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Help EcoXotic Support the Coral Restoration Foundation

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Earth Day—April 22—has motivated individuals and organizations worldwide to express their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability for over 40 years. And while it’s vital that each and every one of us does our part, the staff here at Reef Tools likes to see when vendors in our industry jump into the mix. This year, EcoXotic is working with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), and is sponsoring a restoration site on Molasses Reef (off of Key Largo, FL). The goal it to transplant 120 staghorn corals to this site within the next year. So, right now you’re probably sitting there thinking, “that’s pretty cool, good for them.” Well, if you want to show your support, please “like” the EcoXotic Facebook page. The more “likes” they get, the more corals they will sponsor.

Reef Phytoplankton and Reef Zooplankton from Seachem are Shipping

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Remember back in march when we told you that Reef Phytoplankton and Reef Zooplankton added to Seachem Reef Line? Well, the company announced yesterday, that both products are shipping out. The concentrated blends of green and brown marine phytoplankton (Reef Phytoplankton) and marine zooplankton (Reef Zooplankton) where designed to provide essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and amino acids for our captive reefs.

Seachem states that their products are different in that they are “enhanced to increase the bioavailability of important nutrients such as proteins, lipids, B vitamins, and other organic pigments, thus, corals expend less energy to derive the nutritional benefit.”

Bon’s Lagoon Reef, Watch the Progress

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:30 am

Here is an absolutely amazing new large reef tank by Vivadi. We have arranged the video in chronological order, so that you can follow the progress of this beautiful new reef. With a total system volume of approximately 800L, this reef has a relatively minimalistic aquascaping, leaving plenty of room for fish to swim and coral growth. As the video series progresses, you can see that a nice selection of fish has been added, as well as a variety of corals. Some very large SPS colonies have been introduced, looks like Vivadi doesn’t mess around with frags. The 5 EcoXotic Cannons do a great job at lighting this tank. You can see that although there are 3 white and 2 blue cannons, the color is blended together quite well, and the result is quite pleasing. Outstanding flow is provided by 3 Vortech MP40ES, and 2 Vertex Moceans.

Now, when you get to the March 20th update, you may drool on your desk. It seems as if the tank has gone under some sort of pest infestation. That would be true, if SPS was a pest. The tank is now packed with large colonies, and looks stunning. The combination of tableling and branching corals, together with great color, yields what we could only hope was ViVadi’s vision.

Vivadi, you did an incredible job!
Stay put for more updates, and please share this.

Tank Specs:
Tank Size 130cm x 90cm x 60cm (L W H)
Sump Size 96cm x 53cm x 47cm (water level 29cm)
Total Net water volume 800L
Lighting : 5 x Ecoxotic Cannon (3 x white 2 x blue) + 2 x PAR38 Royal Blue
Wave making : 3 x Vortech MP40ES + 2 x Vertex Mocean
Return pump : Red Dragon 6500
Skimmer : Bubble King SM250
Chiller: Arctica DBA250
Calcium Reactor : korallen-zucht for 2000L
Zeo Reactor : Vertex
Doseing Pump : 2 x Aquatronica Dosing Pump
Computing Aquarium System:

Aquatronica System
Temp., Ph, ORP, Density monitoring, plug control, water top off, internet monitoring

Neptune System Apex
Vortech Wave mode control, lighting control, moon light, calcium reactor ph control, Zeo reactor timer control, internet monitoring

Bon’s Lagoon Reef Tank starting out (2010):

Solana 60 Gallon Cube with EcoXotic Panorama LED Fixture

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

We just fell in love with this beautiful Solana 60 Gallon cube aquarium. This, incredibly clean reef tank, is very simply and beautifully aquascaped. The tank is absolutely spotless, and the corals and fish look great. With a mixed reef approach, the owner accomplished a very natural-looking result, while allowing for great flow and access. The tank is illuminated by an EcoXotic Panorama LED fixture, with the addition of 2 453nm Blue Panorama LED Modules. The result, as you can see is spectacular. The EcoXotic Panorama LED Fixture not only produces great color, but delivers sufficient power to grow SPS.

Here are two growth photos taken approximately a month and a half apart:

Before:

After:

Here are some more beautiful photos taken by the tank owner: (so not only does he have a sweet reef tank, he’s also a great photographer!)

[via EcoXotic]

Mantis Shrimp in the Wild, BBC Deadly 60 List

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:51 am

Here is a really cool video which is part of the BBC’s “Deadly 60”, which features 60 of the world’s deadliest animals. This particular segment highlights the Mantis Shrimp, and shows it’s incredible power and accuracy. This amazing animal, has had it’s strong claws earn the name “thumb splitters” by divers. You can see in this video, that even in slow motion, the mantis shrimp appears blurry. That is due to the fact that it attacks at the speed of a .22 calibre bullet. With this incredible attack speed, the Mantis first hits it’s prey with the force of the claw, which does a lot of damage. Next with the cavitatiion bubbles collapsing, which can stun or even kill the prey on their own.

In addition to it’s ferocious attacks, the Mantis Shrimp Eyes, have inspired possible advancements in DVD technology.

Here is a CRAZY VIDEO of someone hand-feeding a mantis shrimp. PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!



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