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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

CREDIT: Sandra J. Raredon / Smithsonian Institution

A temporary exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History uses x-rays of fish from sharks to gar to study diversity in skeletal systems. The x-rays show that some fish have skeletons built from cartilage while others have skeletons built from bone. The exhibit is called “X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out”. The exhibit will be on display through August 5, 2012.

All the x-rays on exhibit are viable on flickr. You can read more on the exhibit here.

Tour Itinerary:
07/02/11- 01/08/12 Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT
02/04/12- 08/05/12 National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
08/25/12- 11/18/12 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
12/08/12- 06/16/13 Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
07/06/13- 09/29/13 Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN
10/19/13- 01/12/14 Spartanburg County Library, Spartanburg, SC
02/01/14- 04/27/14 Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center,
Virginia Beach, VA
05/17/14- 08/10/14 Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN
08/30/14- 11/23/14 California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA
12/13/14- 03/08/15 Discovery Place, Texarkna, TX

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Pot-bellied seahorses have been successfully breeding at the NY Aquarium further strengthens the endangered species. This species of seahorses have a long history in traditional medicines which coupled with the pet industry has led it to near extinction. Currently the sales of the pot-bellied seahorse are prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES) of Wild Fauna and Flora. With the new breeding program showing signs of success we may see tank raised specimens hitting the market in the coming years. The pot-bellied seahorse is one of the larger seahorse growing to a shocking 13.5 inches making it a nice specimen in home aquariums. More on the breeding program can be read here.

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Just in case you missed it, here is a summery of last week’s most popular Reef News.

  1. Thousands of Migrating Sharks off the Coast of Florida
  2. EcoPico Ricordea Garden Desktop Aquarium by Ecoxotic – HD Video
  3. Orphek Nilus – 24” 120 Watt LED Fixture
  4. JBJ Nano-Cube 12 Gallon Reef Tank
  5. NextReef Protein Skimmers Coming Soon!
Monday, February 27th, 2012

A few months ago, we shot a video of a freshwater setup using the EcoPico Desktop Aquarium by Ecoxotic. Last week, we had a chance to shoot a beautiful EcoPico Ricordea Garden. Don’t forget to watch it in HD.

For aquascaping, this EcoPico setup, uses one coralline covered rock, which is slowly being taken over by a colorful selection of ricordeas and yumas. You’ll also see a neat collection of critters (extra credit for ID’ing the nudi at 1:12).

Let us know what you think, and post links to your own nanos in the comment section below.

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Orphek has stepped up their game, quickly racing towards the top of the LED aquarium lighting market. ReefTools recently introduced the Orphek PR-156 to our community, now we would like to introduce its big brother, the Orphek Nilus. The Nilus looks very similar to the PR-156 since Orphek maintained the stylish designed. The biggest changes are in the controller, it is now equipped with dimming functions capable of independently dimming the white and blue LEDs. This coupled with the controller’s timers gives the aquarist absolute control over the look of their reef. The controller can be programmed for multiple intensities through out the day creating a nice sunrise to sunset look. Orphek states the dimmer spent a year in research and design perfecting the fixtures ability to maintain the spectrum output while being dimmed. To obtain the “perfect” spectrum for SPS corals Orphek added additional diodes with varying colors. We are looking forward to the opportunity to see these in action.

• Wattage: 120 watts
• Ratio: 30 White LEDs, 22 Blue LEDs, 4 Red LEDs and 4 UV/true violet LEDs

• White LED: 14,000K-16,000K, ~100 lumen/watt
• Royal Blue LED: 450nm – 470nm
• Red LED: 640nm
• UV/True Violet LED: 380nm – 420nm
• Total Lumens: Over 9000 Lumens
• Equal to MH/HPS light 250w-400w

• Honey Comb 120 degrees

• Length: 24 inch x Width: 6.1 inch x Height 2.0 inch

Included with Fixture:
• Hanging kit

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A video was posted on YouTube last week showing an uncountable number of sharks migrating along the coast of Florida. The video was shot from a helicopter reportedly behind the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Kent Marine stated on their website yesterday, February 22, 2012, that there is a quality concern with the Reef Carbon manufactured between December 5, 2011 and February 8, 2012. Apparently heavy metals, like copper, found their way into the carbon during mining. These metals will have negative affects on clams and stony corals. It is reported these effects have been witnessed with in a couple of hours after using the contaminated carbon. You can read the full product advisory and review a chart showing which products have been affected here.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Nasa satellites have capture images of a giant underwater storm called an eddy off South Africa. The eddy stretches approximately 90 miles across and it was first spotted back in December. It was stated the storm poses no threat to sea life or shipping lanes, in fact it is believed the massive swirl will pull nutrient rich particles from the ocean’s floor to the surface. It could be Mother Nature’s way of spring cleaning.

Nasa - Terra satellite

Full story can be found here.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Camouflaged octopus. Image Credit: SteveD.

Richard Baraniuk is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University. He has been studying the amazing ability of Cephalopods to camouflage in the hopes to create an artificial skin for military uses. A great video interview and the full story for your review:

SteveD’s photography can be found here.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ecoxotic releases their new 18” Panorama Pro LED with the nano in mind. These little guys utilize three 19-watt Panorama Pro modules. Ecoxotic has maintained their sleek look and the ever convenient patented hinge mounting system. One of the best features of this fixture is the ability to customize it to your preference and the layout of your aquarium. An inline dimmer allows you to independently control the intensity and brightness of white and blue LEDs. Each of the modules can be shifted right to left to maximize the spread and focus of your aquascaping. The fixture leaves plenty of space to add additional Panorama Pro Modules or stunner strips to customize the look and spectrum.

Hitting the shelves in a store near you for $399.

18″ Panorama Pro Fixtures Include:
18″ Aluminum Fixture
2 x 12K White/445nm Blue Panorama Pro Modules
1 x 445nm Royal Blue Panorama Pro Module
2 x Inline Dimmers
1 x 3-Way Splitter
2 x 24V 60w Power Supplies
EcoCham Cleaning Cloth & Instructions

Mounting Options (Available Separately):
New Tank Mount Option (shown)
Stand & Wall Mount
Hanging Kit

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