Energy Smart Georgia Aquarium In National Geographic Feature

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National GeographicIn a feature run by National Geographic recently, we learn some interesting facts about the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, which happens to be the world’s largest, containing more than 10 million gallons of water.

With aquariums typically replacing 10 percent of their water volume per week to maintain proper water chemistry, this clearly wasn’t feasible for Georgia.

Eric Hall, the facility’s director of life-support systems explained “Lots of our filtration processes are designed to mimic naturally occurring processes that take care of pollution. We mimic waves crashing on a beach with a protein skimmer to generate that familiar foam of dissolved organic carbon or waste”. The aquarium also sterilizes water with UV light, and disinfects by injecting it with ozone gas.

The comprehensive array of water-saving technologies has earned the aquarium numerous awards, and more importantly, reduced its potential water discharge from 1 million gallons a week to 25,000 gallons.

New Sponsor: Red Sea

Founded over 20 years ago, Red Sea has evolved into a respected, global operation today which boasts a particularly strong research and development capability. As evidenced by their product line, this expertise allows them to meet their vision and provide ‘complete reef solutions’ that make reefkeeping both easier and far more enjoyable than ever. For example, in keeping with the company’s objective to empower hobbyists and to make successful reef-keeping accessible to a wider audience, they developed the highly regarded, ground-breaking range of MAX aquarium systems which are fully-equipped to support even the most delicate corals.

The work of Red Sea’s dedicated team of biologists, chemists and engineers, also brings great benefits to hobbyists worldwide. Their unique research into the biochemistry of corals, and their relationship with the surrounding seawater for example, resulted in the development of the Reef and Marine Care Programs (which we’ve personally used and reviewed on this site), and of course the new formulas of Red Sea and Coral Pro salts. Furthermore, Red Sea offers a range of other products including T5 light tubes & ozonisers/redox controllers, all of which bring their own revolutionary features combined with high performance and great value.

So, we are more than pleased that Red Sea have come on-board as our latest sponsor and we look forward to getting our hands on some of their very latest products for review purposes in the very near future. If, like us, you want more time to actually enjoy your reef, achieve long-term success and witness stunning results, have a look at their website by clicking the banner below!

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Digital-Reefs – Summer 2013 Update

We find the arrival of summer is always a great trigger for renewed enthusiasm and this year has proved to be no different. However, even taking advantage of the increasing daylight to get all those pesky jobs done in the house and garden, we still find there often aren’t enough hours in the day, and sometimes, despite our best intentions, our reefs have to take a back seat. Continue reading Digital-Reefs – Summer 2013 Update

Aquatics Show Shelved For 2013

Organisers of the relatively new aquatics exhibition ‘Aquatics Live’ have recently announced that the show, held at London’s Olympia since 2011, has been cancelled for this year due to lack of support.

Tom Spencer of On Show Productions told Practical Fishkeeping: “We have some very interesting new exhibitors such as Brightwell from the US and Dennerle, and many of our regular supporters have given us verbal commitments, but sadly not enough companies have signed up in advance to generate an adequate cash flow.”

On the brighter side the UKs most established and largest specialist aquatics exhibition Aqua 2013 still looks set to be a great event in October this year, and you can be sure that we’ll be there once more, bringing you the very latest news and reviews.

Video: A Montage Of Magical Montiporas

In case you didn’t notice, being May 4th yesterday, it was officially ‘Star Wars’ day. Given that, the Force certainly seemed to be with The Aquarium at Cockfields Farm as they showcased a stunning shipment of over 100 ‘out of this world’ maricultured SPS colonies from UK coral farm ReefWorks. Including some of the nicest plating montipora we’ve seen for a long time, this shipment looks set to raise the bar even higher at this store which is already one of the top outlets in the UK.

Review: Ebac 2650e Dehumidifier

Even if you don’t have an aquarium, chances are at some time of the year you’ll experience the effects of condensation. In a house without adequate ventilation, cooking, drying clothes and even breathing all contributes to stagnant air, laden with moisture. Add to that an aquarium, particularly a reef system that may be open-topped and rely on evaporative cooling to maintain a stable temperature, and you could soon find you’ve got a serious mould problem. Continue reading Review: Ebac 2650e Dehumidifier

Video: TMC Shows-Off Rare African Basslet

Arguably one of the world rarest reef basslets, TMC appear to have recently imported a small Liopropoma africanum (African Reef Basslet) specimen in what we think could be a first for the UK. Already seen on the US and South African reefkeeping scene this is one species that should appeal to deep-pocketed fish collectors… we expect a 4 figure price tag given historical pricing across the pond.

Seahorse Tails Tougher Than They Look

Detailing their findings in the March 2013 issue of the journal Acta Biomaterialia UC San Diego engineers, led by materials science professors Joanna McKittrick and Marc Meyers have found the tail of a seahorse exhibits remarkable properties in that can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs.

With a final goal of being able to build a robotic arm that would be a unique hybrid between hard and soft robotic devices, McKittrick and Meyers had sought insipiration by examining the armor of many other animals, including armadillo, alligators and the scales of various fish. However, after treating the bony plates in the seahorse’s tail with the chemicals, they were surprised that the percentage of minerals in the plates was relatively low – 40 percent, compared to 65 percent in cow bone. They also discovered that the ridges were hardest, likely for impact protection – about 40 percent harder than the plate’s grooves, which are porous and absorb energy from impacts. A complex, highly-evolved structure, the seahorse’s tail is typically made up of 36 square-like segments, each composed of four L-shaped corner plates that progressively decrease in size along the length of the tail. The joints between plates and vertebrae are extremely flexible with nearly six degrees of freedom.

The next step is to use 3D printing to create artificial bony plates, which would then be equipped with polymers that would act as muscles. Using such techniques it is suggested that a flexible, yet robust robotic gripper could be created for use in medical applications, underwater exploration and even unmanned bomb detection and detonation.