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The ultimate reef escape

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If you're a reef lover, a fish lover, a nature lover ... heck, if you simply have a pulse ... Pemba Island's Manta Resort's Underwater Room is your dream vacation destination.

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Extreme PE Fetish

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Polyp extension is alluring for reefkeepers. There's nothing quite like the sight of a fully extended coral swaying in the current. We can wax philosophical about the reasons why we're so enamored by PE, or we can simply enjoy polyps blooming in all their glory. Two recent videos provide plenty of eye candy.

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Two hours of aquarium relaxation

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It's Thanksgiving in the USA so many readers have the day off to spend with family and friends. Do you need relaxing HD content to put on your TV to entertain guests and mellow the holiday bustle? Here's a two hour long video of the famous whale shark exhibit at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan.

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San Francisco to establish dumping pond for unwanted fish

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SFGate.com reports that San Francisco will soon establish an "amnesty pond" for people to dispose of unwanted pet fish. The Presidio Trust - a federal agency established to conserve SF Bay - decided to create this pond because too many pet fish were being dumped into local natural lakes.

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Pacific Sun's Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer

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Pacific Sun is on a roll lately with a lot of ingenious "why didn't anyone think of that" product launches. Their newest invention is the Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer - a 5 station stirring platform to compliment their powerful Kore 5th doser. Never shake bottles again.

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The first live video of a deep-sea angler!

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At a depth of 600 meters, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured video of one of the least documented and craziest fish in the world: a 9cm long Melanocetus sp. deep-sea angler, AKA black seadevil. You may remember seeing an animated depiction of this fish in a obscure lil' movie called "Finding Nemo."

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How can you possibly win this argument?

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Fish collection for the aquarium trade is a hotly debated topic right now in West Hawaii, where their county council is considering measures to regulate the aquarium trade - from bagging requirements to bans. They've accepted public commentaries. However, when you see such explicit disregard for science, where do we go from here?

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Petco to acquire Drs. Foster and Smith

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Big industry news! Petco has announced that it is acquiring online pet retailer Drs. Foster and Smith, whose assets includes Live Aquaria. We share their press release.

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Roca De Plata

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German aquascaper Eddy based his latest aquarium, Roca De Plata ("Silver Rock") on the concept of a gnarly flooded tree base rooted over grey slate stones. The effect is gorgeous!

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Black Corals

By Marzia Bo, Ph.D., Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Nov 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Black corals, formally known as Antipatharia, are members of a unique order within the Anthozoa class. These hexacorals are regularly found in the aquarium trade, and are often misidentified as gorgonians. In this article, we discuss the biology of black corals, and offer some suggestions for aquarium husbandry.

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The Sustainably Minded Aquarist Part II – Smaller Developing Island Nations and Cultured Fishes

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In this series, we ask what sustainably minded aquarists should do when it comes to sourcing animals. Last week, I suggested the sustainably minded aquarist source fishes from smaller developing island nations or fisheries in Hawaii or Australia. Today I’ll explain why and consider whether cultured fishes are the most sustainable choice.

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Woud you like some fancy goldfish with your tea?

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Taiwanese designer Charmvilla has come up with this novel tea bag that is max level awesome. Sipping tea has never been this much fun.

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Proposed public aquarium is a minimalistic tour de force

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Mikolai Adamus has designed a modern public aquarium for Gdynia, Poland, which he hopes to replace the current aquarium at the South Pier. We absolutely love the trend of using public aquariums as modern architectural showcases.

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The world's most expensive and ridiculous aquarium

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Aquarium-related news has been quite slow this week so we've decided to have fun this Friday by turning the clock back to 2010 when Stuart Hughes introduced the most expensive and over-the-top residential aquarium ever made. You will not believe the price or the details.

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A whimsical, unconventional aquascape

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Here is a planted aquascape that breaks the mold for what classical planted tanks look like. It's a playful assemblage of shapes and colors - complete with dramatic backlighting - resulting in a fantasy-world impression. Yay or nay?

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