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Why the time a species spends as planktonic larvae doesn't factor into geographic extent

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Reef fishes start their lives as free-floating (pelagic) eggs and larvae, drifting and swimming the open ocean before maturing into adults and settling on their own little patch of reef. Some species spend more time in this stage than others, and scientists have long theorized the more time a species spends in egg/larvae stage, the more likely they are to reach greater distances. However, past studies have failed to link the duration of pelagic stage with geographic coverage. A new research has discovered why.

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AmericanReef Video Podcast: A Day with Sanjay - Part II

By Russ Kikel on May 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

AmericanReef's Russ Kikel visits Penn State's Dr. Sanjay Joshi at his home in central Pennsylvania to continue talking about Sanjay's 500-gallon reef aquarium. Part 2 of 2.

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Cairns Underwater Film Festival hosts 2011 Photography Contest

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It appears reef photography season is in full swing. The Cairns Underwater Film Festival is hosting their second annual photography contest, with more than $28,000 in prizes at stake. More details plus eye candy after the jump.

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Video of juvenile Genicanthus personatus angelfish

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The Masked Angelfish (Genicanthus personatus) is about as rare as angelfish go in our hobby - with a price tag to match. A video of what may be the smallest specimen in captivity surfaced over the weekend. See the video after the jump.

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PO4x4 Phosphate Remover claims 4 times more phosphate removal than other phosphate removers

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Granular ferric oxide (GFO) products such as Rowaphos and PhosBan are effective phosphate reducers. Reef Interests believes they have the next generation product in this area. But is this a new product or simply a repackaging / rebranding of an older one?

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Steinhart Aquarists head to the Philippines

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Steinhart biologists will be collecting Philippine corals, cephalopods and other inverts for stateside culture and display as part of the largest expedition in the history of the California Academy of Sciences.

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Octopus hatchlings at the Steinhart Aquarium

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Mothers day reminds us of the incredible job of mothering that visitors to the Steinhart Aquarium were treated to earlier this year: 1000s of hatching Octopus 'vulgaris'

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Philippines promotes reef macro photography as lure for tourism

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The Philippines are part of 'The Coral Triangle,' the most bio-diverse marine habitat on earth. Their tropical waters are home to the richest diversity of organisms, only rivalled by the Amazon rainforests. The Philippine's Department of Tourism is leveraging this biodiversity to attract macro-photographers.

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Advanced Aquarist wallpaper #5

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Short and sweet: Our fifth high-resolution wallpaper.

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Japanese Bigeye, anyone?

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Phishy Business is taking preorder for a single specimen of the rare Japanese Bigeye (Pristigenys niphonia). This species is found in extremely deep waters (80+ meters, 250+ ft) across Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean. More info after the jump.

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Activated carbon indicted in inducing head and lateral line erosion

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In an upcoming article in this month's Coral Magazine, Jay Hemdal reports on his latest work on tracking down the culprit of head and lateral line erosion in certain species of fish.

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Adopt a coral reef for Mother's Day

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Mother's Day is on May 8, 2011 ... and it's fast approaching! For those of you who still haven't found the perfect gift for mom, here's an idea: Adopt a coral reef in her name. The Nature Conservancy, one of the most trusted US charitable organizations, is celebrating this Mother's Day by asking people to adopt a coral reef.

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Aqua Illumination Sol Nano gets a facelift; expected to start shipping soon.

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C2 Development, Inc., creators of the Aqua Illumination Sol Nano have put three years of research and development into this sleek, dimmable modular fixture designed to be the LED lighting solution for nano reef aquariums.

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Deep Blue announces lineup of shallow look-down aquariums

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Deep Blue Aquarium Professional (USA) have been busy creating aquariums and aquatic accessories (lighting, filtration, pumps, heaters, etc.) Deep Blue has announced a new line of shallow look-down style aquariums, coming soon to a store near you.

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Massive corals more tolerant of increasing temperatures and acidification

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In an interesting study recently published, scientists found that growth and calcification rates of Montastraea faveolata colonies in Floridia showed "no evidence of significant age effects" over the period of 1937-1996 despite increasing temperatures and ocean acidification.

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