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Although not all our aquarium inhabitants are from Hawaii, this book is a nice reference. The book covers anemone stings, coral cuts, fireworm stings, scorpionfish wounds, etc. All of us will experience at least one of these events at some time. Excerpts can be found online and Amazon has used copies for as little as $12.96. At the very least book mark the following links to the excerpts:

This book is available here: All Stings Considered: First Aid and Medical Treatment of Hawaii’s Marine Injuries

Paperback: 233 pages
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr; 1 edition (June 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0824819004
ISBN-13: 978-0824819002

The entire book is available on Google. I found the excerpts more useful.

Flatworms Found to be more than just a nuisance to corals.

Posted on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

We’ve all had issues with flatworms and we know they irritate our corals, but why has always been theories. The long thought symbiotic relationship between corals and flat worms has been a mystery. The term symbiotic in my opinion is an incorrect statement based on my experience. Some corals seem to tolerate flatworms leaving them to be a visual nuisance while other corals really seem to be irritated by the presence of flatworms often causing the death of the coral. A new study published in the scientific journal Coral Reefs has determined that flatworms compete with corals for zooplankton making them a parasite. Something reefers have always assumed. The full story can be found here:

EcoTech Joins Forces with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida

Posted on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 11:09 am

EcoTech Marine is sponsoring the Coral Restoration Foundation’s Adopt-a-Coral program to help preserve Elkhorn and Staghorn corals off of Key Largo, FL on the Molasses Reef. EcoTech is donating more than monetary support. This video shows Justin Lawyer of the EcoTech team on a dive to plant 60 Staghorn corals in an effort to repopulate the reef.

Daily Deals and Discounts January 13 2012

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 11:10 am

Premium Aquatics: 36″ PLUS Premium Quality Reservoir – w/Dual Micron Bags. Regular price $379.99, now only $299.99.
Salty Critter:Giesemann T5 Bulbs, 24″ 14.95.
HelloLights: 14,000K Iwasaki HQI Double-Ended 250W. Regular price $74.95, now only $54!
Marine Depot: 25% off Hydor Koralia Smart Wave Pump Controller.
That Pet Place: 30 in. Coralife Lunar Aqualight CF Fixture – 2 x 65W CF – 2 x LED Lunar. Regular price $199.99, now only $151.99.
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% OFF Enaly Aquarium Ozone Generator.
Foster and Smith Aquatics: 20% OFF Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer.
Reef Specialty: Coralvue “High Seas” Wave Makers – CV-101B. Regular price $29.99, now only $26.99!
SeaQuest Marine: AquaC RX-1 Calcium Reactor. Regular price $449.95, now only $428.88!
Aquarium Guys: Fluval Chi Glass Aquarium Kit – 5 gallon. Regular price $71.99, now only $55.09!
Big Als Online: Rite Size E Emperor Cartridge – 4 pk. Regular price, $7.49, now only $11.99.

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$4.8 Million – T-Rex Aquarium

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 10:30 am

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.

Red Sea Max S-Series All-in-one Aquarium System

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Red Sea is introducing their new Red Sea Max S-Series range of aquariums. This innovative plug & play all in one aquarium system is designed for hobbyists who would rather focus on livestock than selecting equipment. The new S-Series from Red Sea includes ultra-clear, low-iron glass, T5 lighting, filtration and flow in one system.

The complete S-Series is comprised of the Max S-400 (about 110 gallon total system, 97 gallon display), Max S-500 (gallon total system, 119 gallon display) and the Max S-650 (175 gallon system, 150 gallon display). Now, it’s easier than ever to select the Red Sea Max that best fits your needs. Each model comes in one of six colors (Black, Anthracite, Pearl, Ultra Marine – Metalic, Merlot – Metalic, Silver – Metalic), featuring a weather resistant polyurethene paint.

The S-Series aquariums, are constructed from 12 – 15mm ultra clear (low iron) glass, with a marine spec annodized aluminum frame. A neat feature available on this system, is the ability to change the top and bottom frame color at any time (in case you get sick of the color you selected).

The Red Sea Max S-series feature a slide and swivel lighting system consisting of 3 groups of lamps. The front and back panels have 4 x T5 bulbs (39W, 54W or 80W depending on model) each, and the center panel has 2 more T5s. The front and back panels hinge to allow access to the aquarium for maintenance and feedings.

The S-Series has a coast-to-coast overflow, which really helps with surface skimming. The water then goes through a silent flow downpipe to the custom sump, where it is filtered through a Red Sea C-Skim 1800 protein skimmer (and optional reactors and/or chiller). Flow to the system is provided by a series of concealed powerheards. There are standard union fittings connecting the pluming, so no wiring or plumbing is needed.

One of the best features of the Red Sea Max is that the entire system is powered by an Integrated Power Center. Meaning, there is ONE PLUG which controls 10 individually controlled power sockets for pumps, and other accessories. Red Sea even went as far as to integrated circuit breakers.

Overall, we really like the steps Red Sea is making with their range of all-in-one aquarium systems. It seems that with every new release, they are responding to the suggestions they get, and are improving the design. Please let us know what you think of the new S-Series.

Is 3,000 Gallons Per Hour Really 3,000?

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 10:25 am

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!

Joe Romeiro Produces another stunning Shark Video – RIPFIN: Battle Scars

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 10:18 am

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:

Is this a joke? Seriously… a shark in this tank?

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Ok, so we try to be pretty level-headed, but seriously? a shark in this tank? This is SO WRONG! This tank is disturbingly overstocked, and the shark…. FAIL. I hope someone got to this quickly, and had this tank taken down. I don’t even have much to write about it, as it’s so obviously not ok. The shark can barely make that turn. ARGH!!!!!

Please comment below with your thoughts. And SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.

Florida Receives Grant to Construct 10 Artificial Coral Reefs

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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.

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Recreational Fishing Enhancement
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