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Review: Coral Box Cloud 9 DC Skimmer

It’s been a little while since we featured a skimmer review on the site but when we spied details of this new offering from Chinese supplier Fish-Street, advertised on their website for a Summer 2015 release, we were immediately curious to see if such a competitively-priced skimmer could deliver performance to match some of the more expensive options out there. We were also curious to experience the ‘direct sale’ acquisition of a skimmer via the ‘factory to end user’ pathway used by this supplier. Arriving in what seemed like and impossibly short time all the way from China, the unit came to us extremely well-packaged. Assembling the unit was very easy but take note that it’s a good idea to assemble it without the cup in place to stop the lid from falling off. Similarly, be aware that the rubber feet come-off when the 4 screws connecting the base plate to the unit are removed… just something to be wary of… not really a problem. Once the screws are in place, the rubber feet just push onto the protruding ends. The screws themselves require around 20 turns to fasten them tightly and they are quite easy to handle, even without a screwdriver, which should really help when it comes time to dismantle the unit for periodic cleaning

How Can We Encourage Saltwater Gender Equality?

There’s a lot of conversation these days about gender equality with respect to income, career opportunities, education, and many other arenas of life. However, we tend to give it very little thought when it comes to participation in our hobby. Let’s face it, the perception—if not the reality—of the gender ratio in the marine aquarium hobby is that it’s largely tipped in favor of males.But if this is true, why is it so? After all, there’s nothing inherently masculine about keeping fish and corals in glass or acrylic boxes. What is it that seemingly discourages many women from getting involved or, if they are hobbyists, from getting their voices and opinions heard just as much—or as loudly—as their male counterparts do? As regular Saltwater Smarts visitor Louise Maggs helpfully points out, there are some persistent myths and misconceptions floating around out there that might be inhibiting women from participating fully in our salty pastime. That really got me thinking, so I’d like to dedicate today’s post to a discussion of those myths as I perceive them and invite all of you—whatever your gender—to weigh in with your thoughts.

Fincasters Episode 76 Tang in the Wrong Ocean

Divers of of Florida identify a tang that shouldn't be there and go after it. It's the Work of REEF, a non-profit that protects the reefs off of the Florida keys. In this Fincast, REEF's Lad Adkins describes how the team located and safely removed a fish, released from someone's aquarium, that could have become an invasive species. More About REEF: http://www.reef.org More About John Carlin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23140279&authType=name&authToken=wDED

Reef Threads Podcast #231


Fishing tyres out of the ocean. Photo: AFP

After an unplanned week off, we return to talk about pollen, a research job, Miami dredging, failed fake reefs, canopies, wall-of-rocks aquascaping, powerheads, live rock, and books. 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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Frost Museum technology prize
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum restore reefs prize

Failed fake reefs
France fishes thousands of used tyres from failed artificial reef off Cannes, Henry Samuel, The Telegraph

Coral Morphologic
Colin Foord’s website.

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Fincasters Episode 70 Hairfin Eel Blenny

The Hairfin Eel Blenny, Xiphasia setifer, is a rare and unique fish that is easy to keep in your aquarium if you can find one. In this Fincast, John talks with Barry Wisebram of Sunpet which had a pair of the fish on display at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando.

Rock Flower Anemone Collection! CRAZY HD

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/coralfish12g My Instagram Page: https://instagram.com/coralfish12g/ Frost Nguyen AznNutty's SaltwaterConnections SaltwaterConnections@hotmail.com These are beautiful rock flower anemones. Frost Nguyen had these at his vendor booth at the CMAS Frag Swap in Chicago.

Reef Threads Podcast #227


Look for Momma.

This week we play What’s on the Home Page, in which we visit a bunch of websites and see what they have to offer. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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What’s on the Home Page links
Live Aquaria’s Reef Care resource

WikiHow’s Reduce Aquarium Maintenance

Bulk Reef Supply

Marine Depot

Salty Supply

Foster & Smith Pet Education

Premium Aquatics

ORA

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Review: Elos OsmoController Digital

Dealing with evaporation from a reef tank can be a real chore if you haven’t got a robust system in place and there’s also a pretty high element of risk involved if your chosen system isn’t up to scratch. For a start, it could fail to keep-up with demand (in which case a low water level could expose equipment and lead to a system failure), or at the other end of the scale, overfilling could make your tank literally ‘runneth-over’ (causing untold damage and recrimination). In either case your Salinity is also going to be ‘all over the place’ too, stressing livestock, possibly to death…. in short this is one area where cutting-costs can come back and ‘bite you on the bum’! Having started-off with the ‘religiously-trickling-in-a-jug-of-RO-every-day’ method back in the day, we’ve since been through a few different systems, each progressing in complexity. Our second system was a simple peri-pump on a timer which delivered Kalkwasser during the night (and which worked fine but couldn’t cope with seasonal fluctuations very well) and next we experimented with float switches… briefly

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