The staff at The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium are nuts! On a whim, they decided to see if they could use peanut butter as a protein diet substitute for traditional ocean-based feeds for their Aurelia moon jellyfish. The surprising answer: An unequivocal YES!
The art/science team of Coral Morphologic never fails to impress. They shared this out-of-this-world short video of a plate coral consuming a fish under fluoresce in glorious high-def. This clip appears in several media productions including the planetarium film 'CORAL: Rekindling Venus' premiered at Sundance 2013.
This is the 80 gallon rimless reef aquarium of Nathan Hall. Nathan eschews the trappings of trendy reefkeeping for something much more simple (in the best possible sense of the word). He manages to distill reefkeeping to its fundamental beauty.
In collaboration with Tunze, Reef Eden (UK) has developed a new line of high-end all-in-one jellyfish aquariums with functionality and simplicity designed into modern, sleek lines. The Aurelia jellyfish AIOs will premiere in Europe and make their way globally soon after. US prices are yet to be finalized but early estimations are $900.00 for the Aurelia-80 and $1600.00 for the larger Aurelia-220.
It's been a little over two years since the Australian Institute of Marine Science installed an underwater camera to photograph the activity of the marine life over a small section of Davies Reef (GBR). Someone decided to make a 18-month time lapse from this reefcam animating the growth of the table and staghorn Acorpora.
The Kore 5th is a "5+1" advanced digital dosing system. It features five independent dosing control channels plus an additional ATO system, all for the remarkable retail price of ~$430. We traditionally try to report on products objectively, but we have to say the Kore 5th is the most impressive dosing system we've seen yet. We provide detailed information about the doser and its powerful software.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Robert Drew a $850,000 grant to study the physiological relationship between clownfish and their host anemones. Dr. Drew will study the unique genetics behind clownfish mucous coat that protects it from deadly nematocyst stings.
Indo-Pacific lionfish have invaded the Atlantic and are wrecking havoc on foreign ecosystems. Their population explosion is alarming and cause for great concern, but a new study shows light at the end of the tunnel. While it is likely impossible to entirely eradicate lionfish, managing their populations can result in 50-70% rapid recovery of native fish, thus showing that efforts to fight invasive lionfish are worthwhile.
For the first time, scientists have sequenced the DNA of coral with its associated zooxanthellae. By understanding the genetics of Porites australiensis and its symbiotic partner, researchers will be better able to understand coral including the important biosynthetic pathways of amino acids between coral and algae symbionts.
Coral Guardian is a French non-profit conservation, education, and research organization that operates in Bali, Indonesia. With funding from individual contributors and businesses (including aquarium manufacturer, Red Sea), volunteers have undertaken a massive coral reef restoration project at Gili Island that will also serve as a snorkeling park to teach people about corals and marine conservation.
Aquarium water yellows over time due to organic decomposition. Dana Riddle analyzes the effects of this phenomenon on light attenuation and demonstrates why aquarists should strive for consistent maintenance practices.
Richard Ross captured some great close-up video footage of tiny Banggai cardinalfish still in their eggs. Normally the male holds the eggs in his mouth; however the male spit most of his eggs a couple days prior so these were stripped shortly thereafter.
Maxpect will soon offer a new 120° reflector for their Razor LED line. The new direct replacement reflectors will give aquarist wider light distribution compared to the stock 90° by trading some light penetration.
This is Melibe colemani, one of (if not) the weirdest, most amazing reef nudibranch you'll ever see. Or as Steinhart Aquarium biologist Matt Wandell puts it so eloquently: "How does this thing even exist?"
We've said it before: When it comes to slow moving organisms like corals and reef inverts, time-lapse photography really helps us understand these are animals with meaningful movements.