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Nine new goby species and four new genera

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Thanks to advances in submersible technology, recent exploration of mesophotic (AKA twilight zone) Caribbean reefs have yielded nine new deep-water goby species and a reclassification of the Nes subgroup of gobies.

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Drunk men suspected of killing rare fish. $15K reward offered.

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Three men may have killed one of the world's rarest fish, the Devil’s Hole Pupfish. This fish exists in no place else except Devil's Hole, a secluded hot springs in Death Valley National Park, NV. The National Parks Service has increased the reward to $15,000 for information leading to these men's arrest and conviction.

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Blue ram cichlid 6 feet aquascape

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Blue rams pack a lot of personality and color into their diminutive form. When you add a few dozen into a big, elegant 6 feet (2 meter) aquascape, the result is this pretty darn impressive exhibit.

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Feature Article: The Great Hawaiian Coral Bleaching Event of 2015: The Untold Story

By Dana Riddle on May 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Dana Riddle reports about Hawaii's highly publicized 2015 mass coral bleaching event, its (unreported) recovery, and the science behind these phenomenons.

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Incredible swimming pond!

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Why build a conventional swimming pool when you can build an awesome swimming pond, complete with live plants and fish to accompany you while you dip your toes or go for a few laps?

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Help the victims of the Alberta fire

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I recognize Advanced Aquarist is a hobbyist website, but that doesn't mean AA can't also be a platform to help our fellow man. The fires in Alberta, Canada, have devastated thousands of families. When I saw this video of an Alberta reefkeeper's house go up in smoke within seconds, it hit close to home.

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Deepwater Aquatics announces BLDC3 pump

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The BLDC3 is Deepwater Aquatic's newest DC brushless, variable-speed water pump. What separates it from most other pumps on the market today is its spherical rotor (vs conventional shaft rotors). The BLDC3 is rated for 3000lph (792gph) with a max head of 3 meters (9.8 feet).

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CAS invests $8.5 mil for reef research and restoration

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The California Academy of Sciences is investing big time in coral reefs. Along with their successful Philippine scientific expeditions and a new coral reef exhibit set to open this July, CAS has pledged an initial investment of $8.5 million towards a initiative to study and conserve coral reefs. Also, Dr. Pim Bongaerts is joining their team!

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Three new killifishes add even more color to the tropical fish world

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Aphyosemion bitteri, Anablepsoides hoetmeri, and Melanorivulus polychromus are the newest described rivulid species. All three are spectacular little gems.

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Deep sea cnidarians are outrageously weird and beautiful

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You think your corals are exotic and beautiful? Take a look at this rare footage taken by NOAA's exploration vessel, Okeanos, of an amazing Crossota sp hydromedusae, a type of animal related to corals and jellyfish. Otherworldly, isn't it?

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Don't you just love LFS who know (and love) the hobby?

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Nothing says a LFS knows the hobby they serve quite like a beautiful in-store show-tank. Aquaristic Arncliffe, a Sydney (Australia) LFS, has multiple show-tanks that should inspire faith in their expertise.

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Aussie Navy called in to "defuse" sea urchins

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The Royal Australian Navy came to the resuce when a snorkeler reported sighting two explosive sea mines at the GBR. It turns out, the mines were nothing more than big urchins. Crisis averted!

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A new specialty goby: Sueviota bryozophila, n. sp. AKA Bryozoan Goby

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In 2013, our friends Ned and Anna DeLoach from blennywatcher.com shared with us some photos and a video of a potentially undescribed goby that lives exclusively inside lacy bryozoan colonies. It turns out the species is indeed new to science, and Gerald Allen, Mark Erdmann, and N.K. Dita Cahynai have just formally described Sueviota bryozophila n. sp.

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300,000 transplanted urchins mow down invasive algae

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Urchins are one of the ocean's best lawnmowers, so when two invasive algae started to smother Hawaiian reefs, a team bred 300,000 native urchins and relocated them to the troubled sites. The urchins are doing their jobs like bosses!

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Shallow reef tank makes most of limited stature

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Here is a beautifully layered captive reef , all within what amounts to not more than a puddle of water. This month, this Dutch aquarium celebrates its 2 year anniversary; it's matured gracefully.

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