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Ikelite VEGA Video Lights, Underwater Go-Pro

6796Tessa Ikelite 1 375 Ikelite VEGA Video Lights, Underwater Go ProGood morning friends, I apologize again for the late blog  but I have been under the sea most of the morning. I spent the morning getting ready for a dive with our friend Tessa (above) who is here currently doing research at the Dolphin Academy. So, since we were headed out to a beautiful reef I gave her my brand new, state of the art, Ikelite setup designed especially around the GoPro. This sweet little baby has two ultra powerful VEGA lights, a beautiful red aluminum tray and two cushy grips to hold onto, I mean really can it get any better than this?? Shooting professional quality underwater video’s used to be so far out of reach because of the cost involved, not anymore folks! MOREMore:

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Rare, Deep Sea Octopus, Octopi, Cephalopod

8cabBaby Octopus web 457x305 Rare, Deep Sea Octopus, Octopi, CephalopodGood morning readers, feast your eyes on this tiny little octopus sp. found yesterday with our manned submersible at 640 feet!! He was spotted by the Smithsonian Institution walking around on the sand and at first glance they didn’t know what it was as it looked like a hermit crab from a distance. This beautiful little cephalopod is less then 3 inches in length (with arms out) and was flashing all different colors as we watched. Notice the brilliant blue stripes along the arms, talk about one sexy looking sea creature MOREMore:

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Larval Rearing of the Purple Mask Angelfish

P.+venusta+d3+10913+40x+25C+photo+by+Karen+Brittain+jpg Larval Rearing of the Purple Mask Angelfish

Larval rearing trials began with the spawning of a Paracentropyge venusta pair in the summer of 2013. The first successful larval rearing trial started with a small spawn on November 13, 2013.  This was the fifth larval run with this species and the focus was on food density and consumption at different developmental phases.  The diet consisted of both cultured copepods and wild collected plankton with all food items being less than 100 microns in size.  To assess consumption rates, five random samples were taken for initial food counts at the start of each test period. All food items added to the larval tank during the test period were counted while maintaining a density of 1 to 2 food items per ml in the water column. At the end of the time period counts were again done to determine larval consumption. At this point a 75% water change was MORE:Larval Rearing of the Purple Mask AngelfishMore:

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CORAL Feature Video: LED-Lit 120-Gallon Reef

 This is a 120 gallon reef aquarium. I am using two Taotronics 120 watt fully programmable led fixture. My system started out as a 55 gallon tank a year and a half ago, then upgraded to this 120 gallon tank using my 55 gallon tank as my sump filtration in my basement. I use a large protein skimmer, biopellets and an algae scrubber to control nutrients. With my setup I never do any water changes and supplement all elements. Music Gavin Mikhail Piano playing Mumford and Sons “I Will Wait” MORE: CORAL Feature Video: LED-Lit 120-Gallon ReefMore:

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1000 Steps Bonaire, Bonaire’s TOP Dive Sites

b9ecBonaire Sites 2 20 11 071209 1588 1000 Steps Bonaire, Bonaire’s TOP Dive SitesGood morning friends, it’s finally Friday!! For many of you this is the start of nice, long overdo holiday and time to get out and do some shopping! We have Wednesday and Thursday off next week and we are trying to plan some epic adventure that would include the dogs, like leaving early one morning and heading to the West end of the island for once. I received a bunch of questions about diving in Bonaire from some friends this week and as usual the main question is; “what is the most popular dive site in Bonaire”?? Well, I will have to say as far as being the most popular dive site and the most visited it would have to be 1000 Steps!! MOREMore:

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How2Scrape: Glass And Acrylic Cleaning 101

easyblade lg How2Scrape:  Glass And Acrylic Cleaning 101We all get those days when our snails take too many breaks and our glass gets a nasty film blocking our view from our beautiful tanks.  Some have diatoms, others just have excess coralline algae.  Whatever is on your glass should not be there, so here are some tips for cleaning off your viewing hole. WARNING.  ACRYLIC AND GLASS REQUIRE DIFFERENT TOOLS.  A SCRAPER MADE FOR GLASS CAN AND WILL SCRATCH ACRYLIC.  GLASS IS A VERY HARD SUBSTANCE AND ACRYLIC IS SOFT IN COMPARISON. ALWAYS CHECK BEFORE YOU SCRAPE. Like the warning states, you should never use glass cleaning tools on acrylic. An acrylic scraper will work on glass, though glass only scrapers tend to work more efficiently. More: How2Scrape: Glass And Acrylic Cleaning 101More:

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Pelagic Fish, Pelagic Peacock Flounder, Bothus lunatus

1b2cFlounder1 web 457x305 Pelagic Fish, Pelagic Peacock Flounder, Bothus lunatusGood morning all, how was your weekend?? As promised weeks ago, I have a rarely seen, pelagic baby flounder for you all day, talk about cool!! This was discovered by the Smithsonian using a state of the art “light trap” that was placed out in the ocean and left there overnight. For those of you wondering what a light trap is, it’s a long floating net with very fine mesh with a waterproof light attached to one end. Light traps float at the surface and attract new-born pelagic fish and creatures and really without a device like this scientists would never know what baby fish look like MORE: Pelagic Fish, Pelagic Peacock Flounder, Bothus lunatusMore:

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 225 Gallon VIP Tank 1 Year Update

mrsaltwatertank Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 225 Gallon VIP Tank 1 Year Update
In the first year of a saltwater aquarium’s life, usually the owner either quits the hobby or has completely fallen in love with their tank. In the case of one of my VIP clients, he’ll readily admit that he has a new love in his life. Tagged as: ecotech marine , neptune systems , radion , stunning saltwater tank , VIP client tank build See original article: Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 225 Gallon VIP Tank 1 Year UpdateMore:

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