Prehistoric Tank: Eurypterid Edition

Photo courtesy of Martin Cathrae on (2009).

First things that come to mind when you think of the word ‘scorpion?’ Go. Well, for me, I instantly picture a scorpion: the 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 with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and those strange lollipops with the Thumbelina sized scorpions encased in the middle (yeah, I know this has no … [Read more...]

SR Aquaristik Deco-Tank 25


The SR Aquaristik Deco-Tank 25 is an accent aquarium featuring a two-sided design, allowing unobstructed views from both sides. It includes adjustable lighting and an integrated filtration system. Product Details The SR Aquaristik Deco-Tank 25 is a glass tank that comes in black and white.  It is frameless and features polished glass edges. The corners are sealed with precision black silicone, which creates a leak-free … [Read more...]

Will American Tourism Enhance or Endanger Cuban Coral Reefs?

A pristine reef at "Gardens of the Queen" in southern Cuba - photo courtesy of Noel Lopez Fernandez

Will American Tourism Enhance or Endanger Cuban Coral Reefs? Earlier this year President Obama met with Cuban leader Raul Castro at a summit in Panama, where they reached an agreement to reestablish formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. This action includes reinstating embassies for both countries and loosening restrictions on American travel to Cuba. More than 50 years ago an embargo was issued … [Read more...]

Mindstream begins Kickstarter funding today


Revolutionary MindStream Aquarium Water Monitoring System Starts Kickstarter Campaign by Justin Hester   Kickstarter campaign launches today to bring groundbreaking technology to market BURLINGTON, VT (July 27, 2015) — Step Ahead Innovations, Inc., innovators of the revolutionary MindStreamTM aquarium water monitoring system, today announced its much-anticipated public unveiling. After years of research, … [Read more...]

Aquarium Triggerfish

Clown Triggerfish photo courtesey of:

Triggerfish in Your Aquarium As members of the Balistidae family, there are about eleven types of Triggerfish that have successfully found homes in aquarium tanks. These eleven vary in size, color, and behavior, but share some similarities such as diet and water conditions. Overall, a Triggerfish should be the solitary fish in a tank, but can cohabitate with other large eels, angelfish, snappers, wrasse, and … [Read more...]

Third-ever global mass coral bleaching event underway


Third-ever global mass coral bleaching event underway By: Ashley Gustafson   To the majority, it comes as no surprise that the planet earth is in a pivotal state. That is, as human beings, we must either change the way we treat our planet or simply deal with the consequences of our contribution to pollution and the degradation of our planet’s once substantial ecosystems. As an active participant in modern … [Read more...]

It Wasn’t My Fault! The Shark did it on Porpoise!

nurse shark Earlier this morning, I was on Facebook when the video above popped up on my news feed. Check it out! You will be amazed! It is not clearly understood why different species of sharks, specifically great white sharks and tiger sharks, shoot straight up out of the ocean; flipping head over fins high into the air. Dolphins and other cetaceans will … [Read more...]

Product Review: Radion XR30w Pro LED Lighting System

The top and bottom sides of a rectangular aquarium lighting system with 42 LED lightbulbs

EcoTech Marine consistently produces fantastic aquarium lighting units, and their state-of-the-art Radion XR30w Pro LED Lighting System is no exception to their phenomenal track record. The Radion XR30w Pro brings professional-grade lighting technology to the consumer and is easily controlled by EcoSmart Live, the web-based aquarium command center provided by EcoTech Marine. Features The Radion XR30w Pro comes fully … [Read more...]

Human Fingerprints of the Sea: Artificial Reefs

Photo courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI) via Prioryman on Wikimedia Commons.

When I was a little younger, I used to be obsessed with the Titanic. And no, I’m not referring to the movie, even though I do watch it from time to time. Maybe it had something to do with Titanic: The Board Game, which I used to play or the historical books I bought at a Scholastic Book Fair –either way, I was hooked. I was obsessed with the people. The boat. The history. The RMS Titanic: the unsinkable ship that sank. I … [Read more...]

Product Review: Neptune Systems PMK (PAR Monitoring Kit)

black electric box with wire and faux rock with sensor

Light measurement is an essential step to the development of plants and coral in your aquarium. PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) is the light level that organisms need for successful photosynthesis. Too much light can burn, bleach, or even kill your coral so constant monitoring of PAR levels is necessary for a thriving tank. Thanks to the Neptune Systems PAR Monitoring Kit (PMK), the manual task of … [Read more...]