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How Much Time Will You Invest in a Saltwater Aquarium?

time spent 300x169 How Much Time Will You Invest in a Saltwater Aquarium?When a non-hobbyist visitor is observing one of my marine aquariums for the first time, among the questions he or she almost invariably asks—along with inquiring about the expense and the level of difficulty relative to a freshwater tank—is something along the lines of, “How much time does it take to maintain that?” My usual answer to that question is, “Not as much as you might think.” For some reason, there’s a pervasive misconception out there that in order to maintain a marine aquarium successfully, the hobbyist must spend every waking moment feeding, cleaning, adjusting, testing, tweaking, jiggering, and kneeling before a statue of Neptune. All hobbies are time-consuming Don’t get me wrong; a successful marine aquarium does demand a certain time commitment—but then so does any other hobby or avocation worth pursuing. Whether you’re into golf, bowling, scuba diving, model ship building, or stamp collecting, you’re going to spend just as much time, if not more, developing and honing the necessary skills or simply participating. Modest daily time commitment So what sort of time commitment are we talking here? An hour a day? Two hours? Once a marine aquarium is established, the actual day-to-day commitment can be fairly modest More: How Much Time Will You Invest in a Saltwater Aquarium?More:

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How Long Can Marine Fish Go Without Food?

fish eating 300x169 How Long Can Marine Fish Go Without Food?Butterflyfish and other highly laterally compressed species have less body reserves than more robust fish.This question usually arises when a marine aquarium hobbyist is either preparing to depart for vacation or trying to coax a hunger-striking new fish to eat. While it would be extremely helpful if there were a simple formula to help us solve this puzzle—e.g., “If you have fish species X, you can expect it to live exactly Y days without food before perishing”—this question actually demands a much more nuanced answer. As far as vacation feeding is concerned, it’s generally safe to assume that most healthy (note the emphasis) fish will be fine for a few days to a week or so without eating depending on the species. Beyond that, you’ll definitely want to make some accommodation to have the fish fed—even if just every two or three days. With respect to persuading a finicky new specimen to start eating, which often takes several days, I usually don’t start to get nervous until the fish is approaching about two weeks without food. Now, that doesn’t mean a fish in either situation couldn’t potentially survive for a much longer period without eating, but the idea is to avoid getting close to the point where its health is compromised—and again, we don’t know exactly where that line is drawn. That point is so indistinct because of the following factors: The specimen’s normal diet What and how a fish naturally eats has significant bearing on how long it can go in between meals. More: How Long Can Marine Fish Go Without Food?More:

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Banggai Rescue – Sneak Preview Video

970bBanggai front cover 500px Banggai Rescue – Sneak Preview Video Set to launch at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA 2013) in South Florida, The Banggai Cardinalfish book represents almost two years’ of work and the involvement of hundreds of saltwater aquarists, marine biologists, aquarium industry leaders, and many conservation-minded supporters. The Banggai Cardinalfish, 304 pages, Hardcover $44.95, Quality Softcover $34.95. For a preview of the book, see this video by Matt Pedersen that runs through the entire 304 pages in about a minute and shows the scope of the international Banggai Rescue Project. The book will be distributed by Julian Sprung and Two Little Fishies in partnership with Reef to Rainforest Media, publishers of CORAL and AMAZONAS Magazines. “This book should make us all proud to be marine aquarists,” says Editor & Publisher James Lawrence. “The marine aquarium community has rallied to respond to a situation in which a uniquely beautiful and fascinating fish has been threatened by unregulated collection in a remote archipelago in Indonesia. We have unwittingly been part of the problem, but now we can feel that we are part of the solution.” “Perhaps the most important outcome of the Project so far has been the collaboration between our science team and their counterparts in Indonesia who are working to reform the Banggai Cardinal fishery while supporting the livelihoods of indigenous fishers in their own waters.” Book Credits:: Ret Talbot • Matt Pedersen • Matthew L. Wittenrich, Ph.D. Foreword by Dr. Gerald R. Allen with Martin A. Moe, Jr., Roy Yanong, V.M.D., and Thomas Waltzek, D.V.M., Ph.D. Publishing Team: Edited by James M. Lawrence Designed by Linda Provost Production: Anne Linton Elston Copyediting: Louise Watson, Alex Bunten Business Manager: Judith R. Billard Project Corporate Sponsors Books will be available at MACNA, August 30 to September 1 at the Two Little Fishies booth. Announcements coming soon about how to order the book. Source: Banggai-Rescue.com MORE: Banggai Rescue – Sneak Preview VideoMore:

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Orphek Atlantik Shines Bright at SWFMAS 6th Annual Reef Conference

There is no doubt that LED lighting is one of 2013’s hottest topics. That shined true this past weekend for Orphek’s latest release, the Atlantik LED aquarium lighting fixture. With its sleek European design, unsurpassed clean, crisp lines and enough power for any reef aquarium, the Atlantik’s turned quite a few heads this last weekend at the South West Florida Marine Aquarium’s 6th annual reef conference.

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Frag Junky displayed Orphek’s flagship lights over their frag tanks at the reefing event and had this to say about the lights: “The power and color that these lights produce along with the easy controllability of these lights are incredible. We are so excited to … More:

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The Hottest Saltwater Tank Trade Show That Your Spouse Will Love

If your spouse/significant other loves your saltwater tank, then you are a lucky person. If they don’t love your tank, no worries as this year’s Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) will be an event she won’t want to miss. Did I mention there is over 188 vendors and 25 lectures for the reef junkie in you as well?  MORE:The Hottest Saltwater Tank Trade Show That Your Spouse Will LoveMore:

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MACNA 2013 Banquet Gets More Entertaining with Master of Ceremonies, Richard Ross

macna banquet gets more entertaining with master of ceremonies richard ross   ms  0 MACNA 2013 Banquet Gets More Entertaining with Master of Ceremonies, Richard Ross The committee putting together the 2013 Marine Aquarium Conference of North America isn’t using the same old format that past shows have followed, but are shaking things up in a very interesting way. Besides having the perfect location for the event, what’s better than South Florida right, they are going to put their own spin on the evening events that follow the long days of vendor hall roaming and guest speaker listening. A keynote speech will be given by aquarium industry legend Dr. Richard Pyle, and the Saturday evening banquet will be overseen by a “master of ceremonies”. The brilliantly comedic and always enjoyable Richard Ross has been given that responsibility, and we can’t wait to see what this new format has to offer. Don’t get us wrong, last year’s keynote by Jean-Michel Cousteau was absolutely terrific, but having what we assume will be a little comedic relief will make the night even more entertaining. So what qualifies Rich Ross, a biology nerd from the California Academy of Sciences, to be the master of ceremonies? Well, he’s no slouch on the stage. Rich has given tons of talks to aquarium clubs and at various trade shows, and he has even done some work in California television and at events like San Francisco’s Nerd Nite. In a nutshell, Rich is the perfect guy for the job in our opinions. Oh, and did we mention Rich is a snappy dresser.  Read MoreMore:

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CORAL March/April Preview

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CORAL celebrates the height of the winter aquarium-keeping season with cover-to-cover brilliant photography and inspiration for all reefkeepers.
 • With a publication date of March 5th, this forthcoming issue of CORAL will feature cover articles by Daniel Knop and Claude Shuhmacher on the glorious zoanthids, with expert advice on their selection, care, husbandry, and safe handling. Dr. Roy Caldwell documents his astonishing encounters with the Wonderpus Octopus, Wonderpus photogenicus, as well as a report on the first captive spawning in his San Francisco laboratory. Dr. Ronald Shimek and Erik Stenn offer illustrated guides to the natural history and importance of copepods for reefkeeping and marine breeding. • In a perfect break from the mid-winter doldrums, Nate Wilson takes the reader on a an eye-opening dive expedition to Fiji’s thriving coral reefs. • And much more: Ret Talbot on threats to aquarium livestock collection in the Hawaiian Islands, dealing with heavy metals in the marine aquarium, a portrait of a Giant Clam-dominated reef, and a profile of  the rare and coveted Japanese Swallowtail Angelfish.… More:

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Dr. Richard Pyle Announced as MACNA 2013 Keynote Speaker

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Here’s some great news for registered and potential attendees of MACNA 2013. The world famous Dr. Richard Pyle was just announced as the keynote speaker of the Saturday night banquet. We’re huge fans of Dr. Pyle and all of his amazing work collecting, researching, and naming rare aquarium specimen, most notably the Peppermint angelfish which he caught and donated to the Waikiki Aquarium. Currently, Richard works for the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Hawaii and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Marine Exploration. In a nutshell, Richard Pyle is about the highest profile speaker that could address the crowd at MACNA and we can’t wait to hear his stories. Joining Richard in his quest to enlighten and entertain attendees of the annual marine aquarium conference is a long list of guest speakers that are scheduled over the three day period. This list includes Tony Vargas, Morgan Moore, Matt Wittenrich, Matt Wandell, Kevin Kohen, Julian Sprung, Jake Adams, Craig Bingman, Colin Foord, Martin Moe, ChingChai, Sanjay Joshi, Martin Moe, Vincent Chalias, and Mark Callahan. Talk about an all-star lineup of speakers. I just hope to squeeze in more speakers this year than I’ve been able to in the past.  Read MoreMore:

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