'Breeding Berghia Nudibranches' is a new book by Dene Banger that explains how to set up and maintain a system for breeding Aiptasia devouring Berghia nudibranchs, sell them for fun and profit, and scale the system based on demand.
Reef keeping is replete with these simple pleasures and hermits provide so many; they are cheap, durable, often long-lived and useful. Seeing a well known hermit sporting a new shell one morning is always a pleasant sight and is a sign that things are going as they ought.
Thursday evening programs highlight aquaculture activities in Hawai'i.
A fascinating study is currently being conducted to test if viruses can help prevent coral bleaching. Bacteria has been shown to cause some bleaching events, and scientists now think using bacteriophages - bacteria-attacking viruses - may help save some corals from the increasing threat of bleaching due to rising ocean temperatures.
The asteroid that killed off dinosaurs 65 million years ago could have done a lot more damage to life on Earth if not for the perseverance of some of the tiniest organisms on earth: plankton. A recent study published in the journal 'Nature Communications' concludes dinoflagellates, diatoms, and cyanobacteria "aided survival across the (extinction event) and played a crucial role for the resurgence of primary production and ecosystem recovery."
We belong to a worldwide community of reefkeepers. Advanced Aquarist shares eight recent videos of reef aquariums from around the world: Hong Kong, Latvia, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Chile, Thailand, Greece, and Germany.
Register for MACNA 2011 by May 31st as this is your last chance to get the full conference at the discounted rate of $110.00.
To top off the day, Blue Harbor shared a video of one of my favorite anthias: Tosanoides flavofasciatus. Today has been a goldmine for rare, deep water fish aficionados.
You didn't think Blue Harbor would shoot video of the Golden Basslet and not the Bladefin Basslet (Jeboehlkia gladifer), did you? Here are the first video documentation of the Bladefin Basslet, which recently sold for an amazing $9,999 USD.
It was a matter of time before videos of the ultra-expensive Golden Basslet (Liopropoma aberrans) surfaced. As we've reported, this fish is currently being sold on consignment by AquaTouch (USA), but it's whereabouts was uncertain. It now appears the fish is in Japan, and Blue Harbor has posted a short video of the only specimen ever offered for sale.
Studies on ocean acidification and reefs have mostly focused on carbon dioxide's impact on reef-building corals. A new study now demonstrates rising CO2 levels may directly harm reef fish as well; Clownfish larvae were made deaf with increasing acidity.
Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland, California is in the news this week due to school officials deciding to teach their students about gender differences using examples from nature, including hermaphroditic clownfish. The lessons have raised controversy with conservative parents and organizations.
Two weeks ago, we reported on two EXTREMELY expensive fish being offered for sale (on consignment) by AquaTouch. It appears the Bladefin Basslet (Jeboehlkia gladifer) has been sold for the ungodly sum of $9,999.00 USD. AquaTouch is still taking bids on the Golden Basslet (Liopropoma aberrans) ABOVE the original asking price of $8,999.00
According to a Greenpeace report, the levels of radiation in marine life around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continues to rise and now exceeds the the legal limits for food contamination. This is contrary to the Japanese government's statement that radiation levels will decline as the seawater is diluted over time.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will develop a smartphone application for the general public that, when completed, will better educate people about the oceans reefs and local regulations.