This is not photoshopped, and goliath groupers actually get almost twice as big as this guy. Photo by Brett Seymour.
The common name for Epinephelus itajara is goliath grouper for a reason. These things are absolute beasts, growing to over 10ft (3m) long and weighing 800lbs (360kg). They can make meals of almost everything in the Caribbean, including a 4 ft black tip shark on a fisherman's line. Respect the grouper!
Let your nose guide the way: This young clownfish knows the smell of a healthy reef vs an unhealthy one. Photo by Danielle Dixson
As if you need more motivation to keep all your corals healthy, researchers have discovered that fish and corals can both smell distressed and damaged reefs and are repulsed by the odors. Don't make your fish and corals live in insufferable stench!
This might be the dumbest and most entertaining thing we've stumbled across in quite some time, and clearly we aren't alone in this opinion. Using color and spatial detection, two fancy goldfish challenge each other to games of Streetfighter II, and thousands of people turn out to watch it on Twitch. No joke.
Most predators will hunt where prey is most abundant. When prey is scarce, they will move on to new hunting grounds. Not lionfish! These trespassers are the worst house squatters ever. New research by OSU finds they will literally stay in one place and eat everything out of house and home.
A plant-less, coral-less aquarium isn't what we usually write about, but this unique build is a remarkable engineering achievement. And considering where it's located, it's probably a good idea it isn't filled with fussy livestock.
We've written about underwater "waterfalls" before, but this planted aquarium takes the concept up a notch. This 3 foot aquascape features not one but two full-height underwater "waterfalls."
Pachyseris inattesa is the newest described species of 'elephant skin' coral. This new species has a smoother appearance than its congeners aquarists sometimes encounter. The best we can describe P.inattesa is a cross between Montipora verrucosa and Leptoseris sp. corals. (It's a good thing we have pictures!)
Benzodiazepine is a class of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders in humans. But research is finding that this type of drug has a surprising effect on fish. It decreases the mortality of fish fry, makes fish bolder and more active, and feed with more vigor. Is psychoactive medication the next frontier for aquarists and breeders?
For $6500 USD (OBO), you can own a piece of aquarium history. This 31 gallon antique aquarium features amenities you will never see in any modern aquarium such as back-lit stained glass, beveled glass details, iron stand and frame, and marble base. They sure don't make them like they used to.
Let's all welcome the first Madagascar Clownfish baby born in captivity! Breeding a rare species of clownfish has been a goal of mine for many years, and it seems fitting that after 7 batches and thousands of eggs I was able to achieve this with an ‘N’ of one!
We would love to claim credit for this graphic, but this is actually Discovery's real ad campaign for Shark Week 2014. Seriously ...
Remember the days when Discovery channel produced educational programming? This year's Shark Week has proven the network has completely abandoned quality content to pander for ratings. To think: Advanced Aquarist once promoted Shark Week.
Texas-based Fritz Aquatics has reached an agreement with Sergeants Pet Care Products to both manufacture and distribute the popular Mardel chemical/pharmaceutical brand (a product line that includes Maracyn and CopperSafe, which most aquarists have used). Fritz provides Advanced Aquarist with their press release.
A new longfin cory, Corydoras sp. ‘Misiones’ which may turn out to be C.gryphus. Photo by Ian Fuller
This isn't exactly breaking news, but no aquarist publication AFAWK reported about these two Corydoras spp. described earlier this year. And we know how much freshwater aquarists adore cories.
The orange-spotted filefish/harlequin filefish is one of the most beautiful, weirdly shaped and colorful reef fish available to marine aquarists. Once thought of as strict coral-eaters, bold reefkeepers have attempted this species in reef tanks with mostly positive experiences. A new research may explain why.
Tangs, rabbitfish, and parrotfish (above) are expanding their range into temperate waters. Photo by David Sandord (c.c.)
I'm sure this thought has crossed many reefkeepers' minds who live close to the ocean: How cool would it be to have a tropical reef nearby? Careful what we wish for. Many studies show coral reefs and their fish are moving poleward. A new study shows tropical fish are making quick work of temperate kelp forests.