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I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!

10556336 327968347370043 1936179471868301673 n 2 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!Woke up this morning to find this adorable little guy on my news feed! Actually – given the  flower on the mantle, puckered lips and rosy hue, this guy might just be a girl, but who am I to sex octopus cupcakes? This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Ceph-inspired baking creations, (I still vote that Blue Ring cake should be served at MACNA) but it certainly is the most whimsical cupcake I’ve seen! Tragically, when I tried to contact Cotton Candy Bakeshop, they appear to no longer be operating. Here’s to hoping they’re simply taking a break – all that cuteness has got to be overwhelming. Not to be left out, flocks of teeny penguins assume their sugary positions, and a dive-themed cupcake tower may just be what I have as my next birthday cake (no need to point out this particular one was designer for a toddler). Hope this sweetens up your day! (Note: I cannot be held responsible for your diabetic coma – cupcake responsibly) Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 10.35.48 AM 300x243 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!   Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 10.38.18 AM 300x212 I Dare You to Find Me a Cuter Cupcake!

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Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation Fail

aquarium Animals Dying In Public Aquarium Renovation FailPublic aquariums are supposed to protect animals and promote conservation. This sad news from the Taraporewala Aquarium in Mumbai, India is the antithesis of all that public aquariums stand for. Currently, over 270 fish and 38 turtles who were previous residents are now at the Versova fisheries center, without any handler or appropriate care.The animals were moved to the fisheries center in March 2012, when the Taraporewala Aquarium underwent renovation work. While the renovations were supposed to be completed in 2013, leaky tanks and other structural inadequacies delayed the project. It is still unclear when the renovations will be complete. In the meanwhile, these poor animals are being held without anyone to care for them. To date, more than 30 animals have died and the conditions reported, included fish being attacked by crows in open ponds, are grave.  MORE

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Update on Copps’ New Beast

reefs.comCoppsUpdate4 300x214 Update on Copps New BeastTowards the end of January we shared the progress of well-known reefer John Coppolino’s new massive aquarium system. He recently shared some new breathtaking pictures of the main display aquarium. Staying true to his word, we can already see a myriad of fish species, notably the inclusion of many smaller schooling species. Of course lets not discount the amazing array of angelfishes that we can already spy! It looks like many of John’s massive Acropora colonies have already been added, and at this point the sheer size of the aquarium makes them look like frags. John noted that final coral placement is to be determined, but as expected this is quickly turning into a dream aquarium. Keep the updates coming and keep up the great work, John! More pictures after the break.  MORE

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The Sturdy but Shy Marine Betta

marine betta2 The Sturdy but Shy Marine BettaWith its dark-brown body covered with a myriad of tiny white to pale-blue dots, the marine betta, a.k.a comet (Calloplesiops altivelis) is truly a dazzling sight to behold. Start out with a healthy specimen, and you’ll find it’s also a fairly hardy and rugged species despite its somewhat delicate appearance and shy nature. But success with this Indo-Pacific species demands thoughtful selection of tankmates, an appropriate aquarium environment, and oftentimes considerable patience. Physical traits The maximum reported size for this species is around 8 inches. In addition to its night-sky color and patterning, C. altivelis has long dorsal and anal fins that meet the caudal fin. A prominent ocellus, or eye spot, appears at the base of the dorsal fin, just ahead of the caudal peduncle, while the fish’s true eyes blend in cleverly with the body coloration. Combined, these characteristics make it difficult to determine whether the marine betta is coming or going. More: The Sturdy but Shy Marine Betta

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): The Easy Way To Get Rid of Mushroom Corals

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Eradicating mushroom corals requires simply cutting the top of the coral off. With the top removed, the base will die. The rest of the story: Whoever said that must have fantastic luck or be completely delusional. The only way I’ve ever successfully eradicated mushroom corals from a tank is by cutting the top off, then completely covering the base with epoxy. If the smallest amount of the base is left uncovered, it will regrow a new top and the coral will start growing again. I’ll also add enough epoxy such that I cover an extra inch (1″) of the rock around the base of the coral to make sure it doesn’t somehow find light and start growing again. Other mushroom eradication methods I’ve tried include MORE: Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): The Easy Way To Get Rid of Mushroom Corals

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Since I’m on an Interior Design Kick – I Present to you the “Ammonite Sink”!

Screen Shot 2014 07 28 at 11.35.23 AM2 Since Im on an Interior Design Kick   I Present to you the Ammonite Sink!Well since I’m a certified Ceph-Freak, this is perfect for my washroom! I’m telling you, Cthulhu could walk right through my door, crack open a Seaweed Beer from the fridge, take a look around and feel right at home. And that’s exactly the look I’m going for. Not to leave any rooms behind, let’s focus on how to Octify you’re bathroom. This concrete sink features a stunning hypnotic Ammonite design, the now extinct species of cephalopod that existed 400-million years ago. I’d be so riveted by the simple act of washing my hands – I’d probably never leave the bathroom. The product’s website seems to not be working at the moment, so no word on pricing. Would really love to see a similar design with the arms of the magnificent Giant Pacific Octopus – tentacles and all!  

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Picture of the Week, Leafy Sea Dragon

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There is something that is just so alluring about sea dragons. Although they aren’t too different from seahorses, usually moving in the same slow and methodical fashion while they cruise around the aquarium, they are far more elaborate in their appearance. Looking like an ultra modified versions of their close seahorse relatives, sea dragons are often adorned with elaborate fins that resemble marine vegetation like Sargassum, kelp, and whatever else is readily available in their habitat. And like seahorses, the sea dragons are just so cute and are super easy to photograph. They can get quite camera shy, but after warming up to us, we are usually able to get good pictures of them, such as the one shown above. The image was taken at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. MORE: Picture of the Week, Leafy Sea Dragon

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Shark Shields For Sale In Florida

 Here’s another one to add to the “only found in Florida” list… Shark Shield’s. This Australian invention is only available in one store in the US, and its located in Tampa Bay. The shark shield is worn around the ankle, or put on the back of a surfboard, with an antenna which faces towards the back of the swimmer or surfboard. The device uses an antenna which emits electrode signals, which claim to deter sharks in the area by creating an underwater electric field. The device does not harm the sharks, according to Shark Shields General Manager Amanda Wilson, “[Shark Shield] doesn’t cause any long-term damage. [Shark Shield] just causes the muscular contraction of their snout. As soon as they’re outside of the field, that spasm stops.” The device costs about $600.00. Although it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, I can see this bringing plenty of peace of mind to divers and scuba divers who spend a lot of time in the water.  MOREMORE

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