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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Recently, two extremely rare fishes were made available for sale at Phoenix,  Arizona local fish store AquaTouch. The two rare fish, a Liopropoma aberrans and a Liopropoma aberrans and Jeboehlkia gladifer are both deep water fish. Found in the Caribbean, these fish swim at a depth of over 500 feet.

Well, how pricey can a fish get? Well, the 1.5″ Bladefin Basslet, Jeboehlkia gladifer, was just sold by AquaTouch for $9,999. Just be happy you can’t buy this fish by the foot!

That is going to be a beautiful addition to the buyers tank…which it should be….since it costs more than most hobbyists’ systems. But hey, we’re not judging, if you got it, spend it, because you’re not taking it with you.

Have a great long weekend everyone!


Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

After the overwhelming response to our recently published article regarding algae scrubbers, we decided to do a followup. In a recent interview, Reef Tools posed Bryan, “Santa Monica” from with the following questions.

1. First off, how long have you been using algae scrubbers?

August of 2011 will be 3 years. No waterchanges in that time, even when I overdosed iron.

2. Obviously algae scrubbers have been around for a while, what makes your new way of scrubbing any different from the previous methods of scrubbing?

The “new” way is the waterfall. It’s mostly a simple way to grow algae, which does the filtering.

3. What were the problems that surged from the old style scrubbers, and how have you modified scrubbing to get the kinks out?

The complexity of the old style was almost impossible to build. And, learning that you have to remove the screen for cleaning; this will keep the water from tinting (although it will still have lots of food particles in it.)

4. Now I know you are into no water changes while running a scrubber, why do you suggest that this is acceptable while running a scrubber?

Because it’s how a real reef operates. There are no waterchanges on a reef; algae does all the filtering, and feeding. The beach does nothing for filtration. So as long as you add Cal, Alk and Mag, and maybe Str. Everything else you need is in the food you feed.

5. What about trace elements, such as amino acids, iron, strontium, etc. etc., is scrubbing something that needs to be supplemented with dosing?

All the traces you need are in the food you feed, too, especially if you feed Nori (lots of iron). All the food, and traces, and anything else edible in the ocean comes from algae. Ask your nearest marine biologist, and he / she will confirm this.

6. So in your opinion, what are the keys to optimal scrubber filtering for a tank?

Having bright light (even distributed) on both sides of a rough screen, with fast flowing water across the screen. Weekly cleaning too.

7. Finally, what would you say to someone who is on the fence about whether or not to try running an algae scrubber on their tank?

Build a simple, cheap one (of the proper size), and see if it reduces your nutrients.

A lot of people asked us to showcase some popular designs. Here are a few that Bryan considers to be “Very Good Examples: These pics are the way you want to make yours. No changes needed. These will provide the most filtering possible.”

Wavecookies on the scrubber site built the best DIY non-acrylic scrubber Bryan has seen yet. Wide screens, big reflectors, and multiple bulbs are always better, and this has all three:

A cool quad design from Vykhang on the scrubber site:

For more examples and info, please visit this thread.

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The EcoPico has been in the news lately, due to the release of the EcoPico Reef Aquarium which provides a more intense lighting option, for hobbyists who want to house more light-demanding corals. Well, due to the popularity of small rimless aquariums, Ecoxotic is now offering the EcoPico LED Arm Light for purchase. The black matte LED arm sells for $44.95 on the Ecoxotic website, and is supplied with 1 LED strip containing 2 x 12,000K white and 1 x 453nm Actinic Blue LED lights, and a 12 volt EcoPico LED power supply.

Similarly to the LED light offered with the EcoPico Reef, the standalone version can be upgraded to hold two additional light strips. The LED strips are available in 3 color temperatures, 12,000K white, 12000K white(2)/453nm Blue(1), and 453nm Blue. Ecoxotic sells these LED strips for $22.95, and also offers a 3-way splitter, and a 4-way splitter with switches for $12.95 each.

Remember that the LED arm will fit on any rimless aquarium with a glass thickness of up to 6mm with the use of the provided screw adapter.

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Nano Box, is a custom LED aquarium lighting company, that focuses “on the small ideas and details that go unnoticed, but can’t be overlooked.” Nano Box chose to exclusively use Rebel ES LEDs rather than the popular CREE LED’s. Several models are currently available on the market.

The 12″ units, are housed in a 12″ x 4″ x 1.25″ CNC housing; anodized black.

  • 12 or 24 Rebel ES LED’s
  • 2:1 ratio of Royal Blue to Neutral White
  • Fully dimmable
  • Removable splash guard
  • Both passive (heatsink) and active (cooling fan) methods
  • a wire hanging kit

The 24″ units, are housed in a 24″ x 4″ x 1.25″ CNC housing; anodized black.

  • 24 or 48 Rebel ES LED’s
  • 2:1 ratio of Royal Blue to Neutral White
  • Fully dimmable
  • Removable splash guard
  • Both passive (heatsink) and active (cooling fan) methods
  • a wire hanging kit

In an interview with Nano Box, Reef Tools was told that the Rebel ES LED’s where selected for their spectrum accuracy, and color consistency throughout the entire angle of view.

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

A study conducted y the Australian Institute of Marine Science, concluded that sharks are worth far more alive then when sold for finning. Now, given, shark finning is just awful, and we are not suggesting that THIS be the reason to stop it. You don’t need any other reason, just don’t do it.

Anyways, sharks all over the world, are in serious declined, mostly in part to shark fin soup demand in Asia. It is estimated, that commercial fishermen kill up to 73,000,000 sharks a year…73,000,000!!! This is mostly done to supply the fin trade. Scientists estimate that upwards of 30% of all shark species are threatened, or near threatened with extinction.

A study initiated by the PEW environment group, demonstrated that profits from dive tourism, far outweigh the revenue generated from finning. This study, whose main focus is the Pacific Island of Palau, investigated the overall “worth” (terrible word, we know) of a live shark, vs one that is finned. Matt Rand, of the Pew Environment Group said “What we see in Palau, and other vacation destinations, is that sharks can be a significant economic driver. As a tourist attraction, reef sharks bring approximately $2,000,000 to the economy of Palau, over their lifetime.” Of the 80,000 tourists who visit Palau, over 50% are divers, many of which come specifically to dive with sharks. The calculations used in this study showed that as a result, a single reef shark, that frequents Palau’s reef, has an annual value to the tourist industry of $179,000, vs. only $108 when sold for consumption. So again, as disgusting and cruel a practice as finning it’s also economically idiotic!

Palau declared it’s reefs to be a shark sanctuary, several other nations and states, including the republic of the Maldives, Honduras, Guam, CNMI, Marshall Islands and Hawaii, have followed suit.

In conclusion, this study shows that in additional to it being a despicable practice, and one that could have dramatic ecological repercussions, we even have an economic reason to unite against it’s continuation.

You may remember the very powerful public service announcement, featuring Yao Ming, against the sale of shark fin soup.

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Yesterday, we reported the release of the Ecoxotic EcoPico Reef. Ecoxotic’s newest LED aquarium, sports 3X the light intensity of it’s brother, the EcoPico. maintaining the same beautiful, simple design. This tank is going to be a great choice for any hobbyist that is looking to set up a small piece of the ocean on their desktop. No need to worry about overheating the small tank, the LED lighting arm with 3 LED strips will add no noticeable about of heat to the tank. Each 12K LED strip has 2 white bulbs, and one blue bulb, casting a very nice and crisp bluish/white spectrum. Filtration and flow are handled by the included pump-powered internal filter (and water changes of course).

Here is a beautiful video showcasing the EcoPico Reef.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Earlier this week, we reported the release of the Hydra Aquatics Retina I LED Fixture. This new arm-like LED fixture from Hydra Aquatics can fit on rimless aquariums with up to 8mm glass. A total of 20 LEDs output a spectrum of about 9500K, which works great for both fresh and saltwater setups.

Here are a couple of videos showing the new Retina I LED monted on a 12″ rimless cube by Mr. Aqua. The first video demonstrates how easy it is manipulate the position of this new aquarium LED light. This ensures that you can control intensity and direction of light (although, directionality is not quite as important with this fixture, as it offers sufficient spread).

The next video gives a nice front view of the LED fixture mounted on the Mr. Aqua 12″ cube. Again, this fixture is currently available at Marine Depot for $99.99.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Orphek just announced the release of their latest LED product, the T-8 formfactor LED tubes. These new LED tubes, will now fit into regular T5 fixtures, with the use of an included adapter from Orphek, and will then be powered directly by the fixture. This means that no additions power source or cords are needed, and the look will remain clean and streamlined. The new T5/T8 LED Tubes are available in 24″, 36″, and 48″ and put out 500 lumens per foot. These new LED tubes from Orphek use their “second generation Power LED diodes,” and include a new UV/True Violet diode with high PUR, CRI spectral curve.

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The Vancouver Sun reported that a fishing trawler has hit, and then knocked out a valuable section of the Neptune Canada Observatory (NCO). The pod was loaded up with pricey titanium instruments which monitor things like earthquakes and tsunamis. Director of Neptune Canada Chris Barnes estimates the cost of repairing the damage anywhere from $700,000 to $1.7 million.

The pod, which suffered a “major blow” (according to Barnes) was set up in 2009, and was intended to run for 25 years. Unfortunately, that span was cut short when the trawler dragged it’s giant net across the sea floor in an unsanctioned zone, and bumped into the pod. The delicate instruments, tracked the trawler as it approached the pod, and then immediately ceased reporting data after being hit. There is actual data and even acoustic images of the large net coming down from the surface. The net scooped out the instruments, which were later on dumped into the boat, and flushed out with the fish.

Unfortunately, since there are potential legal implications, the trawler has not been identified, and the NCO continues it’s internal investigation. It’s important to note that NCO designers consulted with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in order to avoid such an indecent. A significant amount of money was used by the observatory to protect against potential damage from fishing boats. NCO has cables stretching 800 kilometers across the B.C.’s sea floor, provided the fishing industry with detailed navigational information, and instructed vessels to stay clear of the equipment.

[via The Vancouver Sun]

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