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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

Sir, I think it's time for a bigger aquarium

Luisgo, I think you may want to consider a new reef tank. When corals have grown to such an extent that a quarter of your 125g's front viewing panel is encrusted with SPS, it's probably time to upgrade. And then there's that massive Euphyllia colony ...

On a side note down memory lane: The SPS that is encrusting Luisgo's front glass takes me back to the mid 1990s when I first saw a picture of Julian Sprung's Acropora (A.cervicornis if I recall correctly) encrusting the glass of his famous 15 gallon "micro" reef.  These were the days when Acropora husbandry was still black magic and when we called nano reefs micro reefs.

Update on Texas Aquarium tragedy

Update on Texas Aquarium tragedy

The Islands of Steel exhibit sits empty. Photo: KII-TV

Last week, we reported on mass fish mortality at Texas State Aquarium due to fluke treatment. In all, 389 fishes ended up losing their lives. The primarily investigation faults a mislabeled container of chemicals supplied by the manufacturer. What should have been Trichlorfon ended up being something completely different. Yikes!

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Glorious Zoa

Zoanthids are one of the few "weed" corals that has increased in popularity as the years have gone by, and it's obvious why. The elegance of their radial symmetry rivals the most beautiful flowers, as is depicted in our latest wallpaper by Mitchell Brown.

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Literally puking guts

Literally puking guts

A tunicate colony. Photo by Nick Hobgood.

Evisceration is not a sexy topic. Gross as it may be, it is an excellent defensive mechanism that a select few animals can do. Most of us know about a sea cumcumber's ability to expel its digestive tract to escape predators, but they aren't the only reef creatures able to do this. Tunicates (AKA sea squirts) also can. Scientists discovered the amazing extent of tunicates' ability to regenerate and how this research may help humans.

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Yoshi's Trimma goby!

Yoshi's Trimma goby!

A live Trimma yoshinoi. Photo by K. Yano

A new Japanese dwarf goby has just been officially cataloged into the books. Like many other new Trimma and Eviota species recently discovered, Trimma yoshinoi is another pint-sized beauty!

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Innovative Marine's new Gourmet AUQA Gadgets

IM is set to launch three new feeding tools that make fish-feeding simpler, faster, and cleaner (for both you and your aquarium). The affordable Gourmet series AUQA Gadgets are ingenious designs that aid multiple modes of feeding.

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Eating (with your) fish

In addition to a line of aquarium coffee and end tables, AZOO also makes an aquarium dining table with a look-down glass top. Would you want to eat with your fish?

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Even the pros get it wrong sometimes

The Texas State Aquarium at Corpus Christi accidentally killed most of the fish in four of their indoor exhibits including their largest. The fish responded negatively to anti-fluke medication.

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Jack Allen's 220 gallon reef tank is amazing

Big, beautiful coral colonies of all types stretching end to end with fat tangs and angelfish cruising leisurely through the reef. What's not to love?

Last week, UK's Practical Fishkeeping magazine published an online spread about Jack Allen and his reef.  Descriptions and photos of the 72x36x24" (180x90x60cm) aquarium are one thing, but seeing a video of his reef is quite another.  Jack just uploaded this footage of his aquarium and it is utterly stunning.

Cercamia melanogaster is your newest described cardinalfish

Cercamia melanogaster is your newest described cardinalfish

The Blackbelly Cardinalfish (M.V. Erdmann)

The new Apogonid is beautiful due as much to its colors as its lack of colors. C.melanogaster is recognizable for its striking pigmentation on its anterior half combined with its pigmentless, nearly transparent posterior half.

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Rambo, the Octographer

Rambo, the Octographer

Say "cheese!"

To entice visitors to contribute to conservation programs, Sea Life Aquarium (Auckland, New Zealand) has found a novel way to exploit octopus' ability to learn and perform tasks. They taught Rambo the octopus how to photograph aquarium patrons.

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Filipe Oliveira's newest aquascape

Filipe Oliveira's is a masterful aquascaper, and we always look forward to seeing his imagination at work. He uploaded a video of his latest aquascape: a gorgeous 3 week old 350 liter (90 gallon) planted aquarium. Who says a centered composition can't convey motion?

Flilpe describes his new aquascape on his youtube video page:


Setup:

  • Aquarium: 130x50x60cm (51x20x24 inches)
  • ELOS goods from ELOS The Aquarium Company:
  • Lighting System: ELOS Planet II 4x39w T5 (8h/day) + 2x70w HQI (2h/day)
  • Bottom System: ELOS AquaUno Capsules, TerraZero, BottomMineral and Terra Brown small
  • CO2: Pressurized CO2 with EV2000 (solenoid valve 24v) + CO2000 pressure reducer, REA50 (CO2 reactor)
  • Twinstar Nano from Twinstar Portugal


Aqvainnova Plants: (in vitro cup)

  • Echinodorus tenellus
  • Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
  • Eleocharis parvula
  • Hygrophila pinnatifida
  • Vesicularia montagnei 'Christmas'

 

Aquaflora plants:

  • Ludwigia arcuata
  • Vesicularia dubyana
  • Anubias nana mini
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green'
  • Echinodorus tenellus
  • Eleocharis aciculares
  • Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia'
  • Juncus repens
  • Lilaeopsis 'Nova-Zealandiae'
  • Ludwigia sp 'Mini Super Red'
  • Microsorum pteropus ' Trident'
  • Pogostemon sp. 'Wicked!"
  • Pogostemon helferi

 

For more information about Filipe's aquarium projects, visit:

 

Filipe also recently posted a video update on Aquaflora's Red Bonsai Treescape aquarium, which we wrote about last year.  The tank has progressed beautifully into a whimsical living canvas of surreal colors and shapes.

Dokdo Tank: An upcoming affordable, high-tech nano reef system?

Dokdo Tank: An upcoming affordable, high-tech nano reef system?

From left to right: Dokdo Tank's Reef Monster LED, Sensor Voss, and Wave Plus.

Information about the Dokdo Tank is sketchy at best. From what we've gathered, a South Korean manufacturer plans to introduce a total nano reef system that includes prop pumps, hang-on sump (with protein skimmer), LED lights, and monitoring sensors – all controlled wirelessly.

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New rainbowfish really lives up to its name

New rainbowfish really lives up to its name

What a beauty! Photo by GW Lange.

Rainbowfish are beautiful fish, but let's face it; some species aren't quite as colorful as their common name suggests. Melanotaenia rubrovittata, the newest described species, lives up to its billing and then some.

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A Coral Love Story

A Coral Love Story is a short animated film produced by Reef Patrol to explain the unique coral restoration work of SECORE. It's like a reef version of the birds and the bees ... only with a few scientists involved.

SECORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, outreach, education, and large scale reef restoration which is unlike most reef restoration projects you may be familiar with.  Most restoration programs collect mature colonies, fragment them, let the fragments grow into small colonies (in underwater or topside nurseries), then transplant these colonies onto reef sites in need of restoration.

SECORE, on the other hand, goes out and collects coral gametes during mass broadcast spawning events when thousands of corals simultaneously release their eggs and sperm into the water. The scientists bring these gametes back into labs to fertilize and grow into new coral colonies before transplanting them back into the ocean.

This process is more complicated and intensive than the frag+grow+transplant method, but it boasts a benefit the latter can not: Increased genetic diversity of the restored reef site.  Instead of monogenetic clones populating a new site, SECORE's method produces genetically diverse coral specimens (and species as well), thus creating more natural restored reefs.  SECORE's method is essentially what Mother Nature intends to do on her own ... only with scientists giving her a helping hand to help offset the harm people have caused to our oceans.

In SECORE's labs, they're also learning the secrets behind corals reproduction, including better ways to get free-swimming coral larvae to settle onto hard substrate (one of the key steps to producing a new coral colony both in the lab and in the wild).

Anyhow, you came here for a cartoon and I gave you a mouthful.  Sorry.  Without further ado ...

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