Martin takes Advanced Aquarist's readers back to the way things were at the dawn of marine fish culture and discusses the breeding of the Atlantic Neon Goby.
For years we were instructed to keep these fish in larger spaces for success, but I firmly believe in pushing the boundaries a little to see what we get. These fish spawned in a 25-gallon system repeatedly, and yes some Cirrhilabrus wrasses will require larger spaces because of their size but it can be done!
If you’re thinking of starting up a seahorse tank, then this episode is for you. Join AmericanReef as we interview a unique and successful hobbyist who has been keeping these amazing sea creatures for close to half of his life.
What seemed impossible to many just a few years ago is now reality - this LED luminaire can complete with metal halides when used over coral reef aquaria of sizes commonly seen in homes. I've had another Blue Moon Aquatics LED system in operation for over a year and report no problems with it. If that is any indication, one should get long, reliable service from the P30 luminaire.
It's been said a million times that aragonite helps buffer aquarium water, or helps maintain calcium concentrations, while other (carbonate) substrates do not. However, to the best of my knowledge this simply isn't true.
New research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that extracoelenteric feeding on zooplankton can far exceed internal feeding in terms of prey captured and nutrients acquired. The take home message from this research is that corals are voracious predators, perfectly adapted to capturing unsuspecting prey from the water column with their cnidocyte-bearing tentacles.
Feature Aquarium: Small Wonders - 3 'Postmodern' nano aquariums that are small in stature, yet big in impact
Small in stature, yet big in impact, these are but a few examples of the wealth of potential offered by the wonderful marriage of the 'Postmodern'; nano aquarium and the creative hobbyist. The aquarium world is being re-invented daily, thanks to this union.
While the clownfish of the Skunk Complex share many characteristics, each species is uniquely interesting and attractive. Thus, it is worthwhile to develop a basic understanding of how members of this oftentimes overlooked complex are distinguished from one another.
AmericanReef Video Podcast: Part II - Can Coral Reefs Survive Ocean Acidification and Global Warming?
American Reef returns to Reef Systems Coral Farms, a collaborator in an important study of how both global warming and increasing ocean acidity affect coral life. Part 2 of 2.
Corals keep mystifying and challenging us, whether we are aquarists, divers or scientists. Our understanding of corals and their symbiotic organisms has been a long road, and knowledge of their biology is ever increasing. Even today, marine biologists are working hard to unravel the complex physiology of these amazing animals. The question however is: how do they do that?
Notwithstanding their many similarities, each species in the Clarkii Complex is uniquely interesting and attractive. Equipped with an awareness of the characteristics that distinguish members of the complex from one another, keeping these fishes may perhaps be even more rewarding.
A few years ago when I was working on my book about giant clams, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the CV Dinar coral and giant clam aquaculture facility in Indonesia. I'm sure a lot of hobbyists have heard of the "farms" in the Pacific, but I figured I'd give you something of a virtual tour of the place and show you a bit about how things are done there. It was quite interesting to say the least.
Product Review: Inexpensive Analytical Devices: Hanna Instruments' Checkers: Alkalinity and Phosphate
In many cases, results from colorimeters are superior to visually judging colored samples. Will an inexpensive device deliver results comparable to an expensive spectrophotometer? Dana tests the Hanna Checkers to find out.
American Reef returns to Reef Systems Coral Farms, a collaborator in an important study of how both global warming and increasing ocean acidity affect coral life. Part 1 of 2.
LED lighting for reef tanks is on its way to becoming a reality, and various designs and configurations are making their way into the market.