Fish collection for the aquarium trade is a hotly debated topic right now in West Hawaii, where their county council is considering measures to regulate the aquarium trade - from bagging requirements to bans. They've accepted public commentaries. However, when you see such explicit disregard for science, where do we go from here?
Big industry news! Petco has announced that it is acquiring online pet retailer Drs. Foster and Smith, whose assets includes Live Aquaria. We share their press release.
German aquascaper Eddy based his latest aquarium, Roca De Plata ("Silver Rock") on the concept of a gnarly flooded tree base rooted over grey slate stones. The effect is gorgeous!
Black corals, formally known as Antipatharia, are members of a unique order within the Anthozoa class. These hexacorals are regularly found in the aquarium trade, and are often misidentified as gorgonians. In this article, we discuss the biology of black corals, and offer some suggestions for aquarium husbandry.
In this series, we ask what sustainably minded aquarists should do when it comes to sourcing animals. Last week, I suggested the sustainably minded aquarist source fishes from smaller developing island nations or fisheries in Hawaii or Australia. Today I’ll explain why and consider whether cultured fishes are the most sustainable choice.
Taiwanese designer Charmvilla has come up with this novel tea bag that is max level awesome. Sipping tea has never been this much fun.
Mikolai Adamus has designed a modern public aquarium for Gdynia, Poland, which he hopes to replace the current aquarium at the South Pier. We absolutely love the trend of using public aquariums as modern architectural showcases.
Aquarium-related news has been quite slow this week so we've decided to have fun this Friday by turning the clock back to 2010 when Stuart Hughes introduced the most expensive and over-the-top residential aquarium ever made. You will not believe the price or the details.
Here is a planted aquascape that breaks the mold for what classical planted tanks look like. It's a playful assemblage of shapes and colors - complete with dramatic backlighting - resulting in a fantasy-world impression. Yay or nay?
All reefkeepers know about the live-sustaining relationship between coral and their symbiotic algae. However, few of us understand how to care and feed zooxanthallae. Dana Riddle examines this topic in depth.
We love the youtube channel, Smarter Every Day, where science is introduced to viewers in an entertaining and inspiring way without severely dumbing down the content (something Advanced Aquarist strives for ourselves). These particular episodes are of particular interest to fish geeks.
Mars is USA's 3rd largest privately owned company whose product line includes many popular snack brands such as M&M, Mars bar, Skittles, and Life Savers. But did you know Mars also owns many pet care brands like Pedigree, Whiskas, and Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc (API)? They've put some of their profits to good use restoring Indonesian coral reefs this past summer. Mars shares their story with Advanced Aquarist.
Scientists have manipulated the genes of zebra danio to essentially turn off their trademark stripes. If you already have reservations about selective breeding to create novel morphs and man-made hybrids, imagine what messing with a fish's gene can achieve.
The new Pacific Sun Pandora Hyperions feature their latest SMT LED panels plus a whopping 6 to 8 T5 tubes (3-4x more compared to the original version). Some units have already trickled out, but global distribution is scheduled for December 2014.
While covering the marine aquarium trade at the intersection of science and sustainability, I’m frequently asked what the sustainably minded aquarist should do. Over the next ten weeks, I’ll try to answer that question as best I’m able beginning with a fundamental truth of which many beginning aquarists are unaware.