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Sunday Funny

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In the coming week, we will publish multiple "mini-article" blogs with the goal of advancing reefkeeping with modern science. In the meanwhile, enjoy this weekend comic strip.

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Myth-busting: Use vinegar, not urine for jellyfish stings

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If jellyfish populations are on the rise (as anecdotal evidence suggests), so are your chances of getting stung by them during an outing at the beach. The prevailing myth is to use urine to alleviate the dreadful sting. However, urine is actually quite ineffective. Here are some tips to save you from the pain ... and the embarrassment.

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500 Baby Piranhas

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A Scottish public aquarium has some exciting new additions ... 500 baby red bellied piranhas, to be exact. Two adult breeding pairs recently spawned, and their eggs have now successfully hatched into 500 newborn babies. Talk about redefining "teething!"

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Video of Prognathodes basabei Butterflyfish

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Last week, Glassbox Design blogged about a newly collected baby Orange Margin Butterflyfish heading to Japan. Blue Harbor has just posted a video of this rare gem.

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Giesemann introduces 17,500K Megachrome Crystal metal halide bulbs

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Giesemann has announced today their new Megachrome Crystal metal halide bulb. The bulb is available for double-ended fixtures in 150W and 250W. The Megachrome Crystal is rated at 17,500 Kelvin and reportedly emphasizes violet, blue, and pink spectra.

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MACNA's less than two months away

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Hurry and get your tickets now or you might miss out on one of the great aquarium conferences this year!

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Aquarium Fish: A Detailed look at the Home Aquarium Husbandry of the Spotted Garden Eel

By Raul Roman on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:00 AM

Whether you're contemplating an upgrade or perhaps setting up a second tank, you might have at some point considered a garden eel dominated display. This article will arm you with some detailed information which you can try to implement in your own setup.

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Videos of displaying Sailfin Anthias, Rabaulichthys sp.

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Sailfin Anthias are one of the rarest species of Anthias in the US aquarium trade, with perhaps only a handful of specimens imported in the last few years. At first glance they may look like a run of the mill Anthias, but they have a unique dorsal fin that is taller than their body and used in sexual displays. This recently shot footage of a Sailfin Anthias on exhibit at the Steinhart Aquarium shows a male in full display mode.

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Redfish: A new (and free) aquarium magazine

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A new monthly aquarium periodical just premiered yesterday. Redfish is an Australian publication that is offering free PDF downloads of their magazine, with July 2011 being their first issue. The magazine covers both freshwater and saltwater, with focus primarily on freshwater.

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New videos of the Rainfordia opercularis perch

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Attention exotic fish fans: Two new Japanese videos of the Rainfordia opercularis have surfaced this month. These videos offer fresh insights into both the appearance and behavior of this cryptic, rarely-documented Australian endemic species.

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We're now mobile-friendly!

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Over the weekend, we updated our website to be more mobile-friendly for our on-the-go readers that like to read Advanced Aquarist from their mobile devices.

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Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems

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Conservation efforts are usually aimed at the preservation of habitat and the organisms that form the foundation of the food pyramid because we have a tendency to view ecosystems from the bottom up. However, a recent study published in Science tells us that the preservation of predators plays just as crucial a role. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has issued a press release describing the top-down effects of apex predators in ecosystems.

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Taiwan tightens laws against shark fin hunts

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Shark fin is considered an Asian delicacy steeped in culinary tradition and lore. In modern shark fin hunts, fisherman often remove the fins on board their ships then discard the remaining shark (still alive) overboard. Taiwan will be the first Asian government to outlaw this barbaric practice.

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The Alternative Reef Donates Aquarium Setup to Special Needs Classroom

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The owners of The Alternative Reef are going above and beyond the call of duty by reaching out to do something special for children with special needs.

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Sleeping with the fishes ... literally

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Looking for the ultimate tropical getaway? Consider the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. Five years ago, they opened the world's first undersea, glass-enclosed restaurant. 12 diners can enjoy their meals with the company of vibrate reef life 16 feet below the waves. To celebrate their anniversary, the resort converted the restaurant into a private bedroom suite. Here are some spectacular photos of this amazing resort!

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