The Great Barrier Reef by Ashton Felts

The Great Barrier Reef is a major tourist destination, and one of the seven wonders of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef by Ashton Felts  The Reef One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the world's most beautiful sun-soaked, golden … [Read more...]

Goniopora: An Overview by Ashton Felts

Green Goniopora

Goniopora: An Overview by Ashton Felts Goniopora is a sensitive coral that when probed can sensitize and contract. Goniopora are a very difficult coral to keep alive and are not recommended for a novice reef aquarium hobbyist. The short, greenish-colored species, for example, are less sturdy and durable than the pink or purple species. However, it is very seldom that any of these will survive longer than three months. … [Read more...]

World’s Largest Seashells

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World's Largest Seashells By: Lydia Weltmann It’s a sunny day in the south Pacific, light bouncing off the water and making the waves shine. A diver leans overboard, sinking gracefully beneath the surface. Colors meet the diver’s eyes, bright oranges and pinks and yellows next to iridescent blues and greens. Coral reefs surround the diver, but those aren’t what he is searching for. Finally he spots his prize, a zig-z … [Read more...]

Giddy-up Little Fish! The Secrets of the Saddle Wrasse

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Giddy-up little fish! The Secrets of the Saddle Wrasse Lydia Weltmann Coral reefs are well known for their biodiversity. The colorful ridges house dozens of species of fish, mollusks, sponges and more, all thriving in the ecosystem the reefs are a part of. Some, like the Saddle Wrasse, merely use coral as a home, taking advantage of the biodiversity. They don’t eat the reefs, merely the other marine creatures that li … [Read more...]

Sea Anemone Care: a Basic Introductory Guide

Sea anemones. Stock photo found at pixabay.com

Sea Anemone Care: a Basic Introductory Guide By Henry Garcia Everyone remembers that adorable little fish in Pixar’s Finding Nemo who could not pronounce the word “anemone”. It is quite possible that you are now trying to pronounce “anemone” yourself! Sea anemones are very beautiful creatures that can provide some exceptional brilliance to any tank. However, sea anemones are very easily some of the most misunderstood s … [Read more...]

“Crab Busters” by Jules Cremer

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"Crab Busters" by Jules Cremer Have you ever seen the classic horror movie, "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock? If you have, you may remember the bathroom scene where the girl is taking a shower. All of a sudden, the shower curtain is pulled back as she turns to the camera and screams. During her bloodcurdling distress, a series of high-pitched notes is played that signals her demise. Fade to black. End scene. The music t … [Read more...]

Reef Lighting and Coral Development: A Basic Guide

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  Reef Lighting and Coral Development: A Basic Guide By: Henry Garcia Hello, aquarium enthusiasts! Before we begin with the main content, let’s have a quick review of coral. Coral is made up of two parts: an algae known as zooxanthelle, which lives in the tissue of an animal known as a polyp. The zooxanthelle performs photosynthesis, which gives the polyp energy. The polyp eats zooplankton and produces waste, w … [Read more...]

The Formative years Of a Sea Turtles life

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The Formative years Of a Sea Turtles life by Ashton Felts   Basics of Sea Turtles Sea turtles are large, air breathing reptiles that inhabit tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world. Their shells consist of an upper (carapace) and a lower part (plastron). Hard scales, or scutes, cover all but the leatherback, and the number and arrangement of these scutes can be used to determine the species. Sea … [Read more...]

Corals Struggle to fend off increasing sponge populations

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Corals Struggle to fend off increasing sponge populations By: Ashley Gustafson It is without question that coral reefs are synonymous with exceptional biodiversity and great beauty. Coral species themselves are a collection of unique and diverse organisms. Modern times have brought great peril to these ethereal ecosystems whether it be raising ocean temperatures or over fishing. As if corals didn’t have enough threats … [Read more...]

Wastewater in the Florida Keys Contributing to Coral Reef Decline

Coral colony dominated by macro algae. Photo source: www.fmap.ca

Wastewater in the Florida Keys Contributing to Coral Reef Decline What stinks? The troubled sewage history of Key West and the rest of the Florida Keys is extensive, extending back long before the times of Ernest Hemingway and his infamous 6-toed cats. Traditional methods of waste disposal involve ejection directly into the environment, which can occur over terrestrial landscapes, into ditches, shallow wells, … [Read more...]