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Hammer Corals Caught Accumulating Eggs in Tentacles in Preparation of Spawning Event

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Although we’re pretty caught up in the Interzoo hype, we haven’t forgotten about all of the amazing corals that attract us to this hobby in the first place. To prove my point, we’ll now shift our focus to a really interesting find from our friends at , an East Coast marine aquarium livestock wholesaler based out of North Carolina. They recent received a batch of hammer corals from North Australia, and as you can clearly see in the images and video, they are full of what appears to be eggs. These eggs have accumulated in the tentacle tissues of the coral, with some of them forming large bundles and others freely floating within the tissue like ping pong balls trapped in an aquarium. We don’t see any of these eggs being released into the water, but clearly something out of the ordinary is going on here. Kris Cline, owner and Operations Manager at Carolina Aquatics, says that in his 18 years in the hobby and industry, he’s never seen anything like this. And to be honest, neither have we. I mean, we’ve seen corals spawning in aquariums before, but never have we see this sort of egg accumulation in the tissues and be this visible. Kris went on to explain that the exporter told them that the Euphyllids are spawning on the reefs right now, and did it around this time last year too MORE: Hammer Corals Caught Accumulating Eggs in Tentacles in Preparation of Spawning Event

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Something A Little Different…

 Something A Little Different...At the Tropical Aquaculture Lab in Ruskin, we’ve been running into lots of bottlenecks in the early larval development of some of the Rising Tide species we’ve been working on.  We believe these issues were exacerbated due to our current larval rearing systems being inadequate to provide the pristine water quality necessary for larvae to survive.  Because of this, we’ve spent the past several months upgrading our facilities, to what we believe will be an important step toward significant advancements in captive raised marine ornamentals. Figure 2. 22 day old common octopus paralarvae Upon nearing completion of the new system, we were approached by Mote Marine Laboratory’s cephalopod specialist Brian Siegel; their common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) had spawned, and they were curious if we would be interested at giving them a go.  Rising Tide’s focus is primarily on the captive propagation of marine fish species, but we thought this would be a great way to test out our new larval rearing system.  Common octopi have been reared in captivity at several institutions around the world, but with MORE: Something A Little Different…

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Elos Water Test kit: Mg Magnesium

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After presenting the Elos test kit alkalinity KH (you can read the article here), today I present the Elos test kit Mg Magnesium. As you can see from the photo, the test kit consists of a good-sized box that contains the folding paper with explanations, the leaflet, one glass tube with Elos symbol and its plastic cap, three small bottles containing the liquid reagent called A, B, D, a powder reagent C, a syringe and the classic Elos measuring spoon.  MORE

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Santa Monica Aquarium To Feature New Endangered Species Exhibit

  goby 1 Santa Monica Aquarium To Feature New Endangered Species ExhibitThere are more than 2000 species in the Gobiidae family. However, The Tidewater Goby, native to the lagoons in California, is the only member of it’s genus, Eucyclogobius and it is endangered. This Goby species reside in lagoons, and their habitats have come into danger due to urban development and human activities. MORE

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Female Pseudojuloides edwardi Appears at Greenwich Aquaria Where It Was Named

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Our friend Jason Edwards just made public this picture of the female Pseudojuloides edwardi, which is a new type of pencil wrasse recently discovered and then named by Jason.  This is basically akin to finding two needles in two separate haystacks.  Let’s see if more arrive as people consider their rareness and what it would take to breed them in captivity (probably a miracle).  More info on Jason and his incredible knack for finding the rarest of fishes HERE.

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Check out Colin Foord from Coral Morphologic on NPR’s All Things Considered

Screen Shot 2014 06 04 at 4.14.03 PM Check out Colin Foord from Coral Morphologic on NPRs All Things Consideredhttp://player.wlrn.org/

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Tank Chiller Line from Teco

2014 05 teco tank tk 034 Tank Chiller Line from TecoDuring Interzoo in Nuremberg, Tecohas unveiledthenew Tank Chiller Line, anew range of revolutionary chillers. Todaywe present to youthe video presentation.Yesterday theInterzooexhibition opened in Nurembergand, during this fair, Tecofinally revealsto the publicitsnew range ofchillers, the seriesTankChillerLine.MORE

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