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Divers: volunteer to restore coral reefs and cultivate coral in Key Largo, Florida

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Interested in aiding coral reef restoration projects? Take a dive trip to Key Largo, FL and help the Coral Restoration Foundation cultivate coral and restore Florida Keys reefs.

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Who's your daddy?

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Two female stingrays have given birth to seven 15cm pups at the Sea Life London Aquarium, much to the aquarium staff's surprise. Neither females have been in contact with a male for two years!

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Rare Blue Porcupine Puffer Fish

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Most Porcupine Puffers (Diodon holocanthus) are a shade of brown/yellow, but Absolutely Fish currently has a rare blue specimen for sale. What's more, the puffer is an irresistible 1.5" juvenile. If you are in the NJ/NYC area, check it out in person ... that is, if it hasn't already sold.

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Tunze issues press release explaining their 'Flow vs Turbulence' video

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Yesterday, Tunze shared a video with Advanced Aquarist demonstrating the differences in flow patterns for their Stream pumps and Ecotech's Vortech pumps. Today, Tunze has issued a press release to explain their analysis. They conclude: "we need another descriptor besides gph to have any real world value." Read the entire press release after the jump.

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Feature Article: LED Lighting Tests: Ecoray, Reef Fanatic, and MaxSpect

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:00 AM

LED lighting for reef tanks is on its way to becoming a reality, and various designs and configurations are making their way into the market.

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Cute 'seneye Reef' Introduction Video

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In June, Advanced Aquarist broke news of a new monitoring device called the seneye Reef: a feature-rich monitoring system with an anticipated retail price below $200 USD. seneye has just shared with us a short introduction video that summarizes what this device is all about.

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PADI approaching 20 million diver certs, offers prize

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The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world's largest scuba diving training and certification organization. PADI is now fast approaching 20 million certified divers! To celebrate, they are awarding the 20 millionth certified diver a dive trip for two to Australia's Great Barrier Reef aboard the Spirit of Freedom.

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Bones

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Looking for something unique to mount on your wall? How about a skeleton articulation of your favorite fish? Helter Skeletons assembles fish skeletons into beautifully intricate artwork with a flare for the macabre.

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Tunze video demonstrates flow vs turbulence

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In response to the July 2011's Advanced Aquarist article "Experimental Comparison of Measured Flow Output of Aquarium Propeller Pumps," Tunze has shared with Advanced Aquarist a video about flow and turbulence. In the video, Tunze visually demonstrates the difference in flow pattern between their Streams and Ecotech's Vortech pumps.

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Man pleads guilty to purchasing pufferfish toxin

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A Chicago man (previously investigated for a murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife) has pleaded guilty to purchasing mass amounts of Tetrodotoxin: a lethal toxin derived from natural sources such as puffer fish. He faces life in prison.

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July 2011's Most Popular Posts

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In July we learned that not all propeller pumps are equal, witnessed three nuclear power plants shut down due to jellyfish infestations, found out how important cleaner wrasses are to reef ecosystems, and saw the only known captive peppermint angelfish alive and well. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for July 2011.

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The State of Coral Mariculture

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Steven Pro has written an informative article for www.reef2reef.com about the current state of coral mariculture around the world. Steven recently attended the International Workshop on the Trade in Coral Reef Species. He outlines the various mariculture programs throughout the South Pacific.

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O.R.A.'s soon-to-be-released "Black Snowflake" Clownfish

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The folks over at Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums just announced the Black Snowflake Clownfish: a new strain of designer, captive-bred clownfish soon available to the masses.

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A thriving artificial coral reef is big business

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A new Florida Sea Grant study concludes artificial coral reefs provide huge economic returns for minimal investment. Six Southwest Florida counties reaped over $253 million as a result of artificial reefs for pennies on the dollar.

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NOAA grants $567,000 for the protection of Guam's coral reefs

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The impact of human activities on Guam's coral reefs is on the rise due to a planned US military buildup on the island. Guam has been awarded a $567,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in an effort to monitor and protect their precious natural resource.

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