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Reef Videos are in such abundance on the net these days that we struggle to keep with posting them one at a time. Currently we’ve been building up a nice collection of great reef videos from Japan, China and Singapore. The Mame Eco-Light above is not just the only high powered RGB (red green blue) LED light with enough punch to light up a small reef, it is also the only one to include some Yellow LEDs making it the first RGBY LED reef aquarium light. In case you are wondering, the sequence color:R100G120B255Y170B255 is the code of the driver for the various selected color levels. The mame Eco-Light has channels for red, green, blue, yellow and another blue. The LEDs can be controlled from a level of 0 to 255 so the red is at half power, blues are on full and the yellow is dialed down a little bit. Sure the 50 watts of fully controllable and color adjustable LEDs are no bargain at $1200 but this is where the future of LEDs will invariably go. Keep in mind there is not a single white LED in the Mame Eco-Light and a lot of color rendition to show for it.
Our last mixed post included a video of a tail-less emperor angelfish. A heated discussion followed in the comments about whether these were natural or artificial and two things came to light: there are definitely marine fish which are being discovered in the wild with this mutated, absentee tail and that there exists a guide on how to “humanely” slice off a juvenile fish’s tail for marketing heart cichlids. However the guide does not list specific reasons for this practice and it is disconcerting to think there are people out there who think up this stuff. A couple videos after the break of wild caught clownfish and angelfish who have no tails as well as the Japanese maiden goby and some smooth deepwater acro reef tanks.
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The video above is a wild caught juvenile emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, whcih has since grown into a nice young adult-colored fish, still with no tail. The pair of fish below were imported by our main man Eugene of Reborn Aquarium in Singapore. They were caught together and guess what? Both of them were missing their tails. Now one regular Reef Builders reader who will go unnnamed (but it rhymes with Panda) will argue that that the probability of two mutant fish being caught together is insurmountable but he is wrong. It is actually more likely that mutant fish would be siblings, from the same spawn who dropped from the plankton and settled out at the same time. Booya!
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Japanese maiden gobies are an amazing species. Pterogobius virgo occurs in the cooler waters of Japan, where it swims in shallow water sifting sand like a pimped out sleeper goby. About a year ago a few of these were imported to the US where they commanded a high price for their long trip from Japan.
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We’re not gonna lie, we love smooth skinned, deepwater acros. Up until 2003 there was no such thing as Acropora simplex, A. pichoni, and definitely no A. suharsonoi. When Bali opened up and the “deepwater Acros” were unleashed it was total fascination. Until that point Acros had always been all about the rough textured Acros from Fiji and Tonga, most of which need more flow and light than these Bali beauties. For the record, the deepwater Acros are not necessarily deepwater, they can also come from sheltered reef zones and in shallow water which may be a little bit more turbid. These videos from Japan show an amazing display that was likely built from the recent release of many more CITES permits for the Balinese Acropora.
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