Pacific Sun is on a roll lately with a lot of ingenious "why didn't anyone think of that" product launches. Their newest invention is the Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer - a 5 station stirring platform to compliment their powerful Kore 5th doser. Never shake bottles again.
Prior to MBARI's video shot this month, 'Finding Nemo' was the best video to see a "living" deep-sea angler.
At a depth of 600 meters, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured video of one of the least documented and craziest fish in the world: a 9cm long Melanocetus sp. deep-sea angler, AKA black seadevil. You may remember seeing an animated depiction of this fish in a obscure lil' movie called "Finding Nemo."
Fish collection for the aquarium trade is a hotly debated topic right now in West Hawaii, where their county council is considering measures to regulate the aquarium trade - from bagging requirements to bans. They've accepted public commentaries. However, when you see such explicit disregard for science, where do we go from here?
Big industry news! Petco has announced that it is acquiring online pet retailer Drs. Foster and Smith, whose assets includes Live Aquaria. We share their press release.
German aquascaper Eddy based his latest aquarium, Roca De Plata ("Silver Rock") on the concept of a gnarly flooded tree base rooted over grey slate stones. The effect is gorgeous!
Some importers/wholesalers pass point-of-origin information on to retailers. Quality Marine, one of the largest importers of marine aquarium fishes, makes tank tags like the one pictured here available to all of their retail customers.
In this series, we ask what sustainably minded aquarists should do when it comes to sourcing animals. Last week, I suggested the sustainably minded aquarist source fishes from smaller developing island nations or fisheries in Hawaii or Australia. Today I’ll explain why and consider whether cultured fishes are the most sustainable choice.
Taiwanese designer Charmvilla has come up with this novel tea bag that is max level awesome. Sipping tea has never been this much fun.
Mikolai Adamus has designed a modern public aquarium for Gdynia, Poland, which he hopes to replace the current aquarium at the South Pier. We absolutely love the trend of using public aquariums as modern architectural showcases.
Aquarium-related news has been quite slow this week so we've decided to have fun this Friday by turning the clock back to 2010 when Stuart Hughes introduced the most expensive and over-the-top residential aquarium ever made. You will not believe the price or the details.
Here is a planted aquascape that breaks the mold for what classical planted tanks look like. It's a playful assemblage of shapes and colors - complete with dramatic backlighting - resulting in a fantasy-world impression. Yay or nay?
We love the youtube channel, Smarter Every Day, where science is introduced to viewers in an entertaining and inspiring way without severely dumbing down the content (something Advanced Aquarist strives for ourselves). These particular episodes are of particular interest to fish geeks.
Suffice it to say, don't try this at home (or at your LFS). It's much safer to just subscribe to Smarter Every Day and let the professionals demonstrate the magic of science.
And here is a bonus SED video, who once again visits James Cook University to investigate - in slow motion - the powerful punch of mantis shrimp. Science is so damn neato.
Mars is USA's 3rd largest privately owned company whose product line includes many popular snack brands such as M&M, Mars bar, Skittles, and Life Savers. But did you know Mars also owns many pet care brands like Pedigree, Whiskas, and Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc (API)? They've put some of their profits to good use restoring Indonesian coral reefs this past summer. Mars shares their story with Advanced Aquarist.
Scientists have manipulated the genes of zebra danio to essentially turn off their trademark stripes. If you already have reservations about selective breeding to create novel morphs and man-made hybrids, imagine what messing with a fish's gene can achieve.
The new Pacific Sun Pandora Hyperions feature their latest SMT LED panels plus a whopping 6 to 8 T5 tubes (3-4x more compared to the original version). Some units have already trickled out, but global distribution is scheduled for December 2014.
While covering the marine aquarium trade at the intersection of science and sustainability, I’m frequently asked what the sustainably minded aquarist should do. Over the next ten weeks, I’ll try to answer that question as best I’m able beginning with a fundamental truth of which many beginning aquarists are unaware.