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R.I.P. Sir Shrimps-A-lot

Sir Shrimps-A-Lot (a.k.a. #2) was the second addition to my tank after getting into the marine aquarium hobby. I remember being angry when he’d traipse over my zoos, closing them up. Now I would give anything to see him step on a single polyp. Rest In Peace, my friend… Sir Shrimps-A-Lot April 15 2007 – […]

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The Doctor Is In: Q&A with Ronald L. Shimek, Ph. D

Marine Depot: For readers of our blog who aren’t yet familiar with your forum or blog, tell us a little about yourself and your involvement (past/present) in the aquarium hobby. Ronald L. Shimek, Ph. D.: I am invertebrate zoologist/marine ecologist who has kept marine animals in aquaria since the invention of water. My scientific work […]

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Clownfish off hook as fishermen fight global warming

SYDNEY – Clownfish made famous by the Disney film Finding Nemo are to be left alone by fishermen after their Great Barrier Reef habitat was devastated by coral bleaching, a phenomenon associated with global warming. The fish, which are found in numerous colours but most often are orange with white stripes, depend on anemones – […]

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An Introduction to Nano Reef Aquariums by Grant Lubbock

Once considered taboo and even impossible, nano reefs have gained popularity in recent years. The simplicity and ease of setting up a nano tank allows even the novice aquarist the opportunity to have a slice of the reef in their home or office. Reef aquarists generally define the nano as an aquarium of 20 gallons or less. […]

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Motion in the Ocean

In the marine aquarium, one of the most difficult yet rewarding tasks is by far achieving and providing proper flow and oscillation rates for your marine inhabitants. I have yet to come across one person who has not been drawn by the mesmerizing beauty of a coral reef as it sways back in forth in […]

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A love letter from FAMA

Clay Jackson’s editor’s note in the February 2008 issue of FAMA has got us feeling all sentimental. Really a love letter to the hobby itself, Clay relays his experiences participating in a recent Southern California Marine Aquarium Society meeting at an IHOP in Santa Ana, California. Several Marine Depot staffers were in attendance that evening […]

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It’s beginning to look a lot like fishmas

On December 2, the marketing guys and I met at the Aquarium of the Pacific for the Holiday Treats for the Animals event. The animals all received special holiday treats, there were arts & crafts for the kids along with an elf magician, festive carolers, story-telling and even (artificial) snow! If you’re not from SoCal, […]

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Warming seas, disease take toll on coral reefs

John Bruno isn’t attending the U.N. climate talks being held in Bali, Indonesia, but he does have some advice for any delegates looking to take in the resort’s famed reefs: enjoy it now, because if sea temperatures continue to rise, expect to see more — and more severe — disease outbreaks that wipe out corals. […]

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An Introduction to the Giant Clams by James W. Fatherree, M.Sc.

There are several species of giant clams that are commonly called “tridacnids”, as all of them belong to the Family Tridacnidae. These clams are very popular amongst reef aquarists because they come in a wide range of sizes and interesting appearances, and can be quite unique additions to any healthy reef tank. The patterns and […]

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Researchers find new deep water coral

HONOLULU – Researchers have discovered what they believe is a new deep water coral and sponge beds found several thousands of feet below the ocean surface, officials said Monday. The a lemon-yellow bamboo coral tree and a giant sponge were discovered last month in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument by the Pisces V submersible operated […]

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