Smithsonian scientists describe a colorful new species of small coral reef sea bass from depths of 182–241 m off Curaçao, southern Caribbean. With predominantly yellow body and fins, the new species, Liopropoma santi, closely resembles the other two "golden basses" found together with it at Curaçao: L. aberrans and L. olneyi.
It's always enlightening to see what our hobby is like in other parts of the world, but sometimes cultural or language barriers make it difficult to understand and relate. Matt Galat is an American expat working - and reefkeeping - in Ningbo, China. He's started a video series showing Western aquarists what it's like to keep reef tanks in China.
The MACNA 2014 Board of Directors has just announced that Dr. Rocha will be the keynote speaker for the Saturday night banquet. MACNA 2014 will be in Denver Colorado August 29-13.
We often hear reefkeepers say fish poop is the best coral food, and scientific studies confirm the importance of fish (and fish waste) for coral nutrition. A new UGA study supports the importance or fish for balancing nutrients in coral reefs. Fish not only contribute nutrients but also help maintain a 20:1 nitrogen to phosphorus ratio.
Participating in freshwater aquarium communities, there are three truths we've learned. People love cories, plecos, and are cray cray for crayfish. A new tiny Gramastacus sp. crayfish was discovered in a most unlikely place: a tropical swamp at New South Wales, one of Australia's most developed areas.
Dana takes a detailed look at Tunze Turbelle Stream pumps from a more useful velocity metric instead of the ubiquitous gallons-per-hour metric our hobby has become accustomed to. Water velocity may be the key to certain corals' success.
Readers of Advanced Aquarist may remember the Curacao deepwater Golden Basslet, Liopropoma aberrans, which was first collected and sold in 2011 for an speculated $~9000 USD. As it turns out, DNA barcoding of mysterious fish larva revealed that this fish was actually not L.aberrans but rather a new species, Liopropoma olneyi!
Zachary Long of FengLong Photography spent the better part of a day shooting professional time lapse photography of Georgia Aquarium, and boy was it was time well spent! His video makes an already impressive massive public aquarium that much more spectacular.
Martin Moe is updating the legendary book that shaped the marine aquarium hobby! The (New) Marine Aquarium Reference will be released in a greatly expanded and updated five volume ebook series. Volume I: The Chemical Environment is now available.
There isn't much aquarium or science news to report this week, so we thought we'd wrap up our week with this outstanding photo starring two of the cutest reef gobies you may ever see. The photo was taken by our friend, Ned DeLoach, of blennywatcher.com
When I tell people that we’re in the field collecting saltwater animals for display and research at the aquarium, most of them imagine that the actual catching is the hard part. In reality, the hard work starts after we collect the animal.
Here is a fascinating experimental video by Dustin Adamson of oceanshutter.com using a 8mm fisheye lens. The extreme barrel distortion provides an unique, exciting, and slightly dizzying view of Pacific tropical reef life ... kind of like a super awesome live snow globe.
Every educated aquarist knows about the nitrogen cycle, but how much do you really know about the nitrogen cycle? Advanced Aquarist welcomes our newest writer, Tommy Dornhoffer, who revisits the nitrogen cycle in marine aquaria in all its intricate and dynamic glory.
The California Academy of Sciences are back in the Philippines studying reef life. Steinhart Aquarium Biologist Richard Ross keeps us updated during the expedition, which includes Bobbit-worm catching devices and a series of newly designed hyperbaric chambers for decompressing fish hand-collected below 300 feet!
Innovative Marine read all the user feedback on forums and etailer reviews on the first generation SkimMate skimmers. The result of aquarist input is the completely re-engineered SkimMate Ghost Series drop-in, plug-n-play protein skimmers, available mid May, 2014.