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Unboxing the Jellyfish Art Cylinder Nano Aquarium

Recently we posted an article about Jellyfish Art and their Kickstarter program which features the newly released Jellyfish Cylinder nano aquarium.  Having never kept Jellyfish, my curiosity was piqued and I decided to give it a try and write a few articles about the experience. Today we are unboxing the Jellyfish nano cylinder to show you what is included in the kit. The Kit Includes: Jellyfish Cylinder Nano Aquarium Aquarium lid Foam Filtration Pad User Manual Air Pump LED Light & Remote LED Power Supply Hydrometer Feeding Pipette Chemi-pure Blue nano Jellysalt Jellybio Starter <![CDATA[ #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 20%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .

Drugs We Dump May Be Causing Sex Changes in Fish

A new study found 85% of male smallmouth bass in the Northeast are undergoing a sex change. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Roger Phillips) Male bass are experiencing unwanted sex changes, apparently thanks to the “chemical soups” that pass for waterways in the Northeast. The Washington Post reports 85% of male smallmouth bass surveyed in the region have “characteristics of the opposite sex”—specifically eggs where their testes should be. The same is true of 27% of area largemouth bass, Vice adds. For a recently published study, researchers tested bass near 19 wildlife refuges in the Northeast, according to a US Geological Survey press release. Researchers didn’t do a chemical analysis of the water where the intersex fish were found, so they can’t be sure specifically what is

The World’s Oldest Continually-Operating Aquarium

Recreations of older aquaria in between the columns of the main arcade

Recreations of older aquaria in between the columns of the main arcade

 The fabulously lit Brighton Aquarium in the UK dates back to the Victorian period and is the oldest continually operating public aquarium in the world.… More:

Contorversial Portland Aquarium Is Closing Down

portlandlogoVince Covino, former owner and the brother of Ammon Covino (who was convicted of purchasing protected marine life and later on violating his parole) is no longer listed as the owner of Portland Aquarium, which will be closing in February. The closure is allegedly due to the previous landlord of the Portland Aquarium selling to new owners, who will be demolishing the facility. The Aquarium hopes to find a new location to re-open. The current owners of the Portland Aquarium are Chrysty Covino, Vince Covino’s sister-in-law, and a business partner, Shane Shamada. The Portland Aquarium has been under controversy in the past years, with serious allegations of animal abuse from previous employees. However, Vince Covino stands by the care of the animals at the aquarium. “The things some former employees said about us are just flat-out not true,” Covino said Friday during a telephone interview from his home in Boise, Idaho.… More:

Santa Claus To The Rescue During Aquarium Fire

santa-fights-fireSanta and Ms. Claus took some time off from their very  busy holiday season and helped battle an aquarium fire. Santa and Mrs.Claus were greeting children and checking out who had been naughty and nice at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah over the weekend. The honored couple were at the aquarium as part of the ‘Festival of the Seas’ event. The event gave children an opportunity to have their picture taken with Mr. and Ms.Claus at the Mountain America Penguin Research Center, which features the aquariums resident Gentoo Penguins. Conveniently, Santa was also a Utah Fire Inspector.… More:

Tennessee Aquarium’s Holiday Gift List

christmas-fishTis the season for giving. And giving and giving. Or so it can seem. But there are lots of people, and animals too, in need and deserving of our help around this time of year. The Tennessee Aquarium is reaching out to the giving side in all of us by putting out its holiday gift list. The wish list was created by Sara Carlson, manager of behavioral husbandry at the nonprofit Aquarium. She is in charge of ensuring the animals mental well-being; just like humans, they can get bored and need stimulation. “It’s anything we do to make the animals lives a bit more exciting,” Carlson said. “It’s really considered an integral part of animal welfare,” she said.The wish list for the aquarium is available at Amazon.com and includes over 300 items.… More:

Reef Sediment Studied to Create Record of Diversity

rsmas-coral-340x680Researchers from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have analyzed sediment of deep water reefs ranging from 30-150 meters, in an effort to create a record of ancient biodiversity. Delving into the gunk lead researcher David Weinstein and his team analyzed the sediment of “mesophotic“ coral reef ecosystems, reefs that lack the high levels of light exposure that tropical reefs experience. “Understanding how these important marine ecosystems that we rely on for food and medicines evolved in the past gives us new insight into how to protect them in the future,” said UM Rosenstiel School alumnus and lead author of the study David Weinstein. “The results of this study provide the first analog to understanding how habitat biodiversity in these systems has evolved since the first reef-building ancient ancestors of modern corals.” The research team collected at four different sites including the St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands, as well as two shallower water reef sites and their findings have suggested light tolerant corals and reefs evolved from much deeper, less exposed environments. “The mesophotic reefs of the Virgin Islands are especially vibrant and may contribute to the recovery of shallow reef systems after disturbance,” said Tyler Smith, coauthor of the study and associate research professor at the University of the Virgin Islands.… More:

Synthetic Coral Could Cleanse Oceans

coralPublished earlier this year in the Journal of Colloid a new study from researchers at Anhui Jianzhu University in China has explained how they have adapted coral like structures into nanotechnology that removes mercury from water. Using aluminum oxide Dr. Xianbiao Wang and his scientists have developed nanoplates capable of removing 2.5 times more mercury than traditional nanoparticles designed to achieve the same result. “Adsorption is an easy way to remove pollutants from water, so developing new products that can do this is a big challenge in environmental remediation,” said Dr. Xianbiao Wang, an author from Anhui Jianzhu University. “The chemical and physical structure of such products is very important, it is interesting to design and fabricate adsorbents with different structures to see how they behave. In particular, materials that mimic biological adsorbents like coral have potentially huge applications.”… More:

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