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New Shark Aquarium To Open In The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is a mecca for tourists who are drawn to it’s beautiful reefs and scenery. A new aquarium being opened in Marathon hopes to catch some of the tourist traffic. 

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Main Shark Tank at the Florida Keys Aquarium

 The Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters grand opening is planned for July 1st, 2014 and will be located on Mile Marker 53. A unique element about the aquarium is the shark tank that will allow guests to feed the sharks. The Shark tank will feature a 10 feet tall,  200,000 gallon tank with openings on the side, which visitors can use to feed the sharks. The sharks are being collected by Marathon based Dynasty Marine Associates. According to the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters facebook page, there will be also be an interactive sting ray tank. 
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The aquarium will feature an interactive sting ray tank.

 As a frequent visitor to the Florida Keys myself, the new aquarium will be a welcome addition to the area. Having worked in the public aquarium industry for many years, I am glad to see that the sharks are being sourced from Dynasty Marine, a recognized and responsible leader in supplying sharks for public aquariums worldwide. MORE Source: KeysInfoNet by Ryan Mccarthy

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Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes

Allfish Emporium, located in Tamarac, Florida, closed its doors on March 30, 2014. It was the largest aquarium-only retail store in North America. 

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Allfish Emporium Shark Tank

 The store opened in mid 2000’s as a Big Al’s Aquarium location, it later changed to Allfish Emporium in 2010. There are unconfirmed reports that several of the large aquarium displays are being moved to a local Miami Zoo. Known for its large and elaborate aquarium displays, it was a destination for many aquarium hobbyists and visitors alike in South Florida.all fish 4 Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes  In such a large store with high overhead, the aquarium-only format seems to have been untenable.  The chain still remains alive with two other South Florida stores, Allpets Emporium. These full line pet stores both feature an impressive 3000 gallon shark tank as a centerpiece. MORE  

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Video: Get Down And Dirty With Muck Diving Secrets


Informative and beautifully filmed, this Bubble Vision video focuses on the diverse and fascinating marine life of North Sulawesi’s Lembeh Strait’s, at the heart of the Coral Triangle. Featuring a myriad of exotic creatures, most represented in stunning macro level detail, this video is sure to captivate reef-keeping enthusiasts, so sit back, switch on the HD, and enjoy! Also take note that this material is being serialised on Youtube so don’t forget to subscribe to their channel for future updates.  More: Video: Get Down And Dirty With Muck Diving Secrets

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A Fishy Biology Lesson From Paul

pipefish biology 300x169 A Fishy Biology Lesson From PaulThough fish are our distant cousins, there are more differences than similarities between us. In today’s post, I’d like to explore the various characteristics that make a fish a fish—or not. Skeletal distinctions Of course, not all fish are the same and the oldest fish are not truly fish. True fish have bones somewhat like us, but not exactly. All of our bones are connected together by cartilage, but in fish, the fins are not connected to anything but muscle. The tail is connected to the spine, but none of the other fins are. Sharks and rays have no bones, only cartilage. Built-in buoyancy compensators The swim bladder in most fish (but not all) allows them to maintain neutral buoyancy, or the ability to stay in one place in the water without sinking. More: A Fishy Biology Lesson From Paul

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Replay of The Question and Answer Session With Mr. Saltwater Tank on 4/15/2014

This week’s topic was clean up crews

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EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control

4814EcoSmart Live App with VorTech Control EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control As part of the continued effort to integrate the VorTech pumps into EcoTech Marine’s EcoSmart Live system, an update to the EcoSmart Live app has been released that allows users to control their VorTech pumps via any iOS powered device. Just last month, EcoTech added VorTech control to their Reeflink, for the first time allowing the ReefLink and EcoSmart platforms to live up to their promises of simultaneous wireless control of the Radion XR30w LED fixtures and the popular pumps. The update app has the same look and feel of the previous verions that only offered Radion control, but adds the touch sensitive wheel right alongside the Radion controls. This touch sensitive wheel is dual purpose, allowing the speed of the pump to be adjusted, as well as the flow mode. This app is free to download from Apple’s App Store and an Android friendly version will shortly follow. MORE: EcoSmart Live App Gets Full Fledged VorTech Control

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Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese Fishermen

aecbSeized Clams from Mengalum Island Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese Fishermen Here is a very troubling story out of Malaysia. According to The Star Online, a group of nine Vietnamese fishermen were arrested for illegally harvesting dozens of giant clams whose combined weight totalled nearly 20 metric tons (almost 44,000 pounds). The arrest is reportedly the first of its kind, but officials strongly believe that this isn’t the first incident for these fisherman, who were arrsted on Monday. The clams have a value of RM500,000, which roughly translates to somethine like $150,000 US, as their shells are valuable in the curio trade as well as in the cosmetics industry. The giant clams, which are probably of the species but could include several others, are obviously endangered and protected marine species that require specialized permitting to collect. It is even illegal to sell the clam shells without special permits. In addition to the fishermen, the boat company is also under investigation, as it is believed that they entered into a joint venture with the fishermen to harvest the clams MORE: Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese Fishermen

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A Rise in Acidification Means a Rise in Confidence for Scientists and Fish Alike

As ocean acidification increases so does the science behind it. Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are studying the effects of CO2 emissions near the Milne Bay reef in Papua New Guniea, to better understand how a lowered PH effects reef inhabitants. “We have found that ocean acidification will select large boulder-like coral over structurally complex branching (leaf-like) corals, which are the home of many species like crabs, shrimps and sea stars. As a result, OA has a domino effect: as the habitat structure decreases, the animals that live and hide in their nook sand crannies find it far harder to survive, simply because they cannot hide from predators,” explained Dr Kathrina Fabricius. When the PH is lowered in reef waters calcifying and reef building corals are robbed of their ability to provide structural integrity, and places of cover for other reef inhabitants. As a result inhabitants have to adapt to these changes, which means they will be venturing out further than usual from the reef to find new forms of cover and sustenance.140413135907 large A Rise in Acidification Means a Rise in Confidence for Scientists and Fish Alike Citing numerous findings researcher Alistair Cheal had this to add: “What we have now also found in our study of fish behavior in this environment is that the fish become bolder and they venture further away from safe shelter, making them more vulnerable to predators.” AIMS has been on-site studying this reef for five years as this is the only known location of a CO2 seep near a coral reef. The unique environmental circumstances in Milne Bay will continue to be studied as the site provides a foreshadowed look into the feature of ocean acidification. Read more here.

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