Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, Australia, have discovered that sediment concentrations at levels found in plumes from dredging or floods can cause a significant delay in the development of clownfish larvae. As part of the study, researchers took five-day-old clownfish larvae and raised them under four different sediment levels. They observed that Continue reading →
As 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 →
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 →
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.
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 →