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Trimma finistrinum, AKA the Porthole Pygmygoby, is the newest described member of Trimma, a genus that contains some of the smallest yet most colorful reef fishes.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 1:00 pm
What does it mean to be a good reefkeeper? Our Editor in Chief (and MASNA's 2015 Aquarist of the Year) shares the intuition he's developed over sixty years of experience. Terry then takes us to another great LFS: Bio Reef in Tampa, FL.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 1:00 pm
It is with sadness we report the passing of Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod, one of the aquarium hobby's pioneering and most influential experts, on May 15, 2017. Dr. Axelrod was 89 years old
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:00 pm

Reef Builders | The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

The Coral Color Set is an interesting new bundle of Elos products available exclusively from Elos USA. The package includes everything you need to get your water parameters in check and suitable for the best coral color possible.  The best way to get colorful corals is to have healthy corals, and this is accomplished through a […]
Posted: May 26, 2017, 3:02 pm
Remember BIKI, the robotic underwater camera that swims like a fish we wrote about a few months ago? Well now you can grab one via the BIKI Kickstarter campaign for $599. We’ve seen some pretty cool underwater drones that we would love to get our hands on, but Biki is one of the more interesting […]
Posted: May 25, 2017, 10:29 pm
The demonstration aquarium at the Tela Marine Research Center does a nice job of recreating a variety of aquatic habitats, but the hermit crab habitat might just be my favorite. We can all agree that aquariums can inspire curiosity of the ocean, and this humble little aquarium is no different.  The main role of the […]
Posted: May 25, 2017, 6:14 pm

Coral Reefs News -- ScienceDaily

Viruses are thought to frequently kill their host bacteria, especially at high microbial density. A state called lysogeny, in which viruses lie dormant but don't kill their hosts, has been thought to be relatively rare , mostly occurring at low bacterial concentrations. A new study suggests lysogeny might be much more common than previously believed. These findings could lead to a better understanding of degraded coral reef ecosystems and how to preserve them.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:20 pm
Scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change.
Posted: May 17, 2017, 4:05 pm
For reefs facing huge challenges, more coral larvae doesn't necessarily translate to increased rates of coral recovery on degraded reefs, a new study has showed.
Posted: May 17, 2017, 1:06 pm

Hi all, as most of you already know I have the worlds largest collection of live slit-shell photos from all over the Caribbean and now I have them from St. Eustatius. These little beauties were all found on the same trip and they looked different than others we had seen from other areas of the Caribbean, meaning they seemed smaller and lighter then normal. These were all collected by the Smithsonian Institution and Substation Curacao on their two week expedition to St. Eustatius and yours truly got to spend many a day with them with camera in hand.

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The early eighteenth century roughly marks the starting point for the science of coral reef biology, and a key figure from this period was a Dutch apothecary named Albertus Seba. Unlike other notable biologists of his day, Seba was an amateur, and his study of marine organisms was at least partly motivated by the hope of finding new pharmacological substances and partly from the desire to impress others with the vastness of his acquisitions.More:

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Phosphate, which is PO4 (that is one atom of phosphorous and four atoms of oxygen), is an essential trace compound in reef aquariums that is used in protein synthesis. In an aquarium, phosphate levels can get high and that opens the door for potential problems. The three biggest problems one can face from high phosphate are: 1. Algae blooms. Lack of phosphate in the water is one of the bottlenecks of algae growth. Remember it’s less than 0.05 ppm. When phosphate levels rise algae can grow out of control. 2. Coral Appearance. High phosphate can cause browning of corals as it promotes the proliferation of zooxanthellae which typically is more brown in color. 3. Phosphate can directly inhibit calcification. This is a big problem if you are like me and trying to grow lots of stony corals. If the phosphate is high, what can we do about it? There are actually a lot of different potential solutions to this problem. Music: Tracks: “Raindrops” Artist: David Cutter Music ( License Terms: Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Video: Camera information: Canon C100 Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS macro Canon EF MP-E 65mm f/2.8 macro Sigma Art 18-35mm f/1.8 Free Fly Movi Pro Stabilizer Copyright Information: This video was shot and edited by Tidal Gardens. Tidal Gardens owns all intellectual property rights to this content.

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