Loricariids aren't known for death-defying antics; fact is, they live a very unexciting sedentary lifestyle. But this pleco, Chaetostoma microps, was recorded climbing up and down a vertical wall in an Ecuadorian cave ... using its sucker-mouth!
Dana Riddle continues his intensive exploration of coral nutrition. In part three of his series, he delves deep into the subject of amino acids, including a discussion about amino acid supplements marketed to reefkeepers.
Sorry for the click-bait title. We couldn't resist. A new species of gall crabs that lives inside open brain corals, Trachyphyllia geoffroyi, has just been described.
Luzonichthys seaver is a newest described anthias hailing from very deep waters at Pohnepei, Micronesia. No photo of a living specimen currently exists, but the preserved holotype shows a supremely colorful fish, which many super deep water reef fish are.
The frame appears to be made of copper or bronze (which would make more sense around water). It's always fascinating to see aquariums from decades gone by. Designs have radically changed over the years from both a material and aesthetic point of view.
California Academy of Science worked with Tenji Aquarium Design+Build to build a total jellyfish system designed to culture jellyfish through every point of their life stage. The feat of engineering is impressive! Plus there is a nifty bonus seahorse culturing system.
Mollisquama parini is a supremely rare dwarf shark from very deep (300+ meters/1000 feet!) subtropical waters off both costs of the the Americas. Virtually nothing is known about these sharks.
We're ashamed to admit we don't give "Dutch" planted aquariums as much as press as "nature" aquariums, which rely heavily on rocks and driftwood (AKA hardscapes). However, aquariums like this remind us you can create immensely colorful, layered, textured aquascapes by simply using plants.
We're piling on to the innate suckiness of Mondays by summarizing three interesting things researchers have recently learned about lionfish in the Atlantic.
Luisgo, I think you may want to consider a new reef tank. When corals have grown to such an extent that a quarter of your 125g's front viewing panel is encrusted with SPS, it's probably time to upgrade. And then there's that massive Euphyllia colony ...
Last week, we reported on mass fish mortality at Texas State Aquarium due to fluke treatment. In all, 389 fishes ended up losing their lives. The primarily investigation faults a mislabeled container of chemicals supplied by the manufacturer. What should have been Trichlorfon ended up being something completely different. Yikes!
Zoanthids are one of the few "weed" corals that has increased in popularity as the years have gone by, and it's obvious why. The elegance of their radial symmetry rivals the most beautiful flowers, as is depicted in our latest wallpaper by Mitchell Brown.
Evisceration is not a sexy topic. Gross as it may be, it is an excellent defensive mechanism that a select few animals can do. Most of us know about a sea cumcumber's ability to expel its digestive tract to escape predators, but they aren't the only reef creatures able to do this. Tunicates (AKA sea squirts) also can. Scientists discovered the amazing extent of tunicates' ability to regenerate and how this research may help humans.
A new Japanese dwarf goby has just been officially cataloged into the books. Like many other new Trimma and Eviota species recently discovered, Trimma yoshinoi is another pint-sized beauty!
IM is set to launch three new feeding tools that make fish-feeding simpler, faster, and cleaner (for both you and your aquarium). The affordable Gourmet series AUQA Gadgets are ingenious designs that aid multiple modes of feeding.