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Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I’m sure you are seeing the buzz around the Web about a new flatworm product that is claiming to kill acro eating flatworms. It was created by ZeoVit and is being marketed under the name FlatwormStop. I read about this product a couple of months back but it hasn’t been available in the United States, that I’ve seen. I believe it will be hitting the shelves in the next couple of weeks which would explain the media blitz. ZeoVit claims FlatwormStop is not harmful to fish or invertebrates and can be added directly to your display tank with no effect on corals. ZeoVit also claims this product protects acros by affecting their immune systems. The proof will come when we can test it! We would love to get some early feed back from our European Reefers that have had the opportunity to use this product. Please comment below with any positive and negative feedback.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

This video shows several still images of bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales playing together. These images were taken in two locations around the Hawaii Islands, where scientist witnessed the dolphins riding the nose of the humpback whales. It is reported that there were no signs of aggression and it seemed purely playful. It is also stated that both the dolphin and the whale seemed to participate in the playful game. This Bio Bulletin presented by the Museum’s Science Bulletins program presents the first recorded examples of this type of behavior.

[via aquatic mammals]

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

In my web-reef-wandering I ran across one the most incredible aquarium videos that had to pass on to ReefTool readers. John Coppolino undoubtedly has a salty thumb.
His acro and angel laden tank was added to Julian Sprung’s French release of Kiyoshi Endoh’s Angelfishes of the World. It has been stated that John’s angel collection is among the largest in the world with some of the rarest fish available.

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I was searching for the proper aquarium for the $999.99 two faced clam to call home when I came across the Aquavista Dinosaur Gold aquarium. Aquavista UK of London commissioned Stuart Hughes to design a custom, one of a kind aquarium for them, and he did. The aquarium is framed in 2,400 ounces of 24 ct gold with 2 veneers cut out of mammoth tusk. Yeah, that isn’t a typo, mammoth tusk! As if that wasn’t enough Hughes fit a long splinter of a T-Rex dinosaur bone placed diagonally into each of the tusk veneers. I have no idea what criteria was given to Hughes when contracted to create this aquarium, but he made a one of a kind system that sported a price tag in the neighborhood of $4.8 million!

Just show this to your significant other when they tell you that you spend too much money on your tank.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

I recently read a mind numbing study comparing the flow of propeller pumps (power heads) written in mid 2011. Ok, I will be honest here, we are all family. I read until my forehead cracked wide open when it hit my desk, and then I skimmed. Out of 10 +/- pages of charts, graphs, equations and theories and came to the following conclusion.

If you are in the market to upgrade and/or replace your power heads, compare advertised flow rates to actual ones, first. Then, look at the efficiency of each pump as calculated as the flow/power consumption. The only missing information that could aid in your decision would be the cost of the power head it self. I will leave that bit of investigative work to you. I compared the flow rate to the power consumption to narrow down my prospective list. I want as much f low as I can get with out feeding my local power company on a monthly basis. Once the list was narrowed down I looked at the cost of the power head and read as many reviews as I could find from real life consumers.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

RIPFIN is a brilliant short film. I believe Joe found and document the star of Jaws. The film is subtitled “Battle Scars” and there is no question how he conceived the titles. Filmed mostly in black and white only using color for emphases on the details of this remarkably battle scared great white. The sound track by Blue Foundation sends a chill across the goose bumps this film produces.

Joe Romeiro and his partner Bill Fisher founded 333 Productions in 2007. Since it’s creation they are responsible for creating four award-winning films, “Silent Requiem”, “Death of a Deity”, “A Lateral Line” and “Shark Culture”.

See 333 Productions here:

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Panama City Beach located in Bay County received a $60,000 grant from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to construct 10 artificial reefs. The reefs will be placed 10 miles from the entrance to St. Andrews Bay and will be roughly 88 feet below the ocean’s surface. The exact location of the reefs will have to be approved by U.S. Army Corps of Engineering. Each reef will be constructed of concrete and steel pods then placed in a grid pattern approximately 600 feet apart. A total of 20 such grants were administered to 30 applications.

Habitat Enhancement and Creation
Recreational Fishing Enhancement
Sport Diver Enhancement and Access

For the full story

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

You might have seen Reefkoi Corals two faced clam back in November. The rather small yet unique clam sold for a healthy $250. Hold on folks, another one of a kind Two-Faced Clam hit the street (or store) and found a temporary home at Pacific East Aquaculture. It is being sold as a “One of a Kind Chimera Maxima Clam”. If you would like to see this jewel in your reef a simple payment of $999.00 will make it happen! Oh… and don’t forget the flat rate shipping charge of $36.99.

See it for yourself here

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