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Scientists connect brains of two nudibranchs species

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This study doesn't have any practical value to aquarists, but it's like next-level (real-life) science fiction that is too cool not to report. Neuroscientists rewired the brains of two different sea slug species to control one another. They found that even animals with the same neurons and behaviors are wired very differently.

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Stony corals secrete acid-rich proteins to produce skeleton

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Multiple studies are showing that corals are more resilient to acidification than we once feared. A new study "very precisely shows that corals will secrete proteins, and the proteins are what really forms the mineral and the proteins are very acidic, which will surprise a lot of people."

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A mysterious freshwater goby finally gets a name

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Circa 2001, a new, unidentified orange-spotted freshwater goby entered the aquarium trade starting in Europe. Nearly two decades later, it is finally formally described as a new species: Pseudogobiopsis lumbantobing.

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New coral reef fish species shows rare parental care behavior

By Tim Stephens, University of California at Santa Cruz on May 31, 2017 at 09:00 AM

Among the hundreds of species of damselfish, only a few protect and care for their young; a newly discovered species raises the number from three to four.

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How coralline algae can still grow in acidified water

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Reefkeepers who run calcium reactors and keep their tanks at a lower pH than natural seawater know that coralline algae is unphased by the acidified water. Research now shows why: Coralline algae is able to adjust its internal chemistry to continue the process of calcification.

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Trimma finistrinum is a dazzling new Fijian dwarf goby

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Trimma finistrinum, AKA the Porthole Pygmygoby, is the newest described member of Trimma, a genus that contains some of the smallest yet most colorful reef fishes.

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Feature Article: A Salty Thumb

By Terry Siegel on May 24, 2017 at 09:00 AM

What does it mean to be a good reefkeeper? Our Editor in Chief (and MASNA's 2015 Aquarist of the Year) shares the intuition he's developed over sixty years of experience. Terry then takes us to another great LFS: Bio Reef in Tampa, FL.

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RIP Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod

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It is with sadness we report the passing of Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod, one of the aquarium hobby's pioneering and most influential experts, on May 15, 2017. Dr. Axelrod was 89 years old

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The many looks of Apistogramma megastoma, a new cichlid

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Apistogramma megastoma is a new species of South American cichlid described from small forest streams in Peru. Like most of its congenors, the appearance of A. megastoma varies greatly depending on sex, mood, and social hierarchy.

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The beautiful, complicated relationship between a fish and a coral

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Symbiosis isn't just exchanging shelter for food or protection. A new study finds that photosynthesis within SPS corals significantly increases when damselfishes are swimming through their branches. At the same time, the fish's respiration is lower when living among live corals.

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New distribution partnership to expand European aquatic brands to USA

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A new agreement between Deepwater and Central Pet, USA's leading aquatics supplier, will help expand the distribution of eight brands (mostly European) within the United States. These brands include Aquaforest, Pacific Sun, Waterbox, Redline, Brio, and Cove/Aquabee.

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David Saxby's reef tank and fish room are the stuff of dreams

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The 3,000 gallon reef aquarium of D-D The Aquarium Solution's owner, David Saxby, is one of the most famous reef tanks in the world. A new, must-see video of his fish room showcases just how amazing this system really is.

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Clownfish are the sea's finalists for "Fathers of the Year"

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Why will a male clownfish take care for eggs that are not his own whereas most other fish will eat them? A new research by lead author Ross DeAngelis sheds insight into the strong paternal instincts of clownfish.

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Product claims to inhibit algae from growing on surfaces

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NanoClear is a new spray-on chemical that claims to impede algae growth on glass and rocks while being safe for aquarium fish and invertebrates.

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Puffer vs Eel. Who wins?

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One of the sea's great mouths versus one of the sea's great defensive mechanisms. Can a puffed-up pufferfish thwart an eel's attempt eat it? One of them is fighting dirty.

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