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You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish

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Or more precisely, Harlequin Filefish smell like what they eat. This species dines on Acropora, and it turns out the fish ends up smelling like Acropora too. In addition to their visual camouflage, the adopted scent helps disguise the filefish from predators.

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Aquarium Renovation Project at Toledo Zoo

By Jay Hemdal on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Jay Hemdal, Toledo Zoo’s Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates, grants us an inside look at their grand renovation project of the historic public aquarium. The new Toledo Zoo Aquarium will open on March 27, 2015.

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2000 liter Russian reef tank

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Reefkeeping the Russian Way: "Viking's" 2000 liter (528 gallon), 300X80X80cm (120x30x30") reef tank is as massive as it is pristine and beautiful. If only we could all have 10 foot tanks! Now queue "In Mother Russia, reef tanks ..." jokes.

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The effects of salinity on juvenile rabbitfish

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Researchers conducted an experiment on juvenile Siganus guttatus to see the effects of various salinity on their survival, feeding rate, growth, food conversion efficiency, and plasma osmolality. The results are rather fascinating.

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Dustin Adamson "Rolling in the Deep" video series

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OceanShutter.com presents Dustin Adamson's underwater short film series, "Rolling in the Deep" - a breathtakingly beautiful montage of colors, shapes, and textures of the Coral Triangle. This is the best fifteen minutes you'll spend on the internet today.

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Reefs go quiet as they die off

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We don't normally associate noise with underwater ecosystems because water muffles sound transmission, but coral reefs are amongst the noisiest places on earth because they are amongst the most populated places on earth. When a reef is in decline, scientists can actually hear the die off.

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A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef-builders cope with acidifying oceans

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While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs world wide, new research has found that some baby corals may be able to cope with the negative effects of ocean acidification.

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Owner and manager of D.R. Imports charged with smuggling live rock

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami filed charges against Bob Kelton and Bruce Brande for harvesting and distributing Floridian live rock protected under the Lacey Act.

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The ultimate reef escape

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If you're a reef lover, a fish lover, a nature lover ... heck, if you simply have a pulse ... Pemba Island's Manta Resort's Underwater Room is your dream vacation destination.

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Extreme PE Fetish

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Polyp extension is alluring for reefkeepers. There's nothing quite like the sight of a fully extended coral swaying in the current. We can wax philosophical about the reasons why we're so enamored by PE, or we can simply enjoy polyps blooming in all their glory. Two recent videos provide plenty of eye candy.

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Two hours of aquarium relaxation

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It's Thanksgiving in the USA so many readers have the day off to spend with family and friends. Do you need relaxing HD content to put on your TV to entertain guests and mellow the holiday bustle? Here's a two hour long video of the famous whale shark exhibit at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan.

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San Francisco to establish dumping pond for unwanted fish

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SFGate.com reports that San Francisco will soon establish an "amnesty pond" for people to dispose of unwanted pet fish. The Presidio Trust - a federal agency established to conserve SF Bay - decided to create this pond because too many pet fish were being dumped into local natural lakes.

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Pacific Sun's Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer

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Pacific Sun is on a roll lately with a lot of ingenious "why didn't anyone think of that" product launches. Their newest invention is the Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer - a 5 station stirring platform to compliment their powerful Kore 5th doser. Never shake bottles again.

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The first live video of a deep-sea angler!

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At a depth of 600 meters, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured video of one of the least documented and craziest fish in the world: a 9cm long Melanocetus sp. deep-sea angler, AKA black seadevil. You may remember seeing an animated depiction of this fish in a obscure lil' movie called "Finding Nemo."

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How can you possibly win this argument?

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Fish collection for the aquarium trade is a hotly debated topic right now in West Hawaii, where their county council is considering measures to regulate the aquarium trade - from bagging requirements to bans. They've accepted public commentaries. However, when you see such explicit disregard for science, where do we go from here?

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