Like Elos, Red Sea Max, and CAD Lights' Artisan series aquariums, Reef Octopus is introducing a new line of aquariums and stands featuring low iron glass, rimless design, and modern cabinetry. Two models (32 and 48 gallons) have been announced, with an optional sump available. Unlike the aforementioned competitors the Reef Octopus are not complete systems (pumps and skimmers not included). Prices and delivery schedules were not provided at this time.
The Pederson Cleaner Shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni) flicks its long, hair-like antennae to solicit customers. Photo by LASZLO ILYES / flickr.
Cleaner shrimps are small, inconspicuous reef inhabitants that provide an important cleaning role for the fish at large. One big problem, though, is that these shrimp are not easy to spot on the reef structure. How do Caribbean reef fish find them in order to get serviced?
In 2007, Joe Yaiullo, curator of Long Island Aquarium (known then as Atlantis Marine World) shared information and photos of their spectacular 20,000 living coral reef tank with Advanced Aquarist. Now through the magic of youtube, we revisit LIA's reef ... 5 years later to the day.
A coral reef assemblage within Shark Island lagoon, French Frigate Shoals, including coral species from left to right: cauliflower coral (Pocillopora meandrina), lobe coral (Porites lobata), and finger coral (Porites compressa). Lindsey Kramer/ USFWS
An honest assessment of all the data shows that the climate change we have had so far has harmed most corals but has benefitted at least some corals which grow on unusually cold reefs, though they represent a very small proportion of reefs worldwide. Hence, climate change has been mostly, but not entirely, bad for coral reefs whereas additional warming will be much worse.
Nate Wilson is a reef aquarist from Pennsylvania who has created really amazing watercolor paintings, offering us an attractive yet affordable solution to add some reef art in our lives.
Advanced Aquarist got our hands on Vertex's new cleaner magnets and magnetic probe holder. Here is our quick review and photos.
Reef Threads is a podcast and blog that discusses the most interesting subjects from the various forums, blogs, and magazines supporting the reef hobby.
This week is Blogger Week over at ReefThreads.com. For this podcast, Gary and Christine interviewed myself, Josh Saul (Reefs.com) and Jake Adams (Reef Builders) about our thoughts on the hobby.
Purple Tangs. Eightline Flasher Wrasses. Bicintus Clownfish. These fish are trickling back into the aquarium trade again, so we thought what better place to visit in this week's Destination Reefs than the Red Sea.
Freaky Friday: Imagine finding this hitchhiker in your reef tank! This foot-long amphipod was caught off the Kermadec Trench of New Zealand. These deep-sea "supergiants" were first discovered in Hawaii in 1980s but have since been found all over the world.
Parrotfish play a key role in providing suitable habitat for corals to settle and build reefs and according to the lawsuit, the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Endangered Species Act by finding that the targeted fishing for parrotfish would not jeopardize already imperiled corals or damage their critical habitat.
Coralife's new 48" Aqualight LED fixture has been released for public consumption ... that is, if you've got $2,499 USD to spend. What you get is 92 LEDs producing up to 303 watts of 10,000-20,000K light, complete with enclosure, multiple mounting options, and built-in light controller. Coralife's Aqualight LED promotional brochure after the jump.
For those that enjoy listening to aquarium-related podcasts, this one is definitely worth listening to this month. The discussion will center around small clubs, issues pertaining to Hawai'i, and bills being introduced there.
With 18 aquarium-related measures before the Hawai‘i State Legislature, it is essential for all interested parties to understand the bills and resolutions that could impact the State's marine aquarium fishery.
Chemical, biological, and environmental cues all play a very large role in coral settlement. With the reduction of large predatory fish from the reef, not only are smaller fish and other prey organisms affected but completely different functional groups of animals are affected as well - one of them being reduced coral larvae settlement.
The Germans are invading! Deltec new ultra-high-end line of E-Flow pressure pumps are electronically controllable (able to create waves), energy efficient, and reportedly whisper quiet. Some very impressive specs (and equally impressive prices) after the jump.