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If you’re a regular on Digital-Reefs, you’ll know that we’ve been photographing reef tanks and their inhabitants from just about every angle for years now. When it comes to ‘top-down’ shots though we have to admit that our library is a bit short of quality shots of that kind. Let’s face it, through the surface shots are really difficult with surface turbulence and reflections all conspiring to distort or obscure the fine details of corals growing tantalisingly beneath the water line. We’ve even gone so far as to wrap clingfilm or plastic bags around our camera lens to try to improve our shots in the past… and let’s just say that didn’t end well! Luckily there’s a new tool now available that makes things a whole lot safer and easier. Continue reading
On our recent visit to Aqua2013 one of the companies we were particularly interested in revisiting was NT Labs. Having reviewed some of their products before we’ve already found them to be both effective and reasonably priced. As helpful and enthusiastic as ever, they were more than happy to show us their range and we were immediately interested by two new marine flake offerings – Ocean Flake with Garlic and Algae Flake with Garlic. Continue reading
A team from Swansea University in the UK, and China, have recently published a paper in the journal Biomedical Materials that shows corals’ stony skeletons could soon be used more extensively in bone grafting procedures. By partially converting their skeletons calcium carbonate into coralline hydroxyapatite (CHA), the resulting coralline hydroxyapatite/calcium carbonate (CHACC), has been shown to ‘considerably improve’ the outcome of bone grafts in 16 patients. Continue reading
There’s something particularly magical about viewing a reef tank under blue lighting and it now seems that there may be more than just pure aesthetic appreciation on offer for viewers. Researchers from Mid Sweden University have recently published the results of an interesting study in the journal PLOS ONE. Continue reading
Heads-up UK reefkeepers… TMC have just posted this video of gorgeous ‘Tigerpyge’ hybrid Dwarf Angel suggesting that it will soon be available in a UK store. Although certainly not the first to enter the trade, we have to say this looks like a really nice specimen with the best bits of both Centropyge flavissima and C. eibli evident. No word on pricing yet but we wouldn’t be surprised if this one was approaching the 4 figure mark. We’ll certainly keep our ears to the ground for more info on this specimen.