This week's destination really needs no introduction. Being the world's largest reef structure, there's no shortage of underwater dive sites to explore. We have not one, not two, but three professional videos of the GBR for you this week.
Aquaculture farm ORA (Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums) has added another colorful coral to their stable of captive bred livestock: The ORA Confusa. Like previous ORA corals, this once-rare species should quickly become a popularly traded and accessible coral for generations to come.
Ocean sunfish are the heaviest bony fish known and even they are prone to parasites and need to have them removed. In a recent paper in the journal Marine Biology, scientists report on the potential symbiotic cleaning relationship between ocean sunfish and albatrosses which up until this time has never been documented.
I love large aquariums. I love cube tanks. I love open aquascaping. And I love big, healthy fish and corals. So it's no surprise I love Dakota Reef's Cube Reef Aquarium. I hope this aquarium serves as inspiration. Here's to a great weekend of fishkeeping!
Some of us have heard of the commensal / parasitic relationship that pearlfish have with sea cucumbers, but how many of us have actually seen a pearlfish enter its host cucumber through the anus where it hangs out most of the time?
Take a gander at this Tridacna maxima offered for sale by Pacific East Aquaculture for the jaw-dropping price of $999 USD. One can only guess how this clam came to develop two distinct phenotypes ... truly a bipolar bivalve!
No, not the dolphin "Flipper." This is a magnetic algae scraper named Fl!pper and it does something that no other scraper can do. One side has a scrubber-pad and the other has a razor blade attachment. What is cool about the unit is that you can flip it in the tank from one work surface to another without getting your hands wet.
We are excited to announce that the next edition of the Advanced Aquarist book series is now available. This volume covers July through December 2011 and is currently available from both CreateSpace and Amazon.com. Order your copy today!
In more Floridian news, Bay County commissioners have accepted a $60,000 grant from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to construct ten new artificial reefs by the end of summer.
Joe Romeiro has just published another beautiful video of a battle-scarred great white shark from Isla Guadalupe. If you've got three minutes to spare, it's definitely worth watching.
For three straight winters, Florida has suffered unseasonably cold weather which have destroyed not only fruit crops but tropical fish as well. Ornamental fish farms have learned lessons from the past two winters and are once again bracing for the worst.
Destination Reefs Video Series is back, and this Sunday we visit a location every reefkeeper is familiar with: Fiji! Many of our livestock - both fish and corals - come from Fiji. These videos of lush tropical gardens show why Fiji is such a popular collection site for the aquarium trade.
Lipogramma robinsi is the latest deep water reef fish to be collected from Curacao (Caribbean Sea) using a deep-sea submersible. Now Blue Harbor has uploaded a video of this rarity; This is the first live footage we are aware of.
Ever wondered what pods look like under extreme magnification? Wonder no more. Eric Roth shares with Advanced Aquarist some incredible images of amphipods and copepods under an electron microscope.
We are pleased to announce that the December 2011 issue is now available for download for only $0.99. The download includes the complete issue in PDF, Kindle, and Nook / ePub format. It's a great way to read Advanced Aquarist while away from your computer while you're on the go!