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Chronicling Utopia: Pedro Rosa's latest aquascape masterpiece

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Pedro Rosa's talent with a video camera is the perfect compliment to his undeniable gift for aquascaping. Over the past three months, he's posted a series of videos chronicling his latest creation: an ADA 60P nature aquascape. We share all four episodes within this series starting from the very beginning hardscape to the lush Utopia it has matured into.

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Is Dominica home to the world's cutest fishes? Quite possibly

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We haven't given a proper shout-out to our friends Ned and Anna DeLoach at blennywatcher.com in a while. They recently dived the small Caribbean island of Dominica (southeast of Puerto Rico) and captured beautiful photographs of some of the cutest fish we've laid eyes on.

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The Jellyfish Lottery

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The Kamo Aquarium at Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture (Japan) needed to raise funds to renovate and reopen its aging facilities. When the city issued 300 million yen worth of bonds for the aquarium's remodel in April 2013, they sold all the bonds within 20 minutes! In the most recent public offering of bonds, the city decided to run a lottery ... with jellyfish picking the first winners.

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AMAZING time lapse coral reef video

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Every now and then, we encounter content that is so remarkable that we simply throw up our hands and say "You win! We aren't going to find better material for our blog today." This video was such an encounter. If your mind isn't blown by this time lapse compilation, you need to get your eyes (or sanity) checked

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Designer clownfish as feeder fish

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This video of a juvenile dwarf cuttlefish eating a captive raised designer clownfish is not just fantastic to watch, but it may point us in a new direction for feeding marine predators.

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Red light negatively affects health of stony coral

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A new study led by Dr. Tim Wijgerde has concluded red light actively represses chlorophyll a and zooxanthellae growth in Stylophora pistillata whereas blue light appears to do the exact opposite.

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Police need your help to apprehend fish mass murderers

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On February 2014 at approximately 7:30pm, two males walked into Richland Township, PA's Walmart and killed approximately 1,000 fish by poisoning the central filtration system. Authorities have yet to identify the criminals and are now seeking the public's help to bring them to justice by releasing the surveillance video.

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The Isis Aquarium: Thinking outside the rectangular box

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The Isis Aquarium is a neat conceptual design not yet on the market but hopefully will be soon. The Isis is essentially a cylindrical aquarium, but instead of stood up, the cylinder is set on its side to create a simple, sleek, and unique exhibit.

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Aquarium Fish: On the Clownfishes' Range of Hosts

By James W. Fatherree on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

When people think of symbiosis on the reef, the relationship between clownfish and anemone often is the first to come to mind. However, anemones are not the only hosts clownfish will adopt. James Fatherree explores both the iconic relationship between clownfish and anemone as well as some less conventional hosts.

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Awwww or Darwin Award candidate?

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Green moray eels (Gymnothorax funebris) usually evoke fear or at least healthy respect from anyone entering their proximity, but we've seen more than one case where these eels are extremely docile — dare we say puppy-like — with their caretakers.

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Frightening shark attack caught on point-of-view video

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If there is one thing that can make a person "pull a sea cucumber" in the open ocean, it's seeing a shark speeding towards you mouth wide open. Jason Dimitri, a noble diver culling invasive lionfish in the Caribbean, encountered just that ... and recorded the scary shark aggression on his GoPro video camera!

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NOAA Study: Unique Fish Species Dominate Pacific Deep Sea Coral Reefs

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NOAA scientists surveyed the deep coral reefs of Northwestern Hawaii over a two-year period and concluded that a remarkable percentage of fish (upwards of 90 percent for the deep reef) are found here and no where else.

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Oliver Knott's Dragon Hunter Scape Planted Aquarium

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At The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2013 in Hanover, Germany, professional aquascaper Oliver Knott presented this mind-blowing aquatic creation where nature aquarium meets fantasy.

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Fascinating research about AEFW

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This relatively short research paper is packed with interesting information about Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW), including 1) A hierarchical (partial) list of which Acroporids AEFWs prefer, 2) AEFWs assimilate Acropora's zooxanthallae and fluorescence like their host corals, and 3) AEFW die 5-7 days without a host suggesting that the zooxanthallae do not supply them with any energy, only camouflage.

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Aquarium Corals: Amino Acids and Corals: Sources, Roles and Supplementation

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Mar 12, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Amino acids are a popular ingredient in aquarium additives nowadays, with many advertised beneficial effects on corals. In this article, I will provide some basic information about amino acids, and discuss their documented roles in coral biology. This will help the aquarist to make an informed decision about using concentrated amino acid as supplements for the marine aquarium.

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