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News From Deepwater Aquatics and Pacific Sun

deepwater aquatics - reefsDeepwater Aquatics, the full service marine aquarium distribution company, is known for offering some of the most premium brands on the market to local stores, they have distribution deals with AquaIllumination and Aquaforest, as well as (50) more specialty brands. The latest deal? Dean Tapper, Vice President of Sales for Deepwater Aquatics announced that the Orlando, Florida-based company is now the Exclusive North American Distributor for Pacific Sun. “We’re very excited about this opportunity,” Tapper added. pacific sun - reefsPacific Sun is a leading European Aquarium Lighting and specialty Manufacturer. It was founded in 2002 and began dealing with the import and breeding of marine animals and propagation of hard corals, and in 2009, their first mass-produced fixture gained worldwide attention. Recently, the Pacific Sun LED and T5 aquarium lighting fixtures have captured the public’s eye… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #260


Reef safe?

A new week and a new podcast. This week’s topics include lighting, reef-safe fish, Paul Allen’s yacht, reefer phrases, and cosmetics. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Paul Allen’s yacht
Paul Allen’s yacht destroys coral reef, Business Insider

Reef speak
Phrases only a Reefer Would Say, CastAway, East Tennessee Reef Club, Reef2Reef

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Reef Threads Podcast #259


Sanjay’s 500-gal reef aquarium.


We’re back, this week with returning guest Sanjay Joshi. While our focus was on his LED experiences with his 500-gal. reef, we also talked about water flow, tank heating, coral growth, closed-loop systems, and the reef-system rebuild at the Penn State Univ. student union. This is a good one. Don’t miss it. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Sanjay’s 2-yr. LED experience
Sanjay Joshi, 2 years with LEDs

The Penn State student union tank in its rebuilt infancy.

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Ricordea Florida: an Underappreciated Caribbean Beauty

A group of Ricordea floridaAs an American reefkeeper, it’s all too easy for me to forget that some truly gorgeous invertebrate livestock originates relatively close to home in the tropical western Atlantic and Caribbean. I was reminded of this recently when CC entrusted several of his Caribbean specimens to my care in advance of his pending move to the great state of Florida. By the way, if you “felt a great disturbance in the force” some weeks back, it had nothing to do with the destruction of Alderaan. More likely, it was just Chris’s head exploding at the thought of his prized Caribbean species intermingling with my lowly Indo-Pacific corals and fish. Did I ever mention that CC is a terrible “species-ist”?Anyway, among this adopted assortment are several color varieties of Ricordea florida. Now, prior to receiving these specimens, it had been a long time since I’d given much thought to rics, and I’d forgotten how truly stunning these humble corallimorphs can be, so it was really nice to get reacquainted with them. They’re also fairly rugged, so whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hobbyist, R

Symphyllia: So Stunning, Yet Success Eludes Me!

Symphyllia spp. coralSymphyllia are some of the most colorful large-polyp stony corals out there. Their bodies resemble Lobophyllia in many ways, but unlike lobos, they have a much more diverse color arrangement. I’ve seen them come in just about every color imaginable, and it is very common for them to have large bands of colors. Unfortunately, I don’t do very well with Symphyllia. As colorful and amazing as these corals are, they’re a no-go for me until I learn more about why they might be struggling in my system.

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.

Refugium Lighting

Refugium Lighting Refugiums are a great way to grow Algae for filtration, food, and provide excellent breeding grounds for pods, shrimp, and anything else that would otherwise be destroyed in your Display tank. Refugiums are not always designed for filtration. Some are designed purely for visual enjoyment and others are home to coral frags as they grow larger. They also make great Time Out spots for bad fish and are good places for injured fish to heal, but remember these are connected to your Display tank so They will not count as quarantine or hospital tanks. There are 2 main types of Refugium Lighting Plant Based- These refugiums are generally places for Macro algae like Chaetomorpha or Caulerpa. Mangroves are also grown in refugiums.

EcoTech Marine Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Tons of Giveaways

Here’s some great news for EcoTech Marine fanboys, which includes us too by the way. The Pennsylvania based water pump, and more recently LED lighting, company is celebrating their 10 year anniversary, and they’re doing it in style. They recently announced a Photo Contest over on their Facebook Page in which hobbyists can win all sorts of EcoTech Marine gear. The contest is held monthly, with different themes for each one. For example, July’s theme is “Impressive Diversity” and the first place winner will get a package that includes a VorTech MP10wES. The contest is open to just about everyone, and it’s driven by votes from Facebook fans. There are already a bunch of impressive pictures of diverse reef life in this month’s contest, so head on over there and vote. If you didn’t enter this month, don’t fret, as there are many more to come. We’d also like to congratulate EcoTech Marine for their accomplishments, as it’s not easy to stick around for a decade in this business and do this well.

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