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Reef Threads Podcast #206


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It’s time once again to do the marine-aquarium hobby podcast thing that we do. This week’s subjects are our “Where Do You Listen” contest, the St. Jude/Reef Savvy reef system raffle, women in the hobby, lionfish videos, Ret Talbot’s new series, hobby expense, and mysis shrimp and other frozen foods. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

St. Jude raffle

Spearing lionfish

Ladies fragswapping site

Ret writes

It costs too much

1.5-gal. vase reef

Bulk frozen

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UPDATE! Our Lionfish Odd Couple Now Has Footage!

 As you recall I previously posted about the strange relationship between Jim Gryczanowski’s Pterois volitan and his Blue Stripe Amphiprion clarkii. Well today I have an exciting update for you with this fantastic video of the adorable duo! Jim reports this behavior has been ongoing for a few weeks now, and while the couple seem comfortable with their living situation, the Clown is reportedly a bit stingy, and has yet to share his food with Mr. Lion. Let’s hope she realizes quickly that you must feed your man if you’d like to stick around. I know for sure Jared would eat me if I didn’t cook a decent meal every once in a while.More:

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“Shocking” Not So Shocking Findings About The Lion

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Today’s story comes to us courtesy of Charles Smith! Thanks for your submission, sir, I hope we see more of you in the future.

“National Public Radio recently published the following article to their website, about a young scientist’s experiment exposing lionfish to decreasing levels of salinity:

Sixth Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Shocked! Just shocked!

Meanwhile, aquarium fish keepers have known about this for decades. It’s called hypo-salinity, and it’s an important part of the quarantine procedure. Fish can survive at low salinity; invertebrates cannot. Putting marine fish in low salinity rids them of … More:

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They’re baaaack! Lionfish return to New York

IMG_8000sm What can it mean that after a complete absence of lionfish around Long Island, New York, for the last three years, they have suddenly reappeared?… More:

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Florida to Ban All Pterois Lionfish Imports Beginning August 1st

We keep harping on the lionfish invasion of the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and pretty much all waters surrounding Florida because it is a serious, ongoing issue with seemingly no end in sight. Despite the best efforts of scientists to understand the issue, legislators to fix the problem, and recreational fishermen to eradicate the invaders, the problem persists to the point where different and often drastic measures have to be given a good look. The latest attempt to help tackle the invasion is the straight up ban on the import of all lionfish from the Pterois genus into Florida. But is it the right move? As spelled out in one of Ret Talbot’s latest contributions to the Reef2Rainforest blog, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioners unanimously approved the prohibition of the “importation of live lionfish from the genus Pterois“, approved divers to use rebreather equipment to harvest lionfish, and will allow the Executive Director to issue permits to spearfisherman to remove lionfish and other non-native species from areas where the activity was previously prohibited. Ret goes on to point out that lionfish from the genus Dendrochirus are not considered in this ban despite there being significant genetic similarities between them and members of the Pterois genus. This new set of rules goes into effect on August 1st, and as usual, there are good arguments from both sides of the aisle. One of the key incentives intended by this ban is that marine aquarium importers who still rely on lionfish as part of their product offering will start collecting fish out of Florida waters to fill their demand. This approach, coupled with aggressive erradication efforts from other industries, is hoped to be able to keep the lionfish under better control, though nobody knows what real impact will be had.
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Lionfish Eye Photo, Invasive Creatures, Deadly Fish

Hi all, I have a lionfish eyeball for you all today mainly because I don’t have anything else to send! How is this possible you ask when I am always in the water with a camera?? Well, most days I’m just shooting the submersible with it’s passengers and lately at night only blue-light photos so I really don’t have anything new at the moment. We did do a deep-water fish collecting dive yesterday so I may have some new rare aquarium fish pictures for you soon but they are still out on the reef and take a week to decompress and acclimate to the warmer temps. I took this lionfish eye photo the other night while out searching for small corals that we had previously shot with blue-light
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Lionfish Photo, Invasive Fish Species, Poisonous Fish

Good morning friends, here’s a fish that no longer needs an introduction but for those of you who don’t know, this is a recently introduced fish to the Caribbean called a Lionfish. It’s looking like these invasive predators are here to stay and it’s up to us to TRY to keep the numbers down by any means possible. And YES, I agree with everyone that says “they are so beautiful” but this is not a beauty contest anymore, it’s a fight to save our juvenile fish against a predator that has no limits when dining and doesn’t ever seem to get filled up??  Yesterday our submersible did a 7 hour tour off the coast of Curacao starting at Caracasbaai  and ending up back at the Sea Aquarium, that’s around 2.5 miles underwater exploring depths down to 700 feet! This was a scientific trip with Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian Institution onboard with one mission in mind, to find new species of fish
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Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Curacao Substation

Good morning from Curacao!! Well, yesterday turned out to be one of those days that you hoped would just keep going and going but as we all found out there is just so much you can do in one day! We had the honor of having Jeff Corwin and his film crew show up yesterday morning filming a segment of the invasive lionfish that are currently invading the Caribbean!  Jeff Corwin, as most of you already know is an American animal and nature conservationist, best known as host and executive producer of the “Animal Planets” cable channel television programs and “The Jeff Corwin Experience” and “Corwin’s Quest”. He is currently working with the Georgia Aquarium in a an all new program called, “Ocean Mysteries” which airs on ABC, if you haven’t seen it yet, your going to love it!! Here is the link to Jeff, the Georgia Aquarium and Ocean Mysteries, please take some time to check it out and add this into your weekly viewing pleasure, it’s valuable information about our planet that we all should know. 
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