The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months.

IMG_2776webAs an update to the feature on our test tank in issue 43 of UltraMarine magazine way back in December 2013, we thought it was high time we put together another of our ‘black tank updates’ as the system has also recently passed the minor milestone of 18 months old. Plenty has happened since we wrote that update for UltraMarine, let alone over the last 12 months since our last update on here, so let’s dive right in before anything else happens!  Continue reading

Rigs Beat Reefs For Fish Productivity

Image: Scott Gietler

A team that surveyed 16 oil or gas platforms and seven rocky reefs each year for 5 to 15 years, from 1995 to 2011, have concluded that fish are 27 times more productive under rigs than on reefs off the coast of California. And even when the Californian rigs are compared with natural marine habitats all around the world, they still boast about 10 times more fish. Continue reading

New Sponsors: EcoTech Marine and AquaIllumination (AI)

We are thrilled to announce that the EcoTech and AI brands have joined us on the blog as our latest official sponsors!

Already highly regarded as providers of the very best in cutting-edge LED lighting technology and water movement solutions for aquaria, EcoTech and AI offer a truly revolutionary approach. With their rich histories of innovation in the hobby we look forward to covering their futures as they bring new and exciting products to our aquariums.

Both brands are as committed to advancing aquarium technology as they are to an underpinning of reliable customer support. With the annual influx of cheaply made and cheaply sold equipment in the hobby it is refreshing to see manufacturers that value the user experience and loyalty of their customers.

Take a look at the videos HERE and HERE for more info on each operation… oh and don’t forget to keep your eyes on the blog in the coming weeks as we’ll be presenting a raft of our unboxing and hands-on reviews as we look at a variety of offerings from these two distinct product lines.

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Review: Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish Aquarium

Frequently on show in specialist exhibits like public aquaria, it seems a common perception that keeping jellyfish is beyond the average individual, perhaps even if they are already marine hobbyists maintaining complex reef aquaria. Maybe it’s due to the delicate appearance of the organisms themselves, or maybe it’s the almost clinical appearance of their holding systems that makes people often think it just isn’t possible in a home setting. Over the last few years though, technology and understanding has improved and now it is entirely feasible to maintain these fascinating and mesmerising creatures in your own home as easily as any small aquarium. In this review we take a look at one such system, the Cubic Orbit 20 which is distributed in the UK by London-based specialist Glass Ocean. Continue reading

Video: NW Hawaiian Expedition Reveals New Species

Scientists returned Tuesday from a 25-day research expedition with specimens and photographs of new records of marine life from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, including sea urchins, sea cucumbers, algae and reef fish possibly new to science.

The crew of the NOAA Ship Hiialakai explored the deep coral reefs within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Besides what they brought back, researchers saw and photographed several fish species not previously seen by divers but known only from submersible observations.

“Our discoveries underscore how little-explored the deeper portions of coral reefs are, and how much remains to be discovered,” said Dr. Randall Kosaki, NOAA’s deputy superintendent of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and chief scientist of the expedition.

More HERE (if the video doesn’t show click here)