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Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima ND

IMG 6676 300x200 Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima NDAs LED aquarium lighting continues to evolve rapidly, let’s take a look at how this technology can benefit our reef tanks beyond the illumination of corals and fishes in our main display tank. As well as providing such lighting, LED units can also be extremely useful for fueling algae filters in sumps, indeed we’ve shown this before with our review of the Arcadia EcoAqua 30watt spotlight. With many hobbyists now switching to LED for this purpose, in this review we look at another unit that can be adapted from its primary use as a freshwater planted tank light, and put to good use in a marine setting. Obtaining our unit in good order from renowned online operation Swell UK, out-of-the-box our GroBeam tile feels solid and well-made. This 2013-made 1500 ND (Natural Daylight) model is the latest ‘version’ of the tile boasting higher output LEDs than the preceeding ‘1000’ model. An inspection of the contents and instructions confirms that this is a product from a specialist manufacturer, purposefully-designed and optimised for the task in hand. With a colour temperature of 6500k, this unit is well-suited to illuminating a range of marine macro algae… Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa. The LED tile is fitted with 10 Cree More: Review: TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima NDMore:

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Swimming with a School of Baby Reef Squids

bad4BAR0202 457x305 Swimming with a School of Baby Reef SquidsHi friends, yes, more squids!!!! Aimee stopped by this morning and joined me for a fun dive with the baby Caribbean Reef Squids which are still hanging out in our little secluded bay. Aimee took the Ikelite/GoPro setup to shoot some video and I took the Nikon D-800 SLR setup to take photos of her shooting video. We decided to leave the Ikelite Vegas (video strobes) on the dock as the sun was shining and we were only in 5 to 10 feet of water, meaning we had plenty of natural night. The squids are getting very used to me and the big camera and the continuous flash doesn’t seem to bother them. During our fun little photo shoot the squids swam right up to my camera, I think they could see their reflections in my wide angle dome. MOREMore:

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With LRS Foods, Hand Feeding Fish is a Plausible Option

 Admit it. You’ve tried (and failed) to feed your fish by hand more times than you would care to admit. Everyone does it at some point, but not every aquarist is successful in forming a special bond with their fish. Fortunately, for those looking to create that bond and nurture a heart warming connection with their aquatic pets, hand feeding might be a whole lot easier with LRS frozen foods. We’ve already discussed how happy we have been using the LRS foods, but this video by a user shows just how well his fish take to it, even letting him feed them by hand with food that hasn’t even thawed fully. While we aren’t surprised that a fish like a clownfish is so friendly and is pigging out on the food, we were taken aback by the fact that the copperband butterflyfish pretty much did the same thing. Copperbands, and most butterflyfish in general, are shy and usually are finicky eaters. More often than not, they don’t do well in aquarium life, starving from a lack of proper food or a desire to eat what’s available MORE: With LRS Foods, Hand Feeding Fish is a Plausible Option VideoMore:

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Rising Tide expands in Florida

Ohs+trevally Rising Tide expands in FloridaThe University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) is the latest research facility to join our growing Rising Tide family.  Dr. Cortney Ohs heads up the Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility at IRREC and has made leaps and bounds in the realms of marine baitfish, marine live feeds, and brood nutrition research
since joining UF in 2005.  His expertise and expansive facility will greatly enhance the progress desired in the world of marine ornamental fish research. About a year ago, Cortney began his involvement with a shipment of golden trevally broodstock from SeaWorld Orlando.  He has since raised 1000’s of them to the juvenile phase, the details of which will be presented in a future blog post.  More recently he has acquired funding that will bring green chromis broodstock to his facility so he and his team can begin to address the production protocols required to make this heavily imported species an aquaculture reality.  TAL and IRREC will be working together closely on this species as well as the Pacific blue tang.  Cortney is currently working on MORE: Rising Tide expands in FloridaMore:

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Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. Aquarium

SEA aquarium1 Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. AquariumVisiting public aquariums can be a hit-or-miss experience. There are many aquariums that are less than dazzling to the trained eye of a reef aquarium hobbyist. If ever there was a downside to our experience in this hobby, it is the fact that we have seen what really constitutes a great looking saltwater tank. Much of the time, public aquarium displays do not meet that lofty standard. The worst offenders make you not only regret the admission price, but also the parking fee. The flip side of the coin is there are some amazing aquariums out there, and they make it all worth it. Very few of us have the expansive budgets a public aquarium has at its disposal More: Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. AquariumMore:

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DIY Marine Aquarium Chiller

diy chiller1 DIY Marine Aquarium ChillerAquatic creatures, with the exception of mammals, are all cold-blooded animals. Some sharks and tuna slightly warm their blood through the movement of their muscles, but we don’t normally keep pelagic sharks or tuna in our tanks, so we don’t have to discuss those. But for the rest of the livestock we keep, it is important to maintain an appropriate temperature. It is easier, to an extent, for these cold-blooded creatures to be a little cool than a little hot, as their metabolism is directly related to the temperature. The ocean temperature where they live doesn’t change appreciably, so they didn’t have to evolve mechanisms to deal with that. We, on the other hand, evolved into warm-blooded organisms because the air temperature we live in changes with the seasons and weather conditions. Now, of course, most of us wear clothes (some of us wear silly looking clothes—and by the way, our clothes don’t make us look fat; our fat makes us look fat!), and those clothes allow us to live in a wide variety of climates, but so far, fish have not learned how to knit sweaters. I don’t know if they ever will, but without thumbs, that would be tough. With our modern reef tanks that must be lit very brightly, we sometimes need a way to cool the water More: DIY Marine Aquarium ChillerMore:

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Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned Building

c467Abandoned Building Jellyfish Tank Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned Building
What’s the best way to deal with an abandoned building in the middle of a populated neighborhood? Well, if you’ve got a flare for the arts with a heavy leaning on aquarium keeping, then the likely answer would be to convert the building into a large piece of aquatic art. Or, at least that’s what the artist duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel would do. According to a story published on This is Colossal, the artists installed a large aquarium in the garage area of a rundown building. Every evening, around sunset, the garage door automatically opens up to reveal the tank and its wondrous blue glow and amazing collection of jellyfish. People passing by would obviously be intrigued by the installation, stopping for a peak at a something obviously meant to beautify their community. In support of of the project, which has been titled “The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living”, a live stream video of the setup is on display at the Gazelli Art House. Like the installation itself, the live stream is viewable from the street as well. If you’re in England and want to visit the artistic feature, you’ve only got a couple of weeks left until it gets taken down, as it was only meant to be set up temporarily. MORE: Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned BuildingMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. 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 #190More:

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