FRAG Swap-Chicagoland-March 15th

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FRAG Swap-Chicagoland-March 15th The Fox Valley Reef Aquarium Group  ( F.R.A.G.)  will be holding a frag swap Saturday March 15th in St Charles.   Bring a friend, get a frag! There will be some coffee and doughnuts and 2 tanks for you to put your frags in. Here are the highlights so far: -Raffle Items- Corals, Dry Goods, Gift Certificates -5$ 10$ 20$ Frag Bin -Trade your corals with fellow Chicagoland … [Read more...]

Top 5 Algae Eating Reef Tank Fish

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                      Top 5 Algae Eating Reef Tank Fish   In a reef tank, many of the conditions that we create as we grow our corals also promote the growth of an unwanted neighbor, algae.  The balancing act of providing a nice habitat for corals to grow and keeping algae at bay plays out every day both in the wild as well as … [Read more...]

Can Corals Buffer Climate Change?

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Can Corals Buffer Climate Change? A new study suggests that coral reefs have had a way to deal with warmer water conditions long before humans started contributing to this problem.  These stunning ecosystems not only contain creatures in every shape, size, and color, but they seem to be albe to act together through a sort of chemical symphony to alter their environment.  The data that was collected basically shows … [Read more...]

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Crowd Funding: A Win For Reef Pest Research

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Crowd Funding: A Win For Reef Pest Research by Justin Hester In the world of reef keeping, hobbyists and scientists have not historically worked together.  Crowd-funding could be the vehicle that changes all that.   Recently Dr. Kate Rawlinson, a scientist and Cat Dybyla, a hobbyist have partnered to help the reef hobbyist world learn more about the dreaded Acropora Eating Flat Worms (AEFW) and they are using the … [Read more...]

Jellyfish Blooms: Natural Cycle Or Increasing Trend

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Jellyfish Blooms: Natural Cycle Or Increasing Trend by Valeria … [Read more...]

Dolphin Swims To Diver To Have Hook Removed…Twice

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http://youtu.be/CCXx2bNk6UA   Dolphin Swims To Diver To Have Hook Removed...Twice by: Erica bried The Bottlenose Dolphin is one species of small cetacean most well known for interacting with humans. These creatures have large brains, with a brain to body mass higher than most other animals. They will allow humans to play with them and even to ride them. However, they are still wild animals and their behavior … [Read more...]

Bet You Haven’t Seen a Tank Breakdown Like This

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http://youtu.be/-8zOHXGmiC8  Bet You Haven't Seen a Tank Breakdown Like This By Justin Hester Back in the spring we had a breakout of marine ich in our main tank like I"ve never seen before.  It was killing fish within a day, some of which we we had for 6-8 years with no problem, yet it was only occurring in that one tank.  Our system shares a sump and all the water between 5 tanks, yet only one was getting sick.  It … [Read more...]

Bristleworm Mass Spawning=Free Coral Food

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Bristleworm Mass Spawning=Free Coral Food http://youtu.be/uqkryYS841M by Justin Hester It always amazes me how many new and unusual things we can witness in our reef tanks even after many years of what we would all agree is pretty close observation.  twice in the last 15 years, I have been lucky enough to have been walking by my main display tank when a mass spawning was occurring.  Once back in 2002, it was my … [Read more...]

Massive Fish Kill on Hubei River is Latest Example of Environmental Degredation in China

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Massive Fish Kill on Hubei River is Latest Example of Environmental Degredation in China written by: Ken Korczak In another alarming reminder that China’s extraordinary economic growth is coming at the expense of a clean and safe environment, a massive fish die-off in the Fuhe River in Hubie Provence was discovered Wednesday, Sept. 4. At least 220,000 pound of silvery fish are clogging the Fuhe River from bank to bank … [Read more...]