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The passing of a beloved fish

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Fishkeepers can all relate to getting attached to our finned friends. When they gulp their last breath of water, it is very sad time indeed. The video of the last moments of 'Red,' a red devil cichlid, is heartwarming.

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Biodiversity's crowning achievement

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Coral reefs are believed to have the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem on Earth. If you think your LFS/online store has a large selection of reef life, you really ain't seen nothing. The variety of amazing reef life in this wonderful three minute video is mind-boggling.

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Victorian pioneers of the marine aquarium

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Feb 10, 2016 at 09:00 AM

When we talk about the history of the marine aquarium, we often praise people such as Lee Chin Eng, Peter Wilkens and Jean Jaubert, who did pioneering work in the 20th century. Their innovations and vision helped give rise to the popular marine aquarium hobby we know today. What few people know, however, is that Victorian England saw an aquarium craze 165 years ago, when much ground-breaking work was done. Some of the pioneers of the marine aquarium from that time are George Johnston, Robert Warington, Anna Thynne, William Lloyd and Philip Henry Gosse. In this article, I will detail their work, including the trials and tribulations, which represents some of the early attempts to maintain a balanced marine aquarium.

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Motorboat noise gives predators a deadly advantage

By University of Exeter on Feb 09, 2016 at 09:00 AM

The rate that fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby, according to pioneering work led by a University of Exeter marine biologist.

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For your bucket list consideration: Four epic underwater restaurants

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Eating exotic foods while surrounded by coral reef life – If this sounds like your idea of a dream epicurean experience, here are four restaurants that should make your short must-do list.

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ORA releases aquacultured scooter dragonet; red scooters coming soon

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Tally up another commercial breeding success for ORA Farm. They are now offering captive bred scooter dragonets (Synchiropus ocellatus), with red scooter dragonets (Synchiropus stellatus) coming in circa March 2016.

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So clean!

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One word comes immediately to mind when watching this video of Chinhooi Tan's "Aquascape Hidden Valley": CLEAN. Both the video quality and the aquarium are impossibly immaculate. Wonderful setup. Wonderful composition. Wonderful video. Bravo!

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Potential invasive species identified in S. Gulf of Mexico

By Nova Southeastern University on Feb 03, 2016 at 09:00 AM

New research centers around the diminutive regal damselfish, found in non-native waters in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Damselfish are some of the most beautiful fishes in the ocean, and that's why they are so attractive to those who want a saltwater aquarium in their home or place of business. But there's a bit of a concern when it comes to one damselfish species -- it is starting to pop up in a part of the ocean where it doesn't really belong.

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Fish can get "drunk" on CO2

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If there is excessive carbon dioxide in seawater, your reef fish may exhibit signs of disorientation similar to a human who's had one too many drinks. This condition is referred to as hypercapnia.

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Deepwater Aquatics is Pacific Sun's new North American distributor

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Deepwater Aquatics has reached agreement to become the exclusive North American distributor of European aquarium equipment manufacturer, Pacific Sun, maker of high-end LED and T5 lights as well as advanced dosing systems.

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Shark eats shark

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Seoul, South Korea – A large 2.2 meter female sand tiger shark did not approve of a smaller 1.2 meter banded houndshark sharing her tank. So she ate him ... in front of a live audience.

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Look at those lovely lips!

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Our friends over at BlennyWatcher.com captured photographs and this video of one of the juiciest reef fish lips we've seen. This is Cheiloprion labiatus, the big-lipped damselfish.

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Discovery of first freshwater coralline algae

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Up until now, coralline algae was thought to be the exclusive domain of sea and brackish waters. Scientists have now discovered a red calcareous algae that lives strictly in pure freshwater.

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Euroquatics E5 LED T5 retrofit lamps now available in the USA

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The Euroquatics E5 lamp is an eco-friendly T5 (hence "E5") retrofit employing LEDs housed in T5 form factor. E5 lamps boasts eight year lifespans with little spectral degradation as well as a 45% energy savings over fluorescents. The E5 are available in 2, 3, 4, and 5 feet lengths, all with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

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The 'High Hill' Aquascape

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We visit India for our next aquascaping inspiration. Parthapratim Chakraborty showcases excellent use of jagged rockwork in his dynamic "High Hill" Aquascape.

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