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.
As far as aberrant pigmentation in marine fish go, this trigger recently up for sale by justrarefish.com is one of the more unique specimens we've come across. While aberrant tangs and angelfish are rare, we see a few examples every year. But triggers? Not so much.
Filmed for her master's in Wildlife Filmmaking at the at the University of West England, Rachel Wicks documents a two-week time frame at the Aquarium as it leads up to the debut of a major new exhibit.
At 80 years in captivity, Granddad is the oldest known fish in any aquarium in the world. On September 17, 2013, the Shedd Aquarium celebrated his anniversary in grand fashion with a public ceremony, official Chicago proclamation, and of course a birthday cake!
This is a Rhinochimera (a long snout chimera) of the genus Harriotta. This amazing deepwater fish is rarely photographed, let alone filmed. At the great depths of Hydrographer Canyon in the northern Atlantic, explorers on the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer captured footage of one of the most elegant and exotic creatures on Earth.
We tend to view the foundation of the food pyramid from the base up, but overfishing fish at the very top can create serious imbalances at the bottom of the food chain as well. Researchers have found that overfishing apex predators like reef sharks causes a reduction in the number of herbivores (e.g. parrotfish, tangs, blennies) that keep reefs healthy by grazing algae. Why does this happen? The reduction of apex predators results in an increase in mid-level predators such as snappers and groupers who hunt herbivores.
Australia is home to the the world's most famous natural coral reef. It's also home to some pretty incredible captive reefs. We present vpreef's (John D's) outstanding aquarium. At less than a year old, it's already a real showstopper.
Owner Richard Perrin and employee Joseph Franko are charged with illegally taking a number of protected species of coral and fish and if convicted could spend up to ten years in prison.
Enduring two typhoons over a three-week period in August, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers, working in partnership with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), have successfully deployed an OceanCube Observatory System in waters off Motobu Peninsula, Japan -- a biodiversity hotspot that is home to ecologically significant coral reefs. The observatory system enables real-time monitoring of temperature, salinity, and other chemical, biological and physical data critical to understanding the health of and changes in the coral reef ecosystem.
MASNA awarded its annual MASNA Student Scholarships at the Saturday night MACNA Banquet on Saturday, August 31st. This year, two $4,000 scholarships were awarded, one to an undergraduate student, and one to a graduate student.
Fluval to premiere new website and aquatic films. Oh yeah, they also discovered a fish species along the way
Fluval will premiere a new website this September that will feature (naturally) Fluval products as well as aquatic education. Their website will also feature documentary films about expeditions to wild aquatic ecosystems around the world in order "to create authentic, habitat-accurate products for home aquarium enthusiasts." During their first film shoot, they discovered a new cichlid species.
Scientists have largely believed that bacteria is the primary pathogen behind most coral diseases such as white pox and black band. However, Oregon State University researchers have recently identified viruses as the culprit behind the "white plague" epidemic in the Caribbean.