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Reef Octopus Debuts Regal Red DC Powered Skimmer Line

bcbaeef Octopus Regal Red Protein Skimmer 1024x675 Reef Octopus Debuts Regal Red DC Powered Skimmer Line Reef Octopus is breaking out the DC skimmer pumps once again in this new protein skimmer release. Called the Regal Skimmers, this line of foam fractionators looks quite similar to the Super Reef Octopus Space Saving skimmers of recent memory, but will feature Reef Octopus’ own brand of DC controllable pumps. The pumps, which RO has been marketing extensively since MACNA last year, are becoming more incorporated into the product line, and for good reason. The controller allows for fine tuning of the pump’s speed, which affects things like air draw and the all important air-to-water ratio. Unlike the SRO skimmers, the new Regal line will feature red accent pieces laid over clear and white arcylic. This color scheme falls in line with the rest of what Reef Octopus has been doing, as their Prime skimmers sport a hefty amout of red as well. In terms of tank sizes, pump ratings, prices, and the like, we don’t fully know what the Regal skimmers will offer MORE: Reef Octopus Debuts Regal Red DC Powered Skimmer LineMore:

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Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, Crabs

9496Banded Clinging Crab 1 Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, CrabsHi friends, I have an algae covered Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus for your viewing pleasure today. This is a small crab less than an inch that is for the most part difficult to spot as they spend their lives hiding under the arms and in association with anemones, especially the giant anemone, Condylactis gigantea. They are very shy and will usually retreat into the protection of the anemones tentacles or under the anemone when approached. This one here I kind of snuck up on and cleverly waited for the anemones tentacles to move and then snap a photo. I have learned from trial and error that one usually only gets one shot and then he will slide down farther into the anemone, so make that first shot count MOREMore:

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AlgaGen’s New Live Feeds Program

b046buryqanu 300x225 AlgaGen’s New Live Feeds Program Healthy reefs depend on plankton, and fresh is always best. AlgaGen recently launched its Live Feeds Program, which aims to set up culture holding systems in local fish stores across the country. Stores that offer the new program will have live phytoplankton, rotifers, brine and/or copepods available to customers to feed their reefs or breed marine livestock with. Reef aquarists will now be ale to provide reef nutrition found in nature and elicit the natural feeding responses from all of the tank’s inhabitants. Don’t be afraid to ask your local fish store if this is something they will be carrying. Heres a video all about it: MORE: AlgaGen’s New Live Feeds ProgramMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #176

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We return from the big Jubilee podcast to talk about the reef-aquarium hobby once again. This week’s subjects include the Marine Breeders Institute workshop, ich and aiptasia, euthanizing and disposing of fish, light-dark cycles, and stupid mistakes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Reef Threads Podcast #176

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Reef Threads Podcast #175

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #175

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  It’s our 175th podcast, also known as the Queen’s Plasma Centennial Jubilee podcast. This week we bring you a small bucketload of semi-interesting to absolutely fascinating discussion items about the reef-aquarium hobby, including NERAC events, Long Island Aquarium, collecting shore shrimp, Todd Gardner, Richard Ross and designer/feeder clownfish, instant-cycle goop from the Tanked people, and bottled bacteria. 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 #175More:

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Candy Bass, Candy Basslet, Liopropoma carmabi

452aCandy 1 457x305 Candy Bass, Candy Basslet, Liopropoma carmabiGood morning gang, here is one of the hands down most beautiful fish in the Caribbean and sadly no diver will ever get to see it!! This colorful beauty is called a Candy Basslet, Liopropoma carmabi and lives at around 225 feet!! This is considered a Sea Bass in the Serranidae family and only grows to be about two inches in length! As you can see, these mini sea bass are boldly marked with stripes generally in shades of light brown to red-brown or yellow-brown alternating with red to maroon but stripes may be occasionally yellow to lavender or even blue as you see here!! They typically inhabit deep coral reefs and rubble slopes and are very reclusive and will remain hidden inside recesses until danger passes MOREMore:

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Peppermint Goby, Coryphopterus lipernes, Gobies

8297Blenny 457x305 Peppermint Goby, Coryphopterus lipernes, GobiesHi friends, late start again today, I really have to get back to doing the blog in the evenings, would be so much easier! I just got back from a fun but cold dive with my friends from Sweden. I took my 105 macro out this morning and worked on searching for just brain corals and then looking for more “coral letters” for my growing collection. Today I finally found a “J, X, O, and a B” so I officially have about half of them. Almost every colony of coral I looked at had at least one of these tiny, one-inch Peppermint Gobies parked somewhere on it, you just had to really stop and look. MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #170

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #170http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt170.mp3 Transluscence! It’s time for more reef chit chat. Subjects this week include Christine talking at the Boston Reef Society meeting, accuracy and precision (again), Gary’s soft-coral tank plan, Xenia, Rod’s food, exploring a LFS, painting tank backs, and skimmer performance. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary Painting tank backs When skimmers don’t work The Reef Addicts site More: Reef Threads Podcast #170More:

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