To simplify the operation of Giesemann's new, advanced FUTURA and FUTURA-S LED lighting fixtures, the German manufacturer is now providing users six downloadable lighting schedule profiles. Profiles for the TESZLA-BT will also be available shortly.
Australian coral and clam farmer Acro Al is auctioning off the first fully aquacultured Tridacna maxima. Tridacnas have been farmed in open-system raceways for some time, and they're now being captive bred in closed systems too!
A ten year old, meter-long Chagoi Koi disappeared from the Romsey World of Water (England) pond after a severe flood this February. Two months later, a woman walking her dog alongside a river spotted the koi. The fish has returned home and is reunited with his owners.
Carnation corals are incredibly beautiful but also currently incredibly difficult to keep alive in captivity. Research aims to discover the husbandry requirements of these corals. Image credit: Walmyr Buzatto
Dr. Tim Wijgerde and Michaël Laterveer are embarking on new research to discover knowledge and develop protocols to grow and farm azooxanthellate reef invertebrates. To fund the required work, they are seeking the financial contributions of aquarists and the aquarium industry.
youtuber zefrank1's latest "documentary" is all about our future overlords. This is the second time he's focused his brilliant comedic efforts on cephalopods (possible fetish?) and his fifth about aquatic life. What the heck; We'll share all five videos in reverse chronological order in case you haven't watched them. Warning: Giggling may ensue.
According to Avinash, this corrected photo is a better representation of the Space Aquarium in real life.
Not much thought usually goes into our aquarium backgrounds. Enter Avinash Arora, who decided to take this 135 gallon fish tank into the cosmos with this gorgeous dynamically-lit space-scape. The geek in me is doing a happy dance.
Nat Geo WILD issued a press release announcing the new season of their aquarium reality series, Fish Tank Kings. The first episode of season 3 premieres Monday, April 28 at 9PM ET/PT. We share the press release after the jump.
Innovative Marine has a good habit of publishing high quality video highlighting the form and function of their products. They just posted a new video showcasing their latest product line, the NUVO FUSION all-in-one aquariums. The NUVO FUSION will be available nationwide on April 7, 2014.
For a successful business, you go where the money is. The growing demand for edible pets has motivated ORA Farm to shift their business model from captive bred marine ornamentals to sugary fish-shaped snacks. ORA will leverage their brand by initially launching a full line of colorful cookies shaped like the captive bred clownfish ORA has become synonymous with.
An unbelievable whale shark was observed off the coast of Ko Samui, Thailand. The yet undescribed species is similar in physiology to the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and may become only the second Rhincodontidae. It is differentiated from R.typus on the basis of its unique colour pattern.
Pedro Rosa's talent with a video camera is the perfect compliment to his undeniable gift for aquascaping. Over the past three months, he's posted a series of videos chronicling his latest creation: an ADA 60P nature aquascape. We share all four episodes within this series starting from the very beginning hardscape to the lush Utopia it has matured into.
We haven't given a proper shout-out to our friends Ned and Anna DeLoach at blennywatcher.com in a while. They recently dived the small Caribbean island of Dominica (southeast of Puerto Rico) and captured beautiful photographs of some of the cutest fish we've laid eyes on.
The Kamo Aquarium at Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture (Japan) needed to raise funds to renovate and reopen its aging facilities. When the city issued 300 million yen worth of bonds for the aquarium's remodel in April 2013, they sold all the bonds within 20 minutes! In the most recent public offering of bonds, the city decided to run a lottery ... with jellyfish picking the first winners.
Every now and then, we encounter content that is so remarkable that we simply throw up our hands and say "You win! We aren't going to find better material for our blog today." This video was such an encounter. If your mind isn't blown by this time lapse compilation, you need to get your eyes (or sanity) checked
We share this captivating video with permission from Daniel Stoupin. His spectacular macrophotographic work serves as inspiration for marine aquarists to further understand and appreciate the life we steward as well as increase awareness for reef sciences and conservation, both of which Advanced Aquarist is equally committed to. As Daniel says so poignantly: "I know that my clip will be shared largely in aquarist circles and I’d like to say: I’m not asking to throw away your passions and hobbies, but please think carefully about what you really love, protect, and invest in."
Daniel Stoupin describes his stunning work of art:
"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.
Learn more about what you see in my post: notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/slow-life.html
This clip, as well as stock footage, is available in 4k resolution. Make sure you watch it on a large screen! You won't be able to appreciate this clip or see individual cells moving in a sponge on a smartphone.
To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.
Visit my website to see more cool stuff: microworldsphotography.com
Editor's Note: You REALLY should visit his website as it contains more incredible macro imagery, many of which are aquatic. The world is replete with intricate beauty the naked eye has a hard time appreciating.
This video of a juvenile dwarf cuttlefish eating a captive raised designer clownfish is not just fantastic to watch, but it may point us in a new direction for feeding marine predators.