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Geophagus mirabilis, a new South American cichlid

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Meet the newest formally described cichlid, Geophagus mirabilis. This lovely cichlid is thus far only known from central South America (rio Aripuan√£ drainage to be exact). This isolated location has been a hotspot for numerous endemic tropical fish discoveries over the past few decades.

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Product Review: Maxspect's Gyre System

By Dana Riddle on Jan 07, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Dana Riddle thoroughly reviews one of the most anticipated and innovative water circulation devices to enter our hobby in some time. How does the Maxspect Gyre XF150 measure up?

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Rare staghorn coral forests found off South Florida coast

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Found by Brian Walker, a scientist from Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center, the newly-discovered 38+ acres of rare staghorn corals give scientists new hope for the species.

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Mantis shrimps teaches us about monogamous relationships

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Of all the things we might learn from mantis shrimps, the last thing we'd expect is how their lifelong monogamy might shed light on why a few rare species (including humans) choose "boring" monogamous relationships.

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$450 operation to save a goldfish

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We love to see people who love their fish so much they're willing to spend upwards of 100x the purchase price of the fish to save their pet. A British fishkeeper spent £300 (~$450 USD) to give his little buddy life-saving surgery.

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2014 Top Five Magazine Articles

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Here are 2014's most popular Advanced Aquarist magazine articles. Clownfish, amino acids, hi-tech planted aquariums, LEDs' photosynthetic effect on corals, and mythbusting ... we ran the gamut this year. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year everyone!

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2014 Top Ten Blog Posts

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Time sure flies, doesn't it? Another year has come and gone. We look back on 2014's most popular blog posts, which includes amazing aquascapes, must-see videos, fish surgery, outrageous aquariums, and one absurdly cute octopus.

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Hawksbill Turtle shares Sponge with a French Angelfish

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Sea turtles are the epitome of cool. Frans De Backer shoots (in stunning 4K high definition) this video of a critically endangered Hawksbill Turle sharing a meal with a Pomacanthus paru angelfish. The holiday spirit is alive and well in the tropics!

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Don't panic. It's just Christmas.

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Enjoy this absolutely precious animated short! We'll be back on the 29th. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Breathtaking photos by Ned DeLoach

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When Ned DeLoach isn't helping scientists discover new reef life species, he's usually out taking some of the most amazing undersea photography. It's Christmas Eve, and I'm sure nobody wants to do any serious reading so feast on this eye ccandy.

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California Academy of Sciences had a very productive 2014!

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From its expeditions to Africa and Madagascar to the Philippines, CAS has contributed 221 new species to the catalog of life in 2014. Ants to spiders, fish to corals, worms to barnacles; our planet revealed a little bit more of itself to us thanks to CAS' team of dedicated scientists. Bravo!

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Giant clams are the Swiss Army Knives of coral reefs

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A recently published research paper quantifies the many important ecological roles of Tridacna and Hippopus spp. clams. They serve as nature's buffet, filters, engineers, and homes. Beauty and purpose; we don't sing enough praises for these under-appreciated bivalves!

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Scary smell may help save corals

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Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia) are attempting to replicate a new-found scent emitted by Giant Triton snails that scares the bejeezus out of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (AKA COTS AKA SPS Mass Murderer) in hopes of curbing their killing spree. Giant Tritons are natural starfish predators, and it turns out COTS can smell them and are terrified of the scent.

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Anybody want 3,000 protein skimmers?

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Oh, the crazy things you find on eBay! At least 2,000, if not closer to 3,000 D&D Marine Enterprises protein skimmers acquired via a company bankruptcy are up for sale for $16,000. Apparently there's too many units for the seller to physically count.

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eNCREST Nextsense aquascapes

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We don't read Japanese, and frankly we have no idea what eNCREST Nextsense is or what this video is promoting. Is it an aquascaping contest? A promotion for a real estate development? What we do know is that the four aquascapes presented in this silent video are drop-dead gorgeous.

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