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Fascinating Flamboyants [video]

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This video shows some pretty amazing behaviors of one of the most fascinating of all the fascinating cuttlefish, Metasepia sp. This female balances on arm tips, walks on all fours (the rear legs being articulated fleshy appendages) and, most exciting to me, hunts by aiming its two feeding tentacles in different directions.

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MASNA is looking for a secretary for 2012

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The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America is looking for a Secretary for the 2012 business year. If this position sounds interesting to you, take a look at the qualifications and see if it is a fit for your job skills.

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Kaua'i County is the second Hawaii county to pass anti-aquarium resolution

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In October, Hawai'i County Council passed a resolution to seek the ban of aquarium trade activities. Now Kaua'i County is the second Hawai'i governing body to pass such a resolution. Pressure in Hawai'i is mounting against the aquarium trade. Ret Talbot reports for MASNA on developing news.

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Centropyge multicolor x C.shepardi hybrid?

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I love angelfish hybrids. They're not only rare but also uniquely beautiful. Here is a recent Centropyge hybrid shared on the German reefkeeping blog, reefnews.eu. We hope to get better photos and more information.

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When cookiecutter sharks attack

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Cookiecutter shark bites are rare. So rare in fact that up until now no attack on humans has ever been recorded. Photos within are not for the squeamish.

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Octopus Ambassador

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"I come in peace." Alright ... I might be giving octopus too much credit for their 'intelligence,' but watch this video and tell me it doesn't look like the octopus walked out of the water to present a peace offering (crab catch) to the human dignitaries.

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Destination Reefs: Where in the world? [video]

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This week's Destination Reefs video is a whopping 30 minutes long ... and a mystery location. It's time for some detective work: There are several clues in the video telling us where in the world this footage was captured. What's your conclusion?

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Advanced Aquarist wallpaper #11

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We haven't shared a new wallpaper in a while. Here's an Advanced Aquarist HD (1920x1200) wallpaper we call "Twilight Zoas." We hope you like the color blue (what reefkeeper doesn't?). If this photo looks familiar, its because you've seen it as one of our rotating masthead graphics.

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Up close and personal with "Estherea Reef"

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In all likelihood, the aquarium located in the lobby of Estherea (Amsterdam) is the nicest reef display of any hotel in the world. We blogged about this aquarium in September, but we can't help but revisit Estherea Reef to highlight the health and beauty of this amazing aquarium.

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In more news ...

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Links to stories from this week that we didn't report on that may interest you, including the first ever captive-bred basslet, squid mysteries, TANKED boycott, atrocities in the tuna fishing industry, wingmen for dolphins, and Roomba's unmanned sea robots.

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Fragmented Small Reefs vs One Big Reef

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Modern aquascaping has progressed from continuous "rock walls" to more open rock layouts featuring many isolated "islands." Science tells us patchy reefs may provide reefkeepers with more than just aesthetic appeal; Fragmented reefs can increase biodiversity.

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The Way We Were: Propagating the Atlantic Neon Goby

By Martin Moe on Nov 16, 2011 at 09:00 AM

Martin takes Advanced Aquarist's readers back to the way things were at the dawn of marine fish culture and discusses the breeding of the Atlantic Neon Goby.

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You look like you could use a massage

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New research into the cleaning behavior of cleaner wrasses has shown that not only do cleanings remove parasites from fish but, at least for surgeonfishes, they also lower stress levels.

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Blasto collectors- eat your hearts out!

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We couldn't help but notice some of the extremely colorful Blastomussa sp. frags being offered up for grabs on eBay lately. As LPS lovers ourselves, it's very exciting knowing that corals like these are making their way into our tanks and will hopefully be grown/propagated for others to enjoy!

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Science says: Keep no more than two cleaner shrimps per tank

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Even hermaphrodites are monogamous. Scientists have discovered that whenever two or more cleaner shrimps are placed in the same tank, the two dominant specimens will kill off all other individuals until only a single pair remains. And you thought your dating scene was tough ...

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