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.
Is there nothing a frogfish can't eat? Watch as a frogfish devours a cardinalfish almost as large as itself and as another swallows a lionfish whole.
Poachers illegally harvested over P35 million dollars worth of endangered black coral, sea turtles, and shells from the Moro Gulf and the Sulu Sea off Cotabato, Philippines.
A short, high-definition underwater video by Stuart Ireland of Calypso Productions highlights the dazzling array of life found at Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Ain't life grand?!
In stark contrast to the beautiful many-colored coral reefs of the Philippines, muck diving is a lot like being on the moon. You float over seemingly endless plains of desolate grey substrate. The major difference is the life; here in the ‘center of the center of marine biodiversity’ the silty muck is packed with animals.
Craig shares his 335 gallon reef system with us this month. His 247 gallon peninsula-style main display - with elegantly minimalistic aquascaping - and frag tank are home to an impressive assortment of vibrant corals and fishes
But what species? Brian Griffin at Ocean Gallery II in New Jersey posted this photo of a mysterious Dwarf Angelfish they recently acquired, and its identification has stumped everyone thus far. We know it's a Centropyge, but what species (or hybridization of species) is it? Venture your guess in the comment section.
How did that get in there? Blackpool Aquarium staff in Lancashire, UK find evidence of an unknown carpet shark in one of their large shark aquariums.
(Not for the bandwidth-challenged!) Here are gorgeous photos of stunning Chalice corals from our upcoming Feature Aquarium of Craig Bagby (publishing this Wednesday).
A team from California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium (including Advanced Aquarist writers/biologists Richard Ross and Matt Wandell) is currently at work in the Philippines. Thus far, they've managed to observe (and capture on video) many corals spawning. Today, Richard Ross posted their latest video of a Cespitularia soft coral spawning event taking place right now.
Blue Harbor's blog just posted some photos of the rare and drop-dead gorgeous Tosanoides flavofasciatus. T.flavofasciatus are found in the Izu region of central Japan at depths greater then 50 meters (160 feet). This is more of a subtropical species, but its beauty rivals or exceeds any tropical fish. T.flavofasciatus are indescribably colorful - almost to the point of glowing (like Caribbean Liopropoma carmabi basslets).
Rod's Food has scheduled the release of their Breeder's Blend frozen food by month's end. For all fish breeders, take a look at this new food to see if it's right for you and your broodstock.
To the best of my knowledge, The Blackspot Wrasse (Decodon melasma) has never been collected for live display. This species is currently being collected from the deep tropical reefs of Baja California, 40 - 160 meters (130 - 500 feet) below the surface. The Blackspot Wrasse is characterized by its bright red body, distinctive black spot on its flank, and three yellow facial stripes. More information after the jump.