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    FTS Friday 2017-09-22

    By Muttley000,
    Let's see what all those tanks look like on the first day of fall!  

    Sustainable Collecting Is Bringing An Explosion Of New Filipino Fishermen

    By Muttley000,
      Sustainable Collecting Is Bringing An Explosion Of New Filipino Fishermen    23SHARES 230 There’s a new hub for very interesting and novel reef fish in the aquarium hobby and it’s the Philippines. This might be somewhat counterintuitive since so many of the fish for saltwater aquarium fish have come from this nation of islands for decades, but new collection efforts have recently started bringing up more cool fish that you can shake a frag at.  The holy grail of triggerfish is this gorgeous male linespot trigger This explosion of new fish is led in large part by RVS Fishworld which seems to be showcasing fish either completely new, or previously regarded as unobtainable, on a nearly weekly basis. If you’re into rare and unusual fish, the last few months and year have brought us an unprecedented amount of novel eye candy.  The magma wrasse is a completely new species currently under taxonomic review If we could point to one thing that is enabling this renaissance of Filipino reef fish it’s RVS Fishworld’s commitment to a net training program. This effort, LED by RVS and supported by a small number of livestock dealers, has been responsible for training hundreds of ornamental fisherman.  The described hybrid Theili clownfish It’s only these certified net trained fisherman who are allowed to work in regions of the Philippines that were previously off-limits. The hotbed for many of these new fish which include new species, rarely seen species, and otherwise very fancy fish is the northern region of the country.  READ  The Best Pictures Yet Of The Rare Greytail Angelfish Here’s is an unusual off-color longnose butterflyfish, sometimes seen in all black or all white. It’s no surprise that the area between the Philippines and Japan would be full of so many new fish, but it’s actually a great case study for how sustainable practices can actually expand and grow our industry, rather than limiting it. This dusky ‘panda’ pygmy angelfish is appearing way too often to be a simple hybrid. I’m trying desperately to keep up with all the new fish RVS is flaunting every few days. but in the meantime, it’s important to point out that it’s no coincidence that so many desirable species are now coming from the Philippines, and it’s even better to know that it’s sustainability which is leading this new charge.  Just follow the RVS Fishworld tag link for a complete overview of all the cool fish this net training program has surfaced in the last couple of years.  An interesting angelfish species which is different from what is currently described https://reefbuilders.com/2017/09/20/rvs-fishworld-is-flaunting-so-many-cool-fish/


    By chiefs11,
    I have at least 15 head orange acan going down hill, not sure y. I have lost 3 others and one was $60 a head (it had 6 heads, one when I bought.) Don't want to see this one go. Would like to see if someone could bring it back. Asking $10 so it's a gamble on your part but if it comes back u just made out. 


    By Nanoreef13,
    What direction are people running their leds? Are you running them from front to back or left to right? I'm thinking about remounting my lights.

    How To Program Your LED Lights For A Reef Tank

    By Muttley000,
    How To Program Your LED Lights For A Reef Tank JAKE ADAMS4 DAYS AGO255 255SHARES 2550 Back when we were just using T5s or metal halides, the ‘programming’ was only concerned with how long to run the lights of a given intensity. But now that we’ve got access to multiple channels of light, in various colors, it can be quite overwhelming to figure out which colors to run, for how long and how bright.  Over the years I’ve gotten so many questions regarding how I program my Radion fixtures and LED lights in general. I think it’s safe to say that we can separate out the various colors and channels into three groups; blue spectrum including UV, the white channels both white and warm white, and what I call the ‘accessory’ colors which are usually red and green.  The characteristics of light change rapidly from the shallows to even just 30 or 50 feet underwater I’ve long considered the blue spectrum to be the foundation of coral lighting – it’s kind of hard to overlight the majority of corals with justblue light so this is the color I ‘lay down’ first, like a bassline on a song. So for the Radion LED I use, as well as most other LED fixtures, I’ll have the blues ramp up from 0 to 100% in about an hour or two, and have that spectrum blanket the tank at full intensity for eight to ten hours.  READ  BRS Reveals New Light Diffuser Accessory For Radion LED If you left the programming at just blues your corals would be fine, and this is actually not a bad setting to start with when you begin an aquarium, while it’s going through its bacterial cycling and succession of algaes and diatoms. But of course we want our corals to grow well, and we like seeing all the colors possible.  So many colors to program can be confusing for first time users of high peformance LED Lights The accessory color channels of red and green are also hard to mess up, just a little bit of these two colors in equal proportion is the best way to go. It’s important to remember that algae loves red light so definitely don’t overdo it, and many of our deeper water corals like Leptoseris and Stylocoeniella, and many chalice corals will not appreciate too much red light for too long. So just err on the side of caution and keep the red and green channels just bright enough to notice.  The final and most critical LED color group to be mindful of are the whites. White LEDs have become incredibly bright, cranking out more PAR than most of our corals can handle. As a general rule I don’t advise anyone run their whites brighter than 50% intensity, and then only for around half of your overall photoperiod. If you have access to a PAR meter you don’t really want to exceed 400 umols of light for more than six hours – the tropical day might be twelve hours long but the sun is really only beaming down at a bright angle for half of that time.  READ  Ecotech Marine Products And Service Over The Years This is only generally speaking as if you’re trying to grow shallow SPS corals or clams at breakneck speeds by all means, full steam ahead. But really the hardest thing to do is to have a community reef tank with a wide assemblage of corals with bright light corals at the top, low light corals at the bottom of the tank, which is precisely what I’m currently doing in my own reef.  Shallow water corals are hungry for about as much light as you can throw at them, provided theya re acclimated to it. So for reference, I’ve included the three time points of my lighting profile for the Ecotech Radion G3 & G4 Pro. These three points are the ramp up to full brightness, and then these are repeated in reverse order to finish up the lighting program. It can’t be stressed enough that if you are unsure, just make your lights dimmer as corals will lose color and grow slower in lower light, but they can quickly bleach and die much faster if the light is too bright, not to mention the stimulation of unwanted algae growth.              If you want to try out the ‘Coral Community’ program for your Radion LEDs here’s a link to my actual lighting profile that you can import to Ecosmart Live. You can use this either as it is, or as a starting point to program your own lights, either way I have used some version of this lighting profile for many years and it should work well for a wide variety of reef tanks. READ  Focustronic LED Review Video - Hands On With The World's First Moving Aquarium Light you can import the Coral Community or any other program for Radions in the Schedule Options of Ecosmart Live.     https://reefbuilders.com/2017/09/15/the-reef-builders-community-reef-lighting-program/    

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