Research shows that sea cucumbers account for a remarkable half of total nighttime calcium carbonate dissolution for coral reefs. In other words, as cukes sift and process sand through its digestive system, they dissolve a lot of CaCO3 and recycle calcium and carbonate back into the water as nutrients for new coral growth.
There is a shortage of product and research news to report this week due to the holiday season, so we thought what better time to share more videos of thriving reef displays. Here is video of a healthy reef with one of the largest Acropora staghorns we've seen.
Living Color shares with Advanced Aquarist their latest 650 gallon (2,500 liter) reef installation. This large aquarium mixes artificial reef structure with live rock and cultured ORA corals to form an unique and sustainable reef system.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This week's Destination Reefs is a medley of footage from Indoensia, Palau, and the Philippines with an amazing back-story. Many of us are in the company of friends and loved ones this weekend. But that doesn't mean we can't still have our digital tropical getaway, right?
"Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" just got a little more interesting. To celebrate the season, Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City, Utah created an inventive display that is controlled by the electrical pulses of an electric eel.
Coming soon to a LFS near you: Papua New Guinea fish and corals! With the on-again/off-again availability of livestock from PNG, we are excited to read Ret Talbot/CORAL's report that EcoAquariums PNG is now shipping marine fishes (and soon corals).
This seems a bit like adding insult to injury, but recently scientists unearthed a 150-million year old squid that was so well preserved that they could actually use its own ink to draw a likeness of the animal.
Large tanks are inherently cool. Chris Ozment's 435 gallon (1650 liter) reef takes the cool factor and runs away with it! Started in January, 2010, this large "low profile" aquarium has filled out very nicely. Many large fish now patrol over healthy and supremely colorful coral colonies.
The Waldorf Astoria located on the northernmost Maldives atoll has begun a reef restoration program in their area. They have partnered with Seamarc, a marine consultancy firm, and now allow guests to help build new reef structures and restore damaged reefs through their new partnership.
A local fish store in Lincoln, Nebraska was burglarized this past weekend. We've reported on several crimes perpetrated on LFS this year, all of which were deplorable acts without any redeeming value. However, this bizarre burglary got a chuckle out of us. Read on to find out why.
This black beauty (or beast depending on your opinion of tomato clowns) was just spotted over at the Marine Breeding Initiative website this weekend. It's a 100% black and white tomato clown bred by Jonathan Foster of FishEye Aquaculture.
Advanced Aquarist is proud to introduce our new resident photographer, Mitchell Brown! Mitchell has a keen eye for color and composition and will graciously share his aquarium photography for use in our magazine, blog, and wallpapers. Take a look at some of his wonderful work!
Elos, the Italian equipment manufacturer known for high-end aquarium components is planning to open a new Aqua Studio in early 2012 just a short hike from Manhattan in Short Hills, New Jersey.
Tired of scraping algae from your aquarium glass? A new glass cleaner / scraper called the RoboSnail will take your cares away. It's a programmable cleaner that the user can setup so that you never have to worry about this chore again.
One mystery has long baffled scientists: Why is dolomite (a calcium carbonate mineral like aragonite) so abundant in fossil coral reefs but seemingly absent in modern reefs? A serendipitous discovery may finally provide us the answer to this age-old head-scratcher, and the culprit is someone you know!