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.
We've said this many times before: Time-lapse photography can help us truly appreciate the meaningful movements of slow organisms like corals. Here is a collection of five fascinating short videos including an inflating bubble coral, zoas "flowering," leather corals taking shape, and a ricordea "bubbling over."
We know there are coral reefs in the Persian Gulf, but until recently, we did not know there were reefs in Iraqi waters. A team of divers from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany and the Marine Science Center at the University of Basrah in Iraq made the surprising discovery.
The art/science/aquaculture team, Coral Morphologic, has compiled footage from 23 of their early works "remixed and remastered into a singular half-hour underwater ambient psychedelic trip through the macro world of Florida's coral reef organisms." The 720p version is free to watch. You may also download the 1080p version for $5 with all proceeds going towards reef conservation efforts.
Fluval issued a press release to announce their sponsorship of Ken Nedimyer's Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). Their $5,000 donation, along with Fluval Aquatic Development Manager Francis Yupangco's voluntary dive time, helped CRF outplant staghorn corals.
Let's continue our "new fish species" streak ... this time with a tropical freshwater fish. Melanotaenia flavipinnis is a new species of beloved rainbowfish from New Guinea, Indonesia, and it's a real showstopper.
Thomas Brown has started a crowd-source campaign to fund a documentary about aquariums from the aquarists' perspective. His goal for the movie is "to share the fact that we as aquarium hobbyist love and respect the oceans and nature as a whole."
Thomas Brown tells Advanced Aquarist about himself and describes his vision for the documentary:
I started my YouTube Channel ThomasVisionReef on February 25, 2013.
I live in Atlanta but I currently travel all over the country to create visually stunning and entertaining aquarium videos.
I am passionate about aquariums but I like to keep things light with a little humor on my channel and I don’t proclaim to be an expert in the aquarium hobby. I love being a hobbyist that is why I try to create videos from a hobbyist perspective.
On my YouTube channel I have two main web series, Local Fish Store Travel and Tank Wars. For Local Fish Store Travel I tirelessly seek out and film some of the most unique aquarium stores in the world. I do not charge stores for this exposure, this is simply a means to give back to the hobby by helping small business owners get exposure). The other web series I host is an aquarium competition called Tank Wars. In this series two aquariums similar in size/gallons face off against each other and my viewers get to choose the winner for each episode.
I hold a Bachelor’s and Masters in Fine Arts with a Focus in Film, TV Production and Journalism from New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, NY. If I was to be considered an aquarium nerd then I am equally a film nerd. I wear both titles with pride.
ABOUT "THE AQUARIUM LIFE"
In the documentary “The Aquarium Life” I don’t want the story of the aquarium community told from my perspective. I want the aquarium community to tell its own story and I will just have the privilege to give this amazing hobby a voice by recording its story.
Other directors of documentaries have told me that when filming a documentary the story is not told but found once the filming is all done. With that said I hope to help tell the untold story of people in the aquarium world going out of their way to do good. Businesses investing time and resources for progress with no promise of returns. There are entire communities of fishermen and coral farmers who depend on the sustainable harvest and cultivation of ornamental marine life to feed their families. You can find some of these stories in articles or books but I feel that these stories need to be preserved and shared on a grander scale.
I would also like to share the contributions and innovations being made by hobbyist. I am so excited to become an explorer of the aquarium world when we start filming this documentary. I am sure there is gold waiting to be discovered in exploring the vast world of keeping corals and marine fish. However, without the support of the aquarium community this film cannot be made.
Following the movie Blackfish, we saw a backlash against zoos and aquariums. A common refrain we read is that children can just learn about animals from books, television, and the internet. Now try to tell me any of these media can come close to what these two beautiful children experienced.
At the Long Beach Aquarium, California:
And in front of a home reef aquarium:
There's clearly a lot of new reef fish - and especially new dwarf gobies - out there waiting for science to discover. Last week, we reported on a beautiful new Trimma goby, Trimma helenae. T.helenae is not the only new goby species researchers have recently found. This is Eviota santanai.
We're excited to announce our partnership with Toledo Zoo to bring you a new magazine column. Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates and Dr. Yousuf Jafarey, staff veterinarian will answer your questions about freshwater and saltwater fish health.
Korean reefkeeper "Soolsool's" zeovit tank demonstrates what the proper balance of nutrient levels can achieve.
Scientists are studying what reefkeepers have also discovered. With the popularity of carbon dosing and technological advances in filtration, we now know water with too little nutrients can be just as harmful to corals as too much nutrients.
Trimma helenae is a recently discovered and newly described dwarf goby from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. At only approximately one inch in length, this "tie-dyed" goby rivals any fish for the most colorful species we've seen.
We haven't blogged eye candy in a while, and we've also neglected freshwater aquariums for too long. Sorry! To multitask, here are videos (one underwater!) of two splendid planted aquariums with diverging aquascaping philosophies.
The first aquarium uses nothing but plants to create its aquascape. By carefully placing and pruning plants of varying colors and shapes, this aquascaper is able to "paint" an aquarium reminiscent of fine art.
The second aquarium uses plants and a wood and rock hardscape to create a scenery straight out of a Tolkien fantasy novel. We even get to see the aquascape from a fish's point of view! Man, we love when technology allows us to view our enclosed aquatic worlds in a totally fresh perspective.