I freely admit to being a giant clam fan, and one who has never been able to resist an attractive Tridacna. And there it was, 4.25 inches (11 cm) long, in a pet store in Oberhausen in western Germany’s Ruhr Valley – this was in 1979, and in those days under T8 lighting.
LA Fishguy Jim Stime, Jr. visits Dan Villanueva at Wet Thumb Frags in Sylmar, California for a look at how he frags stony corals for his home-based coral farming business.
“The study shows the Reef has lost more than half its coral cover in 27 years. If the trend continued coral cover could halve again by 2022. Interestingly, the pattern of decline varies among regions. In the northern Great Barrier Reef coral cover has remained relatively stable, whereas in the southern regions we see the most dramatic loss of coral, particularly over the last decade when storms have devastated many reefs. ” says Peter Doherty.
Karen Talbot worked three straight days at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America in Dallas to complete this oversize painting of a Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, that was part of the huge event raffle Sunday afternoon.
The last time CORAL featured Giant Clams the issue become one of the bestsellers in the history of the magazine, and today it is still one of the most-treasured collector’s items.