Yep. This man wearing an octopus for a hat was just awarded MASNA's Aquarist of the Year this past weekend at MACNA 2014. We all knew Richard Ross is an aquarist extraordinaire, and now it's finally official!
20 new corals - many species aquarists keep - join Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While this listing does not have a direct and immediate effect on reefkeepers, it is only one step removed from Endangered listing.
Macropharyngodon pakoko is the newest leopard wrasse described from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, where it is endemic. This wrasse brings the total number of Macropharyngdon to twelve species.
Fast-tracking the evolutionary process: Scientists have reared birchirs (an awesome oddball tropical fish) to walk on land, and their research has produced some fascinating results.
The event will take place September 4th, 5th, and 6th of 2015 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in northwest Washington, DC.
Despite having a reputation for being mindless instinct driven vertebrates, fish are actually highly intelligent. So please, no more 30-second memory myths. A slew of recent research has shown a variety of complex behaviors and social systems (which I recently wrote about). While other recent work has focused on the cognitive abilities of specific individuals, as well as their ability to learn from others
In January, 2014, Pacific Sun introduced their Kore 5th doser, a highly advanced 5-channel dosing + ATO system. With the latest software/firmware update in conjunction with their new DropDose drip dispenser, the Kore 4th will soon be able to dose in increments as small as 0.01ml!
The common name for Epinephelus itajara is goliath grouper for a reason. These things are absolute beasts, growing to over 10ft (3m) long and weighing 800lbs (360kg). They can make meals of almost everything in the Caribbean, including a 4 ft black tip shark on a fisherman's line. Respect the grouper!
As if you need more motivation to keep all your corals healthy, researchers have discovered that fish and corals can both smell distressed and damaged reefs and are repulsed by the odors. Don't make your fish and corals live in insufferable stench!
This might be the dumbest and most entertaining thing we've stumbled across in quite some time, and clearly we aren't alone in this opinion. Using color and spatial detection, two fancy goldfish challenge each other to games of Streetfighter II, and thousands of people turn out to watch it on Twitch. No joke.
Most predators will hunt where prey is most abundant. When prey is scarce, they will move on to new hunting grounds. Not lionfish! These trespassers are the worst house squatters ever. New research by OSU finds they will literally stay in one place and eat everything out of house and home.
A plant-less, coral-less aquarium isn't what we usually write about, but this unique build is a remarkable engineering achievement. And considering where it's located, it's probably a good idea it isn't filled with fussy livestock.
We've written about underwater "waterfalls" before, but this planted aquarium takes the concept up a notch. This 3 foot aquascape features not one but two full-height underwater "waterfalls."
Pachyseris inattesa is the newest described species of 'elephant skin' coral. This new species has a smoother appearance than its congeners aquarists sometimes encounter. The best we can describe P.inattesa is a cross between Montipora verrucosa and Leptoseris sp. corals. (It's a good thing we have pictures!)
Benzodiazepine is a class of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders in humans. But research is finding that this type of drug has a surprising effect on fish. It decreases the mortality of fish fry, makes fish bolder and more active, and feed with more vigor. Is psychoactive medication the next frontier for aquarists and breeders?