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

Korean cube reef

It's the holidays, so indulge on some eye candy guilt-free! I can't quite explain why, but I've always had a soft spot for cube tanks. Their dimensions make aquascaping a challenge, but cube tanks done right can create spectacular reef displays. Exhibit A is this South Korean SPS cube tank brimming with staghorns and table acros.

Volume: 235 liters (62 US gallons)
Dimensions: 750 X 550 X 550 mm (30 x 22 x 22 inch)

Happy Holidays!

Advanced Aquarist is taking a few days off so our staff can spend quality time with our friends and families this holiday season. To all the good boy and girl aquarists out there, we hope your stockings are filled with goodies for your fishies! We'll be back on Wednesday with new articles!

Daily buffer usage may save some corals from ocean acidity

Daily buffer usage may save some corals from ocean acidity

Aquarium experiments measuring carbonate and bicarbonate usage in the stony coral Porites rus.

New research published this week indicates that some corals may in fact use alkalinity differently depending on the time of day. While acidification impedes a corals ability to build calcium carbonate skeletons, some corals are able to switch to bicarbonate ions instead.

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Tank-raised Galaxy Clarki Clownfish now at Segrest Farms

Tank-raised Galaxy Clarki Clownfish now at Segrest Farms

A cluster of baby Galaxies at Segrest Farms, FL.

Segrest Farms shared this photo on Facebook of their newest addition to aquacultured clownfish: the Galaxy Clarki Clownfish. As more misbarred Clarki-complex broodstock enter the trade, A.sebae and A.clarkii are set to become the next popular "designer" species following the footsteps of A.ocellaris and A.percula.

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Goldfish "playing" wine glasses

Goldfish "playing" wine glasses

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Many of us have heard that eerily beautiful sound a crystal wine glass makes when rubbed gently with a wet finger. Now, an artist has created a display in which goldfish can play those exact same notes.

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Giant Chinese shark aquarium blows out, injures 15

Giant Chinese shark aquarium blows out, injures 15

10 inch thick glass shards originally from the 34 ton viewing panel: It's amazing no one was killed.

Shanghai, China - A massive aquarium located in a popular shopping mall unexpectedly and violently burst, hurling 10" glass shrapnel ... and sharks! ... at shoppers. Fifteen people were injured, some sustaining serious cuts.

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EcoTech Radion XR30w Pro to launch on January 7, 2013

Ecotech introduced their upcoming Radion XR30w Pro LED light at MACNA 2012, and now they have a schedule for its release. The 170 watt XR30w Pro will launch on January 7, 2013 with a new, lower price of $899 ($50 less than previously stated). We have also confirmed existing Ecotech XR30w G1 owners will have paths to upgrade their units to either the G2 or Pro specs.

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Video test reveals amazing reef aquarium

Washingtonian reefkeeper 'Aquanaut' decided to mess around with her Sony HD video camera by recording one of the most difficult video subjects to film: a reef aquarium under LED lighting. Luckily for us, she posted the results of her little experiment. It's safe to say her video test and reef aquarium both pass with flying colors.

Would you like to see Aquanaut's aquarium featured in an upcoming Advanced Aquarist Feature Aquarium article?  So would we!  We'll see what we can do to make it happen.  In the meanwhile, enjoy this five minute "test video" of Aquanaut's spectacular "250DD" (250 gallon deep dimension) peninsula aquarium.

It's okay to gawk. Caution: Video may induce uncontrollable drooling.

Injured Coral? Expect Less Sex

Injured Coral? Expect Less Sex

Female Antillogorgia elisabethae with newly released eggs and developing planulae larvae.

Whenever injuries take place, it's expected that a recovery period will take place before reproduction is resumed. However, researchers are finding out with at least the gorgonian coral Antillogorgia elisabethae, this recovery period can be quite substantial - lasting upwards of four years.

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Martin Moe to speaking at 2013 Marine Breeder’s Workshop

Martin Moe to speaking at 2013 Marine Breeder’s Workshop

Martin working with the long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum.

Fish breeding pioneer Martin Moe will speak at the 2013 Marine Breeder's Workshop, which is held annually by the Marine Breeding Initiative in Michigan.

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Thief steals fish from public aquarium to win fishing contest

Thief steals fish from public aquarium to win fishing contest

Photo by Maritime Aquarium at Norfolk

This might be the weirdest aquarium crime we've reported. Matthew Clark pled guilty to the theft of a big freshwater bass from Guernsey Aquarium (United Kingdom) — a fish he snatched to win top prize at a local fishing competition. Yes; You read that right.

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Coral Morphologic article published in Huffington Post

Coral Morphologic article published in Huffington Post

Coral rockstars Jared McKay (left) and Colin Foord (right)

Neon corals go mainstream: Huffington Post published a piece last Friday about the "scientific artist duo" Colin Foord and Jared McKay ... better known to many as Coral Morphologic. The article is even safe for conservative aquarists (well, mostly).

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ORA to release captive bred Assessor randalli

ORA Farms has just announced a new aquacultured fish for your consideration: the rarely available Assessor randalli. Assessors are small, reef-safe fish best known for their upside-down swimming behavior; A.randalli is said to exhibit this behavior more so than the more common yellow and blue assesors (A.flavissimus and A.macneilli). Captive bred A.randalli should make their way to authorized ORA retailers by early 2013.

From ORA:


 

It is rare to find an entire genera of reef fishes extremely well-suited to live in an aquarium, but Devilfish (Assessor spp.) make great aquarium residents for several reasons.  Their maximum length of 3 to 4” makes them suitable for most sizes of aquariums.  They aren’t overly aggressive with other species or conspecifics and can be kept singly or in groups.  Assessors frequently exhibit a unique and rather humorous upside-down swimming behavior.  Finally they are easy to keep since they easily adapt to various commercial and prepared diets.

Here at ORA we have been raising Yellow Assessors (Assessor flavissimus) and Blue Assessors (A. macneilli) for nearly a decade.  With the help of our friend Koji Wada at Blue Harbor in Japan we recently acquired a new species to the US  trade, A. randalli.

At first glance, a Randall’s assessor could be confused with a Blue Assessor, however Randall’s assessors are more likely to exhibit upside-down swimming behavior and their color scheme is more elaborate.  The majority of their body is blue with the interior of each scale containing a rusty red dot.  The head region is green-blue and their fins contain rays of green, red and orange. These subtle colors are best observed when keeping a small group of them in a reef tank with other boisterous but unaggressive species.

We recently had our first small batch of Randall’s assessors go through metamorphosis and now we are working on building up numbers of this unique fish.  Fortunately Randalls assessors are nest spawners, similar to Yellow Assessors rather than mouth brooders like the Blue Assessor.  This leads to large nest sizes and we expect this will lead to steady availability with the first fish reaching the market in early 2013.  We are excited to share some short video clips of some of our eldest F1 individuals.  They begin to look and act like miniature assessors shortly after metamorphosis.

Thanks to Kevin Kohen for letting us use his Randall’s Assessor photo.

Homosexual behavior increases molly fish's chances of mating

Homosexual behavior increases molly fish's chances of mating

Male mollies put a new spin on the definition of "wing man."

German researchers have discovered something unexpected: Male mollies who engage in homosexual behavior increase their chances of attracting and mating with female onlookers.

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If you like aquariums, put a ring on it

If you like aquariums, put a ring on it

"Sorry. I'm spoken for."

If you really love aquariums and want to spend every waking hour with one, show your commitment with a ring ... literally. A Colorado artist named Alliah is selling miniature vial aquariums mounted on rings.

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