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Laying the groundwork for the Frost Museum of Science's Aquarium

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The Frost Museum of Science at Miami, FL is under construction. It took 25 hours, a lot of machinery, and a bunch of people to lay the concrete foundation for the 600,000 gallon aquarium. Here's a fun time-lapse of the impressive process.

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Baby corals go where the zooxanthellae roam

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Scientists investigating the settlement of larval Acropora millepora uncovered two neat and unexpected discoveries: 1) Acropora in cooler-than-normal (not warmer) waters made poor choices by not settling on coralline algae and 2) baby corals can actually sense and seek out where the zooxanthellae are.

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A washing machine aquarium; don't press spin cycle

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We've written about aquariums built out of old TVs, computers, and even pianos, so why not one built from a front-load washer? Now how about a matching dryer aquarium?

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A Cichlid's Training Day

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Sit fish sit. Good fish. Maybe we can't make our fish sit, but there are many tricks we can teach the fish we keep. Fish are much more capable than people have historically given them credit for.

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How and why Flame Scallops put on light shows

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You may be aware of the electric light shows that some flame scallops put on. But until now, scientists didn't know how these bivalves created these brilliant visual extravaganzas (no, it's not bioluminescence as many believed) or why they did it.

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2015's first Idiot Awards go to ...

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"Why am I looking at two mugshots on Advanced Aquarist?" you might ask. These two Rhodes Scholars stole a FedEx package from their neighbors porch. When they found out they had stolen live fishes, they did what any sensible person would do: flush the fishes down the toilet.

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Geophagus mirabilis, a new South American cichlid

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Meet the newest formally described cichlid, Geophagus mirabilis. This lovely cichlid is thus far only known from central South America (rio Aripuan√£ drainage to be exact). This isolated location has been a hotspot for numerous endemic tropical fish discoveries over the past few decades.

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Product Review: Maxspect's Gyre System

By Dana Riddle on Jan 07, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Dana Riddle thoroughly reviews one of the most anticipated and innovative water circulation devices to enter our hobby in some time. How does the Maxspect Gyre XF150 measure up?

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Rare staghorn coral forests found off South Florida coast

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Found by Brian Walker, a scientist from Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center, the newly-discovered 38+ acres of rare staghorn corals give scientists new hope for the species.

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Mantis shrimps teaches us about monogamous relationships

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Of all the things we might learn from mantis shrimps, the last thing we'd expect is how their lifelong monogamy might shed light on why a few rare species (including humans) choose "boring" monogamous relationships.

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$450 operation to save a goldfish

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We love to see people who love their fish so much they're willing to spend upwards of 100x the purchase price of the fish to save their pet. A British fishkeeper spent £300 (~$450 USD) to give his little buddy life-saving surgery.

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2014 Top Five Magazine Articles

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Here are 2014's most popular Advanced Aquarist magazine articles. Clownfish, amino acids, hi-tech planted aquariums, LEDs' photosynthetic effect on corals, and mythbusting ... we ran the gamut this year. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year everyone!

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2014 Top Ten Blog Posts

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Time sure flies, doesn't it? Another year has come and gone. We look back on 2014's most popular blog posts, which includes amazing aquascapes, must-see videos, fish surgery, outrageous aquariums, and one absurdly cute octopus.

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Hawksbill Turtle shares Sponge with a French Angelfish

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Sea turtles are the epitome of cool. Frans De Backer shoots (in stunning 4K high definition) this video of a critically endangered Hawksbill Turle sharing a meal with a Pomacanthus paru angelfish. The holiday spirit is alive and well in the tropics!

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Don't panic. It's just Christmas.

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Enjoy this absolutely precious animated short! We'll be back on the 29th. Happy Holidays everyone!

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