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LED Lighting: is it up to par for reef aquariums?

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LED lighting is becoming a popular alternative way to light aquariums, however many LED fixtures may not be ready to grow corals in reef aquariums.

Lack of the correct variety in light spectrum and less water penetration can reduce coral and plant growth, both of which are things to consider when thinking of buying LED lighting.

“If you want to get the quality of a fluorescent, with the same type of spectrum, you’d have to buy a more expensive LED,” Ian Higby, an aquatics specialist at Pet World Inc., Lawrence, Kan.

Vinton Ebling, owner of Paradise Aquatics, Overland Park, Kan., said a full spectrum LED lighting fixture can cost as much as $600, where a comparable metal halide lighting setup will cost about $350.
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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.

Source/Photo Source: Reef Builders

Tourists flock for first artificial reef planting in Fiji

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Tourists came in droves to watch the first ever coral reef re-planting in Tivua Island, Fiji. Captain Cook Cruises organized the replanting and replanted a total of 45 corals. Future tourists to Tivua Island are advised to watch their fingers and steps, as the coral-human interaction is damaging to the coral’s growth.

Source/Photo Source: The Jet Newspaper

Submarine tours ended after submarine damages reef

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Paz Radaza, mayor of Lapu-Lapu City, Phillippeans, issued a cease and desist order against a submarine tour company, Yellow Submarine, due to submarines damaging reefs in the area. The order comes after a video posted to YouTube shows one of the company’s submarines colliding with a coral reef.

Source: Inquirer News
Photo Source: Cebu Living

Using acid neutralizers to help ocean reefs

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Coral Repairing Robot

Scientists in studying the Great Barrier Reef are testing the use of acid neutralizers in areas of the reef. Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist, has been studying the effect acic neutralizers have on raising the calcium carbonate levels in the ocean. He has been testing acid neutralizers in “bathtub” lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef, an area that is small enough to carefully measure variables in water conditions.

Source: NPR
Photo Source: National Geographic

Robots that repair damaged corals

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Coral Repairing Robot

A team from the Herriot-Watt University’s Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology is attempting to build a “coralbots,” an underwater robots that can pick up tiny pieces of healthy coral and transplant it in a place where the coral is not healthy, stimulating new growth. The robots will operate on software designed to identify healthy versus unhealthy coral.

Source/Photo Source: gizmag

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.