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    by Published on 03-11-2014 11:30 PM
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    When conference season rolls around, distributors release new products. For most hobbyists, we watch for such revelations at MACNA each fall, but tomorrow Global Pet Expo in Florida will be bustling with activity as the pet industry converges for three days for the 2014-2015 to showcase their wares. Check out this floor map - that looks insane! Those are all booths, including sponsors, international vendors, and of course the Everything Aquatic section.

    Cobalt Aquatics is rolling out their new expanded food line to include frozen cubes. For us Reef keepers, that includes foods targeting corals and also Non-Photo Synthetic systems. The tiny rotifers and zooplankton will reach those ...
    by Published on 02-24-2014 02:17 PM
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    The news that AI and Ecotech Marine merged on a development level spread quickly today. An email arrived at 10:15 a.m. and social media shared it swiftly into the reefing community.

    The official announcement:

    After reading the above, I reached out to Ecotech to get a little more information because it just didn't seem to mean anything to me if both parties continue to do business as before. Then what's the point of the merger?

    By combining the two separate Research & Development departments, costs can be lowered and create ...
    by Published on 02-20-2014 11:02 PM
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    When it comes to securing corals in our tanks, we need to use putty when super glue gel won't suffice. The 2-part epoxy putty offered by D-D The Aquarium Solution is the brand I recommend most. It is reef-safe, comes in a coralline-pink color, and lasts a long time. I often refer to it as "Deltec putty" so if you are having trouble finding some, try that name instead.

    This product has been around for years, but I never did a full write up about it until now.

    It's recommended to always wear some type of gloves when mixing two-part putty to avoid absorbing the chemicals in your skin. One presenter described how he used putty for years with bare hands, but one day he had a bad reaction and ended up in the emergency room, and decided ...
    by Published on 01-17-2014 12:59 PM
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    For a long time now, I've followed discussion of extension tubes for macro photography. And a few years ago, I looked up what they cost and quickly dismissed them. However, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking "what if those are really what I need to get these stellar macro shots?"

    Probably a year ago, I considered getting them again. I talked to someone that had them, and to someone else that had used some... one person said I could use the cheap plastic tubes (less than $10) and I'd be happy. The other person paid $200 for the Nikon brand specifically because it would pass the auto focus information from the camera to the lens itself. The cheap one would not, meaning all focus would be done manually. My eyes aren't young, and I wear corrective lenses daily. I was pretty sure I'd need the camera to focus on the subject more often than not. Plus I had huge concerns about an expensive macro lens connected to a cheap piece of plastic. What if it ...
    by Published on 01-13-2014 11:39 PM
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    This was originally posted on DFWMAS.org, and I found it to be very interesting and look forward to visiting in person one day. I hope you do as well:

    We are excited to be celebrating our 14th year in business! We feel that we are a unique company and contributor to the marine aquarium hobby! I thought I would share some information on our business with everyone. I am sure a lot of you are familiar with us as an online vendor but maybe you are not as familiar with everything we do as a company. For those of you that are not familiar with us we would like to get your attention!

    Our Aquaculture Facility/ Coral Farm

    We are located on the on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where we operate the nation's largest indoor coral farm and reef livestock retail and wholesale outlet. Our facility is the first and only inspected, licensed, and certified coral aquaculture facility in the state of Maryland. We have set up coral farms in the Solomon Islands and clam farms in French Polynesia. Dr. Mac, the owner of Pacific East Aquaculture is a Board-Certified veterinarian and has been a marine aquarium hobbyist since the 1960's. We have four full-time Biologist on staff and a group of 16 college interns who assist us on various research projects.

    Our retail outlet is a reef keeper's paradise! We house thousands of corals on a regular basis and are open for retail business 11-5 Eastern Monday-Saturday. ...
    by Published on 12-02-2013 06:37 PM
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    As December rolls in, contests are surfacing to win some nice prizes if you'll interact socially with their company.

    Cobalt Aquatics has a "12 Days of Christmas" event going on.

    Innovative Marine is giving away a $4000 prize, one of their beautiful tanks with Vortech and Radion lighting, provided by Ecotech Marine.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...size=600%2C600 ...
    by Published on 11-27-2013 06:18 PM
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    I wanted to do a review of a product that I have been using for about a year, so I feel that I have pretty good experience with it. It is The Flipper glass cleaner. http://www.flippercleaner.com/

    I saw this at MACNA 2012 in Dallas, and after watching a few demos of it in person, I had to have one. The booth at MACNA said it was selling really well, they had gone through all they brought, and promised to ship me one when they got home. Sure enough, I talked to the owner ...

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    Next Wave is going to be here very soon.

    May 3, that's like 16 days from now. Come attend the full day event and have fun with like-minded hobbyists. www.dfwnextwave.com/register

    04-16-2014 11:48 PM

    The lunar eclipse

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    Day 157: Things are going pretty well

    One coral in my reef turned very pale. And oddly enough, that same exact species is in two other locations and did the exact same thing. It's very light, after shedding its zooxanthellae for...

    04-17-2014 11:04 PM

    sps update (no pictures sorry)

    Just a quick update on the current status of my tank and newest attempt at acropora as well as an update on a couple of others. Fist off I am excited to say that it appears I seem to be getting some...

    04-18-2014 08:58 AM
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    Day 157: Things are going pretty well

    I think you may have left off a picture there at the end Marc

    But as always your tank leaves the rest of us drooling

    cyano 04-17-2014 11:04 PM Go to last post

    Day 157: Things are going pretty well

    Fixed! Thanks for catching that.

    melev 04-17-2014 11:04 PM Go to last post

    sps update (no pictures sorry)

    Thanks for the update. I use some of Rod's Coral Food in my reef. When I do that, I turn off the return pump and pour it in the display, letting the Vortechs blow it around the reef. 30 minutes later

    melev 04-18-2014 08:58 AM Go to last post
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