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4-D Puzzles of Reef Life Are Just What You Need

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Clown Triggerfish & Copperband Butterflyfish

My little nerd heart just about burst with excitement when I stumbled upon these
delightful 4-D puzzles of tropical marine life. Available in everything from seahorses to moorish idols to lionfish and more (19 sets to choose from here!), these are a must have for all those reef aquarists with a passion for useless tchotchkes. Picture the serene beauty of your aquarium… now picture that aquarium adorned with a 4-D puzzle of a chambered nautilus. Looks nicer, right? More:

Reef Kids: Dolphins for Lunch!

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credit: Roxy’s Kitchen

 Kids are notoriously picky eaters, and are generally resistant to anything that seems to “educational”.  So instead of fighting about either issue, I recommend changing the conversation!  These adorable banana dolphins, leaping out of their yogurt parfait pools are perfect – they use just four ingredients: bananas, grapes, yogurt, and granola, are full of vitamins and minerals, and will delight even the grumpiest little gourmand. This combination is a nutritional powerhouse; the potassium in the banana will help growing bodies efficiently absorb the calcium in the yogurt, and, if you pick or make granola with nuts, oats, and coconut, you’ll be providing a nice-sized serving of protein and good fats. While snacking, you can casually bring up any of these interesting facts:… More:

Get your Fish into the Spirit of All Hallows’ Day…


This lovely Monocentris japonica gets fruity in Carmen Miranda garb (original photo courtesy Lemon TYK)

 …with these adorable and spooktacular costumes! Ok, so I may or may not have resorted to some photoshop for these getups, but we already torture our dogs and cats with ridiculous outfits, why leave out our piscine companions? Here’s what we imagine our tank inhabitants might opt for if they had the means.… More:

A Puffer I Wish was a Saltwater Fish

pea puffers As I was writing a more in-depth post about my experiences with both freshwater aquariums and saltwater tanks and what I love about keeping both of them at the same time, I kept asking myself- “Which freshwater fish would made a splash in saltwater community?” There are many candidates, but I think one of the most unique fish that lives exclusively in freshwater and close relative to its saltwater counterparts, the Tetraodon travancoricus, known better as the Indian Dwarf Puffer… More:

Apple Care Extending Coverage with ‘FlipperPhone’ Plan

FlipperPhoneGenerally speaking, dropping an electronic device into a large body of water is more or less giving it an impromptu burial at sea, but if you happen to be around a friendly cetacean, you might just have a better turnout. Dolphins rely heavily on chatting as a means of communication with one another, so is it really all that surprising how this particular one reacted when some poor girl dropped her iPhone into the depths of the Atlantic? He just wanted to make sure she could keep in touch with her pod! And since we’re in an age where everything can be documented, even whilst floating on a secluded platform in the middle of the ocean, there’s video of the selfless act below (it’s adorable, but could have done without the squealing). … More:

Karen Brittain Breeds Bandit Angels

reefs.comBandit3Renown fish breeder Karen Brittain, who made waves last year revealing a slew of captive bred Genicanthus personatus at MACNA 2014, recently had a larval run with Apolemichthys arcuatus, the Bandit angelfish. Considering A. arcuatus is my favorite fish, I was watching the fruits of her labor anxiously waiting for them to settle. While there were a couple hiccups as with any larval run, four perfect little babies went through metamorphosis and have been moved to their grow out tank. Another fantastic achievement for Karen!… More:

Reef Kids: Dinoflagellates

Dino pet davana - reefsThis cute little guy is the Dino Pet – a toy, a friend, and a science project in one.  As the website states: “The Dino Pet is a new kind of pet that photosynthesizes during the day and glows brilliantly when you play with it at night. The alluring blue light emitted by the Dino Pet is bioluminescence, made from the dinoflagellates — a type of plankton — found within the apatosaurus-shaped aquarium. By using sunlight, water, and nutrients, instead of batteries and electricity, the Dino Pet allows you to hold one of nature’s most magical occurrences in the palm of your hand.… More:

Reef Market

Watercolor Zoo

 Like many of you, my children have been surrounded by aquariums, plants, and a multitude of animals since (before) they were born. For them, it was a given that we spend part of our days tending to the things we love, and now, as they are getting older, they care for their own little pets and fish.  But before they were able to participate, they relied on me and the other adults around them to provide all of their entertainment and stimulation, as well as teach them about their world. Babies are shaped by what surrounds them – both their environment and the people that inhabit that space. Their early experiences will effect them for the rest of their lives (this article has great information on the subject), so why not stack the cards in their favor and dress them in charming, original clothes that will spark fun interactions?  A young child wearing a lionfish shirt, shark nightgown, or sea jelly pants will find themselves in quite a few pleasant conversations about those exciting, beautiful sea creatures. And best of all, the clothes listed here can all be found on ebay, so your purchase helps support an independent artist or small business owner while introducing your own tiny reef fanatic to this amazing world.… 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.