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Beware the dreaded nipple fish attack

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Word to the wise: Do not dangle your bare chest over your aquarium. A fish (like this juvenile green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) may mistake your nipple for something delicious.

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Octopus genome finally sequenced

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Researchers from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have cracked the genetic code for octopus, the first genome of a cephalopod to be decoded. We now wait with bated breath to learn secrets from our eventual overlords.

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Colorado-inspired Aquascaping

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Nature often serves as an aquarist's go-to muse. This outstanding rocky aquascape was inspired by Colorado's plateaus.

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Coral Nutrition, Part Five: Fatty Acids, Including Omega-3 and Omega-6 FAs: Origins and Fates

By Dana Riddle on Aug 12, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Dana Riddle continues his comprehensive exploration of coral nutrition. In this installment, he examines lipids and fatty acids, which help us understand how corals derive their nutrition as well as their feeding preferences.

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Six new species of soft corals discovered in Tamar River

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Many times, scientific discoveries are fortuitous events. Such is the case of 22 year old Megan Dykman and her unexpected discovery of two new genera and six unidentified (and yet to be formally described) soft corals in Tamar River, Tasmania. And yes, Tamar river is saline, not freshwater.

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Dead corals do tell tales

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A newly published paper in a scientific journal featured this interesting photo of a brain coral (Siderastrea siderea), stacked tall like pancakes. The weird formation tells a history of storms at this Florida Keys reef site.

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Stressing parent corals can produce stronger coral babies

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Scientists show when you expose mature corals to environmental stresses such as higher temperatures and acidic waters, their offspring appeared healthier when they, too, were exposed to these stresses.

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RIP Takashi Amano

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We sadly report the passing of the world's most influential aquascaper, Takashi Amano on August 4, 2015 from complications of pneumonia. Amano was only 61 years old. The aquarium community will greatly miss Mr. Amano.

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New genus and species of frogfish

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Frogfish are incredibly cool, so a new species - and genus - of frogfish is incredibly cool news. Meet Porophryne erythrodactylus, an Australian fish as weird as it is rare and beautiful.

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Some fish like it hot!

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The bulk of global warming research suggests that reef life will be negatively effected by warming oceans. However, a new research shows that juvenile maroon clowns actually fared better (yes, better) at higher temperatures.

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New Danio species

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Danio annulosus is the 25th species of the genus described. Unlike the striped patterns of the zebra danios, D.annulosus has a chain-link pattern. And it's not the only new Danio on the block.

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Scientists study the calming effect of watching fish

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The theory goes: Aquariums are good for people's wellbeings. UK scientists have confirmed the health benefits of fish-watching and discovered that the greater the biodiversity and the more colorful the fish, the greater the health benefits.

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Longhorn cowfish inspire engineers

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Oddball reef creatures (e.g. mantis shrimp) are muses for scientists and engineers. UCSD researchers are drawing upon longhorn cowfish (AKA boxfish) to design new materials for body armor and flexible electronics.

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Three new stunning killifish

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Aphyosemion jeanhuberi, Moema beucheyi, and Melanorivulus imperatrizensis are the three newest species of killifish described in the latest issue of Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology.

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Even in the Red Sea, Xenia are taking over

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Reefkeepers know Red Sea Xenia for both their beauty and their aggressive growth. They're weeds in the wild too. 37 years of monitoring a section of the Red Sea revealed that stony coral growth is declining, and Xenia are colonizing in their place.

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