Prompted by a conversation with Phil Karp, a marine conservationist who is working on a project to control Lionfish populations in Belize, Etsy shop owner Meghan Beatty created truly unique earrings from Lionfish spines.
We start off this week with two reefs on opposite ends of the spectrum showing just how aesthetically diverse reefkeeping is. Whether you like an aquarium chock-full of life, one with minimal structure, or something in between, there's an aquascape to suit all preferences. What's yours?
Pacific Island Aquatics has up for sale this strange (and strangely adorable) flame angel that is missing the front portion of its dorsal fin. The deformity may be genetics or caused by earlier injury. Whatever happened, this little unique cherub exists.
I don't like to shame anyone, but I couldn't get over this eBay aquarium listing. This is the most expensive and dangerous used 180 gallon system I've seen. For $5,000, you can own the big aquarium, its canister filter, its goldfish/koi, and the tank's alarmingly undersized cabinet.
Ultra Coral Australia recently acquired two mushroom corals with special characteristics. The first is a Rhodactis sp. discoved by Nic Dos Santos that resembles the famous (and expensive) WWC "Bounce" - a deep purple polyp with pronounced contrasting orange "bubbles."
A new goby species was discovered in a freshwater stream last year and recently formally described. Stiphodon niraikanaiensis is a neat little bottom-dweller whose dimorphic males and females are both subtlety lovely.
Segrest Farms posted new photos of their weird fish, this time shot from conventional angles (instead of the top-down/through-water photos from yesterday). The new side view show the fish is a very unique aberrant moorish idol.
We shared a video the "Dakota Reef" in January of 2013. One full year later, the already spectacular cube reef has grown even more stunning. Check out the 2012 vs 2013 photo comparison and the newest video of this aquatic masterpiece.
A new, stunningly red coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru's Paracas National Reserve.
Segrest Farms' latest fish arrival is something of a mystery. This fish appears to be some extreme aberrant and malformed variant of a moorish idol, almost as if it's a hybrid between two entirely different genera.
A new study has found that reef fish expend a lot of energy navigating through big waves especially when the water movement is chaotic. Constantly changing speeds is a huge energy burn, at least for fish that propel themselves with their pectoral fins (and that is most of the reef fish we keep). Does this finding change our approach to water circulation within aquariums? Are we tiring out our fish?
Blenny and captive-bred fanatics rejoice! ORA has announced their newest captive-bred fish, the Red Sea Mimic Blenny (Ecsenius gravieri). This is a beautiful but rarely-available reef-safe species that mimics the venomous Black Lined Fang Blenny.
A mysterious and terrible disease is ravaging starfish up and down the Pacific coastline of North America. The speed of infection, mass mortality, and the way the starfish are dying are all equally shocking. A disease is causing the arms of thousands of starfish to literally rip themselves off their bodies before everything melts away.
Aside from the fact that most get way too big for almost every private aquarium, this video shows how brutally effective parrotfish are at demolishing stony coral and rock. Just listen to the underwater crunching sounds and you'll understand how their chisel-strong teeth help them serve the important ecological role of reef bioeroders (in this case, turning rock into sand).
Piranhas are illegal to import into the United States, but that didn't stop one man from mislabeling nearly 40,000 Piranhas as "silver tetras" in an attempt to smuggle a huge school of these notorious predators into Queens, New York.