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Two-faced Angel

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From time to time, we see fish with odd pigmentation. Usually, it's a fish that is albino, leucistic, or piedbald. This passer angelfish (Holacanthus passer) collected by Cortez Marine is as unique as it gets. Its pigmentation is literally split symmetrically down the middle.

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The Piano Aquarium

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People make aquariums out of old computers, cars, antique TVs, and even toilets. Why not an upright piano? I would have practiced a lot more as a kid if this was my piano.

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The Capsule and LumiPuff

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Odd title. Odd upcoming product. The LumiPuff is a robotic color-changing interactive pufferfish that lives inside a sealed aquatic dome called the Capsule. LumiPuff is the world's first "induction powered electronic pet."

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Papiliolebias francescae, a new killifish

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Papiliolebias francescae is the newest described species of rivulids from Bolivia, South America. Like many killifish, P.francescae is strikingly pigmented - a real pint-sized showstopper.

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UPDATED! USFWS Port of Los Angeles notifying aquarium trade not to import the 20 newly listed Threatened corals

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According to industry journalist Ret Talbot, the US Fish and Wildlife Port of Los Angeles Office of Law Enforcement has "confirmed that wildlife inspectors were notifying aquarium trade import facilities in Southern California that it is now illegal to import any of the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)."

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On reefs, not all animals are equal

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Biodiversity is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem. However, a new study says that simply focusing on conserving biodiversity is not enough. “It’s not about numbers of species." Protecting specialized species - those that perform niche roles few others do - may prove the difference between healthy and unhealthy reefs.

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The Acropora Catalogue

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Dr. Sanjay Joshi shared the link to this outstanding reference website that catalogs the world's Acroporids. Each species file contains photos of live specimens, skeletons, and map of geographic distribution. Simply superb and a must-have bookmark for any SPS keeper.

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Sustainable Coral Farming Research video update

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Dr. Tim Wijgerde has published the first video update for his "Sustainable Coral Farming" crowd-sourced research. The video shows their progress with the aquarium system and scientific equipment that will be used to learn how to best grow azooxanthellate corals (starting with carnation corals) in captivity.

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Scotty and Tammy's magnificent "4x4" 240 gallon SPS reef

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A newly published video of this 48x48x24 inch reef demonstrates how the front-to-back width of an aquarium - the "3rd dimension" - can have an even bigger visual impact than length and height.

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Sir David Attenborough returning to the Great Barrier Reef

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Anyone who has watched their fair share of nature documentaries recognizes his indelible British voice. After nearly sixty years after his last visit to the GBR, Sir David Attenborough will once again film and narrate an upcoming BBC documentary about the world's largest coral reef system.

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NMFS seeks public comments for status review of Percula clownfish for ESA listing

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The United States National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting scientific comments to help assess the threat to the iconic clownfish, Amphiprion percula. Advanced Aquarist provides more information and offers our thoughts on this important issue.

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More scientific evidence light spectrum matters for coral growth

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I don't think it's any secret amongst reefkeepers that the quality of light (not just the quantity) matters for coral health and growth. Most of us see differences in terms of pigmentation when corals are exposed to different spectrum, but a new study finds that differences in light quality can dramatically alter coral skeleton on a macro and micro level.

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Dr. Seuss eats Nemo

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The answer to the struggle of what to feed marine predators that require live foods is right under our noses. Fish might be friends, but in the real world the may also be food.

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The fluorescence of "Istedgade Reef"

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If you hate the 'blue look' for reef aquarium, you better shield your eyes now! But for the rest of us, this video published by Kenneth Olson celebrates a healthy mixed-reef aquarium in all its neon splendor.

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Corals are nature's tiny engineers

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MIT researchers document how corals use microscopic cilia appendages to manipulate the micro-environment around them, creating strong localized currents to draw nutrients towards corals while expelling waste products.

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