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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

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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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Frozen Mysis Part 1: The Quest For Quality Mysis

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A mix of bad and good mysis. Do you know which is which? Feeding seahorses in aquariums has long been regarded as one of the most important keys to success with these delicate animals. Widespread availability of captive bred seahorses has made feeding easier in recent years, but it is still fraught with challenges. One significant challenge Seahorse aquarists face is the daunting task of finding frozen mysis that is nutritionally intact. Many aquarists don’t realize that frozen shrimp degrade in quality rather quickly. It’s not uncommon for new seahorse keepers to overlook this part of seahorse care. Food that is in nutritional decline is easily missed of you don’t know what to watch out for. And the method an aquarist uses for storing frozen food at home can create situations that cause a rapid decline in the nutritional quality of their mysis. Frozen mysis is the staple diet of most seahorses and many other syngnathids in captivity. As a food source, it is a common part of a wild seahorse’s diet, and packs a great nutritional punch. A varied diet is the best diet, but most seahorse keepers fall More: Frozen Mysis Part 1: The Quest For Quality MysisMore:

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Innovative Marine’s New SkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer is Sure to Be a Crowd Pleaser

cfacSkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer Line Up Innovative Marine’s New SkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer is Sure to Be a Crowd Pleaser Innovative Marine is back with another ground breaking product for the world of all-in-one marine aquaria. Announced just yesterday, and in a far too subtle fashion in our opinions, the SkimMate Ghost is a new protein skimmer that looks to bring serious performance to IM’s AUQA GADGET lineup. The SkimMate Ghost is a drop-in skimmer that will be available in three distinct sizes, each of which will fit nicely into the rear chambers of the NUVO aquariums whose name they bare. For example, the SkimMate Ghost DeskTop skimmer is designed to function seamlessly with the DeskTop model of the NUVO aquariums, and so on. In terms of features, the Ghost will sport a compact design that recirculates bubbles passively to increase dwell time. Additionally, the skimmer has an enlarged inline air silencer box, a bubble diffusing plate, an adjustable air valve, and a needle wheel impeller. The design keeps the air line tubing neat and kink free, and the collection cup design isn’t all too different from other popular drop-in skimmers that have been around for a while. MORE: Innovative Marine’s New SkimMate Ghost Protein Skimmer is Sure to Be a Crowd PleaserMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #180

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When the chemistry is right, corals show off all of their color and texture.It’s Reef Chemistry Week at Reef Threads and, to lead the discussion, we have with us one of the leading experts in reef-aquarium chemistry. Craig Bingman joins us to talk about the various aspects of saltwater chemistry, what happens to that chemistry in an aquarium, how to maintain proper chemical balance, and what techniques work best for different aquarium sizes. We hope you enjoy the discussion and are more than confident you’ll learn something, regardless of your experience level. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #180

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