Lissa Mann

Lissa Mann is a Real Scientist™; and has been keeping reef aquaria for five years. She enjoys pina coladas and long discussions about evolutionary theory.

Recent Blog Posts

Coral Form: Revisited 1

Coral Form: Revisited 1

When this blog was in its infancy, I posted a few photos in a series I'm thinking of as my "anti-LED" series, where instead of popping the colors of corals, I take them all away to better appreciate the beauty of their form. Here is my newest addition. Camera specs:...

Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea

Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea

Locals and tourists relax by the shores of the Mediterranean in Barcelona.A few weeks ago, my fellow blogger posted about the new reef discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. I think that this is truly amazing, and I'm disappointed that so many of the articles have not...

Coral Reef Adaptation and Evolution

Coral Reef Adaptation and Evolution

Jon Robbins recently posted his response to this article about the trends in reef building corals. My co-blogger got stuck on the idea of hybrid acros, but I thought I'd talk about some of the other aspects of this study that was recently published in Proceedings of...

Nom nom nom…

Nom nom nom…

We are approaching that time in New York City where it is warm enough to take to our own local waters in search of life for our tanks.  Dom scraped this starfish off of a dock a couple of years ago.  The local starfish are extremely temperature sensitive and must be...

Coral Sperm Banks?  Really?

Coral Sperm Banks? Really?

My fellow blogger recently posted this link about the efforts of an Australian team to free coral sperm, egg and embryos as a conservation strategy. I think this kind of conservation strategy is akin to captive breeding programs that seek to breed endangered animals...

The Naming of Fish

The Naming of Fish

There are new species of fish being discovered all the time.  In the last year alone, the discovery of a new species of fish living at extreme depths in the South Pacific, nine new species of handfish (a group related to anglerfish) off the coast of Australia, and two...

Pseudocheilinus ocellatus

Pseudocheilinus ocellatus

My mystery wrasse is one of my favorite fish, but has been extremely difficult to photograph.  This photo was taken with a Pentax K20d with a 100mm macro lens at f2.8 and 1/90s and was edited in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). For all those who have digital cameras and have...

Allow Myself to Introduce … Myself …

Allow Myself to Introduce … Myself …

My name is Lissa.  Hi. I am relatively new to the saltwater hobby, having jumped into it in late 2006 having never kept anything other than two goldfish I won at a fair when I was seven.  (One goldfish ate the other goldfish and then eventually died as goldfish are...

Coral Form

Coral Form

Typically, when we think of corals, we think of brightly colored organisms.  Certainly corals are prized for the colors that they bring to our reef tanks.  In fact, it is the search for eye popping color that has led so many to change to LED lights, and it is the need...

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