New Sponsor: Taunton Aquarium Centre, UK

As Digital-Reefs continues to attract support from the UKs top marine retailers, we are pleased to announce our latest sponsor – Taunton Aquarium Centre (TAC).

Based on the extensive experience of staff, TAC was founded in April 1998 with the aim of supplying the best quality aquarium fish, corals and advise to UK hobbyists.

Now a specialist in marine livestock, this outlet is constantly evolving its systems to stay at the cutting edge of the UK trade. Their current coral and inverts systems total some 10,000 litres and, at anyone time, there are literally hundred of corals of all kinds in stock. In addition, they hold an average of around 450 fish in a system comprising some 4500 litres. Rare and hard-to-acquire species are also stocked in abundance, indeed the process of continuous improvement enables TAC to supply the most amazing, healthy stock.

As well as outstanding livestock, TAC design bespoke aquariums and related systems, with a full on site construction service. They are also stockists of  Seashell Elite Aquarium furniture, Tunze (full range), Aquamedic (Full range), Schuran, Deltec, Tropic Marin, Sea Chem, Salifert, Gamma foods, Eheim, Arcadia, Red Sea, New Era.. and many more!

Look out for our review of their mail order service coming very soon!

Lionfish Deliver Multiple Blows To Catch Dinner

A new study has shown that Pterois volitans Lionfish uses a unique tactic when stalking their prey… they use their cavernous mouths to blast a series of water jets at their quarry as they make their final approach to within striking distance.

Captured in this video footage, the behaviour is thought to serve a number of purposes. Firstly, due to the fact that the water jets seem to offset Lionfish’s tail thrusts, it is thought that they may ‘mask’ the predators approach by affecting the lateral line system of the target fish. Secondly, the blasts caused most of the prey to turn head-on to the approaching Lionfish, which helped it to swallow it’s prey in several ways.

The research is particularly interesting as it was observed more frequently in Lionfish native ranges (as opposed to in ‘invader’ populations). This suggests that prey in these native ranges are more likely to have adapted to Lionfish hunting techniques, and hints at why they are causing such devastation in areas where they have invaded.

Read more HERE