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Fincasters Episode 41: Desktop Jellyfish Have Arrived

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Mantis Shrimp Seen Attacking in High Speed Video

 The aquarium hobby as a whole pretty much loves stomatopods, otherwise known as mantis shrimp. These fascinating creatures are both deadly and beautiful, as the rip into their prey while adorned in fancy colors and patterns. The video above, which is from biopixel, shows both of these features in incredible detail with a high speed camera. The action is slowed down 60 times, and we get to see both spearing and smashing type mantis shrimp going to town on some unfortunate food items. MORE: Mantis Shrimp Seen Attacking in High Speed Video

Tony Vargas’ Vault

The infamous reefer and contributor to our hobby Tony Vargas is set to be one of our next wholesalers with his new venture Tonys Vault. Briefly mentioned and MACNA and set to bring you some of the hottest livestock housed in the best equipment money can buy, Tonys Vault is sure to make a splash into the wholesale world. Im interested to see what his venture can bring and hope one day to tour his facility. Check out Tony here on Facebook and make sure to check out his business webpage here for more information. 

Orange Clownfish May Become Protected Species

nemoThere has been a lot of movement about the controversial Hawaiian ornamental select fish collection ban over recent months. The proposed addition of the  Amphiprion percula (Orange Clown fish) by The National Marine Fisheries Service may add further fuel to the fire. This recent decision responds to a 2012 petition which argues that Global warming and other environmental pressures may warrant protection for the orange clown fish and seven species of damselfish under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The service has denied six of the damselfish the protected status, but is still reviewing the orange clown fish and the yellow damselfish. It should be noted that the abundance of aquacultured clownfish should significantly reduce collecting pressures off wild stocks. Therefore, I urge all aquarists to purchase aquacultured clown fish and other species whenever possible in order to both preserve wild stocks and silence critics . MORE  

Mile-High MACNA Rises to the Occasion

Denver, Colorado, situated a mile above sea level, might seem like an unusual host city for a conference focused exclusively on marine aquaria, but this year’s Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA), held August 29–31 at the Colorado Convention Center and presented by the Colorado Organization for Reef & Aquatic Life, proved that a little altitude is no impediment to a stellar MACNA experience. Mile-High MACNA gave your friends here at Saltwater Smarts—and thousands of other attendees—a chance to benefit from the insights of industry experts who spoke on a wide range of engaging topics, check out some truly stunning marine livestock, glimpse all the latest aquarium technology, and log a little face time with colleagues and fellow marine aquarium enthusiasts. Chris and I also took the opportunity while in Denver to perform a series of groundbreaking scientific experiments involving high altitude, various craft beers, and burgers. Our hypothesis of altitude + beers + burgers = delicious³ held up to some pretty rigorous, redundant testing! Primo presentations with a twist Martin Moe steps on to the stage for another great talk, this time about marine cultureIn addition to exceptional presentations by well-known industry pioneers and professionals, including the venerable Martin Moe, Walt Smith, Jean Jaubert, Mike Paletta, Julian Sprung, Kevin Kohen, Tony Vargas, Sanjay Joshi, and others, MACNA 2014 attendees were treated to a variety of talks that departed somewhat from the norm. For example, everyone in attendance got a kick out of the More: Mile-High MACNA Rises to the Occasion

Relive MACNA 2014 with This Random Photo Tour

If you didn’t get to make it to the big show this year, but are still every bit as interested in all of the new gear, livestock, and all around fun as we are, then you will appreciate the gallery we’ve compiled today. We are talking about MACNA 2014, of course, and the following 30+ images helps us to relive the event. The images are randomly distributed, partially to help convey the busy and chaotic nature of the event, and they come from a healthy mix of vendors. MORE: Relive MACNA 2014 with This Random Photo Tour

Mr. Saltwater Tank Covers MACNA 2014 Part 1

MACNA is the premier tradeshow for the saltwater aquarium world and here’s part of what caught my eye 
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California Blue Whale Makes Comeback

Almost hunted to extinction the Blue Whale has made a surprising comeback said the University of Washington in a recent study. Showing populations numbers close to historical levels, the California Blue Whale population recognized by the study is the only population known to recover from the practice of whaling, as well as from deadly collisions with commercial freight-liners. 140905090223-large“The recovery of California blue whales from whaling demonstrates the ability of blue whale populations to rebuild under careful management and conservation measures,” said Cole Monnahan, a doctoral student in quantitative ecology and resource management at the University of Washington, and also lead author of the paper. “Our findings aren’t meant to deprive California blue whales of protections that they need going forward, California blue whales are recovering because we took actions to stop catches and start monitoring. If we hadn’t, the population might have been pushed to near extinction – an unfortunate fate suffered by other blue whale populations,. It’s a conservation success story,” Monnahan said. Read more here! 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.