Start small. If you have a certain sponge in mind, if at all possible try to find out as much as you can about that particular type. What environment it comes from, whether it is symbiotic or not, if it is highly toxic (some are), how big it gets, etc. The more you know in the beginning, the greater your chances for success.
June 8th is World Oceans Day, described by Wikipedia as "an opportunity every year to honor the world's ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value."
We have just received word that Orphek is releasing five new LED products later this month: A submersible, dimmable LED strip, T8/T5 LED tubes, a nano LED bulb, and a new spotlight bulb color. More information after the jump.
Reefkeepers have long known what fluorescence looks like, and we all know how to solicit fluorescence from our corals. Shine blue or actinic light on our reef tanks, and we are treated to one of nature's most beautiful and psychedelic displays known to man. Now, a team of divers captures fluorescence in Fiji.
Our seventh, exclusive, high-definition wallpaper of a majestic Pseudanthias ventralis. The pigmentation on many Anthias species are simply mind-blowing.
In a short article featured in the most recent 'Coral Reefs' scientific journal, we learn about a fascinating Filefish in the Red Sea who sleeps by anchoring itself to branching Acropora corals ... with its teeth!
One of the unique finds of the California Academy of Sciences' recent Philippine Biodiversity Expedition is a pair of rare Ornate Ghost Pipefish. Shortly after arrival the female gave birth and the staff are now working to raise what may be the world's first captive reared Ghost Pipefish.
Digital Aquatics has just released a new firmware version for the Reefkeeper Elite and Reefkeeper Lite controllers. The update takes care of a number of bugs and provides some new features.
Advanced Aquarist welcomes our newest blog writer: Matthew Stansbery! In his first blog, Matt introduces readers to his multi-part series about the considerations hobbyists should take into account when selecting livestock for their aquariums.
The good news about coral bleaching keeps rolling in. Ocean temperatures for 2011 has been surprisingly cool, and NOAA is forecasting no major bleaching events anywhere in the world for 2011.
In May, we witnessed Octopus hatchlings at the Steinhart Aquarium, shared news and photos of some amazing and rare fish from AquaTouch, announced several new products for aquarists, and much more. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for May 2011.
Australia's hard rock band AC/DC has a new fan - the great white shark.
Living Color is a custom aquarium manufacturer headquartered in Florida. They have produced high end displays for many public aquariums and big-name clients throughout the years: Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, Rainforest Café, Bass Pro Shops. Living Color shares their unique 26 feet (8 meter) tall cylinder aquarium with Advanced Aquarist .
In more coral bleaching news: Research to be published in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that certain protease inhibitors could help coral withstand bleaching events.
Some rare good news on the coral bleaching front: The Gulf of Mannar is a protected marine reserve located between Sri Lanka and India. For at least the past 5 consecutive years, 9-16% of the corals found here have bleached like clockwork in May. However, coral bleaching did not occur this year!