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Feature Article: The Great Hawaiian Coral Bleaching Event of 2015: The Untold Story

By Dana Riddle on May 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Dana Riddle reports about Hawaii's highly publicized 2015 mass coral bleaching event, its (unreported) recovery, and the science behind these phenomenons.

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Feature Article: Mesophotic Coral Reefs: Life in the Deep

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Apr 20, 2016 at 09:00 AM

We are all familiar with shallow coral reefs. Growing in warm, clear waters, these colorful ecosystems are easily accessible to divers and snorkelers alike. What is less known is that coral reefs extend into deeper waters, up to almost 200 meters. In these gloomy depths, corals have adapted to low light levels, cold water and elevated nutrients.

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Featured Aquarium: The Reef of Bruce York

By Bruce York on Mar 30, 2016 at 08:00 AM

As much as you can learn from reading books, magazines, blogs, and forums, nothing comes close to hands-on experience. Bruce York's journey with reefkeeping was a fraught with pitfalls and detours, but it's culminated in this beautiful 150 gallon reef.

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Editorial: Terry Siegel's 10-foot reef

By Terry Siegel on Mar 23, 2016 at 09:00 AM

Our Editor in Chief, Terry Siegel, is reinvesting in reefkeeping in a big way! After years of trying to make do with a 90-gallon reef, he realized it wasn't enough to satisfy his reefkeeping passion ... so he has restarted his famous 10-foot long reef tank.

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An Update on Symbiodinium Species and Their Hosts

By Dana Riddle on Feb 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Symbiodinium (AKA zooxanthellae) is the engine that spurs much of coral reef growth. From anatomy to clades, parasitic zoox to coral fidelity, Dana Riddle updates us on this powerhouse symbiont.

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Victorian pioneers of the marine aquarium

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Feb 10, 2016 at 09:00 AM

When we talk about the history of the marine aquarium, we often praise people such as Lee Chin Eng, Peter Wilkens and Jean Jaubert, who did pioneering work in the 20th century. Their innovations and vision helped give rise to the popular marine aquarium hobby we know today. What few people know, however, is that Victorian England saw an aquarium craze 165 years ago, when much ground-breaking work was done. Some of the pioneers of the marine aquarium from that time are George Johnston, Robert Warington, Anna Thynne, William Lloyd and Philip Henry Gosse. In this article, I will detail their work, including the trials and tribulations, which represents some of the early attempts to maintain a balanced marine aquarium.

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On the Giant Clams: Tridacna noae and T. ningaloo

By James W. Fatherree on Jan 06, 2016 at 08:00 AM

The diversity of Tridacnid available to hobbyists has expanded in recent years, and so has the taxonomic confusion among aquarists and researchers alike. James W. Fatherree sheds light on the "new" giant clams.

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Feature Study: Effects of rock preconditioning and irradiance on growth of crustose coralline algae in aquaculture

By Robin de Vries (a*), Tim Wijgerde (b*), Michaël Laterveer (c) on Dec 09, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Due to its high commercial value, live rock is a promising candidate for aquaculture. This poses interesting challenges, as our knowledge of live rock development in aquaculture is limited. The current preliminary study investigated the effects of rock preconditioning and irradiance on the growth of crustose coralline algae (CCA), a desired group of benthic calcifying algae.

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Product Review: EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40 with QuietDrive Driver

By Dana Riddle on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

EcoTech Marine's VorTech pumps recently underwent its first major product evolution. Dana Riddle thoroughly evaluates the new MP40 QuietDrive propeller pumps for their functionality and performance.

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Coral Nutrition, Part Six: Alkaline Earth and Transition Metals

By Dana Riddle on Oct 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Dana Riddle's sixth Coral Nutrition article examines the effect of alkaline earth (e.g. calcium and strontium) and other metals on corals – including some rather surprising information.

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On Stocking a Reef Aquarium: Part I

By James W. Fatherree on Sep 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Reefs are tricky balancing acts of livestock largely learned through trial and error. Fortunately, we have successful aquarists to guide the way. James shares his experiences with stocking a large mixed reef.

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Coral Nutrition, Part Five: Fatty Acids, Including Omega-3 and Omega-6 FAs: Origins and Fates

By Dana Riddle on Aug 12, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Dana Riddle continues his comprehensive exploration of coral nutrition. In this installment, he examines lipids and fatty acids, which help us understand how corals derive their nutrition as well as their feeding preferences.

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Feature Article: Experimental aquaculture of Dendronephthya corals

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Jul 22, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Back in 2005 I first read about Dendronephthya corals, notorious for being difficult to maintain in aquaria. Lacking zooxanthellae, these corals require plankton to stay healthy. In the following years, I read up on the scientific literature, and toyed with the idea of setting up an aquarium specifically designed for Dendronephthya. This led to the launch of a crowd funding project on Indiegogo, to acquire funds for the development of a culture protocol for Dendronephthya corals. Although insufficient funds were gathered to fully develop an aquaculture system and culture protocol, two preliminary experiments were conducted. In this article, I will present the results of these experiments, and provide future directions for research. This may help aquarists to keep pushing the frontier of coral husbandry and aquaculture.

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Coral Nutrition Part 4: Can Nutrient Deficiency Related to Water Motion Induce Coral Bleaching?

By Dana Riddle on Jun 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Science and emotion: Ne'er the two should meet. But they do, and this article will relay my small experience with these two. After writing a book on captive corals and over 300 articles on the same, it takes a lot to get me excited.

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The Reef Aquarium of Jonas Roman

By Jonas Roman on Jun 03, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Swedish aquarist Jonas Roman has established a marvelously successful 650 liter (170 gallon) SPS-dominated, heavily stocked reef primarily using natural filtration methods.

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