In more ocean acidification news, fighting conches may not cope as well with increasing carbon dioxide levels as the "super-corals" of Palau. ARC researchers found that as you increase CO2, fighting conches lost their defensive ability to leap from danger, a behavior anyone with conches has seen.
In the most acidic reef Anne Cohen's scientific team has analyzed, corals are thriving when conventional wisdom says these reefs shouldn't even exist. Her research hopes to understand how corals can cope with ocean acidification.
Yin-yang? In the preceding blog post, we reported about Rice University students doing awesome work. On the other side of the world, a Hong Kong student was fined HK$8600 (~$1100 USD) after being convicted of stealing and killing four fish from a local fish store. The details will make you scratch (and shake) your head.
Babies who suffer from respiratory difficulties need assistance breathing with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. These medical devices are expensive, thus making life-saving equipment largely inaccessible in non-industrialized nations. Students from Rice University to rescue! Young engineers have cleverly developed a new type of CPAP device that costs less than 3% of traditional CPAPs ... by using aquarium air pumps!
ORA has announced their version of the "Shortcake" Acropora. The single photo ORA released shows a greenish yellow base with really long radial corallites with red tips and polyps. it doesn't quite look like the classic Strawberry Shortcake (Acropora microclados) though it very well could be.
The coral reefs of the Red Sea are some of the most surreal and exotic. While the region is notorious for unpredictably strong winds, the underwater landscape is relatively sheltered and often beautifully serene. As a result, impossibly delicate aquascapes form here and nowhere else, and life here almost appear magically suspended in time and space. If you need aquascaping inspiration, look no further than the Red Sea.
A new research has tracked mangroves making dramatic expansions northward along Florida's coast. While it may be hard to convince Northeast USA residents right now currently pelted by snowstorm after snowstorm, increasing global temperatures are significantly redefining the distribution of tropical life.
ORA is introducing a new captive propagated product, and it's neither fish nor coral. It's a macroalgae, and a very attractive one at that. The Micronesian Blue Hypnea provides reefkeepers something fresh to decorate their aquascape.
Here are Advanced Aquarist's top eleven (we have a tie!) most read articles for 2013. LED and lighting articles dominate the past year. Featured reef aquariums and fish/coral husbandry articles make a good showing as well. Happy New Year, everyone! We'll be back on the January 2 to kick off the new year.
It's that time of the year where everyone is putting out lists. We wrap up 2013 by looking back at our top ten most read blog posts filled with neato stuff for both saltwater and freshwater enthusiasts.
Our friends Anna and Ned DeLoach at blennywatcher.com never cease to amaze us with the photos and videos they capture on their tropical adventures. Here Anna narrates their observation of an adorable monogamous pair of Signigobius biocellatus breeding in the silty muck of Papua New Guinea.
Most reefkeepers would never imagine running an aquarium without a protein skimmer because skimmers have proven themselves as effective nutrient control (more precisely: algae and bacteria export). But before the protein skimmer's rise to prominence, methods like the Jaubert system were used to maintain water quality in captive reefs.
Advanced Aquarist (and our pal Crabby Claus) wishes all our friends the Happiest of Holidays and extends our sincerest gratitude for reading AA. You guys rock! May your stockings overflow with aquarium gear! We'll be back on December 26th to wrap up the year.
Dr. Kate Rawlinson is doing pioneering research on Acropora-Eating-FlatWorm (Amakusaplana acroporae), a relatively newly discovered parasite of Acropora in both the wild and captive reefs. Mark Callahan talks to Dr. Rawlinson about AEFW for this really informative interview.
The Seattle Aquarium is currently hosting an art exhibit named "Cleared" showcasing the piscine photographs of Dr. Adam P. Summers. These aren't just any ol' fish photos; By specially dyeing (deceased) fish, Dr. Summers is able to "flesh out" the intricate details of fish anatomy. His photos are equal parts science and art.