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MACNA preview: Illumagic Blaze Series Advance Version LED lighting system

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Marinetech Innovations Inc will showcase Illumagic's new Advance Version of their Blaze Series LED lighting system at MACNA 2011. The Advance Version is the second generation controllable, modular LED system from Illumagic, replacing the older ALC Version.

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Coral research inspires sunscreen pill

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A team of researchers led by Dr. Paul Long plans to test a lotion containing the biochemical, UV-resistant compound found in coral in order to create the next generation of sunscreen ... possibly in the form of a pill!

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Bodianus sanguineus lands in the Heartland

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A pair of extremely rare, extremely deepwater Sunset Hogfish (Bodianus sanguineus) has turned up in a LFS in Nebraska.

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AquaIllumination Nano LED Exposed: Unboxing & Initial Thoughts

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Sometimes the saying really is true; big things do come in small packages. Almost a year after being debuted at MACNA Orlando, the long-awaited Nano LED fixture from AquaIllumination is now being widely distributed. Advanced Aquarist got our hands on one of these fancy diminutive gadgets and wanted to share our initial thoughts as well as some photos of the unboxing.

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MACNA preview: Sicce Wave Surfer electronic wavemaker

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MACNA 2011 is less than two weeks away. Advanced Aquarist will present numerous products being showcased at this year's convention. First up is the 110V version of the Sicce Wave Surfer electronic wavemaker, exhibited by www.aquaticconnection.com. Unlike conventional wavemakers, the Wave Surfer can generate standing waves.

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Hurricane Irene whips up the most wicked skimmate ... and a reporter bathes in it!

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Watch this video of a reporter standing by the shoreline, being completely plastered with "sea foam" whipped up by Hurricane Irene. If he knew what he was being pummeled with, do you think he would have agreed to the assignment?

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Cleaner wrasses and the science of voyeurism

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Imagine passing by two dental offices. One is filled with smiling clients while the other echos with the sound of screaming patients. Which dentist would you choose for your next teeth cleaning? A recent study suggests fish think the same way when selecting cleaner wrasses. What's more: cleaner wrasses are fully aware of this and adjust their behavior with an audience.

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Beautiful videography of Taiwanese reef aquarium

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Here are two incredibly sharp videos of a Taiwanese rimless mixed reef tank. These videos capture acan, zoa, and other coral macros in stunning color and clarity. Bravo to the videographer!

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Law firm announces investigation of Tunze

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The Lewis Firm PLLC has issued a press release to announce it is conducting an investigation on Tunze for potential violations of consumer protection and false advertising laws based on the recent Advanced Aquarist 'Propeller Pump' magazine article.

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Q&A with Tony Vargas, author of The Coral Reef Aquarium

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Advanced Aquarist recently had the opportunity to speak with Tony Vargas about his new book, now able to be purchased, pre-publication, as special signed editions that will be shipped just before the books are widely distributed in October. In this Q&A, you'll learn about what makes this book unique from all others and why it can majorly benefit every aquarist.

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Boneless Sex: How Cephalopods Make Sweet, Sweet Love [video]

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Richard Ross gives a must-see presentation about the strange and fascinating world of cephlalopod sex. Whether or not you fancy yourself an octopus, cuttlefish, or squid fan, I guarantee you will enjoy his talk. Fair warning: This is not a PG-rated video.

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Marine Depot opens a new Probiotics forum with giveaway

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Marine Depot (an Advanced Aquarist sponsor) has started a new expert forum specifically dedicated to the topic "Probiotics and Labile Organic Carbon Dosing" along with a giveaway to get your attention. The winner will receive a Two Little Fishies (also an AA sponsor) NPX Bioplastics Reactor filled, complete with 200ml of NPX media.

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Product Review: Inexpensive Analytical Devices: Hanna Instruments' Checkers: Alkalinity and Phosphate

By Dana Riddle on Aug 24, 2011 at 08:00 AM

In many cases, results from colorimeters are superior to visually judging colored samples. Will an inexpensive device deliver results comparable to an expensive spectrophotometer? Dana tests the Hanna Checkers to find out.

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Biscayne National Park considers fishing ban, schedules public hearings

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The National Park Service is considering a no-fishing zone over 16 square miles of Biscayne National Park. The proposed management plan is in response to the declining populations of groupers, snappers, and other reef fish. Public hearings have been scheduled.

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Octopus learns to open jar [video]

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Eight hands in the cookie jar? Fontenelle The Octopus at Steinhart Aquarium has learned how to open jars by unscrewing jar lids! Octopuses display incredible dexterity and apparent intelligence.

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