We regret to report that Granddad, the famous Aussie lungfish at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, has passed away. He was euthanized after he stopped eating and showed signs of organ failure from old age. Granddad had been at Shedd since 1933! RIP Granddad.
I'm determined to start a new freshwater aquarium in 2017, and I've decided it will be a discus hardscape. Over the past few months, I've scoured the internet for inspiration. This is it. Hopefully it'll inspire a few of you to start a new hardscape this year with me.
Scientists have concluded guppies form stronger and more stable social bonds when they're under common threat. But they also form smaller, less inclusive groups under this stress. Sound familiar, doesn't it?
If you don't like watching fish eating other fish (and especially if you love pufferfish), then don't watch this video ... because it's of a frogfish eating a HUGE pufferfish, whose puffing defense proved no match for "The Mouth."
Researchers have described a little known yet fascinating aspect of the behavior of Lybia crabs, a species which holds sea anemones in each of its claws (behavior which has earnt it the nickname 'boxer' or 'pom-pom' crab). In a series of experiments, they showed that when these crabs need an anemone, they will fight to steal one from another crab and then both crabs will split their anemone into two, creating identical clones.
With all the bleak news about the decline of coral reefs worldwide, a bit of positive news is a welcomed change. Thirty years after a long-spined urchins were wiped out and large parrotfish overfished in the Caribbean, pencil urchins and smaller parrotfishes may finally be restoring the balance between corals and algae.
Can we call this the skittles killifish? Anablepsoides chapare is a new killifish species from the Amazon. Red, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange, magenta, teal, etc. This little fish has it.
Researchers have described a new, beautiful species of Caribbean Pagurid hermit crab. The "Candy striped hermit crab" appears to have a symbiotic relationship with the most unexpected of animals: moray eels.
I am as guilty as the next reefkeeper who shuns soft corals in favor of stony corals. But when I see a soft coral reef tank as beautiful as MikeC's aquarium, I'm forced to reevaluate my preferences.
A research has concluded that cyanobacteria (e.g. Spirulina), previously thought to be the main supplier of B-12 in the oceans, actually produces a fake version of the vitamin. True B-12 is important to animal health, but who is making all the B-12 for sea life?
Researchers have described three new Melanorivulus sp. killifish from the savannas of central Brazilian high plateaus. Meet Melanorivulus ignescens, M. flavipinnis, and M. regularis.
In an effort to eradicate invasive European carp, the Australian Government plans to introduce a herpesvirus into the environment at the end of 2018. The virus specifically targets only carps, but this means that Japanese koi are also susceptible to the virus.
Aquatic Life has released a reef version of their attractive, simple-to-program EDGE LED lights. The spectrum of the new light is designed with corals in mind; their relatively modest wattage (36" @ 48W and 48" @ 71W) make the EDGE Reef LED suitable primarily for LPS and soft corals or very shallow SPS reefs.
Details about the planned public aquarium were announced over the weekend. Instead of one large building, the relatively modest but beautiful aquarium is designed as an open campus spanning four main buildings with outdoor exhibits in between.
A recent report of a rare Mycobacterium marinum infection in an aquarist's lungs is a good excuse to remind all aquarists to practice safe, hygienic fishkeeping. Don't foget your aquarium is a chemical and biological soup.