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Coral Atoll: A New App for Reef Enthusiasts

[embedded content] Atoll is a new app available for reef aquarium and diving enthusiasts to download on the iPhone. Atoll is an interactive mobile app which includes a comprehensive database of coral.  Atoll provides vibrant photos and detailed information allowing users to more easily identify coral which they encounter on a dive or purchase as an addition to their aquarium.  This can be critical information especially when dealing with corals which exhibit aggressive behavior and could potentially wreak havoc in your aquarium if placed in close proximity to other species.  Atoll also provides useful information to hobbyists relating to appropriate water temperatures and pH levels for your own aquarium. Atoll also allows users to submit photos of unknown coral for the community to identify. This is

Top 10 Tips For Keeping a SPS Reef Tank

Top 10 Tips For Keeping a SPS Reef Tank Let’s face it.  Keeping a reef tank is not a simple chore but there are some basic tenants one can follow to optimize the chances for success.  With over 20 years in the hobby I have learned a lot from both my successes and failures.  Below are My Top 10 Tips For Keeping a Successful Reef Tank dominated by SPS.  I will dive deeper into each item on the list in future blog posts so stay tuned. The List Stability – It is critical to have stability for parameters such as salinity, nitrate, magnesium, and calcium. And perhaps most important in my book for SPS is keeping alkalinity at a consistent level. Strong Lighting – I have had a lot of

The Trials & Tribulations of a Young Reef Tank

Starting and maintaining a successful reef tank is not an easy task, even for veterans of the hobby. There are many curveballs out there capable of bringing a reef keeper to their knees that can cause them to “cry uncle”, especially during the early part of a tank’s life. For my latest tank I encountered a few bumps in the road, forcing me to endure what I would term a rough start. Now mind you, I have been in the hobby for over 20 years so the knowledge I accrued has certainly made it easier for me to steer clear of past problems. For instance, in an old tank I had a wicked type of invasive algae that hitchhiked in on some live rock, forcing me to shut

Unboxing the Jellyfish Art Cylinder Nano Aquarium

Recently we posted an article about Jellyfish Art and their Kickstarter program which features the newly released Jellyfish Cylinder nano aquarium.  Having never kept Jellyfish, my curiosity was piqued and I decided to give it a try and write a few articles about the experience. Today we are unboxing the Jellyfish nano cylinder to show you what is included in the kit. The Kit Includes: Jellyfish Cylinder Nano Aquarium Aquarium lid Foam Filtration Pad User Manual Air Pump LED Light & Remote LED Power Supply Hydrometer Feeding Pipette Chemi-pure Blue nano Jellysalt Jellybio Starter <![CDATA[ #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 20%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .

Two New Products from Two Little Fishies

Julian Sprung has released two new products labelled as “ReMag” and “CorAffix Little Pro” under the Two Littles Fishies brand. CorAffix Little Pro comes in a 59 ml squeeze bottle with pin cap to prevent clogging between uses and is a smaller version of their 295 ml CorAffix Pro glue.  The new smaller bottle is packaged on a blister card for easy display on retail display racks. ReMag is a magnesium-rich media for use in calcium reactors.  Julian recommends using ReMag in conjunction with ReBorn at a ratio of 1 part ReMag to 9 parts ReBorn to maintain optimum calcium, magnesium, and alkalinity levels in your reef aquarium water.  This product will be available in 8.8 lb. (4kg) and 44 lb. (20kg) containers.

Fossil of Massive Marine Crocodile Found on Edge of Sahara Desert

Paleontologists have discovered the fossil remains of the world’s biggest ocean-dwelling crocodile buried on the edge of the Sahara, a creature that was twice the size of anything seen today. Named Machimosaurus rex, this croc would have weighed in at least 6,600 pounds and been around 32 feet long. Other than its size, it would have looked much like a modern day crocodile except for its narrow snout – which was designed to allow it swim in the ocean. Related: Fossils of 3 new crocodile species found in Peru It would have been the top predator in what was then an ocean that separated Africa from Europe about 130 million years ago. “This is an incredibly big crocodile. It is twice as big as a present day marine

Plans for underwater ‘Oceanscraper’ Revealed

Indeed, the future of human habitation, whether through choice or catastrophe, is often imagined (in popular culture at least) as being beyond Earth’s orbit. Sub-aquatic living still seems, perversely it could be argued, very alien. Not so for Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut. He has revealed ambitious plans for a series of underwater eco-villages that could house up to 20,000 people each in the future. His Aequorea project imagines entirely self-sufficient, spiraling “oceanscrapers” reaching to the sea floor from mangrove-covered marinas on the surface of the world’s oceans. Jellyfish-like in appearance, each oceanscraper would be constructed using recycled plastics from the misleadingly named “Seventh Continent”, or Great Pacific Garbage Patch (much of the debris here is believed to be in the form of

Drugs We Dump May Be Causing Sex Changes in Fish

A new study found 85% of male smallmouth bass in the Northeast are undergoing a sex change. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Roger Phillips) Male bass are experiencing unwanted sex changes, apparently thanks to the “chemical soups” that pass for waterways in the Northeast. The Washington Post reports 85% of male smallmouth bass surveyed in the region have “characteristics of the opposite sex”—specifically eggs where their testes should be. The same is true of 27% of area largemouth bass, Vice adds. For a recently published study, researchers tested bass near 19 wildlife refuges in the Northeast, according to a US Geological Survey press release. Researchers didn’t do a chemical analysis of the water where the intersex fish were found, so they can’t be sure specifically what is

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