This guest post by My Reef to Yours Coral Frags will teach you all about fragging branching SPS coral!
Fragging live SPS is easy and is a great way to share coral frags
with your friends. This article will cover most branching SPS such as
Acroporas, Birdsnest, and others. If it has branches, we can frag it
Remember the AIMS coral ID site? It's an amazing yet relatively untapped online representation of JEN Veron's Corals of the World books. I say "relatively untapped" because it's nearly unuseable - navigating and searching AIMS is about as user friendly as this intersection. You'll notice the AIMS link is to an Acro valida, because after 15 minutes I still couldn't find the index page for that site.
Well, fortunately for us the good people at SDMAS said "no more!", and through an incredible amount of work they put together a hobbyist-friendly version of the AIMS site. The link is right here, enjoy!
I recently got a new refractometer over the holidays, and immediately after my first water change my tank began having problems. Well, to be fair my wallet was what immediately had a problem being that those have gotten ridiculously expensive in my area, especially when combined with California's seemingly 3,000% sales tax these days. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, I mean, my water was at 1.025-1.026, my refractometer came with instructions that said to zero it out with distilled water, and they wouldn't give out bad information would they? Turns out yes, yes they would.
Marine Habitat Magazine launched in the UK on the first of this month, as did their website and blog! The mag is dedicated to saltwater aquariums and marine ecology, and I'm looking forward to a more advanced, quality publication (even if it'll be a bit harder for us here in the states to get our hands on a copy). Our own Mike Maddox is a launch columnist of this new publication, as well!
The Cryptic Six Line, also known as Pink Streaked Wrasse, is often bypassed and unheard of by many. Both names do not suit Pseudocheilinops ataenia. The wrasse actually has eight lines and the streaks are a bright orange-yellow. The eyes of these fishes are bright. They glow neon orange. They are commonly mislabeled as Pteragogus cryptus, but do not resemble the Pteragogus genus. The confusion continues today as some dealers continue to lable them Pteragogus cryptus.
Since I use T5 lighting over my farm system, I'm always comparing different bulb colorations to use in different combinations. The spectral graphs of some of these bulbs are a pain to find sometimes, so here they all are in one place!
Getting away for awhile is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. After enjoying our vacations, we hobbyists want to come home without any troubles from our tanks. They bother us enough when we're around!
You'll find many horror stories of people finding their tanks crashed after a short trip. Take that trip. Simple steps can help save your investment.
Ah, the green stuff. The miracle cure, the lifeblood of a reeftank, the savior of fan worms and clams of all ages... Or maybe not so much. Could it be that phytoplankton actually does more harm than good in a reef aquarium?
In the ocean there is a lot of phytoplankton and it's crucial to the ecosystem. In the ocean. In your tank, however, phytoplankton dies and fouls up your water quality. I mean let's think about it, you're pouring live green stuff into your tank where chances are that only a miniscule part of it will be used for food. In fact, it is arguable if any realistic part of it will be used for food by your tank's inhabitants.
This is a bit of a longer article so please bear with me. First and foremost, if you have submersible Gen-x pumps IMMEDIATELY inspect the back of the pump for rust. There is a plastic cover on the back that is easily removable. This article was written about two years ago, but I went to a local dry goods wholesaler last month and the pumps still had exposed metal so if you've got one of these in your tank chances are you've got a rustbucket. The sad fact is that this company has been knowingly manufacturing this substandard and quite likely dangerous product for more than 5 years!