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Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned Building

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What’s the best way to deal with an abandoned building in the middle of a populated neighborhood? Well, if you’ve got a flare for the arts with a heavy leaning on aquarium keeping, then the likely answer would be to convert the building into a large piece of aquatic art. Or, at least that’s what the artist duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel would do. According to a story published on This is Colossal, the artists installed a large aquarium in the garage area of a rundown building. Every evening, around sunset, the garage door automatically opens up to reveal the tank and its wondrous blue glow and amazing collection of jellyfish. People passing by would obviously be intrigued by the installation, stopping for a peak at a something obviously meant to beautify their community. In support of of the project, which has been titled “The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living”, a live stream video of the setup is on display at the Gazelli Art House. Like the installation itself, the live stream is viewable from the street as well. If you’re in England and want to visit the artistic feature, you’ve only got a couple of weeks left until it gets taken down, as it was only meant to be set up temporarily. MORE: Jellyfish Tank Installed as Living Art in Abandoned Building

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World’s Third Largest Aquarium Underway In Brazil

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The Aquario Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil is scheduled to open in 2015. 
In 2012 the U.S. Government lent over 105 Million Dollars to the Brazilian state of Ceara to help build the aquarium in its capital city of Fortaleza.  A. Zahner Co. and Colorado Design Firm International Concept Management, Inc. will start manufacturing the exterior of a new public aquarium this week, which is expected to become the world’s third largest by its completion in 2015. The Aquarium will have four floors with 25 large tanks with over 15 million liters of water. It is anticipated to have over 500 marine species, along with 3D cinemas and educational centers. “This is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas,” CEO Bill Zahner said in a release. “There will be nothing like it and it will be a treasure for the country of Brazil. We’re extremely proud to be involved with the project.” MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #190

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #190 To thrive, these feathers require a ton of phytoplankton every day.We’re back again, this time to talk more about Colin Foord, the Catlin Global Reef Record site, feather dusters, skimping or splurging on equipment, fancy versus function LFSs, and ich in bare-bottom tanks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #190

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ORA Blue Polyp Capricornis Now Available

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Oceans Reefs and Aquariums has apparently snuck a new coral onto the captive grown marketplace. A little more than a week ago, ORA announced on their blog that their new blue polyp Montipora capricornis would be showing up in the aquariums of your favorite LFS. The cap is said to be a fast grower that forms overlapping flat plates. In terms if coloration, besides the neon blue polyps from which the coral gets its name, this Monti also sports a deep green skeleton that helps those vibrant polyps to really stand out. MORE: ORA Blue Polyp Capricornis Now Available

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“Hey! Get ‘Yer Clown Off My Lion!” – One of the Strangest Symbiotic Relationships I’ve seen

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There’s some strange behavior going on in the water out in Omaha, Nebraska. Today’s fascinating post is brought to us courtesy of Jim Gryczanowki, owner of the beautiful Nebraska Aquatic Supply. We’ve all seen stories of unlikely animal pairs in the past, but this one is quite unusual.  When Jim introduced the finicky Blue Stripe Chrystopterus into his 150 gallon display tank in the store, he hoped there wouldn’t be too much trouble with the Volitan Lionfish, which had been a resident for the past 5 months. Much to his surprise (and our own), after 2 months the Clown and Lion started displaying some unlikely and startling behavior – the clown started hosting between the pectoral fins and dorsal spines of the deadly scorpionfish. No word yet on whether the clown has been supplying food to his generous host, but let’s hope they develop a close bond, and Mr. Lion won’t be inclined to snack on his guest once his mouth is big enough. In case you think these photos are just a fluke, I’ve included footage of the adorable duo for you to enjoy and marvel at! MORE

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Video: Close-Up Time For Captive Bred Pygmy Seahorses

 As the newest (and unquestionably cutest) arrivals to the vast collection of marine life at San Fransisco’s Steinhart Aquarium, the baby Pygmy Seahorses Hippocampus bargibanti shown in this video are the progeny of a breeding pair that were collected in the Philippines in May of this year. Overseen by Steinhart Biologists Matt Wandell and Richard Ross, the babies have now moved on from their specially designed Kreisel system, and have settled on and adapted the colouration of their host Muricella genus Gorgonians. What a fantastic achievement! More detail at Advanced Aquarist More: Video: Close-Up Time For Captive Bred Pygmy Seahorses

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The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid Anglerfishes

angler1 The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid AnglerfishesAs someone who enjoys a day on the water fishing, I have to give a tip of the hat to the various anglerfishes (a.k.a. frogfishes) of the family Antennariidae. These incredibly cryptic fishes make us human anglers look like rank amateurs. After all, to pursue our fishing passion, we have to purchase rods, reels, line, sinkers, swivels, and all manner of baits and lures. Anglerfishes, on the other hand, have all the fishing tackle they need attached directly to their body—and they don’t even need a license! Built-in gear So what type of fishing “tackle” do antennariid anglers possess? Most are equipped with a modified first dorsal spine, known as the illicium, which functions as a fishing rod. Attached to the end of the illicium is a fleshy lure, called the esca. When not in feeding mode, this built-in fishing pole lies flat against the angler’s body, but when a potential prey item comes into view, the angler will raise its illicium and begin to “cast” its bait in hopes of luring the prey animal close enough to gulp it down More: The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid Anglerfishes

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Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony Corals

5a84Elkhorn Corals 457x305 Coral Reef Scene, Elkhorn Corals, Stony CoralsGood morning friends, did you have a great weekend out there??? We sure did because our prayers have finally been answered, WE GOT RAIN!!! Yes our 6 month drought is finally over!! We woke to rain about 3:30 in the morning friday and it was still going into the daylight hours, it was fantastic!! MORE

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