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    Black Friday Deals

    discoveraquaticsshop
    By discoveraquaticsshop,
    Today is the day you stock your tank with that fish you've ALWAYS wanted! Discounts and Donuts start at 
    6am with 50% off fish and coral colonies
    7 - 8am 40% off fish and coral colonies
    8am - 8pm 25% off all saltwater fish
    8am - 8pm 20% off all coral colonies
    All Day 25% off coral frags and inverts
    Free Firefish Goby or Peppermint Shrimp with a $50 purchase
    Raffles all day including 
    monthly food giveaway, Calc/Alk/Mag and a 16g Bio Cube

    Buckeye Reef Coral Expo & Frag Swap (Toledo, Ohio) - March 18, 2018

    that Coral Guy
    By that Coral Guy,
    In case you have not seen it the Information for the Buckeye Reef Coral Expo & Frag Swap (Toledo, Ohio) has its OWN AREA ON THIS WEB SITE. http://www.buckeyereef.com/forums/index.php?/forum/79-2018-buckeye-reef-expo/ Please Click on the Link Above for all the Info

    Splendid Dottyback

    Jesse
    By Jesse,
    Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Semi-aggressive Reef Compatible: Yes Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.021-1.025 Max. Size: 3" Color Form: Blue, Pink, White, Yellow Diet: Carnivore Origin: Captive-Bred, ORA® Family: Pseudochromidae overview The ORA® Captive-Bred Splendid Dottyback, also known as the Splendid Pseudochromis, has a blue body covered with white to light yellow spotting. It also has a yellow tail and a yellow mark between the eyes. Originating from Indonesia, this species can be territorial in smaller aquarium set-ups, maintaining with larger tank mates is ideal.  A 30-gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment. It will not be intimidated by other fish and will defend its territory, even against fish two to three times its size. It will eat small ornamental shrimp. The ORA Captive-Bred Splendid Dottyback should be fed a varied diet consisting of foods specifically designed for carnivores. If kept in a reef aquarium, the ORA Captive-Bred Splendid Dottyback should be fed once per day. http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/3461/splendid-dottyback-captive-bred-ora-reg?pcatid=3461&c=747+871+3461

    Chromodoris quadricolor, the perfect photographer’s nudibranch

    Jesse
    By Jesse,
    Underwater photographers can become rather obsessed with nudibranchs. In nudi hotspots such as Anilao in the Philippines, photographers travel from across the world to take part in nudibranch festivals.  We even have a small gathering of nudi obsessives here in Scotland.  Nudibranchs come in a bewildering array of colors and shapes; some are long and thin with delicate projections (cerrata), while others are flat, round and look decidedly unpleasant. But there is one that I consider to be the perfect nudi:  Chromodoris quadricolor, the Pajama Nudibranch.  As you can see, it’s a real beauty.  Those bold stripes make it really easy to spot and the rich orange of its rhinophores and gills mark it out from the similar, but slightly less colorful, C. africana, which is slightly squatter and has yellower appendages.  The Pajama slug, as its often known in diving circles, reaches about four centimeters long and is common in the Red Sea and eastern Africa. I’d say I see at least one per night dive, though often they’re in a difficult place to shoot.  Some photographers will use a stick to gently encourage them to turn around and ‘face’ the camera, but this sort of thing is generally frowned upon and is not to be encouraged. I’ve yet to take a perfect picture of this animal, but the fact that it’s so brightly colored and common gives me hope that I will, one day. C. quadricolor feeds on sponges, specifically sponges from the Negombata genus.  In the Red Sea I believe the most common species of this sponge is Negombata magnifica, which is a truly gorgeous red.  It is also highly toxic, a fact that doesn’t trouble the Pajama Slug, instead the slug stores the toxins in its own flesh and advertises its toxicity with its bold warning colors. In this picture, not a particularly good one of the slug, you can see it feeding on the sponge, and, if you look closely to the right of the animal, you can see a spiral shaped egg mass, possibly laid by the individual in the picture. https://reefs.com/2017/11/21/chromodoris-quadricolor-perfect-photographers-nudibranch/

    Can We Reef on a Budget?

    Jesse
    By Jesse,
    As a passionate hobbyist and social media addict, I browse and stalk facebook groups constantly, searching for new information and reading up on the latest trends. I also attend most of the major shows and in U.S., and use the opportunity to connect with hobbyists and have many interesting conversations. One thing that keeps coming up is that this hobby has become too expensive, and that it is only for rich folks. I know it turns off a lot of new hobbyists to even get their feet “wet” , as the financial aspect can and will play big role in the endeavor.  While it is VERY true that it can get expensive, it can also be VERY affordable if you know what you are doing and know what you are looking for.  Here are some tips that I would like to share with you:  1.) Research A LOT in advance.  This is crucial, and can be applied to almost everything in this hobby; I’ll try to condense it down for you. You need to ask a lot of questions. If there is one, join your local reef club. I have gained so many like-minded friends and cheap corals through this important resource. Be active on social media. Join facebook reef groups and follow people with beautiful reef tanks; ask for their tips and guidance. Incorporate what you can into your system. Find out what you want to keep in your tank, find out what they require, and spend your money wisely once. Not multiple times. Do you need $1000 lights to have softie tank? Absolutely not. Can you grow SPS with very cheap, low PAR light fixtures? Most likely not. Is this cheap knock off wavemaker worth my investment in long run? It can be cheap upfront but you may have to buy it multiple times if it breaks easily and has no warranty. Is it worth it then? Buying smart once from reputable company will save both money and headaches in the long run. You can also find great bargains from reef clubs as well as from people that are upgrading, downgrading, etc. Do your due diligence and research equipment, as well as livestock and their needs. before purchasing them.  2.) Don’t chase trends and names. Get corals and fish that are beautiful to you and that are comfortable for your wallet.  After all, it is YOUR tank.  I don’t know when it became all about the trends and name chasing, but do you really need to purchase a $1000 frag to be happy with your slice of ocean? I routinely look for the bargain bins when I visit my local fish stores (if you follow me on facebook, you can catch all my live streams, which show that I look at the $5 and $10 spots VERY thoroughly).  For example, in every tank that I have had, I’ve kept a green slimer acropora and an ORA green birdsnest. Yes, they are very cheap and green and people have often wondered why. Well, why not? I like that super neon green color, and I like how fast it grows, so that I can frag it often and share it with fellow hobbyists in my area that are getting into the hobby or donate it to a local science museum or school program.  You really don’t need super fancy name corals to have a beautiful, thriving system. Be a bargain hunter, and go to your LFS and raid that clearance section for possible gems. Here is a good example. Check out my friend Patrick Thomas’ 55g tank: It’s an extremely simple setup, with a hang on back filter and no sump, koralia wave makers and no name wave makers to move water, but you can see that with good husbandry and routine maintenance, he has succeeded in creating a extremely vibrant and thriving reef aquarium.  Also check out my friend Robert from Marine Depot‘s video on setting up a brand new nano aquarium for $275: It is definitely doable. What do you think so far? Let’s continue!  3.) Protect your livestock.  Maintaining is always cheaper then replacing. Those frags and fish that you buy for $10-20 or more throughout the years can add up quickly if you have to replace them all at once. Do yourself a favor and sear proper quarantine protocol into your brain. There is no feeling worse in our hobby than to see a beautiful coral colony that you’ve raised from a tiny little frag perish due to negligent husbandry. Dip all your corals, replace the frag plugs if possible, and QT your coral in a separate tank if it’s possible.  Quarantine all your fish for possible parasites like Cryptocaryon, Amyloodinium, Brooklynella, etc. These parasites can easily wipe out your entire system of fish. Set up a proper quarantine tank with medications that effectively treat these fish so that you don’t have to see them suffer and perish. 4.) This is a tip for both budget reefing and reefing in general. Knowledge is power and never be complacent in your knowledge. No one knows everything, and that’s especially true in this hobby.  Always be willing to learn something new, and try to absorb that new knowledge whenever it’s available to you.  I hope that you have found some of these tips useful. Did I miss any? I’m sure I did. If you think of anything else, please add them to the comment section, and I will be sure to add to the list with the proper credit!  I believe that this hobby has room everyone, regardless of their wallet’s status, and hopefully this article will encourage new or aspiring hobbyists to make that first plunge,e as well as help hobbyists find success without breaking the bank.  Happy reefing everyone.  Afishionado out! https://reefs.com/2017/11/22/can-reef-budget/

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