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New Sponsor: mailordercorals

It’s that time again where we welcome a new sponsor to the site and this time we are particularly pleased to say ‘Halò’ to Scotland-based company mailordercorals! Running for around 10 years, mailordercorals is a classic example of a successful hobbyist operation that has gone on to become a healthy online business offering a secure website, live arrival guarantee, variety of shipping options, secure payment and the very best in customer care. Originally selling coral frags from their reef display, gradually more and more tanks were added for the sole purpose of propagating corals and soon these frags were being shipped all over the UK. Focussing on the provision of high quality stock at a realistic price point, they soon built-up an extensive and loyal customer-base and it wasn’t long before a purpose-built coral house was necessary. The opening of this facility also allowed customers to visit by appointment and hand-pick their stock. Jump forward to today, and with the coral house redeveloped to cope with ever increasing demand, mailordercorals remain one of the most successful operations of their kind in the UK. Offering everything you’d expect from a professional operation and more, one could easily become immersed in their ever-expanding website for several hours given the extensive range on display
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Unique Frag Transport System from BAO Makes Traveling with Corals Super Easy

Here is a nifty portable frag rack that should make trips to the local frag swaps a whole lot more convenient. Building An Obsession, an acrylic fabricator that has lots of sweet goodies, showed this off a little while back, and it is completely awesome in a number of ways. For one, this frag frack stacks numerous shelves on top of each other, but keeps them separated thanks to the holding post design. The trays can be set at varying distances, allowing for space for taller frags or for numerous trays to be stored closer together. The design of the post also locks the trays in place, preventing them from falling on top of the corals on the shelves below.
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3 Misconceptions About Small Marine Fish

A juvenile three-spot domino damselfish (Dascyllus trimaculatus)As human beings, it’s in our nature to assign certain traits to small animals—cute, dependent, harmless, defenseless, etc. Perhaps we think this way because when it comes to animals, people included, smallness is usually correlated with infancy. However, if applied to marine fish, this type of anthropomorphic thinking can lead to some rather significant compatibility issues in our aquariums. So let’s dispel a few of the misconceptions we may have with respect to smaller marine fish species: Small fish are peaceful While many smaller fish species seem to know they’re vulnerable to predation and bullying by larger fish and so have learned that their best defense is beating a hasty retreat whenever danger threatens, some species apparently never got the memo. For example, as mentioned in my previous post on humbug damsels, certain damselfish species, including many representatives of the genera Dascyllus and Stegastes, can be explosively belligerent despite their small size, making it very difficult to house them with other fishes (though “Caribbean Chris” claims he can calm dusky damsels into a tonic state and lead them away from the reef like an aquatic Pied Piper by playing soothing tones on a conch shell). Many of the dottyback species also pack a fairly powerful territorial punch for their size, e.g. the irresistibly colorful royal dottyback (Pictichromis paccagnellae) and the gorgeous magenta dottyback (Pictichromis porphyrea), both of which reach only 2 to 3 inches in length.
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Fish Faces, Caribbean Fish Face Photos

Good morning friends, here’s a few more “fish faces” for your viewing pleasure today that I got yesterday morning right here on our own Substation house reef! Most of you know that for the past year I have been really trying harder than usual to get some fun fish face photos but as it turns out these are the hardest photos I have ever tried to shoot! Why you ask?? Go ahead ask why!! Fish are not prone to look a diver or a potential predator in the face, they just want to flee! I spend most of my dives in hot pursuit and mostly taking tail shots.
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Sleeping Parrotfish, Parrotfish Cocoon, Parrotfish

Good morning from wet Curacao!! The rains started at around 2:00 this morning and it’s still going, we have very overcast skies at the moment. Aimee took off out the desert early to feed the birds and to see if she could spot her little pigeon she released a few days ago but no “for sure” spotting. I did a fun night dive last night starting at around 8:00 and took the macro lens as my weapon of choice.
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LED lights that make corals pop with color

I wanted to talk about LEDs for a few minutes. I've had the Radion Gen 2 over my anemone cube (60-gallon aquarium 24" x 24" x 24") for the past 12 months. As a light, it functions perfectly. Is it the best fixture ever? My feelings are a tad mixed, and I'll discuss why. The light itself provides sufficient lighting for anemones, SPS, LPS, gorgonians, zoanthids and even a T.
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Pectinia – The Next Big Thing?

Pectinia - The Next Big Thing? Nobody knows what the next super popular coral might be, but a contender is Pectinia. The common name is Spiny Cup Coral and you can see why. They have a very distinctive cup shape that grows... From: tidalgardens Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 03:34 More in Pets & Animals
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Deep Sea Hermit Crab Found Living in a Sponge

Good morning friends, I have another “possible” new species of hermit crab that was brought up last friday by the Smithsonian Institution and our crew at Substation Curacao from 808 feet!! This is such a major cool find!! In the four years I have been photographing deep-water hermits this is the first one like this I have seen. The little round piece of sponge that he lives in and carries everywhere is only about an inch and a half in diameter. And since this is a sponge home he is hauling around it weighs almost nothing meaning this guy can flat out move on the sand compared to his other relatives that are using discarded shells and rocks.
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