Reef Threads Podcast #260


Reef safe?

A new week and a new podcast. This week’s topics include lighting, reef-safe fish, Paul Allen’s yacht, reefer phrases, and cosmetics. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Paul Allen’s yacht
Paul Allen’s yacht destroys coral reef, Business Insider

Reef speak
Phrases only a Reefer Would Say, CastAway, East Tennessee Reef Club, Reef2Reef

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Reef Threads Podcast #259


Sanjay’s 500-gal reef aquarium.


We’re back, this week with returning guest Sanjay Joshi. While our focus was on his LED experiences with his 500-gal. reef, we also talked about water flow, tank heating, coral growth, closed-loop systems, and the reef-system rebuild at the Penn State Univ. student union. This is a good one. Don’t miss it. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Sanjay’s 2-yr. LED experience
Sanjay Joshi, 2 years with LEDs

The Penn State student union tank in its rebuilt infancy.

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Ricordea Florida: an Underappreciated Caribbean Beauty

A group of Ricordea floridaAs an American reefkeeper, it’s all too easy for me to forget that some truly gorgeous invertebrate livestock originates relatively close to home in the tropical western Atlantic and Caribbean. I was reminded of this recently when CC entrusted several of his Caribbean specimens to my care in advance of his pending move to the great state of Florida. By the way, if you “felt a great disturbance in the force” some weeks back, it had nothing to do with the destruction of Alderaan. More likely, it was just Chris’s head exploding at the thought of his prized Caribbean species intermingling with my lowly Indo-Pacific corals and fish. Did I ever mention that CC is a terrible “species-ist”?Anyway, among this adopted assortment are several color varieties of Ricordea florida. Now, prior to receiving these specimens, it had been a long time since I’d given much thought to rics, and I’d forgotten how truly stunning these humble corallimorphs can be, so it was really nice to get reacquainted with them. They’re also fairly rugged, so whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hobbyist, R

Symphyllia: So Stunning, Yet Success Eludes Me!

Symphyllia spp. coralSymphyllia are some of the most colorful large-polyp stony corals out there. Their bodies resemble Lobophyllia in many ways, but unlike lobos, they have a much more diverse color arrangement. I’ve seen them come in just about every color imaginable, and it is very common for them to have large bands of colors. Unfortunately, I don’t do very well with Symphyllia. As colorful and amazing as these corals are, they’re a no-go for me until I learn more about why they might be struggling in my system.
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