laden live rock that you often find well-established aquaria. And because the rock product contains no cement or decaying material, it requires no curing prior to use. The CaribSea Life Rock will come in 20 pound and 40 pound boxes, though retail pricing details have yet to be released. The rock is currently available, at least at the distributor level, and we expect it to start trickling out to hobbyists in no time. MORE: Bacteria Infused Life Rock on the Way from CaribSea

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Coral Letters, Symmetrical Brain Coral, Stony Corals

ed90S Coral Letters, Symmetrical Brain Coral, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, I have some cool example of “Natural Coral Letters” for your viewing pleasure today that were recently photographed just outside on our Substation reef with a 105 macro lens. What your looking at is a type (no pun intended) of stony corals called Brain Coral which can include, Symmetrical Brain coral, Knobby Brain Coral and Grooved Brain Corals and they all have these fun letters. I am still searching for some of the hard to find letters like an “A”, “O”, “P” and a “Z” but have most of the others. I also have photographed some that look like animals and fun shapes or faces and patterns so divers next time your out stop and really look at a giant colony of brain coral and see if you can spot something cool!! Brain coral is a common name given to corals in the family Faviidae so called due to their generally spheroid shape and grooved surface which resembles a brain. Each head of coral is formed by a colony of genetically identical polyps which secrete a hard skeleton of calcium carbonate; this makes them important coral reef builders like other stony corals in the order Scleractinia MORE

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Acropora gemmifera Documented for First Time in West Hawaii

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It seems that in recent years, most of the news coming out of Hawaii has been fairly bad. More often than not, we find ourselves discussing how the aquarium trade gets unfairly targeted by misguided activists, but this time around the news is different. According to Hawaii News Now, a research team from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources has, for the first time ever, discovered colonies of Acropora gemmifera in West Hawaii. In addition, it is said that this is the first record of any Acropora species occurring around the island of Hawaii, not to be confused with other areas like the Northwest Hawaiian islands where Acroporids have been discovered. According to the article, there have been no reports of any Acropora species occurring around the Island of Hawaii from more than 4,500 coral reef monitoring and research dives from the past 15 years. The corals were initially identified based on aesthetic features, though the ID was later confirmed with genetic testing by the Richmond Lab at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, Pacific Biomedical Research Center in Honolulu. MORE: Acropora gemmifera Documented for First Time in West Hawaii

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Cuttlefish Batteries

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 The cuttlefish, the fascinating cephalopod that always captures the visitor’s eye in an aquarium, may be the answer to many a medical problem.  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have made an intriguing discovery: cuttlefish ink provides the right chemistry and nanostructure to power tiny electronic devices that could be swallowed or implanted in the body. “We found that the melanin pigments in cuttlefish ink make it a perfect fit for use in battery electrodes that would ultimately be used in devices that operate in close proximity to sensitive living tissue,” says Chris Bettinger, an assistant professor in the departments of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In contrast with most modern consumable batteries which can be toxic, the cuttlefish battery uses the cuttlefish’s ink for the anode and manganese oxide for the cathode, ensuring that all materials can easily be broken down and absorbed by the body. Not only will a device run by this type of battery be safer, but the melanin pigments in the cuttlefish ink also offer a higher storage capacity than comparable synthetic melanin-based substances, resulting in a superior performance material Just another way in which Nature shows us the way…

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Reef Threads Podcast #167

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #167 What’s your preference, species or community fish tank?We’re back again with the Reef Evangelist evangelizing to six continents. This week’s topics include generators, captive-bred fish, tank-crash recovery, community vs. species tanks, and ten resolutions for aquarium keepers. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Generators Disappearing mandarins 10 aquarium resolutions More: Reef Threads Podcast #167

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New Species: Golden Hawkfish

goldhawk 300x225 New Species: Golden HawkfishA new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries! Paracirrhites xanthus, commonly known as the Golden Hawkfish, is a rare relative of the more commonly encountered Arc-eye Hawkfish, Paracirrhites arcuatus. Unlike the Arc-Eye though, the Golden Hawkfish is rarely imported and as such is usually expensive. This species comes from a limited range in the Eastern Central Pacific and is sometimes confused with Cirrhitichthys aureus, the Japanese Golden Hawkfish. We spotted this stunning specimen in a large reef aquarium installed and maintained by Aquarium Architecture. For a larger image and full species profile click here (note: you must be a logged-in subscriber to access this page – if you wish to subscribe quickly and freely, click here). More: New Species: Golden Hawkfish

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Copper Treatment For Marine Ich

PowderBlueTangwithIch zps81993234 Copper Treatment For Marine IchCopper treatment is a very effective way to rid and prevent Marine Ich. In a Fish Only system you can dose the display tank with it, but do not expect to ever keep a snail, shrimp, coral, anemone, or anything else BUT fish. This is one good reason a quarantine tank is a must for anyone who wants to have corals and it is not hard at all. Cupramine Copper Treatment WHAT YOU NEED -10-30 gallon aquarium – Heater and Thermometer – Filtration (without carbon) – Copper test kit and Preferred Treatment – Refractometer – Water quality test kits – RO water and salt mix – Plastic or PVC Decor for fish to hide – (Optional) Food container of sand for fish that bury themselves – A light to observe and give the fish a proper day/night schedule example quarantine or hospital tank image via PREPPING THE QUARANTINE 1. Take any sponges incorporated with your planned filtration and place them in a clean part of your sump. This will build beneficial bacteria while reducing the gunk buildup so you can use your quarantine tank within a couple weeks rather than making it go through a cycle for longer on its own. 2. Fill the tank with saltwater and allow it to get to temperature. 3. Install the cycled sponges from your sump into their locations on your QT filtration More: Copper Treatment For Marine Ich

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Stunning High Res Photos of Segrest Farms’ Aberrant Moorish Idol

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Yesterday, we broke news on the amazing aberrant moorish idol that popped up in the holding tanks of Segrest Farms. Unfortunately, the images in that post were not the best quality, but Segrest delivered the goods today with a fresh batch of high res photos showing the amazing moorish idol in all its splendor. They just uploaded them to their Facebook page moments ago, and the images confirm, at least in our humble opinions, that the fish is a moorish idol and not the proposed hybrid that many folks were chattering about on social media sites. That said, this is the most unique moorish idol we’ve ever laid eyes on. This aberrant form has significant yellow markings all over its body, with only slight hints of the black bars that are normally seen. It’s such an amazing fish and we’re grateful to Segrest Farms for keeping us in the loop in a big way. Continue below for a rather impressive gallery. <! #gallery-1 margin: auto; #gallery-1 .gallery-item float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; #gallery-1 img border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; #gallery-1 .gallery-caption margin-left: 0; ]> MORE: Stunning High Res Photos of Segrest Farms’ Aberrant Moorish Idol

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