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Underwater reefcam to document daily reef life

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Researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have recently installed a permanent underwater camera on Daves Reef in Townsville, Queensland where they plan to document the day-to-day activity of the marine life in the surrounding vicinity.

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Husbandry: Coral Selection and Companionability

By Matthew Stansbery on Jun 12, 2011 at 06:00 AM

In Matthew Stansbery's second blog in his Husbandry Series, we explore the holistic objectives and considerations for selecting corals for a reef aquarium in order to create a harmonious captive ecosystem.

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A different kind of fish and chips are now available at Underwater World, Singapore

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RFID "chips" are used in many applications in our daily lives - toll roads, public transit, product tracking and more. Underwater World in Singapore has applied this technology in a unique way – tagging fish that are on display in their massive aquariums.

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So you think hard corals are the closet relatives to soft corals? Think again!

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Genome sequencing of soft corals has produced a surprising result: Researchers have discovered Sarcophyton "Leather" corals are actually more closely related to insects and crustaceans than hard corals.

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'Tis the season: More daytime spawning in Hawaii!

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) documents daytime spawning of the SPS coral, Pocillopora meandrina. Photos and video after the jump. It is believed these are the first photographic and videographic documentation of P.meandrina spawning.

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Two C.earlei Fairy Wrasses available stateside, but with a hitch

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Pacific Island Aquatics currently has two Cirrhilabrus earlei offered for sale as a pair. These wrasses are amongst the rarest (and in my humble opinion, most beautiful) in the world. They also have the best personality of any wrasse I know, and they're hardy to boot. So what's the hitch?

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Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at the Sponges

By James W. Fatherree on Jun 08, 2011 at 08:00 AM

Start small. If you have a certain sponge in mind, if at all possible try to find out as much as you can about that particular type. What environment it comes from, whether it is symbiotic or not, if it is highly toxic (some are), how big it gets, etc. The more you know in the beginning, the greater your chances for success.

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Happy World Oceans Day

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June 8th is World Oceans Day, described by Wikipedia as "an opportunity every year to honor the world's ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value."

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Orphek to release five new LED products

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We have just received word that Orphek is releasing five new LED products later this month: A submersible, dimmable LED strip, T8/T5 LED tubes, a nano LED bulb, and a new spotlight bulb color. More information after the jump.

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Reefs are aglow with fluorescence!

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Reefkeepers have long known what fluorescence looks like, and we all know how to solicit fluorescence from our corals. Shine blue or actinic light on our reef tanks, and we are treated to one of nature's most beautiful and psychedelic displays known to man. Now, a team of divers captures fluorescence in Fiji.

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Advanced Aquarist wallpaper #7

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Our seventh, exclusive, high-definition wallpaper of a majestic Pseudanthias ventralis. The pigmentation on many Anthias species are simply mind-blowing.

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Filefish sleep by anchoring itself to SPS with its teeth

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In a short article featured in the most recent 'Coral Reefs' scientific journal, we learn about a fascinating Filefish in the Red Sea who sleeps by anchoring itself to branching Acropora corals ... with its teeth!

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Ornate Ghost Pipefish gives birth at Steinhart Aquarium [video]

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One of the unique finds of the California Academy of Sciences' recent Philippine Biodiversity Expedition is a pair of rare Ornate Ghost Pipefish. Shortly after arrival the female gave birth and the staff are now working to raise what may be the world's first captive reared Ghost Pipefish.

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New firmware available for Reefkeeper Elite and Reefkeeper Lite systems

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Digital Aquatics has just released a new firmware version for the Reefkeeper Elite and Reefkeeper Lite controllers. The update takes care of a number of bugs and provides some new features.

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Husbandry: Fish Selection and Companionability

By Matthew Stansbery on Jun 05, 2011 at 06:00 AM

Advanced Aquarist welcomes our newest blog writer: Matthew Stansbery! In his first blog, Matt introduces readers to his multi-part series about the considerations hobbyists should take into account when selecting livestock for their aquariums.

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