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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

Reefkeeping: Old School vs. New School

These two recently uploaded videos show us the clear contrast between "old school" reefkeeping versus "leading edge" reefkeeping. It also shows us that (as with nature) there is more than one definition of beauty. Different strokes for different folks. Which aquarium is more to your liking?

Here is an "old school" soft coral aquascape featuring earth-tone brown color palette and full spectrum lights.  This type of aquarium ruled the scene in the late 80s to early 90s.

And here is a "new school" stoney-dominated aquascape featuring brilliantly pastel "ultra-low-nutrient-system" coloration and blue lights.  This type of exhibit dominates our hobby today.

3reef.com is back online with a brand new website

3reef.com is back online with a brand new website

Yes. I was googling "moss garden."

Our friends at 3reef.com have been down for the past week gearing up for a major site upgrade. They're now back online with a completely new and modernized website. Their hard work definitely paid off.

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Yes. It's another Red Sea dive video

We're about three Red Sea articles away from renaming our website to CrazyForTheRedSea.com. This new dive video affirms what Advanced Aquarist readers should know by now: the underwater landscape at the Red Sea is as surreal and serene as it is breathtaking. Even with its muted colors, the beauty of its exotic shapes is undeniable.

Giesemann's new Powerchrome T5 bulbs

Giesemann's new Powerchrome T5 bulbs

Five new marine/reef and two freshwater/planted T5 bulbs from Giesemann.

Giesemann will start shipping seven new German-made T5 bulbs in July, 2014. Giesemann explains that by using a new blend of phosphors, the new Powerchrome bulbs provide more light output, longer life, and better spectral stability during its life. We share Giesemann's press release after the jump.

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Aqua Illumination's new Hydra TwentySix completes AI's revamped product line

The AI Hydra TwentySix is essentially a half-sized version of the Hydra FiftyTwo. The new miniaturized LED fixture will feature two of AI's newest 13-LED light puck (totaling 26 LEDs, hence its name) and output 90 watts at maximum setting. The TwentySix will retail for $399, available May 29, 2014.

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Designing the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre

Designing the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre

Artist redendtion of the Cairns Aquarium planned for 63 Abbott Street.

Design work has commenced for the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre, scheduled to open in 2016. We love love LOVE the trend of using public aquariums as platforms for avant-garde architectural masterpieces.

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New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

Researchers studied a wide range of abundant and rare species. Scott Reef, WA, Australia. Copyright AIMS

Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.

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Maxspect debuts two high-end LED lights: Ethereal and Glaive

Maxspect is introducing two different advanced LED lights at Interzoo. The Ethereal is a wirelessly controlled, pendant-style lighting system with an integrated clamp mounting arm. The Glaive is designed in a more traditional "light strip" form factor but with a contemporary and sleek style. The Glaive will come with a built-in infrared remote control.

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Building a new Super Mario Bros. LEGO aquarium

Building a new Super Mario Bros. LEGO aquarium

A small SMB LEGO castle :-D

Inspired by a previous version of this concept, Kelsey Kronmiller decided to build a Super Mario Bros themed aquarium of her own. She shares with us some of the build process of an aquarium any nerd would be proud of.

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Interdependency on reefs start from a coral's birth

Interdependency on reefs start from a coral's birth

A pair of Acropora millepora polyps three days after settling. This process would not occur if not for bacteria.

Coral reefs are perhaps nature's best example of a highly intertwined and co-evolved ecosystem. For example, we all know about the intimate and life-sustaining relationship between coral and their symbiont algae. But a coral's reliance on other organisms begins much earlier than that. The settlement of coral larvae demonstrates an even more remarkable interdependency.

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Jellyfish walk-through archway twin aquariums

Jellyfish walk-through archway twin aquariums

Enter the jellyfish

When Aqua Planet Islan in South Korea opened last month, the public aquarium treated guests to these two amazing 1200 gallon walk-through jellyfish aquariums designed by aquarium fabricator Tenji, Inc. Lots of thought went into making such a radically shaped tank practical for sustaining jellyfish.

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The spot-tail golden bass: A new fish species from deep reefs of the southern Caribbean

Smithsonian scientists describe a colorful new species of small coral reef sea bass from depths of 182–241 m off Curaçao, southern Caribbean. With predominantly yellow body and fins, the new species, Liopropoma santi, closely resembles the other two "golden basses" found together with it at Curaçao: L. aberrans and L. olneyi.

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An American Reefkeeper in China

It's always enlightening to see what our hobby is like in other parts of the world, but sometimes cultural or language barriers make it difficult to understand and relate. Matt Galat is an American expat working - and reefkeeping - in Ningbo, China. He's started a video series showing Western aquarists what it's like to keep reef tanks in China.

Matt is a professional TV producer so his videos are very high quality.  He's also an extremely personable host as he shares his personal experiences about reefkeeping (and driving an automobile Wink) in China.

Matt plans a total of five to ten videos for this series.  Here are his first two episodes.  In the first episode, Matt introduces himself and talks about the construction of his office and its 40x40x30" 200 gallon reef tank.  In the second episode, Matt visits two Chinese LFS and takes home some corals and fish to his office tank as well as his home tank.

Dr. Luiz Rocha will be the Keynote Speaker for the MACNA 2014 Banquet

Dr. Luiz Rocha will be the Keynote Speaker for the MACNA 2014 Banquet

Luiz Rocha is the Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA.

The MACNA 2014 Board of Directors has just announced that Dr. Rocha will be the keynote speaker for the Saturday night banquet. MACNA 2014 will be in Denver Colorado August 29-13.

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Fish poop is balanced coral food

Fish poop is balanced coral food

Tang poop: It's what's for dinner. Photo by Laszlo Ilyes (creative commons)

We often hear reefkeepers say fish poop is the best coral food, and scientific studies confirm the importance of fish (and fish waste) for coral nutrition. A new UGA study supports the importance or fish for balancing nutrients in coral reefs. Fish not only contribute nutrients but also help maintain a 20:1 nitrogen to phosphorus ratio.

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