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Demo Video for Wall Stickers

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The folks over at LTL Prints have put together a little video demo on how to set up a print for wall stickers. The demo explains how you can easily select the size of your print and select the image you want to print. The great thing about this process is that you can add as many or as few images to a sheet as you would like.

It costs $2-3 per image that I have created so if you choose 10 images it’s only $20-30, no matter what size image you choose. I have designed these image to scale to an infinite size so they will fit upon the largest sheet LTL has to offer (82″x52″).

I’ll be adding some more images soon, including full reefscapes for backgrounds so keep an eye out. And as always if you don’t see something that you want I’ll create it and upload it to LTL for free. Just Contact me.

View some of my decal artwork and see what combos you can create for your mural!

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ManhattanReefs.com Spring 2009 Frag Swap

I am a member of ManhattanReefs, a community of reefers from the tri-state area. I’ve been a member for quite a while and mainly use it to trade coral fragments (frags) with other people in the area. Corals can be propogated (much like plants) simply by cutting a piece of the coral. Corals and fish are expensive and delicate creatures so an inexpensive way to get corals you like is to buy/sell/trade with people you meet online. Many communities have coral groups with robust trading rings that not only trade corals but also exchange fish. This is how I like to get most of my fish. I do not like to directly take them from the ocean and since so few fish are aquacultured getting them from another hobbyist allows me to get non-aquaculture fish. Also, I know that the fish has lived in an aquarium for a while and that it is used to a eating prepared foods and dealing with a community of fish in a small space.

Most of my participation on ManhattanReefs is through the Marketplace where people post thier corals for sale. Then we contact each other, figure out a place to meet and then make the exchange. It totally sounds shady but I have never had a bad experience meeting a random person from Manhattan Reefs. Usually we meet at one of our houses make the trade and then proceed to geek out about our aquariums. It’s really alot of fun. Sometime we meet in random places throughout the city (Grand Central, Union Square, Penn Station) make a quick bag/cash exchange that looks like a drug deal and then move on. I am waiting for the day when we get stop and searched by the NYPD for such surreptitious dealings in public. One thing to keep in mind, these dealings are not always cheap. 1000s of dollars pass through the MR marketplace on a mothly basis. Certain rare corals or hot items will easily list for $100 for a tiny 1″ frag.

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a year ManhattanReefs hosts a frag swap where all the members of MR converge to trade, exchange information and simply have a good time.  The events are also hosted by a multitude of vendors who see this as an opportunity to show off their best stuff, from coral frags to cutting edge equipment for keeping a reef tank. This is a ripe opportunity for them because it is a condensed market and we all come wanting to spend money. This last frag swap I limited myself to a $200 budget and ended up spending most of it on a rare orange hammer coral from Australia.

Besides purchasing things, the swap has a couple of guest speakers. This year Terry Seigel, editor of Advanced Aquarist, gave some insight into the history of the hobby while Chris Jury discussed ocean acidification and what we can learn from it. I saw Terry’s lecture and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I missed Chris Jury’s lecture.

One special treat was the tour of Randy Donowitz’s 3 aquariums. Randy runs the Writing and Tutorial Center at Pratt University and livens up the study environment with 3 wonderful windows into the ocean. I’m sure students learn a little bit more than writing skills when they visit this space. One cannot get enter the room without instantly being drawn to the aquariums. Seeing these aquariums was a real treat, and I included many pictures from Randy’s tanks. Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to do a more in depth expose on Randy’s aquariums.

I’d like to thank all the reef enthusiasts in the NYC area. It is your passion that helps these events flourish. Enjoy the pics and I’d love to hear some other experiences from others who attended the swap.

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ManhattanReefs.com Spring  2009 Frag Swap

A couple times a year my local fish club, hundreds of members from manhattanreefs.com get together to trade corals, share stories, and basically geek out about reef aquaria.

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Ocean Paintings Site Joins Twitter – Come Tweet with Me

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Just a short note to let all my blog readers know that I just joined twitter.

What is twitter?

“Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”

Twitter is the up-and-coming tool that is all the craze with the Internet kids. Actually it has been around for quite a while and just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s a good way to get quick updates from all your friends and family. The Ocean Paintings Twitter is mainly a marketing tool to help spread the word about my reef fish artwork and fish wall stickers, so if you want to follow me to get updates on my artwork, my decals and my aquarium, then stop by twitter and follow me!

If you don’t want to join twitter but still want updates, you can do that too! Just come by this blog every once in a while and read the side bar of my site that says “Twitter Updates”. You can also join my email mailing list and get a weekly digest of them to your email along with my other blog posts.

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Fixing an Aquarium Leak

One of the problems with owning an aquarium is the fact that you have a big box of water inside your home that potentially could flood and ruin your floor. Every aquarist at one point in time has had to deal with some sort of water problem, whether it be a pump shooting water outside your tank, accidentally siphoning half your tank on the floor, or a tank leak.

A few weeks ago I discovered some water on the floor under my tank. I thought I had a leak and was going to do an emergency tank swap the next day. However, the next day I noticed that the problem was due to a cover on my filter diverting water down the back of my tank. I thought “Hooray no tank leak!”

Well a few days ago I noticed that the bottom edge of my tank had an excess of salt build up (called salt creep). I wiped it away and checked back the next day to find that it was back. I wiped it away again and later that day it was back. Well, looks like I did have a leak. The bad luck was that I had to change out my aquarium. The good news was that I found the leak before it got any worse. It’s much better to find this than to come home one day to find that my entire tank has emptied on the floor and that all my precious fish and corals are dead.

So this weekend with 1.25 arms and a little help from a friend, I was able to get the tank changed out. As a treat, I upgraded my tank from 33 gallons to 55g. Check out some of the pics of the old and new tank.

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