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Takashi Amano Dies at the Age of 61

TakashiamanoprivatetankTakashi Amano, photographer, designer, aquarist, and founder of ADA, Aqua Design Amano, died on August 4th at the age of 61. The news is bouncing around every social network, twitter feed, facebook page, and forum dedicated to the hobby. Unfortunately, we can confirm the sad news of his death. It seems that the pneumonia was a complication stemming from his cancer.  MORE

Aquascaping Contest at the Aquatic Experience – Chicago

aquatic experience logo - reefsAquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof at the Schaumburg Convention Center. From saltwater to freshwater, to ponds and aquatic animals, they will have it all. Come out and  enjoy educational seminars by George Blasiola, Heiko Bleher, Charles Delbeek, Patrick Donston, Hans-Georg Evers, Sanjay Joshi, Oliver Knott, Paul Loiselle, Oliver Lucanus,Steve Lundblad, Joe Olenik, Julian Sprung, Tony Vargas and Greg Wittstock, as well as keynote speaker Frank Reece of Blue Zoo. There will be a huge show floor filled with hobbyists from entry-level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers, as well as livestock and equipment experts and the industry’s best and trend-setting manufacturers. 

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credit: Paul Whitby

 The show will also be holding its second annual Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Competition.  Contestants are invited to compete in one of two categories (Small and Large Tank) for $3,900 dollars in prize money.  MORE

Pacific Northwest Heat Leads To Mass Fish Kills

Sockeye_SalmonThe Pacific Northwest’s increasingly rising temperatures have been all over the news lately. Global warming or not, its clear that rising temperatures all over the world have been making headlines this summer. And the results are not good for marine and animal life in these especially affected regions. This summer, Washington State’s Olympic National Park caught fire for the first time in recorded history. A very warm winter, combined with a very dry spring, led to fires throughout the State. A warm winter meant less slow, which ultimately resulted in less water for the streams and river. Combined with record setting high temperatures, its no wonder the conditions are making headlines as the ‘perfect storm’ of conditions, with catastrophic results on the fish population. MORE

Squid Egg Masses

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 There are around 500 different species of squid in our oceans, from the 1-inch-long sepiolid squid, to the enormous colossal squid, which can grow up to 45 feet in length – that’s about as long as a school bus!  Scientists are learning more and more about these interesting creatures, but, because many squid live far beneath the ocean’s surface, they are hard to observe, and we still have a lot to find out. One of the most interesting species is the Ommastrephid squid. These creatures can be as small as 10 cm and as long as 100cm, and are often the dominant squid in their habitat.  They are some of the strongest swimmers in the ocean, and are sometimes referred to as “flying squid”, because they glide along the surface of the water. These squid only live for about one year, and as soon as they reproduce, they die. Males mature first, and transfer their spermatophores on the still immature females. Then the females mature and spawn 300 to 4,000 small, elliptical or semi-spherical eggs. The squid migrate together, and lay all their eggs in the same area where they were born. The eggs hatch into larvae after only 5 days, depending on the water temperature The video below gives a fascinating peek into the flying squid’s reproduction – specifically, how the female makes her enormous egg masses.  Enjoy!

Spawning Acropora Cervicornis

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Matt Korten and Rich Ross tenting colonies

 Exciting news from the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Florida Aquarium!  Last night, a group of scientists affiliated with the two organizations, including Rich Ross, Matt Korten, Justin Zimmerman, and Rick Klobuchar Jr., observed 6 different genotypes (7 colonies total) of Acropra Cervicornis spawning in the CRF Lab. CRF spawning 2 - reefsThey were able to collect bundles yielding approximately 25 mL of concentrated eggs, which they then fertilized. It is too soon to know how successful the fertilization was. They recorded the staging at 21:45, and the bundle release between 22:45 and 23:45.  The Acerv are from the Coral Restoration Foundation Nursery off of Tavernier, FL (Florida Keys). MORE

Fish Geek Fashion: Aquarium Nails

 This post is for all the female aquarists out there. Well actually it could also be for some of you male aquarists out there too, who am I to make a fashion determination. Nail art can get pretty extreme and interesting. This might be the first post my wife was interested in reading. Actually, after reading this article and going on YouTube,I have discovered there are quite a lot of detailed tutorials on how to make aquarium nails. And this helpful YouTube tutorial been around since 2013, so the aquarium nail art trend is not new. MORE

Not Dwarf Seahorses, Baby Seahorses

Left, Tiger Tail seahorse from MaryG, right Dwarf Seahorse, photo by Felicia McCaulley

 Regular readers of are aware of my concern over juvenile seahorses being sold far too small and young. It came to my attention recently that very young juveniles of larger seahorse species are being sold as Dwarf Seahorses – Hippocampus zosterae. This issue came to light by way of the our forum member MaryG. She asked to confirm the species of some seahorses sold through her local fish store as dwarf seahorses. The seahorses in question were in fact juvenile Tiger Tail Seahorses – Hippocampus comes. While dwarf seahorses stay small at around 1.5″-2″, H. comes grow significantly larger to 5-7″. The two species have drastically different feeding and housing requirements. MORE

Rossmont Mover MX 15200

2015_03_mover, mx 15200, rossmont_07 This beauty is the Rossmont Mover MX 15200. It is not an electronic pump; it has a fixed flow of 15.200 liters per hour, and a power consumption of only 24 watts. This pump was designed and manufactured entirely in Italy, and Rossmont has extended its warranty in Italy on the pumps to 36 months, one year more than the warranty period required by law. 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.