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August 2012's Most Popular Posts

By Shane Graber - Posted Sep 03, 2012 11:00 AM
In August, we saw Legos used to build an underwater ROB, learned about the new Ecotech Radion TIR lenses, discovered new marine aquarium trade data, and witnessed raining fish. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for August 2012.
August 2012's Most Popular Posts

August 2012's Most Popular Posts

#10: 3D printing a venturi injector for a protein skimmer

In the next installment of using 3D printers for making aquarium equipment, I will 3D print a venturi injector for use either as a component or replacement part for a venturi-driven protein skimmer. Read more...

#9: Build your own underwater ROV using Lego Mindstorms NXT's [video]

Using Lego Mindstorms NXT's, various Lego bricks, PowerFunctions motors, and a pair of NXTBees, an industrious individual has created an underwater ROV that is controlled wirelessly using a laptop with an XBOX 360 controller. Read more...

#8: How about 3D printing your own liverock! [video]

Want a unique shape that you cannot find anywhere else? You could sculpt it yourself out of Aragacrete ... or you could 3D print it. Read more...

#7: The NoClean Betta Tank

Our friends at stumbled upon a kickstarter project called the NoClean Aquarium. This product is described as a "self-cleaning betta fish tank." The description is a bit of a marketing stretch, but the product itself is an inventively simple concept. Read more...

#6: New Ecotech Marine Radion TIR Lenses introduced

Ecotech has announced the TIR Lenses for their Radion LED lights. For $30 per pair of lenses, you can increase your Radion's peak output by 45% with a simple DIY retrofit. We share Ecotech's official announcement after the jump. Read more...

#5: Robert Worst, “The Diving Butcher’s”, 400-gallon aquarium [video]

The Dutch have some beautiful and amazing aquariums and Robert’s 400-gallon tank is certainly one of them. Read more...

#4: Ecotech's TIR lenses - Hands-on review

We offer a quick hands-on review of Ecotech Marine's new TIR lens replacement for their Radion LED lights by comparing it to the "stock" reflector. In a nutshell: Yes, the TIRs are noticeably brighter. Read more...

#3: Acropora Eating Flatworms discovered in the wild

Researchers have documented AEFW (Amakusaplana acroporae) in the wild for the first time. Until recently, the only known occurrence have been in aquariums. Scientists have now discovered them in the Great Barrier Reef. Read more...

#2: Trends in the marine aquarium trade - Now with data!

Here is some solid data on the marine aquarium hobby's consumption of coral, fish, plants, live rock, and live sand from 2000 to 2010. Some of the numbers are quite surprising and the researchers have identified some possible causes that might explain shifts in import numbers over the decade. Read more...

#1: It's raining fish!

Imagine sitting under a shady tree minding your own business ... when suddenly a big fish comes crashing down from the treetops. This is no big fish tale; A midas cichlid really did fall out of a cedar tree in North Vancouver, Canada. Read more...

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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