Acropora is adapted to growing fast and excelling in competition (shown here), but it ultimately loses when the physical environment changes to become more harsh. (photo courtesy C. Birkeland)
A new research paper published by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa concludes that as sea temperatures and ocean acidification rise, the corals most finely tuned for fast growth may be the most vulnerable: The Acroporids. The most abundant reef-building corals will not find safety in numbers.
Mindstream Aquarium Monitoring System aims to dramatically change how aquarists measure aquarium parameters
Mindstream is one of the most exciting new devices to cross our desks in a long time. This upcoming device is a total aquarium monitoring system that automatically takes measurements of multiple aquarium parameters such as pH, dKH, ammonia, NO2, NO3, Ca, Mg, salinity, oxygen, and temperature ... yeah, basically everything you'd ever test for. And it does this without test reagents or strips, and transmits data wirelessly to boot! Mindstream provides Advanced Aquarist with the first detailed look behind their monitoring system.
Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) is an annual event held in Southern California every Fall for the past decade. Next year, RAP- billed as the US' largest marine aquarium event - is venturing to the east coast for the first time. On April 26-27, 2014, Orlando Florida will host the first RAP outside of California.
We stumbled upon this video earlier in the week that left us laughing and scratching our heads. This is apparently an entire game centered around dressing up a cartoon girl for a visit to a public aquarium. Yes guys and gals, this really exists.
We're going to end this week with some fun videos (serious articles will just have to wait until next week!). Since our most popular blog post this week was The Ultimate Betta Fish Aquarium, let's start with this video of redditer freehorse's veiltail betta Avid "playing" soccer. Don't you just love people who love their fish?
In a major new international report, experts conclude that the acidity of the world's ocean may increase by around 170% by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses. People who rely on the ocean's ecosystem services – often in developing countries - are especially vulnerable.
Mr. Rutherford instructs his students on how to propagate corals. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon)
Teacher Brandon Rutherford has come up with a wonderful way to engage his young students with science. In his Illinois classroom, the children are taught to propagate live coral from the classroom's 160 gallon reef aquarium.
Renovations to the US Commerce Department building has forced the closing of United States' oldest continuously operated public aquarium, which was located on the building's bottom floor. National Geographics shared this short and surprisingly touching video of the aquarium's final days.
Here he is: Blinky the crab. It has three eyes, just like the fish on The Simpsons. However its origin is definitely different than its cartoon counterpart.
This has got to rank as one of the (if not the) best betta exhibits ever. At ZooBotanica 2013 fair, a Polish zoological and botanical trade show, members of a local aquarium society presented this glorious multi-level aquatic betta terrace. DefiniteAquascapeTV captured equally incredible video of an adventurous male betta navigating (base jumping!) its way from the top terrace down to the bottom.
Definiteaquascape.tv describes their video:
There was a single male siamese fighting fish Betta splendes in the ricefield aquarium made by members of Association of Fishkeepers from Wrocław (http://www.wta.org.pl) at ZooBotanica 2013 fair. Betta was supposed to swim in the upper terrace, where glass was installed in the wall to allow the viewers to see the fish. However, our Betta had different plans, and each time we put him into the upper terrace - sooner or later he jumped out, all the way down to the main compartment of the aquarium.
It's very interesting to observe the behaviour of the fish - he is clearly examining the wall of the terrace, to find the best spot (even though during the second jump he mis-identified the spot, and chose to go over dry land instead of going through the small "waterfall" - but he succeeded anyway).
A very intelligent fish, which deserves to be kept in a well furnished aquarium, not in a fishbowl with kitsch-colorful gravel and plastic plant!
And remember - ALWAYS cover tight your Betta tank, because this fish can jump out and escape through even smallest crevices in the aquarium hood !!
Gramma dejongi is a gorgeous basslet that was only recently discovered in Cuba in 2010. In 2013, the first ever G.dejongi was spotted outside of Cuba at Little Cayman Island. This sighting is a big deal for basslet lovers in the United States because now there is the potential to import this fish.
Biologist Joe Quattro led a team that uncovered a new species of scalloped hammerhead shark off the South Carolina coast.
Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases.
iBluewater calls this misbarred clownfish The Turquoise Tail Line Maroon. The turquoise tail stripe is certainly distinctive (hence its namesake), but equally special is the faded middle bar with a distinctive top "dot" similar to the blue spotted maroons iBluewater imported in 2010. Furthermore, the head bar is a different golden pigment.
Entrepreneur Charlie Harry Francis from Bristol, UK has created something completely unique: glow-in-the-dark ice cream using bioluminescent proteins from jellyfish. Yum?!
Dr. Peter Wirtz is auctioning off the naming rights to a new species of blenny in order to help fund the work required to officially describe it. Here's a chance to have your name (or that of a loved one) immortalized while helping a good scientific cause.