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Zeovit FlatwormStop

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 10:14 am

I’m sure you are seeing the buzz around the Web about a new flatworm product that is claiming to kill acro eating flatworms. It was created by ZeoVit and is being marketed under the name FlatwormStop. I read about this product a couple of months back but it hasn’t been available in the United States, that I’ve seen. I believe it will be hitting the shelves in the next couple of weeks which would explain the media blitz. ZeoVit claims FlatwormStop is not harmful to fish or invertebrates and can be added directly to your display tank with no effect on corals. ZeoVit also claims this product protects acros by affecting their immune systems. The proof will come when we can test it! We would love to get some early feed back from our European Reefers that have had the opportunity to use this product. Please comment below with any positive and negative feedback.

Do whales play with dolphins? (Playful species interacting)

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 9:02 am

This video shows several still images of bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales playing together. These images were taken in two locations around the Hawaii Islands, where scientist witnessed the dolphins riding the nose of the humpback whales. It is reported that there were no signs of aggression and it seemed purely playful. It is also stated that both the dolphin and the whale seemed to participate in the playful game. This Bio Bulletin presented by the Museum’s Science Bulletins program presents the first recorded examples of this type of behavior.

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Stop exhaling! The clowns are getting drunk…

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wendy Zukerman states in a recent article that carbon dioxide in the oceans acts like alcohol on fish. This sounds like a plus for the fish, but it turns out their inhibitions and judgments are distorted. I know, it’s hard to see this as being an issue until you live in world full of sharks and fish hooks. Imagine Taco Bell hiding a hook in that midnight drive through burrito! The article states that it is estimated that 2.3 million tones of human caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions find its way into the ocean each year. I’m guessing that is the equivalent of a case of beer or at least 10 Tanqueray and tonics a day. Some of the scientific types on the ReefTools forum are currently working on a formula to get me an exact CO2 to alcoholic conversion.

If you want to find the full story including the drunk fish antidote click here.

Scientist urge Australians to support Federal Marine Park

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 1:12 pm


Photo: PJ Robertson

Professors Terry Hughes and Bob Pressey, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University are urging the Australian public to get
be hind a Federal plan to convert close to a million square miles of Coral Sea into the largest marine park in the world. Currently less than .1% of the ocean is protected from environmental degradations such as overfishing, pollution and global warming. “The unsustainable by-catch of turtles, sharks and birds in ocean fisheries, and the rapid decline of large sharks from illegal finning, are major concerns worldwide. They warrant immediate intervention to prevent serious long-term damage,” Prof Hughes said.

In my web-reef-wandering I ran across one the most incredible aquarium videos that had to pass on to ReefTool readers. John Coppolino undoubtedly has a salty thumb.
His acro and angel laden tank was added to Julian Sprung’s French release of Kiyoshi Endoh’s Angelfishes of the World. It has been stated that John’s angel collection is among the largest in the world with some of the rarest fish available.



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