REVIEW: NT Labs Ocean Food 55

When you consider how much it costs to buy marine fish these days, and the fact that many of them are wild-caught specimens, it makes sense to provide the best possible conditions for them in our aquaria.

One of the best ways to achive this, and to keep your fish happy and healthy, is to offer a wide variety of foods. This promotes resistance to disease, healthy growth and strong colouration. Actually, this advice holds true beyond simply offering frozen food on one occasion and dried the next. We also advise that you offer foods from a range of manufacturers to ensure maximum variety is provided.

In line with this approach, as an addition to our flake, vege and frozen feeds, we recently incorporated NT Labs Ocean Food 55 into our feeding regime.

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Red Sea Scoop Makes It Easy

Red Sea has made it even easier to add precisely the correct amount of salt when mixing new reef-water for an aquarium fill or water change.

Promotional buckets of 22kg Coral Pro will include a free measuring cup that provides 380g / 13.40oz of Red Sea’s Coral Pro Salt with every scoop. This amount is sufficient to give 10l/2.5US gall of reef-water at a salinity of 1.025 every time.  

Red Sea’s salts have long been renowned for their positive effects on aquarium inhabitants, due partly to the unique blend of natural ingredients and the modern formulations, which are based on the latest research into the needs of corals in aquaria.

Coral Pro Salt has been formulated to provide a uniquely balanced and elevated blend of the foundation elements (Calcium, Magnesium & Carbonates), and gained an excellent reputation for its positive effects on coral growth and vitality.

When used in conjunction with Red Sea’s Reef Care Program, Red Sea’s salts provide ideal conditions for either accelerated coral growth or maximization of coral colors, and will assist in the production of strong aragonite-based skeletal growth and stable water conditions.

Watch out for the promotional buckets with the scoop included, and take away the guesswork when adding salt to make your reef-water mix.

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Coral Pigmentation Discussed In Detail

Got some time to spare? Check out this interesting lecture which recently took place at at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. The talk, which explores key questions relating to coral pigmentation, is presented by Ed Smith, a 4th year PhD student from the University of Southampton, based in the Coral Reef Laboratory.

If you are interested in pigmentation in corals and other reef organisms, take a look at our ‘Pure Fluorescence’ gallery HERE (free subscription required).

REVIEW: Aquascaping With Epo Putty

When it comes to aquascaping your reef, there are a variety of methods that can help you to create attractive, stable rock structures and to place corals securely. As with most things in this hobby though, there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these methods.

The use of reef putty is perhaps one of the most effective and hassle free approaches. However, even this time-tested approach has its critics. Some hobbyists have reported that their putty has caused cloudy water (even to the point where water parameters were so detrimentally impacted that livestock was lost), or general ineffectiveness of the product.

As we had a nice trumpet coral that needed fragging and placing, although we’ve used putties in the past with mixed results, we thought it would be a good time to test the latest cement available to the hobbyist and see if things have changed in the last few years.

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