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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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Ornate Ghost Pipefish mating, releasing larvae caught on video

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Since our last update we've been able to observe mating several times, and Academy biologist Rich Ross has captured it on video.

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seneye: Possibly the world's most feature-rich aquarium monitor

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A new, advanced aquarium monitor is set to premiere this summer. I know what you're probably saying to yourself: Is there really a need for another aquarium monitor? Having been granted an exclusive sneak peek, the answer is: Yes! seneye not only monitors more parameters than any single device currently on the market, it does so in the most user-friendly manner. Read more about the new seneye device after the jump.

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Advanced Aquarist teams up with Mr. Saltwater Tank!

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Advanced Aquarist is proud to announce our collaboration with Mr. Saltwater Tank, Mark Callahan. Advanced Aquarist will showcase Mr. Saltwater Tank's latest reefkeeping videos on our homepage. Mark will also guest blog for us.

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Husbandry: Invertebrate Selection and Companionability

By Matthew Stansbery on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:00 AM

In part three of Matthew Stansbery's Husbandry blog series, we learn how the proper selection of invertebrates can enhance the appeal and vitality of a captive reef ecosystem.

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San Francisco proposes tropical fish ban

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San Francisco - a city known for controversial bans - is considering yet another ban on pets. The latest proposal effects pet stores and breeders within the San Francisco border by restricting the sale of tropical fish along with other small animals such as puppies, kittens, and rodents.

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Tour of Kessil Lighting headquarters

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Matt Rogers at 3reef.com recounts his recent tour of Kessil Lighting's headquarters in Richmond, California. Kessil made a big splash earlier in the year when they introduced their new aquarium line of LED pendants. Matt went to investigate the company behind the product and also to learn additional information about Kessil's A150 LED pendant.

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Rare skin infection contracted from aquarium bacteria

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13 year old Hannele Cox of San Bernardino County, California, may lose her hand due to a simple scratch she received while working with an aquarium five years ago.

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Steinhart biologists shown collecting coral fragments during 2011 Biodiversity Expedition [video]

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During the California Academy of Sciences 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition, biologists harvested interesting coral fragments for their collection. Watch the video to see them in action.

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Product Review: Two Little Fishies' Media Reactor 150 and PhosBan Phosphate and Silica Adsorption Media

By Dana Riddle on Jun 15, 2011 at 08:00 AM

TLF's 150 Reactor and PhosBan media performed as advertised. Under the conditions of this testing, both phosphate and silica concentrations fell to levels below the detection limits of 'laboratory grade' instruments. The successful application of these products in aquaria around the world is a testament to their functions. If you're battling algae outbreaks and need a quick solution, give these products a try.

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Simply Amazing 3,600 liter LFS Display

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HPAquaristik - a LFS in Germany - spared no expense with their main reef display. Their 3,600 liter (950 gallon) aquarium features LED lighting which simulates some of the most natural cloud cover and thunderstorms I've seen. But get this: During the simulated thunderstorms, it actually rains freshwater over the giant reef aquarium!

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PE Mysis & CYCLOP-EEZE Twin Packs by Piscine Energetics Now Available

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Both PE Mysis and CYCLOP-EEZE are renowned for being a healthy food source for marine organisms. Now consumers have the opportunity to purchase one blister pack that contains both of these beneficial frozen foods.

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What's more impressive than a 40 foot long, 40 ton fish?

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How about 400+ of them?! According to a recent study, aerial and surface surveys of a 2009 phenomenon counted over 420 whale sharks dining together on freshly spawned tunny and mackerel eggs in Mexico's Yucat√°n Peninsula. This is the largest gathering of whale sharks ever recorded.

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