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BIO-Spira by Instant Ocean

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 11:06 am

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.

Daily Deals and Discounts April 12, 2011

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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

Glow in the Dark Coral – Coral Magazine Newsletter

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 10:43 am

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

Key Chains with Live Fish and Turtles. Terrible!

Posted on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 6:31 pm


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

Sunny Delight (Sunny D’s) Palythoa

Posted on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 10:28 am

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

Eshopps Reveals New Website

Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Eshopps has just released their new website. The new and much improved design is dynamic, and is more heavily focused on graphics and images. Product pages are easily reached through a new navigation system. The home page is primarily flash, so those of you on any Apple mobile device (i.e. iPhone iPad) will be unable to view it, although once you click any of the footer links, you will be served basic html pages. The home page navigation seems to be complete, but once you go into the site, you will notice that almost none of the drop downs work (at the time of writing)

Product specs and features have already been loaded, and it seems as if Eshopps is in the process of updating photographs. The full line of overflow boxes, filters, protein skimmers and ornaments pages are already there, with a demo section and part store coming soon. Overall the design is really nice, and we’re happy to see Eshopps improving their online presence. Once completed, this new tool will be an excellent resource for the many Eshopps clients.

Atlantis Marine World Announces Expansion

Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

In a recent press release, Atlantis Marine World formally announced plans for expansion. The plans include an exhibition center, expanded catering facilities, and a hotel. The 97,498 square-foot, $24 million expansion will “take visitors beneath the waves and beyond the ocean.”

The only public aquarium on Long Island, opened in June of 2000 and promised to make an impact on downtown Riverhead, continually attract visitors, and reinvent itself as needed. Well, it seems that the recent relationship with TD Bank will help in makes sure these promises come true.

“This year, our Aquarium is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and in what seems to be a wave of new investment in downtown Riverhead, we are finally kicking off our long‐awaited phase two of our original construction plans, thanks in part to the financing by TD Bank,” announces Aquarium co‐owner and co‐founder, Jim Bissett. “This has been a long road, we have spent more than five years in design development – working with the town, the state, and the county to make sure that the best project possible would come to our downtown’s Main Street, and we are happy to be bringing along with it more than 200 construction jobs and nearly 100 permanent jobs for new operations.”

12W LED Aquarium Light from E.shine

Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 11:57 am

The 12W LED Aquarium Light from E.Shine uses optional 30/60/90/120 degree optics to provide the right combination of intensity and blend. Using both bright white and blue LEDs this 12W LED Aquarium light uses CREE or BridgeLux LEDs to ensure consistency and performance. Using a 90 degree optics this LED light puts out the following PAR values:

Although details about E.Shine’s products are scarce at this point, we will continue keep you up-to-date on the latest in LED news.

Daily Deals and Discounts April 6, 2011

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Premium Aquatics: 14K 250watt HQI Double End Halide Bulb – Was: $64.99; Now only: $55.99.
Marine Depot: $20 off Tunze Nano DOC Protein Skimmer 9002, was $146.39; Now only $126.39
That Pet Place: American Marine Pinpoint pH Monitor Was: $98.99; Now only: $91.89
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% off Loc-Line Modular Piping

Gobiesox Clingfish 38 days old

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

The Gobiesox Clingfish larvae I’ve been raising started settling at 25 days and have now completed metamorphosis. They look like exact replicas of their parents now, fins and all. It’s easy to tell when Clingfish settle because they start clinging to surfaces rather than free swimming (I’m now almost certain of their species, since it takes longer for Gobiesox punctulatus to settle than G. strumosus). They have been growing faster and eating more than ever since settling and are now about 3/4″ long. They are expert live Tigriopus copepods hunters; soon I will start giving them a little bit of Cyclop eeze, which is a great transition food for small fry.

I apologize for the grainy settlement photos, I’m not taking macro shots of them anymore since it’s too difficult to pry them off the walls without stressing them. It was much easier when they were free swimming, and I could quickly catch and photograph them before they even knew what was happening. I want to make sure they grow up happy and healthy.

development photos:

Eggs and parents

4 and 7 days old

10 and 15 days old

23 days old almost settled

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