We all know the feeling, it’s a hot summer afternoon and you have no appetite and don’t want to do anything apart from lay on the couch. A team of researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has shown that ocean warming may make some large reef fish feel the same way.
The first time you meet your soul-mate is a seminal, beautiful experience (usually). This is just as true for the relationship between a watchman goby and pistol shrimp - a well known symbosis whose "first date" is rarely documented.
Axolotls are amphibians often kept by aquarists because they remain in their adorable juvenile form for their entire natural lives ... unless they come in contact with secret elixirs that can change them into little monsters. I know. It's beginning to feel like Halloween week all over again, but we assure you these topics are just a coincidence.
Kathryn Furby of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography is studying a mysterious coral that appears capable of coming back from the dead. There's a chance this a coral (or its relative) has resurrected in some of our reef tanks.
High nitrogenous and phosphorus levels not only promote smothering algae (as all aquarists already know) but they also stress corals to the point that they're twice more likely to contract a disease and three times as likely to bleach. The good news is once these nutrient levels are removed, corals show amazing resiliency and recover within ten months.
Some birds and mammals will serve as lookouts for others in the group. Think: prairie dogs and meerkats. While one member of the group carries on daily activity such as foraging or nesting, another member serves as a sentinel against predators. Recently, this behavior has been documented for the first time in fish, and it so happens to be reef rabbitfish.
Scipps Institute researchers have found that the world's algae-eating reef fish are severely overfished. Coral reefs without their natural gardeners are more likely to get overrun by algae not only because of reduced grazing activity but also because algae-farming damsels take the place absentee tangs, angels, and parrotfish. The new study confirms previous studies that conclude reef fish (and particularly herbivores) are vital to reef health.
At present, several factors which influence the growth of scleractinian corals in aquaculture have been identified. These are known as light, water flow, water quality, and nutrition. This article will focus on nutrition, and describe the various ways in which corals feed. It will summarize the latest scientific findings about this topic, and present practical information on how to maximize coral feeding rates in the aquarium. This will promote efficient, sustainable coral aquaculture, and help the aquarist to maintain healthy corals at home.
Most aquarists know about mudskippers - the curious freshwater fish that lives on land. Fewer know about its reef counterpart: the Pacific leaping blenny. Researchers studied how the camouflage of these "terrestrial" marine fish may have helped them make the transition from sea to land. And on an aquarist-related note, how cool would it be to set up a reef paludarium with these little guys as the focal point?
The Batumi Aquarium at Batumi, Georgia (the Eurasian nation) is the next avant-garde public aquarium. With planned completion in 2015, the pebble-inspired architecture brings together a modern structure with its natural surrounding.
The Acropora-eating flatworm is a destructive predator of Acropora corals in aquariums. This research aims to undercover some key questions on the life cycle of this scourge in order to develop a scientifically-based protocol for its control - and it needs your support!
...at least when it comes to feeding on one of their favorite prey: copepods.
Anyone who tried to access Advanced Aquarist for the past three days experienced "technical difficulties" trying to connect to our server ... because it was physically broken. Well, we're back online. For those who didn't notice, pretend you didn't read this (and shame on you for not reading Advanced Aquarist daily).
Horsepower? Styling? MPG? A Chinese auto maker has decided a good way to attract car shoppers is by showcasing their "state of the art" hybrid crossover concept vehicle ... with a built-in backseat aquarium.
reef2reef.com member jjreeftank bills his miniature aquarium as the world's smallest reef system. At 0.065 gallons (8 ounces) with matching stand and canopy, it's difficult for us to argue. Yes, yes ... His tank isn't practical and not actually intended for livestock. But what it lacks in practicality it more than makes up for in the "LOL awesomesauce" department.