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Tour of Kessil Lighting headquarters

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Matt Rogers at 3reef.com recounts his recent tour of Kessil Lighting's headquarters in Richmond, California. Kessil made a big splash earlier in the year when they introduced their new aquarium line of LED pendants. Matt went to investigate the company behind the product and also to learn additional information about Kessil's A150 LED pendant.

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Rare skin infection contracted from aquarium bacteria

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13 year old Hannele Cox of San Bernardino County, California, may lose her hand due to a simple scratch she received while working with an aquarium five years ago.

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Steinhart biologists shown collecting coral fragments during 2011 Biodiversity Expedition [video]

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During the California Academy of Sciences 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition, biologists harvested interesting coral fragments for their collection. Watch the video to see them in action.

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Product Review: Two Little Fishies' Media Reactor 150 and PhosBan Phosphate and Silica Adsorption Media

By Dana Riddle on Jun 15, 2011 at 08:00 AM

TLF's 150 Reactor and PhosBan media performed as advertised. Under the conditions of this testing, both phosphate and silica concentrations fell to levels below the detection limits of 'laboratory grade' instruments. The successful application of these products in aquaria around the world is a testament to their functions. If you're battling algae outbreaks and need a quick solution, give these products a try.

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Simply Amazing 3,600 liter LFS Display

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HPAquaristik - a LFS in Germany - spared no expense with their main reef display. Their 3,600 liter (950 gallon) aquarium features LED lighting which simulates some of the most natural cloud cover and thunderstorms I've seen. But get this: During the simulated thunderstorms, it actually rains freshwater over the giant reef aquarium!

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PE Mysis & CYCLOP-EEZE Twin Packs by Piscine Energetics Now Available

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Both PE Mysis and CYCLOP-EEZE are renowned for being a healthy food source for marine organisms. Now consumers have the opportunity to purchase one blister pack that contains both of these beneficial frozen foods.

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What's more impressive than a 40 foot long, 40 ton fish?

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How about 400+ of them?! According to a recent study, aerial and surface surveys of a 2009 phenomenon counted over 420 whale sharks dining together on freshly spawned tunny and mackerel eggs in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. This is the largest gathering of whale sharks ever recorded.

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Predator vs. Prey: Pollution Edition

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If you deal with pollution better than your predator, you can thrive. That's the conclusion derived from a study on the relationship between predator and their prey in polluted waters. As an example, glass shrimps eat substantially less in polluted environments, yet their population still blooms. The reason is their natural predator, killifish, are more negatively affected by pollution than the shrimps. But it's not always that simple.

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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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