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Mmmm, “Seaweed and Whale Bone Beer”

seaweed beer 1 aae933d8475943bdd4d7d874763abcf25c2d9990 s40 c85 620x4641 300x224 Mmmm, Seaweed and Whale Bone BeerAnother story today courtesy of NPR featuring two of my favoritest things! Beer and the Ocean (seaweed specifically). I’m inclined to say “eeeewwww”, but I’m not one to shy away from trying new things, so I’m leaving this as “undecided” until I get my paws on some to review for you. Much to your delight, I plan on filming the experience (as I was silly enough NOT to do when I tried Stone’s “Punishment” Habenero-infused brew… ouch. Jared said it was the equivalent of drinking mace). Anyway, here’s NPR’s take on the Salty Saison (ugh, fine it’s an Ale, but I couldn’t resist some good word-play). I’m also inclined to try this 35 million-year-old whale bone brew!

“More craft breweries are using exotic ingredients in MORE

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Rising Tide expands in Florida

Ohs+trevally Rising Tide expands in FloridaThe University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) is the latest research facility to join our growing Rising Tide family.  Dr. Cortney Ohs heads up the Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility at IRREC and has made leaps and bounds in the realms of marine baitfish, marine live feeds, and brood nutrition research
since joining UF in 2005.  His expertise and expansive facility will greatly enhance the progress desired in the world of marine ornamental fish research. About a year ago, Cortney began his involvement with a shipment of golden trevally broodstock from SeaWorld Orlando.  He has since raised 1000’s of them to the juvenile phase, the details of which will be presented in a future blog post.  More recently he has acquired funding that will bring green chromis broodstock to his facility so he and his team can begin to address the production protocols required to make this heavily imported species an aquaculture reality.  TAL and IRREC will be working together closely on this species as well as the Pacific blue tang.  Cortney is currently working on MORE: Rising Tide expands in Florida

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Vote For The Ten Best Aquarium’s In North America

tank 300x206 Vote For The Ten Best Aquariums In North AmericaUSA Today’s 10 Best is giving you the opportunity to place for your vote to determine the 10 best aquariums in North America. The Vote will be determined on August 18, 2014. They have cut the selection down to twenty aquariums, which include some of the usual suspects like the Georgia Aquarium and Monterey Bay. There were also a few more surprising selections. It will be interesting to see who makes the top ten in these next three weeks. MORE

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Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. Aquarium

SEA aquarium1 Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. AquariumVisiting public aquariums can be a hit-or-miss experience. There are many aquariums that are less than dazzling to the trained eye of a reef aquarium hobbyist. If ever there was a downside to our experience in this hobby, it is the fact that we have seen what really constitutes a great looking saltwater tank. Much of the time, public aquarium displays do not meet that lofty standard. The worst offenders make you not only regret the admission price, but also the parking fee. The flip side of the coin is there are some amazing aquariums out there, and they make it all worth it. Very few of us have the expansive budgets a public aquarium has at its disposal More: Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. Aquarium

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UPDATE! Our Lionfish Odd Couple Now Has Footage!

 As you recall I previously posted about the strange relationship between Jim Gryczanowski’s Pterois volitan and his Blue Stripe Amphiprion clarkii. Well today I have an exciting update for you with this fantastic video of the adorable duo! Jim reports this behavior has been ongoing for a few weeks now, and while the couple seem comfortable with their living situation, the Clown is reportedly a bit stingy, and has yet to share his food with Mr. Lion. Let’s hope she realizes quickly that you must feed your man if you’d like to stick around. I know for sure Jared would eat me if I didn’t cook a decent meal every once in a while.

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The Return of the IceCap 660 Ballast

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After a brief time away from the aquarium industry, IceCap is officially back in the game and they’re brining their most popular product back with them. The ever popular IceCap 660 ballast is the flagship product making its return to the lighting scene, and it will offer the same great quality and features that made it so popular to begin with. The 660 can fire VHO, PC or high output T5 light bulbs while running cooler than other ballasts while using 40% less electricity and burning 40% brighter. Single 660 ballast can run up to 4 lamps or 440watts and is fully dimmable for T12 style VHO bulbs. On top of that, the ballast is fully repairable and comes with a three year warranty. As for new features of the ballast, most things are unchanged from its predecessors, but will utilize higher quality, non lead “RoHS Compliant” integrated components that allow the ballast to run cooler, reduces the failure rate, and even makes them a little more environmentally friendly. Now, I do realize we stated that the ballast is making its return, but it should be noted that it really never quite went away. IceCap’s former VP Chris Conti went to CoralVue after the company shut it’s doors, and when he left, he took the IceCap 660 and other products with him. The 660 was rebranded under the CoralVue name, but it just wasn’t the same MORE: The Return of the IceCap 660 Ballast

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EcoTech Marine Celebrates Radion XR15w Launch by Giving One Away

0519Radion XR15w Pro Giveaway EcoTech Marine Celebrates Radion XR15w Launch by Giving One Away EcoTech Marine is generously giving away one of their brand new, just released Radion XR15w Pro LED fixtures to one lucky hobbyist in a Facebook promotional contest. To enter, all you have to do is click like, make a comment, and share the original contest announcement posted on their Facebook page. This will net you three entries ink the contest, and hopefully a brand new light fixture. The contest is open now until August 15th at midnight. Besides the light, the winner will also receive a free t-shirt and a bottle of EcoTech Elements Coral Glue. Continue below for the full announcement. In celebration of the release of the new Radion XR15w Pro LED fixture, we’re having a Radion Giveaway right here on Facebook! One lucky winner will receive an EcoTech Marine Radion XR15w Pro! That’s not all, either… the winner of the contest will also receive a complimentary bottle of Elements Coral Glue and T-Shirt MORE: EcoTech Marine Celebrates Radion XR15w Launch by Giving One Away

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“Shocking” Not So Shocking Findings About The Lion

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Today’s story comes to us courtesy of Charles Smith! Thanks for your submission, sir, I hope we see more of you in the future.

“National Public Radio recently published the following article to their website, about a young scientist’s experiment exposing lionfish to decreasing levels of salinity:

Sixth Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Shocked! Just shocked!

Meanwhile, aquarium fish keepers have known about this for decades. It’s called hypo-salinity, and it’s an important part of the quarantine procedure. Fish can survive at low salinity; invertebrates cannot. Putting marine fish in low salinity rids them of MORE

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