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Reef Threads Podcast #197

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #197

It’s a new week and time for a new podcast. This week we talk about Sanjay’s notification trick, Reefs.com, blogs, the MACNA banquet, Archerfish skill, and skeptical animal selection. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #197

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This Glittery Goniopora is the Best Looking Yet

7131Pieces of the Ocean Goniopora This Glittery Goniopora is the Best Looking Yet
The LPS scene was dominated by green goniopora for decades. They were just so commonplace that everyone had them, or at least tried them out in their reef with mixed results. Then, along came the bright red ones and everyone was like, “ooohhh, ahhhh”. These red gonis have since dominated, as they sported vibrant reddish pink colors and occasionally a blue disc atop their tentacles. While both of those morphs are fine and all, but there’s a new color morph on the block that is set to put all others to shame. It’s a sparkling, glittery red goni, and it is amazing.This stunning piece features reddish, almost copper colored tentacles that are infused with glitter and punctuated with those hypnotic yellow eyes. MORE: This Glittery Goniopora is the Best Looking YetMore:

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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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Pacific Sun’s Cube Bridges the Gap Between Bluetooth and WiFi

1112Pacific Sun Cube Bridge Pacific Sun’s Cube Bridges the Gap Between Bluetooth and WiFiFor the longest time, Bluetooth technology was one of those highly touted bullet point features of multiple aquarium products offered from lots of different brands. It was supposed to revolutionize how hobbyists communicated with their aquarium equipment. The devices could be controlled wirelessly by all sorts of Bluetooth enabled devices, but due to its severely limited range, it was quickly overtaken by WiFi, which offered worldwide functionality via the internet. Thankfully, those Bluetooth products aren’t in any way obsolete thanks to a new device from Pacific Sun. Called the Cube, this simple little device acts as a bridge between Bluetooth and WiFi signals, allowing formerly Bluetooth only devices to connect to a wireless network and receive work direction from any place in the world.The Pacific Sun Cube will be available in 4Q 2014, which is less than a month away, and it will be compatible with all of their existing products like the LED/Hybrid fixture, T5HO fixtures, dosers, etc. A mobil and computer based app will accompany the release of the Cube, and all of the data will live in the cloud, another ever growing feature of the aquarium industry.Pricing will be announced upon the Cube’s release. In the meantime, check out these screen captures of the software. This entry was posted in Aquarium Equipment and tagged Aquarium Equipment, pacific sun, Pacific Sun Cube by Brandon Klaus. Bookmark the permalink. MORE: Pacific Sun’s Cube Bridges the Gap Between Bluetooth and WiFiMore:

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Gigantic Mantis Shrimp Caught in Florida Waters

7c86Giant Mantis Shrimp Gigantic Mantis Shrimp Caught in Florida WatersWell isn’t this just the scariest thing to behold? A fisherman in Fort Pierce, Florida hauled up a massive mantis shrimp while doing a little nighttime angling. It appears as though the stomatopod was hooked through the tail (there is a treble hook just above the tail in other photos posted online), and it was estimated to be approximately 18 inches. When the shrimp was pulled up onto the dock, it was striking at its own tail, presumably in an attempt to escape capture. So the fisherman grabbed it by its back like a lobster, trying every way to avoid the business end of the very dangerous critter.Scientists haven’t been able to identify the species just yet, but they are supposedly pouring over the images that have been posted online in order to get an idea of exactly what was caught.Images and story pulled from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Conservative Commission. MORE: Gigantic Mantis Shrimp Caught in Florida WatersMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #196

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #196

MACNA 2014 is over and it’s time for our annual wrap-up show. Hear about more that we experienced in Denver. Also, don’t forget to listen to our MACNA mini casts. They’re full of what was happening in the Mile High city. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #196

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Mr. Saltwater Tank Covers MACNA 2014 Part 1

MACNA is the premier tradeshow for the saltwater aquarium world and here’s part of what caught my eye 
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Digital Aquatics Unveils New Archon Aquarium Controller

Archon Aquarium Controller 644x320 Digital Aquatics Unveils New Archon Aquarium Controller
Unveiled this weekend at MACNA is a brand new controller setup, the Archon, which will for the first time ever bring Cloud-based technologies to the Digital Aquatics family. In addition to the cloud, the Archon will include both wired and MORE: Digital Aquatics Unveils New Archon Aquarium ControllerMore:

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