In a recent study published in 'Ecological Modelling,' sponges were found capable of out-competing corals to become the dominant fauna. The real estate on tropical reefs is a highly competitive environment. Studies in the past have focused on the equilibrium between corals and algae and other corals. The new findings show sponges also play a role in this balance.
There are lots of damsels and chromises all of which I've had some personal experience with as a hobbyist and when operating an aquarium maintenance business in the past. Just enough to give you a good idea of the variability found between the species, and what may or may not be a good choice for your aquarium.
The collection and distribution of Mauritius fishes is in full swing. Mauritius is the latest frontier for rare fishes making their way into the aquarium trade. Until now, most Mauritius fishes were shipped to Asia. This is the first P.piscilineatus to land in the United States.
Scientists plan to probe (and film) the seas off the Great Barrier Reef with a specially engineered, remote-operated submarine in search of new species and habitats. The submarine will dive as deep as 650m (2,100ft)!
Jellyfish are graceful creatures to behold and the folks over at Cubic™ have come up with a stunning desktop display aquarium that just about anyone would love.
In April we showcased an awesome 2000 gallon coral farm, learned that palytoxin can be found at your local fish store as well as what it can do to you, took a first look at the new Neptune controller, learned how to prevent overflows, and much more. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for April 2011.
AquaNerd.com just reported that long time saltwater aquarium author Eric Hugo Borneman was arrested on Wednesday, April 27th for multiple counts including burglary of a habitation and criminal trespass.
This may be the most disgusting hobbyist story I've read in a long while. A man walks into Underwater World in Helena, Montana (not to be confused with the wholesaler in Los Angeles) and sprinkles a mysterious white powder into their holding tanks, killing 70 fishes, corals, and inverts.
Nudibrachs are one of the most colorful and beautiful creatures in the world's oceans. In this video, David Doubilet highlights interesting information and the abundance of color variations in these animals.
Released on April 13th by Truls Larsen of Nor Eagle, Squid Drop is a game for iOS that will keep you entertained for hours.
Cree has announced a new line of commercial LED lighting system designed to replace common fluorescent "troffer" fixtures we see everyday at our workplaces. Are similarly designed systems for aquariums on the horizon?
DaniReef.com is reporting the Teco E-Chill product line is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2011 (at least in Europe). The E-Chill is an advanced, fan-based cooling system, complete with temperature controller and a water level sensor to regulate evaporation levels.
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When designing this aquarium, I had openness and negative space as my top priority. This aesthetically looks better, and allows for a more natural and pleasant display. All too often reefers are quick to stack massive amounts of rock and corals into an aquarium. This in turn gives the display the appearance of a fruit stand, and it is much too cluttered and busy. By allowing the corals a large area to grow, you will be rewarded with natural growth patterns and a better looking display.
Researcher Dr. Roger Hanlon from the Marine Biological Laboratory along with scientists from Rice University have been awarded a $6 million grant in order to study and ultimately emulate the unique camouflage ability of cephalopods like the cuttlefish.