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A furry/feathered/scaled/slimy Friend for the Holidays

Gift by BlairSnow                                                                                Photo: BlairSnow

  I have finally found a present that I don’t need to reuse, reduce or recycle!  It’s the “in” thing to give as a Christmas present this year and….you can even be a last-minute kind of person who forgot to go shopping and get one on the 24th or 25th .  It’s adoption papers for a marine animal! The money goes toward research and education, and the care of the animals (depending on which organization you choose) and there are a huge variety to choose from.  Here are just a few that I’ve come across; you can also contact your local public aquarium, I’m sure they’ll be able to help you find your perfect match: seahorse_adoptionSEAHORSE SEA OTTER|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=-&__utmk=259023881shark-adoptionSHARK PENGUIN HARBOUR SEAL adoptionOCTOPUS DOLPHIN TURTLE 

Manta Ray

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 MANTA RAY SEA TURTLE orca adoptionORCA So what are you waiting for?  Adopt an animal for your loved ones!… More:

More Holiday Gift Ideas for the Reefkeeper in Your Life

Let’s face it, if we marine aquarists had our way, every gift we received during the holiday season would be hobby-related. Trouble is, ours is such a specialized pastime that few, if any, of our loved ones really understand it or have any idea what sort of item would be appropriate to buy—that is, of course, unless we sneakily supplant those visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads with some good gift ideas.Last year at this time, we posted a list of items that most marine aquarium hobbyists would be happy to discover under the tree come Christmas morning, including sea salt, aquarium tools, a refractometer, fish food, water parameter test kits, and reference books. This year we’d like to expand upon this list with a few more great ideas. Now, to help your non-hobbyist family members and friends “discover” this list, you might need to print it out and hang it on your refrigerator, tape it to your computer, tuck it into the pages of Look Magazine, or simply leave it lying out in the open somewhere that the targeted gift giver is likely to happen upon it. So, here in no particular order is this year’s list. Note that if you want to surprise the reekfeeper on your list with any of these items, you may need to do a bit of sleuthing or ask a few seemingly innocent questions ahead of time to determine exactly what to buy. #1 RO/DI replacement components If your hobbyist loved one uses an RO/DI system to purify tap water, he or she will most assuredly appreciate receiving some extra carbon blocks, sediment filters, a deionization cartridge, or an RO membrane (if you can find out whether the membrane currently in use is nearing the end of its serviceable life). You may even be able to purchase all the replacement components for the system in a single cost-effective kit.

Central Pacific Reefs Battered by El Nino

151201101504_1_900x600Researchers at the Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences have painted a grim picture for the current status of Pacific ocean reefs. El Nino events are especially high this year and the waters surrounding many reefs are heating up quicker and more extensively than scientist had hoped.
“This El Niño event is driving one of the three largest global scale bleaching events on record,” said Kim Cobb, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Science. “Ocean temperatures exceeded the threshold for healthy corals back in the summer, and are continuing to warm. Bleaching occurs when temperatures exceed a threshold that is function of the amount of warming, as well as the length of time at that temperature.”… More:

Gifts for Your Aquarium Fiends (err Friends)!

It’s December and Christmas Day is getting closer…and fast!  Hands up who hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping?  Ok, tell the truth now…who hasn’t started their Christmas shopping?  Yup, that’s what I thought.  No fear, suggestions are here for your better half who thinks he/she is the next Fish Whisperer (or for yourself…or your kids  :)).  You can get the usual like: pumps, filters, quarantine tanks, another pretty fish, a gift voucher for fishy stuff, a book, 6 month’s supply of fish food OR you can get something like this: cellphone cover etsyCellphone cover (Etsy) coral reef cushions etsyCoral reef cushions (Etsy) gift at cafepressdotcomMugs (… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.