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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Here’s another great installment from Morphologic Studios. The Squat Urchin Shrimp is found living between the spines of shallow water dwelling sea urchins. The Squat Urchin Shrimp, Gnathophylloides mineri, travels with it’s host urchin, and is therefore protected from any possible predators by the urchin’s spines.

Here is the complete info from Morphologic:

The Squat Urchin Shrimp (Gnathophylloides mineri) is an amazingly successful creature that can be found living amongst the spines of sea urchins throughout most of the world’s shallow tropical waters. In the Caribbean they hitchhike exclusively upon the black and white West Indian Sea Egg (Tripneustes ventricosus), traveling along wherever its host may go. The squat urchin shrimp is very small, reaching no more than 6mm in length, and orients itself parallel with the spines making it all but invisible and protected from a would-be-predator. Often colonies of up to half a dozen squat urchin shrimp of varying sizes will all share the same urchin. Beyond its circumtropical distribution and perfect camouflage, the squat urchin shrimp further demonstrates its successfulness by feeding upon the epidermal tissue of the very spines that grant it protection. This is a relatively benign form of parasitism that doesn’t seem to bother the urchin. These shrimp will also feed opportunistically upon detritus that the urchin picks up as it moves along the sea floor. The squat urchin shrimp is a creature that has found a near perfect niche in a truly self-sustaining, self-contained world of spines.

[via morphologic]

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

LiveAquaria has added a real gem to their Diver’s Den section. This Aussie Spiny Seahorse Female, Hippocampus angustus, is very hard to find in the US. In their usual fashion, the crew at LiveAquaria has quarantine this seahorse for over a month, and have trained it to eat HUFA enriched live adult brine shrimp, frozen Cyclop-Eeze, and some frozen Hikari mysis and Spirulina brine shrimp. This beautiful seahorse should only be purchased and cared for by an expert! This Aussie female seahorse is 3-1/2″, and the addition of yellow decor will help maintain her yellow coloration.

Click here to go to the Diver’s Den listing.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

ZEOvit has just released the latest in their Dream Tank of the Quarter Series. Yoon Yeo Kwang’s 106 gallon tank displays beautiful colors, and diversity. Check out the tank details and info below.

AQUARIUM DATA

AQ. Information:

Dimensions(1000*700*570) – Display Tank
Dimensions sump(700*600*450) – Sump
Volume 106 US gallons

Lighting:

Radum250*2+T5 24W*2 profile – SEE DETAILS BELOW UNDER LIGHTING

System parameters

Alkalinity: 125
Calcium: 420 mg
pH: 7.8~8.2
Magnesium: 1400 mg
Temperature: 26
Po4 (Phosphate): 0 mg
No3 (Nitrate): generally 0 mg
Salinity: 1024 ppt PSU
Density: Kg/m^3 (@ 25°C – 77°F)
The salinity is measured with a Lamotte hydrometer & Hydrometer Jar

MORE EQUIPMENT SPECS with DETAILS BELOW.

Filtration /Additives SEE BELOW.

LIGHTING

Lighting Setup
Detail discription DIY lighting system with profile,Radium250*2 at center+T5 39W*2(new generration1,ati blue1 at front side)

Photoperiod
How long / time on / off etc
(250W*2 8hours,T5 39w*2 10hours).

FILTRATION & ADDITIVES

See photos

ZEOvit Products:

KZ Activated Cabon: 0.4L monthly)

Zeobak(3drops daily),

ZeoStart2(3drops x 2 daily)

Pohl’s Xtra(1ml daily),

AAHC(2drops x 2 weekly)

Zeozym 1 tea spoon bi weekly

B-Balance(3drops x 2 weekly)

Coral Vitalizer(3drops weekly),

Sponge Power(3drops x 2 weekly)

PIF1(3drops x 2 weekly)

EQUIPMENT & MAINTENANCE

Ca / KH addition: GEO612 Reactor+ARM+MG MEDIA

Reverse Osmosis: RO/DI+TDS meter

Water Circulation: RD48 Return pump

Cooling System: DBM250 chiller 26.5Degree – crossfan 26 degree

ZEOvit Reaktor: Model 7

Protein Skimmer: ATB Small Cone Skimmer

LIVESTOCK

Fish:
yellow tang,blue tang,flameback angel,pecula clown,fire goby,golden maroon,Rock blenny,flame hawk flame angel,bangai cardinal,green chromis,

Inverts:
sand sta , cleaner shimp , clam

[via ZEOvit]

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Wartskin Angler, Antennarius maculatus, is a strange looking fish with even stranger habits. To the untrained eye, this fish more closely resembles a rock or sponge than a fish. Colored specimens perfectly match the toxic sponges in their habitat, while green and brown specimens blend in to the substrate. Instead of swimming, this fish uses foot-like pelvic and pectoral fins to “walk” around slowly on the substrate. When alarmed, an angler can make a (relatively) speedy getaway by pumping large amounts of water into its siphon-like gills, propelling it through the water while using its tail for a rudder.

The Wartskin Angler is most closely related to the Painted Angler, Antennarius pictus. Painted Anglers may also have bumps on the skin, but the bumps are not as large as those found on a Wartskin Angler. The second dorsal spine of the Wartskin Angler is thicker and fleshier than that of the Painted Angler.

Perhaps the most recognizable characteristic of the Wartskin Angler is its “lure” and the amazing way it uses the lure to “fish” for its prey. The lure of the Wartskin Angler is actually its first dorsal spine; the fleshy tip resembles a tiny bait fish. When a suitable prey item is spotted, the Wartskin Angler holds perfectly still while moving the lure in a circle. To the intended prey, it would look like a tiny, irresistible, wounded fish swimming circles above a sponge or rock. When the prey ventures close enough to the Wartskin Angler to investigate what it thinks is the potential meal of the angler’s lure, the angler strikes with lightning speed, opening its huge mouth and creating a vacuum to suck in its prey.

In captivity Wartskin Anglers require live food items such as saltwater feeder shrimp or small saltwater fish. With persistence and patience, some anglers may be trained to eat frozen foods from the end of a feeding stick. Small anglers that are still growing need to be fed several times a week, but healthy adult anglers should be fed no more than twice a week. Avoid feeding  a diet consisting mainly of krill, as the lack of certain necessary minerals in krill has been reported to cause lock-jaw in predators such as anglers and puffers.

Because of their sedentary lifestyle, anglers can be housed in small aquariums of at least 20 gallons. Stinging corals and anemones are not suitable tankmates. It is easiest to keep a single angler with no other tankmates. Anglers can eat fish up to two times their body length, but may be accidentally picked on by angelfish and other fish that graze on live rock. In large aquariums anglers may be kept with peaceful fish that are at least twice their size, such as boxfish, rabbitfish, sweetlips, and squirrelfish. Most large, aggressive fish like triggers and puffers should be avoided, as they can easily harm an angler. Similar ambush predators like other anglers, scorpionfish, lionfish, and leaf fish of the same size may be kept with an angler. Wartskin Anlgers are sometimes aggressive toward other anglers, and if they are not the same size, an angler may eat a slightly smaller angler. To reduce aggression in multiple angler aquariums, it may be necessary to feed them up to four times a week.

Photo by Greg Rothschild

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This is a truly disturbing video of Japanese Whaling practices. This video depicts a whaling vessel harpooning a minke whale and it’s calf, and then dragging them aboard a ship. Please share this link with everyone you know.

Australia’s government stepped up its campaign against Japanese whaling by releasing graphic footage of a minke whale and its calf being harpooned and dragged aboard a ship. The images were taken by a customs ship that has been tracking the Japanese fleet in the Antarctic to gather evidence for a diplomatic and legal battle against whaling. Japan’s whaling body accused Australia of spreading ’emotional propaganda’, and denied the whales were a mother and calf.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Please join us on Sat June 19, 2010 from 4:00 pm til ???? for the BRK/WAMAS Social event!!

John has been a great sponsor and supporter of the club and its members, donating to meetings and benefits. Now is our turn to come out and thank him. So come in for food, drinks, and lot of great specials, give-aways, and door prizes.

Blue Ribbon Koin and Marine
4641 Sudley Road
Catharpin, VA 20143
Phone / Fax 703-753-7566.

Food and berverages will be provided for the event. This social is an opportunity for members to share ideas, trade corals (please no open selling), and enjoy a social afternoon at BRK’s new and expanded location.

See Details in BRK Vendor Forum on www.wamas.org/forums

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There will be a Summer Meeting Frag-event – SUNDAY, July 11 @ 1:30
Location will be:
Charles Wesley United Methodist Church’s all purpose room
6817 Dean, Dr
McLean, VA 22101

Guest speaker
– Eric Michael Sanchez from GlassBox Design
Talk: *Modern Aquarium Lighting: LEDs & More.”

Current plans include:

* Demo on how to frag several types of corals by Scott711
* RBTA cloning demo
* auction of your aquarium related equipment
* sale of your aquarium related equipment
* vendors with home grown frags
* Food, Fun and Howard

Raffle prizes

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Dr. Mac. Road Trip – July 31. See forums for details

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– Receipts for Raffles – A New Member Perk… … and incentive to shop with our sponsors! Remember to save those receipts and to help support our sponsors as they support us!

The Officers

Please support the following vendors who sponsor WAMAS. You can find their website address by visiting their forum or the sponsor page on the WAMAS website

– Air, Water & Ice
– Avast Marine Works
– Blue Ribbon Koi
– Dr. Mac’s Pacific East Aquaculture
– Fins & Feathers
– The Marine Scene
– Mr. Coral
– Reef eScape
– www.FishNReef.com

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

FilterEez is an ion exchange filter medium for use in all types of fresh water, marine and reef aquariums. FilterEez, by Aqua Horizon, removes dissolved organic waste by the ion exchange process. It also filters out phosphates (PO4) and silicates (SIO2) with the use of ferric oxide resin. By using only high quality ingredients, FilterEez is able to provide the following benefits:

Keeps your pH stable and constant.
Reduces fish loss due to pH changes or polluted water.
Keeps aquariums crystal clear.
Fish will have positive neurological reactions, mimicking a natural environment
Filters out phosphates (PO4) and silicates (SIO2).
Reduces nuisance algae.
Removes dissolved organics.
Helps fish have a better appetite.
Osmotic shock is eliminated.
Fish lifespan is increased.
Filters out copper metal, odors and phenol.
Prevents ion antagonism.
Last up to 4 months.
Several filter sizes are available

Directions: Rinse FilterEez with filtered water, then place into your filtration system where carbon or chemical filtration is required. Make sure FilterEez is flat in your filtration system, fill any gaps with filter floss. FilterEez is specially formulated, it is not intended to be divided.

1. What is FilterEez
FilterEez is an ion exchange filter medium for use in all types of fresh water, marine and reef aquariums.

2. What makes FilterEez better than other similar products?
Quality control-
We follow strict quality control guidelines at our manufacturing facility. A dedicated clean room allows us to minimize product exposure to air, allowing for less cross contamination.

3. What are the benefits of using FilterEez?
FilterEez was designed and manufactured with the latest technologies available. FilterEez is without a doubt the best all around filter media for all types of aquatic environments. FilterEez is very economical, simple to use and provides problem free filter operation.

4. Fish will love FilterEez.
FilterEez will provide a natural balance to your aquarium by means of ion exchange. By introducing a negative ion affect, FilterEez will help to establish clean and well balanced water allowing your fish to live a long and stress free life.

5. Corals and plants will love FilterEez.
FilterEez will also help all types of plants and corals in your aquarium. By keeping the water pH stable and filtering out toxins, your corals will not only survive they will thrive.

6. Using FilterEez.
Using FilterEez your aquarium will be simpler and easier to maintain by reducing the number regular cleanings.

7. FilterEez will help you be better aquarist.
FilterEez will help you enjoy your aquarium like never before! Your water will be crystal clear, more stable, cleaner and all around well balanced. Your fish will live longer and look better!
Save time, save money, enjoy your hobby.
You will be able to enjoy your aquariums instead of spending time cleaning them.

8. FilterEez reduces your algae.
FilterEez removes phosphates from the aquarium reducing your problem algae’s.

9. FilterEez is one of the simplest filter media to use.
Simply rinse FilterEz with clean water and place into your specified chemical filtration system. (carbon)

Friday, June 11th, 2010

When Dick de Bruin, a Dutchman, dropped his camera while scuba diving in Arube, he figured it was lost forever. Well, believe it or not, a sea turtle happened to pick the camera up, turn it on, and film part of its thousand mile journey. The camera was retrieved in Florida by US Coast Guard officer Paul Shultz, who put a video up on YouTube, and eventually got the word back to de Bruin.

I found a camera and Ikelite waterproof housing washed ashore in Key West, FL. Pictures indicate it floated all the way from Aruba over a period of 6 months. Half way through the journey, this sea turtle came across it and tried to eat it, turning the camera on and recording himself. The owner has been located in Aruba and confirmed he lost it while diving off Aruba in November, 2009. The camera washed ashore in Key West on May 16, 2010 covered in growth.

Friday, June 11th, 2010

RoboSnail is an automated glass or acrylic cleaner for your reef tank. The RoboSnail, made by AquaGenesis,  operates by sensing the top, left and right edges of the tank, and calculating the appropriate cleaning pattern so that the entire surface is attended to. The edge locations of your tank are stored in the RoboSnail’s internal memory for future cleanings. Once the RoboSnail covers every inch of the surface, it returns to it’s “home base” location and will remain there until it’s next cleaning cycle. If the RoboSnail is left on, it will come to life once a day, and will require no interaction from the hobbyist. Naturally, if you choose, you can activate the RoboSnail manually.

Our first question was with regards to the scratching, and we were told by AquaGenesis that the user is able to program the height of the front surface to about 3 inches above the substrate, and therefore instruct the RoboSnail to stay away. This way, sand does not get caught up between the magnet and the surface.

The advantages of using the RoboSnail stem from it’s consistency. Many of us wait days between cleanings, at which point there is a build of of algae on the surface, requiring a more intense cleaning. The RoboSnail’s consistent, daily clean-up, prevent such a build up. The RoboSnail operates on both Glass and Acrylic, and is currently the only automated aquarium cleaner.

We are very excited about the development of this product, and will keep you updated.

Price point will be around MSRP of $115-$125


Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Shortly after releasing their newly popular Phosphate Checker, Hanna Instruments are back for more. Hanna Instruments’ President has confirmed that the company is in the final stages of completing an expansion of the Hanna Checker family of products. The new line will include a Hanna Alkalinity Checker, Calcium Checker and Nitrate Checker. Hanna Instruments is focused on staying connected with their costumers and responding to feedback. The company is set on making these new Checkers available in July, and promises that there is STILL more to come.

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