Back in 2005 I first read about Dendronephthya corals, notorious for being difficult to maintain in aquaria. Lacking zooxanthellae, these corals require plankton to stay healthy. In the following years, I read up on the scientific literature, and toyed with the idea of setting up an aquarium specifically designed for Dendronephthya. This led to the launch of a crowd funding project on Indiegogo, to acquire funds for the development of a culture protocol for Dendronephthya corals. Although insufficient funds were gathered to fully develop an aquaculture system and culture protocol, two preliminary experiments were conducted. In this article, I will present the results of these experiments, and provide future directions for research. This may help aquarists to keep pushing the frontier of coral husbandry and aquaculture.
Pseudocoris heteroptera (from the Line Islands to Indonesia, north to Taiwan and southern Japan, and south to the Great Barrier Reef) and Pseudocoris occidentalis (western Indian Ocean) are the two newest species of reef wrasses.
Adult dwarf seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae) are tiny enough, with an average adult size of 1 inch (2cm). So imagine how incredibly miniscule and cute their babies are. Tennessee Aquarium's H.zosterae gave birth last month to beautiful itty bitty babies.
The reef tank at Florida International University busted a few seams, which emptied out the entire content of the aquarium. But only one fish died, and there wasn't even broken glass.
Sea Sapphires are like something out of science fiction. Males of this little copepod can "phase" from electric blue to gold to ... completely invisible! The accompanying video will blow your mind. Scientists are studying how these tiny crustaceans perform their incredible light show and cloaking.
Here is an outstanding example of a reef aquascape featuring large arches. This type of open aquascape is not only beautiful but also facilitates lots of water movement throughout all parts of the tank while giving fishes plenty of room to naturally weave their way throughout the reef.
Talk about an interesting oddball study! Researchers conducted an experiment to see how the smell of fish impacted human test subjects' ability to reason. It turns out smelling fish makes people more suspicious, skeptical, and better critical thinkers!
Approximately 10,000 tropical fish have died in their temporary holding tanks while awaiting the completion of Brazil's new public aquarium. Local prosecutors are now investigating the tragedy.
Jurassic World is still making a killing at the box office, so this research is rather timely. Scripps Scientists say that we have the death of dinosaurs to thank for the huge explosion of fish diversity.
Are some of the bags we're using harming our fish? A new study finds that some polyethylene bags may leach enough toxins into the water to reach lethal concentration for the reef basslet, Pseudochromis fridamni.
An unnamed North Korean source reports the manager of a commercial turtle-farming aquarium was executed because "some of the tanks were not adequately supplied with food and water, leading to the death of a lot of terrapins." And you thought maintaining your aquarium was stressful.
Why, three, of course! This aquarium features three low-profile sandfalls (AKA underwater waterfalls), which look more like cascading whitewater than your classical ledge waterfalls.
Research conducted in Okinawa, Japan, by graduate student Yu Miyazaki and associate professor James Davis Reimer from the University of the Ryukyus has found a very unusual new species of octocoral from a shallow coral reef in Okinawa, Japan. The new species can be considered a "living fossil", and is related in many ways to the unusual blue coral. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
Paludariums are awesome, but we found one that is particularly special. This lovely marriage of a terrarium+aquarium features a bunch of cute OTOs, ficus bonsai, orchids, and a yellow canary taking a bath in it!
Common goldfish are often fed to big predatory fish, who dispatch their prey quickly in the confines of an aquarium. Yet, one goldfish managed to escape the jaws of death and survive undetected for at least seven years, secretly growing to 10 inches (25cm) in length!