We're going to end this week with some fun videos (serious articles will just have to wait until next week!). Since our most popular blog post this week was The Ultimate Betta Fish Aquarium, let's start with this video of redditer freehorse's veiltail betta Avid "playing" soccer. Don't you just love people who love their fish?
In a major new international report, experts conclude that the acidity of the world's ocean may increase by around 170% by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses. People who rely on the ocean's ecosystem services – often in developing countries - are especially vulnerable.
Teacher Brandon Rutherford has come up with a wonderful way to engage his young students with science. In his Illinois classroom, the children are taught to propagate live coral from the classroom's 160 gallon reef aquarium.
Renovations to the US Commerce Department building has forced the closing of United States' oldest continuously operated public aquarium, which was located on the building's bottom floor. National Geographics shared this short and surprisingly touching video of the aquarium's final days.
Here he is: Blinky the crab. It has three eyes, just like the fish on The Simpsons. However its origin is definitely different than its cartoon counterpart.
This has got to rank as one of the (if not the) best betta exhibits ever. At ZooBotanica 2013 fair, a Polish zoological and botanical trade show, members of a local aquarium society presented this glorious multi-level aquatic betta terrace. DefiniteAquascapeTV captured equally incredible video of an adventurous male betta navigating (base jumping!) its way from the top terrace down to the bottom.
Gramma dejongi is a gorgeous basslet that was only recently discovered in Cuba in 2010. In 2013, the first ever G.dejongi was spotted outside of Cuba at Little Cayman Island. This sighting is a big deal for basslet lovers in the United States because now there is the potential to import this fish.
Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases.
iBluewater calls this misbarred clownfish The Turquoise Tail Line Maroon. The turquoise tail stripe is certainly distinctive (hence its namesake), but equally special is the faded middle bar with a distinctive top "dot" similar to the blue spotted maroons iBluewater imported in 2010. Furthermore, the head bar is a different golden pigment.
Entrepreneur Charlie Harry Francis from Bristol, UK has created something completely unique: glow-in-the-dark ice cream using bioluminescent proteins from jellyfish. Yum?!
Dr. Peter Wirtz is auctioning off the naming rights to a new species of blenny in order to help fund the work required to officially describe it. Here's a chance to have your name (or that of a loved one) immortalized while helping a good scientific cause.
Reef Suds is a new company marketing a hand soap designed for aquarists that is "full of natural course sea salt exfoliants." The company states their soap is all natural, contains no additives/fragrances, and has been tested for its impact on aquarium water. $1 of each bar of soap sold ($9 each) is donated to Coral Restoration Foundation.
Get ready to cut and prune from the hip! Aqua Design Amano (ADA) is introducing the Pro-Tool Bag, a holster that slings around the nature aquarist's hip designed to hold up to ten tools right at your side. Aquascaping is serious business!
Global Dive Media shot and produced the single most awe-inspiring night dive video we have ever seen. The crazy nocturnal night life of the muck of Anilao is as bizarre as it is beautiful. We promise you you'll see a lot of stuff you've never seen before in your life.
Innovative Marine had a banner year in 2013 introducing numerous high-end products. Their last new product of this year is also literally their biggest. IM's 60, 80, and 120 gallon SR series aquarium systems aims to provide aquarists with a flexible and easy-to-use platform to build any type of marine exhibit.