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Rossmont Mover MX 15200

2015_03_mover, mx 15200, rossmont_07 This beauty is the Rossmont Mover MX 15200. It is not an electronic pump; it has a fixed flow of 15.200 liters per hour, and a power consumption of only 24 watts. This pump was designed and manufactured entirely in Italy, and Rossmont has extended its warranty in Italy on the pumps to 36 months, one year more than the warranty period required by law. MORE

Chronic Stress in Captive Tangs

Juvenile chevron tang (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis)Tangs and surgeonfish are a diverse, beautiful, and often highly personable group of fish. It is no wonder that so many of us want to keep these fish in our systems. Inexperienced keepers do the right thing by going to their favorite forums and sites to ask which tangs can be kept, what size tank is appropriate, and how many they can keep in a particular system. Unfortunately, there has long been disagreement among certain hobbyists on precisely how to answer these questions—with some being much more restrictive than others when it comes to the species, tank sizes, and number of specimens recommended. In some instances, heated arguments occur as a result. Folks on both sides of the issue are generally well-meaning. Certainly neither side wants to bring harm to captive tangs. So why all the fuss then?An overlooked ailment I believe a good deal of the original disagreement actually stemmed from problems created by an unrelated group of ailments that few people at the time correctly identified MORE

Nuclear Weapons and Coral Reefs

The Baker test explosion.

The Baker test explosion.

 Following World War II, the emergence of nuclear weapons became a subject of public fascination. Previous detonations had all been performed in complete secrecy or in the theater of war, and it wouldn’t be until 1946 that the general population was allowed to glimpse its first sight of an actual explosion as it happened. At Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands of the Central Pacific, the US Navy first publicly detonated an atomic bomb MORE

Funny Parrotfish


Good morning friends, I have another funny fish face for you all today that was again taken during the day but looks like it was taken at night. I always try to use a much higher f-stop (like f-16 for instance) to darken the backgrounds which helps to eliminate distractions keeping the focus just on  the animal. And, the higher f-stop will give you much more detail, you just have to add more light when shooting. I believe this is a Redtail Parrotfish because of the black blotch at the base of the pectoral fin but I have been wrong before. Like all parrotfish they have the most unique and comical facial expressions, it’s trying to get them to look at the camera that is the hard part! Here is Curacao we have so many different parrotfish! MORE

Reef Market

 Like many of you, my children have been surrounded by aquariums, plants, and a multitude of animals since (before) they were born. For them, it was a given that we spend part of our days tending to the things we love, and now, as they are getting older, they care for their own little pets and fish.  But before they were able to participate, they relied on me and the other adults around them to provide all of their entertainment and stimulation, as well as teach them about their world. Babies are shaped by what surrounds them – both their environment and the people that inhabit that space. Their early experiences will effect them for the rest of their lives (this article has great information on the subject), so why not stack the cards in their favor and dress them in charming, original clothes that will spark fun interactions?  A young child wearing a lionfish shirt, shark nightgown, or sea jelly pants will find themselves in quite a few pleasant conversations about those exciting, beautiful sea creatures. And best of all, the clothes listed here can all be found on ebay, so your purchase helps support an independent artist or small business owner while introducing your own tiny reef fanatic to this amazing world.  MORE

Vertical Carlson Surge Device

Vertical Surge Device

Vertical Surge Device

 Space in the coral troughs is always at a premium at the ReefGen coral farm, and we all agree that water flow is one of the most important aspects of coral care. When one of my troughs has an area of inadequate flow, such as this Acropora grow out system, it starts under-producing. I needed to build a unique surge device to provide more flow to the stagnant corner, as well as create a chaotic alternating current for the Acropora located downstream. MORE

Bogas Fish Ball


Good morning friends, after photographing the sub yesterday and waving goodbye I swam over to my giant school of Bogas. These fish are so amazing and are the highlight of our dives! Instead of swimming away in fear, they always swim to me then surround me allowing me to join their school for 15 minutes. They seem to have no fear of the camera or the flashes thus allowing me to snap away at my leisure, it’s a total blast!
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The 2015 MBI Workshop Revisited

The Workshop took place at the Cranbrook Institute of ScienceLast weekend I traveled up to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with SWS contributor Dave Bowers to attend the 6th Annual Marine Breeder’s Workshop. It’s the only marine aquarium conference dedicated solely to marine ornamental captive breeding. My last trek to the workshop was three or four years ago, so it was long overdue. Just as I remembered, the day was chock-full of practical and educational content for active breeders, aspiring aquaculturists, and folks simply involved in the saltwater aquarium hobby. In fact, next time I need to bring along an extra brain to store all the information that’s lobbed about, but this year my notebook had to suffice. So now, for your reading pleasure, here are just some of the insights I could readily decipher from my scribbles.Unknowingly rearing anthias The event kicked off with Noel Heinsohn hopping on stage to talk about taking on many gallons of broodstock and unknowingly rearing anthias. At the young age of 21 with just five years spent in aquaculture, Noel has already had quite a variety of experiences and successes. MORE

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