The California Academy of Sciences is investing big time in coral reefs. Along with their successful Philippine scientific expeditions and a new coral reef exhibit set to open this July, CAS has pledged an initial investment of $8.5 million towards a initiative to study and conserve coral reefs. Also, Dr. Pim Bongaerts is joining their team!
Aphyosemion bitteri, Anablepsoides hoetmeri, and Melanorivulus polychromus are the newest described rivulid species. All three are spectacular little gems.
You think your corals are exotic and beautiful? Take a look at this rare footage taken by NOAA's exploration vessel, Okeanos, of an amazing Crossota sp hydromedusae, a type of animal related to corals and jellyfish. Otherworldly, isn't it?
Nothing says a LFS knows the hobby they serve quite like a beautiful in-store show-tank. Aquaristic Arncliffe, a Sydney (Australia) LFS, has multiple show-tanks that should inspire faith in their expertise.
The Royal Australian Navy came to the resuce when a snorkeler reported sighting two explosive sea mines at the GBR. It turns out, the mines were nothing more than big urchins. Crisis averted!
In 2013, our friends Ned and Anna DeLoach from blennywatcher.com shared with us some photos and a video of a potentially undescribed goby that lives exclusively inside lacy bryozoan colonies. It turns out the species is indeed new to science, and Gerald Allen, Mark Erdmann, and N.K. Dita Cahynai have just formally described Sueviota bryozophila n. sp.
Urchins are one of the ocean's best lawnmowers, so when two invasive algae started to smother Hawaiian reefs, a team bred 300,000 native urchins and relocated them to the troubled sites. The urchins are doing their jobs like bosses!
Here is a beautifully layered captive reef , all within what amounts to not more than a puddle of water. This month, this Dutch aquarium celebrates its 2 year anniversary; it's matured gracefully.
Speaking of mesophotic reefs, scientists discovered a huge 700 mile long reef at the mouth of the Amazon river. The finding is extremely surprising since the Amazon dumps millions of gallons of muddy freshwater into the ocean here. The reef survives in a stratified seawater layer below this plume layer.
The rule of thumb for aquarists is to keep only one species of clownfish per tank because they are aggressive. Clownfish in the wild, however, are known to share anemones with different species.
The video is potato quality; the aquascape isn't. Most Malawi-style aquariums feature rocky substrate, but we dare say none quite like this. It's a great reminder that the aquascape doesn't always have to stop at the water line.
Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura is the newest described cichlid from Uruguay, featuring unique and some of the most beautiful pigmentation for the genus. It reminds us of an oversized blue ram cichlid.
Few, if any, fish are as adorned (and adored) as betta fish. As these two recent videos show, the coloration and extravagant fins of Betta splendes are unrivaled. These fish are truly living works of art.
Like yet-described plecos and their L-numbers, there are a lot of corydoras without formal descriptions identified with a C-number. There is now one less C-number without a name. CW 032 has been formally described as Corydoras knaacki.
AquaMaxx is launching its new line of low-iron, rimless aquariums ranging from 2.6 gallons to 64.8 gallons in what five different shape categories. Starting at $39.99 USD, the new AquaMaxx aquariums take aim at ADA aquariums at a fraction of their price.