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Marshawn Lynch Gets BeastMode Custom Fish Tank

marshall Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch will be appearing on this season of Tanked on Animal Planet. The Custom tank will include a Beast mode logo and skittles colored coral. Watch the tank preview here.

Reef Aquarium Forums 2.0

reef-forumsWe are pleased to announce a major new project on, Forums 2.0.  We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to make our forums much easier to navigate, but more importantly, we’re putting the right people in place to foster interesting and accurate discussions. With the advent of thousands of Facebook groups devoted to reefing, many experts felt that the ability to provide quality advice and guidance to a large group was lost.  Facebook groups can sometimes be a case of the blind leading the blind, so we sought out some of the foremost experts on the reef aquarium hobby and gave them their own forums to discuss a topic of their choosing. 

Check out the forums now!

Florida Man Catches 552 Pound Giant Grouper On Kayak

 Check out this guy real in a monster Grouper on  a kayak! Cape Coral, Florida resident John Black had a 552 pound grouper on his line for a couple of intense moments, and lucky for us, it was all caught on camera on Friday. In this video, you can watch the giant grouper come up to the top of the surface on Black’s line, off the coast of Sanibel, Florida, and look it closely while it makes a huge splash in the water. This fish measured in at 83 inches long and 73 inches in girth, and an estimated 552 pounds. The fish was released after the measurements were taken. While this is a giant catch, it does not break the record for the largest Grouper caught in Florida. Grouper species can get up to 800 or more pounds and up to 7 feet long. They are a very popular local fish in Florida. However, many people are speculating this may well be the largest grouper ever caught on kayak. MORE  

Swordfish Kills Fisherman In Hawaii

 Spear fishing is a sport not without risks. Randy Llanes, a 47 year old man, is dead after attempting to spear a large swordfish. Llanes was the captain of a deep sea charter fishing company in Hawaii. After spotting the Broadbill Swordfish, Llanes jumped in the water of Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island with his spear gun. In this tragic case, the hunter inadvertently became the hunted. After shooting the swordfish with his spear gun, Hawaii police say the swordfish thrashed around the water and puncturing Llanes in the upper chest. MORE  

Friday Rewind

More robots! Today’s video brings us footage of some more advanced models of the CRM line of robots. Here we can see the robot going through its paces and performing various tasks, from dish washing and snow shoveling to fish netting and pet store clean up. Sadly, not everyone is polite to robots. If you see a robot today, give ’em a hug. 

All glory to the Hypnoslug

11303528_820216814733829_813840843_nJust keep staring into the hypnotizing abyss. Not quite a buzzing cartoon toad from a distant future on Earth, this iridescently patterned nudibranch was collected for photography purposes in just 30 feet of water off the eastern coast of Florida by Farside Tropicals. Almost all nudibranchs, also known as sea slugs, have evolved to feast on only one item in the ocean. Some feed on algae, others on coral, others still on flatworms. Though a small handful are quite useful for aquaria purposes and easily captive bred, most are best left to admire through photography. It is unfortunate that most species are harvested at all for the ornamental industry, as they are often very short lived and have much more value in being photographed and admired by scuba divers. Even with such diverse resources as websites like Sea Slug Forum, a nudibranch version of FishBase, most species have very little understanding as to their role on the reefs. Many species in the aquarium hobby are parasitic, coming in as hitchhikers on corals such as MORE

Coral Interactions in 20,000 Gallons

A cluster of interacting coral.

A cluster of interacting coral.

 I am continually fascinated by the goings-on in Joe Yaiullo’s massive aquarium. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this tank, and its mature age, 14+ years, allows for some dynamic interactions between coral species. I’m impressed with the way Joe is willing to push the envelope, and will often recreate coral combinations that have worked for him the past. MORE

Five Japanese Aquariums May Quit Association Over Taiji Ban

Japan controversial dolphin tradeFive Japanese Aquariums are Threatening to leave Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) based on the decision not to use Taiji Dolphins. Jaza made the decision to ban use of Taiji Dolphins based on the pressure asserted by the World Aquarium of Zoos and Aquariums (waza) that if Jaza did not stop using Taiji dolphins they would be expelled from the group. Five Aquariums have indicated they may leave the association. Seven aquariums are undecided as to their future membership, four declined to comment, and sixteen aquariums stated they will remain members. Compared to the United States where 70 percent of dolphins are aquariums are bred in captivity, only 13 percent of Japanese dolphins are bred in captivity. 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.