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Massive Glass Aquarium Cracks at Downtown Disney

Well it’s happened again. The T-Rex Cafe (part of Downtown Disney) in Buena Vista Florida had its dinner guests surprised as a massive saltwater tank burst Monday afternoon sending thousands of gallons of water onto the floor, leaving its fish high and dry. There were no reports of any injured guests and details on the break and the status of the fish are yet to be released.     … More:

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Overview of Sponges

Although commonly regarded as the most primitive multicellular animal group, sponges – members of the phylum: Porifera, are both diverse and interesting. Currently, this phylum is described as consisting almost completely of 3 distinct classes: Demospongea, Calcarea, and Hexactinellida. Roughly 95% of living sponge species fall into the class: Demospongea. This group of sponges has spicules – small skeletal structures that are composed of spongin – a soft, spongy protein, and/or SiO2 – the solid chemical compound that forms glass and quartz. If you see a “spongy-looking” creature in your reef aquarium, chances are it is a Demosponge.   The next group, Calcarea, is thought to include around 3% of living sponge species. This group features sponges that have a skeleton composed of rigid… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #157

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It’s Regular Guy Week, this time with Elliott, a hobbyist from the Phoenix, AZ area and owner of a 900-gal. display and an overall amazing system. We had a great time talking with Elliott about his system and hobby experiences. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Elliott’s video Below are some images Gary made when he visited Elliott. More: Reef Threads Podcast #157More:

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Peppermint Bass, Liopropoma rubre, Sea Basses

9bebBAR 1487 peppermint basslet 457x305 Peppermint Bass, Liopropoma rubre, Sea BassesGood morning friends, I apologize for the NO Blog yesterday but I was swamped with trying to submit 800 plus new photos into the US Copyright Office which is a major undertaking and I’m still working on it! So on Wednesday I briefly mentioned that I had spotted a Peppermint Bass out on the reef and more than one reader wrote me asking if I had gotten a photo!?? Well on the day I had seen him which was at around 75 feet I did not get a photo because he would not come out from his secret cave hidden deep in the reef. So like a good photographer and faithful to my readers i went back down just for you and waited and waited for him to come out and say hi and finally just as I was running out of time, he did a quick “swim-by”!!  MORE: MOREMore:

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Calcium And Alkalinity: A Beginner’s Briefing

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Calcium and Alkalinity: A Beginner’s Briefing Elos Calcium and Alkalinity Test Kits Milk and batteries? What is this stuff?! You never thought keeping corals would require a slight knowledge of chemistry, did you? Do not worry! It does not have to be as scary as your high school chemistry class. In fact, I am going to make it as easy as possible to ensure people of all ages and educations can at least get started. With a quick idea of what these two words mean and how to manipulate their levels you can easily do it yourself and feel confident you are doing it right More: Calcium And Alkalinity: A Beginner’s BriefingMore:

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There is a Thief Amongst Us! ($1000 Reward)

Many of us are familiar with the large dry-good displays of Dirk’s The Real Reefers Store as he can set up at events and conferences easily taking up an entire wall. Dirk was recently robbed and had his entire stock and truck stolen. Please do the community a favor, spread the word and keep your eyes peeled for any of the items Dirk has listed below. Dirk States: A LOT of this is very unique to me and to the industry. I am throwing out a hail mary pass that if enough know about it, can tell a few people, list it on your boards, check your local Craigs list, Ebay, Amazon, STORES, maintenance firms large or small….someone might see something.
I have a few photo’s to show some of the items
To me things that will stick out
-The coral/glow sticks…NO one has them in quantities. They are 18″ up to 72″ long and in green, orange and red.
-The cubes I store things in are from Target called Itso cubes. They are white and have 2 bolted together. They are 14 1/2″, all the way around, obviously 2 of them will be 29″ long/high. They stack pretty nice and hold a LOT of stuff. Hydor, Mag, Maxi-jet and other pumps and power heads. There are prices on the upper side of many of the cubes.
-The drawers that also stack nicely are from Iris, they have not been made in 5-7 years. I checked because I wanted more of them, the company just giggled and said I was a bit late. They are filled with Elos, Radium, Ushio, XM MH se bulbs, test kits, cleaning magnets and lots of parts
-5′ silver truck box
-2-black Contico boxes approx 34x24x24″Download IMG-20130608-00026.jpg (422.4 KB)
-Tongs 12″ angled with red coated tips, 24″ tongs no coating
-Skimmers from Coralife, Hydor, Aquatic life
-UV’s from Coralife and Tetra and replacement bulbs
-2/3/4′ T5 bulbs, 13/18/24/28/55/66/96w PC bulbs
-Salifert and SeaChem test kits
-Leds 6 to 48″ long from Marineland, Aquatic Life
-4′ Coralife 4 bulb T5
-Black plastic tool box filled with Ushio, Phoenix, AB de MH bulbs
This could go on for pages, do what you can to get the word and photos out. Most of this is going to stick out, with who ever might get some or all. I will offer a reward of up to $1000 depending on what is recovered.… More:

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Aqua Mags “The Frag-Farm” Make Swapping Out Frags Easy

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Here’s a nifty little device that should make coral fragging and trading a little easier to accomplish. It’s the Frag Farm coral frag system from Aqua Mags, and it’s a great solution for those who hate dealing with underwater putty and frags that never seem to stay put. Based on magnet mounts and nylon hardware, swapping out frags is going to be really easy and clean, and with the cheap price, it will be very affordable too. The device is simple in its operation, as the frag mount screws into the magnetic frag rock via nylon threaded hardware. And when the frag has grown out to a sellable/tradeable size, or is large enough to stand on its own within your reef, simply unscrew it from the base and send it off to its final destination. On top of being quick and easy to use, the Frag Farm also blends into your aquarium far better than traditional fragging systems. So, no more unsightly eggcrate or acrylic racks, just natural looking rocks. Each Frag Farm comes with a threaded plug that screws onto the threaded rod housed in the magnetic rock. The Frag Farm, which hits the pocket book for a measely $12.95, is quite unobtrusive in its size as well. It measures roughly 2″L x 2″W x 2″H and is suitable for aquariums with glass thickness up to 1/2″. Additional plugs available at $3.95 per five pack, which is a comparable to a five pack of regular frag plugs. MORE: Aqua Mags “The Frag-Farm” Make Swapping Out Frags EasyMore:

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Reef Nutrition Introduces Beta-Brine™

0fb9rn product beta brine Reef Nutrition Introduces Beta Brine™ Reed Mariculture / Reef Nutrition has announced the release of their new Beta-Brine™ prepared & enriched adult brine shrimp fish food. This new offering is available starting August 5th, 2013, and expands Reef Nutrition’s existing lines of macro-feeds for fish and invertebrates. Reef Nutrition’s new Beta-Brine™ fish and invert food. Other foods in this line include R.O.E. Real Oceanic Eggs™, Arcti-Pods®, and Mysis-Feast®, as well as herbivorous offerings Macro-Feast® and Fuzzy-Phytes®. Per Reef Nutrition literature: Beta-Brine is super-concentrated enriched Artemia salina. Beta-Brine Artemia are naturally enriched with beta-carotene because they feed on phytoplankton (Dunaliella) that has exceptionally high beta-carotene content. Beta-Brine Artemia have been aquacultured in Western Australian salt ponds, distantly located from urban population centers and pollution sources. Beta-Brine Artemia are harvested while actively feeding upon marine phytoplankton for maximum nutrition. No freshwater phytoplankton has been added. For more information on this new feed, including analysis and use, visit http://reefnutrition.com/beta_brine.php MORE: Reef Nutrition Introduces Beta-Brine™More:

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