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    by Published on 06-07-2014 02:02 PM
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    Someone posted in a saltwater group yesterday: "So I have a question that I hope will draw in some of the vets on here. .. what does it take to become a true reef pro? To really know the ins and outs to have a successful beautiful reef? I want to get there and want to know how."

    This is a good question, and I wished more seasoned hobbyists would type up some extensive answers. Some replies are so brief you'd think you were reading tweets on Twitter. When I get an email asking me a question, they usually ask it in mere sentences. My answers are always paragraphs. There ...
    by Published on 06-02-2014 02:50 PM
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    From the comfort of my living room in Fort Worth, Texas, it's not often that a story moves me personally to want to do more for our oceans than this one, featuring the efforts of Colin Foord. This three-page article is worthy of your time. At the time of this writing, he's working fervently to collect as many corals as he can off the coast of Miami before dredging commences. The clock is ticking. If I was based there, I'd grab my SCUBA gear and lend a hand myself if permitted.

    It's amazing that more people aren't intimately familiar with ...
    by Published on 05-25-2014 07:00 PM
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    Every year, MASNA (the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America) takes applications for budding marine biologists. If this is your desired field of expertise, MASNA may select you to be one of two recipients for a $4000 Student Scholarship. For 2014, one will be awarded to a college undergraduate student, the other to a college graduate student. Three well-respected companies are generously sponsoring the program. ...
    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 ...

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