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Aquarium Equipment: The Internet Accessible Aquarium for the Budget Conscious Aquarist

By Raul Roman on Aug 03, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Raul will give you the necessary information, presented at a layman's level, to get your reef aquarium up on the Internet. The Internet accessible aquarium will be discussed here from the standpoint of two particular pieces of equipment, the aquarium controller and the network webcam. Read on to see how it's done.

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Instead of a flat panel TV, how about a hanging aquarium?

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Matt Rogers at 3reef.com stumbled upon one of the most unique aquariums we've seen. Available in three different sizes, these thin, acrylic aquariums are suspended from the ceiling via stainless steel tubes. View more photos and information after the jump.

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Acropora digitifera genome provides new insights

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The genome of Acropora digitifera was fully sequenced earlier this year, and we are starting to better understand corals on the molecular level. Learn more about some of the secrets unlocked from the genes thus far.

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Spend eternity as part of a coral reef

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Imagine resting in peace surrounded by the reef life we are so passionate about in our living years. Eternal Reefs (USA) provides memorial services for exactly this by infusing cremated remains into Reef Ball artificial reefs. These memorials also help fund coral reef conservation projects. An end marks another's beginning.

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Octocorals (soft corals) found to be reef builders

By Ming-Shiou Jeng, Ph.D. on Aug 01, 2011 at 08:00 AM

From Coralscience.org: It is common knowledge that the aragonite skeletons of stony corals are the foundation of coral reefs. In contrast, octocorals deposit calcite sclerites as internal supporting structures, and are thought to be insignificant contributors to permanent reefs. Based on field surveys and microscopic examination of fossil boulders and live colonies, we conclude that components of permanent reef structures can be produced by sinularian octocorals.

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Advanced Aquarist wallpaper #9

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The Harlequin Shrimp is about as exotic and beautiful a crustacean as they come. They feed primarily on starfish, devouring live starfish from the tips of their leg down to the center. This diet makes them more difficult to keep in mixed reef aquariums, so for those of us who admire these shrimps but can't keep them, here is a HD wallpaper of a Harlequin Shrimp chowing down on a big starfish.

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Coral Science teams with Advanced Aquarist

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Advanced Aquarist is proud to announce our collaboration with Coral Science! Our two websites share the same passion for science presented in an accessible manner, and we believe Advanced Aquarist readers will greatly benefit from the articles Coral Science has agreed to share with us. Read more about www.coralscience.org after the jump.

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The Allure of Chalice Corals

By Matthew Stansbery on Jul 30, 2011 at 08:00 AM

When it comes to coral crazes, one of the newest and most captivating additions to the marine aquarium hobby is the chalice coral. These corals come in vibrant color combinations, can sell at high price points, and are sought after by just about every dedicated coral collector.

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A message about our advertisments

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Every once in a while, we hear people curious about the number of sponsor advertisements Advanced Aquarist runs. While it's about the money, it really is NOT about the money. Find out what we mean after the jump.

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Vending machine with live reef tank display

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A Brazilian company has introduced a vending machine that uses a live reef aquarium display to attract customers to purchase non-refrigerated, canned tuna salad. Cool concept or dumb idea?

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A Fish Story: Goldfish survive 134 days without feeding

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In February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people and causing widespread damage. An office worker was recently allowed back into the office, which had been sealed off since the earthquake. She discovered two goldfish still alive after 134 days without any power, maintenance, or feeding!

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Baby Genicanthus personatus angelfish is growing up fast

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One of the tiniest Genicanthus personatus angelfish was collected the summer of 2010. Not surprisingly, the incredibly rare juvenile angelfish ended up in a Japanese reef tank (a large SPS-dominated tank). Blue Harbor has just posted a new video showing the specimen nearly one year later. Compare the most recent video with the first video after the jump.

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HFLD heating enables corals to survive high temperatures

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Corals bleach and die when water temperatures get too hot. It's as sure as death and taxes, and there's nothing we can do about it, right? Not so fast, says a recent scientific study. Science suggests that we may be able to "train" Acropora for higher heat tolerances via a process called HFLD heating.

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Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology awarded $100,000 funding for deep reef research using rebreathers

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HIMB's news release states: "To learn more about these rich coral habitats, HIMB's research professor Brian Bowen and Richard Pyle, associate zoologist, database coordinator, and diving safety officer for the Bishop Museum, are embarking on a three-year study using advanced rebreather technology to discover, document and characterize deep coral reefs at three locations across the Pacific Ocean. [...] These expeditions will allow researchers to record high-definition video, collect specimens for new species documentation and various lab-based analyses, and estimate biodiversity levels."

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Coral skeletons serve as both internal reflectors and UV protection

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On tropical reefs, life revolves around the sun. Photosynthetic corals harness the power of the sun for much of their energy requirements. But solar radiation also contains a lot of harmful UV radiation. So how do corals deal with this catch 22? Fascinating enough, their skeletons aide in capturing more sunlight while protecting them from UV.

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