Is there anything more elegant and enchanting than the gentle sway and intoxicating pulsation of xenia corals? If you find their lure irresistible, you might want to read this reef2reef thread titled "So, you think you want to keep Xenia..."
Night diving a reef is a treat, especially if you are using a high intensity LED light that emits spectra between 450-470nm like the unit FiveDiveGear manufacturers for marine biologists and marine explorers.
Scientists have developed a skin care product line using chemicals extracted from captive grown soft corals. The extract contains an anti-inflammatory compound that is said to cure small wounds and (like most lotions marketed today) slow the skin's aging process.
These aren't just any ordinary case either. Simon Garrett and Serene-Reef-Images has created a high-quality phone case with deep, well-defined colors that any reefkeeper would be proud to have cradling their mobile device.
It's that time of year again. Christmas is right around the corner, but the unfortunate reality is many children will find empty stockings. Reef2Reef is once again seeking donations from reefkeepers to purchase toys for children in need. Advanced Aquarist readers proved their generosity last year, and we call on aquarists once again to open your wallets and hearts to help brighten a child's holiday.
Thoughtful, modern (these days, that means minimalistic) aquascaping isn't required when your tank is completely - and we mean completely - filled with stony corals. Check out this outrageously lush reef aquarium from France. Sure, it's a featureless "fruit stand" aquascape, but we dare anyone to argue it doesn't bear glorious fruit.
Probiotic organisms are live microorganisms that are proposed to have health benefits to a host organism. In the case of this clownfish study, researchers tested the effects of a lactic acid bacteria on newly hatched clownfish larvae. The results were surprising!
Fish crime is seemingly on the rise around the world! New Zealand thieves broke onto the grounds of a $16 million mansion ... to steal, of all things, 120 tropical fish (presumably koi) from the estate's pond.
The oceans are a hotbed for new drug discoveries and certain anemones may contribute to new chemicals targeted as insecticides.
The latest issue of Redfish is online now, and this one is packed with saltwater articles. Learn about red slime algae (cyanobacteria), upside-down catfish, the french grunt, and trace elements (major, minor, and trace). Editor Dr. David Midgley also chronicles his latest adventures in reefkeeping.
After receiving a $221,382 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Roger Williams University and the New England Aquarium will begin instruction into fish breeding with other public aquariums.
On November 30, 2012, NOAA issued a press release announcing its plans to consider listing 66 species of stony corals (59 Pacific species and 7 Caribbean) in the Endangered Species Act, classifying them as either threatened or endangered. The public has 90 days to offer comments before NOAA makes its final decision at the end of 2013. We provide the full press release and list of proposed species.
The S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (Singapore) has usurped the title of world's largest aquarium from Georgia Aquarium (USA). Over 11 million gallons of exhibit opened to the public this week.
One problem for fish breeders is how to capture larvae that hatch in the breeding tank either due to inaccessibility to the eggs, a poorly timed hatch, or a host of other problems. The Vossen Larval Fish Trap is a solution to the problem.
We've all seen pictures of reef fish with large parasitic isopod clinging on them. It's not a pretty picture, and it turns out reef fish are doubly (and negatively) affected by having to carry around their unwanted hitchhiker.