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Reports from Reef-A-Palooza 2011

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The 8th annual Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) is billed as the US' largest marine aquarium event, and day one certainly lived up to its billing. Aquarists flocked to the Orange County Fair Grounds (CA) to participate in this two-day event featuring over 70 exhibitors, 12 speakers, and a seemingly endless parade of raffle prizes. Warning: picture-intensive!

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7.3 Earthquake vs. 60 gallon aquarium [video]

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Find out what happens to a full 60 gallon glass aquarium during a simulated major earthquake and why tank owners in earthquake zones should secure their aquariums to their walls.

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Parrotfish feeding on coral polyps help spread needed zooxanthellae

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Similar to bees distributing pollen, parrotfish spread zooxanthellae across stretches of coral reef. These zooxanthellae "reservoirs" are necessary for coral settlement and highlight yet another way that overfishing can harm coral reefs.

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Reef fish are ... pack hunters?

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If I was to describe a group of animals which work together to hunt prey - where one individual assumes a hunter/chaser role while others in group herd their prey - what animal comes to mind? Lions? Wolves? Dolphins? A new study discovered tropical goatfish also hunts in coordinated groups.

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Ret Talbot: On Assignment in Hawai'i

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Sustainable marine aquarium fisheries in Hawai'i has become a big issue for 2011. Ret Talbot is currently on assignment for MASNA to investigate the marine aquarium trade in Hawai'i and the latest resolution seeking a statewide ban on all aquarium collection. His blog series is a must-read for all aquarists.

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GIRS presents Fall Fest (November 12, 2011)

Eldridge Community Center , from Nov 12, 2011 07:00 AM to Nov 12, 2011 12:00 PM

Published on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:21 PM

The Greater Iowa Reef Society is hosting their annual Fall Fest - a one-day event featuring speakers, raffles, trading, and vendor exhibitions. Speakers this year will be Jake Adams and Randy Reed.

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Aquarium Corals: Zooplankton Feeding by Corals Underestimated

By Tim Wijgerde on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

New research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that extracoelenteric feeding on zooplankton can far exceed internal feeding in terms of prey captured and nutrients acquired. The take home message from this research is that corals are voracious predators, perfectly adapted to capturing unsuspecting prey from the water column with their cnidocyte-bearing tentacles.

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If two heads are better than one ...

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How about three heads? Scolymia australis usually occur as solitary polyps, but every once in a blue moon, we encounter colonies with two or more mouths. Here are three unique multi-polyp Australian "Ultra" and "Grade A" Scolys imported by ACI Aquaculture.

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Marine Depot unboxes the Ecotech Marine Radion XR30w

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Marine Depot has posted the first photos for the unboxing of Ecotech Marine's Radion retail package. They are anticipating arrival of their first shipment as early as this Friday, with half of the initial shipment already sold to pre-orders. The Radion Premium Hanging Kit is also expected to arrive at the same time. View more photos after the jump.

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Attack of the Killer Seaweed

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Seaweed can definitely have the "touch of death" when they come into contact with corals - choking out and killing once lush areas and turning them into algae wastelands. Are the reefs simply being choked out by the invasive seaweed or are they also being chemically attacked?

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Birdsnest corals do not adapt well to different conditions

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Who owns the Ponape Birdsnest (Seriatopora hystrix)? Some people report their specimens grow very quickly while others report virtually no growth for their corals. A recent study may explain the disparity in your experience with S.hystrix.

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Reef Threads interviews Richard Ross and Matt Wandell of the Steinhart Aquarium

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On this week's episode of Reef Threads, Gary Parr and Christine Williams interview Richard Ross and Matt Wandell about the work that they are doing at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, CA.

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Greco Aqualabs C6 Granular Activated Carbon

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Greco Aqualabs C6 is a new coal based granular activated carbon available through ReadyAquatics.com. This phosphate-free GAC is marketed as "the best quality and best value carbon" capable of removing more chemicals than other GACs available to aquarists

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Lone upside-down jellyfish found surrounded by over 200 babies

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A lone upside-down jellyfish (Cassiopea sp.) that had been placed in a dedicated tank at Reef HQ (north Queensland) was one day found to have over 200 babies swimming in its tank in an act that looked like "immaculate conception." How was this possible?

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October 2011 Redfish Magazine now available

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The new, free issue from our friends at Redfish (Australia) is now available for download. This eight-article issue includes a wide range of freshwater and saltwater topics ranging from reef substrates to wild rainbowfish to an article about the care of saltwater predator fish. This is Redfish's biggest issue to date! Did we mention it's free?

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