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The Lawnmower Blenny: A Built in Cleaner

The Lawnmower Blenny: A Built in Cleaner

The perfect little gardener that every aquarium needs is the Lawnmower Blenny. This entertaining fish makes a nice addition to your aquarium if you need a little help keeping the algae under control. Before you go to get some, though, make sure that you learn a little...

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The Ribbon Eel: Misfit of the Morays

The Ribbon Eel: Misfit of the Morays

Although this creature may look like a colorful dragon straight out of Chinese mythology, it is actually a marine ribbon eel, Rhinomuraena quaesita, an eel commonly found in lagoons and reefs of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. These unusual sea creatures have long slender...

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Goniopora Coral: An Overview

Goniopora Coral: An Overview

Goniopora is a sensitive coral that when probed can sensitize and contract. Goniopora is a very difficult coral to keep alive in captivity and is not recommended for a novice reef aquarium hobbyist. In addition, the different types of this coral require different...

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Fish Diseases: Fin Rot

Fish Diseases: Fin Rot

Fin rot is a common disease that occurs in fish of all types kept in an aquarium or pond. Also called tail rot, this disease destroys the tissue is the fins of the fish. If left untreated, the fish may lose the infected fin, and the infection may spread to other areas...

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Prehistoric Tank: Eurypterid Edition

Prehistoric Tank: Eurypterid Edition

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘scorpion?’ For me, I instantly picture a creature with two claws and a menacing, arched tail hanging over its’ back as if it were a famous contortionist. Then, I think of the movie Scorpion King...

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Applications of Optimal Foraging Theory

Applications of Optimal Foraging Theory

When you see, hear, or read about the idea of optimal foraging theory, it may be intimidating or even seem irrelevant. In reality, it’s something as humans that we consider unconsciously every day. While many human beings don’t forage or hunt in the classical sense...

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Bristle Worms: Friend or Foe?

The bristle worm that many of us see in our reef tanks can get right up there with spiders in terms of their fear factor. Like most other scary creatures in nature, though, once you learn about their biology, their outward appearance usually makes more sense and...

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Kalkwasser: Your Reef Tank 2 part friend with benefits

Kalkwasser: Your Reef Tank 2 part friend with benefits

Kalkwasser For many years aquarists around the world have been using kalkwasser (limewater) or calcium hydroxide (CaOH to maintain high pH and add addition calcium to their aquarium.  Indeed, in more recent times there has been a push to solve many of the reefing...

Spotlight: Kenya’s Marine Ornamental Fishery

Spotlight: Kenya’s Marine Ornamental Fishery

A man dives under the crisp blue surface of the salty water and is suddenly engulfed in a busy world of color and bursts of life.  His well-trained eyes lead him to a small overhang on the reef that is populated with colorful wrasses.  In one swift motion,...

Life saving transplant has potential for bleached corals

Life saving transplant has potential for bleached corals

Similar to the idea of a kidney transplant, blood transfusion, or skin graft; scientists are testing the waters of the possibility of transplanting zooxanthellae to bleached corals. Now, the first thought I had when I read this title from Reefbuilders was “How...

Florida Finally Getting Settlement Money From 2010 Oil Spill

Florida Finally Getting Settlement Money From 2010 Oil Spill

It has been a long time coming for residents and business owners in the panhandle of Florida. Governor Rick Scott just signed a bill to distribute the money handed over from BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill back in 2010. It has been seven long years of waiting...

Protection Coming for South Florida Reefs!

Protection Coming for South Florida Reefs!

The Reefs for South Florida are Dying In just 2 years time, there have been 21 out of the total of 35 species of coral in South Florida that have just disappeared. There are multiple causes for this, greater acidity in the ocean, disease, overfishing, pollution,...

Coral Morphologic: Coral inspired fashion for all

Coral Morphologic: Coral inspired fashion for all

Coral lovers, ocean protectors, and fashion enthusiast unite to welcome an exciting new line of clothing, home accents, and accessories from Colin Foord for the fahion platform PAOM or print all over me. After browsing the store site myself, I have to say the pieces...