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The Acropora Catalogue

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Dr. Sanjay Joshi shared the link to this outstanding reference website that catalogs the world's Acroporids. Each species file contains photos of live specimens, skeletons, and map of geographic distribution. Simply superb and a must-have bookmark for any SPS keeper.

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Sustainable Coral Farming Research video update

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Dr. Tim Wijgerde has published the first video update for his "Sustainable Coral Farming" crowd-sourced research. The video shows their progress with the aquarium system and scientific equipment that will be used to learn how to best grow azooxanthellate corals (starting with carnation corals) in captivity.

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Scotty and Tammy's magnificent "4x4" 240 gallon SPS reef

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A newly published video of this 48x48x24 inch reef demonstrates how the front-to-back width of an aquarium - the "3rd dimension" - can have an even bigger visual impact than length and height.

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Sir David Attenborough returning to the Great Barrier Reef

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Anyone who has watched their fair share of nature documentaries recognizes his indelible British voice. After nearly sixty years after his last visit to the GBR, Sir David Attenborough will once again film and narrate an upcoming BBC documentary about the world's largest coral reef system.

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NMFS seeks public comments for status review of Percula clownfish for ESA listing

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The United States National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting scientific comments to help assess the threat to the iconic clownfish, Amphiprion percula. Advanced Aquarist provides more information and offers our thoughts on this important issue.

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More scientific evidence light spectrum matters for coral growth

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I don't think it's any secret amongst reefkeepers that the quality of light (not just the quantity) matters for coral health and growth. Most of us see differences in terms of pigmentation when corals are exposed to different spectrum, but a new study finds that differences in light quality can dramatically alter coral skeleton on a macro and micro level.

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Dr. Seuss eats Nemo

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The answer to the struggle of what to feed marine predators that require live foods is right under our noses. Fish might be friends, but in the real world the may also be food.

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The fluorescence of "Istedgade Reef"

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If you hate the 'blue look' for reef aquarium, you better shield your eyes now! But for the rest of us, this video published by Kenneth Olson celebrates a healthy mixed-reef aquarium in all its neon splendor.

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Corals are nature's tiny engineers

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MIT researchers document how corals use microscopic cilia appendages to manipulate the micro-environment around them, creating strong localized currents to draw nutrients towards corals while expelling waste products.

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A Look at a Successful 125 Gallon Mixed-Reef Aquarium

By James W. Fatherree on Sep 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Here's a look at my 125 gallon mixed-reef aquarium. It's not the biggest, fanciest, most colorful, high-tech reef aquarium for sure, but I'm proud of it and want to share what's in it, how it works, and how I take care of it. The details will come, but for now I want to point out that there are several things about it that could be considered unusual by many hobbyists' standards, too.

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The ultimate kitchen aquarium? Coffee table aquariums have nothing on this.

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Who needs cabinet space when you can have a massive aquarium instead? Robert Kolenik imagined the "Ocean Keuken" (keuken is Dutch for kitchen) into reality, and its the very definition of opulence for the modern aquarist.

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Richard Ross awarded MASNA Aquarist of the Year

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Yep. This man wearing an octopus for a hat was just awarded MASNA's Aquarist of the Year this past weekend at MACNA 2014. We all knew Richard Ross is an aquarist extraordinaire, and now it's finally official!

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NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

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20 new corals - many species aquarists keep - join Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While this listing does not have a direct and immediate effect on reefkeepers, it is only one step removed from Endangered listing.

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Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

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Macropharyngodon pakoko is the newest leopard wrasse described from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, where it is endemic. This wrasse brings the total number of Macropharyngdon to twelve species.

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Researchers raise bichirs to walk on land

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Fast-tracking the evolutionary process: Scientists have reared birchirs (an awesome oddball tropical fish) to walk on land, and their research has produced some fascinating results.

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