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Pacific Island Ecosystem To Be Captured In Online Model

rsz_mooreaMo’orea, a volcanic island in French Polynesia, will soon be captured in a computer model that will allow its users to track climate change and the effect of human habits on the island. The Mo’orea Island Digital Ecosystem Avator (Mo’orea IDEA) will take into account corals, animals, plants and human population on the island. The project cost is estimated at $5 million dollars and expected to take about 5 to 10 years to complete the work. MORE

The Most Tragically Unlucky Sex Lives of the Deep

mainBeing that it’s the eve of the oh-so-wonderful holiday filled with gushy romance and flowers and chocolate that is Valentine’s Day, and this eve falling on the most unluckiest of days (according to western superstition) that is Friday the 13th, why not relish in the sublime crossing of dates and go over some of the rather unfortunate, bizarre, violent and kinktastic mating habits of the deep? Feeling bummed about not having someone to spend this sappy Saturday with? Read through a few of these and I guarantee you’ll feel a little bit better about your love life (or lack there of) because after all, never will you be a hermaphroditic seaslug forced to fence with your penis to see whom gets to stab and inseminate whom.  MORE

New, Weird, Cool Japanese Zoanthids Described

Photo by Robert Howie. CC by 2.0

Photo by Robert Howie. CC by 2.0

 Zoantharia is an order of anthozoans that, for the most part, look very similar to one another. Taxonomists are still trying to sort them all out. Many members of the suborder Brachycnemina could be missed due to their cryptic nature or simply because some are so scarce. We last reported on the discovery of a new brachycnemic zoantharian about a year and a half ago. Now, two more species have recently been described by researchers from the University of the Ryukyus, the Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology and Tropical Biosphere Research Center. Brachycnemic zoantharians occur in shallow waters in tropical and subtropical regions. Mainly zooxanthellate, they are common on coral reefs. At present, the suborder includes the three families Zoanthidae, Neozoanthidae and Sphenopidae. Only one genus of the family Sphenopidae, Palythoa, can be found in the Ryukyu Archipelago of southwestern Japan. Sphenopus and Palythoa are the two genera of the family. Sphenopus is azooxanthellate and is solitary. It occupies soft-sediment substrates, typically without firmly attaching to a hard surface. Palythoa is typically colonial and zooxanthellate (like most other brachycnemic zoantharians). It lives firmly attached to hard reef surfaces. Recently, new members of the genus Palythoa have been discovered in the Ryukuyus. They are a bit unusual.  MORE

Exclusive Sneak Peek! New Addition to the Orphek Lineup

ORPHEK1One of these things is not like the other! If you’re familiar with Orphek’s pendant lighting, you’ll possibly recognize three of these shiny LED aquarium lights. From right to left, you see the NR12 and PR72, both of which have been in the game for quite some time, followed by the Atlantik Pendant, which made its debut this past August at MACNA 2014 in Denver. But what’s that handsome beast on the far left?!  MORE

The Zoanthid Tree – See it to Believe it! HD

This CoralFish12g video features a one of a kind Zoanthid tree created by Tyler Bell. It is MORE: The Zoanthid Tree || See it to Believe it! HD

Researchers Take Closer Look at Novel Form of Fish Coloration

640px-Sander_vitreusThe walleye or walleyed pike (Sander vitreus) is a perciform fish species that can be found in freshwater lakes and rivers across Canada and the northern United States. Thought they are better known for their taste than their color (for those you who haven’t tried them, they are delicious), they are not an entirely unattractive species. While walleye tend to be a shiny golden yellow in hue, both “yellow” and “blue” color morphs are known. Most of the color observed in fishes is produced by MORE

The Sicce XStream-E Variable Flow Pumps

2015_01_pompe_sicce_xstream-e_03Sicce unveiled a new variable flow pump, the Sicce XStreamE, at Nuremberg Interzoo, and it looks great. Sicce XStreamE is very compact, though it is larger than the Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 and 2000 (reviewed here in italian, and soon in english on However, the declared flow is impressive – ranging from a minimum of 3,000 to a maximum of 8,500 l/h. These pumps are most suitable for a nanoreef tank up to 300 liters, but I will be testing them in a 3,400 liter tank to see if it’s possible to maintain a medium tank with a couple of Sicce XStreamE. They would also be excellent pumps for MORE

Elos Test Kit: Ca Calcium

Today I present to you the Elos water test kit for Calcium. The test kit consists of a good-sized box that contains a paper with instructions, a leaflet, one glass tube with the Elos symbol and its plastic cap, three small bottles containing the liquid reagent called A, C, and D, a B powder reagent, a syringe, and the classic Elos measuring spoon. 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.