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    Lolo Williams ar y Barrier Reef (yep welsh program)

    By chris.viner87,

    Channel S4C HD has a program on the Great Barrier Reef just about to start now (20:00 tonight).


    Not sure what it’s about or how much English will be spoken, but it could be worth a watch (even if it’s just for the footage!)



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    Walt Smith Int’l lays off 75% of Staff Following Fiji Rock & Coral Ban

    By mrdave,

    It’s been less than a week since the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries & Forests abruptly announced an immediate and complete ban on all live coral and live rock exports from the small island nation. The immediate result has been the loss of employment by three quarters of the staff at Walt Smith International, surely not a great way to start the new year for the families who depend on that income. 

    Fiji was one of the first regions of the world to supply high quality SPS corals to the aquarium trade and over the last twenty years this country has become synonymous with sustainability through farmed corals and man-made rock. It’s very important for all nations to manage their ecosystems and resources but halting a decades old industry so suddenly is rash and in this case, doesn’t seemed to be supported by data or legitimate concerns of over harvesting of corals or rock.

    Stringent quotas for live rock exports and CITES permits for live corals have been in place to safeguard the environment from overexploitation. To compliment this Walt Smith has developed numerous artificial rock-building projects using local labor, as well as coral farming racks to aquaculture corals which have been extensively documented over the years. 

    It’s one thing to announce a future closure of a fishery of any kind, but the proper thing to do is to phase it out and give stakeholders the chance to redirect their energy. This would allow wild harvesting to support aquaculture and artificial rock making efforts until such a time that it can completely replace the supplant wild stock. We sincerely hope that the Ministry of Fisheries can walk back this sudden hard line stance of wild collection and offer a proposal that doesn’t jeopardize the livelihood of so many people without notice. [Walt Smith]


    See the link HERE

    Fiji Coral & Live Rock BANNED by Ministry of Fisheries!

    By mrdave,

    A statement just released by the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries and Forests is aiming to completely halt the aquarium business in the country, effective immediately! This is very bizarre as for one thing, Fiji has been a model of sustainable aquarium fish & coral harvesting around the world for nearly two decades. 

    Furthermore, there has been no ‘discussion’ about this legal move, nor have any of the stakeholders been contacted about the proposed law change. This statement is unusual in its scope and immediacy, but so far only comes from the office of Fiji Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, and has so far not been corroborated by other branches of the country’s government. 

    The aquarium industry in Fiji supports hundreds of jobs and it’s very peculiar that a single branch of the government would make such a unilateral closure to a very sustainable industry without public input. The Fiji Ministry of Fisheries does mention that it wants to support farmed and cultured corals as an alternative but it’s stated in such a way as if they don’t realize that Fiji already cultures lots of corals, with sustainable projects already being supported by American reef aquarium communities

    Hopefully this is just a misunderstanding and we’ll be keeping you up to date on this story as it develops. Full statement is posted below:

    The Ministry of Fisheries has banned all harvesting, purchasing, sales and export of live coral and aquarium rock (also known as live rock, coral rock or fossil coral) from the 28th of December, 2017.
    All companies are to adhere to the following:
    1. All harvesting, purchasing and sales of live rocks and live coral are now banned, and no export permits would be processed by the ministry.
    2. The Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Scientific Committee (SC) will be submitting to the Management Authority (MA) on 7th January 2018 that Live Coral and Live Rock is given a zero quota for 2018.
    3. The Ministry of Fisheries and both the CITES MA and SC would be supporting the development of other sustainable options, particularly the development of farmed or cultured coral.


    See the link HERE

    Apex mods

    By mrdave,

    I have been tinkering around with a few projects for a while and I am in the process of building the following 

    breakout boxes

    - unlike the Neptune ones with terminal screws and one negative I have used speaker connector blocks so each has a negative and easy to connect to without a screw driver. 


    Cabinet lights

    -turn on when you open your cabinet doors


    Level sensors

    -multi use to alert you if levels change in your sump or display so and can also be placed in your dosing vessels to warm you they are low if you do not have Dos. Can be used to warn you your ATU is low and in turn if you have it activate the solinoid to refill the ATU. 

    Fluid monitoring

    -using the dos you have to add the FFM to the dos to activate the software on the dashboard to see your level of fluids remaining. I have made a plug in that activates the software to enable you to see it on the dashboard 


    GHL Profilux firmware update Dec '17

    By w3bbo,

    For anyone interested the latest control centre has firmware updates for Profilux 3 and 4 available. Just updating mine now, I'll report back with any issues.

    Bryopsis let the battle begin

    By mrdave,

    Guys I have had an out break of bryopsis and was manually farming it out. It has started to get hold so I thought I would try Fluconazole . 

    It is tricky to get hold of in England but easy enough from America . I have seen it for sale at a LFS for £5/ tablet on offer OUCH !!!!

    i paid 44 dollars including postage for 20 capsules 200mg

    i will let you know how I get on. 

    I am expecting my skimmer to go nuts with the die off from the bryopsis but will leave it turned off for 2 days . 

    This is a 14-21 day one off treatment so no water changes for up to 3 weeks. 



    This is also aledgedly a great treatment for GHA 


    By mrdave,

    I would like to wish you all the very best for Christmas and a great new year on behalf of myself and the Reef Face team 

    New Fish Tank

    By Rfu6g3,

    Hi, Looking to change my tank been looking at the TMC Signature then came across the Clearseal 900 anyone had any experiences with these tanks?

    I currently have a Aquareef 300 but due to its age and recent house move I need something smaller any suggestions would be helpful :) 


    By Rfu6g3,

    Hello, I'm new to this site :)

    Hey all

    By Paddy,


    pretty new to reefing (around 10 months) although had tropical for around 10 years previously. Hopping to learn a few bits and pieces whilst in here, and maybe add to the collective knowledge myself