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Pacific Sun’s Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer Automates Yet Another Time Consuming Task

5d71Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer Rack Pacific Sun’s Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer Automates Yet Another Time Consuming Task
Last year, Pacific Sun debuted the smartest, fanciest dosing pump system on the planet in the Kore 5th, so it only makes sense that they develop accessories that will boost the effectiveness of that system. One of the major drawbacks to automated dosing is the fact that the bottles of chemicals sit in an aquarium stand, untouched and forgotten, allowing the critical components of the solutions to settle on the bottoms of the bottles. While the responsible hobbyist might come by and shake the bottles regularly, let’s face it, not all of us do that step. To answer that conundrum, Pacific Sun has released some teaser info on their Kore 5th Magnet Stirrer, which as its name suggests keeps the solutions at their freshest by keeping them mixed up prior to dosing. If the Magnetic Stirrer is anything like what we see in other applications, then the hobbyist will have to drop a magnetic stir bar into each bottle and place it on the rack to let it do its thing. The stir rates and times are all controlled through the actual Kore 5th dosing pump, which attaches to the top of the rack, as seen in the photos MORE: Pacific Sun’s Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer Automates Yet Another Time Consuming Task

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Sleeping Parrotfish, Parrotfish Cocoon, Parrotfish

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Good morning from wet Curacao!! The rains started at around 2:00 this morning and it’s still going, we have very overcast skies at the moment. Aimee took off out the desert early to feed the birds and to see if she could spot her little pigeon she released a few days ago but no “for sure” spotting. I did a fun night dive last night starting at around 8:00 and took the macro lens as my weapon of choice. MORE

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Eight Year Old Takes On Role Of Brilliant Superhero When Baby Brother Meets Deadly Blue Ring

SCN 11 11 2014 EGN 08 SCN101114BLUERINGb t620 300x210 Eight Year Old Takes On Role Of Brilliant Superhero When Baby Brother Meets Deadly Blue RingHere’s an impressive story of heroism, starring two honeybunches of marine species cognizance, set on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Harrison Bycroft, eight, and his wee brother, Archer, five, were wading through the shallows of Currimundi Lake when Archer spotted a mottled-brown creature, leisurely strolling around in about 20cm of water. The bright blue rings must have snagged the boy’s eye as he sped ahead to play with the octo-blob, curious as to what it could possibly be. MORE

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The Black DaVinci Clownfish is Pretty Awesome

89abBlack DaVinci Clownfish The Black DaVinci Clownfish is Pretty AwesomeIn a world full of designer clownfish, it’s easy to become a little numb to it all. Each company or hobbyist breeder has some wild and tricked out clownfish they offer, with the trends moving toward more polarizing fish with each and every pass. But every once in a while, a totally awesome fish results in all of the mixing and matching, and Sea & Reef Aquaculture have accomplished just that with this Black DaVinici ocellaris clownfish. Like the traditional Darwin Clownfish, a naturally occurring black and white ocellaris clown from Northern Australia, the Black DaVinci sports just the two sharply contrasting colors, but mixes them in with some pretty spectacular patterns MORE: The Black DaVinci Clownfish is Pretty Awesome

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Chaetodon kleinii: An Excellent Beginner’s Butterflyfish

kleins butterflyfish1 Chaetodon kleinii: An Excellent Beginner’s ButterflyfishKlein’s butterflyfish (Chaetodon kleinii)The word “beginner” and “butterflyfish” aren’t often paired together, as so many of the butterflyfishes seem to present some manner of husbandry challenge, often related to diet. Still, certain butterflies have a well-deserved reputation for hardiness and general ease of care. Among them is Chaetodon kleinii, commonly called Klein’s butterflyfish but also known by a variety of other epithets, such as the sunburst butterflyfish, orange butterflyfish, brown butterflyfish, blacklip butterflyfish, Corallicola butterflyfish, and probably a few others I’m not aware of. Physical traits Reaching between 5 and 6 inches in total length, C. kleinii exhibits the laterally compressed body typical of butterflies and is mostly golden-yellow on the posterior half of the body. From about mid-body forward, the base coloration becomes more creamy white, with a vertical dusky-brown band occurring just behind the operculum (gill cover), a vertical black band passing through the eye, and black lips. More: Chaetodon kleinii: An Excellent Beginner’s Butterflyfish

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The first steps to healthy marine fish

acclimationclownfish 300x225 The first steps to healthy marine fishIt’s without a doubt that the process of traveling from a coral reef, to a home aquarium, is one of the greatest threats to survivability for marine fish, once they enter the reef aquarium trade. Going from a remote island, in the middle of the ocean, across the globe, arriving in a first world country is wrought with difficulty under the best circumstances. Often, marine fish have spent days on a collection vessel, living in crammed spaces, before being sent to an exporter and beginning their grand journey abroad. For home aquarists, it seems as though we are powerless to smooth this painstaking journey. We cannot simply hop on a plane, travel around the world, and personally escort our new aquarium residents to their new home. Just a few oversights during collection can lead to illness, which often doesn’t being showing symptoms until our new tenants are acclimated into the aquarium environment.  MORE

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Buried Treasure! 91 New Coral Species Uncovered In “Lost World” Of Great Barrier Reef

534311 ad2f0428 67bd 11e4 8055 994d0fcdd7f1 300x168 Buried Treasure! 91 New Coral Species Uncovered In Lost World Of Great Barrier ReefIt’s pretty common knowledge at this point, especially to those who would even care to read these blogs, that a vast majority of our oceans are untraveled and unknown, so this news doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise. However, that doesn’t make it any less super exciting! Over the past three years, scientists of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and Torres Strait Regional Authority have been exploring what they’ve come to refer to as a “lost world”, the Torres Strait, one of the most diverse reef systems in Australia. MORE

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Tridacna ningaloo Possibly Bred in Captivity for First Time Ever

0224Tridanca ningaloo by Acro Al Tridacna ningaloo Possibly Bred in Captivity for First Time EverHere’s some exciting news for us self-professed clam junkies. Acro Al, obviously a clam junky in his own right, has unveiled that he may have bred the newly discovered but yet to be officially named Tridacna ningaloo clam at his facility in Australia. Al, who has been breeding all sorts of clam species, broke the news with this photo via Facebook, and it’s exciting news not only for the aquarium community, but for the scientific community as well. This event may mark the first time the species has even been bred in captivity MORE: Tridacna ningaloo Possibly Bred in Captivity for First Time Ever

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