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Reef Threads Podcast #184

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #184 It’s podcast time #184 and this week’s lineup includes PVC pipe in colors, frag mounts, photos through acrylic, Terrible Advice Tuesday threads, bulkheads, filter socks, and slime coat products. 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 #184

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Tunze Shows Off New Care Magnet Algae Scraper

a221Tunze Care Magnet Tunze Shows Off New Care Magnet Algae Scraper More new products from Tunze today, as they’ve unveiled their magnetic algae scraper at Interzoo. Called the Care Magnet, this new scraper sports a thin, ergonomic handle to which plastic blades are attached at either end. This patented algae scraper has an inconspicuous profile within the aquarium, making it less obtrusive to the look of the tank while also letting it slip behind rocks, plants, and corals with ease. The Care Magnet’s patented features center around the scrapers themselves. It uses plastic blades of varying lengths, which place different pressures on the glass or acrylic during its use. This allows the narrow blade to remove tough algae, such as coralline, while the wide blade allows the magnet to tackle larger areas or places where the algae is easier to remove. This unique design allows the Care Magnet to work in tight corners and even on curved aquariums, while at the same time not scracthing up the inside of the tank. The inner magnet is said to be 3mm from the walls of the aquarium, which prevents sand from getting stuck between it and the glass. That said, the strenth of the magnets is said to make separation of the scraper “nearly impossible”. In addition to that, the blades on one end can be removed, effectively turning the Care Magnet into a handheld algae scraper MORE: Tunze Shows Off New Care Magnet Algae Scraper

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ReefFest 2014 – Summary

  IMG 6565 300x199 ReefFest 2014 – SummaryHeld at The Aquarium at Cockfields Farm on the weekend of 17/19 May, this years’ ‘ReefFest’ gathering proved to be a busy event attracting hobbyists from various UK online communities and several major organisations involved in the marine aquatics trade. We attended on the first day and despite spending most of the time chatting to hobbyists and trade contacts we also managed to take some images and gather some intel. So first let’s report on what our trade friends brought to the show. IMG 6567 300x199 ReefFest 2014 – SummaryBehind Cockfields beautiful Red Sea Max S650 display tank (which was looking as stunning as ever), Red Sea had laid out their stall with their various salts, substrates, kits and supplements (while we are on the subject, keep your eyes open for our review of their Coral Pro salt in the near future). Reps Steve and Kev were also on-hand and it was great to see Kev meeting customers face-to-face that he has tirelessly supported on-line. It’s always nice to put a face to a name! Steve was happy to chat as ever and even promised us another ‘scoop’ just before Interzoo. We can’t say MORE

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The Comline 9001 is a Teeny Tiny New Skimmer from Tunze

9a8aTunze 9001 Comline Skimmer The Comline 9001 is a Teeny Tiny New Skimmer from Tunze Tunze has a new protein skimmer hitting the market, and it’s the smallest we’ve seen from the German aquarium equipment manufacturer. Based on the popular Comline DOC Skimmer design, the new 9001 is a simple plug-and-play device aimed at small aquariums from 20-140 liters (5.3 to 37 gallons). Unlike other skimmers in the lineup, the pump on the 9001 can be oriented in four different directions, allowing it to be adapted to a variety of setups. Another way this skimmer differs from its in-tank counterparts is that it is a partially closed system. It works by using molecular compensation pressues (diffusion), which is said to remove almost no living plankton from the water column. The skimmer’s intake is located four inches below the water’s surface, located on the backside of the device. A surface skimming intake grabs that film-laden water from the water’s surface, and it can be located on either the right or left side of the 9001. As for the pump, the nano skimmer ditches the needlewheel propeller pump in lieu of a tiny air pump, the Tunze Foamer 9001.040 air generator. The overall dimensions for the Comline DOC Skimmer 9001 are 4.3″L x 2.5″W x 8.5″T and it can stick to glass and acrylic up to 3/8″ thick thanks to its magnet holder. MORE: The Comline 9001 is a Teeny Tiny New Skimmer from Tunze

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This is How You Do a Trade Show Display Reef Tank

558bDe Jong Marinelife Interzoo Display This is How You Do a Trade Show Display Reef Tank
Interzoo has only barely begun, but we’ve already determined that De Jone Marinelife has the best display reef tank at the show. We don’t even need to look at any of the other tanks to make that decision either. This tank is just way too stunning to be second to any other. It is full of amazing corals and an elaborate rock structure that don’t look like they were just thrown together for one show. Instead, this looks like a mature, full-blown reef tank. We don’t know the size of this aquarium, but given the massive array of AquaIllumination fixtures, we’d say this tank is well over 300-gallons and probably closer to a 500. Besides this tank, Interzoo is playing host to hundreds of amazing display reefs and planted aquariums. We are deeply jealous that we can’t actually be there in the flesh, but in this case we will settle for living vicariously through the Facebook posts of others. MORE: This is How You Do a Trade Show Display Reef Tank

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Doc’s Eco Eggs Reviewed

Docs Eco Egg Pic Docs Eco Eggs ReviewedWe’re always on the lookout for new cool reef foods to drive our tank crazy, and wow, does Doc’s Eco Eggs deliver!  This brine-stabilized blend of fish eggs comes in a squeeze type tube that needs to be refrigerated after opening.  The mixture is mostly solid, and due to negative buoyancy in this form you need to mix it with tank water to get it to break up sufficiently before adding it to your tank.  We added a bit of water, shook it up a bit and then dumped it right into our Vortech MP40.  WOW.  The eggs are mostly buoyant when mixed so they fly around the tank for a while before settling.  The fish really do not allow them to reach the bottom unless we add a lot, as this appears to be super yummy for our saltwater inhabitants.  The fish go into near frenzy state trying to grab as many eggs as possible, and the size of each egg is just big enough for fish to make a good meal out of it, while allowing all sorts of corals and scavengers to enjoy the rest.  Our LPS corals basically freaked the f- out, exhibiting some serious feeding behavior.  Also the eggs were captured by SPS as long as we had the pumps turned off after adding the eggs.  The eggs can be captured by even our smallest acros, and should they land on zoanthids you’ll see them sucked up quickly as well.  Honestly, I’m not sure I have seen a feeding response this good in a while.  The only complaint we have about the food is that the hole in the tube is a bit too small to make dispensing easy, and we are indeed trying to get every last bit out of it if we can.  I’m sure this will be improved upon in future versions.  We’re going to be on the lookout for these eggs in our LFS for sure, you can find a list of stores that carry the eggs or ask your local shop to consider adding them.

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Why Do We Find This Marine Aquarium Stuff So Fascinating?

tank fascination 300x169 Why Do We Find This Marine Aquarium Stuff So Fascinating?I don’t know about many of you guys, but I have been watching fish for well over half a century, and today, as I was sitting close to my tank, watching every move of every tentacle, I started thinking, wow, I must really be a fish geek. My wife hates it when I come to breakfast dripping salt water all over the floor after I climb out of the tank in the morning. After all these years and countless hours peering at fish in my tank, in other tanks, on my plate, in LFSs, on TV, and while diving, everything about them still fascinates me and I never get bored. I mean, I still like looking at supermodels, scenery, my boat…and did I mention supermodels? A fishy heritage Fish are such a large part of my life and always have been. (Wait a minute; I think I have something stuck in my left gill.) It is in my genes, as my family has been in the fish business as far back as history goes. I think they had a tank during the Roman Empire. Of course I do other things and have other hobbies, like bungee jumping More: Why Do We Find This Marine Aquarium Stuff So Fascinating?

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