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Red Sea Mimic Blenny (Ecsenius gravieri)

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4 Easy Ways to Avoid Marine Aquarium Malaise

aquarium malaise 300x169 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Marine Aquarium MalaiseSmall refreshes and changes are a great way to bring back some luster to an aged aquarium.A well-functioning and properly stocked marine aquarium can be a wonderful source of interest and inspiration. However, after many months or years of looking at the same setup and livestock, even the most colorful, compelling aquarium can begin to lose its luster and become a bit, well, boring. When faced with this dilemma—which, for my own amusement, I’m going to dub “Marine Aquarium Malaise,” or MAM—the first thing most hobbyists think to do is introduce a new fish or coral to the system. Certainly, new livestock will liven things up for a while, right? But what happens if the bioload in your marine aquarium is already maxed out? In that case, adding one more specimen might just upset the delicate balance of biofiltration or cause major compatibility issues. If this situation sounds all too familiar, don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to reinvigorate a marine tank without adding new specimens. Here are just four of them: #1 Aquascape anew As long as you’re careful not to significantly disrupt existing territories, you can create a whole new visual dynamic in your system by altering the aquascape. More: 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Marine Aquarium Malaise

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Scaly-Tailed Mantis, Lysiosquilla scabricauda

e3e8Mantis Shrimp 2 457x305 Scaly Tailed Mantis, Lysiosquilla scabricaudaGood morning from Curacao in the middle of what seems like nowhere??? Someone asked me this weekend how far we are from South America/Venezuela? The answer is; about 40 nautical miles! On a clear day, we can see the mountains of South America and they look so close. We always laugh when we go to Bonaire because of how short the flight is. MORE: Scaly-Tailed Mantis, Lysiosquilla scabricauda

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Rare Wrasses of the World: Cirrhilabrus johnsoni (Vol. 1, Ed. 3)

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The iconic Cirrhilabrus johnsoni photo

 Last edition, we took a look at Cirrhilabrus lunatus. This month’s focus: Cirrhilabrus johnsoni; Johnson’s Fairy Wrasse. Johnsoni are something special, mainly because they are only found and known to exist in the Marshall Islands at the Kwajalein Atoll and nearby at the Bigej-Mack Reef. However, they have been reported in the surrounding areas as well. The underwater habitat at Kwajalein is massive, as it is one of the largest coral atolls in the world.  MORE

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Researchers discover animals once thought to exist only as fossils off the coast of Vancouver, Canada

This month, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Nuytco Research mounted the first submarine expedition to the glass sponge reefs found in Georgia Strait off of Vancouver, Canada. Researchers have discovered a seafloor oasis made of hundreds of glass sponges—animals once thought to exist only as fossils! 

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A submersible dive into Howe Sound in British Columbia reveals a colony of glass sponges.

 Glass sponges are found across the globe. But only along British Columbia’s continental shelf do they grow over the skeletons of their dead ancestors to form massive deepwater reefs. For decades, scientists knew glass sponge reefs only as Mesozoic-era fossils from about 160 million years ago. But in 1986, oceanographers conducting a geophysical survey in British Columbia’s noticed an “acoustic anomaly” on their instruments. They had just stumbled on a 9,000-year-old glass sponge reef some eight stories high—a one-of-a-kind find. Studying Marine Biology in Vancouver and working at the Vancouver Aquarium as a researcher, I was fortunate to have seen similar sponge reefs first hand. Sadly, the sponge reefs in southern British Columbia’s Georgia Strait currently do not have any protection and are at risk  by fishing activities putting them at risk of being irreparably damaged.  Read more here  

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iSeahorse Launches to Track Seahorse Sightings

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Are you a diver? Or perhaps just near the ocean and have the occasional sighting of seahorses in the wild? Project Seahorse launches iSeahorse.org to track seahorses spotted around the globe. And they have an iphone app for those world travelers on the go. This is citizen science at it’s best, and a great opportunity to help understand the biology of seahorses along with population information that can be used in confirmation efforts. Heather Koldewey writes; Dear friends and colleagues, We have some exciting news: Today marks the launch of iSeahorse, a brand-new citizen science initiative that allows anyone, anywhere in the world to contribute to seahorse science and conservation with just a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a smartphone. A collaboration among University of British Columbia, Zoological Society of London, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and partners all over the world, iSeahorse allows you to share your seahorse observation anytime you spot one of these mysterious and threatened animals in the wild. Scientists from Project Seahorse and the iSeahorse network will use your vital information to better understand seahorse behaviour, species ranges, and the threats seahorses face. We will use this knowledge to improve seahorse conservation across the globe. Whether you’re a diver More: iSeahorse Launches to Track Seahorse Sightings

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CaribSea Rubble Zone is Perfect for Refugiums and Fragging

271eCaribSea Rubble Zone CaribSea Rubble Zone is Perfect for Refugiums and Fragging CaribSea has a new product that is just perfect for hobbyists in need of some live rock rubble. The Rubble Zone is box full of calcium carbonate based rock rubble that can be used to fill a refugium, as mounts for new frags, as building material for various fish (e.g. jawfish), and even as freshwater pond filtration material. Personally, we love to use rubble rock in the rear chambers of nano aquariums instead of those awful bioballs and ceramic rings. The Rubble Zone will be sold in one gallon boxes priced at $16.99 each, and they are available at online stores like Marine Depot. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone to the fish store or broken out a hammer and screwdriver just to get our hands on some live rock rubble. There are just so many uses, as it is the best and most natural material to use for things like coral fragging or creating hiding places in the tank for small creatures. We just aren’t sure why nobody has really thought of this before. Thanks to our pal Joe Savoy for inadvertently turning us on to this product. MORE: CaribSea Rubble Zone is Perfect for Refugiums and Fragging

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