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Pipefish For The Reef Aquarium: Part Two, Husbandry

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Scribbled Dragonface Pipefish Corythoichthys instinalis Photo courtesy of Aaron Down

 Now that we’ve discussed which pipefish are appropriate for the reef aquarium in Pipefish For The Reef Aquarium: Part One, The Pipefish, we can look at acquiring and caring for your pipefish. Picking Your Pipefish When purchasing pipefish, there are a few things you can look out for to ensure you get healthy pipefish. Pipefish are susceptible to bacterial infections, so look for areas of cloudy skin, fins or eyes. Rapid breathing is frequently a sign of distress; although it can be situational i.e. fear from recent acclimation, or it can be a sign of a bigger problem such as parasites or bacterial infection. Flagtail Pipefish should be swimming above the substrate, not resting on the bottom. More: Pipefish For The Reef Aquarium: Part Two, HusbandryMore:
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‘Tis the Coral Frag Swap Season, Fa La La…

frag swap prep2 ‘Tis the Coral Frag Swap Season, Fa La La…September may be a long way from Christmas, but for reefkeepers, it’s the next best thing. September is the unofficial kickoff of the coral fragment swap season. Soon the eyes and hearts of reefkeepers everywhere will turn to swapper pages and message boards, searching for that special piece that the keeper just can’t live without. But before we blow our children’s college fund on new coral this fall, let’s make sure we are fully prepared to give those new pieces the best chance to thrive in our systems. First things first Discussion should start with the question: “Where are we going to put this piece?” That question should be followed by the equally important: “Does that spot give the coral the proper lighting and water flow?” Another consideration is whether the coral will get along with its new neighbors. Many corals use some sort of sweeping tentacles to keep space for themselves. Left unchecked, stings from these sweepers can result in coral death. Most corals will respond fine to being trimmed to keep their place in the system. This is especially true of stony corals, yet some soft corals will not respond as well, and that must be taken into consideration before purchase. The right coral for the right spot—let’s go get it! More: ‘Tis the Coral Frag Swap Season, Fa La La…More:

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Review: iQuatics Ocean Reef Pro coral salt

iquatics salt bucket 270x300 Review: iQuatics Ocean Reef Pro coral salt In this ‘hands on’ review we’ll take a look at a salt that was originally launched back in early 2014. As a relatively new player in the market place this product comes from a company already well known in the UK as an online lighting and equipment manufacturer. Touted as a synthetic blend boasting Magnesium levels of 1360ppm, Calcium 445ppm and Potassium 405ppm (levels which the company say have been slightly raised to account for depletions in home aquaria), this salt also claims to be Nitrate and Phosphate free, and fast dissolving. But does this new kid on the block ‘do what it says on the tin’? Well the first thing to look at of course is presentation and packaging and all seems fine here. The bucket is nice and sturdy and keeps the contents dry, certainly over the several weeks of or test. Our 10kg sample bucket proved a little challenging to open but after searching the web we worked out how to do it. It did require some effort to pull the lid off once the seal had been removed (instructions on the bucket would be good). We understand the larger 20kg buckets have a screw top that should prove easier to handle. On to the salt itself and we found it to mix well. Adding it slowly to a bucket of warmed RO with a TDS of zero, virtually all of the mix had More: Review: iQuatics Ocean Reef Pro coral saltMore:

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Caribbean Reef Octopus, Octopus briareus

b0b4Octopus on Rock Caribbean Reef Octopus, Octopus briareusGood morning friends, how was your weekend??? I hope all is going well out there and you having a great summer! I have another Caribbean Reef Octopus, Octopus briareus for you all today that was photographed by Aimee, not me! Pretty nice wouldn’t you say?? We often set up two different Ikelite systems and take them out on night dives together, it’s way more fun when your both busy taking photos! MOREMore:

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Reef Fish Seen Swarming in Hawaii Video


With the entirety of the aquarium trade forever under the judgmental microscope of anti-aquarium activists, it’s wonderful when good news surfaces out of Hawaii, the epicenter of the on-going debate. In this video from Hawaii News Now, which features footage from aquarium collector Ron Tubbs, reef fish are more than abundant in all areas of the state. The aquarium collector states that where he would normally see hundreds of fish, he is instead seeing thousands. Of course, there isn’t an accepted explanation for why this is happening, and some are giving credit to the warmer waters caused by an El Nino year.Despite the bloom in fish, anti-aquarium activists like Rene Umberger are raining on the parade. She thinks it will just fuel a greater appetite for fish by the aquarium collectors, though Ron claims that is far from the truth. Either way, it’s nice to see fish populations booming again. MORE: Reef Fish Seen Swarming in Hawaii VideoMore:

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Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 3

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The Neptune folks discovered that a dosing pump was a very effective way to mix tequila shots.MACNA 2014 has come to an end. It was a great weekend immersed in marine aquarium information. Here’s our Day 3 report. Tune in next week for our MACNA recap show. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 3

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = Dead

c1a7gold torch 150x150 Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = DeadTerrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): A coral that has turned white is dead and should be removed from your tank. The rest of the story: First things first. A coral that has turned white (called bleaching) is not a good thing. The bleaching is a sign of stress and stressing your corals is bad. And, just because a coral is white, that doesn’t mean you should immediately consider it dead. Corals can bleach out and sometimes recover. That being said, how do you know if the white coral is dead or not? For soft and LPS corals the answer is easy: as long as there is still flesh or a single polyp alive, the coral isn’t dead. Take for example zoanthids. As long as there is still a polyp visible (even if it is closed up), the coral is still alive. c1a7gold torch 150x150 Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = Dead
For LPS coral, if there is any flesh on the coral, the coral isn’t dead – at least not yet. A LPS coral that is… More:

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Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2

reefthreads1 Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2 It’s day two and we have so much to talk about. Here’s a just some of what we’re seeing, hearing, and learning. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads MACNA Minicast, Day 2More:

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