Can corals ever catch a break? A new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds the farming behavior of some damsels (Pomacentridae) "increases the prevalence of coral disease associated microbes and black band disease."
With their long wiry arms and exotic colors, Ophiuroids are some of the reef's most beautiful and intricate creatures. James Fatherree describes the general information and aquarium husbandry of this amazing class of echinoderms.
Last Monday, the Smithsonian announced it was closing its Invertebrate Exhibit. This Monday, its doors closed to the public. This means visitors to the National Zoo will no longer experience such animals as corals, cuttlefish, crustaceans, clams, and insects. 97% of the world's animal species no longer have representation at the Smithsonian! :sadface:
To piggyback on last friday's article about fish intelligence, we present Comet, a goldfish that has been trained to play football (both kinds), basketball, swim through hoops, swim through a slalom course, and other neat tricks.
Non-aquarists generally believe that fish are stupid and incapable of sentience, memorization, or even feeling pain. Aquarists know better, and science proves it. A review of their mental ability shows fish are on par with most animals.
In April 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed a ban of Indo-Pacific lionfish importation into Florida in an effort to combat the invasive species running amuck in the Atlantic. This week, the commission approved the ban.
Ecotech has hinted for quite some time about a full update to its EcoSmartLive.com (ESL) internet control interface - an update which will allow ESL to control Vortech pumps along with their Radion lights. At Reefstock 2014, they gave the first glimpse of the new ESL in action, and now Ecotech is ready to roll out "limited public beta." We share their press release.
It's time for some eye candy and inspiration. This is Dmitry's 180 gallons, 72'' x 26'' x 22'' reef tank. It's only three month old but has matured impressively in such a short period of time. We especially love the simple sloped aquascape. Great job, Dmitry!
A 2012 scientific study confirmed what many reefkeepers knew: Vermetid snails impede stony coral growth and sometimes outright kill them. A new study finds that these gastropods harm reefs in another way. They also drastically reduce algae grazing by fish.
How about a blind fish that still has the gene responsible for perceiving light? How about a fish that broods its eggs in its gills?! Not weird enough? Then how about one with an anus located right behind its head?!! Combine all these attributes and you have Amblyopsis hoosieri, a newly discovered cave fish from Indiana.
Reef corals and their symbiotic algae live together and are dependent on one another for survival. However, a new PSU study finds that they evolved independently, providing new insight into how corals might cope with warming oceans.
Richard Aspinall explores the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. He shares his amazing experience of a coral reef island teeming with vibrant, beautiful life above and below the sea.
With a little ingenuity and a big helping hand from atmospheric pressure, you can create a water "watch tower" that appears to defy gravity. Koi seem to love it. Physics rocks!
In part II of the Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting Series we visit Mike Paletta 4 months after the initial installation of the new lighting system. The goal of this project remains the same, find the perfect man-made optimized light source for coral growth and coloration.
A big allure of planted and reef aquariums is the art and science of aquascaping our glass boxes. But what if you had a nearly unlimited canvas? The non-profit organization Coral Guardian partners with Oceanscape to restore wild coral reefs through imaginative and inspiring reefscaping.