Cookies designed by Jason Langer surprises aquarium hobby enthusiasts all over the country. Marine Breeding Initiative had featured cookies conceptualized by Jason, a talented artist blessed with creativity. Jason’s cookies are so popular among people indulged in decoration of marine entities including coral reefs. ORA gave Langer an assignment to make their entire line of clownfish. Jason Langer is undoubtedly a true connoisseur of art in every visual sense. His way of making reef fish cookies are very simple. After making a mold of fish’s shape, Jason makes an array of cookie banks that are devoid of color. The real visual magic happens after the fish is iced up.
Every reef cookie designed by Jason is awesome, fabulous, colorful, pictorial and absolutely pleasing to the eye. Jason’s amazing talent captivates each and every person watching his artistic portfolio illuminated with beauty. As more and more people are interested in reef fish cookie designing, Jason’s brainchild will definitely benefit them. He is very enthusiastic about visualizing each and every marine creature he watches. Youngsters, professionals and retired individuals are really interested in making cookie designing their hobby. Jason continues his unconquerable journey of imaginative excellence through art landscape.
Via [Asia One]
Singapore based interior designer Clive Tan has one more passion which does not have any correlation with designing, ornamental fishing. He boasts of a huge collection of ornamental fish especially black diamond stingrays and fish with platinum sheen. Tan became a fan of ornamental fish after noticing his father’s interest in them. An elated Tan says, “My dad loves keeping normal goldfish. I became interested and started helping him to take care of his fish and ended up with my small own aquarium. As time went by, I joined fish forums”. During his school days, Clive Tan used to observe how stingrays give birth to their pups”. Clive’s hobby of ornamental fish growing became a source of passive income and investment.
Some of Clive’s exotic ornamental fish were sold for a fat price tag of $20000. He collects rare species of platinum fish and stingrays and sells them to fellow hobbyists. According to Clive Tan, an aquarium hobbyist should know how to purchase fish varieties at reasonable price tag. Clive is an elegant architect who is a great lover of natural environment. He nurtures an inherent passion for green buildings, splendid marine species, luxury cars and shopping. Clive Tan is a perfect role model for aquarium hobbyists looking for a passive income.
Via [Asia One]
Nationwide goldfish open show was conducted on 27th September, 2014 at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Northampton. All prominent goldfish groups including Northern goldfish and Pond keepers Society, Association of midland Goldfish keepers, and North East goldfish society participated in the much publicized event. All of them have unanimously agreed on specific standards for many varieties of goldfish. The event featured an auction of goldfish as well as a food fest. ‘Best Exhibit in Show’, ‘Best Single Adult Fish’ and ‘Best Single Baby Fish Bred 22014’ awards were distributed at the venue of Goldfish Open Show. Prizes were awarded by Sherridan Moores, Chairman of Northern Goldfish and Pond Keepers Society. Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers got two awards “Best Breeders Team 2014” and “Best Exhibit in Show”.
Pictures of award winning fish varieties at Northampton show look fascinating and superb. Nationwide goldfish standards were used during the first time at Goldfish Open Show.
Goldfish Specific Standard Agreed by Clubs
Type Characteristic Example
Group 1 Long body, single tail Common goldfish, London shubunkin
Group 2 Round body, short double tail Fantail and Pearl scale
Group 3 Round body, long double tail Broadtail moor, Oranda
Group 4 Round body, no dorsal fin, short double tail Wakin
Via [Practical Fish keeping]
One more happy news for aquarium enthusiasts as Segrest farm announces availability of gold rush maroon clowfish. Segrest Farms is a Florida based company which deals with selling of sea fish and fish products. They announced that a special variety of gold rush maroon clowfish named Gold Stripe Maroon will be available for sale. Although Segrest Farms didn’t announce when the fish will be shipped out to retailers, it is sure that it will be available in the market very soon. Clownfish enthusiasts in every nook and corner of Florida accepted this news with passion and grace. Segrest Farm is a livestock company well known all over the urban contours of United States of America.
Segrest Farm’s message about the sale was accompanied by a fabulous image of gold rush maroon clowfish. According to a news release from the organization, most maroon clowfish are white in color. As clowfish is a certainly fashionable marine creature, its sellers are optimistic about fish sale. Information obtained from aquatic industry circles say that only few fish sellers possess stock of gold rush clowfish. It is expected that selling of maroon clowfish will be a lucrative deal for Segrest Farm. As the news about clowfish sale came out, it is good to keep your eyes open at local fish store.
Via [Aqua Nerd]
Scientists from Institute of molecular and cell biology are studying the cichlid fish to know more about human evolution and genetic influence on diseases. They are passionate about conducting research on mind boggling diversity of three cichlid varieties luohan, angelfish and tilapia. Cichlid is considered as a good model for studying how humans may evolve over time. Scientists at Institute of molecular and cell biology joined researchers from developed countries to sequence the genome of cichlids. Famous science journal Nature featured this unique achievement in their previous month issue. After studying cichlids, researchers got a comprehensive idea about how genome adapts to selective pressures. Selected team members from the scientific community studied mating behavior of cichlids.
Professor Byarappa Venkatesh is the head of cichlid research project carried out at Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, constituted under Agency for Science, Technology and Research. It is a part of Genome 10K project that aims to decode genetic structure of 10000 animal species. As per expert opinion, African Great Lakes caused cichlids to evolve in different ways. Scientists stationed at Agency for Science, Technology and Research were successful in understanding how genes control behavior in marine species. Comparison with other closely related vertebrates like cichlid is referred as a powerful strategy to understand more about genetic influence on diseases.
Via [Asia One]
Scientists at Tennessee University have recorded playing behavior of cichlids, fresh water fish found mostly in Africa and South America. They define cichlid’s playing as “repeated behavior that is incompletely functional”. This research proves that fish are social and playful creatures. Tennessee University scientists recorded the behavior of cichlids for almost two years. Their research indicates that cichlids repeatedly struck a thermometer and it bounced back. Marine scientists had previously found that species such as wasps and reptiles are capable of playing. According to a Tennessee University Professor, “Play is repeated behavior that is incompletely functional in the context in which it is performed.”
“The presence or absence of food, or other fish within the aquarium or visible in an adjacent aquarium had no effect on cichlid behavior”, scientists explained in a research paper published in Journal Ethology. It is believed that quick righting response seemed primary stimulus factor that maintained the behavior. Recently finished research illustrates how play is embedded in marine species biology. Playing behavior of marine species is termed as a part of their evolutionary history and genetics. Experts believe that playing leads to better social skills in marine animals. Researchers filmed three male Cichlids over two years before reaching a final conclusion.
Via [Daily Mail]
A New York Apartment recently hit the headlines as it features 1300 gallon fish tank. It is located at 445, Lafayette Street, New York. This glass penthouse has become a majestic real estate attraction in America’s biggest metropolis. This Astor place based apartment gives their occupants an opportunity to live in a penthouse equipped with 1300 gallon fish tank lining the wall. Wonderful location and elegant designs make Astor place apartment a coveted accommodation alternative. Total estimated cost of this fish tank equipped architectural wonder is sixteen million dollars. With the installation of giant fish tank, New York based apartment became a most wanted housing property.
Gwathmey Siegel’s “Sculpture for Living” building houses this spectacular fish tank. It is also not free from hang-ups of other high end luxury apartments located in big world cities. Lighting pattern and outdoor space covering ‘Sculpture for Living’ apartment is simply awesome. Astor place penthouse testifies that an aquarium inside an apartment is a thing of joy forever. “It looks like a fish tank within a fish tank”, says a New York city resident in an internet chat forum. Another person quips in the same forum, “I wonder if the fish are included in the apartment price”.
Via [Curbed BY]
Research performed by a teenage student paves the way towards vital information regarding giant flashlight fish. Caroline Edmonda, 13 year old California based student measure how often flashlight fish flashed their glow-in-the-dark eye patches. Flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) lives in Indian Ocean as well as central and western Pacific. This fish gets its name from a small glow-in-the-dark patch found in a pocket of tissue under each eye, explains Caroline Edmonda, a student of Talbert Middle School. She got an opportunity to study about flashlight fish while working as a volunteer at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Caroline’s research focuses on “when and why giant flashlight fish uses lime green flashlight?” Caroline made ninety videos of Giant Flashlight Fish to obtain a crystal clear idea about its behavior.
California based teenager’s research revealed that flashlight fish glow light to attract mate, lure food or to confuse a predator fish. She points out that number of flashes made by flashlight fish were very few during night time. Ms Edmonda presented her research to the public at the venue of Broadcom Masters contest. Caroline concludes, “When a giant flashlight fish wants to flash its light, it rotates the bacteria filled pocket towards the outside of its body. When a fish hides its light, it swivels the pocket back towards the inside”.
Via [Society for Science]
Loughborough University student Suzy Shelly has designed a fish tank that never needs cleaning. The recently developed spherical tank requires an owner to top up the water and feed the fish. Suzy claims that her fish tank features a filter that never needs replacing. This filter replaces old bacteria into plant food which creates space for new bacteria. Suzy Shelly’s discovery new fish tank is given a lovely name, ‘Avo design’. Avo is equipped with LED lights optimized for plant growth which leads to clear water. These LED lights will display red in the morning, white during the day and blue in the evening. Suzy’s fish tank is welcomed by aquarium owners annoyed with slime and cloudy water.
As there is no need to replace the filter, aquarium owners can save a lot of money by using Fish tank developed by England’s young designer. Fifteen litre tank is aimed at creating a balanced ecosystem enabling fish, bacteria and plant to work together. It removes harmful ammonia, nitrite and nitrate from the water. Naturally occurring bacteria in the filter convert ammonia into nitrate. The fish tank, Suzy’s dream project, is designed for tropical fish with a constant water temperature of 27 Degree Celsius. Plants in this fish tank are housed in seven trays so that they can be easily maintained. Finally, the innovative fish tank became a reality thanks to Suzy Shelly’s hard work spanning four years.
Via [Daily Mail]
Experts shared their valuable opinions about drought and climate change at Aquarium of the Pacific recently. Glen M MacDonald (UCLA Professor), Mark Jackson (National Weather Service Meteorologist Director), Alexander Macdonald (Chief Science Adviser, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Jerry Schubel (CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific) were some of the dignitaries who spoke on the occasion. According to them, there has been an increase in extreme weather events in the last century. They opine that combination of rising temperatures and population growth made California coastline vulnerable to change. Mr MacDonald pointed out that Southern California used to experience adverse climatic conditions in the previous years. He spoke extensively about drought and extreme weather patterns.
Experts who spoke at Aquarium of the Pacific workshop told unanimously that California will have to take certain measures to control adverse climatic conditions. Collective opinion emerged from the workshop can be summed up like this, “state governments should focus on capturing storm water and recycling wastewater. They are viable alternatives for water conservation. Creating a landscape or drought tolerant plants for California natives is another alternative for water conservation”. Educational platform created by Dr Alexander Macdonald got excellent feedbacks from workshop participants. It is being used in museums and science centers across the globe.
Via [Daily News]