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Reef Threads Podcast #177

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The Evangelist drags her flunky along for yet another podcast about the reef-aquarium hobby. We spread the word this week about the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, phosphate removal with lanthanum chloride, Kathy’s Clowns and pipefish breeding, kalkwasser, dismantling and rebuilding a reef aquarium, and maintaining and designing plumbing. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #177More:

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Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation

a205Reef Suds Soap Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation The Coral Restoration Foundation has been rockin’ and rollin’ in 2014, receiving generous donations from all sorts of organizations. Another company that’s making good on their promise to contribute is Reef Suds, the first reef safe soap product to be introduced to the aquarium hobby. When Reef Suds first launched in November 2013, they promised to donate $1 from every bar sold to the CRF. Well, a few months into their campaign, the soap makers are making their initial donation of $400, with planned contributions every quarter from here on out. The goal is to gradually increase these donations as the company continues to grow, and we’re glad to see such a commitment from yet another company in the aquarium industry. MORE: Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration FoundationMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #167

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #167http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt167.mp3 What’s your preference, species or community fish tank?We’re back again with the Reef Evangelist evangelizing to six continents. This week’s topics include generators, captive-bred fish, tank-crash recovery, community vs. species tanks, and ten resolutions for aquarium keepers. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Generators Disappearing mandarins 10 aquarium resolutions More: Reef Threads Podcast #167More:

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AquaXplorer Live 3.0 Released by Puratek

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via AquaXplorer Newsletter: Puratek is committed to introducing new and innovative products to the aquarium industry. With the latest release of our Aquarium Management software, AquaXplorer Live, you’ll see for yourself how our feature-rich platform will help you simplify and enhance your aquarium maintenance.  New Aquarium Dashboard Comprehensive and intuitive overview on a single page for simple monitoring and control New Extended Feature Set Calendar – Synchronize Insight Controller events and alarms to calendar or link calendar events to your personal Google Calendar and set schedules. Manual Chemistry Tracking – Configure any chemistry parameter you want to measure and trend. Set valid threshold limits and perform graphical trending to see history. Scheduler – Set up schedules to perform maintenance on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly intervals. Equipment Tracking – Keep an accurate list of all equipment in your system including manufacture, serial and model numbers, warranty period, attach receipts and user guides for safe keeping and more. Expense Tracking – Customize exactly how you want to track your expenses by setting up categories to log where and when you purchased things.

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Marine Aquarium Problem? Don’t Panic!

panic 300x169 Marine Aquarium Problem? Don’t Panic!Don’t panic when a problem arises in your aquarium. Take a moment to understand the situation rather than hastily react.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously wrote, “Into each life some rain must fall.” For marine aquarium hobbyists, that “rain” often comes in the form of a troublesome algae outbreak, the appearance of an uninvited pest, out-of-whack water parameters, sick specimens, livestock compatibility or behavioral problems, or one of many other potential issues. Simply stated, if you’re involved in the aquarium hobby for any length of time, it’s not a question of if you’ll experience a frustrating problem, but when. When something does go awry, it’s perfectly natural for the hobbyist to want the problem resolved as soon as possible so tranquility can be restored and enjoyment resumed. But it’s important to keep in mind that many common marine aquarium problems are going to take time to remedy and that overreacting in an effort to quash the problem quickly often just makes matters worse. That’s not to say that an urgent response is never appropriate. Indeed, some aquarium problems or symptoms warrant immediate intervention More: Marine Aquarium Problem? Don’t Panic!More:

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The Basics of Marine Aquarium Backgrounds

aquarium bkgd 300x169 The Basics of Marine Aquarium BackgroundsPaint and commercially manufactured sheets are two common types of backgroundsWhen setting up a new saltwater aquarium, one of the many decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want to put a background on the tank and, if so, what kind you’d prefer to use. The choice of background may seem like an insignificant concern when your mind is swirling with all sorts of equipment and livestock decisions, but don’t sell it short. A background—or lack thereof—can make a big difference in your aquarium’s aesthetic appeal. Not to mention, it won’t be so easy to add or change a background once the system is up and running, so which type of background to use (or not) is a choice you’ll need to make sooner rather than later. Benefits of a background An aquarium background can offer a variety of potential benefits, including: Concealing cords, hoses, and tubes running down the back of the tank Increasing the perception of visual depth—i.e., creating the sense that the aquascape extends beyond the glass or acrylic walls of the tank Giving fish a greater sense of security Either enhancing the naturalistic beauty of the aquascape or introducing a touch of whimsy When a background isn’t your best bet Obviously, there are situations in which putting a background on an aquarium would be counterproductive—for example if you’re using the aquarium as a room divider and want to be able to view it from both sides or, similarly, if the tank is installed in a wall between two rooms and is, thus, viewable in each room. What type of background suits you? Your options for a background are quite varied and can range from exceedingly simple to relatively complicated, depending on your preference. They include: Paint Simply painting the outside back pane of the aquarium is among the most common choices, and black and various shades of blue are the most commonly used colors. I’ve used flat black latex paint on the back of several glass aquariums with very satisfactory results. More: The Basics of Marine Aquarium BackgroundsMore:

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Lipogramma (Lipogramma species)

c0d3Juvenile Robin1 457x305 Lipogramma (Lipogramma species)A rare, deep-water lipogramma (Lipogramma species), brought up from 550 feet. Approximate size is 2 1/4 inches. Sea Aquarium house reef, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. MORE: MOREMore:

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Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous Fish

cc39Lionfish Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous FishGood morning friends, here’s a fish that no longer needs an introduction but for those of you who don’t know, this is a recently introduced fish to the Caribbean called a Lionfish. It’s looking like these invasive predators are here to stay and it’s up to us to TRY to keep the numbers down by any means possible. And YES, I agree with everyone that says “they are so beautiful” but this is not a beauty contest anymore, it’s a fight to save our juvenile fish against a predator that has no limits when dining and doesn’t ever seem to get filled up??  Yesterday our submersible did a 7 hour tour off the coast of Curacao starting at Caracasbaai  and ending up back at the Sea Aquarium, that’s around 2.5 miles underwater exploring depths down to 700 feet! This was a scientific trip with Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian Institution onboard with one mission in mind, to find new species of fish MORE: Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous FishMore:

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