In July we learned that not all propeller pumps are equal, witnessed three nuclear power plants shut down due to jellyfish infestations, found out how important cleaner wrasses are to reef ecosystems, and saw the only known captive peppermint angelfish alive and well. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for July 2011.
Steven Pro has written an informative article for www.reef2reef.com about the current state of coral mariculture around the world. Steven recently attended the International Workshop on the Trade in Coral Reef Species. He outlines the various mariculture programs throughout the South Pacific.
The folks over at Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums just announced the Black Snowflake Clownfish: a new strain of designer, captive-bred clownfish soon available to the masses.
A new Florida Sea Grant study concludes artificial coral reefs provide huge economic returns for minimal investment. Six Southwest Florida counties reaped over $253 million as a result of artificial reefs for pennies on the dollar.
The impact of human activities on Guam's coral reefs is on the rise due to a planned US military buildup on the island. Guam has been awarded a $567,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in an effort to monitor and protect their precious natural resource.
Living Color Aquariums has shared another one of their public aquarium projects with Advanced Aquarist. This time, we are treated to a V-shaped freshwater river system stocked with bass, catfish, turtles, and more.
Raul will give you the necessary information, presented at a layman's level, to get your reef aquarium up on the Internet. The Internet accessible aquarium will be discussed here from the standpoint of two particular pieces of equipment, the aquarium controller and the network webcam. Read on to see how it's done.
Matt Rogers at 3reef.com stumbled upon one of the most unique aquariums we've seen. Available in three different sizes, these thin, acrylic aquariums are suspended from the ceiling via stainless steel tubes. View more photos and information after the jump.
The genome of Acropora digitifera was fully sequenced earlier this year, and we are starting to better understand corals on the molecular level. Learn more about some of the secrets unlocked from the genes thus far.
Imagine resting in peace surrounded by the reef life we are so passionate about in our living years. Eternal Reefs (USA) provides memorial services for exactly this by infusing cremated remains into Reef Ball artificial reefs. These memorials also help fund coral reef conservation projects. An end marks another's beginning.
From Coralscience.org: It is common knowledge that the aragonite skeletons of stony corals are the foundation of coral reefs. In contrast, octocorals deposit calcite sclerites as internal supporting structures, and are thought to be insignificant contributors to permanent reefs. Based on field surveys and microscopic examination of fossil boulders and live colonies, we conclude that components of permanent reef structures can be produced by sinularian octocorals.
The Harlequin Shrimp is about as exotic and beautiful a crustacean as they come. They feed primarily on starfish, devouring live starfish from the tips of their leg down to the center. This diet makes them more difficult to keep in mixed reef aquariums, so for those of us who admire these shrimps but can't keep them, here is a HD wallpaper of a Harlequin Shrimp chowing down on a big starfish.
Advanced Aquarist is proud to announce our collaboration with Coral Science! Our two websites share the same passion for science presented in an accessible manner, and we believe Advanced Aquarist readers will greatly benefit from the articles Coral Science has agreed to share with us. Read more about www.coralscience.org after the jump.
When it comes to coral crazes, one of the newest and most captivating additions to the marine aquarium hobby is the chalice coral. These corals come in vibrant color combinations, can sell at high price points, and are sought after by just about every dedicated coral collector.
Every once in a while, we hear people curious about the number of sponsor advertisements Advanced Aquarist runs. While it's about the money, it really is NOT about the money. Find out what we mean after the jump.