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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Interview: Idealism Versus Reality In The Marine Trade

As supporters of a sustainable and ethical marine livestock industry, we were most interested to read the following transcript of a discussion which took place between Christiane Schmidt (SAIA) and Arie De Jong (De Jong Marinelife) in August 2011.

Whether you are a private hobbyist or someone involved in the commercial side of reefkeeping, the piece is certainly food-for-thought.

Many thanks to SAIA and De Jong for giving permission to publish this here. Click below for more….

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Shark On The Menu For Cryptic Hunter

When it comes to sharks, most people tend to think of them as pretty invulnerable, usually occupying the top of the food chain in their chosen environment. Well, recent observations show that to be generally true but also present a more complex and sinister side to these magnificent creatures which is rarely witnessed.

On an NERP field trip on the Great Barrier Reef in August 2011, divers spotted this Tasselled Wobbegong ingesting a Brown Banded Bamboo Shark. Although they normally feed on smaller fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods, the Wobbegong is well adapted to take larger prey with a wide gape and backward pointing teeth. Such a meal should mean that the shark doesn’t need to feed again for some time!

Read more HERE … and if you thought that was amazing take a look at the youtube vid below.

Red Sea Press Release Details New ‘Reef Starter Kit’

Red Sea is kicking off the New Year with the launch of a brand new product – the Red Sea Reef Starter Kit. Perfect for beginners or anyone who is looking for a fast and safe way to create reef-ready sea water, the starter kit provides everything required to take a new aquarium to full biological maturity in 21 days.

Recommended for the initial set up of any reef aquarium up to 250 liters, including Red Sea’s Max 130D and Max 250 systems, the starter kit comes with three essential components: Red Sea Coral Pro Salt, the Reef Mature Pro Kit and the Marine Care Pro Test Kit.

“We understand how crucial it is for beginner hobbyists to get over the first hurdle of achieving a reef-ready environment for their corals,” explains Eli Nissenberg, Managing Director of Red Sea Group. “Our new starter kit eliminates all the guess work and uncertainty from the whole process. All the hobbyist needs to do is follow the kit’s simple 21-day plan in order to achieve a mature reef system capable of housing even delicate SPS corals.”

The Red Sea Starter Kit comes with optimally balanced Coral Pro Salt that contains biologically balanced, elevated levels of the foundation elements (Calcium, Magnesium and Carbonates) necessary for sustainable, accelerated coral growth. The Reef Mature Pro Kit includes a concentrated blend of nitrifying bacteria, a bacteria growth starter, NO3:PO4-X, biological nitrate and phosphate reducer and KH-Coralline Buffer to maintain the optimum KH while vitalizing Live Rocks. The Marine Care Pro Test includes pH/KH, Nitrate/Nitrite and Ammonia tests.

Available worldwide from February 2012.

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