Category Archives: Hobby Related News

Coelacanth May Not Be A ‘Living Fossil’

Microsoft News

Huge Fish, Once Believed Extinct, Isn’t the ‘Living Fossil’ Scientists Thought

George Dvorsky  

An analysis of coelacanth DNA suggests its genome has experienced some significant changes in recent evolutionary history, potentially dispelling the popular image of these iconic fish as being “living fossils.”

© Image: Bruce Henderson A rare sighting of a live coelacanth, captured off the coast of South Africa in 2019. Continue reading Coelacanth May Not Be A ‘Living Fossil’

Inky the octopus escapes New Zealand aquarium.

The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from New Zealand aquarium


An octopus has made a brazen escape from the national aquarium in New Zealand by breaking out of its tank, slithering down a 50m drain pipe and disappearing into the sea.

In scenes reminiscent of Finding Nemo, Inky – a common New Zealand octopus – made his dash to freedom after the lid of his tank was accidentally left slightly ajar.

Staff believe that in the middle of the night, while the aquarium was deserted, Inky clambered to the top of his cage, down the side of the tank and traveled across the floor of the aquarium…

read full story here….


FIRST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST – Take your best shot!

FLYER: Front | Back

Deadline – September 30th, 2013

Freshwater Categories:

  • Best Aquascape
  • Best Nano Aquarium (2 ½ – 10 gallons)
  • Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)
  • Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)
  • Spectacular Freshwater Fish
  • Most Fabulous Plant
  • Most Amazing Freshwater Invert
  • Best Freshwater Photo (any category)
  • Spectacular Cichlid

Saltwater Categories

  • Best Aquascape
  • Best Nano Aquarium (2½ – 10 gallons)
  • Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)
  • Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)
  • Spectacular Saltwater Fish
  • Most Breathtaking Corals Reefs
  • Most Amazing Saltwater Invert
  • Best Saltwater Photo (any category)




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PRIZES – From Sponsors Above – Thank you!

Freshwater Categories:

Best Aquascape

  • AquaVitro Plant (Premier, Envy, Proper, Carbonate, Mineralize, Synthesis, Activate) by SEACHEM

Best Nano Aquarium (2 ½ – 10 gallons)

  • Evolve 2, water care products, food, siphon, cleaning magnet by AQUEON

Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)

  • Evolve 4, water care products, food, siphon by AQUEON

Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products.

Spectacular Freshwater Fish

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products.

Most Fabulous Plant

  • 500ml Bottles of Prime, Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Iron, 600g Bottles of Acid Buffer, Alkaline Buffer, Equilibrium, Nutridiet Flakes (30g), 1L Matrix by SEACHEM

Most Amazing Freshwater Invert

  • Evolve 4, water care products, food, siphon by AQUEON

Best Freshwater Photo (any category)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

Spectacular Cichlid

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products


Saltwater Categories

Best Aquascape

  • AquaVitro Reef (Alpha, Balance, Calcification, Eight.Four Fuel, Ions, Vibrance) By SEACHEM

Best Nano Aquarium (2½ – 10 gallons)

Best Med-sized aquarium (15 – 40 gallons)

Best Large aquarium (50 + gallons)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

Spectacular Saltwater Fish

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products

Most Breathtaking Corals Reefs

  • SEACHEM 1L Bottles of Reef Fusion 1& 2; 1L Containers of Matrix Carbon, Phosguard & Matrix; Nutridiet Marine Flakes (30g)

Most Amazing Saltwater Invert

Best Saltwater Photo (any category)

  • $100 worth of HIKARI products



No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win


The 1st Brooklyn Aquarium Photo Contest will be announced June 14th, 2013 at the monthly Society’s meeting, all entries will be accepted until September 30th, 2013. The results of the Contest as well as the award ceremony will take place on October 11th at the Society’s monthly meeting. Digital photos must be submitted to BROOKLYN AQUARIUM SOCIETY YAHOO GROUP in JPEG format. Photos submitted must be 6 MP (mega pixel) or greater. As a condition of registration, you will be required to click where indicated to signify that you accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. With each submission, participants must include the following: 1) Name of Photographer, 2) Address of Photographer, 3) Phone Number, 4) Email, 5) Category of Freshwater or Saltwater photo is to be entered, 6) Scientific and Common Name of Subject in Photo.

> Brooklyn Aquarium Society @ Yahoo Groups < Submit your photos here.

Photo Eligibility
To enter, you do not have to be a member of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society or a member of the BAS Forum, contest is open to all, no age restrictions. BAS judging individuals and their immediate family are not eligible. BAS non-members taking part in the Contest and winning a prize for any of the 17 categories will receive a free 1 year membership to BAS. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified.

Image Modifications
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Number of Entries
An individual may submit a maximum of 3 photos per category, any category.

Photo Subject Restrictions
Photos must be appropriate for category entered. Photos unrelated to the contest or of questionable content will not be considered. BAS retains sole discretion as to what constitutes appropriate content. Photos must not contain people or other objects other than the subject for the category entered.

Contest ends midnight September 30th, 2013. Any late entries will not be considered.

Entries will be judged on the basis of photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of the object in their respective categories. A panel of judges consisting of representatives of the Contest’s sponsors as well as members of the BAS Board will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final.

The judging panel will select 17 winning entries (one per category). Winners and all prizes will be announced and presented during the BAS October 11th 2013 meeting. Any winner not able to attend the October 11th 2013 meeting, the prize will be kept at BAS until the December 13, 2013 meeting. If the winner/s fails to collect the prize as mentioned earlier, the prize/s will be auctioned at the January 10, 2014 meeting.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the image submitted. By submitting your photo, you guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo. By submitting, the contestant waives all rights upon submission and therefore has no recourse whatsoever in the use of the photo.

Additional Terms and Conditions
BAS is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, BAS is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. BAS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice. BAS is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. BAS reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that BAS has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules.

The Coral Reef Aquarium: “From Inception to Completion” by Tony Vargas

This great book is finaly available for order directly from Amazon. We highly recommend this book to all reefkeepers and those looking to start in saltwater hobby.

Order your copy today!

ORDER HERE >> The Coral Reef Aquarium: From Inception to Completion

As an added bonus you can bring the book to our March 9,  2012 event and ask Tony to sign it for you. You can’t get that anywhere else :)

Water Chemistry: Osmoregulation, Ionic Imbalance & pH by Joe Gargas

Correct Water Chemistry is the single most important subject for the successful keeping and breeding of Tropical Fish. Water is to fish as air is to human’s; it is the environment that they live in, breed in and get old in. The health and well being of our fish is directly related to their physical water environment. As advanced Hobbyists the more we know about Water Chemistry, the more successful we will be as Fish Keepers and Breeders.

Read the whole article in our own Aquatica, starting on page 7