Vandals who are clearly knowledgeable about coral biology have reportedly poisoned the holding tanks at Saltwater Fanta-seas (a LFS in Portland, Oregon) by pouring a copper solution into their system.
We unbox and review the new Waveline DC-5000 pump by H20 Systems. The DC-5000 is a speed-controllable direct current circulation pump rated for 5,000lph (1320gph) at only 40 watts. Does it live up to its billing?
Razor clams have the ability to burrow up to 30 inches into the sand yet data on the clams' "muscle power" shows that it should not have the strength to burrow deeper than 1 inch. How is it able to dig that deep with its "limited" abilities?
Innovative Marine, a company known for their aesthetically appealing all-in-one aquariums, has released a new LED system: The Skkyelight Dimmable Dual Strip LED.
Vancouver Aquarium began rearing close to 400 opalescent squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) paralarvae in March, 2012. They have posted a spectacular video of a tiny baby squid. Keep in mind the baby you see is the size of a rice grain!
The ocean is filled with animals we have yet to discover ... even in the shallow tropical seas of Bali, Indonesia. Ned DeLoach captures images of an undescribed Petroscirtes sp. fangblenny.
Deep sea vehicles like the Alvin submarine are invaluable tools for researching deep sea sites like hydrothermal vents. However, if not properly cleaned they can inadvertently transfer non-native species between dive sites as scientists have just discovered.
Reef life will seemingly congregate on any hard substrate. In the Red Sea, corals, anemones, and fish make homes out of a sunken anti-aircraft tank (yes, TANK!) and a giant British ship. In Hawaii, free-divers visit the artificial reef of a WWII fighter plane.
The United States celebrates Memorial Day tomorrow - a day to remember the fallen. There isn't a more fitting destination this week than the wreck of WWII naval ship Liberty. Her story doesn't end in devastation; Living coral gardens now decorate her steel haul.
Sulawesi, Indonesia: Watch an ingenious carrier crab carry a spiny sea urchin and use it as a shield from predators.
ADA shares a video of two completed giant nature aquariums at Sumida Aquarium. Although the video is in Japanese, the breathtaking imagery transcends language barriers. Takashi Amano never ceases to impress.
Niels Ketelaar from the Netherlands shared his beautiful 250 liter (65 gallon) room-divider aquarium with our friends at 3reef.com. His system marries warm wood-panel cabinetry, cool contemporary canopy, and living reef to create an unique architectural centerpiece.
Originally published May 19, 2011: (Not for the bandwidth-challenged!) Here are photos of spectacular Blastomussa wellsi corals from members of Reef2Reef.com. I think it's safe to say: B.wellsi rivals any coral species for exotic colors and patterns.
A 200 gallon exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium has proven to be quite effective at producing captive grown Tubastrea colonies via asexual budding of parent colonies. Although captive reproduction of Tubastrea has been documented since at least 1993 when Joe Yaiullo wrote about it, we hope these images inspire some folks to try their hand at a simple method for captively propagating these corals en masse for the aquarium hobby.
Sedimentation due to terrestrial runoff or from large storms like tsunamis can have drastic affects on corals, leading in many cases to "rapid coral death by deadly chain reaction" if the sediment is not removed promptly.