The Frost Museum of Science at Miami, FL is under construction. It took 25 hours, a lot of machinery, and a bunch of people to lay the concrete foundation for the 600,000 gallon aquarium. Here's a fun time-lapse of the impressive process.
Scientists investigating the settlement of larval Acropora millepora uncovered two neat and unexpected discoveries: 1) Acropora in cooler-than-normal (not warmer) waters made poor choices by not settling on coralline algae and 2) baby corals can actually sense and seek out where the zooxanthellae are.
We've written about aquariums built out of old TVs, computers, and even pianos, so why not one built from a front-load washer? Now how about a matching dryer aquarium?
Sit fish sit. Good fish. Maybe we can't make our fish sit, but there are many tricks we can teach the fish we keep. Fish are much more capable than people have historically given them credit for.
You may be aware of the electric light shows that some flame scallops put on. But until now, scientists didn't know how these bivalves created these brilliant visual extravaganzas (no, it's not bioluminescence as many believed) or why they did it.
"Why am I looking at two mugshots on Advanced Aquarist?" you might ask. These two Rhodes Scholars stole a FedEx package from their neighbors porch. When they found out they had stolen live fishes, they did what any sensible person would do: flush the fishes down the toilet.
Meet the newest formally described cichlid, Geophagus mirabilis. This lovely cichlid is thus far only known from central South America (rio Aripuanã drainage to be exact). This isolated location has been a hotspot for numerous endemic tropical fish discoveries over the past few decades.
Dana Riddle thoroughly reviews one of the most anticipated and innovative water circulation devices to enter our hobby in some time. How does the Maxspect Gyre XF150 measure up?
Found by Brian Walker, a scientist from Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center, the newly-discovered 38+ acres of rare staghorn corals give scientists new hope for the species.
Of all the things we might learn from mantis shrimps, the last thing we'd expect is how their lifelong monogamy might shed light on why a few rare species (including humans) choose "boring" monogamous relationships.
We love to see people who love their fish so much they're willing to spend upwards of 100x the purchase price of the fish to save their pet. A British fishkeeper spent £300 (~$450 USD) to give his little buddy life-saving surgery.
Here are 2014's most popular Advanced Aquarist magazine articles. Clownfish, amino acids, hi-tech planted aquariums, LEDs' photosynthetic effect on corals, and mythbusting ... we ran the gamut this year. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year everyone!
Time sure flies, doesn't it? Another year has come and gone. We look back on 2014's most popular blog posts, which includes amazing aquascapes, must-see videos, fish surgery, outrageous aquariums, and one absurdly cute octopus.
Sea turtles are the epitome of cool. Frans De Backer shoots (in stunning 4K high definition) this video of a critically endangered Hawksbill Turle sharing a meal with a Pomacanthus paru angelfish. The holiday spirit is alive and well in the tropics!