There are many hitchhikers we can unintentionally introduce into our aquariums that have the potential of wreaking havoc on our livestock: Acropora-eating flatworms, red bugs, Montipora-eating nudibranchs, Pyramid Snails, Isopods, et al. A recent study has found that some flatworms don't harm corals by eating them but by robbing them of zooplankton.
Allocating funds within this hobby in a cost effective manner will make your experience that much more enjoyable. No one wants to purchase an animal only to find it deceased or missing the next morning. So the continuance of the husbandry series will expand on the concept of a balanced reef ecosystem and target some of the more commonly misappropriated animals.
Lionfish have been found in the stomachs of groupers fished out of the Caribbean. A recent study has concluded 'Lionfish biomass exhibited a 7-fold and non-linear reduction in relation to the biomass of grouper.' In layman's terms, the presence of groupers means drastically reduced Lionfish population. Groupers effectively keep Lionfish in check. But there's a problem.
Reefbuilders just posted a blog about a Dwarf Angelfish that will soon be described as a new species: Centropyge deborai. C.deborai are observed and collected from deep Fiji reefs and was initially thought of as a variant to Centropyge nox. However, DNA analysis shows there is enough genetic differences to classify this fish as a new species.
Now that I've gotten your attention, allow me to explain! When it comes to cleaner wrasses, males do not treat all females in their harem equally. Scientists have discovered male cleaner wrasses will tailor punishment for females according to the stakes ... and to her size.
The price goes up at midnight tonight so make sure to register if you plan to attend! This year will be a great workshop with speakers available for one-on-one talks about your breeding experiences.
Orphek is entering the high-powered LED pendant arena with their upcoming DIF series LED pendants. These new fixtures will directly compete against the popular Ecoxotic Cannon LED pendants, and in some ways, offer superior features and performance.
Time is running out to enter Reed Mariculture's product line naming contest. Head over to their website today to help them out with an idea for a name and to enter to win a prize!
Coral reefs are a treasure trove of chemicals - chemicals that hold the potential to treat and cure diseases. Scientists have recently isolated a new antibiotic from the coral reef off Rameswaram (India) that shows good promise of combating tuberculosis and HIV.
This week's winner of the "Ain't that Cool" award goes to this artificial reef sculpted in the form of a classic Volkswagen Beetle. The eight ton concrete replica was created by English artist Jason deCaires Taylor for his Cancun Underwater Museum (Mexico). Read on for more details about this exhibit and the Underwater Museum.
Advanced Aquarist has received an exclusive look at how the seneye web interface will look. Multiple boxes will display data and graphs collected from the seneye Reef sensor. The layout and functionality is similar to www.igoogle.com: you can drag boxes around to fit your personal preference and enlarge any box to full-screen. Like the rest of seneye's design concept, this interface succeeds at being highly functional but very user-friendly. View a close-up of the screen after the jump.
A recent paper published in the scientific journal 'Geophysical Research Letters' outlines the first large-scale evidence of poleward range expansion of modern corals due to rising ocean temperatures. Japanese scientists analyzed 80 years of national records and found four major coral species categories exhibited northward expansion into temperate waters, some occurring at a rate of 14km (9 miles) per year.
Since our last update we've been able to observe mating several times, and Academy biologist Rich Ross has captured it on video.
A new, advanced aquarium monitor is set to premiere this summer. I know what you're probably saying to yourself: Is there really a need for another aquarium monitor? Having been granted an exclusive sneak peek, the answer is: Yes! seneye not only monitors more parameters than any single device currently on the market, it does so in the most user-friendly manner. Read more about the new seneye device after the jump.
Advanced Aquarist is proud to announce our collaboration with Mr. Saltwater Tank, Mark Callahan. Advanced Aquarist will showcase Mr. Saltwater Tank's latest reefkeeping videos on our homepage. Mark will also guest blog for us.