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AlgaGen’s New Live Feeds Program

b046buryqanu 300x225 AlgaGen’s New Live Feeds Program Healthy reefs depend on plankton, and fresh is always best. AlgaGen recently launched its Live Feeds Program, which aims to set up culture holding systems in local fish stores across the country. Stores that offer the new program will have live phytoplankton, rotifers, brine and/or copepods available to customers to feed their reefs or breed marine livestock with. Reef aquarists will now be ale to provide reef nutrition found in nature and elicit the natural feeding responses from all of the tank’s inhabitants. Don’t be afraid to ask your local fish store if this is something they will be carrying. Heres a video all about it: MORE: AlgaGen’s New Live Feeds ProgramMore:

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Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation

a205Reef Suds Soap Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration Foundation The Coral Restoration Foundation has been rockin’ and rollin’ in 2014, receiving generous donations from all sorts of organizations. Another company that’s making good on their promise to contribute is Reef Suds, the first reef safe soap product to be introduced to the aquarium hobby. When Reef Suds first launched in November 2013, they promised to donate $1 from every bar sold to the CRF. Well, a few months into their campaign, the soap makers are making their initial donation of $400, with planned contributions every quarter from here on out. The goal is to gradually increase these donations as the company continues to grow, and we’re glad to see such a commitment from yet another company in the aquarium industry. MORE: Reef Suds Donates to the Coral Restoration FoundationMore:

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Eshopps Adding Some Style to Refugium Lighting

c675Eshopps Refugium Light Eshopps Adding Some Style to Refugium Lighting
Many marine aquarists illuminate their refugia with the most basic of lighting systems. These usually consist of an aluminum shop light and a compact fluorescent bulb, which isn’t exactly the most visually appealing arrangement. Eshopps is looking to change all that, however, with the upcoming release of their yet to be named LED refugium light. This sleek little fixture sports a razor thin design that sports the signature blue coloration that permeates thought the entire Eshopps lineup. It has a footprint of 5″ x 4″, with a thickness of just 5/16th of an inch. Helping the light to jut out over the water is a mounting bracket that blends right into the fixture and can affix to acrylic or glass of varying thickness thanks to nylon thumbscrews. Getting back to the fact that the refugium light is without a name, Eshopps is looking for a little help in the creativity department. MORE: Eshopps Adding Some Style to Refugium LightingMore:

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New ‘zero bead’ seams look even better than ADA seams

photo 5 564x600 New ‘zero bead’ seams look even better than ADA seams There is not much information available right now, but these images showing off the ‘zero bead’ seams on this nano aquarium made from 100% low iron glass (optiwhite) is just stunning. Has the infamous ADA aquariums been regulated to the top of a lesser league? MOREMore:

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Giesemann introduces Sunshift

e5e4487 H 20121311133403 600x150 150x150 Giesemann introduces SunshiftLong considered the must have lighting unit to hang over your glass box of reef fish and corals, Giesemann kind of faded into the background when the LED revolution smothered our hobby. In hindsight, the German based aquarium lighting company simply retreated into R&D mode to fine tune and refine their offerings, and on debut of their LED systems, the Teszla and Futura models, it was clear that Giesemann is still the juggernaut it has always been in this hobby. The LED revolution has shifted from new to common place, Giesemann continue to push forward and have recently announced some new functionality for their LED units namely ‘Sunshift’ and pre-configured profiles. New ‘Sunshift’ feature For Futura / Futura-S platform Unlike most luminair or multi module LED arrays which work on a parallel programming platform, meaning that all lamps within an array are usually tied to the same or single profile for lighting phases, the Futura has always had the capacity to run More: Giesemann introduces Sunshift, pre-configured profiles & a support forumMore:

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CORAL Video: Frag Swap Set Up with HighDefCorals

 It’s safe to say that HighDefCorals has taken the act of being a “Frag Swap Vendor” to a true art-form; they often have the swankest setup in the room. Gone are the days when vendors at frag swaps were simply hobbyists with a 20 gallon long and a metal halide light; these days frag swapping is serious business. Based in Oklahoma City, OK, Ed and Denise Brookshire, and partner Paul Whitby, dedicate their time to traveling the country to offer “[imported] livestock not found in your LFS.” For companies like HighDefCorals, perhaps we are better off thinking of their mobile setups as the gourmet food trucks of the aquarium industry. Last weekend at the inaugural Reef Currents conference and coral farmers market put on by MARSH, HighDefCorals took the time to film frag swap setup Friday night before the event on Saturday. What resulted is a 2-minute condensed look at the setup of the HighDefCorals display you see may see around your local frag swap or convention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbvNGfR_s4c They make it look easy, but having been there myself to see the tear down (and to get drenched when a hose came off a high volume water pump that was draining a bucket) there’s a lot to be done even with such a well-thought out and engineered setup. MORE: CORAL Video: Frag Swap Set Up with HighDefCoralsMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #164

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #164http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt164.mp3 This week it’s Reef Threads Old School. We return to our roots and focus on threads this week, featuring a thread titled “You Know You’re a Reefneck If. . . We also talk about making a chaeto sandwich, tank malaise, and aquarium goals. 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 #164More:

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How to Handle a Hunger-Striking Saltwater Fish

copperband butterfly 300x169 How to Handle a Hunger Striking Saltwater FishCopperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) are notorious for frustrating aquarists with picky eating behaviors.Having a fish that refuses to eat anything offered—or having a specimen that had been eating suddenly lose all interest in food—is a problem virtually every marine aquarium hobbyist can expect to encounter at one time or another. While such “hunger strikes” can be extremely frustrating and disconcerting, they can usually be overcome with patience, persistence, and a little ingenuity. Here’s how: First, an ounce of prevention As regular salties know, I’ve emphasized the following point in many previous posts, but it bears repeating: It’s critical to make sure that any fish you’re planning to bring home is eating before you buy it. Ask the dealer to feed it right in front of you. This doesn’t guarantee the specimen won’t go off feed due to the stress of transfer, but at least you’ll know it had been eating (which means it will likely do so again) as well as what it was eating, which will give you a good starting point for reintroducing foods. Check water quality and watch for health issues A fish going off feed is often one of the first signs of a water-quality problem and should prompt one to test all parameters to ensure they’re in the appropriate ranges. Likewise, refusal to feed is a very common early symptom of disease, so it’s important to observe any hunger-striking specimen closely for other symptoms that might arise—and be prepared to treat as necessary. Match the food to the fish The more similar the food items being offered are to the fish’s natural diet, the more likely the specimen is to accept them. More: How to Handle a Hunger-Striking Saltwater FishMore:

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