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  1. What’s going on at the Santa Monica Pier Public Aquarium this week

    Hello again, everyone. One of our swell sharks recently emerged from its embryo, so for this week’s update, I thought I’d give a rundown of how the aquarium handles its shark pups. Currently, we have two kinds of sharks on display: swell sharks (first photo) and horn sharks (second photo). Although both our sharks have been known to multiply, the swell sharks do it far more prolifically and will hence be the main focus of this post. These are what swell shark embryos look like. These three specifically are on public display, but we have many more in the back room. When a pup emerges from its embryo, it’s immediately moved to the quarantine tank seen in this photo. As you can see, we have no shortage of them (and in comparison, there are only three horn shark embryos that haven’t even hatched yet). Several things can happen to the pups depending on the circumstances. Sometimes, they’re moved to the public exhibit (pictured above), which is what happened with our newest pup. Other times they’re donated to other aquariums, and still other times they’re kept until they’re large enough for the primary shark tank. It really depends on how much room we have and where. On a side note, one of our adult swell sharks sprayed me with a mouthful of water once. It was unpleasant. -Kamran
  2. Hello, everyone. My name is Kamran, and I am a helper here at Santa Monica Filtration. I am also an aquarist intern at the Santa Monica Pier Public Aquarium: I’ll be giving periodic updates regarding various going-ons at the aquarium, and if you have any requests for things you want me to find out about our creatures, feel free to share. I hope you all enjoy!
  3. What’s going on at the Santa Monica Pier Public Aquarium this week

    The time has come for my first official update. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is nestled beneath the very front of the pier, with a nice big aquarium banner for good measure. Every creature on display is native to Santa Monica Bay, with a few exceptions (ex: El Nino caused some Pacific seahorses to appear in our waters, which were then collected and given their own exhibit). Obviously, the goal is to give visitors a sense of what's lurking right beneath the bay, and to drive the point home, most of our main exhibits are modeled after a specific ecosystem (including the underside of the pier itself). Attached to this post are a few photos showing the aquarium’s position in relation to the pier, the entrance, and one of our exhibits. All of these photos are mine, except for the aerial shot. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! -Kamran
  4. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

    Sorry to hear about the clam. I'm glad that basically everything else has been working out, though! Do keep updating this thread! -Kamran
  5. What’s going on at the Santa Monica Pier Public Aquarium this week

    Then you might be interested to hear that most of our species are native to Santa Monica Bay. I'll be back with more info next week, but it really gives you an idea of what dwells right beneath the pier. -Kamran
  6. Our reef tank

    Nice tank, and nice octopus painting! You should upload some closeups if you can. -Kamran
  7. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

    Good stuff, Bif! I'd say the work you put into this definitely paid off. Do you still have that clam? -Kamran
  8. Free to good home

    Whoever got those palys is really lucky... -Kamran
  9. Pensacola Pistol

    Hi megaloptera, wow)))) How bit is it? Is it still alive? Zhenya
  10. Hiding rock flower

    Hi Dakotasport, Nice coral;) What is it? Will be the same size or it will grow bigger? Zhenya
  11. Lawnmower blenny help

    Hi Joker, You have very hungry fish How is the fish now? What have you tried? Zhenya
  12. Lawnmower blenny help

    Hi Joker, You have very hungry fish How is the fish now? What have you tried? Zhenya
  13. Butterfly Fish Lecture MACNA 2016

    Hi Larry, Thank you for sharing! Sounds very interesting Is butterfly fish your favorite fish? Zhenya
  14. Coral Growth Additives

    Hi JCC0717, What corals do you have? Do you have tank with fresh water or salt water? Zhenya
  15. Coral id?

    Hi Dakotasport, I think I can't help you with answer for your question..Sorry((( The picture is amazing..Is the green thing is a coral as well? Zhenya
  16. 3D Printing Your Aquarium Parts

    3D printing your aquarium parts For those of you serious DIY folks, you may be interested in how you can make your own plastic aquarium parts by printing them on a 3D printer. Just this year, costs for the 3D printers have dropped to under $500 USD for a pre-built one, and under $200 USD for a kit. 3D printing of your plastic parts works well when: 1. You are good with computers. 2. You like trying new designs or colors. 3. The part is small, or can be put together with small parts. 4. The part does not require great strength. 3. There is no easier/cheaper way to get the parts. Some aquarium parts, such as simple boxes or tubes, are not suited to 3D printing because they can be more easily made with simple plastic or acrylic shapes. But some parts are so complex that there is no other way to make them except to print them on a 3D printer. I'll be using 3D printers to make the next version of algae scrubbers because of the built-in air tubing, magnet compartments, holes, and bubble pathways that make it impossible for the part to be made (in one piece) any other way. Some things I've learned that pertain especially to 3D-printed aquarium parts: 1. Only use ABS plastic, not PLA or PVA. The ABS plastic is the same type of plastic used in kid's LEGO toys and is very strong. PLA or PVA plastic, however, will slowly dissolve when underwater or when subjected to high temps. 2. Only use FDM (also called FF) printers. These are the types of printers which use coils of plastic filament. These are also the cheapest printers. Other types of printers such as SLA (liquid) use a photo-cured plastic that will get brittle under aquarium lights, and "powder-printers" make parts which are not water tight. 3. The 3D printed parts will not be "glossy smooth". They will instead be more like carbon fiber, with a texture (or lines) running in one direction through the whole part. We are too new at 3D printing to be able to recommend a particular printer, but I'm sure each reef or aquarium club has someone who has a 3D printer, and this is usually a great place to start. Summary of 3D printing links: Endless things to print: General forum for all printers:!forum/3dprintertipstricksreviews Massive forum for lots of printer kits and DIY: Current lowest-cost assembled printer to print aquarium-safe ABS plastic: Current most popular U.S. based assembled printer: Low cost Chinese clone of Makerbot: Another low cost Chinese clone of Makerbot: Easiest free 3D modeling program to start with: (needs the "Export STL" plugin from ) Happy printing!
  17. 3D Printing Your Aquarium Parts

    Anybody good at modeling, and would like to make a coral model for printing?
  18. 3D Printing Your Aquarium Parts

    Here is SM’s attempt at getting some printers for aquarium parts:
  19. My 125 Gallon Reef Aquarium

    Great reef tank, it's awesome
  20. Just Some Coral

    Nice pictures