A deep sea reef has been discovered off Queensland's coast. An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) was sent down to explore a 500 meter length of shelf-edge 150 meters (500 ft) deep. The AUV discovered a "treasure trove" of new reef life.
A new book on breeding these useful nudibranchs is now available from Premium Aquatics and interested hobbyists can learn more about their care and breeding from this handy volume.
Check out this week's TED Video presented by Edith Widder on bioluminescent marine organisms with some amazing video footage of bioluminescence in action.
Using transgenic Zebrafish, researchers from the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute have shown that they can visualize and target leukemia, a type of cancer. In this particular study they show how Zebrafish with green fluorescent white blood cells can be made to fluoresce where leukemia has begun to affect their body.
(Not for the bandwidth-challenged!) Here are photos of spectacular Blastomussa wellsi corals from members of Reef2Reef.com. I think it's safe to say: B.wellsi rivals any coral species for exotic colors and patterns.
3reef.com is hosting a "Get the Word Out" 2011 promotional contest for their website, and we thought we'd give our friends a helping hand by doing exactly that. Who doesn't want to win free stuff?!
The choices for compact and affordable LED fixtures keeps growing! The Hydra Aquatics Retina I is the latest compact LED fixture to hit the US market. The Retina I boasts 12 white and 8 blue Samsung LEDs with a CCT of 9500K-10,000K in a slim, 'all-in-one' metal housing.
The Gulf of Mannar Marine Park's original 21 islands is now down to 19. Two tiny islands located between Sri Lanka and India have disappeared below the waves. Although the region is a protected biological preserve, 'experts' believe fishermen have continually mined the reefs for their corals, eroding the islands' foundations and ultimately sinking them.
Yesterday marked Mr Colbrum's 150th birthday. On this anniversary, aquarists everywhere owe Irving our thanks for inventing the process that allows us to create and keep freshwater and marine animals in our own glass boxes.
A follow-up to the Lionfish Derby we reported on last month: On May 14, the first round of the fishing tournament successfully removed 531 invasive lionfish from the Florida Keys in a single day. More information after the jump.
As reported last month by Advanced Aquarist, Florida held public hearings and a conference call to discuss imposing limits on soft coral harvest in early May. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) now has a proposed quota for soft coral harvest. What does this mean for the aquarium trade?
Jim Gryczanowski is a kindred spirit of mine: an avid wrasse fan. It was therefore no surprise to learn Jim was the lucky aquarist who acquired the first ever Mauritius Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus piscilineatus) to land in the United States. Here is an updated photo of his wrasse, taken by none other than Sanjay Joshi.
Photos courtesy of Conservation International’s Bali Rapid Assessment Program. Photos by Gerald Allen and Mark Erdmann
Scientists with Conservation International (including Gerald R Allen) have discovered nine potentially new reef species comprising of eight fishes and one coral species. The new discoveries include a Pseudochromis, a Garden Eel, Cardinalfishes, Blennies, and a new species of Euphyllia sp. (described as a "Bubble coral," but this genus is known to hobbyists as Torch/Hammer corals).
If you have $8999.00 and $7999.00 to spare, you can be the proud owner of an ultra rare Liopropoma aberrans and Jeboehlkia gladifer (respectively). No, the prices aren't typos. These fishes are so rare that not only have they never been available for sale in the aquarium trade, but until recently, no photographs of these species even existed!
These popular Baja Californian reef fishes will make their way back into the market in the near future. Eastern Pacific species are seasonally available in limited quantities; For those counting down the days to purchase any of these species, the wait is almost over.