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.
A new study led by Dr. Tim Wijgerde has concluded red light actively represses chlorophyll a and zooxanthellae growth in Stylophora pistillata whereas blue light appears to do the exact opposite.
On February 2014 at approximately 7:30pm, two males walked into Richland Township, PA's Walmart and killed approximately 1,000 fish by poisoning the central filtration system. Authorities have yet to identify the criminals and are now seeking the public's help to bring them to justice by releasing the surveillance video.
The Isis Aquarium is a neat conceptual design not yet on the market but hopefully will be soon. The Isis is essentially a cylindrical aquarium, but instead of stood up, the cylinder is set on its side to create a simple, sleek, and unique exhibit.
Green moray eels (Gymnothorax funebris) usually evoke fear or at least healthy respect from anyone entering their proximity, but we've seen more than one case where these eels are extremely docile — dare we say puppy-like — with their caretakers.
If there is one thing that can make a person "pull a sea cucumber" in the open ocean, it's seeing a shark speeding towards you mouth wide open. Jason Dimitri, a noble diver culling invasive lionfish in the Caribbean, encountered just that ... and recorded the scary shark aggression on his GoPro video camera!
As this sensational video shows, culling lionfish is not without its risks. Jason endorses support of organizations like REEF.org to help with their marine conservation and education programs.
This post has admittedly little to do with aquariums except one very important lesson (one we've spoken about many times before): NEVER dispose of your aquarium contents - livestock, substrate/decoration, even water - into local bodies of water. Irresponsible actions like this not only potentially upend native ecosystems with invasive species but also endanger people who have to clean up your mess.
NOAA scientists surveyed the deep coral reefs of Northwestern Hawaii over a two-year period and concluded that a remarkable percentage of fish (upwards of 90 percent for the deep reef) are found here and no where else.
At The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2013 in Hanover, Germany, professional aquascaper Oliver Knott presented this mind-blowing aquatic creation where nature aquarium meets fantasy.
This relatively short research paper is packed with interesting information about Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW), including 1) A hierarchical (partial) list of which Acroporids AEFWs prefer, 2) AEFWs assimilate Acropora's zooxanthallae and fluorescence like their host corals, and 3) AEFW die 5-7 days without a host suggesting that the zooxanthallae do not supply them with any energy, only camouflage.