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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Coral reef sustainability on forum agenda

The University of Queensland is hosting an international forum this week to develop policies to sustain the world’s coral reefs. The forum, which is sponsored by the Coral Reef Targeted Research Program, is expected to attract leading scientists and more than 50 postgraduate and postdoctoral students from 20 countries. Professor Roberto Iglesias-Prieto from the National […]

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Hello I have a fluval 305 filter my question is how often should I change the filter medias and which are the best medias to run?

There will generally be three different filter media types found in the Fluval filters.  First is the mechanical filters.  These are the sponges that trap the debris from the water.  These sponges can be reused a couple of times, but generally should be changed about every 3-6 months. The second filter media is the carbon.  […]

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Saltwater, Freshwater and Pond Glossary

Even though my family’s kept freshwater tanks as long as I can remember, I’ve only been into the saltwater hobby for six months. Fortunately for me, I work with a team of experts. Unfortunately for me, their job is to help customers. Which, of course, I find vexing whenever I have a question (I have […]

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Just say Pro

Prodibio is revolutionizing the way hobbyists use aquarium additives. I was manually drip-drip-dripping a handful of different supplements into my aquarium straight from their bottles; some daily, some weekly. Everything in the tank seemed okay, but that was also the problem … everything was just okay. So, not long after Reef-a-Palooza convened in August, I […]

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Holiday Treats for the Animals

Marine Depot is visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on December 2 to celebrate the season during the Holiday Treats for the Animals event. Would you like to join us? Here’s more info from their website. In celebration of the holiday season, Scuba Santa will be delivering an ocean of gifts to […]

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