Richard Aspinall explores the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. He shares his amazing experience of a coral reef island teeming with vibrant, beautiful life above and below the sea.
With a little ingenuity and a big helping hand from atmospheric pressure, you can create a water "watch tower" that appears to defy gravity. Koi seem to love it. Physics rocks!
In part II of the Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting Series we visit Mike Paletta 4 months after the initial installation of the new lighting system. The goal of this project remains the same, find the perfect man-made optimized light source for coral growth and coloration.
A big allure of planted and reef aquariums is the art and science of aquascaping our glass boxes. But what if you had a nearly unlimited canvas? The non-profit organization Coral Guardian partners with Oceanscape to restore wild coral reefs through imaginative and inspiring reefscaping.
The Madagascar Clownfish is one of the rarest Amphiprion spp. both in captivity and in the wild, so it is with great excitement we document what may be the first captive spawning event of A.latifasciatus.
A new research proves just how important captured food is for photosynthetic reef-building coral (at least Pocillopora). Juvenile specimens exhibited almost cubic increases in growth and survival when they were fed Artemia salina regularly for 24 weeks prior to transplantation.
An electronic tag of a 3 meter great white shark washed ashore. The data it gathered is the stuff of nightmares, showing the shark had rapidly plummeted to a depth of 580 meters (nearly 2000 feet)! At that depth, the temperature sensor jumped from 46 degrees to 78 degress F where it remained for eight days at varying depth before returning back to sea temperature. Something had dragged the apex predator (or at least the sensor) down to the abyss ... and ate it!
Symbiotechs, a company "specialized in the sustainable sourcing and innovative screening methods for faster drugs discoveries from corals," and the non-profit reef conservation organization Coral Guardian are seeking crowd-source funding to study TGFB-Beta molecules in corals.
After Giesemann announced their new PowerChrome T5 bulbs, there has been some confusion regarding the status of the pre-2014 T5 PowerChromes. D-D, the creator of Giesemann's former PowerChromes, wants aquarists to know that while their partnership with Giesemann has ended, D-D's popular T5 bulbs are still available and should not be regarded as "last gen" technology.
We welcome Ross DeAngelis to our writing team. Ross is currently researching clownfish behavior at the University of Illinois and has recently worked with cichlids at the University of Texas. In the first article of his multi-part blog series, Ross describes the interesting social systems and related sex changes amongst fish.
Only instead of couch cushions, we're talking about a reef in the Lower Antilles. And instead of money, we're talking about a relatively rare Caribbean Acropora, A. prolifera. Scientists discovered an unexpected, new, large and healthy A.prolifera reef that wasn't there in 2011.
These two recently uploaded videos show us the clear contrast between "old school" reefkeeping versus "leading edge" reefkeeping. It also shows us that (as with nature) there is more than one definition of beauty. Different strokes for different folks. Which aquarium is more to your liking?
Our friends at 3reef.com have been down for the past week gearing up for a major site upgrade. They're now back online with a completely new and modernized website. Their hard work definitely paid off.
We're about three Red Sea articles away from renaming our website to CrazyForTheRedSea.com. This new dive video affirms what Advanced Aquarist readers should know by now: the underwater landscape at the Red Sea is as surreal and serene as it is breathtaking. Even with its muted colors, the beauty of its exotic shapes is undeniable.
Giesemann will start shipping seven new German-made T5 bulbs in July, 2014. Giesemann explains that by using a new blend of phosphors, the new Powerchrome bulbs provide more light output, longer life, and better spectral stability during its life. We share Giesemann's press release after the jump.