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AquaFX Branching Out from the World of Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

0cccAquaFX Media Reactor AquaFX Branching Out from the World of Reverse Osmosis Filtration? Ahh, the teaser photo. My how we loath and love your existence. You reveal just enough information to get us talking, but not enough to satisfy our curiosities. AquaFX, a company that specializes in reverse osmosis filtration, is the latest company to employ this strategy, apparently signaling a new direction for their product offering. They are looking to break out of the category in which they’ve focused for so many years to now include other forms of water filtration. According to an image released on the company’s Facebook page, AquaFX will now be producing media reactors for aquarium use. As with any teaser, there was literally zero textual information associated with the image. Just a picture of a reverse flow (aka bottom up) media reactor that isn’t that dissimilar from other makes and models. MORE: AquaFX Branching Out from the World of Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

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Interzoo 2014: WhiteCorals displays wonderful LPS corals!

2014 05 interzoo norimberga 2014 white corals 037 Interzoo 2014: WhiteCorals displays wonderful LPS corals!WhiteCorals had the booth together with Nyos in the hall n. 3 of Interzoo, today we’ll speak about WhiteCorals and their corals, and in the next days we’ll speak about Nyos.  MORE

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Green Moray Eel, Gymnothorax funebris, Eels

7a3aGreen Moray 1 Green Moray Eel, Gymnothorax funebris, EelsGood morning friends, I did yet another night dive last night with the GoPro/Ikelite setup and again came back with some great videos! As luck would have it the first thing I found last night after just entering the water was a full size adult Caribbean Reef Squid hanging out in the shallows. Upon seeing this I pretty much dedicated my dive to just letting this curious squid get used to me which in the end means better photos and better videos! Since I was only using one Ikelite VEGA strobe (with a diffuser) I was able to get very close because the light was not overwhelming, and by close I mean less than a foot!! As soon as I figure out how to upload videos onto my site/blog I will post this one from last night, it was such a great experience!  MORE

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A Worthwhile Adoption Journey We Can All Get Behind

10379804 10152935291173356 4377459599713310605 o A Worthwhile Adoption Journey We Can All Get BehindI know here at we tend to shy away from mammals, but this is a worthy cause I feel compelled to share with you all. Meet Nila, the adorable yearling Sea Lion discovered frightened and emaciated at a naval base in Point Mugu, CA on March 17, 2014. The poor pup weighed in at a meager 18 pounds (healthy pups should weigh about 40-50 pounds). She was rescued by the Channel Islands & Marine Wildlife Institute and continues to remain in their care. Although she’s doing well, due to her behavior and temperament, she has since been deemed non-releasable to go back into the wild where she would have a grim and short-lived future. The wonderful folks over at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead, NY have their hearts set on adopting and raising little Nila along with their two adult California Sea Lions. This is the perfect environment to assure that their devoted and talented animal trainers will provide her with the best care and a happy, healthy, fish-filled life. They have currently set up a MORE

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My Boyfriend Gave Me Crabs

reefs.comMBGMC My Boyfriend Gave Me CrabsAfter being in the hobby or industry for a while we become very aware of how much our aquariums will directly impact relationships, particularly concerning significant others. At 28 years old, and 12 years of salt creep under my belt, many relationships have gone by the wayside with several of them being directly correlated to aquaria. “You love your stupid corals more than me!” is a term I’ve had yelled at me more than once. Being the giant reef nerd that I am, perusing various forums is all in a days work for me. I stumbled across this thread a while back and asked the original poster if I could share it with a wider audience. Without further ado, I present “My Boyfriend Gave Me Crabs”: My Boyfriend has two great loves in his life: his children, and his fish. Ok, so maybe that’s a little exaggerated, because I know he loves me, but I am pretty sure I’m not that far off. For fifteen years my guy has dedicated himself to learning about aquariums, saltwater and reef tanks, fish, corals, and reef conservation. For the last fifteen years, I have…not.  Seeing the warning signs
When Kev and I first met, we did MORE

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Stonefish Venom Delivery Explored in Awesome New Video

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When it comes to deadly creatures, Australia seems to be the destination for the biggest, nastiest, venom-iest animals on Earth. These dangerous critters are both land and ocean based, and people wandering all over the continent have to literally watch every step they take. As further explained in this latest video from SmarterEveryDay the stonefish is one of those ultra deadly creatures that kills by injecting venom into people who aren’t paying attention to each step, obviously stinging divers and beachgoers who are unfortunate enough to just step in the wrong place. But considering how well these fish blend into their backgrounds, we could certainly see how so many people are stung. The video, which we pulled off of Gizmodo, shows just how the stonefish does its damage. When folks step on any of the fish’s 13 venomous dorsal spines, the skin pulls back to reveal some nasty hypodermic style spines each with its own set of venom sacks. As pressure from the foot pushes down on the spine, obviously causing a puncture, the venom is expelled upward into the foot. Unfortunately, the sting isn’t like that of a lionfish, which has been described as nothing more than a bad bee sting. The sting of the stonefish is deadly MORE: Stonefish Venom Delivery Explored in Awesome New Video

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Do You Need a Chiller for Your Marine Aquarium?

temperature 300x169 Do You Need a Chiller for Your Marine Aquarium?In a previous post titled “Turning Up the Heat on Tropical Saltwater Aquariums,” I explained that it’s important to maintain a stable water temperature somewhere in the range of 76° and 80°F in marine tanks, and that using a quality submersible heater will help prevent the temperature from dropping below that range. But what about the opposite extreme? What about preventing the water temperature from climbing too high and stressing the inhabitants in a tropical marine tank? Do you need to buy an aquarium chiller for that purpose? Well, the answer to that question is “possibly.” Here are some factors to consider in determining whether a chiller might be a sound investment for you and your saltwater critters: Summer highs in your area Summers here in Toledo, Ohio can be stiflingly hot, and it’s not unusual for the temperature to fluctuate by many degrees in a relatively short period—75°F one day, 95° the next, and 103° the following Sunday. If you live in an area that’s subject to similar scorching temps in summer or all year round, your marine livestock can really take a beating depending on how your home is cooled—which brings us to… Whether your home has AC Having central air conditioning in your home, or even a window air conditioner to cool the room that houses the aquarium, can eliminate the need to invest in a chiller. More: Do You Need a Chiller for Your Marine Aquarium?

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Interzoo 2014: Teco booth with new Tank Chiller Line

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The Teco booth was ready to show us all the brand new chillers in their Tank Chiller Line, that we had the pleasure to introduce some weeks ago. After so many years with all chillers using the same design, the new Tank Chiller Line is a great option for reef aquariums.  MORE

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