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Yellow Tang Captive Breeding Program Gets Big Funding Boost

1ef3Captive Bred Yellow Tang Yellow Tang Captive Breeding Program Gets Big Funding Boost Captive-bred yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) may be coming to an aquarium near you. That’s the reality thanks to the efforts of the Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University (OI-PHU), who announced Friday that their groundbreaking research to breed yellow tangs has gotten a much needed infusion of cash…$75,000 to be exact. The funding comes from multiple sources, with the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority making up the bulk of that with their $35,000 donation. The Sea World/Busch Gardens Conservation Fund contributed $8,000 and the Oceanic Institute provided $32,000 worth of in-kind support. It is said that the funding will support a year long project which has the goal to bring the current level of yellow tang breeding up to the point that the research team can have its first ever captive rearing of the species. As part of the announcement, the OI-HPU also highlighted the fact that research scientist Chatham K. Callan, Ph.D., has lead the way with yellow tang breakthroughs when he discovered “breeding techniques that allow them to culture viable eggs in significant quantities and successfully rear the resulting larvae through their critical first few weeks of life.” As part of this joyous announcement, Callan will be speaking to the Science Pub-Hawai‘i tomorrow, January 27th. If you would like to read more about this ambitious work, be sure to visit: “OI-HPU yellow tang research gets boost from multiple funders” Story via MARSHReef MORE: Yellow Tang Captive Breeding Program Gets Big Funding Boost

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Copps’ New Beast

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Copps’ New Beast

 John Coppolino, better known as “Copps” or the angelfish guru to reef geeks, is in the midst of setting up and absolute dream system to house his prized collection of fish and corals. A behemoth of a home aquarium system, this build is absolutely mind boggling to watch. Oh, did I mention that there was a new house built around this aquarium system to boot? The main display comes in at a whopping ~1,300 US gallons (~5,000 liters), with the mesmerizing dimensions of 8.5 feet long x 6 feet wide x 42 inches tall (~2.6 m x 1.8 m x 1 m tall) and weighs in at 1,300 pounds, while empty. MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #166

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #166http://cdn.wso.net/reefthreads/podcasts/rt166.mp3 Your basic goniopora colony.It’s time once again for more reef-hobby yakking. Our topics this week include the flu, our tanks, Manhattan Aquariums, mantis shrimp, coral-damaging benzophenone-2, 2014 goals, maintenance practices, and daily water change benefits. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Christine and Gary More: Reef Threads Podcast #166

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Captive Bred Maze Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus cephalareticulatus)

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Amazing Orange Hammer Coral at Pacific East Aquaculture is Truly Deserving of its Name

c8c9Orange Hammer Coral Amazing Orange Hammer Coral at Pacific East Aquaculture is Truly Deserving of its Name
We have seen plenty of orange and yellow Euphyllid corals in our time, whether it’s the gold torch corals or the yellow hammers, but more often than not, those that are being labeled as with these colors are really nothing more than an unimpressive, brown looking corals. Thankfully, a coral like this one comes along every once in a while a restores our faith in the coral labeling process. Pacific East Aquaculture posted several images of their newest imports on Reef2Reef, and among them was this deep orange hammer. Truly a unique coral, this hammer doesn’t just have highlights of orange or yellow on the tips of its tentacles, which is usually the case. Instead, this orange beauty has a deep, rich, and complete color that starts in the deepest part of the coral head and permeates every square inch of tissue. It is one of the few corals that truly earns its name. MORE: Amazing Orange Hammer Coral at Pacific East Aquaculture is Truly Deserving of its Name

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CORAL Featured Video: Reef Life of the Andaman Sea

 This is Part 9 of Nick Hope’s excellent series, also available in feature length on the Andaman Sea, also known as the Burma Sea, part of the eastern Indian Ocean.  MORE: CORAL Featured Video: Reef Life of the Andaman Sea

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Video: Fish Yawnfest Is Actually Fascinating

 Yawning is a really interesting behaviour exhibited by fish and this video from the Blennywatcher blog features several different Scorpion and Frogfishes showing off their cavernous mouths in just this way. Visit the blog for more information. More: Video: Fish Yawnfest Is Actually Fascinating

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Great Star Coral, Montastraea cavernosa, Stony Corals

0740Giant Stars Great Star Coral, Montastraea cavernosa, Stony CoralsGood morning, I have a macro shot for you all this morning of a cluster of large polyps belonging to an animal called, Great Star Coral. I shot these out here on the reef during the day and as you can see the polyps are closed but if you went back out during the evening in the pitch dark, they would be open and out feeding. Great star coral (Montastraea cavernosa) is a colonial stony coral found in the Caribbean seas. It forms into massive boulders and sometimes develops into plates. Its polyps are the size of a human thumb and fully extend at night MORE

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