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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.


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.

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