Top 3 biggest annual reveals of Skimz products

As we prepare ourselves for the biennial voyage to Singapore for the Aquarama conference, we can’t help but reflect on one of Singapore’s key players in the marine aquarium manufacturing market, Skimz. Every year, whether leading up to Aquarama in odd years or InterZoo in even years, Skimz always has something new in the works, some

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Synergy Reef Acclimation Fallout Shelter a handy way to acclimate fish

Acclimating fish to a new environment is essential to all inhabitants of your tank and the handy Synergy Reef Acclimation Fallout Shelter is a great investment to ensure you’re giving your fish time to get used to its new home. Whether you are adding a new fish to a quarantine system or moving a new fish

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O’ don’t you love this anthias – Odontanthias unimaculatus

Odontanthias is a small genus which includes slightly over a dozen species. Members of this genus are quite unlike the slender cliché of regular anthiines, and are characterized by having rather deep body profiles and steep foreheads. Being exclusive worshippers of deep waters, many species are poorly known and were described based on individual specimens.

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Xynosphaera: the Parasitic Nephthea Shrimp

Green Nephthea is one of the most colorful and popular soft corals in the aquarium hobby, but most aquarists (and scientists) have never heard of the curious crustacean which calls it home. The above illustration [credit: Bruce, 1994] depicts Xynosphaera colemani, the only species in its genus, which was scientifically described in 1994. It is an

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MaxSpect Ethereal LED is just about ready for prime time

It’s been a long time since we’ve had any updates on the MaxSpect Ethereal LED, but after nearly a year we are looking forward to seeing the new light at Aquarama next week. First revealed at InterZoo last year, Maxspect’s new flagship LED lighting platform has been under advanced development and refinement for the past

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Omegophora pufferfish appears in Japan

In our recent article on rare dogface pufferfishes, we were able to cover every species except for the one which inspired the article. The image below is of an Australian pufferfish which has recently made its way to Blue Harbor in Japan, and we must admit we had no idea what it was at first. The composition of this

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The rarely seen Striking Sea Star

Despite the diversity of sea stars that abound in tropical waters, relatively few species find their way into aquariums with any regularity. One of the most interesting species—morphologically, behaviorally and evolutionarily—is also one of the most seldomly encountered: the “Striking Sea Stars” of the genus Euretaster. Almost nothing has been written on this group in terms Read More

The Ecosystem Aquarium Method: What’s in the Miracle Mud?

  Of all the articles that I’ve written and all of the talks I’ve given over the years, none have stirred the souls of reefkeepers as much as my discussions of “Miracle Mud” and what it does and doesn’t do. For the sake of clarity again let me state I do not work in the industry, I

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IceCap Gyre Controller Box teased online

The IceCap Gyre Controller box is being teased out online and will allow you to control your Maxspect Gyre with most of the well-known controllers on the market today. If you own a MaxSPect Gyre XF150 or XF130 and were waiting to control this with your Apex or other aquarium controller, you are in luck

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Warm blooded fish, the deepwater Opah rewrites the rules of fish biology

The opah, Lampris guttatus, is rewriting the rules of fish biology with a recently discovered ability to keep most of its body warm. Fish biologists have long since known that certain fish species such as tuna can keep certain parts of their bodies warm, such as their eyes and their core but the opah is the first fish

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