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Reef Threads Podcast #195

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #195 A tang with attitude.This week’s podcast topics include MACNA, gluing frags, sea smells, frag tanks as displays, and buying high-end equipment. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to meeting people at MACNA and sharing what we see and hear with those who can’t attend. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #195More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #193

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #193

Everyone should have a specie tank that’s home to a Pygmy Tuberculated Angler. All of the other fish we talked about are already sold. Sorry.It was a whim and we went with it. We trashed everything we were planning to talk about, fired up the Live Aquaria Diver’s Den page and geeked out about fish for 50 minutes. We had fun. Hope you enjoy listening. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #193

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BioTek Marine Mounting Arms Are the Sexiest Way to Mount Your Radion Fixtures

02c5BioTek Marine Radion XR30W Tank Mount BioTek Marine Mounting Arms Are the Sexiest Way to Mount Your Radion Fixtures
Ever since EcoTech Marine introduced their Radion XR30 LED fixture at MACNA in 2011, aquarium keepers have been on the hunt for the best solution to mounting them on or hanging them above their aquariums. Since aesthetics are so, so important in the appeal of an aquarium, there’s really no surprise that the hunt has been never ending for some. Fortunately, that search may be over, as BioTek Marine has (in our humble opinions) the best looking tank mounts for the Radion XR30 light fixtures. The light mounts, which are distributed through Aquarium Specialty, are made from solid cast acrylic and have been machined and polished to give a mirror like finish. They mount simply to the aquarium, using discretely placed thumbscrews, and additional hardware keeps the cords from the light fixtures hidden from view. For the Radion, there are two models available, an 18-20″ mount and a 24″ arm. They are each priced at $209. If you’re in the market for a mounting arm such as this, but don’t have a Radion, there are other models available form BioTek that accommodate the AquaIllumination Hydra and Hydra FiftyTwo LED fixtures. Eventually, models for the Hydra TwentySix and Radion XR15w Pro will be available MORE: BioTek Marine Mounting Arms Are the Sexiest Way to Mount Your Radion FixturesMore:

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In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!

close not enough2 In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!When it comes to achieving success with a marine aquarium, there’s a certain “X Factor” that comes into play—the hobbyist’s attention to detail. Let’s face it, some of us are pretty focused on making sure every parameter, measurement, calculation, and setting is spot on, while others tend to be a bit more, well, lackadaisical in their approach. Admittedly, my natural tendency is toward the latter. I guess you could say I’m more “big picture” focused than detail-oriented. But I’ve found over the years that my usual “close enough” thinking is not a terrific asset in this hobby, so I have to work hard to be more diligent and precise. Here are just a few examples of when “close enough” thinking doesn’t pay in our hobby: Matching fish to tank size “Hmm, says here a clown triggerfish needs at least a 135-gallon tank. My 100-gallon should be close enough. After all, it’s only a difference of 35 gallons!” Sound familiar More: In the Marine Aquarium Hobby, “Close Enough” Just Won’t Cut It!More:

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5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer Espouse

aquarium misconceptions 300x169 5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer EspouseCasting my mind back on my early days as a marine aquarium keeper, it’s funny how some of my stances on various aspects of the hobby have, shall we say, evolved in the intervening years. Of course, these changing opinions have led to different ways of doing things—and different ways of dispensing advice. Here are just a few examples (experienced salties, see if any of these sound familiar to you): 1) Quarantine is an extravagance I used to think quarantining new specimens was more of a luxury than a necessity. Besides, despite my failure to quarantine, I somehow got lucky and managed to sneak by with no major disease problems for quite some time. Oh, what a naïve fool I was! No one could have convinced me that I was playing a game of Russian roulette and running out of empty chambers. It took (wait for it!) an outbreak of Cryptocaryon to achieve that. There’s nothing like the sight of all your prized fish dashing around the tank and scraping their bodies on the rockwork to change your mind about the importance of quarantine! 2) Live rock hitchhikers should be eradicated with extreme prejudice More: 5 Marine Aquarium Misconceptions I No Longer EspouseMore:

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ORA’s Latest Captive Breeding Success, the Girdled Goby

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What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to show off a newly aquacultured fish species from the always busy fish breeders at Oceans Reefs & Aquariums? Like the proud papas they are, ORA is gushing all about their new Girdled Goby (Priolepis cincta) in their latest blog post, sharing all the joys and unfortunate pitfalls that fish parenthood has brought with this new goby. This goby was first raised much earlier in 2014, marking the first time that P. cincta has been bred in the hobby. Unfortunately, long larval stages, challenging feeding requirements, and conspecific aggression have sort of marred the normally joyous process of breeding a new fish. Despite these challenges, ORA breeders pressed on and eventually raised enough fish to make a viable commercial offering. The first batch was shipped to Drs. MORE: ORA’s Latest Captive Breeding Success, the Girdled GobyMore:

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ReefFest 2014 – Summary

  IMG 6565 300x199 ReefFest 2014 – SummaryHeld at The Aquarium at Cockfields Farm on the weekend of 17/19 May, this years’ ‘ReefFest’ gathering proved to be a busy event attracting hobbyists from various UK online communities and several major organisations involved in the marine aquatics trade. We attended on the first day and despite spending most of the time chatting to hobbyists and trade contacts we also managed to take some images and gather some intel. So first let’s report on what our trade friends brought to the show. IMG 6567 300x199 ReefFest 2014 – SummaryBehind Cockfields beautiful Red Sea Max S650 display tank (which was looking as stunning as ever), Red Sea had laid out their stall with their various salts, substrates, kits and supplements (while we are on the subject, keep your eyes open for our review of their Coral Pro salt in the near future). Reps Steve and Kev were also on-hand and it was great to see Kev meeting customers face-to-face that he has tirelessly supported on-line. It’s always nice to put a face to a name! Steve was happy to chat as ever and even promised us another ‘scoop’ just before Interzoo. We can’t say… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #183

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #183

We return once again, this week to talk about Live Aquaria acclimation directions, fish acclimation, Habitattitude website, Reefs.com app, MACNA keynote Luiz Rocha, Steinhart Aquarium, Martin Moe’s updated book, price-per-polyp selling, and Diver’s Den soft corals. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #183

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