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Reef Threads Podcast #148

Justin Zimmerman from SeaWorld places a collection tent over a spawning elkhorn coral (A. palmata).The Coral Restoration Foundation is doing important and amazing work in the Caribbean and doing so with strong support from the marine-aquarium hobby. This week we welcome Foundation president Ken Nedimyer and returning guest Richard Ross of the Steinhart Aquarium to talk about the Foundation’s work and a recent dive trip during a coral spawn. It’s an exciting and interesting podcast and the Coral Restoration Foundation is something all hobbyists should support with money or by traveling to Florida to help do the work. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine Day-old developing elkhorn coral larvae are beginning to divide and develop into the “cornflake” stage. Later, they will become round again and begin to swim in search of a place to permanently settle.Sperm/egg bundles are visible on this cross section of staghorn coral, A. cervicornis.Richard Ross Photos Coral Restoration Foundation Steinhart Aquarium

Reef Threads Podcast #119

Some multi-colored favia polyps.
We return this week to talk more about feeding strategies and aquarium aquascaping as a follow-up to our discussion last week with Richard Ross and Matt Wandell of the Steinhart Aquarium. We also talk about detecting stray electricity, not light-shocking fish, feeding too much, and not making a mess when working on tanks. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine… More:

When Biotopes Really Work

Setting up a biotope aquarium is something many of us have considered but it’s a rare few who have actually built one. I don’t know why that is, but I’ve never heard from anyone who didn’t get excited about a well-constructed biotope aquarium. My only thought is that people don’t built them because they feel like they’ve devoted limited water volume to a one-dimensional display rather than the usual fruit basket of corals/fish and frag plugs. I’ve often threatened to build a biotope aquarium but simply never got around to it. But, every time I see a good one, my creative juices start flowing.
   I saw an outstanding biotope during a recent visit to the Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (If you’re in the Bay area and don’t visit the aquarium you’ve made a critical life mistake.)) This biotope is a Rich Ross creation. To build it, the Cephalopod King self deported to the freshwater side and created an environment that works on several levels.
The bottom half is water, populated by a group of Archer fish (Toxotes jaculatrix). The top half of the aquarium is a rain-forest/jungle environment, populated by Burmese vinesnakes (Ahaetulla fronticincta). Anyone who has kept more than a pair of guppies knows that Archer fish feed by spitting streams of water at insects crawling on branches above the water, knocking them into the water, and eating them. In other words, an aquatic animal attacking and eating a land animal.… More:

Like Looking Through a Window

Periclimenes brevicarpalis, photographed at the Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco.

 Last year, when I visited the Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Go there. See it. You’ll like it.), I came upon a tank that housed this Periclimenes brevicarpalis shrimp. To the naked eye, they look quite impressive. At the other end of a macro lens, they’re downright amazing. They truly are transparent, hard to see, and, needless to say, a challenge to photograph.… More:

Persistence and Luck Deliver at the Steinhart

Megalactis hemprichi at the Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

 Last week, while on a business trip to San Francisco, I had the pleasure of visiting the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. It’s a terrific place and it should be at the top of your list should you find yourself in San Francisco. You’ll discover a tremendous variety of animals, many not seen elsewhere, thriving in top-notch environments. To learn more, listen to this week’s Reef Threads podcast, which features guests Rich Ross and Matt Wandell from the Steinhart Aquarium.
   I could write much about the aquarium but this is a column about photography so I’ll tell you about how I captured this week’s image of Megalactis hemprichi. When I arrived at Steinhart, Matt Wandell was giving me a short tour and showed me a couple of anemones he and Rich had collected during a recent trip to the Philippines. Since they were anemones I hadn’t seen before, out came the camera. To photograph them properly, however, required… More:

Reef Threads Podcast #55

In this week’s podcast we welcome special guests Rich Ross and Matt Wandell of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Listen to this special podcast to learn about this excellent aquarium and the roles Matt … Continue reading →

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