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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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Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday AM Quick Tip: Mostly Equal, Yet Still Should Be Kept Separate

These two types of corals are some of my favorites and I recommend you keep the separate. Here’s why.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank Friday AM Quick Tip: Mostly Equal, Yet Still Should Be Kept SeparateMore:

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Results or Convenience – Which Matters Most When Feeding?

7519p coral frenzy 041812 004 57845N2 300x300 Results or Convenience – Which Matters Most When Feeding? I would always like to think the aquarium owners are the ideal feeders and give every organism the proper nutrition. Chances are though that you, like everybody else, have forgotten to feed your fish for a few days. We are human and feeding a sun coral multiple times a day is not something every aquarium owner wants to do. It is a hassle for some people to feed there corals once a week!… SO… Well when I discovered I had a dying anemone I knew that I would have to feed it every day. For about a month I followed through with this but then eventually it becomes annoying to go through the process of pulling the food out, preparing it, feeding it, and cleaning up. So I started doing once every other day, and that turned into once every three days. My point is that I started feeding for the results but over time what mattered to me was the convenience MORE: Results or Convenience – Which Matters Most When Feeding?More:

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Aprils Fools Antics in the Aquarium Industry

We all love a good joke right? Especially in the case of a $30,000 fish being offered for $20 plus shipping?! And Electric Pink Frogspawns for $8 million dollars?! Here are just a couple of the antics you might have fell for on this years April Fools: Screen shot 2014 04 01 at 4.47.42 PM1 Aprils Fools Antics in the Aquarium Industryphoto 1 Aprils Fools Antics in the Aquarium IndustryMore:

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Attention: European Aquarists

Aquarium tank public domain 300x185 Attention: European AquaristsEurogroup for Animals (based in Brussels) is asking MEPs, ahead of the May elections, to sign a pledge to work towards banning the import of wild caught animals OATA (The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association) Chief Executive Keith Davenport sees it as the hobby being under threat: “Taken to its logical conclusion this would mean if you want to keep tropical marine or freshwater fish, corals, soft corals or other invertebrates you might as well forget it. All of these are either wild-caught and/or exotic, which means they’re not native to the UK, so they would no longer be available to buy.” OATA is urging keen fish keepers to contact MEPs to urge them not to sign the Eurogroup for Animals pledge.  A special #handsoffmyhobby campaign has been launched to get passionate aquarium hobbyists to shout about what they love about keeping fish. We’re all for keeping the hobby going, but at what cost? Is this pledge not a step in the right direction?  Should exotics be included in the pledge?  Should they not rather say that all exotics should be captive bred?  Why not tell them what you think.  Have a look at: http://www.ornamentalfish.org for more.… More:

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Overview of Sponges

Although commonly regarded as the most primitive multicellular animal group, sponges – members of the phylum: Porifera, are both diverse and interesting. Currently, this phylum is described as consisting almost completely of 3 distinct classes: Demospongea, Calcarea, and Hexactinellida. Roughly 95% of living sponge species fall into the class: Demospongea. This group of sponges has spicules – small skeletal structures that are composed of spongin – a soft, spongy protein, and/or SiO2 – the solid chemical compound that forms glass and quartz. If you see a “spongy-looking” creature in your reef aquarium, chances are it is a Demosponge.   The next group, Calcarea, is thought to include around 3% of living sponge species. This group features sponges that have a skeleton composed of rigid… More:

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: Used For Specimens…And Frag Swaps

Plastic bags never biodegrade and let’s be honest – few of us ever reuse them. Here’s a more eco-friendly way to transport your frags. ) MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: Used For Specimens…And Frag SwapsMore:

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Heliofungia Propagation

Heliofungia 300x168 Heliofungia PropagationAlthough notoriously intolerant of tissue damage, the beautiful Heliofungia actiniformis is an exciting addition to any reef display. Willing to test this coral’s vitality, I made an attempt to propagate one. 1. The Heliofungia was forced to retract by hand. This reduces contact between the propagating tool and the coral’s sensitive tissue, minimizing damage and stress on the coral. Retracted 300x168 Heliofungia Propagation2. To reduce the amount of heat transferred to the polyp, the Heliofungia was cut in half using a diamond band saw. This saw uses a drip mechanism to keep the subject cool. The cut was made perpendicular to its mouth, which enables the mouth to recover more rapidly, allowing the coral to feed.… More:

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