Circle of life: A new research paper published in Science concludes that sponges play a pivotal role in recycling nutrients in nutrient-poor tropical waters. Sponges filter-feed the precious nutrients from coral, algae, and fish waste products that would otherwise get washed away. In turn, the sponge waste product feed all the animals of the reef. This loop enables reefs to exist in otherwise barren seawater.
On October 19th-20th House of Fins will be hosting SPLASH, our 56th anniversary sale and event offering huge discounts on livestock and dry goods, complementary refreshments, and presentations by some of the most preeminent speakers in the aquatics industry.
New Zealand scientists and fisherman have come together to develop a new "smart" trawling method they believe will revolutionize the way fish are brought to market. The new Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) technology allows fisherman to selectively bring up the fish they're after and in the greatest health possible. Fresher seafood. Much more sustainable harvest. What's not to like?
New Caledonian collectors for Quality Marine (wholesale) have discovered a new species of deepwater anthias whose appearance is best described as a cross between Pseudanthias flavoguttatus and Pseudanthias privitera. This new anthias will be offered for sale shortly. We share their press release with information about this new anthias' history and captive care.
We continually scour the internet for undersea footage. It just so happens that a lot the best imagery we find is from the Red Sea, though it shouldn't come as any surprise because the Red Sea is what we'd imagine Heaven on Earth (or rather under the sea) would look like.
Many species of jellies are epizoic, meaning they grow / live nonparasitically on the outside of a living animal. However, up until now, they have not been observed growing on scleractinian corals like Fungia spp.
By now, you've likely read about or seen plastinated human body exhibits. These exhibits feature plastic-preserved anatomical cutaways designed to show the complex inner workings of the human body. Georgia Aquarium's newest exhibit will apply the same concept to marine organisms such as an octopus, moray eel, mako shark, and even a whale shark.
Multiple observations of this commensal feeding behavior were reported in Red Sea seagrass meadows on a series of recent dives this past March.
Hagen has hired Francis Yupangco as its Aquatic Development Manager, marking the end of his tenure with Living Color Aquarium. However, Francis will still appear in every episode of Fish Tank King's third season, which airs early 2014. We ask Francis about his new position and share Hagen's press release.
The guilty pleas were entered this past Wednesday in a Florida courtroom. Do you feel they got off easy or was the punishment appropriate?
Well, sort of. China is constructing this 15-story pufferfish along the banks of a river in Yangzhong county, Jiangsu province. 8,900 copper plates create the world's biggest metal construction in terms of volume ... and consequently the world's biggest metal fish.
This is Peder's impressive 475 total gallon dining room reef tank. With the display tank's awesome dimensions of 55x48x30 inches, his custom in-wall aquarium truly recreates the illusion of a window to the tropical seas. Okay; the healthy, lush coral growth helps too.
Carpet surfing. Just about all of us have had this happen with our fish, but almost none of us see it happen live, just the postmortem identification. Researchers at the University of Maryland used high speed cameras to record tropical guppies jumping and discovered a fascinating pre-jump behavior.
The Apogee MQ-200 Quantum Meter offers many advantages to aquarium hobbyists. The meter is relatively inexpensive (as quantum meters go) and the submersible sensor is small and allows measurements to be made in tight spots. Hobbyists should take a careful look and see if this PAR meter is for them.
The Catlin Seaview Survey paved the way for the Catlin Global Reef Record, the world's largest coral reef library. Anyone with an internet connection will have open access to approximately 180,000 underwater coral reef images with another 200,000 expected by late 2014. And these images are simply jaw-dropping! We share their news announcement and several incredible panoramic photos.