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Friday, March 19th, 2010

The AquaVue LED Coral Boosters by CoralVue are available in two models, a 14 LED strip and a 28 LED strip. Both AquaVue models comes equipped with a hanging kit, and can also by mounted directly to a canopy. CoralVue is using super blue actinic 1 watt CREE LEDs, which enhance color and makes your corals look “like they are on fire!”

CoralVue already has these in stock, and both models should be available for sale in the next few days. Pricing information will follow shortly.

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Rainford’s Butterflyfish, Chaetodon rainfordi, is a beautiful sunshine yellow color with rust orange vertical stripes. Juveniles have more white between body stripes and a black occeli on the caudal peduncle. It is native to the Australian Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, and Lord Howe Island where it lives in shallow waters up to 49 feet deep.

This species is difficult to keep in captivity and should only be attempted by the expert aquarist who has experience with obligate corallivores. In the wild this fish feeds on corals and filamentous algae and therefore is not suitable for a reef aquarium. Providing a newly acquired specimen with live coral frags and live algae may help it survive while being acclimated to prepared and frozen foods. Like other butterflies, small specimens adapt to aquarium life more readily than large adults.

A seasoned aquarium of at least 50 gallons with large amounts of filamentous algae and live rock is required to house a single Rainford’s Butterflyfish. These fish are very territorial, but may be kept in mated pairs or small groups if introduced simultaneously to a very large aquarium.

Photo by Greg Rothschild

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

NeoMarine Kalibrate is Brightwell Aquatics‘ answer to a simple problem. The main component in saltwater mixes is NaCl, which is relatively easily obtained in bulk quantities. So the folks at Brightwell Aquatics decided to simply leave it out of their mix, and provide you with the additional minerals necessary to achieve a close match to natural sea water. This new product is called NeoMarine Kalibrate, which is targeted at users who “prefer to utilize the most concentrated forms of supplements possible.”

According to Brightwell Aquatics, “you supply the sodium chloride, we supply the rest.” The advantage of this approach, is that each hobbyist can determine the ratio of NeoMarine Kalibrate to NaCl they wish to use, and therefore control the levels of Calcium, Magnesium and Alkalinity. This allows the hobbyist to adjust these levels to better match the draw on their system. Naturally, hobbyists running a full fledged SPS system, will choose to use more NeoMarine Kalibrate than those who run a fish-only system.
This salt premix will be available in 5 gallon pail and a drum, which are enough to product 450 and 6000 gallons at 1.025.

For those tanks whose demand exceeds what is provided by waterchanges, Brightwell Aquatics also offers Reef Code A & B in powdered forms.

[via Coral Magazine]

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The hits just keep on coming from Morphologic Studios. In their latest video, a transparent shrimp is reclining amid Ricordea sp. corallimorph polyps. This is what the studio guys had to say:

Featured in the the video is a unidentified shrimp that lives commensally on Ricordea sp. corallimorph polyps. Unlike the other commensal anemone/corallimorph shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni, P. yucatanicus) that are active fish cleaners, this shrimp moves considerably less. In fact it is nearly invisible. The transparency of this shrimp is such that if you look carefully in the middle of its abdomen, you’ll notice its beating heart. Even the fluorescent pink ring around the edge of the unidentified ricordea polyp’s mouth is visible through the shrimp’s tail.

[via Morphologic Studios]

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Over 300 people are being evacuated from various Great Barrier Reef islands as Cyclone Ului is anticipated to hit this weekend. Ului is currently a category four (out of five) cyclone, and is expected to cross over somewhere between Gladstone and Bowen or either Saturday and Sunday. The weather bureau reports expected swells of 8-10 meters which the Cyclone hits. It went on to add that a flood watch is in effect as well, due to potential heavy rains. It is important in cases like these, that tourists and residents are evacuated early enough that they are not trapped in hazardous sea conditions.

Julia Cook, acting police inspector, told ABC that “It’s unknown what will occur, however for safety … Lady Elliot and Heron Island, they will commence evacuation today.” Most agencies and resorts in the area will stay on high alert until Saturday, during which time they will reassess the risk potential.

The northeast coast of Australia was last hit by a category four storm back in 2006. Cyclone Larry delivered a devastating blow, causing over $321 million in damage to crops and infrastructure.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Our new website is now online! It’s been a long process but we finally have it running. We are still working on a few broken images and still have many more enhancements coming, but wanted to get the bulk updated. Thank you for all your support and patience over the last few days while we fixed some minor issues. We hope you enjoy the new site. The speed and new features should make it a nicer site to surf.

Here are a few links to some new products we just added to our website & super sales. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at or call 317-895-9005 or use our new Live Chat feature available from 10am-6pm M-Friday.


seaswirl sale Seaswirl Sale – 20% off original price. Ends April 17th.
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl 1/2
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl 3/4
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl
Vertex RO Vertex RO Sale -$99.99 original price 129.99. Ends April 12th.
Vertex Puratek 100 GPD RO SYSTEM
hydor Hydor BLOW OUT PRICE on 2009
Hydor KORALIA 1 $16.99
Hydor KORALIA 2 $18.99
Hydor KORALIA Nano $13.99
Alpha Cone Skimmers
10% off through March 31st.
Alpha 170 Cone $699.99
Alpha 250 Cone $800.99
Alpha 200 Cone $1079.99
Alpha 300 Cone $1259.99

Online price reflects final sale price.
Turbelle Nano Stream 6045
On sale $76.05, reg 90.16
Ledio LED – high powered LED’s from Japan. Excellent quality. Screw into a standard lamp socket and ready to go.
Ledio 21W Deep Blue
Ledio 21W Aqua Blue
Ledio 21W Coral Blue
Ledio 21W Violet
TLF VeggieMag Magnetic Accessory for Seaveggies Clip
Ball Valve – 1/4 Mur-lok x 1/4 Male NPTF
AquaticLife Monitors & Controllers
pH Controller/ ORP Monitor
ORP Controller/ pH Monitor
pH Controller/ pH Monitor
ORP Controller
pH Controller
New Hanna Checker’s Pre-Order – expected 1-2 weeks.
Pocket Photometer Free Chlorine
Pocket Photometer Total Chlorine
Pocket Photometer Phosphate
Photometer Iodine (freshwater)
Pocket Photometer Iron
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Transgenic fish have been developed by Terry Bradley at the University of Rhode Island. A 10-year scientific effort by Bradley and his team, yielded transgenic rainbow trout displaying enhanced muscle growth. After spending 500 hours injecting 20,000 rainbow trout eggs with several DNA types designed to inhibit myostatin. The fish spawned from these eggs developed “six pack abs”, even though fish do not have abdominal muscles. The fish also displayed enlarged shoulder muscle, with an overall total of 15-20 percent increase in muscle mass.

The fish seem to exhibit normal behavior, said Bradley, who believes that “The results have significant implications for commercial aquaculture and provide completely novel information on the mechanisms of fish growth. The results also allow for comparisons between the mechanisms of growth of muscle in mammals versus fish, and it could shed light on muscle wasting diseases in humans.”


Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The Aqua Medic Acrylic Bow Tank is featured in their latest catalog. This round aquarium, will be available in two sizes, 100cm (~39.4″) and 120cm (~47.2″) diameters. Each one of the Aqua Medic Bow Tank will be include an overflow and piping, and will be placed on a stainless steel stand with removable polished acrylic plates. Filters and lighting will be available for these tanks upon request, and stocking choices. This new aquarium looks pretty sharp and it is said that Aqua Medic is considering equipping it with the Blue Reef series of filters.

[via aqua medic]

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The new CORAL Magazine March/April 2010 digital edition is out with slew of informative articles. This CORAL Magazine edition is titled Smart Reefs and deals with energy-saving products and tactics. The articles cover the concept of green reef aquariums and provide some information about how to manage a thriving reef tank while using the least amount of energy. Selecting the best reflectors possible, in order to utilize every last bit of light products by your Metal Halides, T5 lamps, or LEDs is something that every hobbyist should consider. You may spend a little more upfront, but you’ll save both money and the environment at the end.

Other interesting topics covered in this issue of CORAL Magazine are Feeding Anemones, Controlling pH, and an inside look at the most diverse vertebrate group on earth: fish.

There are many other interesting articles included in the Coral Magazine March/April 2010 digital edition, so be sure to check it out.


Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Panther Grouper, Cromileptes altivelis, has an off white body with vivid black polka-dots. Also known as the Polka-Dot Grouper, this beautiful and lively fish is indigenous to the Indo-Pacific. The Panther Grouper can grow to over a foot, and therefore should only be kept in large fish-only aquariums; 300 gallons or more. As it is an aggressive fish, it is best kept with other aggressive carnivores, like Eels and Triggerfish.

In nature, the Panther Grouper darts in and out of the rockwork with it’s graceful, dancer-like movements, and uses it’s spots as camouflage. Again, this fish grows very quickly, and it is vital that the tank it is housed in offers ample growth room. Although this Grouper most likely will not feed on any corals, it may break or uproot some corals as it chases it’s prey. This carnivorous fish, will most likely eat any crustaceans in your system, and may also feed on any small live fish.

The Panther Grouper should be offered a diet consisting of frozen krill or meaty foods like silversides, squid, prawns and fresh fish.

Main Photo by Greg Rothschild

photo by Tal Sweet
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