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Reefs In Art: Impossibly Miniscule Shark Tooth Sculptures

sharktooth1Here are some lovely little sculptures created by some super talented cleaner wrasses and some extremely patient sharks… Ok, not really, but still remarkable talent from the man behind these impressive works. Hedley Wiggan, an English artist most recognized for his incredibly intricate microsculptures, usually finds himself hovering over a microscope carving final details onto the tips of pencils when immersed in his work. But while his typical medium may be of the graphite variety, when the SEA LIFE Aquarium of London proposed to him a more unconventional subject, he didn’t shy away from the opportunity. The fragile, unblunted, naturally discarded teeth of resident Tiger and Brown Sharks proved to be a challenge for Wiggan, yet he spent nearly two weeks excitedly bringing six aquatic creatures to life.  MORE

Can ozone cure ich?

ozone-technology-for-aquatic-installations-1-728Aquarists become so desperate during an ich outbreak that often they will do anything to cure their fish and return the tank to harmony. While ich isn’t often fatal, various species react different to the parasite and without treatment it can become like a plague, looming over the aquarist’s head as more and more fish fall victim. If the parasite infects gill tissue, the fish’s respiration rate increases giving the parasite the upper hand.  MORE

Reef Threads Podcast #223

It’s time once again to chat with the Reef Evangelist and her minion. This week’s topics include NERAC, the Toledo Aquarium, World Aquarium, Pitcairn reef preserve, and aquarium complacency. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Saving Florida’s Coral Reefs Must Be A Priority

reefmapThe National Marine Fisheries Services has released a Recovery Plan for South Florida’s Coral Reefs. The plan says it will take more than $250 million — and an astounding 400 years — to replenish the elkhorn and staghorn corals that have formed once-fabulous reefs off Florida’s coast and throughout the Caribbean.The Plan attempts to address the problems leading to reef decline, like coral bleaching, pollution,and rising temperatures. Ideas to aid in reconstruction of reefs includes ‘transplanting coral grown in nurseries, restocking sea urchins that clear algae from corals, improving sewage treatment and reducing the amount of fertilizer and other pollutants that reach the sea’.
“Although specifically written for elkhorn and staghorn corals, the recovery plan contains actions that will benefit coral reef ecosystems as a whole”, said Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. MORE

Vlog of George #1 – Instagram, Gel Filters, Reef Fuel

 In this CoralFish12g video I am going to be vlogging for the first time. I want to know what you think in the comments section below. I call it Vlog of George! MORE

Frozen Mysis Part 2: The Science Behind the Food

Young H. erectus at mysis feeding table. Photo by Louise Hines

In Frozen Mysis Part 1: The Quest For Quality Mysis, we took a look at how to best select quality mysis for our seahorses, and what to avoid. In this long overdue part two, we’re going to take a look at why being picky about our frozen food matters. Just What Does Freezing Do More: Frozen Mysis Part 2: The Science Behind the Food

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 15: Grand Opening Today!

Mosaic walkway in the renovated Aquarium (Credit: Toledo Zoo/Andi Norman)Virtually since we launched Saltwater Smarts back in April of 2013, we’ve been bringing you regular updates on the progress of the $25.5 million renovation of the Toledo Zoo Aquarium. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that this ambitious project has finally come to fruition with the grand opening of the new Aquarium taking place. Congratulations to all who were involved in this ponderous undertaking—and special salty kudos to our friend and regular contributor Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates for the Toledo Zoo and author of The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes.I’ve always had a special affinity for the Toledo Zoo. Not only was my first home as a child situated literally a stone’s throw from the Zoo (escaped peacocks, a common occurrence back in those days, would often land atop neighborhood houses, ours included), but I’m also proud to say that from May of 2002 to December of 2005, I had the privilege of working in the Zoo’s marketing department as Writer/Publication’s Coordinator. Panoramic shot of the new entrance (Credit: Toledo Zoo/Bruce Burkhart) The Toledo Zoo boasts many world-class exhibits, but, perhaps not surprisingly, the Aquarium has always been my favorite. If ever my workload got the better of me, I could step away from my computer, walk the short distance from my office in the Museum of Science to the Aquarium, immerse myself (figuratively) in the captivating exhibits, and let the stress just drain away. I’ll take a moon jelly tank over meditation any day MORE

Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium: Over 150 Mysterious Tuna Deaths

tunaTokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium staff are currently baffled. Of the 160 Bluefin Tuna which have lived in the exhibit up to November of last year, only one fish is left alive as of Tuesday. An investigation is under way to try and figure out why the Tuna are perishing at such astonishing levels. Lighting, noise vibrations, toxins, and water quality are being studied to see if there is any potential risk factors. There was a virus detected in the examined dead fish, but it wasn’t the type to cause fatal deaths. Tokyo Sea Life Aquarium created a Tuna breeding program which was started over two decades ago, in 1989, with the intent to ‘reproduce aquatic habitats in the world’. Tuna have been kept in the aquarium since then. It was only as of November of last year that the Aquarium ever noted the tuna dying in such vast quantities. Bluefin Tuna are an endangered species, mostly due to over fishing of the ever popular sushi cut.  MORE is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.