We know there are coral reefs in the Persian Gulf, but until recently, we did not know there were reefs in Iraqi waters. A team of divers from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany and the Marine Science Center at the University of Basrah in Iraq made the surprising discovery.
The art/science/aquaculture team, Coral Morphologic, has compiled footage from 23 of their early works "remixed and remastered into a singular half-hour underwater ambient psychedelic trip through the macro world of Florida's coral reef organisms." The 720p version is free to watch. You may also download the 1080p version for $5 with all proceeds going towards reef conservation efforts.
Fluval issued a press release to announce their sponsorship of Ken Nedimyer's Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). Their $5,000 donation, along with Fluval Aquatic Development Manager Francis Yupangco's voluntary dive time, helped CRF outplant staghorn corals.
Let's continue our "new fish species" streak ... this time with a tropical freshwater fish. Melanotaenia flavipinnis is a new species of beloved rainbowfish from New Guinea, Indonesia, and it's a real showstopper.
Thomas Brown has started a crowd-source campaign to fund a documentary about aquariums from the aquarists' perspective. His goal for the movie is "to share the fact that we as aquarium hobbyist love and respect the oceans and nature as a whole."
The world's oceans are filled with wrasses. Richard Aspinall zooms in on Halichoeres, a genus containing many beautiful species that he regards as ideal wrasses for the home reef aquarium.
Following the movie Blackfish, we saw a backlash against zoos and aquariums. A common refrain we read is that children can just learn about animals from books, television, and the internet. Now try to tell me any of these media can come close to what these two beautiful children experienced.
There's clearly a lot of new reef fish - and especially new dwarf gobies - out there waiting for science to discover. Last week, we reported on a beautiful new Trimma goby, Trimma helenae. T.helenae is not the only new goby species researchers have recently found. This is Eviota santanai.
We're excited to announce our partnership with Toledo Zoo to bring you a new magazine column. Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates and Dr. Yousuf Jafarey, staff veterinarian will answer your questions about freshwater and saltwater fish health.
Scientists are studying what reefkeepers have also discovered. With the popularity of carbon dosing and technological advances in filtration, we now know water with too little nutrients can be just as harmful to corals as too much nutrients.
Trimma helenae is a recently discovered and newly described dwarf goby from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. At only approximately one inch in length, this "tie-dyed" goby rivals any fish for the most colorful species we've seen.
We haven't blogged eye candy in a while, and we've also neglected freshwater aquariums for too long. Sorry! To multitask, here are videos (one underwater!) of two splendid planted aquariums with diverging aquascaping philosophies.
Dr. Bruce Carlson produced a wonderful video demonstrating the resilient capacity of coral reefs if humans would simply stop interfering with nature. It seems like common sense, but it's a lesson many people and governments have not taken to heart.
Two venerable hi-tech aquarium manufacturers are joining forces. Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illuminations announced their merger this morning. Both brands will remain independent but the merger will allow opportunities for joint product development. We share their press release.
If you're searching for a prolific marine algae grazer that feeds on almost every type of algae, is reef-safe, stays small, doesn't bulldoze, and is fairly hardy and long-lived, I present the tuxedo urchin for your consideration. Here is my tip of the hat to my favorite reef cleaner, Mespilia globulus!