New Addition: Macneill’s Basslet

During the holiday season, the Marketing department picked up a few new additions to the tank: a purple nudibranch (now deceased), a cleaner shrimp and, my personal favorite, a Macneill’s Basslet aka the Blue Assessor. The nudibranch was an impulse buy; he was beautiful, affordable and … available. Had I done my homework, I would […]

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Ocean Pods Aquacultured Marine Copepods

This seemed like a pretty cool product so I figured I’d throw it on the blog this morning to see if any of our readers have experience with Ocean Pods Aquacultured Marine Copepods. The following blurb comes direct from the Ocean Pods website (with a few added links to MDL to identify livestock): Ocean Pods […]

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International Year of the Reef

Coral reefs are to get renewed attention this year, which has been declared International Year of the Reef, to highlight their beauty, fragility and the part they play in maintaining life on the planet. Malaysia’s seas are part of the Coral Triangle, stretching from the Philippines to Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, containing the oceans […]

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Considerations When Choosing Water Test Kits by Mike Paletta

One of the first pieces of equipment most will purchase for their aquariums will be test kits. Test kits are an integral part in any marine aquarium keeper’s tools in trying to properly maintain a thriving aquarium. The responsibility of maintaining proper conditions for the animals we choose to raise begins with two simple principles: […]

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More Acidic Ocean Hurts Reef Algae as Well as Corals

The gradual acidification of the oceans, a result of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is thought to be bad for coral reefs. The absorption of CO2 by seawater leads to lower saturation levels of carbonate ions, which reduces calcification, the process by which corals make their hard skeletons. But it takes more […]

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Marine Aquarist Courses Online

Marine Aquarist Courses Online (MACO) is proud to be offering a new series of unique courses designed with the hobbyist in mind. Take a look at the website to find more information on the following courses: Reef Microbiology – The course is set up to cover the current scientific literature regarding nutrient cycling and the […]

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R.I.P. Nudi Giuliani

January 4, 2008 – January 7, 2008 Nudi Giuliani was with us only a short time before he was [presumably] sucked into one of our powerheads. His lifeless body still clung helplessly to our Hydor Koralia Nano when we arrived in the office this morning. In truth, I only got to spend a few hours […]

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Making the world brighter. One L.E.D. at a time

The Sixties were an important time in American history. The social and political upheaval that occurred during that era changed our country—and the world—forever. Arguably the biggest contribution of the decade occurred in 1967 when über toy manufacturer Hasbro invented the Lite Brite. Now, you may be asking yourself what this has to do with […]

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