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Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

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Two marine aquarium communities with will soon become one. Reef2Reef announced they have finalized the purchase of 3reef.

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Blennywatcher has a new fangblenny named after him!

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Look who was just honored with the etymology of a new Indonesian fangblenny species? Adelotremus deloachi is a new blenny named for Ned DeLoach (yep! blennywatcher.com Ned), who first discovered the fish while muck diving in Bali and the Lembeh Strait.

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The illusion of space

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How big does this aquascape look to you? If you're like me, it looks much bigger than its actual size: 45x30x30cm (17x12x12") = 10 gallons. Paying attention to scale and arrangement can result in a aquacape that appears much bigger than it really is.

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Water flow enhances coral photosynthesis by stimulating CO2 uptake

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Apr 25, 2017 at 09:00 AM

"Go with the flow" can be good advice sometimes. This holds especially true for reef–building corals, which require constant water flow to stay healthy. This is because water flow affects many processes in corals, including gas exchange, heat dissipation and nutrient supply.

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Moray eels documeted eating lionfish for the first time

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Sharks, groupers, frogfish, and scropionfish are some of large predators known to hunt these spiny venomous fish. Now for the first time, researchers have live documentation of moray eels preying on lionfish. The video is amazing.

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Lovely betta biotope

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It may shock you to learn that bettafish don't naturally live in sterile plastic cups. Bettas splendens are native to Thailand. Whether from rice paddies or drainage ditches, river basins or streams, bettas are found in tropical waters surrounded by vegetation.

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Feature Article: Time-lapse photography of marine life

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2017 at 09:00 AM

With the advent of smart phones, aquarium photography has changed significantly over the last few years. Today, social media and aquarium fora are filled with decent quality images of freshwater and marine life. The era of DSLR cameras has still not passed, however. Not only do these cameras provide higher quality images, they also offer the photographer plenty of additional creative options. One of these is time-lapse photography, which I will discuss in detail in the following article.

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New pistol shrimp named after Pink Floyd

By University of Oxford on Apr 18, 2017 at 09:00 AM

A strikingly bright pink-clawed species of pistol shrimp, discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama, has been given the ultimate rock and roll name in recognition of the discoverers' favourite rock band -- Pink Floyd.

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Into the DNA of a Coral Reef Predator

By Wilko Duprez, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology on Apr 17, 2017 at 09:00 AM

New research, published in Nature, brings a trove of new information to potentially control the invasive species. A collaboration of OIST and Australian scientists sequenced the entire COTS genome for the first time.

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A new tetra fish from Columbia

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Hyphessobrycon klausanni is the newest described tetra species. It appears most closely related (at least superficially) to other tetras in the Hyphessobrycon agulha-group, which share the common trait of possessing dark longitudinal stripes.

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Some tangs aren't very good at eating algae

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Most marine aquarists think of all tangs as herbivores, so they add any tang they prefer to their aquariums to control algae. And while it is true that the vast majority of tangs are algae-eaters, a new study finds that some tangs (in the case of the study, Ctenochaetus striatus) are really detrivores.

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Global coral reef restoration effort launches in the Caribbean

By SECORE International on Apr 12, 2017 at 09:00 AM

SECORE International, the California Academy of Sciences and The Nature Conservancy join forces to implement larger-scale coral restoration.

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The formula for fangblenny venom revealed

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Fangblennies of the genus Meiacanthus are popular reef fish kept by marine aquarists. We've long known their fangs pack venom (used primarily as defense), but until this year, we had no idea what was in that venom. A new study discovers it is a complex and elegant drug cocktail.

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A new deep-sea jawfish

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Opistognathus schrieri is a new Caribbean species of jawfish currently only known from Curaçao. Specimens were collected from sand beds at the crushing depth of about 152 m (500 ft).

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When neighbors don't get along

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A poor blue-spotted jawfish is just trying to remodel his house, but a punk diamond goby doesn't approve of the construction. A little clownfish bears witness to an epic sand fight.

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