Exquisite Book Set Displays East Indies Reef Fishes

Representing the culmination of the prolific careers of two dedicated marine biologists, Dr. Gerald R. Allen and Dr. Mark V. Erdmann, Reef Fishes of the East Indies is an essential reference for biologists, naturalists, and scuba divers.

Stretching from the Andaman Sea to the Solomon Islands, the East Indies encompasses a vast array of marine habitats and unsurpassed marine biological diversity. It is home to approximately 2,600 species occurring on coral reefs and nearby habitats. Reef Fishes of the East Indies presents the first truly comprehensive treatment of the region’s reef fish fauna in nearly a century. This monumental three-volume set is richly illustrated with more than 3,600 color photographs and includes a host of newly discovered species.

We believe this should be available to UK customers around August this year. UK price isn’t published at the moment but the US price of $250 should give you an idea.

EXCLUSIVE: Digital-Reefs To Cover Massive Acrylic Build

It is with great pleasure and considerable excitement that we bring you exclusive breaking details of this monster tank build, fresh from our friends at Neptune’s Acrylic Tank Manufacturers Inc.

Hinting at the jaw-slackening, ground-breaking nature of this project, this first image shows the stand for the tank on its own specially commissioned 40ft lorry. Truly in a league of its own, measuring in at a staggering 33ft long x 8ft wide and 2.5ft high, each one of the 3 sections of this support system alone weighs in at 1200kgs (2400lbs)! Impressed yet? we thought so!

The aquarium itself will of course be even more massive at 33ft long x 8ft wide x 8ft deep, and with a 1200 radius bow on both ends. Using 100mm thick acrylic it will be free standing with no other support than the acrylic joints (something that would be totally impossible with a glass tank).

Further details, including the client, are still a closely-guarded secret at this stage but we’ve learned that planned lighting will be an eye-popping 12 triple 400watt metal halide units (electricity bill? don’t even go there!). Furthermore, water changes of 2000 litres per day will be performed and every 26 weeks a full 50,000 litre change will be made. It goes without saying that this is both a unique and expensive project… we believe a 7 figure sum is involved.

Anyway, that’s enough to tease you for now! Keep your eyes on the board for future updates as Digital-Reefs is more than thrilled to have been chosen as the exclusive outlet for reporting on the latest developments with this project. We’ll also be the ones shooting the system as it all comes together!

Eye-Opening SAIA Report Suggests MACs Not Dead

Promoting its exhibition, SAIA has recently released this brief teaser video which links in with an interesting report that has just been published on their website.

Delving into the history of both SAIA and MAC (Marine Aquarium Council) organisations, the report gives an interesting insight into just how ornamental marines are collected in a location renowned as the birthplace of the marine aquarium trade in South East Asia. Involving a visit to former MAC Certified collector the piece is certainly an ‘eye-opener’ and, as something of a ‘hot topic’ a the moment, ecolabelling is also discussed in the piece. We’d welcome a debate on this subject so if anyone has any stong opinions on the matter, particularly in relation to the questions raised in the report, please feel free to comment!

Anyway, take the time to read the full report to keep informed. Also take a look at their exhibition fact sheet by clicking the image above.

Review: Red Sea Coral Colours Supplements

If you read our 2-part Reef Restorations series in UltraMarine magazine late last year you may recall that we’d undertaken a rescue project on the Digital-Reefs test tank. Basically, due to crippling time constraints, our maintenance schedule has seriously slipped and as a result we’d seen a nasty hair algae bloom in the system. Unfortunately we had to break up a really nice large Seriatopora hystrix as algae had invaded its core and caused extensive recession. In the second part of the series, we’d implemented several restorative measures, regaining control of water quality and ultimately eradicating the nuisance hair algae. Thank God for that!

Continue reading Review: Red Sea Coral Colours Supplements

Octopus Gives Dolphin A Painful Nip

While making observations with a group of volunteers recently, Joan Gonzalvo (who runs the Ionian Dolphin Project for the Tethys Research Institute) was amazed when a bottlenose dolphin breached in front of his boat with an octopus attached to its genital slit.

“My hypothesis is that the dolphin might have attacked – tried to prey on the octopus – and somehow to avoid it the octopus just attached to the dolphin’s belly,” said Gonzalvo.

The dolphin eventually shook of its unlikely attacker after a couple more leaps.

Via NewScientist

V2Bio React 500 Pellet Reactor now available

The NEW V2Bio React 500 Pellet Reactor from TMC has just been launched.  This pellet reactor has a unique patented design incorporating a specially-designed flow inductor which maximises the media-to-water contact time within the reactor and ensures efficient fluidisation of media even when using lower flow rate pumps.

The unique design of the flow inverter ensures that the media is kept in suspension and the specially designed media diffuser bowl ensures optimum fluidisation of media and upward dispersal of water.

Its compact design means it can be installed internally in a sump or aquarium or externally as a stand alone or ‘hang-on’ reactor.

The V2Bio React 500 can be used with both freshwater and marine aquariums and is supplied with 500ml of Tropic Marin NP Bacto Pellets (nitrate/phosphate removing pellets) worth £23!

It is also supplied complete with a range of fittings for quick and simple installation (additional fittings may be required depending on individual installation).

RRP is just £99.99.

Red Sea Launch New ‘Reef-Spec’ T5s

On display at Interzoo recently, Red Sea have recently released a detailed press release giving the low-down on their new Reef-Spec T5 lighting range.

Available as blue/white, actinic and pink options, these tubes come in a variety of wattages providing for most situations. Take a look at the spectral output charts by clicking the image for more detail.

We think it’s nice to see a new T5 option come onto the market at a time when new LED units seem to be launched on an almost daily basis. We’ll do our best to get hold of a set and put them to the test.


Huge Parrotfish Go Head-to-Head In Amazing Video

Showing the first example of such behaviour observed in marine fishes, check out this amazing video which shows Bolbometopon muricatum Green Humphead Parrotfish going head to head in a bout of ritualized headbutting.

Also known as Bumphead Parrotfish, Buffalo Parrotfish and Giant Parrotfish, this is the largest species of parrotfish growing to lengths of 1.5 m and weighing up to 70 kg.

Publishing details in PLoS One, the team led by Dr Roldan Muñoz of NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory observed this amazing spectacle in a remote marine reserve near Wake Atoll. They theorise that the reason this behaviour hasn’t been seen before may be because pristine environments where the populations of such large fishes have not been depleted, and still exhibit their full range of social intereactions, are now so rare.