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Xenia Refugium. What’s in/by your sump?

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

 Inspired by Jake Adams and Julian Sprung’s friendly debate on Refugiums last MACNA, I decided to remove algae from my Refugium and replace it with Xenia. I wanted to remove any nuisance algae as well as Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa, so I added urchins, snails, and tangs. I also decided to try 24-hour lighting for the benefit of a more stable pH. I wasn’t sure how the Xenia would respond, and I was ready to switch to a reverse day/night cycle if needed.  MORE

Third Generation Reef Sumps are here from Eshopps…

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And they’re so quiet you probably didn’t hear them coming! Eshopps has made a few improvements over their 2nd generation of acrylic sumps, one of the most notable being they’re virtually silent. These are designed specifically for reef tanks, and their ridiculously easy installation and micron bag removal make them a great choice for reefing newbies.  MORE

Florida Aquarium Octopus Are Officially Tampa Bay Lightning Fans

florida For all of you hockey fans out there, check out the Florida Aquarium’s unofficial mascots. The Octopus have now picked sides between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings rivalry. The Octopus at the Aquarium were the unofficial mascot for the Detroit Red Wings, thanks to the long standing tradition of fan’s throwing octopus on the ice prior to the games during the play-off’s. MORE

Drones For Good: Jamaica Launches Patrol To Stop Illegal Fishing

drones Over fishing has plagued the Caribbean sea’s resources, especially the coral reefs. However, unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, will now be giving Jamaica some additional protection against illegal fishing. Government officials have advised that after some testing, two drones are ready to take flight, to alert marine law enforcement of poaching activities at sea.“ MORE

One More Reason to Suit Up: Quicksilver Introduces Wetsuit… “Suits”

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.48.37 PM Because you never know when you want to head straight from the office to explore the shallow reefs, or perhaps you felt underdressed on your last dive? Or maybe just because these are bursting at the glue and blind seams with awesomeness and you know you want one. Ok, so this trio of super stylish “suits” from Quicksilver Japan is marketed towards surfers, but we see no reason why you can’t slip into this 4-piece (jacket, pants, suit and tie) 2mm neoprene garb, which comes in two business casual options, along with a fancier black-tie tuxedo, for a little light diving. Available for roughly $3,200, two week custom order and shipping, we’ll file this one under “completely impractical yet desirable”. 

Rock Flower Anemone Collection! CRAZY HD

These are beautiful rock flower anemones. Frost Nguyen had these at his vendor booth at the CMAS Frag Swap in Chicago. MORE

They don’t want your money honey, they want your love!

penguin waddle 2015For a week (13 – 18 April 2015), South Africans along the Western Cape coastline were dressing up in black and white and walking…and walking…and walking. The Waddle for a Week is an annual event that brings together committed, conservation-minded citizens keen to raise awareness about the plight of the African penguin. Starting in Gansbaai, the waddlers covered a 124km route along the Western Cape coast to raise awareness for the African penguin, which was once abundant in this area but is now endangered.  (Some scientists project that they could become extinct within the next 20 years due to a dramatic drop in the number of breeding pairs). MORE

Mysterious Leech-Nado Invading Green Bay

 How would you feel encountering a swarm of leeches swimming in masses??!!! That’s the stuff of horror movies….and apparently Green Bay, Wisconsin. Shedd Aquarium fish ecologist Solomon David filmed this eerie footage. He is working with researchers at the American Museum of Natural Science to try and figure out the species of leeches and reasons for the swarm. Check out the creepy video and be thankful you don’t have to swim anywhere near this. 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.