The art/science/aquaculture team, Coral Morphologic, has compiled footage from 23 of their early works "remixed and remastered into a singular half-hour underwater ambient psychedelic trip through the macro world of Florida's coral reef organisms." The 720p version is free to watch. You may also download the 1080p version for $5 with all proceeds going towards reef conservation efforts.
Fluval issued a press release to announce their sponsorship of Ken Nedimyer's Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). Their $5,000 donation, along with Fluval Aquatic Development Manager Francis Yupangco's voluntary dive time, helped CRF outplant staghorn corals.
Let's continue our "new fish species" streak ... this time with a tropical freshwater fish. Melanotaenia flavipinnis is a new species of beloved rainbowfish from New Guinea, Indonesia, and it's a real showstopper.
Thomas Brown has started a crowd-source campaign to fund a documentary about aquariums from the aquarists' perspective. His goal for the movie is "to share the fact that we as aquarium hobbyist love and respect the oceans and nature as a whole."
Thomas Brown tells Advanced Aquarist about himself and describes his vision for the documentary:
I started my YouTube Channel ThomasVisionReef on February 25, 2013.
I live in Atlanta but I currently travel all over the country to create visually stunning and entertaining aquarium videos.
I am passionate about aquariums but I like to keep things light with a little humor on my channel and I don’t proclaim to be an expert in the aquarium hobby. I love being a hobbyist that is why I try to create videos from a hobbyist perspective.
On my YouTube channel I have two main web series, Local Fish Store Travel and Tank Wars. For Local Fish Store Travel I tirelessly seek out and film some of the most unique aquarium stores in the world. I do not charge stores for this exposure, this is simply a means to give back to the hobby by helping small business owners get exposure). The other web series I host is an aquarium competition called Tank Wars. In this series two aquariums similar in size/gallons face off against each other and my viewers get to choose the winner for each episode.
I hold a Bachelor’s and Masters in Fine Arts with a Focus in Film, TV Production and Journalism from New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, NY. If I was to be considered an aquarium nerd then I am equally a film nerd. I wear both titles with pride.
ABOUT "THE AQUARIUM LIFE"
In the documentary “The Aquarium Life” I don’t want the story of the aquarium community told from my perspective. I want the aquarium community to tell its own story and I will just have the privilege to give this amazing hobby a voice by recording its story.
Other directors of documentaries have told me that when filming a documentary the story is not told but found once the filming is all done. With that said I hope to help tell the untold story of people in the aquarium world going out of their way to do good. Businesses investing time and resources for progress with no promise of returns. There are entire communities of fishermen and coral farmers who depend on the sustainable harvest and cultivation of ornamental marine life to feed their families. You can find some of these stories in articles or books but I feel that these stories need to be preserved and shared on a grander scale.
I would also like to share the contributions and innovations being made by hobbyist. I am so excited to become an explorer of the aquarium world when we start filming this documentary. I am sure there is gold waiting to be discovered in exploring the vast world of keeping corals and marine fish. However, without the support of the aquarium community this film cannot be made.
Following the movie Blackfish, we saw a backlash against zoos and aquariums. A common refrain we read is that children can just learn about animals from books, television, and the internet. Now try to tell me any of these media can come close to what these two beautiful children experienced.
At the Long Beach Aquarium, California:
And in front of a home reef aquarium:
There's clearly a lot of new reef fish - and especially new dwarf gobies - out there waiting for science to discover. Last week, we reported on a beautiful new Trimma goby, Trimma helenae. T.helenae is not the only new goby species researchers have recently found. This is Eviota santanai.
We're excited to announce our partnership with Toledo Zoo to bring you a new magazine column. Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates and Dr. Yousuf Jafarey, staff veterinarian will answer your questions about freshwater and saltwater fish health.
Korean reefkeeper "Soolsool's" zeovit tank demonstrates what the proper balance of nutrient levels can achieve.
Scientists are studying what reefkeepers have also discovered. With the popularity of carbon dosing and technological advances in filtration, we now know water with too little nutrients can be just as harmful to corals as too much nutrients.
Trimma helenae is a recently discovered and newly described dwarf goby from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. At only approximately one inch in length, this "tie-dyed" goby rivals any fish for the most colorful species we've seen.
We haven't blogged eye candy in a while, and we've also neglected freshwater aquariums for too long. Sorry! To multitask, here are videos (one underwater!) of two splendid planted aquariums with diverging aquascaping philosophies.
The first aquarium uses nothing but plants to create its aquascape. By carefully placing and pruning plants of varying colors and shapes, this aquascaper is able to "paint" an aquarium reminiscent of fine art.
The second aquarium uses plants and a wood and rock hardscape to create a scenery straight out of a Tolkien fantasy novel. We even get to see the aquascape from a fish's point of view! Man, we love when technology allows us to view our enclosed aquatic worlds in a totally fresh perspective.
Dr. Bruce Carlson produced a wonderful video demonstrating the resilient capacity of coral reefs if humans would simply stop interfering with nature. It seems like common sense, but it's a lesson many people and governments have not taken to heart.
Two venerable hi-tech aquarium manufacturers are joining forces. Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illuminations announced their merger this morning. Both brands will remain independent but the merger will allow opportunities for joint product development. We share their press release.
If you're searching for a prolific marine algae grazer that feeds on almost every type of algae, is reef-safe, stays small, doesn't bulldoze, and is fairly hardy and long-lived, I present the tuxedo urchin for your consideration. Here is my tip of the hat to my favorite reef cleaner, Mespilia globulus!
Who wouldn't want a prehistoric-looking sea dragon to mow down your algae? Well, you can't have one. Though not quite dragon-esqe in size, marine iguanas still grow to 6 feet in length and are protected under local laws and CITES. We can always fantasize though.
Godzilla is a vegetarian
The marine iguana is the world's only marine lizard. It cruises the waters around Galápagos Islands in search of algae to graze. Seeing these reptiles swim with serpentine grace is an impressive sight to behold. And just look at those monstrous claws that enable the iguanas to cling to rocks while it stuffs itself with algae!
What do you do when a Scribbled Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus duboulayi) has a bowel obstruction? Marine breeder Chad Vossen saved his friend's fish with surgery. We share this inspiring story of true dedication for the fish we keep.