Can we call this the skittles killifish? Anablepsoides chapare is a new killifish species from the Amazon. Red, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange, magenta, teal, etc. This little fish has it.
Researchers have described a new, beautiful species of Caribbean Pagurid hermit crab. The "Candy striped hermit crab" appears to have a symbiotic relationship with the most unexpected of animals: moray eels.
I am as guilty as the next reefkeeper who shuns soft corals in favor of stony corals. But when I see a soft coral reef tank as beautiful as MikeC's aquarium, I'm forced to reevaluate my preferences.
A research has concluded that cyanobacteria (e.g. Spirulina), previously thought to be the main supplier of B-12 in the oceans, actually produces a fake version of the vitamin. True B-12 is important to animal health, but who is making all the B-12 for sea life?
Researchers have described three new Melanorivulus sp. killifish from the savannas of central Brazilian high plateaus. Meet Melanorivulus ignescens, M. flavipinnis, and M. regularis.
In an effort to eradicate invasive European carp, the Australian Government plans to introduce a herpesvirus into the environment at the end of 2018. The virus specifically targets only carps, but this means that Japanese koi are also susceptible to the virus.
Aquatic Life has released a reef version of their attractive, simple-to-program EDGE LED lights. The spectrum of the new light is designed with corals in mind; their relatively modest wattage (36" @ 48W and 48" @ 71W) make the EDGE Reef LED suitable primarily for LPS and soft corals or very shallow SPS reefs.
Details about the planned public aquarium were announced over the weekend. Instead of one large building, the relatively modest but beautiful aquarium is designed as an open campus spanning four main buildings with outdoor exhibits in between.
A recent report of a rare Mycobacterium marinum infection in an aquarist's lungs is a good excuse to remind all aquarists to practice safe, hygienic fishkeeping. Don't foget your aquarium is a chemical and biological soup.
Phyllopteryx dewysea was described in 2015 based on trawled specimens from Western Australia. Scientists searched the deep waters off the Australian coastline in an attempt to film living Ruby Seadragons in their natural setting. In April 2016: success! This weekend, researchers published the first live video of the mythical seahorse.
Researchers at Scripps Oceanography and the Western Australian Museum capture on video the first-ever field sighting of the newly discovered third species of seadragon. As they observed two Ruby Seadragons on video for nearly 30 minutes, the scientists uncovered new details about their anatomy, habitat, and behavior.
The video shows the Ruby Seadragon is unique among seadragons in having a curled prehensile tail that is found on many Syngnathids (e.g. seahorses) but not on the two other seadragon species, the Weedy and Leafy Seadragons. Ruby Seadragons likely use their tails to anchor themselves to the seafloor in strong currents or perhaps for some other yet-discovered purpose.
Also, unlike the Common and Leafy Seadragons, the Ruby Seadragon lives at far greater depth. The video was recorded at over 164 feet deep by a mini-remotely-operated-vehicle. The footage shows that unlike the lush habitats of the other seadragons, which are dominated by seagrasses and seaweeds, the Ruby Seadragon lives in a mixed reef and sandy habitat sparsely populated with macroalgae, seafans, corals, and sponges. The water currents also appear very strong for Syngnathids. Scientists really did not expect to find seadragons existing in this type of habitat. Then again, no one thought we would discover a third, new seadragon species, the last species having been discovered 150 years ago.
The new research was published in Marine Biodiversity Records.
This award-winning video reveals the psychedelic movements of corals as only time-lapse photography can capture. The four-minute video (composed of 25,000 photographs) features gorgeous LPS corals with cameos from zoas, clams, and feather duster worms.
In 2015, Dana Luebben said he "wanted to build an aquarium to host some fish and got a little carried away." The result? This magnificent indoor waterfall aquarium, which is the best use of an awkward staircase wall we've ever seen.
Like most organisms, corals and zooxanthallae have built-in circadian clocks. Research shows that if you change the lighting schedule, it can take corals some time to adjust their calcification to a new circadian rhythm.
Some fish have a strange and unexplained habit of lying perfectly still - sometimes on their sides or even their backs. It's a really fascinating behavior that is both entertaining and terrifying seen for the first time for an owner who thinks his fish is dying.
This is Stiphodon anniaeae. It may look saltwater, but this gaudy goby was only recently discovered (2014) on the rocky bottom of clear freshwater streams in Indonesia.