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Survival of the Fattest and Most Flexible Corals Amidst Climate Change

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Coral reefs are theorized to annual undergo a “bleaching” event in where corals die off as a result of ecological changes. As climate change rears its ugly head those impacts are slowly becoming a human issue. Researchers from Ohio State University have found that while some corals are whipped clean in a bleaching event others are adapting, along with their symbiotic partners, to the changes and becoming less susceptible to environmental extremes. “We found that some coral are able to acclimatize to annual bleaching, while others actually become more susceptible to it over time,” said 
Andréa Grottoli, professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State. She and her team found that by keeping a large fat/energy reserve in the cells of zooxanthellae, corals can acclimatize, and thus recover, from a bleaching even much more easily than those that do not.

Grottoli concludes stating: “We found that the research on single bleaching events is misleading. Species that we think are resilient to temperature stress are actually susceptible and vice versa when stressed annually. We’re actually a bit optimistic, because we showed that there’s acclimation in a one-year window, that it’s possible. In two of our three coral species, we have recovery in six weeks. The paths they took to recovery are different, but they both got there.” Read more here!… More:

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Commence Drooling Over This Amazing Favia

1e70Exclusive Corals Ultra Favia Commence Drooling Over This Amazing Favia
Setting faces to stunned! We always love sharing hot new corals, and this one is absolutely unbelievable. Arguably one of the best releases of the year, this unnamed favia comes to us via Exclusive Corals, an online retailer who recently shared the image on their Reef2Reef page. The coral sports a deep red hue, reminiscent of the war corals that found intense popularity in years past, and it is accented with the yellow, purple and neon green colors make up the coral’s “eyes”. While the details of this coral have yet to be finalized (e.g. name and price), two decent sized frags have been cut for a future availability. They both appear to have five or more mouths, which is nice considering how fragging usually goes in this hobby these days. If you’re as in love with this piece as we are, be sure to snatch up one of the limited release frags in a hurry, because we all know they won’t last long. And for the record, we’d be tickled to death if this coral went without a designer name and designer price tag. We understand corals of this caliber command a high price, but we’d love to see a shift in the status quo of coral naming back to a more old school approach…that being no fancy names for colorful corals MORE: Commence Drooling Over This Amazing FaviaMore:

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Review: Bio Aquatek Bio-Phos 80 Phosphate Media and Reactor

bio phos 80 phosphate reactor 300x300 Review: Bio Aquatek Bio Phos 80 Phosphate Media and Reactor Anyone using chemical media on their reef system will almost certainly have delved into the wonderful world of fluidising reactors at some point. There’s something mesmerising about seeing your chosen media churning and swirling, happily doing its job. More importantly of course, fluidisation is also a great way to avoid ‘caking’ and to make sure you get the best efficiency out of your media (as opposed to ‘passive’ use, in a mesh bag for example). It’s more than likely that this research hasn’t left you with a clear ‘winner’ though, indeed uncertainties about reactor sizing, pumps, volume, construction, plumbing options and the like often result in something of a ‘hopeful’ purchase. In this review we aim to take some of the guess work out of this buying process by bringing you one of our ‘hands on’ reviews. On this occasion we have a neat little reactor that we’ve been after since seeing a demo More: Review: Bio Aquatek Bio-Phos 80 Phosphate Media and ReactorMore:

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Well Here is an Odd Way to Mount a Coral

558dMegalodon Bubble Gum Monster Chalice Frag Well Here is an Odd Way to Mount a Coral We’ve seen some rather creative ways to mount fresh cut coral frags, but this one takes the cake. Where most aquarists would use a frag plug or even a magnetic frag plug, the crew at FX Charity Corals decided to use a dinosaur fossil…and not just any fossil, but the tooth of the greatest predator to ever roam the ocean, the Megalodon shark. Over on their Reef2Reef page they shared these images of their chalice, which they’ve named Megalodon Bubble Gum Monster Chalice, along with the humorous tag line “feast your eyes on this…” While the image above could easily pass for a frag encrusted over a piece of branching live rock, flipping the coral over reveals the epic awesomeness of this piece. You can see the tooth in full detail, with coral tissue encroaching on all sides. The chalice has been priced at $500 shipped, which is considerably affordable if you take the size of the coral and the Megalodon tooth into account. We aren’t sure if the tooth is legit or if it is a replica, but either way it is a very cool and unique way to grow out a piece of coral. MORE: Well Here is an Odd Way to Mount a CoralMore:

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ROV Images Strange Life On Submerged Volcano

HTS ROV Images Strange Life On Submerged Volcano A team from Heriot-Watt University has identified more than 100 different species ranging from strange single-celled organisms to coral species and even an octopus on the slopes of a huge and ancient undersea volcano. Amazingly though these life-forms aren’t thriving in warm sunlit tropical waters, rather they have been observed in dark, frigid waters 1000m below the sea surface on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the coast of Scotland. Using an ROV controlled from a ship-based laboratory for this first survey of the location, the team led by Professor J Murray Roberts, gathered pictures from the seamount, the  summit of which is around 1km beneath the surface (actually, the HTS is the UKs highest underwater mountain and is higher even than Ben Nevis). Prof Roberts explained, “These are vast structures in the ocean, and they’re exciting because they grow up through the ocean and have steep sloping sides. When the currents hit the sides of the seamount and they stir up nutrients, they become More: ROV Images Strange Life On Submerged VolcanoMore:

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Fossil Corals, Fossil Star Corals, Coral Fossils

6c96Fossil Corals 457x305 Fossil Corals, Fossil Star Corals, Coral Fossils
Good morning friends, we are getting ready to take the submersible out to the reef and should be underway at around 11:00. For those of you asking, YES our live underwater camera is broken and I have no idea when we will be back online. A few months ago we had such rough seas that the floating platform smashed the cables that run the unit and we still have not gotten it fixed.  Ever since we have been in Curacao we have been collecting these small fossil corals that are thousands of years old. They range in size from a half inch to an inch and can be easily found on just about any beach in Curacao. These particular ones you see here are mostly baby star corals MOREMore:

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Aussie Mini Scolys Are to Die For

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Recently, Exotic Reef Creations shared a nice batch of fresh Aussie Mini Scolys over on their Reef2Reef page, and for us it served as a beautiful reminder about just how cute these little corals are. About the size of a quarter, the mini Scolymia is packed full of colors that are right on par with their larger cousins. But the fact that they’re essentially miniatures means there is so my more appeal. Seriously, outside of the current trends in smartphones, everyone loves making normal things smaller. The Mini Scolys are priced at $90 a pop, which is pretty much their normal going rate for colors and quality such as this. The tiny corals, like the larger Scolymia, benefit from regular feeding, which is always fun to watch since they extend their feeding tentacles and gobble up all they can within reach. Pictured below is our very own mini scoly, which we picked up months ago at the local Reef Currents event MORE: Aussie Mini Scolys Are to Die ForMore:

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Nuisance Algae Control Method Kills Corals?

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): 3 days of darkness will harm your corals The rest of the story: 3 days of darkness is a method used to control nuisance algae. The idea behind it is simple: without light, algae dies. Also simple is how you perform 3 days of darkness: just turn your lights off for 3 days. Once you turn the lights back on, you’ll be amazed to find that your corals are perfectly fine! Think about it: out on the reefs in the ocean is it a perfectly sunny day 365 days a year? No. There are plenty of MORE: Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Nuisance Algae Control Method Kills Corals?More:

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