In February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people and causing widespread damage. An office worker was recently allowed back into the office, which had been sealed off since the earthquake. She discovered two goldfish still alive after 134 days without any power, maintenance, or feeding!
One of the tiniest Genicanthus personatus angelfish was collected the summer of 2010. Not surprisingly, the incredibly rare juvenile angelfish ended up in a Japanese reef tank (a large SPS-dominated tank). Blue Harbor has just posted a new video showing the specimen nearly one year later. Compare the most recent video with the first video after the jump.
Corals bleach and die when water temperatures get too hot. It's as sure as death and taxes, and there's nothing we can do about it, right? Not so fast, says a recent scientific study. Science suggests that we may be able to "train" Acropora for higher heat tolerances via a process called HFLD heating.
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology awarded $100,000 funding for deep reef research using rebreathers
HIMB's news release states: "To learn more about these rich coral habitats, HIMB's research professor Brian Bowen and Richard Pyle, associate zoologist, database coordinator, and diving safety officer for the Bishop Museum, are embarking on a three-year study using advanced rebreather technology to discover, document and characterize deep coral reefs at three locations across the Pacific Ocean. [...] These expeditions will allow researchers to record high-definition video, collect specimens for new species documentation and various lab-based analyses, and estimate biodiversity levels."
On tropical reefs, life revolves around the sun. Photosynthetic corals harness the power of the sun for much of their energy requirements. But solar radiation also contains a lot of harmful UV radiation. So how do corals deal with this catch 22? Fascinating enough, their skeletons aide in capturing more sunlight while protecting them from UV.
For those among our readership that are marine breeders, the Marine Breeding Initiative Workshop is a day-long event that's well worth attending.
After my investigation I think the fish is a jawfish, Family Opistognathidae, Stalix histrio - Black Marble Jawfish. But why is the fish was swimming together with the Mimic for about 15 minutes??
In the coming week, we will publish multiple "mini-article" blogs with the goal of advancing reefkeeping with modern science. In the meanwhile, enjoy this weekend comic strip.
If jellyfish populations are on the rise (as anecdotal evidence suggests), so are your chances of getting stung by them during an outing at the beach. The prevailing myth is to use urine to alleviate the dreadful sting. However, urine is actually quite ineffective. Here are some tips to save you from the pain ... and the embarrassment.
A Scottish public aquarium has some exciting new additions ... 500 baby red bellied piranhas, to be exact. Two adult breeding pairs recently spawned, and their eggs have now successfully hatched into 500 newborn babies. Talk about redefining "teething!"
Last week, Glassbox Design blogged about a newly collected baby Orange Margin Butterflyfish heading to Japan. Blue Harbor has just posted a video of this rare gem.
Giesemann has announced today their new Megachrome Crystal metal halide bulb. The bulb is available for double-ended fixtures in 150W and 250W. The Megachrome Crystal is rated at 17,500 Kelvin and reportedly emphasizes violet, blue, and pink spectra.
Hurry and get your tickets now or you might miss out on one of the great aquarium conferences this year!
Whether you're contemplating an upgrade or perhaps setting up a second tank, you might have at some point considered a garden eel dominated display. This article will arm you with some detailed information which you can try to implement in your own setup.
Sailfin Anthias are one of the rarest species of Anthias in the US aquarium trade, with perhaps only a handful of specimens imported in the last few years. At first glance they may look like a run of the mill Anthias, but they have a unique dorsal fin that is taller than their body and used in sexual displays. This recently shot footage of a Sailfin Anthias on exhibit at the Steinhart Aquarium shows a male in full display mode.