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Mantis Shrimp in the Wild, BBC Deadly 60 List

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:51 am

Here is a really cool video which is part of the BBC’s “Deadly 60”, which features 60 of the world’s deadliest animals. This particular segment highlights the Mantis Shrimp, and shows it’s incredible power and accuracy. This amazing animal, has had it’s strong claws earn the name “thumb splitters” by divers. You can see in this video, that even in slow motion, the mantis shrimp appears blurry. That is due to the fact that it attacks at the speed of a .22 calibre bullet. With this incredible attack speed, the Mantis first hits it’s prey with the force of the claw, which does a lot of damage. Next with the cavitatiion bubbles collapsing, which can stun or even kill the prey on their own.

In addition to it’s ferocious attacks, the Mantis Shrimp Eyes, have inspired possible advancements in DVD technology.

Here is a CRAZY VIDEO of someone hand-feeding a mantis shrimp. PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Live Reef Cam at the Tennessee Aquarium

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

The Tennessee Aquarium has just made a live Reef Cam available online. With the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, anyone can now follow the Secret Reef exhibit. The Secret Reef attempts to replicate the natural environment thousands of colorful reef fish, sharks, green sea turtles and more. Feel free to follow along, as you get a SCUBA diver’s view of the exhibit.

Note: it seems that at this time, you must use Internet Explorer or Firefox (which may require you to install a Windows Media Player plugin) in order to view the live cam.

Daily Deals and Discounts April 18, 2011

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Premium Aquatics: Danner Pro HY-Drive 6000 GPH Water Pump – Was: $299.89; Now only: $239.99
Salty Critter: Octopus Extreme 250 Skimmer, 2 Free ATB Large Pinwheels included!! Reg 479.00 Sale 374.99
Marine Depot: Save 31% on a Titanium Ground Probe, now only $11.99
That Pet Place: Save 88% on Angel Diet – Marine Angel – 16 oz. – Cubes – Frozen – Was: $11.99; Now only: $1.50
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% off Lignite Carbon

Octopus Exhibit Opening at SeaLife Aquarium is Postponed

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Remember us writing about SeaLife Aquarium using Ecoxotic LED Canons? Well, the Legoland next big move, is to open an Octopus Exhibit. But according to, the display, which was scheduled to be opened on on Friday, April 15th, has been postponed for a few days. The exhibit was named Octopus Garden, after the Beatles song, will be an interactive display featuring cephalopods, cuttlefish and nautilus. The delay is due to the octopi not liking their new home. Aquarium officials said that the various species are extremely sensitive to water and temperature changes and conditions, and park workers will be making adjustments in an attempt to achieve the right environment.

Apolemichthys arcuatus Video from Blue Harbor

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:11 am

The Black Banded Angelfish Apolemichthys arcuatus, also known as the Black Bandit Angelfish has a black line extending horizontally from over the eye to the end of the dorsal fin. The Black Banded Angelfish is hermaphroditic, meaning it has reproductive organs normally associated with both male and female, and is pretty much impossible to to differentiate between male and female by coloration.

This particular one is available at Blue Harbor, is absolutely beautiful, and has been feeding on brine shrimp.

Don’t miss the NCPARS spring 2011 frag swap at the beautiful Williamsport, PA High School with awesome raffle items from, Jason Fox, MEI Crystal Sea salt, Aquatic Life, Premium Aquatics, Seachem, Avast Marine, DT’s phytoplankton, Hagen, Alga Gen, That Pet Place, Rod’s Food, Frag Farmer, Brightwell, Boston Aquafarms, Hamilton Lighting,, United Pet Group, Reed Mariculture, Marco Rocks, and many more.

Come to the swap to see the shining star of NCPAR’s School Tanks Program in the Williamsport High School. Through this program, NCPARS members help setup and maintain reef aquaria in their local schools. In some cases schools have provided generous financial support for aquarium setup. In others the tanks have been setup through individual donations. In Williamsport, the main tanks include a 300 gallon Marineland Deep Dimension reef and a 125 gallon reef. Two 65 reefs have specialty habitats for venomous fish and angels. Theyalso have two 90 gallon frag tanks and two 15 gallon acclimation tanks.

Britain’s Largest Home Aquarium

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Photo Credit: Page One

Jack Heathcote, has his own interpretation of the “basement fish room” concept. The 37 year old Nottingham resident has put together a 12’6″ x 12’8″ x 7′ “aquarium” (if you can even call it that) filled with exotic fish. “My hobby’s not only taken over my life, it’s taken over my home. But I love it!” says the salsa teacher, who has been infatuated with fish since a trip to a Blackpool aquarium when he was ten. This new construction, one-upped the one he had in his previous residence: an indoor tropical pond containing 12 stingrays.

After selling his previous home, Jack and purchased this new house with the intention of turning the cellar into a giant tank. 3 of the walls are actually part of the foundation, while the forth wall was replaced by a large window. The tank hold approximately 4,800 gallons!!

Let’s talk maintenance.
Jack performs 1,200 gallon waterchanges…..ummm….ouch. Even with a high-pressure hose it takes 6 hours to refill the tank. But how do you clean the glass? a huge mag-float? Nope, Jack actually dives into the tank and cleans it with a sponge. Jack feeds ones every 2 or 3 days, and uses anything from trout to mussles.

Photo Credit: Page One

Please check out more photos with the original article at daily mail

$4,000 Worth of Corals Stolen from Marine Aquatics

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

You have got to be kidding me! A few days ago, a thief entered Marine Aquatics, a Midvale, Utah fish store. The man left a bucket outside, then spoke to a store employee for a few moments, then walked out. On his way out of the store, the man ripped out several large pieces of corals. Ohrn is working with Midvale police on this. He’s also offering a reward. If you know anything, give them a call at 801-840-4000. As you can see in the video below, the man was caught in the act, and hopefully will be recognized and apprehended.

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Delaware Valley Reef Club Spring 2011 Frag Swap Recap

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation. If you missed the Delaware Valley Reef Club Spring 2011 frag swap and you still want to see Ken’s keynote speech, you can watch the video provided by DVRC on youtube:

I am a new member of DVRC this year, and I went to this swap representing the fish store I work for, The Hidden Reef in Levittown, PA. We brought frags illuminated by Acan Lights, the new Echotech coral glue, aquacultured live rock, and lots of other goodies for sale. My coworkers and I had a great time at this successful event meeting the members and other sponsors of this great reef club.

Before Ken’s talk about The Coral Restoration Foundation, Barb Lang gave a talk about Clownfish breeding, and I gave a talk about aquarium photography. You can also watch these videos on Delaware Valley Reef Club’s Youtube page.

DVRC has volunteered to sponsor a section of The Coral Restoration Foundation’s reef where they grow rare Elkhorn and Staghorn Acropora corals. The CRF is saving the reef, one frag at a time, and you can be a part of it. Send donations to, and DVRC will donate $0.50 for each $1.00 you donate! You can read more on the donation thread here.

NeoHeater by AQUAEL

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The NeoHeater by AQUAEL is an electronic aquarium heater with thermoregulation. Combining the accuracy of thermal regulation with a modern design, the NeoHeater features innovative programming, as well as a constant monitoring system for both set and current temperatures. The NeoHeater features an accurate microprocessor powered thermostat and a built-in electronic thermometer. Another neat feature is the sound alarm, that signals the surpassing of the set temperature. Lastly, the NeoHeater has a “one touch” programming system and an LED indicator.

AQUAEL offers the “unbreakable” aquarium heater in 25W, 50W, 75W, 100W, 150W and 200W models.

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