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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Could researching Vibrio bacterial infections in pet seahorses help further understanding of tropical coral reef bleaching events linked to global warming? It might be a stretch, but the recent findings of researchers at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina reported by CORAL magazine (Jan/Feb 2010) were eerily familiar to many seahorse keepers. Seahorses and stony corals have something terrible in common – deadly bacterial infections with surprising similarities.

For years seahorse keepers have noticed a correlation between high temperatures and Vibrio bacterial infections in their pets. In the book Working Notes – A Guide to Seahorse Diseases pathologist Martin Belli M.D. notes that up to 70% of seahorses test positive for Vibrio, but only about 30% actually die from it. Healthy seahorses testing positive for Vibrio are likely to be asymptomatic carriers. He also writes that strains of Vibrio found to affect seahorses did not grow well in a lab at temperatures lower than 64°F. members have long advocated seahorse aquarium temperatures below 75°F because Vibrio becomes more aggressive and virulent at higher temperatures.

Researchers at the Hollings Marine Laboratory have discovered a temperature dependent trait in the bacteria Vibrio coralliilyticus, which may be responsible for coral bleaching events. Similar to the Vibrio bacterium found in seahorses, Vibrio coralliilyticus does not normally cause disease in healthy, lab raised Pocillopora damicornis coral specimens at a temperature of 75°F, but becomes pathogenic at higher temperatures. Temperatures above 80°F increase the acceleration and severity of the infection.

by Felicia McCaulley

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Over 300 people are being evacuated from various Great Barrier Reef islands as Cyclone Ului is anticipated to hit this weekend. Ului is currently a category four (out of five) cyclone, and is expected to cross over somewhere between Gladstone and Bowen or either Saturday and Sunday. The weather bureau reports expected swells of 8-10 meters which the Cyclone hits. It went on to add that a flood watch is in effect as well, due to potential heavy rains. It is important in cases like these, that tourists and residents are evacuated early enough that they are not trapped in hazardous sea conditions.

Julia Cook, acting police inspector, told ABC that “It’s unknown what will occur, however for safety … Lady Elliot and Heron Island, they will commence evacuation today.” Most agencies and resorts in the area will stay on high alert until Saturday, during which time they will reassess the risk potential.

The northeast coast of Australia was last hit by a category four storm back in 2006. Cyclone Larry delivered a devastating blow, causing over $321 million in damage to crops and infrastructure.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Our new website is now online! It’s been a long process but we finally have it running. We are still working on a few broken images and still have many more enhancements coming, but wanted to get the bulk updated. Thank you for all your support and patience over the last few days while we fixed some minor issues. We hope you enjoy the new site. The speed and new features should make it a nicer site to surf.

Here are a few links to some new products we just added to our website & super sales. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at or call 317-895-9005 or use our new Live Chat feature available from 10am-6pm M-Friday.


seaswirl sale Seaswirl Sale – 20% off original price. Ends April 17th.
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl 1/2
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl 3/4
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl
Vertex RO Vertex RO Sale -$99.99 original price 129.99. Ends April 12th.
Vertex Puratek 100 GPD RO SYSTEM
hydor Hydor BLOW OUT PRICE on 2009
Hydor KORALIA 1 $16.99
Hydor KORALIA 2 $18.99
Hydor KORALIA Nano $13.99
Alpha Cone Skimmers
10% off through March 31st.
Alpha 170 Cone $699.99
Alpha 250 Cone $800.99
Alpha 200 Cone $1079.99
Alpha 300 Cone $1259.99

Online price reflects final sale price.
Turbelle Nano Stream 6045
On sale $76.05, reg 90.16
Ledio LED – high powered LED’s from Japan. Excellent quality. Screw into a standard lamp socket and ready to go.
Ledio 21W Deep Blue
Ledio 21W Aqua Blue
Ledio 21W Coral Blue
Ledio 21W Violet
TLF VeggieMag Magnetic Accessory for Seaveggies Clip
Ball Valve – 1/4 Mur-lok x 1/4 Male NPTF
AquaticLife Monitors & Controllers
pH Controller/ ORP Monitor
ORP Controller/ pH Monitor
pH Controller/ pH Monitor
ORP Controller
pH Controller
New Hanna Checker’s Pre-Order – expected 1-2 weeks.
Pocket Photometer Free Chlorine
Pocket Photometer Total Chlorine
Pocket Photometer Phosphate
Photometer Iodine (freshwater)
Pocket Photometer Iron
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Transgenic fish have been developed by Terry Bradley at the University of Rhode Island. A 10-year scientific effort by Bradley and his team, yielded transgenic rainbow trout displaying enhanced muscle growth. After spending 500 hours injecting 20,000 rainbow trout eggs with several DNA types designed to inhibit myostatin. The fish spawned from these eggs developed “six pack abs”, even though fish do not have abdominal muscles. The fish also displayed enlarged shoulder muscle, with an overall total of 15-20 percent increase in muscle mass.

The fish seem to exhibit normal behavior, said Bradley, who believes that “The results have significant implications for commercial aquaculture and provide completely novel information on the mechanisms of fish growth. The results also allow for comparisons between the mechanisms of growth of muscle in mammals versus fish, and it could shed light on muscle wasting diseases in humans.”


Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The Aqua Medic Acrylic Bow Tank is featured in their latest catalog. This round aquarium, will be available in two sizes, 100cm (~39.4″) and 120cm (~47.2″) diameters. Each one of the Aqua Medic Bow Tank will be include an overflow and piping, and will be placed on a stainless steel stand with removable polished acrylic plates. Filters and lighting will be available for these tanks upon request, and stocking choices. This new aquarium looks pretty sharp and it is said that Aqua Medic is considering equipping it with the Blue Reef series of filters.

[via aqua medic]

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The new CORAL Magazine March/April 2010 digital edition is out with slew of informative articles. This CORAL Magazine edition is titled Smart Reefs and deals with energy-saving products and tactics. The articles cover the concept of green reef aquariums and provide some information about how to manage a thriving reef tank while using the least amount of energy. Selecting the best reflectors possible, in order to utilize every last bit of light products by your Metal Halides, T5 lamps, or LEDs is something that every hobbyist should consider. You may spend a little more upfront, but you’ll save both money and the environment at the end.

Other interesting topics covered in this issue of CORAL Magazine are Feeding Anemones, Controlling pH, and an inside look at the most diverse vertebrate group on earth: fish.

There are many other interesting articles included in the Coral Magazine March/April 2010 digital edition, so be sure to check it out.


Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Panther Grouper, Cromileptes altivelis, has an off white body with vivid black polka-dots. Also known as the Polka-Dot Grouper, this beautiful and lively fish is indigenous to the Indo-Pacific. The Panther Grouper can grow to over a foot, and therefore should only be kept in large fish-only aquariums; 300 gallons or more. As it is an aggressive fish, it is best kept with other aggressive carnivores, like Eels and Triggerfish.

In nature, the Panther Grouper darts in and out of the rockwork with it’s graceful, dancer-like movements, and uses it’s spots as camouflage. Again, this fish grows very quickly, and it is vital that the tank it is housed in offers ample growth room. Although this Grouper most likely will not feed on any corals, it may break or uproot some corals as it chases it’s prey. This carnivorous fish, will most likely eat any crustaceans in your system, and may also feed on any small live fish.

The Panther Grouper should be offered a diet consisting of frozen krill or meaty foods like silversides, squid, prawns and fresh fish.

Main Photo by Greg Rothschild

photo by Tal Sweet
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Reef Angel is a new controller kit that offers the reefkeeper complete control over both hardware and software in order to accommodate any reefing needs. You can now build the controller you always wanted from the ground up, and use a simple interface and programming language to achieve your goals.

The Reef Angel utilizes a stable, open-source format, and is now available at a reduced price of $180 for the complete kit. The Reef Angel kit includes:
Main Board
– Assembled PCB board
* ATMega328P – microcontroller
* 2x 24LC256 – Serial I2C EEprom memory, one with jumper to block write access.
* PH circuit
* 128×128 color LCD screen
* DS3231 – Real time clock with battery backup
* Power LED
* Status LED, mainly used for alert and diagnostics.
* Thumb analog joystick
* 1x 8 Port I2C expander with inverter gate
* 1x 8 Port I2C expander with inverter gate circuit only (If you desire, you can solder the ICs to the board and have more I/O pins)

– Routed enclosure
– Mounting screws
– Assembly instructions

Relay Box
– Assembled PCB board
* 8x miniature relays
* relay driver circuit
* override and status LEDs circuit (the circuit is built in the board, but no switches or LEDs are going to be provided)
* PWM booster circuit for Meanwell drivers (Additional $15)
* 1000mA capable LED driver (Additional $25)
* 2x Plugable terminal connectors for LED cable if any of the 2 above choices are opted in.

– 8x Outlet sockets
– Inlet socket with built-in fuse compartment
– Connection wires
– Routed enclosure
– Mounting screws
– Assembly instructions

– 3x Temperature sensor ICs (They are not assembled in a cable)
– Connectors to assemble your own cable

Check it out on the Reef Angel website.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Premium Aquatics, a reef tools sponsor, has updated their website. The new Premium Aquatics website is nice and clean, is easy to navigate, and should do quite well for the gang at Premium Aquatics. Premium Aquatics specializes in “reef and saltwater marine aquariums, including lighting, halide, vho, compacts, protein skimmers, ro/di, liverock, cured and uncured, corals, crabs, snails, fish, miracle mud, additives, mysis shrimp, and more.”

You can always find the newest dry goods and great prices on the website, as well as get a peak at their choice livestock. Check it out at

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Diablo Cone Skimmer is reported to be on it’s way to Reef Specialty, and should be available in about two months. This new pinwheel-pump driven skimmer, is has a footprint of 12.5″ x 8.5″ and is 19.5″ tall. The price has not been set at this time, but this powerful skimmer (25 SCFH or 700 liters of air per hour) is said to be reasonably priced. This 3″ x 6″ code skimmer delivers some design elements that have grown to be popular in the skimmer industry, namely, a bubble chamber, silencer, cup drain, twist turn cup removal, wedge valve and needle wheel. The Diablo Cone Skimmer comes with a molded venturi and pinwheel design that won’t require a mesh mod. Reef Specialty has been testing the prototype for a few weeks now, are have reported being “very pleased with this skimmer thus far.” We will release a few more detail shortly

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