Whenever I dive, I look for subjects to shoot that might offer aquarists some inspiration for their captive reefs; I hope that you are inspired by this collection of crazy-looking reef structures! My first is a ‘coral on coral’ concoction, where a piece of tabulate acropora fell from the reef crest, landed right-side-up, and became overgrown by what appears to be seriatopora. There’s some great shade and cover for the less light-dependent species and shelter for shy fish. MORE
There are plenty of rare anemonefishes in the world, but few are quite so enigmatic as the species found along the southern shores of Oman—Amphiprion omanensis. This is one of the only remaining species to have not yet been kept in captivity or captive bred, and even finding decent photographs of this fish can be a challenge. But, thanks to the wonders of youtube, we now have some amazing video footage to drool over, highlighting the unique beauty of this uncommonly uncommon Amphiprion.MORE
Good morning all, as you can see Curacao just got hit with another major wave of floating ocean plastics!! This was caused after a week of strong winds and big waves bringing large amounts of trash to the shores of countless Caribbean islands, not just here. From my observations of looking through pile after pile of trash I noticed that this plastic and wood has been out to sea a long time and I bet your wondering how I came up with that?? Well, almost everything I found was covered in live barnacles meaning it was out floating in the open sea a long time. The big question now is; how in the world can this be cleaned up! I must say it’s enough to keep you up at night if you could see this mess in person, I personally felt very helpless just looking at it last night and even made a failed attempt to clean some of it up. MORE
The Montipora Family contains about 19 different species but our featured coral is the encrusting purple Montipora nodosa. This unique Montipora will easily encrust on rock work or frag mounts. It is a relatively fast growing coral and it is considered to be easy – moderately-easy to care for in a reef aquarium. Encrusting Montipora Coral is classified by aquarists as a small polyp stony (SPS) coral often referred to as Cabbage, Lettuce or Velvet Rock Coral. It’s a relatively fast growing coral, and under the right conditions will spread and encrust on just about any substrate in the aquarium including the aquarium glass, given the chance. The coral polyps are very small and the calices are less than 2mm in diameter MORE
Hi gang, I have an extra beautiful Caribbean reef octopus clinging to a colony of mountainous star coral for you all today that I found late at night on our house reef. The Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus) is a coral reef marine animal. It has eight long arms that vary in length and diameter. The mantle is large and chunky in comparison (up to 60 cm long). This species is difficult to describe because it changes color and texture to blend into its surroundings, using specialized skin cells known as chromatophores. Its color range is very large; it can change from crimson to green, and bumpy to smooth. It weighs around 3.3 lb or 1.5 kg. The Caribbean reef octopus lives in hidden, rocky lairs that are difficult to locate. Their lairs are usually created in shallow warm waters. O. briareus is not a social animal, and stays at a safe distance from other octopuses of the same species, except for mating. MORE
Coral are animals, not plant, and when this species sexually reproduces the offspring develop to a point where they swim around till they find a suitable spot to spend the rest of their lives. These are about 3 days old.
More exciting news from Richard Ross and the team of scientists working at the Coral Restoration Foundation’s coral nursery in Florida – the Acropora cervicornis larvae that they collected are now three days old, and have started to swim! This species of coral reproduces sexually just once a year; 4-5 days after the full moon in August, the corals release millions of sperm-egg bundles into the surrounding water. Some of the resulting coral larvae (planula) settle immediately on the same reef, while others swim and drift before settling on a suitable surface. In the video above, Rich captured these tiny animals just as they are starting to move on their own.
Here’s a fresh crop of photos of the gorgeous new fairy wrasse species that was just hauled up from the Northern Philippines. The colors are really impressive on this fish, with its bright red dorsal and ventral fins and the blended orange and red hues of the body. And the black pigmentation atop the head is an interesting trait that we don’t find too terribly often in Cirrhilabrus, occurring only faintly in C. claire and quite strongly in C. laboutei. MORE