Petco to aquire Dr’s Foster and Smith ( including Live Aquaria)

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Petco to acquire Drs. Foster and Smith ( including Live Aquaria) Shortly after the workday on Wednesday ended, the news broke that Petco, one of the nations leading pet retailers had bought the Rhinelander based Drs. Foster and Smith.  As is standard procedure, both Petco and DFS announced that the move would be "business as usual"  with both companies looking to grow their operations, but just what the future plans will … [Read more...]

The Jellypocalypse is Upon Us

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The Jellypocalypse is Upon Us by Gabbie Bailargeon CNN calls it a "Jellypocalypse" as most beach goers and scientists agree that dangerous jellyfish bloom occurrences have continued to increase each year since the early 2000's.  A jelly bloom occurs when there is a sudden proliferation of jellyfish at a rapid rate, but is usually contained to specific regions.  However, not only do studies show that blooms are more … [Read more...]

U.S. steps up as leader in ocean conservation by protecting the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument

Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument

U.S. steps up as leader in ocean conservation by protecting the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument by Gabbie Baillargeon On Thursday, September 25, 2014 the U.S. took a monumental step in ensuring the protection of our coral reefs.  Since 1906 presidents have been using their executive power to protect more and more federal land (and oceans) under the Antiquities Act.  The premise of the act is to allow … [Read more...]

Calcium Reactor Modification Part 2: The J Chamber

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Calcium Reactor Modification Part 2 by Justin Hester A few weeks ago we had done a little experiment to try and raise the pH of our calcium reactor effluent before it returned to the tank.  This week, we took it to a whole new level and got some immediate results! In the past, we've seen "extra chamber"  modules sold for people to add to their calcium reactors in order to give a bit of relief from the low pH. … [Read more...]

Coral Bleaching: Proof of Destructive Climate Change

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Coral Bleaching: Proof of Destructive Climate Change by Gabbie Baillargeon The classic image of a thriving reef full of life and color has begun to transform into a bleached white wasteland that is incapable of supporting life. Corals have gone from being the ocean's lifeline to fighting for its own vitality, due to the onset of global warming. We have all heard the term "global warming" but not always speculated the … [Read more...]

MACNA 2014 LATEST-Neptune launches DŌS

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MACNA 2014 LATEST-Neptune launches DŌS by Justin Hester Utah, get me 2! DŌS that is! Hot off the press from MACNA, Neptune systems has entered into the tank dosing market with a bang.  From the looks of their new doser cleverly named "DŌS"  it will not only be able to do your daily dosing of things like alkalinity and calcium, but will also include both micro and macro dosing for trace elements and water … [Read more...]

New Reef Raft USA Corals coming soon

Reef Raft USA Corals

New Reef Raft USA Corals coming soon by Justin Hester Tony at ReefRaft USA has been known for bringing some pretty sick pieces into the reef hobby over the years.  I've seen many of them first hand on my business trips out to California over the years.  Here are 3 that are hot off the presses over there at Reef Raft USA.  They don't even have names at the time I am writing this.  As they get names, I'll come back … [Read more...]

Potential down side to dosing vodka,vinegar and amino acids in a reef tank?

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Potential down side to dosing vodka,vinegar and amino acids in a reef tank? by Justin Hester In previous articles, we have talked about the plus sides to dosing carbon sources like vodka and vinegar in our reef tanks, but is there a more elusive and dangerous down side we need to look out for?  Does the same apply for amino acid dosing? There just might be a scary corollary to dosing these supplements given the right … [Read more...]

New Coral Release: Reef Exotic Watermelon Milli

Reef Exotic watermelon milli

  New Coral Release: Reef Exotic Watermelon Milli by Justin Hester Finally getting some nice size frags of this coral going.  Its a stunner as far as its color, but to get that you usually have to have it up pretty high.  We have moved a second colony of it a bit further down in less light and its been nice enough to offer us up some arms that we are able to frag and share with you all.  Look for it here in the … [Read more...]

Reef Hacks- Brush up!

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Reef Hacks- Brush up! by Justin Hester Ok, so its simple, but every 6 months when I go for my dental check up, the ear to ear grin that comes over me when I am handed a new toothbrush has to unnerve my dentist at least a little bit.  I'm thinking one of these years he is going to call me out and ask why the hell I am so excited to get a new toothbrush!  Little does he know that this silly toothbrush goes to work … [Read more...]