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Selecting an aquarium setup right for you

Starting a new aquarium can be a challenging task. To ensure the health of the animals and the sanity of the owner, you should consider the level of care you’re willing to provide the aquarium, the type of animals you can keep, the size aquarium you will need and how many fish you can keep, given all other factors. The chart below is from information gathered from the New Aquarium Set-Up articles from Drs. Foster and Smith. Follow the chart to determine what aquarium setup is right for you.



Aquarium fish can be affected by disease and sickness

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If you notice you aquarium fish acting or looking different, it may be ill, which can often lead to death. Early recognition of illness is important to restoring your fish back to health.

Like humans, fish are more susceptible to illness when they’re under stress, Hannah Owens, a graduate student of ichthyology at the University of Kansas, said. “They’re just like people. When it’s finals week and your not sleeping and eating right, you get sick.”

“You can’t just call fish sickness one thing,” Owen Hurst, sales manager at Pet World, Lawrence, Kan., said. “As fish’s immune systems become weaker they become more susceptible to more things.”

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Sickness among fish can be difficult to diagnose, so close observation is important. “Watch its behavior, is it swimming, is it lying on the bottom, is it eating, is it gasping for air,” Owens said.

There are many different kinds of sicknesses that can affect aquarium fish. Ick, fin rot, popeye, fungus, neurological disorders and parasites are some of the common things that make fish sick, Hurst said.

“Ick is the most common. There hasn’t been a week where I haven’t seen it,” Luke Ballou, aquatics specialist at Petco, Lawrence, Kan., said. Ballou said he’s learned everything he knows about fish illnesses from helping people work out their problems with their fish during his nearly 4 years at Petco. Ick is a parasitic disease that is highly contagious among fish.

Parasites can be harmful because they take nutrients from the food the host fish eat, which leads to starvation, and can cause internal blockage, which leads to digestive problems, Owens said.

Owens researched the relationship of sharks and parasitic tapeworms while working on her master’s degree. “For sharks, it’s no big deal because they’re huge and the worms are tiny and they’ve evolved together.” Continue reading

ReefAPalooza Orlando sets dates for April 26 & 27

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ReefAPalooza is one of the largest saltwater/reef aquarium conventions in the world, with over 4,500 attendees in 2012. Usually taking place in California, ReefAPalooza is branching across the nation and having a separate event in Florida, for the first time in about 8 years. ReefAPalooza Orlando 2014 will be held on April 26 and 27, 2014.

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Pacific East Aquaculture boasts semi-two faced clam

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Clams are common tankmates in a reef aquarium but it’s not very often a semi-two faced clam comes up for sale. Pacific East Aquaculture currently has a semi-two faced maxima for sale with a price tag of $299, which is about the top of the price range for clams.

Source: Aqua Nerd
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Reef aquarium “hitchhikers” can cause serious injury

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Reef aquarium “hitchhikers,” or things introduced to the aquarium accidentally, can cause serious injury to reef aquarium hobbyists.

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Live Blogging: Sunflower Elementary Frag Swap

GARDNER, KAN. – Sunflower Elementary held its first frag swap this past Saturday, Feb. 16, as a thank you celebration for the community. Sunflower recently added a 220-gallon saltwater aquarium to its cafeteria. The tank was made possible by donations of time and livestock from members of the online reef community Salt-City. The children love the tank, said Dustin Mortenson, the principal of Sunflower, I clean fingerprints off the glass at least 5 times a day. Mortenson said that he encourages students to get up-close with the fish and the corals in the tank because its part of the hands-on learning experience. Mortenson also said that the children see things that adults miss because they are lower to the ground and closer to the glass. The frag swap was an opportunity for members of Salt-City a chance to meet each other, many of whom have only communicated with members online. Sunflower provided drinks and pizza, along with tables for members to display coral frags for sale and trade. Members brought more than 100 different types of coral to the swap to sell and trade. Frags for sale ranged from $5 to several hundred dollars and most trades were accepted. Many of the remaining frags at the end of the meet were donated to Sunflower’s tank. The frag swap took place on Feb. 16, from 12 pm to 3 pm at Sunflower Elementary School, in Gardner, Kan.

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Xanthic Triggerfish finds its way to New York

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A Xanthic  Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus) recently arrived at Elos Aquastudio New York.  The Xanthic Trigger was collected in the Maldives and made its way to Elos Aquastudio via Russo’s Reef, an aquarium trade wholesaler. Elos is unsure whether they will sell the Xanthic or keep it as a store mascot. Xanthic Triggers can fetch prices upwards of $3000.
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