Dear Carassius auratus, with all due respect, I think I might deserve your common name more than you do. Sincerely, Pethia sahit
This chubby lil’ guy is named Odontonia bagginsi. These shrimps live inside sea squirts and are currently only known from the coral reefs of Tidore, Indonesia.
Sea urchins lack eyes, but can see with their tentacle-like tube feet instead, previous research has indicated. Now, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have tested their vision in a new study, and shown that while sea urchins have fairly low resolution vision — it is good enough to fulfil their basic needs.
Even fast-growing corals such as SPS only lay down millimeters of growth per day. The only way to see their growth “in action” is many weeks of photography stitched together in a time-lapse. Peter Kragh has done exactly this and shares his results.
Fishes collected from deep waters require time-consuming decompression to bring them to the surface healthy and alive. Now a new invention called SubCAS – designed and first built by Matt Wandell! – allows divers to to safely and efficiently surface fishes within a pressurized chamber.
With the support of the world’s largest ecommerce website, aquarium systems designer Tenji Aquarium has built some of the world’s most remarkable aquatic exhibits we’ve laid eyes on.
The BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project aims to create the first multilingual interactive mobile app to help aquarists recreate habitats as close to nature as possible.
How would you like to vacation in the Maldives … living UNDERWATER with the corals and reef fishes? This dream vacation can be yours for the reasonable cost of only $50,000. PER NIGHT.
At a cursory glance, we tend to lump similar-looking reef fish into a monolithic species and chalk up differences as variants. But upon closer examination, we are finding sufficient distinction to satisfy the description of a new species. Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis is a case in point.
We all know fish school for defense against predators. Schooling also enhances foraging success and increases success in finding a mate. Now new advanced hydrodynamic modeling proves that schooling also increases swimming efficiency.
Technology is awesome! It is allowing us to view corals in ways we could not have imagined just a couple of decades ago. After over 50 hours of shooting and editing, Elite Reef Denver composed this mesmerizing time-lapse of some of the most popular corals.
The generally held principle is that animals get their omega-3 fatty acids from plants and microbes (algae and bacteria), but new research has found that some marine animals such as corals, worms, and molluscs can also produce omega-3!
Cairnsichthys bitaeniatus is a new species of rainbowfish described from an apparently-isolated population in the Daintree rainforest in northeastern Queensland, Australia.
In closed systems without water changes, scientists hypothesized that microbial composition would stabilize and become relatively homogeneous and static. However, a new, first-of-its-kind 14-month study of Gerogia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit tells a different story.
Just about every hermit crab species seeks mobile shelter within empty shells. Not blanket-hermit crabs. These oddball crustaceans have developed a special relationship with anemones where anemeones directly wrap around their bodies like … well, blankets. Five new species – discovered in 1888! – have just been described.
Many of us concerned about climate change’s effect on corals have wondered how long corals might survive rising ocean temperatures. Researchers studying Acropora millepora believe this SPS can adapt to 100 to 250 years of rising sea temperatures due to how common they are. Common = genetic diversity = adaption. Rarer corals are not likely to adapt as well.
Readers know Advanced Aquarist loves reporting science. Sadly, we have seen a precipitous decline in the number of aquatic-related studies published over the past couple of years. Fortunately, aquarists are still creating amazing aquariums that inspire.
Orphek is now shipping their new OR Bar LED Light. Available in 3 different lengths (24, 35, and 48″) and five different fixed spectrums, these are not your average strip lights. Ranging from 55 watt to 108 watts, the OR Bar LEDs are sure to output a lot of PAR!
Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus is a new goby species described from freshwaters of Anhui Province in Eastern China. While we generally (and rightfully) perceive reef fish as more colorful, there are many freshwater fish that are very colorful.
The Great Barrier Reef has been hit by two consecutive years of devastating severe bleaching events. A new study shows that not only are corals being wiped out but so are reef fishes that rely on corals for food and shelter. Australia’s fish populations could benefit from any relief in pressure.