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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:

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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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DIY Marine Aquarium Chiller

diy chiller1 DIY Marine Aquarium ChillerAquatic creatures, with the exception of mammals, are all cold-blooded animals. Some sharks and tuna slightly warm their blood through the movement of their muscles, but we don’t normally keep pelagic sharks or tuna in our tanks, so we don’t have to discuss those. But for the rest of the livestock we keep, it is important to maintain an appropriate temperature. It is easier, to an extent, for these cold-blooded creatures to be a little cool than a little hot, as their metabolism is directly related to the temperature. The ocean temperature where they live doesn’t change appreciably, so they didn’t have to evolve mechanisms to deal with that. We, on the other hand, evolved into warm-blooded organisms because the air temperature we live in changes with the seasons and weather conditions. Now, of course, most of us wear clothes (some of us wear silly looking clothes—and by the way, our clothes don’t make us look fat; our fat makes us look fat!), and those clothes allow us to live in a wide variety of climates, but so far, fish have not learned how to knit sweaters. I don’t know if they ever will, but without thumbs, that would be tough. With our modern reef tanks that must be lit very brightly, we sometimes need a way to cool the water More: DIY Marine Aquarium Chiller

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Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned Building

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What’s the best way to deal with an abandoned building in the middle of a populated neighborhood? Well, if you’ve got a flare for the arts with a heavy leaning on aquarium keeping, then the likely answer would be to convert the building into a large piece of aquatic art. Or, at least that’s what the artist duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel would do. According to a story published on This is Colossal, the artists installed a large aquarium in the garage area of a rundown building. Every evening, around sunset, the garage door automatically opens up to reveal the tank and its wondrous blue glow and amazing collection of jellyfish. People passing by would obviously be intrigued by the installation, stopping for a peak at a something obviously meant to beautify their community. In support of of the project, which has been titled “The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living”, a live stream video of the setup is on display at the Gazelli Art House. Like the installation itself, the live stream is viewable from the street as well. If you’re in England and want to visit the artistic feature, you’ve only got a couple of weeks left until it gets taken down, as it was only meant to be set up temporarily. MORE: Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned Building

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World’s Third Largest Aquarium Underway In Brazil

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The Aquario Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil is scheduled to open in 2015. 
In 2012 the U.S. Government lent over 105 Million Dollars to the Brazilian state of Ceara to help build the aquarium in its capital city of Fortaleza.  A. Zahner Co. and Colorado Design Firm International Concept Management, Inc. will start manufacturing the exterior of a new public aquarium this week, which is expected to become the world’s third largest by its completion in 2015. The Aquarium will have four floors with 25 large tanks with over 15 million liters of water. It is anticipated to have over 500 marine species, along with 3D cinemas and educational centers. “This is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas,” CEO Bill Zahner said in a release. “There will be nothing like it and it will be a treasure for the country of Brazil. We’re extremely proud to be involved with the project.” MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. 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 #190

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ORA Blue Polyp Capricornis Now Available

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Oceans Reefs and Aquariums has apparently snuck a new coral onto the captive grown marketplace. A little more than a week ago, ORA announced on their blog that their new blue polyp Montipora capricornis would be showing up in the aquariums of your favorite LFS. The cap is said to be a fast grower that forms overlapping flat plates. In terms if coloration, besides the neon blue polyps from which the coral gets its name, this Monti also sports a deep green skeleton that helps those vibrant polyps to really stand out. MORE: ORA Blue Polyp Capricornis Now Available

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