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Salt Speak – Episode 2: Than Thein

We’re back with another episode of Salt Speak! First off, I’d like to thank everyone who reached out with kind words for this new series. It was great to hear the interest in episode 1 and excitement for future installments.In this second episode, I spoke with Than Thein. Than is the owner of Tidal Gardens, a coral propagation greenhouse in Ohio. We discussed a variety of topics ranging from what it takes to grow corals in a greenhouse and how to properly start a propagation business to the state of the reef aquarium hobby and the role of coral retailers. We cover a lot of ground in this chat and I think you’ll really enjoy the discussion. As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, please share this episode with your fellow reef aquarium hobbyists

Reef Threads Podcast #222


A scene from Peter Hyne’s 1,300-gal. reef aquarium.

We’re back for another go at this reef-aquarium hobby. This week’s subjects include Peter Hyne’s Toronto aquarium, NERAC, Jimmie Yuen’s old-school equipment, and what is an advanced reef keeper. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Want Healthy, Spawning Fish? Feed Them Properly!

Feed your fish. They are hungry. That may sound obvious, but most fish in captivity are starving to death because we are so fixated on water parameters. It’s fine to worry about water parameters, but you still need to feed your fish. Yes, water parameters are important and it’s fine to worry about them, but if you want to keep fish along with your corals, they need to eat correctly. You can deal with the corals later.They’re fish, not iguanas! Most of us are spending so much time trying to keep those colorful corals that we forget about our fish. If your fish are not spawning or looking like they want to spawn, they are hungry or not getting the correct food.

Blotched/Borbonius Anthia Care Info

MY FB: https://www.facebook.com/coralfish12g The Borbonius Anthia is most commonly referred to as a blotched Anthia and it is one of the most prized of all reef fish. Because of its unique pink and yellow coloration, the Blotched Anthias has become very popular. Since it is a deep water Anthias, it requires a slightly lower temperate tank. They max out at about 6 inches in full adult form, so they should stay in tanks larger than 90 gallons. Lots of live rock should be in your tank for Blotched Anthias to thrive. The rock will provide lots of cover from lighting and areas to hide if spooked. Blotched Anthias should be fed multiple times per day with a variety of meaty foods such as mysis and brine shrimp. It can be somewhat aggressive so be sure that your tank is ready for it if you are willing drop the $300 dollar price tag that this brilliant fish usually comes with! The video and pics used in this CoralFish12g video are Henry Ludywidjaja's and special thank goes out to him!

Red-Orange Branching Sponge, Ptilocaulis sp.

Good morning friends, I have a very hard to find, rarely ever seen, Red-Orange Branching Sponge, Ptilocaulis sp. In the 11 years I have been here I have only ever found five different specimens at five different dive sites and believe it or not they are all still there! For those few Caribbean sponge lovers it’s one of the coolest sponges we have, it’s got this crazy rough texture and brilliant red-orange coloring, what more could you ask for?? The surface is covered with conical projections, or spicules. Ptilocaulis is a genus of demosponges. The species within this genus are usually red or orange

Favia and Favites Brain Corals

Favia and Favites Brain Corals This video is all about Favia and Favites, two of the most common types of brain corals found in the reef keeping hobby. The care requirements for Favia and Favites are fairly straight forward.... From: Tidal Gardens Inc. Views: 21 12 ratingsTime: 03:27 More in Pets & Animals

Picture of the Week, Green Hammer Coral

Stop, it’s hammer time. Cheesy throwbacks to the 80s aside, the hammer coral is a staple in many reef tanks much like MC Hammer’s song was a permanent fixture in many a Sony Walkman. Getting past all of this nostalgia, hammer corals offer the best of both worlds for corals. On one hand, they have a hard skeleton, but on the other they are adorned with flowy, fleshy tissue that draws in those seeking a little more movement in the water.

The Pioneering Reefs of Abu Dhabi

[embedded content] Last month, our film Natural History Redux screened at the Imagine Science Film Festival held at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is located along the Arabian/ Persian Gulf as one of the coastal Emirates in the United Arab Emirates. Colin was asked to speak on a panel regarding the future of global water resources and the importance that art/ science has to play in bringing these issues into public awareness. However, he also had the opportunity to explore the unique marine habitat in the area. NYU Abu Dhabi is home base to coral biologist Dr. John Burt, who is studying the remarkable corals that live offshore. He, along with other researchers, have discovered a heat-tolerant strain of zooxanthellae algae that lives symbiotically within the stony corals of Abu Dhabi’s shallow reefs. This algae resists being expelled by the coral (aka bleaching) despite summer water temperatures reaching 36C degrees (97F)! Colin had the privilege to see these extreme corals firsthand while diving with Dr. Burt’s team on Saadiyat Reef, just a few kilometers from the sands of Saadiyat Island where the NYU campus sits. With the intense summer heat, it is easy to overlook that Abu Dhabi sits on the same sub-tropical latitude as the Florida Keys.During the winter, these reefs can be quite cool, sometimes reaching as low as 20C (68F). Urban coral habitat: Diadema urchins grazing algae on jetty rocks near Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE Much like Miami, Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan coral city. With more than 60km of breakwaters along the city’s waterline, the city is another crucial crucible in which to study urban coral ecology. Abu Dhabi lacks a natural rocky coastline, and thus these boulder breakwaters end up acting as artificial reefs. Large aggregations of long-spined Diadema urchins (seen above) were observed cleaning the breakwater along the massive Marina Mall. Colin also had a chance to snorkel along a recently built breakwater on Saadiyat Island where he found an abundance of Porites, Leptoria, and Cyphastrea corals encrusted onto the granite boulders. Just like in Miami, these man-made coastal barriers are ideal experimental habitats to study the resilient corals that naturally colonize them. Further offshore, the natural Saadiyat Reef was dominated by a handful of stony coral species, while lacking soft corals, gorgonians, anemones, or large sponges. Algal overgrowth appeared minimal, but there was some evidence of coral disease and recent die-off. Due to frequent wind and dust storms, the water is never particularly clear, averaging about 7m horizontal visibility. The reef also appeared quite young in its development, rising just a meter or so off the sandy seafloor at 7-8m depth. This development coincides with the relatively young age of the Arabian Gulf itself; filling with seawater during the past 8,000 years since the end of the last ice age. The high wind, and lack of freshwater input results in highly saline water that exceeds that of even the Red Sea. The tenaciousness of the corals in the Arabian Gulf, particularly with their unique heat-tolerant symbionts, suggests that corals worldwide may be more adaptable to climate change than currently predicted, and warrant close study by the coral research community. Tags: Abu Dhabi, Coral Morphologic, Imagine Science Film Festival, Saadiyat Reef This entry was posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 2:48 pm and is filed under Research. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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