At present, several factors which influence the growth of scleractinian corals in aquaculture have been identified. These are known as light, water flow, water quality, and nutrition. This article will focus on nutrition, and describe the various ways in which corals feed. It will summarize the latest scientific findings about this topic, and present practical information on how to maximize coral feeding rates in the aquarium. This will promote efficient, sustainable coral aquaculture, and help the aquarist to maintain healthy corals at home.
Most aquarists know about mudskippers - the curious freshwater fish that lives on land. Fewer know about its reef counterpart: the Pacific leaping blenny. Researchers studied how the camouflage of these "terrestrial" marine fish may have helped them make the transition from sea to land. And on an aquarist-related note, how cool would it be to set up a reef paludarium with these little guys as the focal point?
The Batumi Aquarium at Batumi, Georgia (the Eurasian nation) is the next avant-garde public aquarium. With planned completion in 2015, the pebble-inspired architecture brings together a modern structure with its natural surrounding.
The Acropora-eating flatworm is a destructive predator of Acropora corals in aquariums. This research aims to undercover some key questions on the life cycle of this scourge in order to develop a scientifically-based protocol for its control - and it needs your support!
...at least when it comes to feeding on one of their favorite prey: copepods.
Anyone who tried to access Advanced Aquarist for the past three days experienced "technical difficulties" trying to connect to our server ... because it was physically broken. Well, we're back online. For those who didn't notice, pretend you didn't read this (and shame on you for not reading Advanced Aquarist daily).
Horsepower? Styling? MPG? A Chinese auto maker has decided a good way to attract car shoppers is by showcasing their "state of the art" hybrid crossover concept vehicle ... with a built-in backseat aquarium.
reef2reef.com member jjreeftank bills his miniature aquarium as the world's smallest reef system. At 0.065 gallons (8 ounces) with matching stand and canopy, it's difficult for us to argue. Yes, yes ... His tank isn't practical and not actually intended for livestock. But what it lacks in practicality it more than makes up for in the "LOL awesomesauce" department.
White Bonnet Clownfish (AKA Cap Clowns) have always been my favorite species of clownfish (and yes, before you write me angry comments, I am aware there's debate whether they're a true species). ORA shares this video of the third spawning event of their very rare pair of A.leucokranos.
Dana delves into the the science behind coral coloration by examining the fluorescent proteins in Clade D corals including Echinophyllia, Favia, Favites, Galaxea, Lobophyllia, Montastraea, Plesiastrea, Ricordea, Scolymia, Trachyphyllia, and others.
If you are in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, plan on attending the 29th Carolina Aquarium Workshop, at the NC Fairgrounds.
A new research paper published by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa concludes that as sea temperatures and ocean acidification rise, the corals most finely tuned for fast growth may be the most vulnerable: The Acroporids. The most abundant reef-building corals will not find safety in numbers.
Mindstream Aquarium Monitoring System aims to dramatically change how aquarists measure aquarium parameters
Mindstream is one of the most exciting new devices to cross our desks in a long time. This upcoming device is a total aquarium monitoring system that automatically takes measurements of multiple aquarium parameters such as pH, dKH, ammonia, NO2, NO3, Ca, Mg, salinity, oxygen, and temperature ... yeah, basically everything you'd ever test for. And it does this without test reagents or strips, and transmits data wirelessly to boot! Mindstream provides Advanced Aquarist with the first detailed look behind their monitoring system.
Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) is an annual event held in Southern California every Fall for the past decade. Next year, RAP- billed as the US' largest marine aquarium event - is venturing to the east coast for the first time. On April 26-27, 2014, Orlando Florida will host the first RAP outside of California.
We stumbled upon this video earlier in the week that left us laughing and scratching our heads. This is apparently an entire game centered around dressing up a cartoon girl for a visit to a public aquarium. Yes guys and gals, this really exists.