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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

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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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Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus, Filefish

ae90Mark 1 457x305 Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus, FilefishGood morning friends, it’s finally Friday!!! It’s been a weird week for me with a strange like cold that is still holding on which has been keeping me from diving and biking. The island is again being hit with high winds which in turn create rough seas and colder weather but the good side is, no mosquitos!! I have a photo of my buddy Mark from the World famous Dive Bus Hut playing with or following two beautiful Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus. These are usually very easy fish to approach and photograph because they are so curious and a complete joy to watch.   Filefish (also known as foolfish, leatherjackets or shingles) are tropical to subtropical tetraodontiform marine fish of the diverse family Monacanthidae MOREMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #168

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One of those colored-stick colonies.

  It’s podcastin’ time again. This week’s topics include a backup-power lesson from Dad Williams, carp intelligence, speaking gigs, fish disease, a new forum, our mentors, hobby books, second-hand equipment, HOB equipment, impulse buys, and ich killers. 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 #168More:

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Coral Letters, Symmetrical Brain Coral, Stony Corals

ed90S Coral Letters, Symmetrical Brain Coral, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, I have some cool example of “Natural Coral Letters” for your viewing pleasure today that were recently photographed just outside on our Substation reef with a 105 macro lens. What your looking at is a type (no pun intended) of stony corals called Brain Coral which can include, Symmetrical Brain coral, Knobby Brain Coral and Grooved Brain Corals and they all have these fun letters. I am still searching for some of the hard to find letters like an “A”, “O”, “P” and a “Z” but have most of the others. I also have photographed some that look like animals and fun shapes or faces and patterns so divers next time your out stop and really look at a giant colony of brain coral and see if you can spot something cool!! Brain coral is a common name given to corals in the family Faviidae so called due to their generally spheroid shape and grooved surface which resembles a brain. Each head of coral is formed by a colony of genetically identical polyps which secrete a hard skeleton of calcium carbonate; this makes them important coral reef builders like other stony corals in the order Scleractinia MOREMore:

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