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Yellow Tang… so close, yet so far… – Update from OI

yellow+tang+Day+60+001+7x Yellow Tang… so close, yet so far… – Update from OI Since we last wrote at Day 50, we’ve observed a lot of interesting things with our yellow tang larvae. Probably the most important thing we observed is their very inefficient feeding capability. At their size (~1cm), newly hatched Artemia nauplii should have been easy prey, but time and time again we’d watch them strike and miss, or partially catch one only to spit it out. Artemia nauplii definitely don’t seem to be adequate to sustain yellow tang at this stage in development. Likewise enriched Artemia were all but rejected. Also, at this stage, the fish seem to rely on their large pectoral fins for propulsion and were very awkward moving around the tank.  We would frequently observe them floundering about and then suddenly right themselves and swim on quite normally. This seemed to require a lot of energy, which in their compromised nutritional state, likely lead to some additional stress. They also tended to gravitate MORE:Yellow Tang… so close, yet so far… – Update from OI

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New Species: Painted Anthias

pseudanthias pictilis 300x204 New Species: Painted AnthiasA new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries!  Commonly known as the Painted Anthias, Pseudanthias pictilis is a Western Pacific species which favours water depths of 12-40m and occurs in aggregations above steep outer reef slopes. For a larger image, more detailed species profile and over 20 other Anthias species visit our gallery here (subscribed, logged-in users only). More: New Species: Painted Anthias

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Decodon species, Red Hogfish, Deep Water Wrasse

3e52Decodon 457x305 Decodon species, Red Hogfish, Deep Water WrasseHi friends, I have a beautiful Decodon wrasse sp. or Red Hogfish for your viewing pleasure today. This is one of three different Red Hogfish species currently being found and brought up alive by the new submersible called the “Curasub” This little sweetheart is around four inches in length and was found between 400-600 feet. Decodon is a genus of wrasses found from the western Atlantic Ocean through the Indian Ocean to the eastern Pacific Ocean. The wrasses are a particularly diverse and abundant family of reef fishes, with numerous species that occupy essentially all reef, rock, and grassbed habitats in the Caribbean. The bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum, is the single regional representative of a prominent labrid genus and is ubiquitous on Western Atlantic coral reefs MORE

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Reef Threads Podcast #174

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #174

We return once again, this time to discuss captive-bred-fish economics, the role of limited-edition corals in the hobby’s future, can you ever be completely happy with your tank, and whether hobbyists focus too much on equipment. 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 #174

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First Ever IVF Shark Hatched At Melbourne Aquarium

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium in Australia has hatched it’s first shark born using artificial insemination. The brown banded bamboo shark was born on March 3, 2014.  The pup was born using a semen sample taken from a shark in Northern Australia, which was flown to Melbourne and inseminated into the Mother the same day. The aquarium will be monitoring the progress of the shark mother and pup to ensure their health, and will not be on public display.shark2 First Ever IVF Shark Hatched At Melbourne Aquarium The aquarium has a nine year program in place in which they have been working to understand the reproductive behaviors of sharks. The ultimate goal of the program is to help manage threatened shark species in the wild, with particular focus on the critically endangered grey nurse shark. MORE Source: Discovery News

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Sharknose Goby, Gobies, Small Cleaner Fish

d388Goby Sharknose Goby, Gobies, Small Cleaner FishI guys and gals, I have a cute little Sharknose Goby, Gobiosoma evelynae resting in a little pocket of brain coral for you all today. These little fish as you may or may not know are known for engaging in symbiosis with other marine creatures by providing them cleaning service that consists of getting rid of ectoparasites on their bodies. In return, the Sharknose Gobies obtain their primary source of food, ectoparasites. Sharknose gobies are very small, torpedo-shaped fish. Although sizes vary slightly by species, they are generally about (1.5 inch) long. They have dark bodies with iridescent stripes running from the tip of the nose to the base of the caudal fin. MORE

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Snake Blenny (Xiphasia setifer)

032014 snake blenny 080 Snake Blenny (Xiphasia setifer)

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Fluval Unveils New Premium Freshwater Aquarium Series

 The annual Global Pet Expo in Orlando is the largest pet product show in the USA. It is a chance for manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest products to thousands of retailers, distributers and industry insiders. Fluval made a big splash by unveiling their all new Premium Fresh Water Aquarium Series at the event.DSC 1262 Fluval Unveils New Premium Freshwater Aquarium Series

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