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Aqua SD Shows Off their Bright Phoenix Suns Monti

33fbASD Phoenix Suns Monti Aqua SD Shows Off their Bright Phoenix Suns Monti Here is part two of hopefully a three part montage of awesome corals with which to fill your Friday. It is one sick monti from Aqua SD called the ASD Phoenix Suns Montipora. If you follow professional basketball at all, then you’d instantly be able to associated this lovely coral with the rather bright logo and team colors of the Phoenix Suns. Where the basketball team has more of a purple and yellow, the monti counterpart sports more of a vibrant pink and yellow, with blue polyps that dot the landscape. What is most catching about this piece, at least in our opinions, is the utter intensity of the colors. These are really bright colors that would make this coral a showstopper in any tank MORE: Aqua SD Shows Off their Bright Phoenix Suns Monti

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A sea change in the corporate policy of large pet chains

amazing coral reefs 121 300x225 A sea change in the corporate policy of large pet chainsReef keeping is getting a bad buzz these days. The reason I keep bringing up topics like Snorkel Bob, the state of the hobby, etc - is because I believe aquarists have a right to know what’s going on, and hopefully to spur dialogue into what can be done to make the hobby better. Oceanic conservation deserves all the attention it’s getting. Right now plastic is filling up the ocean, climate change is altering the severity of weather worldwide, and coral reefs along with large pelagic species are headed for complete decimation in less than 50 years. While the reef aquarium industry isn’t as rooted in environmental decline as say commercial fishing, it factors into the equation. Enough so that conservationists and legislators have begun taking a close look at our beloved hobby. If you think I am all worked up over nothing, please take a look at the following links:  MORE

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Clams – Beautiful and Talented

Squamosa Clam 225x300 Clams – Beautiful and Talented Giant clams (Hippopus and Tridacna species) are already known to play a part in various important ecological roles in coral reef ecosystems, but so far, many of these roles are poorly understood. Now, a team of marine ecologists from the National University of Singapore have show how clams have been doing a lot more than perhaps they have so far been given credit for. For a start, clam shells both contribute to the structure of the reef (some species produce 80 tonnes of carbonate shell material per hectare each year) and they provide a substrate for colonisation by a host of other organisms. On the inside, the fleshy mantle cavity can host a myriad of commensal and ectoparasitic organisms while clam tissues are food for a wide array of predators and scavengers. Discharges of live zooxanthellae, waste products and spawnings are also eaten by opportunistic feeders and they can even potentially counteract eutrophication via water filtering More: Clams – Beautiful and Talented

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ORA Hector’s Goby is the Latest Conquest of Captive Breeding

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No sooner than we wrap up our coverage of all of ORA’s 2014 captive bred fish and aquacultured frags, the famed fish breeders announce one more entry for the year. Yesterday, they revealed tha they had bred the Hector’s Goby (Koumansetta hectori), a nifty little fish that is as strikingly beautiful as it is peaceful. This tiny fish measures just 2″ long at its maximum size, and it spends a majority of the day hovering hear the rocks while grazing on various types of algae. Thought to be the first time this fish has ever been captive-bred, ORA had some difficulty getting this fish to market, so to speak. This was due in part to the fish’s extremely tiny size, unreliable spawning amongst broodstock individuals, relatively long larval stages, and overall fragile larvae. Thankfully, ORA’s experience with the Priolepis genus translated flawlessly to the Hector’s Goby and they were eventually able to overcome those barriers. MORE: ORA Hector’s Goby is the Latest Conquest of Captive Breeding

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Go Ahead and Buy a (Captive-Bred) Banggai Cardinalfish!

banggai1 Go Ahead and Buy a (Captive Bred) Banggai Cardinalfish!Being fascinating to behold, very hardy and adaptable to aquarium fare, an exceptional choice for reef systems, suitable for modest-sized aquariums, and even easy to breed in captivity, the Banggai, or Kaudern’s, cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a lot like Mary Poppins—practically perfect in every way. Physical traits P. kauderni is silver overall with tiny white polka dots and three prominent, vertical black bands, with one passing through the rather prominent eye, another anterior to the pelvic fins, and a third anterior to the caudal peduncle. The first dorsal fin is black with a white trailing edge, and the other fins are black with white dots. The tail is deeply forked. Glimpse its coloration and patterning, and it’s easy to see how this cardinal can readily conceal itself against or among the long spines of the Diadema sp. sea urchins with which it’s known to associate in nature. More: Go Ahead and Buy a (Captive-Bred) Banggai Cardinalfish!

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Holiday Wish Gift List: Navy’s New Ghost Swimmer’s

 Need a holiday gift idea to stand out from the rest? How about the Navy’s Ghost Swimmer? Check out these 100 lb 5ft long blue-fin tuna (but very shark like) drones. They are part of the Navy’s project to fill the waters with drones which look like sea creatures. They are intended to survey the surroundings and take note of tides and weather conditions. Sadly, these are actually not for sale to the public….but you have to admit this would make one cool gift for your shark drone loving friends. MORE

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Gems of the Caribbean : The French Angelfish

french juv 225x300 Gems of the Caribbean : The French AngelfishThe fish species of the Caribbean Sea are often overlooked by marine aquarists. I’ve spent ample time beneath the waters of the Caribbean, and the reefs have a unique feeling and flair, un-matched by any other tropical sea. Since they don’t contain the sheer number of species as the South Pacific or other oceanic ecosystems, we often miss-out on some real jewels when deciding on a new tenant for a reef or fish only tank. Some aquarists are keeping a Caribbean species right now, and don’t even know it. Reef purists and those creating biotope tanks don’t like to mix Caribbean species with any fish they wouldn’t encounter in nature. Personally, I’ve kept both biotope aquariums and mixed reefs, and never had any problems introducing a few Caribbean species into a tank with fish from all over the world. When you consider the sheer number of oceans worldwide, it’s difficult to ensure that fish within your aquarium have encountered the exact species that you keep, unless you spend your entire focus making detailed stocking decisions.

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Palythoas with Two Mouths

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For most of us who have kept Palythoa, we know they can grow at awesome speeds. Normally, they produce babies at the foot or the base of the animal, but I have occasionally marveled at a rare occurrence of the polyps splitting in two, right through the mouth of the polyp. These polyps will have two mouths for quite some time before splitting into two completely separate polyps. The last one I observed in my tank took about 8 months to completely divide. During that time, growth on the colony as a whole slowed. Could this be a sign of a slower discarded method of reproduction? I’m not really sure, but this process is one that I keep an eye on every time I spot it happening in my tank.

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