Research conducted in Okinawa, Japan, by graduate student Yu Miyazaki and associate professor James Davis Reimer from the University of the Ryukyus has found a very unusual new species of octocoral from a shallow coral reef in Okinawa, Japan. The new species can be considered a "living fossil", and is related in many ways to the unusual blue coral. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
Paludariums are awesome, but we found one that is particularly special. This lovely marriage of a terrarium+aquarium features a bunch of cute OTOs, ficus bonsai, orchids, and a yellow canary taking a bath in it!
Common goldfish are often fed to big predatory fish, who dispatch their prey quickly in the confines of an aquarium. Yet, one goldfish managed to escape the jaws of death and survive undetected for at least seven years, secretly growing to 10 inches (25cm) in length!
Starfish that reproduce through cloning avoid ageing to a greater extent than those that propagate through sexual reproduction. This is shown by a new research study in which researchers from the University of Gothenburg participated. The study has recently been published in the journal 'Heredity.'
Turns out, just about every marine animal at every step of the food chain is ... and at alarming rates. Earlier in the year, researchers confirmed that corals were eating microplastics.. Now new research provides indisputable evidence that zooplankton are eating lots of microplastics in the wild, which means every animal up the food chain is as well. Crikey!
We love seeing aquariums of yesteryear. Two more antique aquariums listed on eBay - a 1876 cast iron tank and a seahorse-legged aquarium/stand setup - provide us a glimpse into our fishkeeping past.
We share another beautiful image by Mitchell Brown. Corals under fluorescence are breathtaking sights to behold. Zoanthids are coveted for their flower-like beauty, but they are truly special when fluorescing!
Beautiful captive-bred Madagascar clownfish are finally available in the marine aquarium hobby! From consistently eating their own eggs to now laying batches one on top of the other, the broodstock pair has come full circle in their spawning behavior.
A new fascinating study discovered that giant clams (Tridacna squamosa) were much better able to survive and grow in elevated CO2 waters when they are under high PAR lighting.
This short video by Erik Woolcott shows the fascinating movements of a gorgonian and a leather coral that can only be appreciated in time lapse. We love the ethereal lighting and Erik's good humor too!
All Top Fin plastic heaters (50W, 100W, 150W, 200W, and 250W) are potential shock hazards and should be immediately returned to Petsmart for a full refund. This recall applies only to Top Fin's all plastic (not glass) heaters.
Researchers are learning about how mantis shrimps can neutralize shock waves (e.g. from their famous pummeling attacks) by filtering out specific frequencies. This discovery is inspiring new helmet and armor design. We're beginning to believe that eventually every design is going to be inspired by mantis shrimp.
A new study discovered that the gills of developing clownfish were severely damaged when fish were exposed to sediment levels simulating conditions found on some inshore reefs on the GBR. While further study is required to understand how sediment affects gills of adult reef fish, this finding has immediate implication for captive breeding.
Marine Aquarium Society of North America is currently holding its 2015 membership drive. The drive is sponsored by Tunze; new members will have a chance to win a Tunze Osmolator 3155. Plus $5 of each new renewal also goes towards Gary Meadows Reef Fund.
We revisit a spectacular coral reef from the Danish capital city of Copenhagen (Istedgade St. to be exact). The aquarium has matured beautifully over the past year into truly world-class living art.