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Reef Threads Podcast #201

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #201 We didn’t quit at 200. We’re back for more. This week we talk about equipment redundancy and backups, pyrosomes, comb jellies, refugiums, and buying animals online. Don’t forget to go to our Facebook page and tell us how you listen to the podcasts. The standout entry will win a free Coral magazine subscription. 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 #201More:

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Giant Barrel Sponge, Xestospongia muta

6731Triple Barrel Sponge Giant Barrel Sponge, Xestospongia mutaGood morning friends, this is for those of you just sitting around wondering what is the largest sponge species in the Caribbean. Well, it’s the beautiful “Giant Barrel sponge”, Xestospongia muta and no two are alike. I found this glowing red giant on wednesday at 90 feet east of the Substation and it stands about five feet tall, pretty incredible!! During the day the sponges are home to crabs and shrimps, and all kinds of fish swim in and out of them, they are truly one of my favorite sea creatures! MOREMore:

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Blue-Light Photos, Blue-Light Photography

86c8BAR0246 457x305 Blue Light Photos, Blue Light PhotographyGood morning friends, I’m trying hard to wake up this morning after a late night out playing under the sea. I always try to do night dives later in the evening as you will see way more stuff the longer you wait. Last night I entered the watery darkness at 8:30 and didn’t get out till quarter till 10:00 and yes, I was a bit frozen! I have started a new weekly routine and that is to start doing one blue-light/fluorescent dive a week and it’s looking like wednesdays are going to be that day. For those of you new to the blog blue-light diving is where you use a yellow filter over your camera lens and place blue-filters over your flash strobes, this combination produces wild fluorescent colors that you will never see with normal white light MOREMore:

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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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