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  1. 'Oyster Vision'
    (Natural History Episode 13)

    Here we look into the face of the thorny oyster (Spondylus americanus). Unlike most shallow-water oyster species, the thorny oyster is a solitary creature that lives permanently cemented to the deeper coral reef. Its fleshy mantle is adorned with sepia-toned psychedelic camouflage that can vary widely from one individual to the next. The rim of the mantle is lined with dozens of eyes that stare out into the depths. These eyes are quite simple, only detecting changes in light that might suggest an incoming predator. If a threat is detected, the oyster will quickly snap its two shells together, sealing the animal inside with its two powerful adductor muscles. It is the adductor muscle that people eat when they eat 'oysters on the half shell'. Oysters are filter feeders, spending their time siphoning water through gills that strain out particulate matter. As seen in the film, the oyster periodically expels waste and water with a quick contraction of its adductor muscles.

    In the second installment (next week) we will explore the upper shell of the oyster and the community of organisms that has colonized it.

    Video, Aquarium + Original Soundtrack: Coral Morphologic
    2010

    See http://bit.ly/9oOpAy for more details.

    Screened at Borscht Film Festival | April 23, 2011 - Miami, FL
    Screened at ATP Curated by Animal Collective | May 13-15, 2011 - Minehead, UK
    Screened at Miami Underwater Festival | May 27-28, 2011 - Miami, FL

    Included in Adult Swim's Off The Air - Episode 2: 'Food' | May 25, 2011

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  2. 'The Lynx Nudibranch'
    (Natural History Episode 14)

    Last week we spent a moment making eyes with the oyster (Spondylus americanus). This week we’ll spend a moment with a diverse community of animals and plants that have colonized the upper shell of the very same oyster. Read the full description here: http://bit.ly/d6mR8O

    Video, Aquarium + Original Soundtrack: Coral Morphologic
    2010

    See http://bit.ly/d6mR8O for more details.

    Screened at ATP Curated by Animal Collective | May 13-15, 2011 - Minehead, UK
    Screened at Miami Underwater Festival | May 27-28, 2011 - Miami, FL

    # vimeo.com/10516475 Uploaded 48.1K Plays 13 Comments
  3. My nano reef. It runs like this since about 3 yrs.

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  4. My Channa sp. Assam couple, that I keep in a relatively small tank. Video quality is not so good, since the light conditions are more according to the Channa's need than to what the camera likes. :)

    They're still young, and I hope they'll breed one day. Their colours are more vivid than in the video.
    Though I usually don't have a closer personal relationship to the fish I keep - these two are just lovely. :)

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  5. This simple-made film shows a view into 3 aquariums where I keep and breed the Hypancistrus zebra (also known as L46).

    Each of the two bigger tanks has 2 or 3 filters, plus extra supply with oxygene (via airpump). This gives some safety and the needed water quality. The catfish breed all around the year.

    Temperature is set to 27-28 centigrades, the heaters are made of titanium with external sensors and regulation (Schego).

    Food is a mix of high quality granulates and brine shrimp eggs (similar to what we feed discus with). I almost never feed live or frozen food to my zebras, since I had very bad experiences and losses caused by rotten (I assume) food.

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