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When Marine Fish Mysteriously Disappear

blackear wrasse 300x169 When Marine Fish Mysteriously DisappearYou’re strolling past your marine aquarium, minding your own business, when you notice that something is amiss. The [insert name of fish here] that invariably comes right up to the front of the tank whenever you enter the room is nowhere to be found. You scan every inch of the tank, lift up every chunk of live rock, and even search the floor all around the aquarium, but you still come up empty. It’s as if the fish just vanished into thin air. What gives? More: When Marine Fish Mysteriously DisappearMore:

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 In this episode of Tank Wars Ryan’s 65 Gallon Reef Aquarium goes head to head with Dennis’ 90 Gallon Reef Tank (Middle Weight Division… MOREMore:

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Five External Stressors of Marine Aquarium Fish

water vibration ripple 300x169 Five External Stressors of Marine Aquarium FishMost marine aquarium hobbyists want to provide as naturalistic and stress-free an environment as possible for the fish and other livestock in their care, so they’re careful to maximize water quality, offer nutritious foods, promote compatibility among tankmates, aquascape appropriately, and so on. In other words, they put a lot of thought into what’s going on inside the aquarium. But what about what’s happening outside the tank? In some cases, very conscientiously maintained aquariums can still contain stressed-out fish because of various external influences that may not even occur to the hobbyist—especially if the tank houses species that are naturally skittish to begin with. Here are four of them off the top of my head: 1) Vibrations Try this little experiment: Stand on the opposite side of the room from your aquarium and shout, whistle, or clap your hands loudly while observing your fish. Next, stomp your foot on the floor, still keeping an eye on your piscine pets. Very likely, the shout, whistle, or clap had little to no effect on the behavior of your fish but the stomp sent them dashing for cover. The explanation for this is, higher-pitched sounds produced in the air don’t do a very good job of crossing the air/water interface and, therefore, will tend to go unnoticed by fish. On the other hand, low-frequency vibrations that travel along solid surfaces will definitely be transferred to the aquarium and felt by the fish. More: Five External Stressors of Marine Aquarium FishMore:

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New Chiller line from Teco, the Teco Tank

2014 04 teco refrigeratori chiller tank nuovo modello nuova serie 150 500 1000 2000 001 New Chiller line from Teco, the Teco Tank Teco has just unveiled a new series of chillers; Teco Tank. The new chillers have been completely redesigned, have a highly improved efficiency compared to older models and contain many new interesting features. A few days ago we were guests at the new Teco factory, which is based in Ravenna, Italy, where the new chillers will been built.… More:

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Chalk Bass: A Caribbean Jewel Custom Made for Marine Aquariums

chalk bass 300x169 Chalk Bass: A Caribbean Jewel Custom Made for Marine AquariumsChalk Bass (Serranus tortugarum) are a hardy species that can be kept in groupsAnyone who has visited Saltwater Smarts on a regular basis knows that Chris has a bizarre fixation on Caribbean species. No livestock—fish or invertebrate—originating outside the Caribbean/tropical Western Atlantic is allowed in his tank. If he could, he’d probably go so far as to encase his entire fish room in a plastic bubble and pump Caribbean air into it to prevent non-Caribbean airborne microbes from settling in his tank. It’s a disease, really, and he should probably seek treatment for it. Nonetheless, in some cases, Chris’s compulsion is well justified. Take, for example, the chalk bass (Serranus tortugarum) that grace his tank. These little Caribbean jewels are gorgeous, peaceful, hardy, easy to feed, beginner friendly, and well-suited to modest-sized marine systems. Oh, and did I mention they can be kept in groups? What more could you ask for in a marine fish? Physical traits S More: Chalk Bass: A Caribbean Jewel Custom Made for Marine AquariumsMore:

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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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