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The Fluorescent Maldives

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 27, 2015 09:00 AM
With the advent of technology, fluorescent night diving is becoming a popular form of underwater photography/videography. Biofluorescence has captured the interests of many reef divers and for good reason: sealife (particularly corals) are at their most amazing when they're transforming blue and UV light into unbelievable glowing colors.
The Fluorescent Maldives

An "ordinary" Acropora (valida or nana?) transforms itself into anything but ordinary!

Reefkeepers all know colors glow spectacular greens, oranges, blues, purples, and reds when radiated by blue (400-450nm) light.  After all, it's one of the main reasons why we illuminate our tanks with lots of blue LEDs and/or actinics.  With special light filters such as the ones used on the cameras in these night dives, the biofluorescence is amped up to levels that borders on the surreal.  Frankly, I'm surprised we aren't viewing our reef tanks this way - through specialized filters to better appreciate the beauty of our aquariums.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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