Review: Elos OsmoController Digital

Dealing with evaporation from a reef tank can be a real chore if you haven’t got a robust system in place and there’s also a pretty high element of risk involved if your chosen system isn’t up to scratch. For a start, it could fail to keep-up with demand (in which case a low water level could expose equipment and lead to a system failure), or at the other end of the scale, overfilling could make your tank literally ‘runneth-over’ (causing untold damage and recrimination). In either case your Salinity is also going to be ‘all over the place’ too, stressing livestock, possibly to death…. in short this is one area where cutting-costs can come back and ‘bite you on the bum’! Continue reading Review: Elos OsmoController Digital

Review: Reefstockonline.co.uk (Marine Aquatics UK Mail Order Service)

reefstockContinuing our adventures with mail-order marine livestock in the UK, we recently negotiated a sample shipment from the online-arm of well-known West Midlands-based Marine Aquatics. Running since early 2013, Reefstockonline.co.uk has piqued our interest on more than one occasion by offering some of the tastiest corals we’ve seen from a UK-based operation, at extremely competitive prices. Recently settling into new premises in January 2015, let’s find out if they delivered on their initial promise. Continue reading Review: Reefstockonline.co.uk (Marine Aquatics UK Mail Order Service)

Coral Spotlight: Fascinating Fungiids

In celebration of our 500th blog post, in what we hope will become a bi-monthly feature, we bring you the first instalment in our ‘coral spotlight’ series which examines the natural habitat and captive care of selected groups of Anthozoans.

Currently containing 13 distinct genera, the Fungiidae is a fascinating family of corals both in terms of appearance and behaviour.

Commonly known as plate, disc or mushroom corals (not to be confused with Corallimorph ‘mushroom anemones’), species from the Fungia, Cycloseris, Heliofungia and Herpolithia genera are the most commonly encountered Fungiids in the trade, and they generally all share the same habits and ecology. Continue reading Coral Spotlight: Fascinating Fungiids

New Twist For Seahorse Tail Research

(Image: Courtesy of Dominique Adriaens/Ghent University)
(Image: Courtesy of Dominique Adriaens/Ghent University)

In a discovery which could help could help in the development of tough, flexible armour or slender grasping robots, a team from Ghent University in Belgium have created a 3D computer model to reconstruct seahorse tail movement. The model allows them to analyse exactly how specific tissues and bones contribute to this grasping and varying degrees of bending. Continue reading New Twist For Seahorse Tail Research

Video: Timelapse Shows Set-up of NHM Exhibition Tank

Opening on 27 March 2015 at London’s Natural History Museum, their new exhibition ‘Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea’ will offer visitors the chance to encounter 200 strange and beautiful specimens from their collections including the gigantic Turbinaria coral, the venomous blue-ringed octopus and coral collected by Charles Darwin. Run in association with the Catlin Group (those behind the Catlin Seaview Survey), the exhibition will also feature a virtual reef dive, live corals and fish and spectacular underwater photography. Actually, check out this time-lapse of the coral tank installation in the Museum’s Jerwood Gallery.