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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

ORA is now offering an Aquacultured Blue Cespitularia. This unique veriety of Blue Cespitularia has a turquoise body that literally sparkles, and peachy-orange polyps. This beautiful variety is different from the African variety marked by a darker blue and purple coloration. The ORA Blue Cespitularia is much brighter and is very easy to care for. Sometimes referred to as “Blue Xenia”, is a beautiful soft coral, that will add a unique look to any tank. It’s hard to beat the color and movement of this coral. Blue Cespitularia will adapt quite well to different lighting conditions, but the most intense coloration was noticed when this coral was under lower light levels. Start this coral at the bottom of your tank, and gradually move it up to it’s final destination. Best results with the Blue Cespitularia from ORA were experienced under moderate to high current. This coral will spread by sending out a “foot-like” projection which attaches to nearby rocks or solid surfaces.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

ORA has just introduced their latest variety, the ORA Black Ice Semi-Snowflake (Amphiprion ocellaris). The Black Ice Semi-snowflake is the result of ORA crossing a Black Ocellaris with a Snowflake. Their initial goal was to design a Black Snowflake, but instead the result was an orange clownfish, with intense black markings. The ORA Black Ice Semi-snowflake clownfish have yellow-orange bodies with an irregular white zig-zag in their mid-section. The thick black outlines, so rounding these markings, really make the colors of the Black Ice Semi-snowflake pop.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Photos by Agsftw

As shark populations around the world decline, conservationist are concerned that Asian chefs may look for Manta and Devil Rays as replacement for the popular shark fin soup. Since rays swim slowly and near the surface, they make for easy targets to the fishermen that hunt them using harpoons. At this point, the number of rays being fished is relatively low, but this could shortly change.

Marine biologist Tim Clark of the University of Hawaii says “Mantas and mobulas are being used as shark fin soup filler” in cheap versions of the popular soup.

Ray are believed to live for over 50 years, and only reach maturity in their teens. Even at that, they only produce 1 pup every 1 to three years. Coupled with how easy they are to hunt, ray are a perfect target for overfishing. In addition to becoming a shark replacement, ray gills are being used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to reduce toxins and purify the blood.

As the market for shark fin soups is consistently growing, the shark population is declining; reportedly by 80% over the past 15 years.

[via times online uk, Tal Sweet]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Here’s a great video of a 250 gallon reef system comprised of a 150 gallon display tank, a 50 gallon refugium, and a 50 gallon sump. This system is the result of an upgraded from a previous 75 gallons reef tank. The 50 gallon refugium is home to a beautiful mantis shrimp. Located at the bottom of a staircase, the beautiful display tank is home to a variety of tangs, wrasses, chromis, clownfish, sps corals, lps corals, zoanthids, mushrooms, and many other interesting little critters. Check out the diamond watchman goby feeding as it siffs through the sand. Several clams are beautiful as well as helpful in improving water quality. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Swabbie is a motorized protein skimmer neck cleaner from Avast. This little gizmo will keep your skimmer running at peak efficiency, and save you the hassle of having to perform this act yourself. You can plug the Swabbie into a timer, or aquarium controller of your choice, and set it to run 4-6 times a day (a few minutes each time). This will prevent buildup from forming on the neck altogether. At this time, there are 6″ and an 8″ models available. Made of heavy duty acrylic, the Swabbie uses a single pivot point wiper, which allows it to clean conical skimmer necks as well. The introductory price is $134.99.

Technical Data:
Fits 6″/150mm/160mm or 8″/200mm collection cups
Both 6″ and 8″ models are adjustable for 3″-4.5″ diameter necks
Timer or aquarium controller not included
Power consumption: AC 120v 3w
Height: 2″ above normal skimmer lid
Warranty: 1 year

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Volxjapan has just released their Grassy LeDio 27 LED spotlight. The Grassy LeDio 27 is currently available in ReefBlue (6 blue, 3 white) and ReefWhite (4 blue, 4 white, 1 amber) models, each featuring 9 x 3W bulbs (hence the 27). Volxjapan decided to use a newly developed 60 degree prism lens which offers great spread and intensity. This LED lamp does not generate substantial heat, and therefore passive cooling is sufficient. The LeDio 27 LED uses a standard E26 screw in socket, so mounting it shouldn’t be a problem. The approximate life of these LED lamps is 50,000 hours.

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