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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Eco-Lamp has beefed up the KR93 Full Spectrum LED system. Along wit the release is a video demonstrating the controllability in the controller.

Here are the specs at a glance.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The caption is difficult for me to follow. The video seems to be a sea krait trying to eat an eel. The sea krait is an amphibious snake which is a member of the subfamily Laticaudinae. These snakes are viviparous, meaning they return to land to lay their eggs, unlike true sea snakes. This species is venomous, scientist say their venom is ten times more deadly than a rattlesnake. Note the paddle-shaped tail which makes it a great swimmer.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

GHL now offers a flow sensor designed for the ProfiLux aquarium controller. With this additional sensor ProfiLux can display the measured flow of your aquarium pump. If the flow of your pump falls below a given rate the controller will warn aquarist with an acoustic signal, send a SMS message to your phone or an email. The ProfiLux can even switch the failing pump off in extreme cases.

Two different sensors are available:

Flow 100 – 2000 l/h, nominal width DN10, 2x G1/2″ outside thread
Flow 300 – 5000 l/h, nominal width DN20, 2x G1″ outside thread

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The ground was broken last Friday for the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Construction of the new museum is expected to cost $275 million and be completed in 2015. The 250,000 square foot, eco friendly green building was designed by Grimshaw Architects base out of London & New York. Along with a staggering 600,000 gallon aquarium the museum will house a dome 3-D planetarium. Make sure to watch the fly through rendering. More information on the museum can be found on the Huffington Post.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Image Credit: Jeff Levinton

Biologists have been plagued with the question, “Fish evolved in the oceans, but fresh waters have more species. Why?” It has been documented that our oceans today contain only 15-20% of the fish species despite the fact that it is believed that all fish evolved from the oceans making their way to the freshwater bodies. Well, John J. Wiens of Brook University is the Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution address this question. Dr. Wiens published his findings in the February edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society. For a briefer understanding of this question review the interview with Dr. Wiens conducted by Benjamin Dual on behalf of EarthSky.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Photo credit: California Academy of Sciences

A new species of shark was recently documented by John McCosker an aquatic biologist with the California Academy of Sciences. The Bythaelurugs giddgsi is a member of the catshark tribe. These sharks are found all around the world typically they are bottom dwellers. The sharks were discovered and samples were collected back in 1998 in the area of the Galapagos Island. McCosker and his colleagues reported on the new species in the latest issue of Zootaxa.

Read more on the story at SFGate.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Photo courtesy of The Huffington Post

This story is becoming more and more common. A private home gets red flagged based on high energy usage and the cops send in the swat team. Mike Baynes of Surrey, British Columbia has an average power bill of about $450, mostly due to his hobby of breeding tropical fish. Luckily for Mike, it wasn’t the SWAT team busting down the door, it was an electrical and fire inspector escorted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As with most of these stories no grow house was found. It appears the government was unhappy with their misguided search so they are making Mike pay for the unsolicited electrical inspection and perform upgrades to his aquariums to the tune of $800.

More on the story can be found at The Huffington Post.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Miami Marlins new park has an interesting addition not seen in any baseball parks to date. A large aquarium sits between home plate and fans. I can see the gears turning, you read it right. A saltwater aquarium with coral decorations and live fish is in place behind home plate. Not much information has been made available about the aquarium as far as dimensions or how many gallons of water it holds. What we do know is it is constructed of fiberglass with additional clear acrylic panels that are one inch thick and is said to be unbreakable (or so they hope). First baseman Gaby Sanchez wanted to put the tank to a test. He slung a baseball as hard as he could and the tank still stands. Let’s see how the tank holds up from a stray pitch from Marlins’ star pitcher Josh Johnson.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Marine Depot just released an instructional video showing the proper procedure for the use of the Majano Wand. In principle it’s divine, but is it really? In the video it seems very effective on majano anemones, but how is it on aiptasia? In the video the instructor rolls the end of the wand back and forth for a long 20 seconds until the little nuisance is vaporized. Anyone trying to touch an aiptasia knows the little bugger will suck into the rock before you actually make contact with it. In our experience using the Majano Wand we had a hard time getting to the aiptasia before they sucked in. We finally were able to make contact with one to film this video. It is important to note, the aiptasia we vaporized came back in the exact same spot. I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate the majority of these wands are purchased for aiptasias over majanos. The makers very clearly state that although it may work at times, the intended use of this product is not to kill aiptasia. My suggestion is to keep a few peppermint shrimp which will eradicate your aiptasia problem.

Does any of our readers have experience with the Majano Wand to share?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Photo Credit: Pat Sullivan / AP

Reef Tools hates to be the bearer of bad news. American Water Works Associations (AWWA) recently conducted a study on the aging water system infrastructure across the county. AWWA released their findings in a report entitled Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge. The cost of improving the existing infrastructure, including the expansion, will cost close to $1 trillion. As always this cost will be passed to consumers over the next 25 years in their water bill.

The average household pays an average of $400 per year on water. What kind of hit can be expected? It has been stated that each family can expect an increase of $300-$550 more per year in water associated taxes and fees just to maintain the current system and keep it operational. If your area intends to improve or expand the current system expect your water bill to jump by $900 annually for a family of three.

For more details here are some links:
Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge
The Examiner: More bad news: U.S. water bills to triple

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