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Miniature water gardens: nature aquariums served extra dry

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Thinking outside the box inside the box: This perfectly describes the outstanding, unique craft of Robert and Stephen Dekker. The family business landscapes jaw-dropping miniaturized indoor water gardens.

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Crystal Red Aquascape

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We are long overdue for a shrimp tank post. An aquascape full of Caridina shrimps is arguably just as engaging as any aquatic exhibit you can set up. This nano aquarium displayed at the 2015 Art of the Planted Tank (held last week in Hanover, Germany) is a bustling metropolis of lil' busy-bees.

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Bacteria in sponges harvest phosphate, clarifying reef waters

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Bacteria are the yeomen of the reef; it is these microscopic background workers that keep the whole coral reef 'machine' churning. For the first time, scientists have identified bacteria growing on sponges are responsible not just for nitrogen reduction but also for pulling phosphorus out of the water.

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Peace of mind with HomeSitter

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We're sure this concern has crossed your mind: When no one is home, how do I know if there's a livestock-threatening power outage or water spill? The HomeSitter is a simple and affordable solution to this age-old worry.

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The copepod from hell

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Ich, flukes, and velvet parasites are terrible enough, but they're no where near as grotesques as what this poor dwarf goby is suffering from: a gnarly parasitic copepod literally sucking the life out of its host . And you thought you were having a bad day

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Advanced Aquarist wallpaper: "The Odd Couple"

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Here is another gorgeous 1920x1080 reef wallpaper by photographer Mitchell Brown. A blue damsel and longnose hawkfish pose for the camera (and of course the damsel tries to steal the spotlight).

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Some creatures use electricity and vibrations in sex (and this can be dangerous)

By Sana Suri on Feb 20, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Most animals use touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight to identify and attract a mate (that goes for humans too). But some species [like Ghost knifefish] have additional and unusual weapons in their sexual armoury – the ability to sense vibrations and electric signals which indicate that a similar creature is in the vicinity.

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What type of betta do you have?

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Bettafish are often lumped together as generic bettas at your LFS. But there are many different varieties of bettas. Here are excellent references that helps ID the type of betta you own (or may be interested in). Know your betta!

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Feature Aquarium: The 335 gallon "Tall Reef" of Brad Syphus

Brad's reef aquarium is maturing beautifully, but the road to success was long and difficult. Brad's story is one of perseverance and the good people who supported him through his journey.

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Are yellow tangs the most acrobatic fish?

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There are many reports of seemingly healthy yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) doing back flips and even swimming upside. As far as we know, there is no explanation for this strange and awesome behavior.

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Mystery "tall, short-bodied" anthias

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We have a head scratcher. Christina Jayne of Union City (CA) LFS Baja Reef photographed this anthias or perchlet acquired at a wholesaler. But what species is it? Is it a hybrid? A juvenile of a large fish? A deformity? Unfortunately, the wholesaler did not have any information about this specimen.

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Bradley's Acorpora lokani

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We will be publishing Bradley Syphus' Featured Aquarium article this Wednesday. To whet your appetite, here is a new macro wallpaper featuring his luscious A.lokani.

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Massive single coral colony observed in Japan

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Off Okinawa, divers discovered what is possibly the largest single coral colony ever documented in Japanese waters. The herculean coral, a Pavona clavus, measures an astounding 24 meters (78 feet) in length, 17 meters (55 feet) in width, and ten meters (33 feet) in height.

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Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character

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As if discovering three new species of loricariid catfish wasn't awesome enough, the researchers named one of the new species after the Star Wars character, Greedo. Yup, that green alien bounty hunter Han Solo blasts at the Cantina.

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Coral reef symbiosis: Paying rent with sugar and fat

By Jan Overney on Feb 12, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Powering coral reefs: Scientists have revealed how coral-dwelling microalgae harvest nutrients from the surrounding seawater and shuttle them out to their coral hosts, sustaining a fragile ecosystem that is under threat.

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