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Some creatures use electricity and vibrations in sex (and this can be dangerous)

By Sana Suri on Feb 20, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Most animals use touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight to identify and attract a mate (that goes for humans too). But some species [like Ghost knifefish] have additional and unusual weapons in their sexual armoury – the ability to sense vibrations and electric signals which indicate that a similar creature is in the vicinity.

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What type of betta do you have?

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Bettafish are often lumped together as generic bettas at your LFS. But there are many different varieties of bettas. Here are excellent references that helps ID the type of betta you own (or may be interested in). Know your betta!

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Feature Aquarium: The 335 gallon "Tall Reef" of Brad Syphus

Brad's reef aquarium is maturing beautifully, but the road to success was long and difficult. Brad's story is one of perseverance and the good people who supported him through his journey.

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Are yellow tangs the most acrobatic fish?

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There are many reports of seemingly healthy yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) doing back flips and even swimming upside. As far as we know, there is no explanation for this strange and awesome behavior.

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Mystery "tall, short-bodied" anthias

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We have a head scratcher. Christina Jayne of Union City (CA) LFS Baja Reef photographed this anthias or perchlet acquired at a wholesaler. But what species is it? Is it a hybrid? A juvenile of a large fish? A deformity? Unfortunately, the wholesaler did not have any information about this specimen.

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Bradley's Acorpora lokani

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We will be publishing Bradley Syphus' Featured Aquarium article this Wednesday. To whet your appetite, here is a new macro wallpaper featuring his luscious A.lokani.

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Massive single coral colony observed in Japan

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Off Okinawa, divers discovered what is possibly the largest single coral colony ever documented in Japanese waters. The herculean coral, a Pavona clavus, measures an astounding 24 meters (78 feet) in length, 17 meters (55 feet) in width, and ten meters (33 feet) in height.

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Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character

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As if discovering three new species of loricariid catfish wasn't awesome enough, the researchers named one of the new species after the Star Wars character, Greedo. Yup, that green alien bounty hunter Han Solo blasts at the Cantina.

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Coral reef symbiosis: Paying rent with sugar and fat

By Jan Overney on Feb 12, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Powering coral reefs: Scientists have revealed how coral-dwelling microalgae harvest nutrients from the surrounding seawater and shuttle them out to their coral hosts, sustaining a fragile ecosystem that is under threat.

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Ecotech introduces a new generation of VorTech pumps

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Ecotech Marine has announced completely new models for their entire line of VorTech pumps. The new pumps are called the VorTech QuietDrive (QD) and marketed as more efficient with up to 40% more output and 90% less motor noise. No, that's not a typo. We distill all the useful information about the exciting evolution of the VorTech.

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More reef life magic captured on film

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Italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci has produced an intoxicating five minute short film featuring aquarium reef life. His film "...meanwhile...." features clams, zoas, fungia, brain corals, and many more – all captured in eerie high def, high magnification time-lapse.

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Study finds stony corals eat plastic!

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A recent study discovered that scleractinian (SPS/LPS) corals ingest microplastics at the same rate they consume plankton. Corals may be confusing plastic for food. The study concludes that microplastic may potentially impair a coral's health. If true, this could have big implications for reefkeepers.

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Coral Morphologic latest audio/visual reef spectacular, "Coral City"

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Blending art, science, reefs, and conservation into one cohesive mesmerizing vision: This is the hallmark of Colin Foord and Jared McKay's work at Coral Morphologic. Their latest 30 minute film features new, jaw-dropping macro footage, gives us a glimpse into the fascinating minds of the dynamic duo, and shows people why coral reefs are so awesome and worth protecting.

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: "Rainbow Eyes"

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpapers are back! Photographer Mitchell Brown is once again graciously providing us stunning high def reef aquarium images. Add a splash of colorful sealife to our screens with this Longnose Hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus.

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Inspiration: Elegant panoramic planted aquascape

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This aquascaper utilizes all six feet (2 meters) of his in-wall tank to incredible effect: A classic split composition with dramatic driftwood interlacing the negative space in between, punctuated by lovely backlighting.

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