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Calling all hermit crab exhibitionists: Hand-blown Glass Shells!

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Are your hermit crabs looking for new digs? Consider these beautiful works of art: Artist/designer Robert DuGrenier creates exquisite hand-blown glass shells for hermit crabs from his Vermont workshop.

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Tool-using tuskfish prefer using rocks to Craftsman tools

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Tool usage is denoted as a sign of some intelligence in animals. Here researchers document a possible tool usage example in a tuskfish from a dive in the Keppel region of the southern Great Barrier Reef.

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The most bizarre shark you've ever seen

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Welcome to the other twilight zone. A commercial fisherman from the tropical Sea of Cortez has caught one strange fish: an one-eyed shark! This fish is like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Real or hoax? Read the story behind this shark (plus one more photo) after the jump.

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As if we needed another reason to dip and QT new corals

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There are many hitchhikers we can unintentionally introduce into our aquariums that have the potential of wreaking havoc on our livestock: Acropora-eating flatworms, red bugs, Montipora-eating nudibranchs, Pyramid Snails, Isopods, et al. A recent study has found that some flatworms don't harm corals by eating them but by robbing them of zooplankton.

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Smart selections saves money ... and lives

By Matthew Stansbery on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:00 AM

Allocating funds within this hobby in a cost effective manner will make your experience that much more enjoyable. No one wants to purchase an animal only to find it deceased or missing the next morning. So the continuance of the husbandry series will expand on the concept of a balanced reef ecosystem and target some of the more commonly misappropriated animals.

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Caribbean groupers can help keep invasive Lionfish under control, if only ...

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Lionfish have been found in the stomachs of groupers fished out of the Caribbean. A recent study has concluded 'Lionfish biomass exhibited a 7-fold and non-linear reduction in relation to the biomass of grouper.' In layman's terms, the presence of groupers means drastically reduced Lionfish population. Groupers effectively keep Lionfish in check. But there's a problem.

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A new Dwarf Angelfish species

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Reefbuilders just posted a blog about a Dwarf Angelfish that will soon be described as a new species: Centropyge deborai. C.deborai are observed and collected from deep Fiji reefs and was initially thought of as a variant to Centropyge nox. However, DNA analysis shows there is enough genetic differences to classify this fish as a new species.

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Females should watch their weight

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Now that I've gotten your attention, allow me to explain! When it comes to cleaner wrasses, males do not treat all females in their harem equally. Scientists have discovered male cleaner wrasses will tailor punishment for females according to the stakes ... and to her size.

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Last day to register for the Marine Breeding Initiative Workshop before the price goes up

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The price goes up at midnight tonight so make sure to register if you plan to attend! This year will be a great workshop with speakers available for one-on-one talks about your breeding experiences.

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Orphek's high-powered LED pendants

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Orphek is entering the high-powered LED pendant arena with their upcoming DIF series LED pendants. These new fixtures will directly compete against the popular Ecoxotic Cannon LED pendants, and in some ways, offer superior features and performance.

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Reed Mariculture Contest One Week Away from Closing

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Time is running out to enter Reed Mariculture's product line naming contest. Head over to their website today to help them out with an idea for a name and to enter to win a prize!

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Antibiotic from coral reef may fight TB and HIV

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Coral reefs are a treasure trove of chemicals - chemicals that hold the potential to treat and cure diseases. Scientists have recently isolated a new antibiotic from the coral reef off Rameswaram (India) that shows good promise of combating tuberculosis and HIV.

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The VW Bug Artificial Reef

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This week's winner of the "Ain't that Cool" award goes to this artificial reef sculpted in the form of a classic Volkswagen Beetle. The eight ton concrete replica was created by English artist Jason deCaires Taylor for his Cancun Underwater Museum (Mexico). Read on for more details about this exhibit and the Underwater Museum.

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Screenshot of the upcoming seneye online interface

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Advanced Aquarist has received an exclusive look at how the seneye web interface will look. Multiple boxes will display data and graphs collected from the seneye Reef sensor. The layout and functionality is similar to www.igoogle.com: you can drag boxes around to fit your personal preference and enlarge any box to full-screen. Like the rest of seneye's design concept, this interface succeeds at being highly functional but very user-friendly. View a close-up of the screen after the jump.

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Tropical reefs shifting poleward

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A recent paper published in the scientific journal 'Geophysical Research Letters' outlines the first large-scale evidence of poleward range expansion of modern corals due to rising ocean temperatures. Japanese scientists analyzed 80 years of national records and found four major coral species categories exhibited northward expansion into temperate waters, some occurring at a rate of 14km (9 miles) per year.

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