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Video: Another Captive-bred Clarion At TMC

 Following on from the specimen that surfaced back in June last year, we see that TMC have ‘done it again’ with another stunning captive-bred Clarion Angel Holacanthus clarionensis. Filmed at TMC Bristol, this specimen like the last, is just a juvenile and likely originates from Bali Aquarich. No word on the price but it’s more than likely to be a a 4 figure sum. We believe the last specimen ended up travelling on to the USA and eventually sold for just shy of $5000. More: Video: Another Captive-bred Clarion At TMC

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The Search For Seahorses In Thailand

Hippocampus mohnikei color corrected Thailand 1024x592 The Search For Seahorses In ThailandMy name is Lindsay and I’m a PhD candidate and researcher with Project Seahorse. I study seahorses in their natural habitat to understand threats to seahorses and ultimately aid in conservation efforts. I’m currently working in Thailand and wanted to share a little bit about my current research. Last year I spent eight months in Thailand gathering baseline information on seahorse populations along the Andaman (western) coast. The first month I spent building relationships with my new Thai partners and training my research assistants. In the three months that followed, I searched for seahorses by diving and snorkeling at various locations to determine several ideal locations for future research. The results of our intensive searches for seahorses yielded only eight individuals, an unexpectedly low number for the area surveyed. On a positive note, two of these individuals were sightings of a seahorse species never before seen on the Andaman coast; the Japanese Seahorse Hippocampus mohnikei. This was a very exciting discovery – and I’m in the final stages of submitting a paper discussing the increase in range of this species. Hippocampus mohnikei among seagrass. The overall low numbers of seahorses found in our initial survey lead me to question why we found so few seahorses. Was it because we were surveying in the wrong habitats? Using inappropriate methods (Even though they had worked elsewhere)? Or was there so much fishing, and therefore accidental capture of seahorses in fishing gear, there were few seahorses remaining in the areas surveyed? Understanding how to answer these questions has now become the central question to my More: The Search For Seahorses In Thailand

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Heliofungia Propagation

Heliofungia 300x168 Heliofungia PropagationAlthough notoriously intolerant of tissue damage, the beautiful Heliofungia actiniformis is an exciting addition to any reef display. Willing to test this coral’s vitality, I made an attempt to propagate one. 1. The Heliofungia was forced to retract by hand. This reduces contact between the propagating tool and the coral’s sensitive tissue, minimizing damage and stress on the coral. Retracted 300x168 Heliofungia Propagation2. To reduce the amount of heat transferred to the polyp, the Heliofungia was cut in half using a diamond band saw. This saw uses a drip mechanism to keep the subject cool. The cut was made perpendicular to its mouth, which enables the mouth to recover more rapidly, allowing the coral to feed. MORE

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Peppermint Goby, Coryphopterus lipernes, Gobies

8297Blenny 457x305 Peppermint Goby, Coryphopterus lipernes, GobiesHi friends, late start again today, I really have to get back to doing the blog in the evenings, would be so much easier! I just got back from a fun but cold dive with my friends from Sweden. I took my 105 macro out this morning and worked on searching for just brain corals and then looking for more “coral letters” for my growing collection. Today I finally found a “J, X, O, and a B” so I officially have about half of them. Almost every colony of coral I looked at had at least one of these tiny, one-inch Peppermint Gobies parked somewhere on it, you just had to really stop and look. MORE

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Coral Morphologic presents ‘Natural History Redux’ (Trailer)

 Coral Morphologic, in association with Borscht Corp., is proud to announce the digital release of the remixed and remastered ‘Natural History Redux’ this Thursday, March 6, 2014. ‘Natural History Redux’ compiles our original Natural History series of videos (that were previous only available online individually in 720p) into a digital 1080p collector’s edition. NHR sees these 23 films hypnotically datamoshed together into a half-hour odyssey of the sea. ‘Natural History Redux’ was originally commissioned for Borscht 8 by Borscht Corp, and debuted on the 7,000 square foot video wall at Soundscape Park of the New World Symphony on Miami Beach, December 13, 2012. The release of NHR represents the closing of the early chapters of Coral Morphologic. The ‘Natural History’ series represents our early ‘demos’, as the acquisition of the landmark Canon 5D Mark II in 2009 had suddenly made high-definition macro videography an affordable prospect for us. At that time we were still based out of our original home-based lab, where we made do with miniaturized aquarium sets that we hand-crafted in DIY spirit, challenging ourselves to make living portraits of our local invertebrate marinelife. Colin did the filming, and Jared composed original soundtracks (except ‘Man O War’ which was scored by Animal Collective’s Geologist) to accompany each film. We charged ourselves to film and release a new portrait every week on this blog, which for the most part we delivered under self-imposed Monday morning deadlines. After filming ‘Man O War’ we found ourselves in a position where we felt constrained by our home-based lab, and took the gamble to move into a dedicated facility where we could expand our visions. It would be another two years before we had the time or resources to film anything new (the new Lab was considerably more expensive to set up and operate) and so when Borscht Corp. proposed showing all of our earliest works during Borscht 8, we took the opportunity to remaster these films so we could finally release them together as a complete long-form audio-visual experience. Tags: Animal Collective, Borscht Corp., Coral Morphologic, Miami, Natural History Redux This entry was posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 am and is filed under Video. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. More: Coral Morphologic presents ‘Natural History Redux’ (Trailer)

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CORAL Video & Highlights: Coral Reef Resilience

 Few places on earth captivate our sense of wonder as much as coral reefs. But how stable and enduring are coral reefs? Violent tropical storms frequently destroy fragile coral skeletons, but broken branches quickly sprout new growth. Coral reefs are resilient and adapted to recover from these natural events, but what happens when humans tip the balance? Let me show you two examples in Fiji. For centuries Fijians have harvested marinelife without serious harm to their reefs, but near the capital city of Suva there are may more people fishing. Let’s look more closely at this reef MORE: CORAL Video & Highlights: Coral Reef Resilience

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Yellow Tang Research at the Oceanic Institute – Making Exciting Progress

OI+yellow+tang+series+b Yellow Tang Research at the Oceanic Institute – Making Exciting ProgressResearch on culturing yellow tangs began at the Oceanic Institute (OI) back in 2001 around the same time as initial, exciting breakthroughs were achieved with dwarf angelfish (by OI and others like Frank Baensch and Karen Brittain). It seemed, back then, that we were just around the corner from some major steps forward with the culture of previously thought “impossible to rear” species. Indeed, there has been incredible progress with the culture of marine ornamentals since that time. However, yellow tang have proven to be far more difficult to rear than many of the other targeted marine ornamental fish species under investigation.  More than a decade later, we are finally seeing some exciting progress with rearing this species and will share updates about our work on this site. On Jan 1, 2014 we stocked a 1000L tank with about 40,000 yellow tang eggs. In this rearing attempt we experimented with very high water turn-over rates, and very clean (ultra UV dose) water. As in previous studies, we again used the calanoid copepod, Parvocalanus crassirostris, as our feed. While this was only one tank (we are currently testing these methods again), we immediately noticed far more fish making it through the early larval period than ever before.  We were really excited to see 1000’s of fish making past the first 2-3 weeks and ended up with more than 600 at day 35.  We have since moved the fish to smaller tanks and are investigating potential settlement cues, like photoperiod and substrate. The fish recently crossed day 50 and appear to be looking very close to settlement. We’re observing fairly high mortality during this period of transition, but still have more than 150 fish distributed among our tanks.  We are hoping at least a few make it through, but regardless are very encouraged by this recent progress! With newly obtained support from Rising Tide Conservation and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, we are looking forward to pushing this culture technology forward.  This work will be supported by an HPU graduate student (Emma Forbes) who will introduce herself in a separate post.  Stay tuned for updates from OI and Emma! MORE:Yellow Tang Research at the Oceanic Institute – Making Exciting Progress

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Reefthreads Podcast #171

reefthreads1 Reefthreads Podcast #171http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt171.mp3 Kelwu’s tank with star-polyp “grass,” shown at the Aquaticlog.com site.New week. New podcast. This week we’re gabbing about dinoflagellates, captive-bred fish, fish quality, Gary’s tank, Diver’s Den, soft-coral pricing, the Tanked TV show, green-star polyp grass, tank preferences, getting advice, and avoiding beginner mistakes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reefthreads Podcast #171

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