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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.
Posted: April 26, 2018, 1:00 pm
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.
Posted: April 24, 2018, 1:00 pm
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.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 1:00 pm

Reef Builders | The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

Fish, corals and giant clams get the lion’s share of the attention in our reef tanks but there’s a whole world of interesting anemones we’ve yet to collectively get to know. Not to mention all the new species of anemones that get described every year such as the freshly minted Arachnanthus lilith, a tube anemone from […]
Posted: April 26, 2018, 5:57 pm
What’s up Reef Builders and Colorado Reefing Fam? This Saturday April 28th we’ll be making our way to ReefED at the Lakewood Holiday Inn to do some coral shopping, talk shop, and catch up with veteran Reef Builder Mike Paletta.  We’re a few months between Reefapaloozas and ReefStock is well behind us now, so we’re […]
Posted: April 26, 2018, 5:14 pm
The China International Pet Show towards the end of last year is a show so huge and sprawling that it literally took two videos just to bring you part of it. While the first video was mostly freshwater fish, the second part does focus in on the illustrious arowana competition as well as CIPS’s first […]
Posted: April 26, 2018, 4:56 pm

Coral Reefs News -- ScienceDaily

A common Great Barrier Reef coral species has enough genetic diversity to survive at least 100 years before succumbing to global warming, researchers predict.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 6:15 pm
A new study shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016.
Posted: April 18, 2018, 6:15 pm
New research reveals that global warming also affects fish who depend on corals. The Great Barrier Reef is revered for its kaleidoscope of color. New international research reveals that coral bleaching events not only whitewash corals, but can also reduce the variety of fish occupying these highly valued ecosystems.
Posted: April 5, 2018, 7:00 pm

As I was walking the show floor of Reef A Palooza, I became intrigued by a red and blue light that caught the corner of my eye, and was surprised to learn that it was coming from an algae scrubber by Clear Water Scrubbers. I’m no stranger to algae scrubbers; in fact, I have been utilizing algae scrubber for close to 2 years now with great success. I feed extremely heavy and it’s what I rely

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 For this chapter of our new “Coral Road Trip” series, we visited the village of Lindenhurst on New York’s Long Island to attend the first annual Long Island Reef Association (LIRA) Frag Swap. The event, hosted in the Lindenhurst Middle School Auditorium, was first of this kind in that part of the island and so it drew crowds of happy reefers from the Tri-state region. They were met with well over a dozen coral vendors,

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"Here there is no shell to play the part of “Sir Pandarus of Troy,” but the sea-anemone settles upon the hinder part of the young hermit-crab’s tail, and the two animals grow up together, in such a way that the spreading zoophytes form a blanket which the hermit can either draw completely forwards over its head or throw half-back, as it pleases.”

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