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Astreopora montiporina the backstory

The story of my Astreopora montiporina colony is an interesting one. If you’re not familiar with this coral don’t worry, it is not commonly known or collected; it was named as a new species in 2011. Back to my story, I purchased a colony of clove polyps four years ago and when I was making some fragments I noticed that the rock the clove polyps were growing on was not a rock but the underside of a browned out coral colony. I removed all of the clove polyps, turned the coral towards the light, and waited to see what would happen. During the following months it slowly started to recover, the color changed from brown to green. After about a year it looked like this. 


Astreopora after about a year of recovery

 I didn’t know what kind of coral it was; the growth… More:

Newsday at the Long Island Aquarium

Credit: Newsday/ Thomas A. Ferrara

 Joe Yaiullo and his world-renowned aquarium and staff got to play host to Newsday’s Jimin Kim this week, and provided the reporter and his photographer, Thomas A. Ferrara, with a myriad of fascinating, behind-the-scenes views of the daily workings.  The media team turned their tour into a photo essay, which you can see here.… More:

TripAdvisor announces Traveler’s Choice Zoo’s and Aquariums 2015

oceanario-de-lisboaIt’s that time of year again… TripAdvisor announces Traveler’s Choice Zoo’s and Aquariums. The number one aquarium in the United States this year is the Georgia Aquarium, while the number one aquarium in the World goes to Oceanario de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. … More:

Brookfield Zoo Closes Stingray Tank After 54 Rays Die

stingraysThe Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, Illinois,. has sadly closed it’s Stingray Bay Exhibit for this season, after 54 Stingrays died in the tank on this past Friday. Oxygen levels in the water  tank suddenly plummeted. The malfunction affected the heating and cooling systems of the 16,000 gallon pool which held the rays. The rays were inside of a popular shallow tank, which allowed visitors to touch and interact the rays.… More:

Astronaut Takes A Dive Into The New England Aquarium

ryan_astronaut1_met Sunita Williams, 49 years old, has been an astronaut with NASA since 1998. She has spent over 322 days in space. On Thursday, to the pleasure of guests, Williams dove in the New England Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank. Williams is very comfortable with diving. Astronauts train underwater because it can emulate the weightlessness of space and challenges with gravity. Williams has also spent nine days living at the only underwater research center,Aquarius, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which is owned by Florida International University. … More:

Mindstream Aquarium Monitoring System

mindstream 3 Exciting news!  The scientists behind the Mindstream Aquarium Monitoring System have announced that they will be showcasing and demonstrating their product at MACNA this year! Aquarists have been eagerly anticipating this news since the product was first mentioned nearly two years ago. This monitoring system uses a patented fluorescing optical system to read concentration levels of 12 different aquarium parameters, including pH, alkalinity, NH3, NH4, NO2, NO3, Ca, Mg, K, O2, and CO2. It then uploads the information to its cloud every 15 minutes, where the data is accessible to the user free of charge (there will be no monthly fee).  While the Mindstream monitoring is automatic, the device requires aquarist to replace the test foil every 90 days.… More:

One Tough Goldfish

goldfish-800x351 Here’s a story of feeder goldfish that beat the odds. Seven years ago, at Shima Marineland in Japan, a small goldfish was thrown into a tank, intended as food for a hungry Arapaima. In case you didn’t know it, Arapaima are among the world’s largest freshwater fish, growing over 10 feet long and weighing over 400 pounds. The little goldfish managed to escape the hungry mouth of the Arapaima and ended up in the aquariums filter system. Where it lived for seven years eating detritus and other bits. During a recent filter cleaning, an aquarist was shocked to find the goldfish, now ten inches long, alive and well in the filter. The fish showed no signs of injury, however, it was a little pale, due to the years living in darkness. Now the goldish has turned into a bit of a celebrity and has its own display tank in the aquarium. MOREMore:

NASA Tests Under Ice Rover At California Science Center Aquairum

BRUIEOn June 24, 2015, NASA tested its Buoyant Rover for Under Ice Exploration (BRUIE) at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The BRUIE was placed at 24 feet underwater on the bottom of the 188,000 gallon tank. The device was designed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The purpose of the rover is to study the Arctic and Antarctica and is meant for travel under the ice shelf of an icy world.… More:

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