Segrest Farms posted new photos of their weird fish, this time shot from conventional angles (instead of the top-down/through-water photos from yesterday). The new side view show the fish is a very unique aberrant moorish idol.
We shared a video the "Dakota Reef" in January of 2013. One full year later, the already spectacular cube reef has grown even more stunning. Check out the 2012 vs 2013 photo comparison and the newest video of this aquatic masterpiece.
Look at the differences in sizes for the blue staghorn Acro, tabling Acro, yellow Sarcophyton leather coral, scrolling Montipora, Seriatopora birdsnest ... honestly, just look at every coral in this before and after. It goes to show how quickly healthy corals can grow.
A new, stunningly red coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru's Paracas National Reserve.
Segrest Farms' latest fish arrival is something of a mystery. This fish appears to be some extreme aberrant and malformed variant of a moorish idol, almost as if it's a hybrid between two entirely different genera.
A new study has found that reef fish expend a lot of energy navigating through big waves especially when the water movement is chaotic. Constantly changing speeds is a huge energy burn, at least for fish that propel themselves with their pectoral fins (and that is most of the reef fish we keep). Does this finding change our approach to water circulation within aquariums? Are we tiring out our fish?
Blenny and captive-bred fanatics rejoice! ORA has announced their newest captive-bred fish, the Red Sea Mimic Blenny (Ecsenius gravieri). This is a beautiful but rarely-available reef-safe species that mimics the venomous Black Lined Fang Blenny.
A mysterious and terrible disease is ravaging starfish up and down the Pacific coastline of North America. The speed of infection, mass mortality, and the way the starfish are dying are all equally shocking. A disease is causing the arms of thousands of starfish to literally rip themselves off their bodies before everything melts away.
The more arms ... to dismember
Imagine a disease that forces your limbs to tear themselves off and run from your body before you dissolve into a mass of goo. While it sounds like the makings of a gore movie, this is exactly what is happening to starfish across the North American Pacific coast. PBS reporter Katie Campbell describes the disease in horrifying terms: "The arms crawl in opposite directions, until they tear away from the body and their insides spill out."
"Starfish Wasting Syndrome" was first observed in the Pacific Northwest last summer and has now spread across most North American Pacific shores. The pathogen responsible for this grotesques disease is still unknown, but scientists say they are making good progress and may reveal the answers in coming months.
A possible (however unlikely and ecologically dangerous) silver lining: What if this pathogen can teach us how to manage Crown of Thorns starfish in the Indo-Pacific?
PBS News reports:
Aside from the fact that most get way too big for almost every private aquarium, this video shows how brutally effective parrotfish are at demolishing stony coral and rock. Just listen to the underwater crunching sounds and you'll understand how their chisel-strong teeth help them serve the important ecological role of reef bioeroders (in this case, turning rock into sand).
Added 2/3/14: Please note not all parrotfish eat live coral. In fact, most are algae eaters. The message of the video is that parrotfish are efficient bioeroders capable of turning rock into sand. Smaller algae-eating species can be kept in reef aquariums but you may experience varying degrees of rock erosion due to algae-grazing activities depending on the parrotfish species, its size, and its personality.
Piranhas are illegal to import into the United States, but that didn't stop one man from mislabeling nearly 40,000 Piranhas as "silver tetras" in an attempt to smuggle a huge school of these notorious predators into Queens, New York.
The documented growth rate of moon jellies over the course of one month subjected to "peanutbutterification".
The staff at The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium are nuts! On a whim, they decided to see if they could use peanut butter as a protein diet substitute for traditional ocean-based feeds for their Aurelia moon jellyfish. The surprising answer: An unequivocal YES!
The art/science team of Coral Morphologic never fails to impress. They shared this out-of-this-world short video of a plate coral consuming a fish under fluoresce in glorious high-def. This clip appears in several media productions including the planetarium film 'CORAL: Rekindling Venus' premiered at Sundance 2013.
This is the 80 gallon rimless reef aquarium of Nathan Hall. Nathan eschews the trappings of trendy reefkeeping for something much more simple (in the best possible sense of the word). He manages to distill reefkeeping to its fundamental beauty.
Watching Nathan's video, I can't help but relive my early days reefkeeping ... days before exotic rockwork, "designer" corals, unobtainium fish, fancy lighting that requires a pHD degree to operate, and dosing everything under the kitchen sink.
Simple, healthy, big coral colonies swaying in the current — I ask you: What more do we really need?
Nathan describes his system:
My 80 Gallon rimless reef aquarium. Mostly soft corals and LPS with a Derasa clam. Equipment consists of 6x39W T5HO, 40 gallon sump, Avast Marine CS-1 skimmer. I perform weekly 10 gallon water changes with Reef Crystals salt.
In collaboration with Tunze, Reef Eden (UK) has developed a new line of high-end all-in-one jellyfish aquariums with functionality and simplicity designed into modern, sleek lines. The Aurelia jellyfish AIOs will premiere in Europe and make their way globally soon after. US prices are yet to be finalized but early estimations are $900.00 for the Aurelia-80 and $1600.00 for the larger Aurelia-220.
It's been a little over two years since the Australian Institute of Marine Science installed an underwater camera to photograph the activity of the marine life over a small section of Davies Reef (GBR). Someone decided to make a 18-month time lapse from this reefcam animating the growth of the table and staghorn Acorpora.
The Kore 5th is a "5+1" advanced digital dosing system. It features five independent dosing control channels plus an additional ATO system, all for the remarkable retail price of ~$430. We traditionally try to report on products objectively, but we have to say the Kore 5th is the most impressive dosing system we've seen yet. We provide detailed information about the doser and its powerful software.