Here's a look at my 125 gallon mixed-reef aquarium. It's not the biggest, fanciest, most colorful, high-tech reef aquarium for sure, but I'm proud of it and want to share what's in it, how it works, and how I take care of it. The details will come, but for now I want to point out that there are several things about it that could be considered unusual by many hobbyists' standards, too.
Who needs cabinet space when you can have a massive aquarium instead? Robert Kolenik imagined the "Ocean Keuken" (keuken is Dutch for kitchen) into reality, and its the very definition of opulence for the modern aquarist.
Yep. This man wearing an octopus for a hat was just awarded MASNA's Aquarist of the Year this past weekend at MACNA 2014. We all knew Richard Ross is an aquarist extraordinaire, and now it's finally official!
20 new corals - many species aquarists keep - join Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While this listing does not have a direct and immediate effect on reefkeepers, it is only one step removed from Endangered listing.
Macropharyngodon pakoko is the newest leopard wrasse described from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, where it is endemic. This wrasse brings the total number of Macropharyngdon to twelve species.
Fast-tracking the evolutionary process: Scientists have reared birchirs (an awesome oddball tropical fish) to walk on land, and their research has produced some fascinating results.
The event will take place September 4th, 5th, and 6th of 2015 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in northwest Washington, DC.
Despite having a reputation for being mindless instinct driven vertebrates, fish are actually highly intelligent. So please, no more 30-second memory myths. A slew of recent research has shown a variety of complex behaviors and social systems (which I recently wrote about). While other recent work has focused on the cognitive abilities of specific individuals, as well as their ability to learn from others
In January, 2014, Pacific Sun introduced their Kore 5th doser, a highly advanced 5-channel dosing + ATO system. With the latest software/firmware update in conjunction with their new DropDose drip dispenser, the Kore 4th will soon be able to dose in increments as small as 0.01ml!
The common name for Epinephelus itajara is goliath grouper for a reason. These things are absolute beasts, growing to over 10ft (3m) long and weighing 800lbs (360kg). They can make meals of almost everything in the Caribbean, including a 4 ft black tip shark on a fisherman's line. Respect the grouper!
As if you need more motivation to keep all your corals healthy, researchers have discovered that fish and corals can both smell distressed and damaged reefs and are repulsed by the odors. Don't make your fish and corals live in insufferable stench!
This might be the dumbest and most entertaining thing we've stumbled across in quite some time, and clearly we aren't alone in this opinion. Using color and spatial detection, two fancy goldfish challenge each other to games of Streetfighter II, and thousands of people turn out to watch it on Twitch. No joke.
Most predators will hunt where prey is most abundant. When prey is scarce, they will move on to new hunting grounds. Not lionfish! These trespassers are the worst house squatters ever. New research by OSU finds they will literally stay in one place and eat everything out of house and home.
Product Review: Products for 'Rapid Cycling' of Marine Aquaria: Brightwell Aquatics' MicroBacter7 and Continuum Aquatics' BacterGen.M
Two products were tested under controlled conditions for their abilities to consume/convert carbon and nitrogen-based compounds (referred to as "cycling" by many hobbyists.) Results suggest that, at dosages recommended by the manufacturers, these products contain sufficient numbers of carbon-cycling bacteria to properly inoculate biochemical oxygen demand tests, and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria are present in numbers that can "seed" a sterile environment, and perhaps hasten the aerobic portion of the nitrogen cycle along by a few days when used as a supplement to conventional seeding via live rock, live sand, and hardy "starter" fishes. Potential problems with over-dosing are also discussed.
A plant-less, coral-less aquarium isn't what we usually write about, but this unique build is a remarkable engineering achievement. And considering where it's located, it's probably a good idea it isn't filled with fussy livestock.