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Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix-II DIMTEC T5HO Fixtures

c296Matrix II DIMTEC Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix II DIMTEC T5HO Fixtures Giesemann is one of the few companies out there that isn’t abandoning the tried and true T5HO technology, and in fact, they are still making groundbreaking strides that keep it totally relevant in a time dominated by LED light fixtures. Around a year ago, Giesemann revamped the look of their Matrixx T5HO fixtures to bring their aesthetics in line with their gorgeous Teszla and Futura LED products, and just a week ago they announced even more upgrades. The brand new Matrixx-II DIMTEC will share the same sleek look as its predecessor, but will also incorporate full Bluetooth connectivity that allows it to communicate with a variety of devices including personal computer, Macs, and Android powered devices. The user interface is provided by Giesemann’s own software package, which is very similar to the one used on the Futura LED system. The key selling features of the software include: Point to point multi-plot light cycle programming allowing smooth transitional lighting phases across an available 920 set points. Fully independent channel control over 2 – 4 channels dependent on light unit connected. Transitional color shift dependent on the mix of tubes across each channel. Fully adjustable cloud and weather simulations Fully adjustable lunar phases. Creation of dedicated user profiles MORE: Giesemann Packs Robust Control Features Into New Matrix-II DIMTEC T5HO FixturesMore:

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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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Acanthodromia erinacea, Rare Deep Water Crabs

e6c3Tiny Crab 457x305 Acanthodromia erinacea, Rare Deep Water CrabsGood morning friends, how was your weekend?? Mine was filled with long bike rides, diving and walks with the dogs, needless to say I am tired today! Last night we did a super fun night dive with the blue-lights and as usual had a total blast! If you don’t have a blue-light yet, you gotta get one!! And remember you don’t have to be a diver to see and photograph fluorescence, it’s for land and water! MOREMore:

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Blackworms Mean Better Health for Marine Fish

blackworms tank 300x205 Blackworms Mean Better Health for Marine FishLive worms are about the best thing we can feed to our fish. How do I know this? Am I just making it up so I have something to write? Actually, no. Live California blackworms have been used for ornamental fish food since a few years after World War II, as that is when I started feeding them to my freshwater fish. Blackworms will get freshwater fish into spawning condition in no time, and I can attest that the same applies to saltwater fish. Back in 1971, when I started in the saltwater aquarium hobby (I think it was on a Tuesday), I bought some of the first blue devils imported into the US. More: Blackworms Mean Better Health for Marine FishMore:

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Puddingwife, Halichoeres radiatus, Wrasses, Labridae

68dePuddingwife 2 457x305 Puddingwife, Halichoeres radiatus, Wrasses, LabridaeGood morning friends, I have a colorful Puddingwife wrasse for your viewing pleasure today. As many of my fellow divers/underwater photographers know this fish never stops swimming and is very hard to get a photo of. I chased this one for 20 minutes trying to get off a lucky shot and came close to just calling it quits but wasn’t about to get beat by a little fish! Like many wrasses, the Puddingwife goes through a dramatic color/pattern change as it matures, though both the juvenile and adult animals in an attractive fish. The puddingwife wrasse, Halichoeres radiatus, is a species of wrasse native to the Western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Bermuda, through the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico, to offshore islands of Brazil, being absent from Brazilian coastal waters MOREMore:

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Tank Profile: Paul B’s 40+ Year Old Saltwater Aquarium

paulb aquarium main 300x182 Tank Profile: Paul B’s 40+ Year Old Saltwater AquariumWhen it comes to standing the test of time, few aquariums have more history than Paul Baldassano’s 100-gallon glass box. Ask any aquarist who has spent time on internet forums, and they’ve likely encountered Paul (more commonly known as Paul B) and his tank. While Paul’s “old school” approach might seem odd to some folks, his success speaks for itself. Any system that’s been up and running successfully for 40+ years must have a great aquarist, creative ideas, and good ol’ elbow grease behind it. The Aquarist Paul resides in Long Island, New York and has kept aquariums since the 1950s. Like many saltwater aquarists, he started his tenure on the freshwater side of the hobby. In 1971, after serving in the Army in Vietnam, Paul returned home and started what was to become the “40-year-old tank.” His impact on the hobby goes further than his own aquarium, as well. More: Tank Profile: Paul B’s 40+ Year Old Saltwater AquariumMore:

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Dolphins Underwater, Dolphins, GoPro, Ikelite, Snorkel

942fZenzi Working 457x305 Dolphins Underwater, Dolphins, GoPro, Ikelite, SnorkelGood morning gang, so sorry again for the late mail but it has been a very busy morning! I did two dives already this morning and am now finally back inside where I can chill out and relax for the rest of the day or at least until 4:30, then it’s mountain bike time!! By request I have another fun swimming with dolphins photo for you all today and YES, just for the record this is as fun as it looks!! This is one of our top trainers Zenzi doing two things at once, holding her breath and trying to keep up to the dolphins and filming them at the same time with the new state of the art Ikelite video tray and strobes made just for your GoPro. This is not as easy as it looks either, this girl can swim!!! What I usually do as I said yesterday is just kneel on the sand with a chosen background and wait for her and the dolphins to come to me, that way I’m not swimming around stirring up dust and scaring any dolphins. MOREMore:

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Free-diving with Dolphins, Snorkeling with Dolphins, Ikelite

d4bcAimee Ikelite 1 850 457x305 Free diving with Dolphins, Snorkeling with Dolphins, IkeliteGood morning from the Caribbean all!! I’m about as wiped out as a person can be this morning after a crazy busy, but super fun weekend! Saturday was all about the dogs!! I first took them for a three hour adventure on the trails overlooking Vaersenbaai and while I was there did some much needed trail cleaning to an area that never gets maintained. This is an area that has a wonderful mile and a half single-track trail way up high along the cliff overlooking the sea and is one of the prettiest trails in Curacao and few even know it’s there MOREMore:

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