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by Matt Rogers at 10:37 PM
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Planet Aquariums in Dallas probably has a few fans of their acrylic bottom / glass tanks - you don't have to worry about live rock coming down and you can drill it. This sample at Reef-A-Palooza had starphire glass and a nice cabinet by Coast Aquariums. (They were sweet!) You can see them at The Aquatic Experience in Chicago in a couple weeks.

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by Matt Rogers at 10:13 PM
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Advanced Acrylics are a custom acrylic aquarium company based in Jurupa Valley, California. It was nice to see their work close-up at Reef-A-Palooka this year. Advanced Acrylics makes very nice frag tanks and sumps as well. But it was the frag tanks that really stood out to me - the ones I saw were 3/4" thick with rounded corners. Most of the two footers were priced around $300 which is not the cheapest you could find, but then again, these slightly over-built, drilled-out frag tanks could probably fall off a table and be fine. I really liked them. If you can't afford the beefy ones, you can pick up 3/8" black-back versions without holes or overflows starting at $100 for the 16" and $185 for the 24". And all Advanced Acrylics aquariums come with free shipping when bought online.

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by Matt Rogers at 2:01 AM
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Reef-A-Palooza puts you at ease before you walk in the door. Just outside there was a live band on a small stage, a bar and a street taco stand. Even touch tanks in a semi truck. I lingered for a while and enjoyed it. Then I went inside for a wide stream of coral frags and big tanks. Yeah here we go, 64 pics from RAP 2014!

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Reef-A-Palooza gets points for the beer, tacos and music right out the front door....
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by mikejrice at 9:10 PM
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Distribution: North Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea
Coloration: Specimens may be found in many colors including green, yellow, orange, purple and pink
Care level: Medium difficulty
Lighting requirements: Cryptic to medium
Flow: Moderate to high

SG: 1.023-1.026.
Calcium: 400-500.
Alk: 8-12.
Magnesium: 1350-1500.
Temperature: 76-82
Growth: Comparable to most species of encrusting montipora.

Stylocoeniella is an encrusting small polyp stony coral. It forms a smooth skin which protrudes past the corallites where growth is active. Corallites are extremely small and do not protrude from the skin. Thorn coral has very long polyps when compared with other SPS species. They are each capped with thin tentacles surrounding their perimeter.

I found this one at MACNA 2014 hiding among the corals in Jason Fox's flat. It was, of course, aquacultured by him, and my plan was immediately to continue spreading...
by evolved at 12:05 PM
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Desert Frag Fest
Nov 1-2, 11AM-5PM
Tempe Mission Palms, 60 East Fifth St, Tempe, Arizona 85281

Featuring speakers: Mark Callanhan (Mr. Saltwater), Bob Fenner, and Briana Vollmer

Vendors in attendance: Reef Farmers, Great Ocean Wonders, Reef Koi, The Coral Shop, Southwest Aquaculture, Gonzo Coral Frags, Reef Deep Aquatics, Zoanthids,com, Jason Fox, Limited Edition Corals, Discount Aquarium, Fishy Business, Club Reef, Spectrapure, Reef Dynamics, VASCA Aquarium Supply, Fishy Business, Blue Water Tropicals

Awesome Raffle Prizes!

Admission: $5 (per person, per day)

Like our Facebook page for up to date announcements! www.facebook.com/DesertFragFest

www.desertfragfest.com

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