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!
This is one massive aquarium! It features sharks, rays, and other marine fishes swimming around the display in a recreated reef structure populated with artificial coral. What really sets this aquarium apart from others in its class is that it is actually cone-shaped!
A Reef Creation, a local fish store and online coral vendor located in Buffalo, N.Y. was burglarized earlier this week of over $20,000 in cash, dry goods and live coral. Please help catch these criminals (video and photo after the jump).
Our hobby advanced quite a bit in 2011! We witnessed some awesome aquarium builds (both photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic), learned more about LED lighting, better understood bacterial counts and how they relate to things like carbon dosing, and discovered the differences in flow from aquarium propeller pumps. Here's the Top 10 magazine articles for 2011. A big "Thank You" to all of our authors for contributing to the advancement of our hobby!
Bali is now shipping out some awesome maricultured "deepwater" Acropora. Extreme Corals (Germany) has received shipment of some extraordinary specimens with unique growth forms that will whet the appetite of any SPS lover in 2012.
In the year 2011, we shared an incredible 2000+ gallon coral farm, watched Tunze demonstrate flow vs. turbulence, witnessed a bizarre one-eyed shark, and were introduced to the EcoTech Marine Radion LED light. Here's a look back at our most popular blogs for 2011.
In December, we learned of a business owner that was facing fines and prison time for smuggling protected species, drooled over some great reef tanks, pined for the ability to never have to clean our glass again, and zapped Aiptasia with deadly laser beams. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for December 2011.
Excessive oxygen radicals harm corals that are stressed by high temperatures causing membrane damage or high light levels generating too much O2 via photosynthesis. Corals respond to this threat by deliberately expelling their symbiotic algae - AKA coral bleaching. Scientists are uncovering the molecular signals and tipping points behind this 'cell suicide.'
The fish is called an Amphioxus and instead of a face or a brain, it has a simple nerve cord running down the length of its back. This was one of the interesting finds in a 2011 government-backed expedition.
The Plug Hub is an interesting cord management system that might just help tame your mess of cords that sit either under or behind your tank.
Here's a feel-good news story for year-end: the Golden Gate Cetacean Research group has reported that harbor porpoise populations are once again on the rise in San Francisco Bay. The big question on their minds is "Why are they returning now after disappearing 65 years ago from the Bay waters?"