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Volunteers Transfer Belle Isle Aquarium Koi To Outdoor Pond

koiSummer is officially here for Detroit’s Koi. Yesterday, over 500 volunteers became involved helping move Koi at the Belle Island Conservatory. During the winter months, the Koi at Belle Isle Conservatory are contained in an indoor habitat. Volunteers moved the Koi from the indoor habitat, using plastic buckets, to the outdoor pond in front of the Aquarium. More than 292 Koi were successfully transferred. This bi-annual Koi transfer occurs twice a year thanks to the help of volunteers. MORE

Gymnomuraena zebra: Another Moray You Just Might Love!

Zebra moray (Gymnomuraenea zebra)On various occasions, I’ve written about my fondness for the snowflake moray eel (Echidna nebulosa), in one post even going so far as to claim there may be no better eel for the marine aquarium. My biases notwithstanding, I can’t deny that certain other morays make excellent aquarium candidates as well. Among them is the stunning zebra moray (Gymnomuraenea zebra), which has a pretty sterling reputation for being peaceful, hardy, adaptable, and generally safe around piscine tankmates. Physical traitsAs you might guess from its common name and specific epithet, G. zebra is brown overall with a series of vertical white to yellowish bands running the length of its body (or is it white to yellowish overall with vertical brown bands?). Typically eel-shaped, this species can reach a length of almost five feet—but that’s the record holder. Most specimens are unlikely to achieve that prodigious length MORE

Clearwater Aquarium Scraps Plans For Move To Downtown

aq It appears the Clearwater Aquarium has had a change of direction. ‘Winter’ the Dolphin will not be moving to downtown. Rather than relocate, the Aquarium will expand its current location.The Aquarium has stated that the issue is bad timing, with not enough time to relocate to the new location. “The number one issue I’ve always had in the expansion was the issue of timing,” aquarium CEO David Yates said. “We feel we can do things much faster here.” The Aquariums focus now will be adding onto the Island Estates location. The renovation plans are not finalized at this time but it seems clear that downtown relocation will not be happening. MORE

Friday Rewind

…and because it’s my birthday I’ll indulge myself and you all with a Friday afternoon look back at one of my favorite coral and music videos. MORE

Xenia Refugium. What’s in/by your sump?

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

A twist on the refugium concept. The Xenia refugium.

 Inspired by Jake Adams and Julian Sprung’s friendly debate on Refugiums last MACNA, I decided to remove algae from my Refugium and replace it with Xenia. I wanted to remove any nuisance algae as well as Chaetomorpha and Caulerpa, so I added urchins, snails, and tangs. I also decided to try 24-hour lighting for the benefit of a more stable pH. I wasn’t sure how the Xenia would respond, and I was ready to switch to a reverse day/night cycle if needed.  MORE

Third Generation Reef Sumps are here from Eshopps…

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And they’re so quiet you probably didn’t hear them coming! Eshopps has made a few improvements over their 2nd generation of acrylic sumps, one of the most notable being they’re virtually silent. These are designed specifically for reef tanks, and their ridiculously easy installation and micron bag removal make them a great choice for reefing newbies.  MORE

Video: A Timelapse Encounter… With LPS Corals


OK, so it’s been a little quieter than usual on the blog over the last few weeks, and we can now reveal why. In short, we’ve been busy behind the scenes creating this short video which we hope will be the first in a series of similar productions. In this introductory piece, we get ‘up close and personal’ with a range of LPS corals currently residing in our Black Tank, employing some timelapse macro and pure fluorescence imagery to ‘shed light’ on some of their otherwise hidden habits. Don’t forget to select full 1080HD resolution to see the fine detail! As said, we hope to continue the series as time permits and expand to focus on different groups of invertebrates… and as ever, we’ll certainly be looking to keep pushing the envelope in reef imagery by investing in new equipment and software for future offerings. MORE

Florida Aquarium Octopus Are Officially Tampa Bay Lightning Fans

florida For all of you hockey fans out there, check out the Florida Aquarium’s unofficial mascots. The Octopus have now picked sides between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings rivalry. The Octopus at the Aquarium were the unofficial mascot for the Detroit Red Wings, thanks to the long standing tradition of fan’s throwing octopus on the ice prior to the games during the play-off’s. MORE

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