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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

ora-corals-home-page is a website dedicated to specifically to ORA corals.

I love Oceans, Reef and Aquariums (ORA ) corals. I always have a tough time finding nice macros of their corals, so I thought I’d put up a site that will make it easy for others to id ORA corals. I am putting together a collection of as many of the ORA Corals, both present and past, and will post pictures as they become available. I will add both ORA Hard Corals (sps) and ORA Soft Corals species as my research continues.

If you wish to contribute your photos, please email them to Please include the name of the ORA coral you are submitting, the lighting setup (ex. 2 250 DE Ushio 14k with 2 54w actinic+ and 2 54w super actinics), as well as your name so that I can provide an appropriate credit. Please also include the camera and lens you were using as well as your tank info (size, total system volume, and any equipment you wish to share). NOTE: as a precaution, we will add a watermark to all photos not bearing one.

ORA grows their corals in a greenhouse culture facilities in Florida nd the Marshall Islands. The corals are grown under diffused sunlight and are supplemented with 250W 10K DE Metal Halide lights. Adding the artificial lights help the corals adapt to the environment provided by aquarium lighting. ORA corals are grown in natural sea water (NSW) and it is therefore recommended that proper acclimation to artificial saltwater (ASW) is performed.

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

“Designed especially for nano-reef aquariums, the MP10 from EcoTech Marine is a small yet powerful pump. The MP10 – ideal for tanks from 2.5 to 50 gallons tanks – creates gentle flows of 200 to 1,575 gallons per hour, helping the tanks feel more like the ocean. The MP10 shares the same award-winning technology as the MP40w and lets you take full control of the flow. With all the electrical components outside the aquarium and a variety of easy-to-program modes, the VorTech is the safest, most versatile pump on the market.”


Operational Modes

Feed Mode – Slows down your pump for 10 minutes to allow you to feed your aquarium.

Constant Speed Mode – The pump runs at a constant speed you set based on your aquarium’s specific needs.

Reef Crest Mode – Automatically simulates the high-energy conditions of a natural reef crest environment.

Lagoon Mode – Automatically simulates a calmer, lagoon reef environment.

Short Pulse Mode – Allows for wave pulse timings between 0.3 and two seconds, enabling the creation of FAST alternating flow throughout the tank.

Long Pulse Mode – Allows for wave pulse timings of between two seconds and 60 seconds, enabling the creation of slow alternating flow throughout the tank.

Night Mode – Enables the pump to operate for 14 hours in whichever mode is selected for the day and go back to Night Mode for 10 hours.

Pump Disconnect – Automatically shuts down the system if the wet and dry sides become separated.


Flow: 200 to 1575 gph
Wattage: 8 to 18 watts
Maximum Tank Thickness: 3/8″
Appropriate Tank Size Range: 2.5 to 50 gal
Dimensions: Wet Side- 2.5″ diameter by 1.5″ long, Dry Side – 2.5″ diameter by 2″ long
Clearance Needed Behind Aquarium: 2.25″

MP10 DatasheetPDF

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

A 9 minute version of the video of David Saxby’s Reef Aquarium. This is regarded as one of the best private marine aquariums in the world. There is a higher resolution version available at

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

salt-city-home-page is an online community where quality information about the marine and reef aquarium hobby can be exchanged among all levels of hobbyist from beginner to advanced. Our goal is to help educate people about the saltwater aquarium hobby and enhance awareness of the fragility of coral reefs around the world. We hope you will enjoy the information and that you find this site useful.

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 is an online interactive community dedicated to the education of marine aquarists worldwide. Established in 1997, continues to pioneer the format for online marine aquarist communities. believes an educated hobbyist is a conscientious, successful hobbyist. Our primary mission is the fostering of responsible hobbyists through education. We believe free and uncensored sharing of our collective knowledge and experiences is the engine that drives advancement for our hobby – and makes concerted efforts to nurture an environment conducive to this goal. Constructive inputs from our members are always welcomed. never forgets that it is our members that make our community possible.

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

The Reef Tank is a unique bulletin board with a unique philosophy. Our mission is to provide a supportive, flame-free environment for beginning and experienced aquarists to share ideas, ask questions, and learn about the marine and reef keeping hobby. We also aim to educate ourselves and others about responsible animal husbandry, promoting captive-raised livestock and aquacultured corals when possible.

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 “Welcome to, the friendly tropical fish forum community where reef aquarium enthusiasts from around the world come to discuss coral reef aquariums, saltwater fish, corals, inverts, protein skimmers, fish filters, aquarium lighting, refugiums, etc. Also freshwater fish information on tetras, goldfish, cichlids and more!”

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 is a forum dedicated specifically to those who keep Nano Tanks. “The source for Nano Reef information. At we strive to bring nano reef hobbyists great information and resources. If you are new to the hobby, I recommend first reading through our library of information to get you started. We are an open community, so all nano reefers are welcome to join us! Memberships are completely free and signing up is easy, just click here. As a registered member you will be able to receive help and guidance, post your experiences on the forums, and share your aquarium photos in the gallery. We look forward to having you with us as this site and it’s members share knowledge and receive help.”

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 is a beginner-friendly Reef Aquarium community featuring saltwater fish tank discussion, reef aquarium supply reviews, free photo gallery and more

Friday, May 15th, 2009 is another popular forum dedicated to corals. boasts forums covering topics from New To The Hobby, General Reefkeeping Discussion, to Nano Reef Tanks, Photography, LPS and SPS to name a few. is quickly growing in popularity as many vendors seem to frequent it’s forums.

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