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Archive for April, 2011


Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Don’t miss the NCPARS spring 2011 frag swap at the beautiful Williamsport, PA High School with awesome raffle items from Liveaquaria.com, Jason Fox, MEI Crystal Sea salt, Aquatic Life, Premium Aquatics, Seachem, Avast Marine, DT’s phytoplankton, Hagen, Alga Gen, That Pet Place, Rod’s Food, Frag Farmer, Brightwell, Boston Aquafarms, Hamilton Lighting, Aqualumin.com, United Pet Group, Reed Mariculture, Marco Rocks, and many more.

Come to the swap to see the shining star of NCPAR’s School Tanks Program in the Williamsport High School. Through this program, NCPARS members help setup and maintain reef aquaria in their local schools. In some cases schools have provided generous financial support for aquarium setup. In others the tanks have been setup through individual donations. In Williamsport, the main tanks include a 300 gallon Marineland Deep Dimension reef and a 125 gallon reef. Two 65 reefs have specialty habitats for venomous fish and angels. Theyalso have two 90 gallon frag tanks and two 15 gallon acclimation tanks.

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Photo Credit: Page One

Jack Heathcote, has his own interpretation of the “basement fish room” concept. The 37 year old Nottingham resident has put together a 12’6″ x 12’8″ x 7′ “aquarium” (if you can even call it that) filled with exotic fish. “My hobby’s not only taken over my life, it’s taken over my home. But I love it!” says the salsa teacher, who has been infatuated with fish since a trip to a Blackpool aquarium when he was ten. This new construction, one-upped the one he had in his previous residence: an indoor tropical pond containing 12 stingrays.

After selling his previous home, Jack and purchased this new house with the intention of turning the cellar into a giant tank. 3 of the walls are actually part of the foundation, while the forth wall was replaced by a large window. The tank hold approximately 4,800 gallons!!

Let’s talk maintenance.
Jack performs 1,200 gallon waterchanges…..ummm….ouch. Even with a high-pressure hose it takes 6 hours to refill the tank. But how do you clean the glass? a huge mag-float? Nope, Jack actually dives into the tank and cleans it with a sponge. Jack feeds ones every 2 or 3 days, and uses anything from trout to mussles.


Photo Credit: Page One

Please check out more photos with the original article at daily mail

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

You have got to be kidding me! A few days ago, a thief entered Marine Aquatics, a Midvale, Utah fish store. The man left a bucket outside, then spoke to a store employee for a few moments, then walked out. On his way out of the store, the man ripped out several large pieces of corals. Ohrn is working with Midvale police on this. He’s also offering a reward. If you know anything, give them a call at 801-840-4000. As you can see in the video below, the man was caught in the act, and hopefully will be recognized and apprehended.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation. If you missed the Delaware Valley Reef Club Spring 2011 frag swap and you still want to see Ken’s keynote speech, you can watch the video provided by DVRC on youtube:

I am a new member of DVRC this year, and I went to this swap representing the fish store I work for, The Hidden Reef in Levittown, PA. We brought frags illuminated by Acan Lights, the new Echotech coral glue, aquacultured live rock, and lots of other goodies for sale. My coworkers and I had a great time at this successful event meeting the members and other sponsors of this great reef club.

Before Ken’s talk about The Coral Restoration Foundation, Barb Lang gave a talk about Clownfish breeding, and I gave a talk about aquarium photography. You can also watch these videos on Delaware Valley Reef Club’s Youtube page.

DVRC has volunteered to sponsor a section of The Coral Restoration Foundation’s reef where they grow rare Elkhorn and Staghorn Acropora corals. The CRF is saving the reef, one frag at a time, and you can be a part of it. Send donations to board@delvalreefclub.org, and DVRC will donate $0.50 for each $1.00 you donate! You can read more on the donation thread here.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The NeoHeater by AQUAEL is an electronic aquarium heater with thermoregulation. Combining the accuracy of thermal regulation with a modern design, the NeoHeater features innovative programming, as well as a constant monitoring system for both set and current temperatures. The NeoHeater features an accurate microprocessor powered thermostat and a built-in electronic thermometer. Another neat feature is the sound alarm, that signals the surpassing of the set temperature. Lastly, the NeoHeater has a “one touch” programming system and an LED indicator.

AQUAEL offers the “unbreakable” aquarium heater in 25W, 50W, 75W, 100W, 150W and 200W models.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

BIO-Spira by Instant Ocean is designed to prevent “new-tank syndrome.” As we all (hopefully) know, when a new tank is set up, it is vital that we let the tank cycle, before introducing any livestock. The cycle, refers to the nitrogen cycle, where bacteria converts ammonia into nitrite and then nitrite into nitrate. The process is normally put in motion by the addition of live rock which contains a bacteria, and other life forms. The addition of live rock will lead to some “die off” which will result in ammonia being present in the water column. We will write a more complete discussion of the cycle shortly, but for now, let’s get back to BIO-Spira.

“BIO-Spira contains live patented nitrifying bacteria proven to reduce fish loss due to ammonia and nitrite toxicity.” By accelerating bacteria colonization, BIO-Spira speeds up the establishment of sufficient biological filtration. Instant Ocean says that “in just minutes after adding BIO-Spira to your saltwater aquarium, you can introduce your fish with full confidence that they will not be exposed to dangerous levels of ammonia or nitrite, the culprits that cause new-tank syndrome.”

BIO-Spira does not need to be refrigerated, as it is not based on live strains of bacteria. It can be stored at room temperature, and is ready for use anytime. To use, simply shake well, and add 100ml for every 30 gallons of water volume.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Premium Aquatics: Sure Flow 1600 Kit – Was: $19.99; Now only: $11.99.
Salty Critter: 50% off IceCap and Hamilton Metal Halide Bulbs (instock items only)
Marine Depot: Mag-Float 20 Magnet Cleaner (Acrylic), save 25%
That Pet Place: Save $25 on orders over $150 – use code APR25
Bulk Reef Supply: 20% off Kalkwasser

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In the latest newsletter, Coral Magazine published an article by Ret Talbot discussing hit experience in Fiji. Talbot describes walking along raceway containing thousands of colonies and frags, in a Lautoka, Fiji facility. With an almost overwhelming number of corals to look at, one seems to catch his eye. Can you guess what it is? Some crazy chalice? An outrageous encrusting monti? A zoanthid morph that is out of this world? We’ll give you a hint, it’s a brilliant green, branching coral…

Chris Turnier, mariculture and livestock manager at the facility says ” Hydnophora from Fiji is probably the most eye-catching, fluorescing coral we have. “He continues on to tell a story about collecting the coral, where he literally saw it from 50 YARDS AWAY!!” The Hydnophora is a relatively hardy SPS coral, requires intense lighting and strong, variable flow, and makes for a great captive coral. For more information, and other great articles, please visit the original newsletter.

Photo Credit: Coral Magazine

Saturday, April 9th, 2011


photo credit Global Times

According to the Global Times, a popular trend in China is the sale of keychains featuring live animals. The poor animals, are sealed up in an airtight plastic container and are sold as Trinkets. When asked about the survival of the animals, the vendors state that the key chain includes “nutrient-rich” water which allow the animals to live for up to a month…and sometimes longer. Wow…a whole month?!?! First of all, no chance will an animal live for a month with no oxygen or food. Second of all (probably needs to be “first”) are you frickin’ nuts?! This is a very cruel practice is evidently completely legal in China, where animal cruelty laws are extremely lenient.

The new fish and turtle key chains are often seen being marketed to children around elementary schools.

If you remember back in 2008, a similar practice was observed during the olympics. Live fish were sold as Olympic paraphernalia.

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photo credit Global Times

photo credit xinhua

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Nice yellow palys and zoanthids are pretty rare in the hobby. It’s all to often we find the common yellow (weed) variety. But the Sunny Delight Palythoa, aka Sunny D’s, are absolutely stunning. This ridiculously nice morph, has purple eyelashes, surrounding brilliant yellow, orange and green centers. The color combination offers a striking look, that is sure to pop in your tank.

photo credit Cherry Corals

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