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A Brief History of EcoTech Marine Video

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Having Crabs is a Good Thing for Coral

Smithsonian scientist Seabird McKeon, along with the museum’s predoctoral fellow Jenna Moore of the Florida Museum of Natural History, have published new research highlighting the importance of reef diversity and how symbiotic crabs can help defend against coral predators. “We found that diversity in both species and size of coral guard-crabs is needed to adequately fend off coral predators,” said McKeon. “It is an example of how biodiversity is crucial to conserving reef environments and the essential resources they provide for thousands of species, including humans.” coral crab 300x275 Having Crabs is a Good Thing for CoralSymbiotic relationships like those between an acropora crab and its colony are something we as hobbyists are well aware of, yet our opinions on the benefits between host and guest in a captive enviroment remain divided. This research shows just how important the relationships are to a natural environment, with Moore adding: “Seemingly small differences among crabs guarding their coral homes can have big effects on coral survival. “Not only does the level of protection provided vary by species, but the smallest crabs were defending the coral from coral-eating snails, a threat that larger crabs ignored.” Read more here!

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Today is The Best Day – Octopus Awareness Day!

octopus awareness day octopus 204x300 Today is The Best Day   Octopus Awareness Day!Well, maybe not the best day for EVERYONE, but it’s a pretty damn good day for me – we’re celebrating my favorite cephalopod of the deep today in honor of Octopus Awareness Day. Please, refer to this post I did the other day, and think twice before indulging in some grilled octopus in celebration. I asked Jared what his favorite thing about the Octopus was – his response? “It’s on your butt.”. Yes, I love the eight-armed superstar so much that I had it permanently “inked” on my backside. But lame puns aside, and believe me, I have many, let’s get to the festivities with eight of the most famous Octopi of all time! Scientific American’s blog, “Octopus Chronicles” delivers a breakdown of the eight most iconic Octopi out there, and I’m passing it right along to you. So without further ado – here’s our lineup – mythical, real, and psychic? Ok, then…. MORE

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The Nobel Prize in Physics For 2014 Goes To The Inventors of the Blue LED

Screen Shot 2014 10 07 at 6.43.33 PM The Nobel Prize in Physics  For 2014 Goes To The Inventors of the Blue LEDThe Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has reached a final decision to award The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to the following individuals: Isamu Akasaki of
Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan, Hiroshi Amano of
Nagoya University, Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. MORE

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Reef Savvy: “We Give Tanks. To Give Thanks. To Help Kids Live.”

10672397 713360322052219 799668907009286212 n 300x139 Reef Savvy: We Give Tanks. To Give Thanks. To Help Kids Live.“100G of Bliss, Crated and Shipped to your door!”. Felix Bordon of Reef Savvy is at it again, donating a Reef Savvy™ 100Gg Limited Edition RedBottom Aquarium with all the bells and whistles to fight the good fight against childhood cancer. Better yet, this time around he’s coming in with backup – ten+ reputable vendors (so far) generously donating their top products to be raffled off for the cause. This makes this the “best and most complete raffle ever in our industry”! MORE

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Pacific East Aquaculture partners with Indo Elite Corals (IEC)

dr mac booth 300x225 Pacific East Aquaculture partners with Indo Elite Corals (IEC)I’ve been a loyal customer of Pacific East Aquaculture for many years. In 2012 I traveled there, and covered Dr. Mac’s store, and history in the hobby for Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. They are Maryland’s only certified aquaculture facility, which specializes in a variety of animals for reef aquariums, and have always had a consistent offering of rare and unique corals, at affordable prices. F S2627 69 Radioactive Lizard Skin Chalice 300x199 Pacific East Aquaculture partners with Indo Elite Corals (IEC)Well now Pacific East Aquaculture is opening the floodgates, offering a huge variety of hand-picked corals to their clients, through a partnership with Indo Elite Coral (IEC). IEC hand picks specimens for Pacific East, so you can be assured that only the most beautiful corals make the cut. If you’re looking for something new, unique and exciting, check out Pacific East Aquaculture’s website, and look for corals that have the IEC preface by their name.

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Reef Threads Podcast #200

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #200

This week we celebrate our 200th podcast.This week we reach a major milestone with our 200th Reef Threads podcast. To help us celebrate, we’re joined by Rich Ross, Ben Johnson, and Jeremy. This week we talk about various aspects of the hobby and what lies ahead for us. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #200

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Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes Set-up and Review- Polyp Lab

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I have used this carbon product from Polyp Lab for 6 months. The Nitra-Guard Cubes do a good job at eliminating nitrates and phosphates. BIO-Cubes are made from 100% biologically degradable polymers that effectively remove both nitrates and phosphates from both marine and freshwater systems. BIO-Cubes have a very high surface area and contains 400% more carbohydrates than any other brand, making it the best product of it’s kind in the world. MORE: Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes Set-up and Review- Polyp Lab

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