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.
A new monthly aquarium periodical just premiered yesterday. Redfish is an Australian publication that is offering free PDF downloads of their magazine, with July 2011 being their first issue. The magazine covers both freshwater and saltwater, with focus primarily on freshwater.
Attention exotic fish fans: Two new Japanese videos of the Rainfordia opercularis have surfaced this month. These videos offer fresh insights into both the appearance and behavior of this cryptic, rarely-documented Australian endemic species.
Over the weekend, we updated our website to be more mobile-friendly for our on-the-go readers that like to read Advanced Aquarist from their mobile devices.
Conservation efforts are usually aimed at the preservation of habitat and the organisms that form the foundation of the food pyramid because we have a tendency to view ecosystems from the bottom up. However, a recent study published in Science tells us that the preservation of predators plays just as crucial a role. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has issued a press release describing the top-down effects of apex predators in ecosystems.