Good morning from Curacao… Here you see a fallen section of a Stove-Pipe sponge (Aplysina archeri) in purple, with new growth climbing up a Row Pore Rope sponge. The rope sponge acts like a sort of trellis, and supports the weight of the new stove-pipe by allowing it to not only cover it in sections, but to actually fuse with the rope sponge – that’s just way cool!! I’m guessing that once the stove-pipe grows large enough to get a good hold on the reef, it will be completely fused with the rope sponge, the two will become one cool looking sponge. It’s hard to see in the photo, but these sponges are home to little gobies, crabs, shrimps, and brittle stars, in fact the harder you look the more things you will see. MORE
Paracanthurus hepatus, Pacific blue tang, widely known as DoryWell, the word is out that Finding Dory, the long-anticipated sequel to Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, is finally slated for release in June of 2016. If the impact of the sequel is anything like that of the original—a lot of youngsters clamoring to keep the film’s “star” as a pet—then I suspect that beginning next summer, the Pacific blue tang (Paracanthurus hepatus), the species that Dory represents, will be very popular indeed. I have to admit I’m conflicted about the pending release of this film. On the one hand, if Finding Dory holds up to the quality of the original in terms of animation and entertainment value, it will be well worth viewing. Jaded as I am by decades in the hobby and having spent plenty of time on real coral reefs thanks to the miracle of scuba, I still find the visually lavish representation of the ocean realm in Finding Nemo quite compelling. Plus, anything that sparks kids’ interest in marine life has to be a good thing, right?On the other hand, a burgeoning interest among youngsters in keeping P. hepatus in a home aquarium probably doesn’t bode well for the species MORE
Black Friday is fondly known as the day when people lose their minds and beat each other senseless for a $10 discount on a TV. Not feeling up for the USA’s version of the Running of the Bulls? Thanks to the cool technology known as the internets, you can sit at home, sipping your hot cocoa, and score some of the best deals on livestock you have ever seen. Saturday night, the festivities will be on full display as Dr. Mac and the fine folks at Pacific East Aquaculture unveil over 1000 corals, fish, clams and inverts to help you stuff the stockings of your reefing loved ones. Aww, who are we kidding, this is as good a time as any to treat YOURSELF to some one of a kind items that you can have in your tank before the holiday shopping season has gotten underway. Please join us on Saturday at 6PM EST when the live sale kicks off, right here on Reefs.com.
Rossmont has just announced a new product: Waver, a frequency modulator that adjusts an aquarium pump’s flow rate! In an earlier review, we lamented the fixed rate feature of the Rossmont Mover M5800, but today that gap has finally been filled in an elegant and practical way: the new Waver is just what we need to adjust the flow rate of our pumps. We can still use the same pumps, but now they will behave exactly how we want them to – with an adjustable flow! MORE
Once every decade or so, a product comes out that redefines and revolutionizes the industry it belongs to. Just like a smartphone for mobile communications, an electric car that goes 0-60 in under 3 seconds for automotive technology, or a remote-controlled drone for aerial surveillance and photography, EcoTech’s introduction of the VorTech Propeller Pump in 2005, revolutionized the home aquarium water-movement products industry. This innovative product transformed Ecotech from a student-run start-up project to one of the best known names in the aquarium industry. Ten years later, the “wave-maker” has been remade for the third time, complete with new features and a completely re-engineered controller. What’s so special about the new driver? Let’s find out… MORE
Good morning friends, how was your weekend???
I have a cool brain coral photo for you today; I discovered this coral at 75 feet by the tiny island of Klein Curacao. What you’re seeing here is a small section of Boulder Brain coral on the top and Symmetrical Brain coral on the bottom. These coral buddies were butted up next to each other looking about as colorful and as healthy as corals can be.