We love the youtube channel, Smarter Every Day, where science is introduced to viewers in an entertaining and inspiring way without severely dumbing down the content (something Advanced Aquarist strives for ourselves). These particular episodes are of particular interest to fish geeks.
Mars is USA's 3rd largest privately owned company whose product line includes many popular snack brands such as M&M, Mars bar, Skittles, and Life Savers. But did you know Mars also owns many pet care brands like Pedigree, Whiskas, and Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc (API)? They've put some of their profits to good use restoring Indonesian coral reefs this past summer. Mars shares their story with Advanced Aquarist.
Scientists have manipulated the genes of zebra danio to essentially turn off their trademark stripes. If you already have reservations about selective breeding to create novel morphs and man-made hybrids, imagine what messing with a fish's gene can achieve.
The new Pacific Sun Pandora Hyperions feature their latest SMT LED panels plus a whopping 6 to 8 T5 tubes (3-4x more compared to the original version). Some units have already trickled out, but global distribution is scheduled for December 2014.
While covering the marine aquarium trade at the intersection of science and sustainability, I’m frequently asked what the sustainably minded aquarist should do. Over the next ten weeks, I’ll try to answer that question as best I’m able beginning with a fundamental truth of which many beginning aquarists are unaware.
You wouldn't think a tiny, filterless reef aquarium could possibly work, but Mary Arroyo's "Maritza" has been thriving for almost two years now. We aren't talking about a monospecific display either. Maritza is fully stocked with SPS, LPS, and soft corals.
Giesemann is launching a new light that combines the benefits of both LED and dimmable T5 technology with impressive power output and control. For example, the 24" model features 4 x 24W T5s plus 85 watts of LEDs. We share their press release after the jump.
Polyp bail-out is a phenomenon where a coral's polyps detach from their skeletal base to seek life elsewhere. Only a few species are known to do this. Scientists documented the first known such occurrence for sun corals, Tubastraea coccinea.
Exotic Aquatics is an Australian fish store specializing in freshwater/nature aquascapes ... and they are REALLY good at what they do. Their latest aquarium is called Distant Hollow. We don't have enough superlatives to describe the quality of their work.
Fish are not regarded as interactive pets, but don't tell that to these guys. We have no scientific evidence that man-made hybrids are more friendly and engaging, but these videos make a convincing argument.
Aquarist and researchers alike have used the mirror trick to try to fool fish into thinking they are looking at a rival. But scientists are starting to question the effectiveness of the technique because a simple mirror image isn't fooling fish the way we thought.
While we were surfing crowd-source websites, we ran across this fascinating but failed campaign to develop an aquarium centrifugal filter. Could we be spinning our way to cleaner aquariums?
Chalk another one up for researchers discovering what aquarists already know: A fish's behavior is not always predicated on basic survival tactics; Fish play for the sheer pleasure of the activity. If your fish is doing something inexplicably silly, don't just assume it's a derivative of survival behavior (e.g. feeding, mating, territorial, et al.). It's possible your fish is goofing around.
Flowerhorns are a man-made hybrid cichlid. To some people, they are beauties. To others, abominations. One thing is indisputable: they are aggressive, big-personality animals. Here's a video of a newly introduced flowerhorn being "initiated" by the resident beastly male.
Proposed listing of the Percula clownfish (Amphiprion percula) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: What it means, and what aquarists need to know (Part 2)
Chris Jury concludes his two part article by exploring each of the threat factors (including additional data as well as NMFS' response) presented in the petition to list Percula clownfish under the ESA.