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So Here It Is – Merry Christmas!

So the holidays are finally here and at last we’ve got a bit of time to spend tinkering with the test system. Hopefully the short break will allow us to get to all those jobs we’ve put on the back burner while we got on with the everyday grind! It’s also a good time to stop and reflect a little on how things are going, indeed in the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. More: So Here It Is – Merry Christmas!

To Cut Or Not To Cut

Every successful reef aquarist must, at some point, face an inevitable question: should I cut this particular coral.  Problems between corals arise from invasion of space, shading, and other overcrowding issues.  The Montipora setosa pictured above has fallen into the shadow of a faster growing Acropora.  The shading is starting to slow growth in the coral below and if allowed to continue some tissue loss will result.  The Acropora is a fast growing variety and will completely over grow the slower Montipora in time.  Action must be taken, and cutting some of the branches will not harm the coral if done carefully.  These clippings can be attached elsewhere in the aquarium or traded to another hobbyist.  Trimming back the Acropora will allow the slower specimen to thrive, and the area where the branches are removed will regrow and not harm the coral.  Fragmenting is a natural process in our oceans and is done by fish, storm surges, and other natural occurrences. In a captive reef, you can start slow with trimming and, as you gain experience, it will become part of your normal maintenance and will not seem scary at all.

The LTR Rainbow Incinerator Paly is a Knockout

 Being that it is Friday and Christmas is so so close, we decided to relax a bit and enjoy the view. So, we are going to make today all about some awesome corals we recently spotted on the web. First up is the Rainbow Incinerator paly from Love The Reef. This awesome polyp symbolizes all that is awesome with these corals, sporting intense colors that would make any hobbyist stop and drool for a moment or two. They sport long skirts that have a striped pattern, along with a vibrant swathe of colors on its oral disc. MORE: The LTR Rainbow Incinerator Paly is a Knockout

LiveAquaria to Release ReefGen’s New Project X2 Fungia

I have always been fascinated by the variations that crop up in asexually propagated coral, and I have spent many determined hours working on locking in these traits for all downstream propagations. The culmination of these efforts has resulted in one of my favorite corals, the new Project X2. 

The intense green striping, dense tentacles, and clustering polyps are feature of the X2 line

The intense green striping, dense tentacles, and clustering polyps are feature of the X2 line

 This coral is a clone of the Project X coral, but the traits of this particular clone line are much different from those expressed in the classic line. These traits have maintained their characteristics in different light and flow regimes, as well as when grown side by side with MORE

Sneak Peak At New Miami Museum Of Science Aquarium

Golden-Dusk-Photography-Frost-Museum-of-Science-33 Here is a sneak peak into the long anticipated arrival of Miamis new 500,000 gallon aquarium at the Miami Science Museum. This new aquarium will be so unique because of its design, which allows it to be open to the air, and will be cone shaped, sort of like an ice cream cone. It will be the centerpiece of the museum. Watch this awesome time lapse video of the crews working 24 hours a day to pour the concrete for the tank.  This aquariums shape will make it one of a kind in the World. I’m very happy this will be opening right here in Miami, Florida. This awesome museum is set to open in Summer of 2016 and I think I will start counting down now. MORE

World’s Deepest Fish Found In Mariana Trench

 The Pacific’s Mariana Trench is home to the world’s deepest fish. This deep-sea snail fish  has been found at 5 miles deep, the deepest depth any fish has ever been found living to date. This little 6 inch long snail fish with its translucent body and eel like tail was found by using bait to draw it to the deep sea camera. Although the video was taken, the scientist were not able to take the specimen to study further or even to name. So we will have to wait in suspense for more information and subsequent trips into the deep for more information on this very cool snail fish. MORE

5 Signs of Inadequate Water Movement in Reef Aquariums

Proper water circulation is one of many elements that are key to maintaining a healthy reef system. While there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all water-flow scheme (you really have to tailor the flow to the unique needs of the invertebrates you keep), there are certain signs that will tip you off to inadequate circulation. Among them: 1) Detritus buildup in “dead spots” Some settling of detritus is unavoidable in a reef system, but excessive buildup tends to occur in tanks with inadequate water movement or “dead spots”—specific areas in the tank with poor to nonexistent flow. A good level of water movement will keep most particulate matter in suspension long enough to be captured by mechanical filtration media (socks, sponges, etc.), so this is a sign that you need to either boost the overall flow in the tank, by adding more or stronger sources (e.g. powerheads), or redirect existing water-flow sources to greater effect. 2) Corals fail to expand When coral specimens remain in a prolonged contracted state—with their tissues/polyps withdrawn—one possible explanation is inadequate water movement. Now, many different environmental factors can cause this behavior, so failure to expand is by no means diagnostic, but that symptom coupled with others listed here may be a good indicator that better circulation is in order. 3) Leather corals have trouble shedding Along very similar lines, if your livestock includes leather corals (e.g., Sarcophyton and Sinularia spp.), which occasionally go through a natural process of contracting their polyps, developing a waxy coating over their surface, and then eventually sloughing off this layer, inadequate water flow may make it difficult for them to shed. More: 5 Signs of Inadequate Water Movement in Reef Aquariums

Reef Aquarium Funny Memes Collection!

After spending years exploring the hobby through the Internet it is pretty hard to avoid the reef aquarium “know it all’s” and the hobby is home to plenty of jokesters. So, I took to social media and the Internet to find the best and funniest reef aquarium memes. Here is the best collection of reef aquarium silliness you may ever see. ENJOY MORE: Reef Aquarium Funny Memes Collection! 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.