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Terrifying Tentacles From The Deep: Monterey Bay Aquarium Ready For Halloween

 Ok, they’re not all that terrifying (to me, anyway), but they are quite mesmeric creatures. Last night I shared the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s adorably frightful e-cards, and they’re continuing in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve with a “Spooky Cephalopod” series. Displayed with an eerie red glow, the two featured videos thus far have been the Cock-eyed Squid and the Japetella octopus. The Cock-eyed Squid (featured above), of the genus Histioteuthis, is named so appropriately. Their right eye is normal – blue, sunken and appropriately sized. Then take a peak at their left side and there you’ll find a bulbous, tubular greenish-yellow eyeball nearly twice the diameter as the other, bulging from its mantle! Creepy. Scientists believe this discrepancy aids the squid in detecting different forms of light – the larger eye processing faint light from above, while the smaller eye focuses on the bioluminescence of the deep. Next up, the Japatella octopus, is actually a mid-water octopus. The lovely, spherical cephalopod has the neat ability to go from transparent to an opaque orange color thanks to chromatophores. While neither of these species are currently on display, the aquarium still has its “Tentacles” exhibit up and running. It’s near the top of my long list of trips to make before the year is over, perhaps I’ll get lucky and spot one of these fascinating subjects. . 

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This Is One Cool Beta Tank Design

cool tank This Is One Cool Beta Tank DesignThis is definitely not your average Beta tank. A collaboration between a designer and a glassblower has created quite the impressive Beta fish tank design. “Echappée,” or “Extension,” designed by Sebastien Cordoleani and Vincent Breed, is a different way of imagining beta fish tank utility. The tanks rippling, ‘bubbly’ effect is supposed to resemble a bubble of water and a flowing water effect. The aquarium was part of the show “15 Designers, 15 Artisans” held in France in December 2010. The participants all had 2 months to create the pieces of art, which had to fit into a 60 x 60 x 60 cm space. Of course its unclear how well this tank would actually function, but I think this would make a spectacular piece of tank art for any home. MORE

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Presents Brilliant Spooky Showcase of Marine Life

tumblr ndk7blzHsr1qm9k25o9 250 Monterey Bay Aquarium Presents Brilliant Spooky Showcase of Marine LifeIn perfect classical horror movie fashion, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has put together a wonderfully spooky collection of e-cards starring some of the most frightening creatures of the deep. The Vampire Squid, a predatory tunicate, a viper fish, and a gape-mouthed sponge make an appearance, among others, all dubbed with adorable ghoulish titles. MORE

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The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

fruit loops2 The Trouble with Coral Trade NamesThe reefkeeping hobby today is full of colorful trade names for corals, and it appears that, for better or for worse, the trend is here to stay. Tidal Gardens has plenty of corals with goofy names, so we are the last folks in the world who should be judgmental about the practice. As a seller, it is clear that named corals sell better than corals with a descriptive name such as “red and blue” coral. Higher prices and greater overall demand are incentive enough for sellers to continue naming corals. The other reason that coral naming continues is that it’s literally the number one most asked question we get. When customers ask, “What is that coral called?” they aren’t asking about the genus or species; they want to know “what it’s called.” Even if the vendor were to draw a line in the sand and say no more stupid names, the market is like the mafia. It will draw you right back in More: The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 448 Gallon Tank Build

Out with the old, in with the new  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 448 Gallon Tank Build

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ORA White Bonnet Clownfish Now Available

8375ORA White Bonnet Clownfish1 ORA White Bonnet Clownfish Now Available
MORE: ORA White Bonnet Clownfish Now Available

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4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium Fish

acclimation stage issues1 4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium FishWhen we consider the term “acclimation” as it relates to marine aquarium fish, we usually think of the relatively brief period during which—with the hobbyist’s help—they gradually adjust to the temperature, pH, and other water parameters in a new system. But in actuality, it takes several days to weeks after introduction for a fish to become fully acclimated to the conditions and other livestock in a new aquarium environment. It’s during this period that certain health and compatibility problems are most likely to arise, so hobbyists must be especially vigilant and take precautions to ensure their new aquatic charges adjust to their new digs successfully. Here are a few issues to watch for in those first crucial weeks: #1 The fatal leap Frightened fish have the potential to leap from an uncovered tank to their death at any time, but never are they more skittish and prone to jumping than during the first few days in a new tank—especially after lights out on that first night. Stands to reason, doesn’t it? After all, how would you feel if you were shoved unceremoniously into a room full of strangers, some of whom appear to resent your arrival, and before you could even get your bearings, someone suddenly shut off all the lights? You’d probably be pretty jumpy, too! Keeping the tank well covered is the most obvious solution to this problem, but it’s also helpful to arrange the rockwork so there are plenty of hiding places not already claimed by established residents, minimize human activity outside the tank, and provide a gradual change in the lighting scheme from daylight to dusk to dark. More: 4 Acclimation Stage Issues for Marine Aquarium Fish

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Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliaris

689bGoldentail Moray Goldentail Moray, Gymnothorax miliarisGood morning friends, I had another nice dive yesterday morning but failed in bringing back any new “fish face shots” which I am trying so hard to get at the moment. When I first went out I parked myself at another cleaning station but as hard as I tried could not get the shot I wanted and after 10 minutes gave up! I then moved on slowly down the reef staying at around 45 feet looking for anything new to post on the blog. I then came across this small Goldentail Moray eel, Gymnothorax miliaris that you see above poking his head out from behind a blade of fire coral and of course I had to stop. These beautiful eels are one of the most curious and easiest to photograph of all the morays in the Caribbean, it’s like they love the camera! This one here may have seen his reflection in my dome or just wanted to come out and say hi, he was so cool MORE

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