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Blue Harbor Reveals More Images of their Recent Peppermint Angelfish Haul

0957Blue Harbor Peppermint Angelfish 3 Blue Harbor Reveals More Images of their Recent Peppermint Angelfish Haul We’ve kicked October off with a huge bang, or more like nine of them to be more specific. Earlier in the week, Koji Wada revealed through a teaser image on Facebook, that nine peppermint angelfish (Paracentropyge boylei) were recently brought into his store, Blue Harbor in Japan. His teaser images showed all of the fish being acclimated while still in their individual shipping containers, so it obviously did not show them at their best. After letting the fish settle in, however, Koji has released a much more fulfilling set of images (and videos) for us to feast our eyes upon. Now, anyone in the hobby ought to know just how rare a feat this is. Prior to 2013, only two of these angels were even known to be in captivity. This year, Koji managed to get his hands on 14 of them. He brought in five back in February, and an additional nine sometime at the end of September. On top of that, he also found a way to import a few other rare species, most notably a rare deepwater Chromis and the extremely rare Claire’s Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus claire). embedded content From all of the back and forth chatter we’ve been monitoring on various social media outlets and aquarium forums, all nine of the peppermint angels have been sold. MORE: Blue Harbor Reveals More Images of their Recent Peppermint Angelfish Haul

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Black Spotted Feather Dusters, Open and Closed

dce2Black Spotted FD 1 457x305 Black Spotted Feather Dusters, Open and ClosedHi all, how is your week treating you??? Tomorrow is an island holiday (Curacao Independence Day) and we have the day off. I think Stijn has the day off as well so we will most likely be diving or go snorkeling and in the evening we wanted to do a fun night dive.  Last night Aimee and I finally booked our flights to Peru!! We will be going there at the end of April 2014 through the middle of May, we just need to find someone to babysit our dogs!! MORE: Black Spotted Feather Dusters, Open and Closed

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5 Factors Leading to Long-Term Dietary Deficiencies in Marine Aquarium Fish

anthias diet deficiency 300x169 5 Factors Leading to Long Term Dietary Deficiencies in Marine Aquarium FishPlanktivores, such as anthias, require numerous feedings every dayThe occasional loss of fish is an unavoidable reality of marine aquarium keeping. Fish have a finite lifespan, and some are destined to pass away in captivity, even when they’re provided the best possible environment and care. But more often than many hobbyists care to admit, specimens die not because their proverbial number was really up (after all, some species can live for decades in captivity), but because some vital aspect of their long-term husbandry needs was overlooked. Chief among the causes of these avoidable deaths are nutritional deficiencies that cause fish to gradually starve—often over a period of many months or even several years—despite the fact that they’re apparently eating what’s offered. Because these deaths often seem to have no readily identifiable cause, they’re often dismissed as anomalous losses that are beyond the hobbyist’s control. What causes these dietary deficiencies? Here are five common pitfalls to watch out for: #1 Overemphasizing one food type It’s easy to fall into the habit of providing just one food item much of the time because it’s convenient and/or all the fish in the tank will readily eat it. However, no single food can satisfy all the nutritional needs of any fish species More: 5 Factors Leading to Long-Term Dietary Deficiencies in Marine Aquarium Fish

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Juvenile Queen Triggerfish, Balistes vetula, Curacao

dee1Juvenile Queen Triggerfish 2 Juvenile Queen Triggerfish, Balistes vetula, Curacao Hey gang, here’s a fish we have been trying to find and photograph for many years and finally we scored this weekend at Playa Piskado. The deep-bodied queen triggerfish has suitably regal colouring; it is a flamboyant, and variable, mixture of blue, green and yellow, which can be light or dark depending on the fish’s mood, and vivid blue lines pattern the head and the fins. Triggerfish are named after the spines situated on their backs. The first large spine can be erected and then locked into place by the second smaller spine which fits into a groove in the first spine. This clever locking mechanism enables triggerfish to wedge themselves into crevices when they feel threatened, and the first spine can only be folded away when the second ‘trigger’ spine is depressed. The eyes, which are set high on the fish’s head, are capable of moving independently of each other, and the small mouth bears large, stout teeth MORE: Juvenile Queen Triggerfish, Balistes vetula, Curacao

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Reef Threads Podcast #151

rtheader Reef Threads Podcast #151 http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt151.mp3 In our 151st podcast we talk about Gary’s upcoming talk in Phoenix, closing of the National Aquarium, part one of Gary’s RO/DI saga, fish we’d die to own, fish breeding, and water clarity. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Gary speaking National Aquarium closes More: Reef Threads Podcast #151

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Review: Red Sea REEF-SPEC™ T5 Tubes

MG 1404web 300x199 Review: Red Sea REEF SPEC™ T5 TubesWith some of the T5 tubes on our test system starting to get a bit past their best, we decided it was time to swap them out for some new tubes. Luckily, this also presented an opportunity to test out a couple of Red Sea’s recently released ’Reef Spec’ tubes (specifically the 22k ‘actinic’ and ‘pink’ versions). German-made and designed to ‘provide high quality lighting for reef aquariums’ these tubes promise a lot… but do they deliver?    If you’ve been following the development of our test system you may already know that we’ve been using an Arcadia OT2 LED luminaire which takes 6×54 watt T5 tubes (plus offering an LED array). With a mix of Arcadia Marine Hybrids, Arcadia Marine Blues plus an ATI Purple Plus and a Giesemann Powerchrome Actinic Plus in this fixture, the tank had been ticking over nicely although really, our SPS hadn’t been growing particularly fast. We decided to replace two of the ageing Arcadia Marine Hybrids (50% white, 50% blue) and swapped these with a Reef Spec Pink and an Actinic 22k. Before we get onto the results let’s comment on the packaging here and we were really impressed with the More: Review: Red Sea REEF-SPEC™ T5 Tubes

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Sleeping Parrotfish, Sleeping Stoplight Parrotfish

226bSleeping Parrotfish web 457x305 Sleeping Parrotfish, Sleeping Stoplight ParrotfishGood morning friends, how was your weekend???? I got some great news this weekend from NANPA, (North American Nature Photographers Association) informing me that I placed in the top 10 photos submitted this year!! The photo was one I sent out to you months ago of a collage of baby corals shot on the reef at night under blue fluorescent light which was also featured in Sport Diver last month. I will keep you posted when it is on display so you can go to their site to check it out. So my weekend was filled with diving and dining with our friends Mike and Beth from the one and only, World famous, Ikelite underwater housing company!! On Saturday we loaded their rental car with 6-tanks, tons of dive gear and two Ikelite camera set-ups and headed to the West end of the island to a dive site called Playa Forti MORE: Sleeping Parrotfish, Sleeping Stoplight Parrotfish

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ATB USA Loses Distributorship, Possibly Out of Business

0556ATB Logo ATB USA Loses Distributorship, Possibly Out of Business This may or may not be news to everyone, but it is certainly news to us. The US distributor for Aquarium Technik BURIAN has either lost their exclusive distributorship of the ATB brand, or has gone out of business altogether. We were doing our usual perusal of the aquarium forums when we happened upon a post on Reef Central by someone claiming that they were told that ATB USA had gone out of business when contacting them for service repairs. Not wanting to take that at face value, as many rumors are generated on forums that end up not being true, we went to the ATB website. To our surprise, ATB USA was not listed anywhere. Instead, the list names Tenji as the distributors for the US. We are a bit surprised by this news, but given ATB’s seemingly diminished presence in the hobby as of late, it really shouldn’t come as one. ATB has lost significant ground in the last two years to all of the other brands that have adopted the cone shape. This isn’t to say that the quality of the ATB skimmers has declined, but hobbyists want to spend less for that quality and there are tons of other options available. We don’t exactly know when ATB USA went out of business, since nothing has been publicly announced. MORE: ATB USA Loses Distributorship, Possibly Out of Business

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