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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:

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.


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:

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

MACNA 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:

CORAL March/April Preview

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:

Dr. Richard Pyle Announced as MACNA 2013 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard Pyle
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:

Andrea’s Negusanti Italian Marine Aquarium

Here we are to introduce and comment one of the most beautiful reef tanks I’ve ever seen. Most of all, we’d like to admire the skill of Andrea Negusanti, aka AndreaNegu, who was able to have as many as two of his tanks awarded as “tank of the month”. We’re also proud to have Andrea as the centerpiece of our italian-pizza-and-aquarium-lovers group “MagnaRomagna“.

Andrea’s tank was tailored in order to fit into his home environment and is based on a custom Elos tank (125x70x55) entirely made in extra clear glass 15 mm thick. The tank’s gross capacity is 480 liters, which is also the system’s overall capacity, also considering sump volumes.


Skimmer Elos PS2000: our in-depth review

The PS2000 is the new Elos skimmer dedicated to oversized marine aquariums, over 500 liters or smaller, but filled with fish and SPS corals.

  After more than six months of extensive testing we are ready to tell you about it extensively.… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.