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NextReef Protein Skimmers Coming Soon!

Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 11:39 am

NextReef is blasting into 2011 by working on prototypes for a new line of NextReef Protein Skimmers! The new line will feature 6″ and 8″ internal/external recirculating protein skimmers, sporting the slick blue “look” unique to NextReef.

Here are some photos of the prototype being used at several stores around the country. These are courtesy of A great coral shop in Sarasota, Florida called Coral Connection. Coral Connection specialized in soft and hard corals, and offers a variety of fish and a great selection of Indonesian live rock

Known for producing solid, reliable products, NextReef continued on the same track by constructing their new protein skimmers with 1/2″ thick flat surfaces, and 1/4″ blue tubing. Wanting to not only look good, but also provide supreme performance, NextReef chose to go with Sicce psk600 and psk1000 as their recirculating pumps using vinturis machined in-house. An integrated gate valve controls the water level in the skimmer, while a removable bubble plate (that’s right) will allow each hobbyist to decide what works best in their application. Other features available with this new line of NextReef protein skimmers are a silencer, and a threaded drain on the collection cup (NR will provide both a fitting and a plug).

We wanted to show you a few more photos of these bad boys in action. This is the 8″ (approx 28″ tall) model being used at Big Dog Reef.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this first look at the NextReef protein skimmers. We’ll give you an update on price as soon as it is available. You should see these on the market sometimes in the spring.

Popularity of Lookdown Fish on the Rise

Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Here is a great video of lookdowns in their natural environment

Recently I’ve noticed some of my favorite LFS hot spots have been stocking lookdown fish (Selene vomer). The lookdown is an easily recognized fish with its tightly packed metallic scales, thin disk shaped body, and visible spine structure. The prices, seemed reasonable for such large and unique fish, but their temporary homes seemed unfit. I decided to research lookdowns and share the habitat needs in hopes of sparing some casualties. After all, many a newbie could find this attractive and affordable fish enticing and give it a whirl.

First of all, the fish prefer to be kept in schools of 5 or more. Now with each fish coming in at about $85.00, the investment just got a little steeper. Their actual aquarium needs, if researched should deter most potential suitors. For a juvenile lookdown, a tank no smaller than 125 gallons will do, but as they age the minimum tank requirement sky rockets to 900 gallons. For some of us, we could easily be talked into upgrading our systems to meet at least the juvenile requirements or even handle the adolescent mid-range, but the deal breaker is yet to come… Nothing should be in the tank other than the lookdowns. They prefer a soft sand or silt bed without rocks, corals, or any form of obstacle. These fish are open water dwellers and for long term success that needs to be replicated.

The lookdown is in line to be a popular trend in poorly kept aquaria, just like stingrays and small sharks have been for the past decade. A responsible LFS would educated anyone interested in buying one of these beauties, but then again if the LFS is keeping them in a 20 Long, how responsible can they be? If you are interested in this unique fish, do your research and plan for their growth.

The Living Mayan Riviera Reef

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

This is a great video of the Mayan Riviera’s abundant marine life that I found on JCVdude’s YouTube Channel. The video is short, but sweet. The schooling tangs are absolutely impressive. The Mayan Riviera is full of native species that are regulars in our home aquariums such as various tangs, puffers, and angelfish.

Just for fun, ID some of the fish in the video. Good luck.

Red Sea’s Aiptasia X – Imploding Anemones Since 2008

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 11:25 am

As many of us have experienced, Aiptasia Anemones can quickly take over our tanks and any failed attempt at removal generally leads to the rapid multiplication of these nasty little @$#%s. Hobbyists around the globe have used every concoction possible to rid their systems of aiptasias and very few of them have had success. I personally have failed with the following home remedies: kalkwasser paste, lemon juice, and hot water. Not that all of them didn’t kill the visible anemones, becuase they did. They just happened to cause the anemone to release planula (larvae) which subsequently led to huge future invasions.

After several failed attempts and horrendous break outs, I decided to take the commercial route. I purchased two of the leading brands in aiptasia removal. To be polite I will not mention the first product that was a total bust. I used the product first and watched over the next few weeks as the tank repopulated with pests. I then used the second product, Aiptasia X. The differences were clear from the from the first injection. The anemones did not retract, they latched onto the syringe like Whitney Houston to a crack pipe. The thick substance became adhesive-like and actually sealed the mouth shut after the anemone willingly ingested some of it.

The best part was yet to come, after watching the anemone slowly close up it imploded! I love a good firework style aiptasia implosion show. The Aiptasia X is not only reef-safe, but its remains are totally harmless to the reef’s inhabitants. It took very little product to fully eradicate the tank, which is great because this bottle should last a while. I am now almost four weeks out and I have not seen a single aiptasia. Thank you Aiptasia X for helping my nervous twitch disappear like the aiptasias that plagued my reef.

Mysterious Fluorescent Green River

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 9:48 am

Nature-seekers are Victoria’s Goldstream Provincial Park witnessed an unexplained phenomenon this week – the river turned bright green. The waters ran green for only a few hours, but its impact on the environmentally sensitive estuaries that it reached are unknown.

In addition to the Goldstream River, a local fountain also spewed fluorescent waters briefly. The Ministry of Environment immediately sent teams out to the region to investigate. No animals have been found dead due to the substance, but further investigations will be needed to determine the cause and long term affects.

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