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Revisting "Istedgade Reef"

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We revisit a spectacular coral reef from the Danish capital city of Copenhagen (Istedgade St. to be exact). The aquarium has matured beautifully over the past year into truly world-class living art.

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Reef-A-Palooza New York is only a couple weeks away

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Reef-A-Palooza, billed as America's largest marine aquarium show, began in Southern California but has since expanded to include shows in Florida and now New York. June 27 & 28 will be the Big Apple's first RAP.

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Reef tank under the microscope

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A hobbyist decided to record the microscopic life swimming in a drop of reef aquarium water (now that's our type of reefkeeper!). The footage does not disappoint. Captive seawater is teeming with life. The next time you accidentally get tank water in your mouth, think about this video. You're welcome.

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"Plantapalooza" by the Coral Restoration Foundation

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Coral Restoration Foundation celebrated World Oceans Day (June 9) by staging their first "Plantapalooza." CRF transplated 1,600 staghorn Acroporas, their most single-day coral planting ever. It's awesome to see coral reef restoration in full effect - especially from an organization with roots in the reefkeeping hobby.

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The diversity of reef life is mind-blowing

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When you walk into good fish store looking for the next addition to your reef tank, you may be overwhelmed with the selection of livestock. But we really only see a fraction of the plants and animals that populate the world's reef. Ned and Anna DeLoach of blennywatcher.com show us how incredibly beautiful and weird reef life can be.

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New study uncovers why some threatened corals swap 'algae' partners

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A new research study showed why threatened Caribbean star corals sometimes swap partners to help them recover from bleaching events. The findings are important to understand the fate of coral reefs as ocean waters warm due to climate change.

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Highlighter

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Is there a more iconic symbiotic relationship than an anemone hosting clownfish? Mitchell Brown photographs a bright orange percula clownfish snug as a bug in her neon green Heteractis magnifica anemone.

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Have you hugged your shark today?

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A video is going viral of a gorgeous leopard shark who is seemingly enjoying hugs and tickles from its aquarium caretaker.

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Box jellyfish fish for their food

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The first feeding study of the Irukandji box jellyfish has found that they actively fish. They attract larval fish by twitching their extended tentacles, highlighting their nematocyst clusters (stinging structures) and using them as lures.

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The Reef Aquarium of Jonas Roman

By Jonas Roman on Jun 03, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Swedish aquarist Jonas Roman has established a marvelously successful 650 liter (170 gallon) SPS-dominated, heavily stocked reef primarily using natural filtration methods.

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Bigger brains help female fish evade predators but doesn't help males

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A study published last month in the journal Ecology Letters found that females with bigger brains were 13.5% better able to avoid being eaten, but males with bigger brains did not share the same advantage.

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The (Greek) god of (pencil) wrasses

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Say hello to Pseudojuloides zeus, the newest described wrasse. The species is named after the Greek god, Zeus because of the fish's distinctive electric blue zig-zag pigmentation on its sides, which resemble lightning bolts.

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Perhaps the world's most elegant coffee table aquarium

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French aquarium fabricator Aquaniman has released the MAIAO coffee table aquarium, an all (curved) glass frameless design. Its clean and unobstructed sight-lines makes this one of the sleekest coffee table aquariums we've seen.

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Researchers find diatoms and bacteria are BFFs

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The ocean is a complex symphony of life. We are only beginning to understand the amazing interactions between different organisms, especially at the microscopic level. These "micro-interactions" can shape entire ecosystems. Such is the case with diatoms and bacteria.

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A contender for this year's "Lousy Idea" Award

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Many of us have won goldfish at carnivals, and we've all played arcade claw/crane games (AKA UFO Catcher in Japan). Well, the Japanese have combined the two concepts with an arcade claw game where the prize is - get this - a live green spotted pufferfish.

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