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Reef Travel: Mystic Aquarium

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Boomerang!

 The Mystic Aquarium will always hold a special place in my heart. When my children were young, we had a family membership, and I brought my crazy toddlers there at least once a week.  We marveled at the Beluga Whales, checked in with our favorite sea lion, Boomerang, who stranded himself and was rescued and returned three times before biologists declared him unreleasable, and then visited with the resident octopus, who the kids declared was named “Octi”.  From there, we’d drift from exhibit to exhibit, stopping for long conversations about the animals or installations that caught our attention. We always discovered something new. 
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comb jelly

 There is a gorgeous new exhibit up, titled “Jellies: The Ocean in Motion”, that I highly recommend seeing. As the aquarium’s website says: “From the outside, this exhibit resembles a 20-foot-tall sea nettle floating on water. Under its dome, special lighting showcases the fascinating features of six jelly species and gives the effect of being underwater. A bow-front tank provides an extra dimension of beauty, featuring hand-blown glass fish, jellies and grass created by renowned local artist Jeffery P’an of Prescient Studios in Stonington, [Connecticut].” MORE

Stunning Human Aquarium ‘Sky-Pool’

skyThe Nine Elms Development in London is going to add a 90 foot swimming pool, enclosed in glass, that will be suspended 10 stories above ground. The aquarium pool is connected between two apartment buildings. How about just swimming to your neighbors house? The aquarium pool is the creation of Irish developer Ballymore. The pool will be 9.8 feet deep, 82 feet long and 16 feet wide. MORE

Clownfish Breeding at the SCCC Marine Lab


I can’t seem to keep my hands dry. When I’m not at ReefGen(or playing music), I moonlight at the Suffolk County Community College Marine Lab, run by former MASNA Aquarist of the Year, Professor Todd Gardner. I feel so lucky to be exposed to all manner of interesting and weird things…such as clownfish breeding rituals. I personally find it ridiculous that Ocellaris clownfish are being petitioned for endangered status. They are the marine hobby’s prime example of the success of captive breeding. We now have many strains of domesticated clownfish of various species. In fact,this pair is showing their comfort in captivity by breeding right in front on me, just minutes after after I had cleaned their tank. MORE

Hydor Smart Level Control

2014_03_hydor_smart_level_sensore_livello_003Hydor Smart Level Control is a top-of-the-line, electronic, automatic top-off system. It was presented by Hydor at the Nuremberg InterZoo in 2012, and ever since then, it has been appreciated worldwide. MORE

Long Island Collecting Log: Things are heating up

A pair of reef butterflyfish. Photo by Ashleigh Gardner

A pair of reef butterflyfish. Photo by Ashleigh Gardner


It’s late August and, as always, things are heating up in the waters of Long Island. I haven’t had a chance to log many of my excursions for the past month – partly because I’ve been traveling, but mostly because I’ve spent so much time underwater that I haven’t had a lot of time or energy to write. MORE

Cooking Oil Causes Fish Deaths In Washington

150819_fish_bigWith a very warm summer and a mild winter wild fish deaths in Washington State have been higher than normal. The ongoing forest fires in the state maybe magnifying the problem . This time, however, the fish deaths are from a very unlikely cause: cooking oil. Hundreds if not thousands of fish in Lewis Creek, Washington have been found dead. Many of the fish were identified as fingerling salmon and larger salmon. Officials have attributed the fish deaths due to vegetable oil and shortening, from a nearby warehouse, contaminating the waterways through runoff into Olequa Creek. It is estimated that approximately a thousand gallons of oil poured into the creek. MORE

A Shrimp-ectomy Performed on a Shrimp

Male and female bopyrids. Credit: Sars, 1899

Male and female bopyrids. Credit: Sars, 1899

 Bopyrid shrimps are a diverse and understudied group which are obligate parasites on the bodies of decapod crustaceans (i.e. crabs,shrimps,lobsters). Most make their living occupying the safe confines of the branchial cavity of their host, piercing the delicate gill tissue found therein and imbibing the delicious crustacean blood which pours forth. MORE

Menù Marino: Equo’s Granular Fish Food

2015_05_equo_menu_marino_01 A correct diet is essential for aquarium fish – our little friends’ only feeding source comes from us. There are many types of fish food that can be used in a tank: granules, pellets, flakes, frozen, freeze-dried, and live food. I discussed all of them in my article “Fish diets“, which outlines the base of our knowledge regarding fish food. It’s no secret that my favorite type (besides live food) is granulated food.MORE


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