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Reef Threads Podcast #200

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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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Rising Tide Intern Joe Frith

Joes%2Bblog%2Bpic Rising Tide Intern Joe FrithHello Everybody!  My name is Joe Frith and I have been interning here at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, FL for the past 2 months. I would first like to say “thank you” to Dr. Judy St. Leger, Eric, Kevin, Roy, Craig, Jon and the rest of the staff here at the Lab for giving me this opportunity and making this a meaningful experience. I’m currently an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Columbia completing my degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Biology. As a child growing up in the woods of Missouri I was always very intrigued by the natural world and usually had several different aquariums spread throughout my house at any one time. My interest in the aquatic world slowly evolved from freshwater aquariums to saltwater aquariums to eventually trying my hand at breeding the Bluestripe pipefish (Doryrhamphus excisus), which I had help with from Matt Pederson and the other members at MarineBreeders.org.  It was back in February of this year, after reading posts on the Rising Tide blog that I decided to contact Dr. St. Leger about possible internships they may be awarding for the summer. I received an email shortly after and we soon started laying the groundwork for me to become an intern at TAL. What was once a dream was now a reality. Over the course of this summer I have helped the Rising
Tide team with a number of different projects ranging from Pacific blue tang and
emperor angelfish spawning to water quality refinement in an attempt to
increase spawning and overall health of all brood fish. Specifically I constructed an algae scrubbing device, complete with mangroves, which has made a significant impact on lower the nitrate levels in the fish growout system (the details of which will be discussed in a future blog). In addition I have learned a lot about the whole marine fish larval rearing process including egg collection, egg counting, stocking and density, and important first food items such as copepod nauplii and rotifers. And if I wasn’t working on any one of these projects I was traveling alongside Dr. Roy Yanong to one of the many aquaculture farms here in the Ruskin area. This experience has opened my eyes even further to the wonderful world of
aquaculture and I can’t think of any other way I would’ve rather spent my
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CORAL Excerpt – Project Coral: Inducing Predictable Broadcast Spawning of Stony Corals In Captivity

02a8project coral spread CORAL Excerpt – Project Coral: Inducing Predictable Broadcast Spawning of Stony Corals In Captivity
Whilst there have been captive coral spawning events in a few public aquariums and a small number of home aquariums around the world, they have always been unplanned, incidental events, often catching the onlooker by surprise. So the challenge of spawning corals in a controlled, predictable way is considerable and presents some major obstacles. Despite this, I’ve always felt it could be achieved if the approach was right. When we attempt to breed aquarium animals, the method is the same in principle. First we need to research the individual environmental and/or nutritional components that trigger a species to reproduce in the wild; then, using that knowledge, we replicate these conditions in our aquariums. Surely, inducing broadcast corals like Acropora to spawn in captivity should be no different, even if their environmental cues and triggers are more elusive to define MORE: CORAL Excerpt – Project Coral: Inducing Predictable Broadcast Spawning of Stony Corals In CaptivityMore:

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Feeding Corals with Sustainable Aquatics Hatchery Diet

coral feeding sustainable aquatics 300x169 Feeding Corals with Sustainable Aquatics Hatchery DietIf you are unfamiliar with the Tidal Gardens coral farm, much of our aquaculture process depends on the fast growth of our corals and the long-term health of our colonies. Coral nutrition is a major factor. We constantly experiment with different foods for our coral. Corals that are fed consistently have dramatically improved coloration and display much better polyp extension. It’s always interesting to see coral colonies that we have had for years sitting next to colonies we recently acquired. They look like completely different animals in many cases. As much as we like to stuff our corals with food, some corals are not as receptive to feeding as others. More: Feeding Corals with Sustainable Aquatics Hatchery DietMore:

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Aquaculturing Tropical Fish in Israel’s Desert

 Despite the arid environment, Arava Research and Development Center in Israel produces captive-bred freshwater and marine aquarium fish, mainly for the European market. For more information – http://israel21c.org/environment/raising-nemo-in-the-desert/ Credit: ISRAEL21cdotcom Thanks to Adam Pierce for bringing this to our attention. MORE: Aquaculturing Tropical Fish in Israel’s DesertMore:

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Todd Gardner Named 2013 Aquarist of the Year!

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Saturday night Todd Gardner was named the 2013 MASNA Aquarist of the Year. This announcement was no surprise to many of us aware of Todd’s accomplishments. I have had the great honor of experiencing first hand the late nights and hard work that has gone into achieving many of those successes. I have lived through the excitement and seen the disappointments that inevitably precede those achievements. While there are many who may not know much about Todd besides his recent successes with Liopropoma sp., he has over 20 years in the industry and a list of accomplishments that is impressive even for someone with that longevity.… More:

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Pacific East’s Ugly Acans

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Our friends at Pacific East Aquaculture are having a sale on some very special Australian corals, including their selection of “Ugly Acans”.  If nothing else, enjoy the eye candy.… More:

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Milletseed Butterflyfish update

john+millet+seed Milletseed Butterflyfish update
Working with Milletseed Butterfly’s (Chaetodon miliaris) has presented some unique challenges. After experiencing some issues during shipping and quarantine, we made some changes, and have a batch of 23 healthy, vibrant fish from Disney’s Rainbow reef, in Hawaii. The fish are eating very well and spawned twice during quarantine. However, due to the chemicals in the water during quarantine, the eggs were not viable. This gives us hope that we will soon have viable eggs to start working with since the fish are out of quarantine and the water free from chemicals. Eggs are approximately 710 microns in diameter, with a central oil globule. Fertilized eggs will float on the waters surface and are skimmed off the surface with egg collectors in the tank. Non viable eggs of milletseed butterfly’s collected in the quarantine tank.We canulated the broodstock in an effort to determine what sex ratio and stage of maturity was present in our population. The results were quite shocking. Out of 19 fish that were cannulated only 1 was male. Shouldn’t he be in heaven!  MORE:Milletseed Butterflyfish updateMore:

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