In 2011, the York Public School (Australia) began an extraordinary outreach program to educate and inspire local children about coral reefs. Through partnership with the Sydney Aquarium Conservation Fund and their LFS (Salt Aquariums), teacher and aquarist Benjamin Eggins set up a 240 gallon reef aquarium in his classroom ... and brought the living sea to his students.
Aquarium Systems (Europe) has apparently started a new video channel on Vimeo. Their first video (posted yesterday) shows a dissolution test (using all sorts of fancy lab equipment) for their popular Reef Crystals synthetic sea salt.
A coral named Leptoseris troglodyta sheds light on coral-algal symbiosis.
Oxytocin is a chemical found in mammals. It's affectionately (albeit misleadingly) known as the “hug hormone" for its alleged ability to increase trust, generosity, cooperation and empathy. Scientists tested the piscine equivalent of oxytocin on fish's behavior ... and discovered interesting results!
If you have ever been stung by a coral, you have encountered nematocysts. These poison-filled harpoons are used by cnidarians for protection and food gathering. Now you can print an actual anatomical relief model of one!
It's that time of the month again. Our aussie e-magazine friend Redfish has released their latest issue. The September 2012 issue contains articles discussing planted tanks, Rotkeil cichlids, hawkfish, Plesiopidae, and part of of their editor's journey in reefkeeping.
A Japanese toymaker thinks it has the solution for the lazy freshwater and saltwater aquarium keepers: robotic aquarium fish!
A new species of staghorn coral is now officially described as Acropora sirikitiae. A.sirikitiae is found in western Thailand's reef. Also, at least five species formerly of the genus Acropora have been reclassified under the genus Isopora.
MASNA, in conjunction with the Coral Restoration Foundation, creates the memorial reef in memory of the late Gary Meadows at this year's DFW-MACNA.
Researchers believe they have found a substance even more effective at eradication than sodium bisulphate in the continued fight against the dreaded crown-of-thorns starfish.
Due to the resemblance of Yoda's ears to the deep sea worms lips, researchers have named this new species Yoda purpurata.
We may have four additional vectors for palytoxin. Scientists from the University of the Ryukyus - with the help of Coral Morphologic - have identified four probable new zoanthid species in Florida via DNA analysis.
Member of Parliament Bob Katter wants to pay divers $10 per crown-of-thorns starfish they kill on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States has approved a $105 million direct loan for the construction of the Acquario Aquarium in Fortaleza, Brazil; When completed, it will be the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The construction will support approximately 700 American jobs of which 90% are from small US businesses.
Another reason why you should always wear proper personal protective equipment when working in and around your tank - simply rubbing your eye can infect it with palytoxin from stressed Palythoa sp. zoanthids.