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.
Dr. Bruce Carlson produced a wonderful video demonstrating the resilient capacity of coral reefs if humans would simply stop interfering with nature. It seems like common sense, but it's a lesson many people and governments have not taken to heart.
Two venerable hi-tech aquarium manufacturers are joining forces. Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illuminations announced their merger this morning. Both brands will remain independent but the merger will allow opportunities for joint product development. We share their press release.
If you're searching for a prolific marine algae grazer that feeds on almost every type of algae, is reef-safe, stays small, doesn't bulldoze, and is fairly hardy and long-lived, I present the tuxedo urchin for your consideration. Here is my tip of the hat to my favorite reef cleaner, Mespilia globulus!
Who wouldn't want a prehistoric-looking sea dragon to mow down your algae? Well, you can't have one. Though not quite dragon-esqe in size, marine iguanas still grow to 6 feet in length and are protected under local laws and CITES. We can always fantasize though.
Godzilla is a vegetarian
The marine iguana is the world's only marine lizard. It cruises the waters around Galápagos Islands in search of algae to graze. Seeing these reptiles swim with serpentine grace is an impressive sight to behold. And just look at those monstrous claws that enable the iguanas to cling to rocks while it stuffs itself with algae!
What do you do when a Scribbled Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus duboulayi) has a bowel obstruction? Marine breeder Chad Vossen saved his friend's fish with surgery. We share this inspiring story of true dedication for the fish we keep.
Eco-vandals who used chemicals to graffiti live coral at Kontiki Wall in Barangay Maribago, Philippines. The divers chemically burned their names on several large colonies of stony corals at the dive site.
A fish that you never have to feed, that never gets sick, that never dies ... obviously does not exist. But if you're cool with an artificial substitute, these free-swimming robotic fish could be the perfect "robostock" for the disengaged aquarist.
Dannish aquarist Peder Bjerge's "Gilleleje" reef is a living work of art. The latest video of his aquarium (produced by Dino Bit Siaras and published by Kenneth Olson) takes us up close and personal in as literal a way possible: underwater footage inside Peder's tank!
Lophelia (commonly called eye-coral), like that seen in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, was found by a Canadian research vessel on the Southern tip of Greenland. They were discovered when equipment for the vessel was tangled in the colony at approximately 3000 feet of depth.
An intrepid reef aquarist wanted some larger heads of coral in his tank, so he 3D printed two large SPS models for his display. Watch the time-lapse print after the jump.
Innovative Marine will soon launch a new line of all-in-one aquariums called the NUVO Fusion. The NUVO Fusion will slot between IM's Midsize and recently introduced SR lines. In essence, the Fusion is a miniaturized version of the successful SR AIOs sharing most of its features: high clarity glass, mesh screen tops, leveling mats and upgraded (optional) stands.
Do you think giant isopods are cute and cuddly? Apparently some people do! Now you can buy giant plush isopods in different sizes for that person you know and love.
Trinity College Dublin shared a news release regarding two research papers studying birds' and fishes' openness to try new foods. The findings invite aquarists to think about the reasons and possible solutions to finicky fish that most of us have (or will) encountered.
A highly concerning new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin indicates that glyphosate (i.e. Roundup weed killer) may potentially harm coral reefs due to its persistence in saltwater.