Design work has commenced for the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre, scheduled to open in 2016. We love love LOVE the trend of using public aquariums as platforms for avant-garde architectural masterpieces.
Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.
Maxspect is introducing two different advanced LED lights at Interzoo. The Ethereal is a wirelessly controlled, pendant-style lighting system with an integrated clamp mounting arm. The Glaive is designed in a more traditional "light strip" form factor but with a contemporary and sleek style. The Glaive will come with a built-in infrared remote control.
Inspired by a previous version of this concept, Kelsey Kronmiller decided to build a Super Mario Bros themed aquarium of her own. She shares with us some of the build process of an aquarium any nerd would be proud of.
Coral reefs are perhaps nature's best example of a highly intertwined and co-evolved ecosystem. For example, we all know about the intimate and life-sustaining relationship between coral and their symbiont algae. But a coral's reliance on other organisms begins much earlier than that. The settlement of coral larvae demonstrates an even more remarkable interdependency.
When Aqua Planet Islan in South Korea opened last month, the public aquarium treated guests to these two amazing 1200 gallon walk-through jellyfish aquariums designed by aquarium fabricator Tenji, Inc. Lots of thought went into making such a radically shaped tank practical for sustaining jellyfish.
Smithsonian scientists describe a colorful new species of small coral reef sea bass from depths of 182–241 m off Curaçao, southern Caribbean. With predominantly yellow body and fins, the new species, Liopropoma santi, closely resembles the other two "golden basses" found together with it at Curaçao: L. aberrans and L. olneyi.
It's always enlightening to see what our hobby is like in other parts of the world, but sometimes cultural or language barriers make it difficult to understand and relate. Matt Galat is an American expat working - and reefkeeping - in Ningbo, China. He's started a video series showing Western aquarists what it's like to keep reef tanks in China.
The MACNA 2014 Board of Directors has just announced that Dr. Rocha will be the keynote speaker for the Saturday night banquet. MACNA 2014 will be in Denver Colorado August 29-13.
We often hear reefkeepers say fish poop is the best coral food, and scientific studies confirm the importance of fish (and fish waste) for coral nutrition. A new UGA study supports the importance or fish for balancing nutrients in coral reefs. Fish not only contribute nutrients but also help maintain a 20:1 nitrogen to phosphorus ratio.
Participating in freshwater aquarium communities, there are three truths we've learned. People love cories, plecos, and are cray cray for crayfish. A new tiny Gramastacus sp. crayfish was discovered in a most unlikely place: a tropical swamp at New South Wales, one of Australia's most developed areas.
Readers of Advanced Aquarist may remember the Curacao deepwater Golden Basslet, Liopropoma aberrans, which was first collected and sold in 2011 for an speculated $~9000 USD. As it turns out, DNA barcoding of mysterious fish larva revealed that this fish was actually not L.aberrans but rather a new species, Liopropoma olneyi!
Zachary Long of FengLong Photography spent the better part of a day shooting professional time lapse photography of Georgia Aquarium, and boy was it was time well spent! His video makes an already impressive massive public aquarium that much more spectacular.
Martin Moe is updating the legendary book that shaped the marine aquarium hobby! The (New) Marine Aquarium Reference will be released in a greatly expanded and updated five volume ebook series. Volume I: The Chemical Environment is now available.
There isn't much aquarium or science news to report this week, so we thought we'd wrap up our week with this outstanding photo starring two of the cutest reef gobies you may ever see. The photo was taken by our friend, Ned DeLoach, of blennywatcher.com