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DFS Raspberry Limeade Nasuta – Live Aquaria Diver’s Den

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

This beautiful DFS Rasberry Limeade Nasutaicon has green body along with pinkish red tips and brilliant green polyps. The Acropora Nasuta requires strong indirect flow and high lighting. This is a limited addition SPS coral, which has been captive grown by Drs. Foster and Smith and is available on Diver’s Den
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Care Level: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Lighting: High
Waterflow: Strong
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements

Amazing RBTA for $89.99

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Red rose bubble tip Anemoneicon. This anemone has red mouth and red oral disc. The tentacles of this anemone stick well and are red. The underside of the oral disc is purplewith a smooth purple column and pedal disc. This bubble tip anemone prefers to attach to piles of rocky rubble and coral rubble, and is maintained under 250-Watt DE-10K bulbs that are suspended 18″ above the water surface in a raceway that is 16″ deep. This anemone is fully quarantined since November and is feeding well on a mix of PE Mysis and finely chopped raw shrimp. The diameter of the pedal disc is 1″ and the anemone is 3-1/2″ in diameter when fully open.
Size: 3-1/2″

MASM Breeding Initiative Official Kick Off

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm
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November 1st is the official kick off of the MASM Breeding Initiative.  We gave you some basic information regarding the Initiative not to long ago via emails and on many of the popular forums with a note that there would be more to come. As promised I come to you with all the details now.

Purpose
1. To encourage spawning of marine ornamental fish and invertebrates.
2. To share knowledge of captive breeding techniques.
3. To enable more people to participate in captive breeding.
4. To recognize outstanding achievement in the captive breeding of marine ornamental fish and invertebrates.
5. To create a pool of information for hobbyists and professionals to use in breeding of established and untried species.
6. To encourage the reduction in reliance on wild caught animals for the marine aquarium hobby by substituting tank raised specimens for wild caught specimens wherever possible.

TimeThe first Initiative will run from November 1st 2009 till December 31th 2010 EligibilityThe MASM Breeding Initiative is open to anyone interested in captive breeding.  MASM membership is not a requirement although creating a breeding log on the MASM forum is a requirement. This Initiative applies only to propagation via sexual reproduction. Specimens propagated via asexual means such as fragging or spliting are not included in the MBI.  General Species will be divided into classes based on difficulty.

Classes are grouped generally as follows:
Class A-Easiest species to breed in captivity
Class B-More difficult Species but still regularly bred in captivity
Class C-Species considered very difficult to breed in captivity
Class D-Species never or hardly ever successfully bred in captivity

You can find a complete list of all currently classified species at:
http://www.masm.org/mforums/tm.aspx?m=31776

Points will be awarded as follows:
Points will be awarded at 4 stages during the breeding process; spawning event, hatching event, metamorphosis, and 60 days post-metamorphosis (or 60 days after birth if live bearing species).
Class A: 60pts
Class B: 120pts
Class C: 300pts
Class D: 700pts

Points will only be awarded once per species.  In other words, you don’t have to start from scratch every time a pair spawns, but you only get points for that species spawning, hatching, etc. once.
You can see more information on the points system at:
http://www.masm.org/mforums/tm.aspx?m=31775

Breeder Levels The following is a list of the breeder levels and awards:
Apprentice
Fledgling Breeder
Novice Breeder
Journeyman Breeder
Established Breeder
Progressive Breeder
Advanced Breeder
Expert Breeder
Master Breeder
Grand Master

More details on breeder awards and award levels can be found at:
http://www.masm.org/mforums/tm.aspx?m=31774

All participants must start a Breeder’s Log on the MASM Breeding Journals forum and post updates and pictures during the program for each species that they are working with.  The Breeder’s Journal Forum can be found at: https://webmail.alro.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.masm.org/mForums/tt.aspx?forumid=86

DSPS tank from Thailand II

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009 at 9:54 am
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This beautiful 1200 gallon DSPS reef tank from Thailand is just unbelievable. The aquascaping in this tank is very unique, with multiple islands containing shelves and branches. There are about a million Tunze pumps on it, which provide ample flow for the plethora of mature SPS colonies. You have to check out how clean and organized this fish room is (more like a fish suite). This setup has just about anything you can think of, and much more.
If only they had a good skimmer on this setup 😉 (you’ll get it once you watch the video).

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MBI: MASM Breeding Initiative

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am
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In an effort to encourage captive breeding of marine fishes and invertebrates, MASM is happy, and proud, to announce the start of the MASM Breeding Initiative!

MASM would like to involve everyone that is currently breeding as well as those that are interested in giving it a try.

In the next few weeks MASM will set forth the guidelines for the Breeding Initiative, which will take place over the course of the next year and is open to anyone that would like to get involved, MASM membership is not a requirement to participate in the MASM Breeding Initiative. The initiative will include a Breeder’s Challenge where anyone that is interested in breeding ornamental marine fish or invertebrates will have the opportunity and support to do so.  MASM will be organizing a group buy for equipment and materials for local breeders interested in getting involved in the Initiative.  They will have dedicated forums for participants to create breeding logs to document, and to ask questions about, their projects.

MASM is also extremely happy to announce that master breeders Matt Wittenrich, author ofThe Complete Illustrated Breeder’s Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes” and Matt Pedersen, MASNA’s 2009 Hobbyist of the Year, have volunteered to act as advisors for the MASM Breeding Initiative and will help answer the more difficult breeding questions posted on the MASM forums.

As a special treat, MASM will be holding a“Breeder’s Workshop” in March 2010 where both Matt Wittenrich and Matt Pedersen will be in town to speak about the subject of captive breeding and the necessity of it!  This will be more than a simple lecture.  A short lecture and Q&A session from each speaker will be followed by a social gathering where attendees will have plenty of personal, “one on one” time with both Matts.  This will be a great opportunity to get individual questions answered by the experts and to share your successes and difficulties experienced through the first several months of the Breeder’s Challenge!

MASM now has two forums created that will be used for this Initiative. You can see them at: MASM Forums

They are both marked with a: on them so they are pretty easy to pick out.

While there are a few details up in the air one requirement is that anyone involved in the initiative must have a thread( or two ) in the Breeding Journal forum detailing their progress thoughout the challenge. Anyone that does have a regularly updated thread will at the very least be guaranteed of receiving a certificate of participation. There will be other awards as well given out during the course of the Initiative for achieving specific milestones and at the end of this year’s initiative.

It is MASM’s serious hope that this will be an ongoing event.  Creative, “out of the box” thinking and innovation, are encouraged!”

The Marinelife Aquarium Society of Michigan is also the host of the 12th Annual Midwest Marine Conference that will be held during the weekend of May 21, 2010 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  More informaton on MMC can be located at http://www.midwestmarineconf.org/

Sanjay’s Black Photon Clownfish on Diver’s Den

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 pm
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A pair of Sanjay’s Black Photon Clownfish is now available on Diver’s Den. This pair of Black Photon Clownfish was produced by breeding one Darwin Black Ocellaris Clownfish and one true “Onyx” Percula Clownfish. They are so nice. We’re sure they’ll be gone fast, so check them out here. As always with Diver’s Den, it’s WYSIWYG, so you get the pair you see in this photo. The pair is currently $149.

Float Switch Kit by Digital Aquatics

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 2:38 pm
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The DA Float switch kits comes with everything you need to hook up a float switch to your ReefKeeper Elite or ReefKeeper Lite system! The basic kit is perfect for custom applications, while our kits w/brackets include everything you’ll need to set up any number of safety floats! Add the safety of a float switch to your system today!

The Digital Aquatics kits come with and installation guide and programming instructions which make it easy to set up. Optional mounting brackets should make installation in most sumps a breeze. Durable, reef-safe plastic and acrylic components should ensure long-term dependable operation.

A few suggested implementations for these float switches are: Auto Top Off (ATO) systems, automated water changes, low water level, high water level, and full skimmer cup alerts.

Current USA Cardiff Aquarium System

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 5:46 pm
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A Decidedly Different Look

Create the ultimate conversation piece. Designed with professionally beveled glass, the unique shape is bent to enhance the view from all angles and creates an eye-catching addition to your home or office. A completely hidden filtration system makes keeping fish easy – and keeps your critters and family happy.

Cardiff Features:

  • A complete filtration system – just add water
  • Frameless bullet shaped design with beveled glass edges

Conveniently hidden filtration system including:

  • Intake venturi protein skimmer
  • Surface-skimming overflow
  • Built in freshwater top-off system
  • Biological, mechanical and chemical filtration
  • Dedicated heater section with constant level water flow
  • Flexible return nozzle with dual outlets
  • Removable beveled glass top

Stand Features:

Bring stylish design and elegance into your home with furniture quality stands. Each stand is completely assembled and available in three professional finishes that protect the stand from the aquatic elements.

ORA Platinum Percs

Posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm
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(From ORA)

There’s an air of anticipation at ORA this week as we are introducing our newest designer clownfish – The Platinum Percula. While watching these fish grow over the last few months it was amazing to watch their development. One of the pleasures of selective breeding is the serendipity of an unexpected result and the subsequent unfolding of traits not predicted. That was the case with this latest offering, and the excitement of watching the growth and development of a new strain was difficult to contain.

They say that the one thing that never changes is that everything does change, and so it seems that applies to clownfish too. We hope you are all pleased by our latest effort, check out the photos below. The first photo shows the coloration of the fish we will be shipping, the second shows a fish that is a few months older with black fins.

Save up to 46% on Scott’s Fairy Wrasse at LiveAquaria.com

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse, also known as the Black-fin or Blackedge Fairy Wrasse, originates from the waters of Australia, Cook Islands, and Fiji, and each location represents a color variation of Cirrhilabrus scottorum.

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse from Fiji is also known as Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse and is mostly green in color with a striking black margin on the dorsal fin. Scott’s Fairy Wrasse originating from Cook Islands is bluer in coloration with yellow fins and contains more definitive breaks between the colors. The variety collected from Australia contains more red within the fins and the break in coloration within the body is less dramatic. The male and female of this species are very similarly colored, but when courting, the male will display increased color intensity. Colors may vary depending on the fish’s mood.

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