1) that people suck and 2) to install surveillance cameras if you have an outdoor pond. A Farmborough (UK) man lost twenty big 2-3 foot Japanese koi to a thief this week.
ME Coral has introduced a new coral dip formulated with concentrated pine, lemon, and lavender plant extracts. Their press release (after the jump) contains some ambitious claims with no supporting data. Yet, we know plant-based oils have been safely used as coral dips so this new solution (first one that uses lavender oil that we know of) may be worth trying.
The Transparent Cave Goby (Fusigobius pallidus) isn't the most colorful species out there, but as ORA says, "Sometimes the best camouflage requires no color at all." We also share an image of their breeding facilities after the jump. It's awesome!
Over the weekend, England's Blue Planet Aquarium tested a new "smart" technology that monitors fishes' health based on their movement.
Yes, that Snowden. The newest described species of crayfish from Indonesia was named after Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information from the U.S. National Security Agency. Whatever your political stance, let's agree C.snowden is one handsome crawdad. It's actually been collected for the aquarium trade for years but wasn't recognized as a distinct species until now.
Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus is the newest described species of sweetlips from Australia. This fish was previously only known via 'big fish tales' told by fishermen, who named the near mythical creature the Blue Bastard because it is so frustrating to catch.
Betta fish were on full display (no pun intended) at 2015's Apple Event. Maybe we'll see a surge in betta fish sales (AKA the Nemo effect).
Of all the fish we should refrain from collecting, science tells us cleaner wrasses should rank near the top of that list. Please keep them in the ocean.
Blennywatcher captures some of the most amazing reef videos. Take this one for example. It's of a pair of Ocellate Box Crabs (Calappa ocellata). The female is enraptured in the bigger male's embrace before she molts in his arms.
Plectranthias bennetti is a new, cryptic, twilight zone reef perchlet from the Coral Seas. The new species is named after Timothy Bennet, a fish collector for Cairns Marine whose specialty is deep water collection.
It is with tremendous pleasure that we announce Terry Siegel, Advanced Aquarist's very own Editor in Chief, has been awarded MASNA's 2015 Aquarist of the Year!
Scientists have developed the world's first robot designed to hunt and destroy crown-of-thorns starfish. The robot can identify coral-killers and inject them with reef-safe chemicals, killing COTS' "living tissue under calcium carbonite exoskeleton."
Florida State University researchers analyzed the genes from four generations of guppies exposed to changing environments. They discovered that these fish were able to change their gene expression with remarkable speed. However, it was the genes that responded the "wrong way" that evolved most quickly.
The 2015 International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest has concluded. We share a few of our favorites along with a link to photos of the top aquascapes judged this year. We suggest you wear a bib before viewing these photos.
What big arms you have! Leucothoe eltoni is a new crustacean species from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The tunicate-dwelling amphipod's most striking feature is its massive front appendage. It's also now invasive in Hawaii. It was named after Elton John because, well, the scientist who discovered it simply loves Elton John.