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Updates to the Saltwater Aquarium Blog website

I just wanted to take a quick moment to point out a few updates to the Saltwater Aquarium Blog. Over the last week or so, I made some changes to the site. I have added new content and taken some content away. Here is an overview of what changed: The first thing you may have noticed is that I got …

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Saltwater Aquarium Blog Turns 3 Years Old

Saltwater Aquarium Blog turns three years old today. I started the blog, in November 2009, as a bit of an experiment. I started it to test two questions: 1) would anybody read it, and 2) could I keep up with it. I had already written a few short articles for the magazine Aquarium Fish International, but had never committed to writing about the …

Aquarium cooling fan: Aquacool

Aquarium cooling fan: Aquacool This summer, I installed an aquarium cooling fan for my display tank.  When the metal halide lamp warms up, my tank and the area around it really warms up.  The cooling fan in the metal halide light is noisy and insufficient, so I decided to try the Aquacool fan from ZooMed Laboratories.  The first thing I noticed …

Adventure Aquarium–Camden, NJ

Took a trip this year to see Adventure Aquarium, in Camden, NJ–it was a lot of fun. A great collection of coral and fish–even hyposalinity fish (freshwater for you non-salty purists).  The walk through Shark tank is awesome. Got a great and crazy picture of a sawfish there.  Reef displays were beautiful.  Plenty of interactive displays–way cooler than when I …

Clownfish Larval Development

Clownfish Larval Development Update It’s been a while since I updated the progress of the clownfish larvae. As a quick recap, the clownfish larvae from the eggs laid in the display tank hatched a day early. As such, the majority of them (amphiprion ocellaris larvae), were eaten by a greedy pair of banggai cardinalfish, apparently tapping back into their night time hunting instincts.  After …

Clownfish larvae three days post hatch

Clownfish larvae three days post hatch Here is a quick video of the clownfish larvae three days after they hatched from their egg cases in the display tank. The baby clownfish actually hatched the day before I was ready for them. By accident I happened to notice a few larvae suspended in the water column after lights out. The banggai cardinalfish were nearby looking predatory …

Clownfish Breeding

After several months with no known spawning attempts, the common clownfish pair (amphiprion ocellaris) in my display tank have gotten back into a regular breeding pattern.  Since the beginning of September, they have spawned three times.  Interestingly, they have designated a different corner of the aquarium as their breeding territory than the last time around. Their substrate of choice is …