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Feature Article: Building a Plywood Aquarium

By Dana Riddle on Dec 07, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The internet is generally a good resource of information but I did find some sites containing DIY tips for building plywood tanks that presented outdated or inaccurate information. This article will attempt to correct that information and detail the trials and tribulations of plywood aquarium construction along with updated information as well as construction time, a cost breakout and lessons learned.

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November downloadable issue is now available

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We are pleased to announce that the November 2011 issue is now available for download for only $0.99. The download includes the complete issue in PDF, Kindle, and Nook / ePub format. It's a great way to read Advanced Aquarist while away from your computer.

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Tunze's 3000gph Silence PRO recirculation pump coming soon to the US

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If you're looking for a super-high-output, quiet, energy-efficient return pump, the new Tunze Silence PRO (model 1073.110) may be the ticket. This pump puts out 11,000 l/h (2,906 USgal./h) of flow using less than 125 watts.

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The exciting breeding work of Rising Tide Conservation

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The Rising Tide Conservation is a cooperative initiative between public aquariums, hobbyists, academia, and businesses working together to breed and raise tropical marine fish on a large scale. The program has already found success breeding Koran Angels and Lancer Dragonets et al., has made great progress with Bannerfish, and are even working on breeding Yellow Tangs!

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Increased phosphate levels increase growth rate in Acropora muricata

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Research published in the upcoming January 2012 issue of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology documents an interesting find: increasing phosphate levels positively impacted the growth rate of Acropora muricata.

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Zap aiptasia dead with laser beams! (updated with new videos)

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Are you looking for the most high tech or dangerous way to kill aiptasia? A Reef2Reef member shares how he kills aiptasia (et al.) using lethally powerful handheld lasers.

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Some fish may be able to overcome increased ocean temperatures

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Research published this week has found that some fish may be able to overcome the predicted increases in ocean temperatures if multiple generations are raised at these elevated water temperatures.

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Tigger-Feast: a new, premium feed from Reef Nutrition

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Reef Nutrition has just announced their latest premium feed for your reef tank: Tigger-Feast. Tigger-Feast is a highly concentrated copepod formulation for feeding your fish, coral, and other invertebrates and is an excellent addition to the ever expanding product line of Reef Nutrition products.

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Lionfish: maybe it's not what's for dinner

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Hold on to your fillet knives. It turns out that eating lionfish may not be such a great idea. The Nature Foundation has recommended that lionfish that are caught in St. Maartin's waters not be eaten as they have been found to contain poisonous ciguatoxin.

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Destination Reefs: Palau

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In this week's Destination Reefs, we travel to a coral reef dear to my heart: Palau. Palau was my first reef diving experience, and it still ranks as the most beautiful reef I've ever visited. This 12 minute professional video shows why I fell in love with Palau.

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November 2011's Most Popular Posts

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In November, we had the opportunity to see a beautiful tank from Kuwait, watched an eight-armed ambassador present us with food, learned about cleaner shrimp behavior, and witnessed a brand new kind of shark attack from a cookiecutter shark. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for November 2011.

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Whale.fm: your next online radio station

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The Whale Song Project (better known as Whale FM) is a team project between Scientific American and the Citizen Science Alliance. Listen to soothing whale vocalizations and help scientists at the Sea Mammal Research Unit in Scotland and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts match it up with others that also have been recorded.

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Interesting new Aqua-Check photometer spotted across the pond [video]

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ReefNews.eu just reported on a new multi-tester called the "AQUA-CHECK photometer" that reportedly can measure multiple water parameters with the same probe. This product (if it ever makes it state-side) could potentially give the electronic Hanna Checkers a run for their money as only one electronic "checker" is required.

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Australia to establish world's largest marine reserve

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The Australian government has announced plans for the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. The proposal will establish a new marine reserve totaling 989,842 square kilometers (roughly 380,000 square miles), making it the world’s largest protected marine area.

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More Pacific tropical fish found in Atlantic waters

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The U.S. Geological Survey has recently observed three Pacific tropical fish species in Florida's waters. In addition to the invasive Lionfish already plaguing Atlantic reefs, the USGS spotted a Yellow Tang, Panther Grouper, and Spotted Scat in a recent survey.

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