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Archive for September, 2010

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Here is a really cool video about an entire coral reef spawning. Triggered by a full moon, this Okinawa coral reef put on this beautiful display.

Corals can reproduce both asexually and sexually. In reefkeeping hobby, we constantly see new polyps and branches growing on our SPS; this is a form a asexual reproduction. However, approximately 3/4 of all stony corals produce a male and/or female gametes. Many of of these stony coral species, release enormous amounts of eggs and sperm into the water, to distribute their offspring. This species are known as Broadcast Spawners.

Spawning, must be a synchronized process, whereby many species within an area release their eggs and sperms. These events, are normally timed as a response to several environmental cues.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

“Bright Skies for Every Juan”, sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature, has won the best non-profit corporate partnership award. The project focuses it’s efforts on preparing the the world’s second largest reef, Apo Reef, for climate effects. The reef and it’s inhabitants have been damaged by an El Niño spell.

Greg Yan, WWF Information Education and Communication officer said that “The program not only prepares residents of Sablayan and other Filipino coastal municipalities for more pronounced typhoons, floods and other climate impacts, it also makes Cebu Pacific passengers realize that minimizing ecological impacts can be easily integrated into their daily lives.”

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Tales of Giant Man-Eating Clams have been around for hundreds of years. Can a clam become a monster or is it an old sailor’s tail? Check out this great video to get the full scoop.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

As with most of the “cleaner” inhabitants we put in our tanks, they are not guaranteed to go to work. Often times, we add several different critters to keep our nuisances in check, and are often satisfied by their work, but on the flip side some of them avoid doing their job, like the plague.

However, the following species have been used with some degree of success

Tangs vs. Hair Algae
Peppermint Shrimp vs. Aptasia Anemone
Emerald Green Crabs vs. Green Bubble Algae
Tangs vs. Red Bubble Algae
Sixline Wrasse vs. Flatoworms
Tigertail or Yellow Cucumber vs. Cyano Algae
Asterea, Trochus, Cerith, & Nerite Snails vs. Detritus

These are the clean up crew that rarely disappoint. Make sure that they are compatible with the other inhabitants in your tank before you take the plunge and add them. Also, make sure that you only add as many critters as you truly need to prevent starvation. Research is the best way for success.

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