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*EXCLUSIVE* Unboxed: Red Sea REEFER™ 170 Aquarium System

(light not included)Breaking the news of their launch back in November 2014 we’ve been eagerly anticipating the commercial release of Red Sea’s new REEFER line of rimless braceless aquaria, as we suspect have many of you! In advance of the imminent arrival of the first run we’ve managed to get our hands on the very first unit and in this unboxing review (of sorts) we’ll be taking a preliminary look at the key aspects of the set-up both aesthetic and functional. Whether or not you’ve placed an order already, are considering doing so, or are just plain interested in such a system for the future, we hope this review will prove useful and entertaining! Coming in 5 models ranging from 117 to 450l in total volume, we’ve got our hands on the Reefer 170 which is one model up from the nano (incidentally, note that the model number refers to the total litre volume of the system including sump and top up tanks).

New ‘zero bead’ seams look even better than ADA seams

There is not much information available right now, but these images showing off the ‘zero bead’ seams on this nano aquarium made from 100% low iron glass (optiwhite) is just stunning. Has the infamous ADA aquariums been regulated to the top of a lesser league?

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(Photos from ACS).

New ‘zero bead’ seams look even better than ADA seams originally appeared on NanoReefBlog on March 10, 2014.

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Captive Bred Heniochus Butterflyfish – We’re “THIS CLOSE”!

How close are we? “This Close”! It occurred to me that sometimes we use the phrase “this close” in idle conversation, often holding up our fingers perhaps a centimeter apart, as if to give an actual indication of dimension when what we’re really trying to convey is is not something so physically concrete. Instead, we’re talking about missing the mark by “that much”, 9/10ths of the way, the slimmest of margins. We’re talking about a cry from the back seat, demanding to know “are we there yet?” with 10 minutes left on the car ride. In other words, “This Close” might be something best summed up as simply a goal not met, an accomplishment narrowly avoided, also known as hearbreaking disappointment, but on the edge of greatness all the same. Or my personal favorite twist on a classic phrase, “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” (yes you read that correctly)! The recent butterflyfish larviculture accomplishments by Frank Baensch & the Hawaii Larval Fish Project are nothing short of groundbreaking, but a captive-bred Butterflyfish is not here just yet.

CORAL Feature Video: LED-Lit 120-Gallon Reef

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FHlDak_OX8 Credit Beautiful Coral Reef Aquarium LED HD Sony HDR XR260 handycam By KODEBLUE24 | YouTube This is a 120 gallon reef aquarium. I am using two Taotronics 120 watt fully programmable led fixture. My system started out as a 55 gallon tank a year and a half ago, then upgraded to this 120 gallon tank using my 55 gallon tank as my sump filtration in my basement. I use a large protein skimmer, biopellets and an algae scrubber to control nutrients. With my setup I never do any water changes and supplement all elements. Music Gavin Mikhail Piano playing Mumford and Sons “I Will Wait”

Giesemann introduces Sunshift

Long considered the must have lighting unit to hang over your glass box of reef fish and corals, Giesemann kind of faded into the background when the LED revolution smothered our hobby. In hindsight, the German based aquarium lighting company simply retreated into R&D mode to fine tune and refine their offerings, and on debut of their LED systems, the Teszla and Futura models, it was clear that Giesemann is still the juggernaut it has always been in this hobby. The LED revolution has shifted from new to common place, Giesemann continue to push forward and have recently announced some new functionality for their LED units namely ‘Sunshift’ and pre-configured profiles. New ‘Sunshift’ feature For Futura / Futura-S platform Unlike most luminair or multi module LED arrays which work on a parallel programming platform, meaning that all lamps within an array are usually tied to the same or single profile for lighting phases, the Futura has always had the capacity to run separate profiles for each board within the array, allowing the user to simulate differing conditions or ‘zones’ within the same physical volume of water. A system which can be especially useful for aquarists keeping species which require vastly differing light scenarios. Giesemann have now added to this flexibility by developing a brand new programing feature that allows additional flexibility, whereby the user can copy profiles directly to each board within the array, but with an adjustable time-lag on a per-board, or even per-channel basis. Thereby allowing the user to replicate a highly accurate sunlight transition across the aquarium during the daytime phase. This also allows the aquarist to expose corals to a higher intensity than normal in order to induce better colouration whilst at the same time limiting the effects of extended over exposure or forcefully induced photo-inhibition by having a ‘non’ fixed light source. Rendition of master board 1 / 5 channel profile for Futura. Rendition of channel curves with ‘SUNSHIFT” across 6 board / 30 channel profile on Futura with a 30 min lag. Since the launch of the Teszla/TeszlaXT and Futura ranges, Giesemann have always been a strong advocate of the loss-free opticless 120deg output method to gain better output without sacrificing even distribution, and to deliver a more natural light field, a feature many companies are now starting to emulate. Tied with the wide-angle output as standard, this feature now ensures a smooth transition across the aquarium from a visual perspective, whilst also benefiting corals by adding additional intensity into normally shaded regions as that intensity and varying light path moves from one point to the next without excessively over exposing the corals upper surfaces for extended periods. A feature which may prove invaluable to those keeping typically shallow water coral species who wish to replicate more natural lighting scenarios. Pre-configured profiles For existing and new Giesemann LED users, there will be a range of pre-designed profiles available for direct download from the Giesemann website and associated customer support sites. These will be configured for both the Futura and Teszla/Teszla-XT Bluetooth interfaces and will be available for both Saltwater and Freshwater platforms. Profiles will include: 1. A standard default profile for new aquarium installations.2. An acclimatisation profile for those switching to Giesemann LED from other lighting sources.3. A range of spectral simulation profiles which are tuned to replicate differing environments such as Shallow reef-flat or lagoon / Upper reef slope-5-10m / lower reef slope-10-20m / and deep shelf 20-30m These, along with several freshwater profiles (for use with the Freshwater variant of the Futura and Teszla which uses a different LED configuration) will be available for download between February-March 2014. Technical Support Forum In collaboration with coralreefaquarist.com, Giesemann now have a new customer support forum where both trade and retail customers can get direct answers to technical questions on the entire range of Giesemann products, including all of the Aquarium/T5/HQI and LED ranges. Additional features will be the ability for users of the Bluetooth LED ranges to share and talk about the various profiles they are using so that they may assist each other as a community of users to get the best results. The support forum and discussion area can be found here: Coralreefaquarist.com

Marine Aquarium Trade: A Force for Good in Saving Coral Reefs

Fish catch for the table: reef-side native people depend on their local waters for food and income. Landmark new paper says that a sustainable marine aquarium trade may be a key to the future of healthy coral reef areas By Ret Talbot The fate of coral reefs worldwide is now a well-publicized, front-page, six o’clock news crisis. In fact, three marine scientists just published a landmark paper that leads with this daunting proclamation: “Coral reefs are at the brink of a global, system-wide collapse.” Lead author of the paper, Dr. Andrew L. Rhyne: “Ending cyanide fishing and effective trade monitoring are necessary and critical short-term gains for the marine aquarium trade.” Ending cyanide fishing and effective trade monitoring are necessary and critical short-term gains. For those involved in the keeping of marine aquaria, it is logical—perhaps even imperative—to wonder whether or not embattled reef ecosystems can sustain fisheries pressure in addition to all the other stressors they face. Often the heated arguments come down to these two points of contention: 1. Is it possible to harvest live fishes and invertebrates from coral reefs in a sustainable manner?

CORAL Featured Video: Reef Life of the Andaman Sea

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0liBnH0xlr0 CREDITS Reef Fishes – Reef Life of the Andaman Nick Hope | Bubble Vision | You Tube This is Part 9 of Nick Hope’s excellent series, also available in feature length on the Andaman Sea, also known as the Burma Sea, part of the eastern Indian Ocean. Read more here.

CORAL Featured Video: Sever’s House Reef

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKX88Du1umI From bare rock to thriving reef aquarium in two years—an excellent example of what can be done. Sever’s house reef My tank after 2 years. 500L- 110Gal. Light: Ati Powermodule 8x 54W & 3×75 Led. Skimmer: Ati Powercone 200i. Pomp 4500L, Circulation 2x Tunze 6105 + Multicontroler. Salt: Aquaforest (change 10% of water every 7-10 days). All supplements from AF Biopellets, CalkReaktor , Calkmikser. My new tank 1100L- 290gal 3months after moving from 500L http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxn8GJ… CREDIT Sever Lukasiewicz | YouTube

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