Discover the new Coral magazine!
Coral 6.1, Triggerfishes is here, the first issue of the new Coral magazine.
Coral has been relaunched under a new publisher and promises to be better than ever.
Hailed by critics as “the world’s best reefkeeping magazine,” CORAL is written by leading aquarium experts and marine biologists, lavishly illustrated with breathtaking images, and filled with inspiration for beginning to expert aquarists.
The English-language edition of Coral is no longer being published by EcoSystem but has moved over to Reef to Rainforest Media, another US company, where the Editor & Publisher is James M. Lawrence, a name you may be familiar with as the man behind Microcosm Publishing, publishers of some of the best reef books on the market.
This means that there will be a few changes with Coral in the UK, both good and bad. The downside is that the price of the magazine has gone up from issue 6.1 because the US cover price has been increased from $6.95 to $7.95, this results in a UK price of £5.99 per issue.
Dottybacks, issue 5:4 was the last issue that we received from EcoSystem, I’m endeavouring to get hold of issue 5:5 but issue 5:6 was not published.
The upside is that we now receive Coral regularly and on time, we’re sending out 6.1 and 6.2 during August and will follow up by sending out a new issue every month up to the end of the year at which time we’ll revert to a bi-monthly schedule with the magazine coming out in the UK within a week or two of its US publication date.
The Sustainable Aquarium Industry Association (SAIA) has published the first draft of the SAIA Code of Best Practices on the updated SAIA website www.saia-online.org
SAIA is seeking to start a public review process of these documents and is asking for your comment on the the drafts. So whether you’re a hobbyist, a retailer, work in a public aquarium, or are just interested, please take a look at the code of best practices and send your comments on to SAIA. All comments will be recorded and addressed in the second drafts of the documents. Please contact us if you are interested to become the author of other technical documents.
The SAIA team have also started to prepare the official registration process of the organisation at the EU. If you are interested to become a founding member of SAIA, please contact SAIA for more information and study the EEIG Contract draft on the SAIA website.
I recommend that you take a look at the code of practices, particularly those on acclimation and quarantine, as they contain valuable information of practical use to aquarists, whether hobbyist or professional.
Just in from ReefresH2O, manufacturer of the Cellpore bio-filtration material, is a new substrate suitable for both marine and freshwater, called Reef Rubble©. In a marine aquarium this substrate provides a valuable refuge for micro-crustacea and other small fauna, and can also be used for mounting coral frags. In a freshwater aquarium this can be used as a decorative substrate that will also act as as filter by facilitating denitrification, and it can be used as a freeform media in pond filters.
ReefresH2O continues to increase in popularity with the 9” x 4” x 4” block being taken up by more and more reefkeepers as a solution to nitrate problems. The extremely high surface area of ReefresH2O, 10-100 times that of any other biofilter media, allows for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to grow in and around the material. The interconnected pores, from sub-micron size to 500 microns, allows water to flow freely through the material, delivering water and nutrients to the biofilms. Also available in plates, spheres, and frag plugs.
We’ve a new live food at Midland Reefs, Reef Scientific Zoo-Mix, Optimal Nutrition Live Zooplankton, it’s a mix of of Brachionus plicatilis (Rotifers) and Tigriopsis Japonicus (Copepods), intended as starter culture for reef aquarium use, it can be cultured outside of the aquarium or used to seed a refugium. It gives you a wide range of live particle sizes, from c10 – 2500 µm.
Grown and enriched with DT’s phytoplankton for an optimal nutritional profile, this product is a source of Carotenoids, Sterols, Omega-3’s & Omega-6’s, Essential Amino Acids and Proteins. A live product containing no artificial preservatives or additives. Cultured in the UK.
The Peppermint Shrimp.
The Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdermanni, is a wonderful addition to the reef aquarium yet, for some reason, I keep coming across aquarists, even those with Aiptasia in their tanks, who seem reluctant to invest in a small group of them. The purchase of somewhere between 3 to 6 of these shrimps soon return dividends in the form of a reduction of, or even eradication of Aiptasia. A small price to pay for protecting you corals from being stung or, in a worst case having to strip the tank to get rid of aiptasia.
It’s not just their function as a means of keeping pest anemones under control that makes them good addition to the reef, they bring with them numerous other benefits.
1. By breeding regularly they supply a useful, natural addition to the diet of the other inhabitants of your reef.
2. They’re a cleaner species, although seeing this activity in your reef may well depend on what species of fish are present.
What you will experience once your shrimps are settled in, is the curious sensation of being cleaned by a shrimp! Whereas your fishes may be sometimes be reluctant to let the shrimps provide their cleaning services, these shrimps seem to have little hesitation about cleaning the aquarist’s hand when immersed in the tank. The first time this occurs it can be a bit of a shock but it’s certainly a fascinating experience to have a shrimp, or even a group of shrimps, walking over and around your hand looking for particles of food such as dead skin.
3. As voracious foragers they ensure that no food introduced into the reef remains uneaten with the potential of polluting the tank.
4. One of my recent observations indicates that peppermint shrimps may also have a function as coral caretakers, cleaning up damaged coral tissue. My display reef at home features a large Euphyllia ancora, Anchor coral, as the center piece, it’s absolutely gorgeous but does have the annoying habit of waging war on the other corals it shares the tank with, in particular a large Turbinaria peltata. Prior to introducing 3 peppermints to this tank a few months back, the surface of the Turbinaria would often exhibit patches of bare skeleton where it had been stung by the Ancora, these patches would slowly grow back as its such a resilient coral but nevertheless the site of the sting would always tend to form a patch of bare skeleton which would spread from half a centimetre across, ending up a couple of centimetres in diameter. Since the shrimps have been in residence the damage is far less as they appear to move quickly to the site of a fresh sting and remove damaged and necrotic tissue, cleaning the wound up, allowing the coral to rapidly heal.
For this last reason alone I’d recommend their inclusion in a reef.
Coming Soon …
Keep an eye out for some new additions to the Reef Scientific range of products around the beginning of September. This growing range is based on products produced or sourced in the UK that offer excellent value for money along with a high standard of quality.
There are few changes happening regards the distribution of EcoSystem Aquarium products, Miracle Mud, etc. So watch out for news of EcoSystem Aquarium UK.