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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Introducing the ORA Black Saddleback Clown. This new ORA clownfish is a true Black Saddleback, rather than the more common brown morph. Since it is considered one of the more difficult species to breed, ORA is thrilled to finally be breeding it in captivity. These true Black Polymnus are unique in that they are marked with complete middle bar, in contrast with the distinctive saddle. Many of this newly released ORA clownfish even sport a third bar.

Several of the very first batches were comprised of mainly misbars, having exquisite black coloration, coupled with a vibrant white border surrounding the tail. True to their name, the misbars’ tails do not extend to the full height of the body.

ORA Introduces the Black Saddleback Clown

ORA is introducing a new clownfish variety this month, the true Black Saddleback (Amphiprion polymnus). This is not a black version of the normal brown polymnus, rather it is a completely different morph. The true Black Polymnus differs from the normal brown variant by having a complete middle bar rather than the distinctive saddle. Many of them have a third bar before the tail as well.

We are very excited to finally be breeding this fish as it is considered to be one of the most difficult species to breed in captivity. In fact, it took us short of ten years of hard work before getting them to finally produce eggs. We would like to thank Werner Menzel of Meerwasser Center Menzel in Germany for trusting us with his colony of these fish.

The first couple of batches that we will have consist mostly of misbars. They have beautiful black coloration with a brilliant white border around the tail but their middle bars do not extend the full height of the body.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

ORA has just released a fiery red aquacultured gonipora. This ORA Gonipora is bright red with purple mouths, and should be shipping to local fish stores shortly. This great new coral from ORA will add a splash of red to your tank (which is so hard to come by). ORA has been growing this strain for almost 10 years, and it will be nice to hive this aquacultured Goni readily available.

ORA Now Offering Aquacultured Red Goniopora

After nearly 10 years in production, ORA’s Red Goniopora is finally ready for release. This beautiful LPS coral is bright metallic red and has brilliant purple centers. It is truly 100% aquacultured and is considered to be very hardy. Red Goniopora tends to be an aggressive coral and when placed near a competitor it will supercharge its tentacles with nematocysts which will give them a white tipped appearance.

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Looking for the ultimate crystal clear aquarium? The biUbe Pure is a complete aquarium system and the latest addition to the biUbe range. This very cool and hi-tech aquarium provides an ideal home for a variety of fish, and will also serve as a stunning centerpiece for any room. Reef One creates technologies and aquariums that offer some of the most advanced features and always at an affordable price. In addition to being a focal point in any room, the biUbe Pure is also low-maintenance, meaning you won’t have to spend hours looking after it. The biUbe Pure uses the same advanced filtration of the awarding-winning biOrb aquariums coupled with a new look that is perfect for any modern space. We love the look of this tank, and feel that it’s unique design makes it worth looking into. Naturally, there are limitations to what can be housed in the biUbe Pure, but the stunning visuals may be worth it.

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Here is a teaser animation of the new Elos LED light. The next generation Elose E-Lite looks like it will allow the user to control the intensity of both colors via a controller. The nature of the controller, and it’s capabilities are still a big secret of at Elos, but we’ll try to pry some details out during Interzoo. What do we know about it now? Well, it looks cool, looks modular, looks pricey, and we can’t wait to see it in person!!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

What do you get when you put a giant octopus and sharks in the same tank? Well, the Spiny Dogfin Sharks have been known to like the taste of octopus in their diets, but the Aquarium folks have figured that the octopus can use its ability to camouflage for protection, or at least fight the shark off and then hide. What actually happened though, was quite unexpected.

The shark is calmly swimming, minding its own business, when it is ambushed by the octopus. The Giant Pacific Octopus snags the shark easily overpowers it, making short work of its helpless captive. This explains the Spiny Dogfin Shark skeletons that kept appearing on the aquarium bottom.

[via national geographic]

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Oceanic Corals is now sourcing a “new” Denitrification Pellet they call NpX Bio-Beads. Sporting the same size and shape as the NP Biopellets, Oceanic Corals claims that their NpX Bio Beads are sources from the same “trusted manufacturer”. Made of biologically degradable polymers, these pellets allow aerobic growth of bacteria which in turn is said consume nitrates and phosphates. Oceanic Corals states that denitrification will take about 2-3 weeks to “get up to full speed”, and that as an added benefit, colonizing bacteria will occur within the reactor only, and not on other surfaces and pumps. Beads are best used in a reactor where they are tumbled aggressively. A specific danger of oxygen level drops (during the initial introduction and subsequent algae bloom) is identified in the product guidelines, and as a pre-caution, users with high nutrient levels are instructed to discharge the reactor directly into the skimmer (for re-oxygenation).

[via Oceanic Corals]

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The Conrad Rangali Island Maldives Hotel opened the world’s first undersea restaurant about 5 years ago. As part of it’s anniversary celebration, the restaurant will now allow guests to sleep under the sea as well. The 12 seat Underwater Restaurant seated 16 feet below the surface will be converted to a private bedroom suite for two. And if that’s not enough, a private champagne dinner and breakfast in bed will complete the package.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Ithaa serves Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine. Encased in plexiglass, Ithaa offers its guests 180° views of reef and marine life, which are sure to make this unique experience memorable.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

We recently took a closer look at the Aqua Illumination Modular LED System, and are excited to report our results. This LED reef lighting system is comprised of individual units, measuring 11.875″ x 5.375″ x 2.35″, and weighing 4.125 lbs each. Each unit contains 8 triple lenses, 2 whites, and 1 blue, for a total of 24 LEDs (either 38 or 40 degrees optics are used depending on LED color). The modular LED units can be attached to the supplied kit and placed directly on the tank frame, or hung using an optional hanging kit. An excellent benefit of using this system, is that it can grow with you over time, since additional modules can be purchased and attached in-line at any time. One AI Controller can easily support up to 20 modules connected in series, and white and blue bulbs are controlled independently. Each color can range in intensity from 0 to 100. Each Aqua Illumination LED module draws between 70 and 74 watts at full power. The AI modules are rated for over 50,000 hours of operation, which is over 13 years at 10 hours a day :).

We used 2 modules over a 24″ x 24″ x 24″ cube. The unites were mounted on the tank using the supplied kit. We used an Apogee Instruments Quantum Meter to gather our data, and all measurements were taken twice and then averaged. This tank was using a VorTech MP10 was nicely maintaining a wave in this tank during the testing (since we wanted to simulate actual conditions). We measured the tank under 2 conditions:
a. 100% Blue and 50% white
b. 100% Blue and 100% white
Measurements where taken approx 2″ under the module, immediately under the water surface, mid-tank (approx 12″ from the top), and on the sandbed (approx 24″ from the top). Measurements were taken directly under one of the modules.

Our first impression was simply “whoa, that’s bright”. It is very cool to see the color shifting from white, to blue with the twist of a knob. Programming the unit seemed simple enough, and we found ourselves easily playing around the color and intensity without even looking at a manual. Ok, enough of that, let’s get to the PAR numbers:

Distance 100% Blue
50% White
100% Blue
100% White
2″ 1400 3000
under the surface(~3″) 1000 1800
~12″ 850 1200
~24″ 400 600

Well, needless to say, we were very impressed with both the look, and functionality, and intensity of these units. While two Aqua Illumination LED Modules are use roughly half the power consumption of a 250W MH, the intensity of two units far outperforms that of the Metal Halide. There was no noticeable increase in temperature on the tank we looked at, and it is unlikely anyone would need to cool down their tank as a result of using this LED lighting system. We would like to report more long-term results with this module, and are working to gather this information at this time.

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Monday, April 19th, 2010

The NJ Reefers Club and IceCap are holding a special day of conservation event on May 23rd, 2010. The guest speaker will be Ken Nedimyer, President of the Coral Restoration Foundation Inc, a non profit company which focuses on developing simple, effective, and inexpensive coral nursery and restoration techniques. CRF’s nursery has grown from just 5 corals in 1996, to over 4000 in march of 2009, and is projected to rise to over 7000 by the spring of 2010. CRF’s efforts and vision have led the way in growing the coastal conservation movement in the Florida Keys, as well as inspiring neighboring countries to critically assess their own marine and coastal conservation challenges.

The NJ Reefers club has donated $1500 to the Coral Restoration Foundation. Way to go!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Red Sea C-Skim 1800 is said to represent “an integration of revolutionary features, performance characteristics of high demand commercial foam fractionators and the footprint and affordability of a modernly designed hobby protein skimmer.” Red Sea says it is designed for aquariums of up to 475 gallons. The skimmer can be used in both in-sump or external applications. A closed loop, 215+ GPH, PSK aspiration pump uses an all-in-one molded pin impeller to maximize efficiency and performance. Foam height can easily be adjusted via a dedicated lever. A neat feature of the Red Sea C-Skim 1800, is the ability to clean to remove the cup without having to turn off both the feed, and re-circulating pumps. Another dedicated lever is simply moved to the “cap removal position”, and the water-flow in the skimmer is reduced. The C-skim also has a drain hole that can be used to continuously drain the collection cup.

The C-skim 1800 comes with a patented neck-washing system. A turn of a lever to “wash” position will set jets of water through a spray ring, which washes the accumulated waste from the skimmer neck. This waste is skimmed out when the lever is returned to the “operating” position. This process, when performed regularly, will increase skimmer efficiency.

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