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Dinoflagellates are usually the bane of marine aquarists, but what if you design an aquarium specifically to display bioluminescent dinos? The BioGlo does exact that ... and it's magical!
Posted: December 13, 2017, 2:00 pm
Tangs, AKA surgeonfish, are known for their scalpel-like caudal spines located on their tail peduncles. On tangs with retractable spines such as Zebrasoma and Acanthurus, the scalpels are thought to be flat blades. But researchers have found that on a few scopas tangs, the spines actually have forward-swept serrations.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 2:00 pm
There hasn't been a whole lot of aquarium-relevant scientific papers published this month (or this year for that matter). Fortunately there are still a lot of really wonderful aquariums. This is Reefspy's 180g mixed reef. "True" mixed reef tanks are a rare breed these days, so we love it when we see healthy examples.
Posted: December 8, 2017, 2:00 pm

Reef Builders | The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

Cirrhilabrus greeni is a gorgeous new species of fairy wrasse which is yet another discovery for Monsoon Aquatics. This distinctive red and yellow reef fish is more than just a little different from what we’ve seen before and entirely deserving of being called the sunset fairy wrasse.  Coming from the eastern edge of the Timor […]
Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:40 pm
The mystical “blue hole” discovered this fall on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is breathtaking, but National Geographic recently explored the depths, capturing this breathtaking feature on video. Besides just being beautiful, scientists look to these formations as a great resource as they collect sediment and debris that can tell a bigger story. “Due to the […]
Posted: December 14, 2017, 8:11 pm
Red Satrfish is a nascent Chinese aquairum brand that has been iterating on aquarium designs at a pretty rapid clip. Their newest RSN Plus cone protein skimmers is one of their first which is attempting to improve on the now-standard bubble diffuser plate.  Instead of having a basic bubble diffuser plate, each of the diffuser […]
Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:37 pm

Coral Reefs News -- ScienceDaily

There is a glaring gap in sea snakes' near-global distribution: the Atlantic Ocean. Biologists chalk up the absence of sea snakes in the Atlantic to geography, climate and timing.
Posted: November 29, 2017, 7:33 pm
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances.
Posted: November 29, 2017, 4:04 am
Fishes' fear of sharks helps shape shallow reef habitats in the Pacific, according to new research. The study is the first clear case of sharks altering a coral reef ecosystem through an indirect effect - creating an atmosphere of fear that shifts where herbivores feed and seaweeds grow.
Posted: November 27, 2017, 6:58 pm

 One of the most ubiquitous fish on the reefs of the Red Sea is the Fusilier.  However, when going through my image archive the other day, I realized that I hardly ever photograph these rather lovely fish, and also, I wondered… why are they called Fusiliers?   Fusiliers are streamlined, fast-swimming fish, related to their slower cousins the Snappers; these are fish designed for a life in the open ocean, where the currents are rich in plankton. 

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A gorgeous new species of Aussie fairy wrasse from Monsoon Aquatics...

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Among marine scientists, gloom is a common emotion. Ocean acidification, overfishing, plastic waste, and general human-created awfulness doesn’t provide much cheer. However, there are, on occasion, reasons to celebrate, and the new 148,000 square kilometer marine park centered around the Revillagigedo Archipelago is very good news! The archipelago, located southeast of the Baja peninsula, is home to an amazing diversity of marine species from Humpback whales to shark and ray species. The islands also host

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