The US Environmental Protection Agency is entering the coral reef conservation and restoration arena. The EPA will form a new inter-agency group for the purpose of protecting Caribbean coral reefs. We share the EPA's official press release after the jump
Those cute little fireflies that you used to catch on warm summer nights might just hold the key to making your reef lighting more efficient.
Aquarius Reef Base is the world's only undersea research laboratory. Budget shortfalls threatened the closure of Aquarius, but FIU has submitted a proposal to take over operations from the University of North Carolina Wilmington; As of December 31, 2012, UNCW had already terminated operations at Aquarius due to insufficient funding, but now Aquarius will be back in business under FIU administration.
As beautiful as stony reefs stocked with colorful SPS are, let's face it: They're fairly commonplace these days. If you're looking to explore the fringes of our hobby and create an unique exhibit, consider a "muck biotope."
This particular basking shark was tagged just off the coast of Ireland and after a 3,000 mile journey, its satellite tag surfaces just off the coast of Africa.
These two different families of fish look similar in the photo, but it's the video that really showcases mimicry at work.
Mimicry is one of nature's greatest survival tricks. It's one thing to see a photo of two different species that look alike, but it's another thing to see a video of both species behaving alike ... side by side. Thanks to Blennywatcher, we're granted this incredible footage of a juvenile bream mimicking an adult fangblenny.
The holidays are unfortunately over, and most of us returned to work or school this week. If you had a long week like me and need something to help you escape your back-to-work/school doldrums, watch this video. If it doesn't warm your heart, you probably don't have a soul.
While diving an isolated coral reef in the Red Sea, underwater videographer Simon Spear chanced upon this Hawkbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), a critically endangered species. After spending 30 minutes filming the turtle grazing algae, Simon was rewarded with what he calls "a truly magical moment" when the turtle came over to greet his paparazzi before gliding into the blue beyond.
This is the deepest any Acropora has been found on the Great Barrier Reef to date!
Many reefkeepers have heard about Brandon Mason's remarkable Reefbowl pico aquarium: a living reef grown in a one gallon glass vase. Brandon started this miniscule ecosystem in 2006; It's now 2013, and the Reefbowl still thrives.
It's a Small World
Brandon Mason (AKA Brandon429) is an active member in many reefkeeping communities and has regularly shared updates about his grand experiment (if you can call a one gallon body of water that) throughout the years. On New Years Day 2013, Brandon uploaded a new video of his Reefbowl. It shows his seemingly impossible pico system is still flourishing.
Approximately a dozen species of corals occupy nearly every square millimeter of the vase. They're not only surviving; The corals are thriving. The most notable success is the growth of the Blastomussa merletti. Brandon purchased this ten-polyp Blasto in 1999, and since it was added to the Reefbowl, the colony has grown to over 100 polyps even after repeated fraggings.
So how does Brandon manage to keep such a tiny reef aquarium healthy for so long? He credits the following four core techniques for his success:
- Weekly or bi-weekly feedings paired with water changes shortly after.
- Consistent dosing of C-balance
- Use of hydrogen peroxide to control nuisance algae
- Restricting evaporation (and consequently the need for constant topoff) by sealing the vase's lid
To learn more about the Reefbowl, read about its history, philosophy, and design in a nanoreefblog.com article Brandon published in 2010.
The Reefbowl may not appeal to the uninitiated eye. Coralline and SPS encrust the glass. There is no aquascaping to speak of (hey, it's one gallon for crying out loud!). It's guaranteed to score low for WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). And the equipment setup is utilitarian at best.
But to nano/pico reefkeepers, aquarium tinkerers, and microecosystem junkies, Brandon's overgrown saltwater vase is a thing of beauty.
German vendor WhiteCorals.com is receiving a shipment of some of the most amazing mushrooms we've ever seen. They've named them "Jawbreakers," and it's not hard to understand why. "Droolmakers" would have worked too.
We review the ebook written by Mark Callahan (aka Mr. Saltwater Tank) and Steven Pro, which aims to provide fishkeepers with a straightforward discussion about identifying and treating marine fish diseases using simple-to-understand quarantine protocols.
A recent marine survey discovered what may be the world's largest aggregation of Flame Scallops (Limaria hians, a close relative to the tropical Limaria scabra that reefkeepers are familiar with). An estimated 100 million scallops were found at Loch Alsh, a protected Scottish marine reserve.
China’s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, according to a joint Australian study, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss.