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Salt Speak – Episode 4: Blended Frozen Aquarium Foods

Here we go…the fourth installment of Salt Speak coming at you in 3, 2, 1! The topic of this episode is blended frozen aquarium foods – a product most aquarists use (or have used) in their aquarium. To gain some industry insights and pass them along to you, our loyal readers and viewers, I gave Larry DuPont (of Larry’s Reef Services) a call.First we discuss the types of seafood ingredients hobbyists can expect to find in blended frozen foods, non-seafood ingredients (both good and bad), and what types of additives should be avoided. Then we round out our general discussion with benefits frozen provides over other options for your aquarium, as well as what you should look for when purchasing a frozen fish food at your local fish store. After that we focus on how Larry got started with his business, Larry’s Reef Services, makers of blended frozen foods such as LRS Reef Frenzy®, Herbivore Frenzy®, and Fish Frenzy®. We discuss the growth of his business and team over the last few years, as well as what a typical week looks like at LRS HQ. In addition, we discuss the benefits of adding probiotics to foods, public institutions and breeding projects using LRS foods, and the types of testing that have been commissioned to evaluate the various LRS blends

All glory to the Hypnoslug

11303528_820216814733829_813840843_nJust keep staring into the hypnotizing abyss. Not quite a buzzing cartoon toad from a distant future on Earth, this iridescently patterned nudibranch was collected for photography purposes in just 30 feet of water off the eastern coast of Florida by Farside Tropicals. Almost all nudibranchs, also known as sea slugs, have evolved to feast on only one item in the ocean. Some feed on algae, others on coral, others still on flatworms. Though a small handful are quite useful for aquaria purposes and easily captive bred, most are best left to admire through photography. It is unfortunate that most species are harvested at all for the ornamental industry, as they are often very short lived and have much more value in being photographed and admired by scuba divers. Even with such diverse resources as websites like Sea Slug Forum, a nudibranch version of FishBase, most species have very little understanding as to their role on the reefs. Many species in the aquarium hobby are parasitic, coming in as hitchhikers on corals such as… More:

Red Head Linear Blenny – Ecsenius cf lineatus

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Recently, Madagascar has begun to export aquarium fishes. Some species are mostly the same as from other locales, such as Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosa) and Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas). One anomaly is the Red Head Linear Blenny (Ecsenius
cf lineatus), which appears to be a species new to science. The genus Ecsenius is a common combtooth blenny found on shallow coral reefs throughout most of the Indo-Pacific, with the exception of Hawaii. These small reef fish are usually omnivores, and usually make great aquarium specimens. Though a handful of the 53 recognized species occur throughout the genus’ range, most species are usually restricted to a small group of islands within a country or body of water, such as the mimic blenny (Ecsenius gravieri), which is restricted to the Red Sea. More:

Unboxed: Sicce X Stream E Compact Wave Pump

With a global reputation for quality, Sicce products represent the culmination of over 40 years’ experience in the industry. Based on innovative research and advanced technology, their pumps are highly regarded, being incorporated into many systems, either in stand-alone application, or as parts of other devices. In this unboxing review, we take a look at the latest offering from their aquarium division, the X Stream E compact wave pump. Actually, Sicce have made our job rather easy here with their own promotional video which gives a really good overview of the new pump. Although we will be bringing your our own operational review in due course, the video covers the key features and shows in-tank operation also. We suggest you watch the video. [embedded content] In terms of our initial thoughts, we were very happy with the packaging and presentation of this pump.

Fish Are What Fish Eat!

Aquarists have a wide variety of fish foods at their disposalWith so many fish foods on the market these days, it is really difficult to know exactly what your fish are eating. They will chow down with gusto pretty much anything you put in the tank, but do we really know what is in their foods? When we go to the market, I am sure the majority of us read the labels to see what we are ingesting. But is it the same for fish food? Usually not. Fish food labels provide a breakdown in protein and amino acids, etc., but we don’t know the exact ingredients since the FDA does not regulate fish food. Take dogs and cats for example

So Here It Is – Merry Christmas!

So the holidays are finally here and at last we’ve got a bit of time to spend tinkering with the test system. Hopefully the short break will allow us to get to all those jobs we’ve put on the back burner while we got on with the everyday grind! It’s also a good time to stop and reflect a little on how things are going, indeed in the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.

Perfect Aquarium Nerd Christmas Gifts 2014 Edition

With Christmas about three weeks away and closing in fast, we’ve decided to compile our annual list of aquarium goodies that you can get the aquarium nerd in your life. This is a diverse list that represents different price points and different types of gear. Of course, this list isn’t all inclusive, but we tried to represent the most popular and most useful products available.

A Brief History of EcoTech Marine Video


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