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Mount up! Seahorse aquariums go upscale with SYNGNA All-In-One

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Seahorses are some of the neatest animals on earth, but their husbandry requires special attention that discourages most aquarists. Reef Eden's new SYNGNA AIOs aims to create healthier, streamlined, integrated systems for the care of seahorses.

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CAD Lights' PLS-50 Elite refines their pipeless nano skimmer

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Last July, CAD Lights introduced their pipeless nano protein skimmer, the PLS-50. The patented pipeless effluent design allowed their skimmer to have a tiny 3.5x3.25" footprint. A year later, CAD Lights has refined their PLS-50 with greater ease of use and improved performance.

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Ecotech introduces XR15wPRO LED light for smaller aquariums

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Ecotech Marine is introducing what is essentially a half-sized version of their flagship XR30wPRO. The $449, 85 watt XR15wPRO will consist of a single cluster array using the same LEDs as its bigger brother and shares all the same control features. We provide not one but two press releases about the XR15w.

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Aiptasia pallida gets reclassified into new genus

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When reefkeepers talk about "Aiptasia," we're probably referring to one of two common species: Aiptasia pulchella or A.pallida. A new phylogenetic study has concluded the latter is morphologically different enough to deserve its own genus, Exaiptasia pallida.

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Carry crabs are awesome lil' buggers

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Blennywatcher.com reminds us how cool these tropical crustaceans are. Carry crabs take mobile defense to the extreme. If you're muck diving and spot a peculiar item on the move - whether it be a sea slug moving at high speed or a banana peel scampering around - chances are you have witnessed a carry crab in all its sheer awesomeness.

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Just great. Damselfish are now found conspiring against corals too?

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Can corals ever catch a break? A new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds the farming behavior of some damsels (Pomacentridae) "increases the prevalence of coral disease associated microbes and black band disease."

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A Look at the Ophiuroids: Brittle, Serpent, and Basket Stars

By James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

With their long wiry arms and exotic colors, Ophiuroids are some of the reef's most beautiful and intricate creatures. James Fatherree describes the general information and aquarium husbandry of this amazing class of echinoderms.

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Smithsonian National Zoo abruptly closes its Invertebrate Exhibit

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Last Monday, the Smithsonian announced it was closing its Invertebrate Exhibit. This Monday, its doors closed to the public. This means visitors to the National Zoo will no longer experience such animals as corals, cuttlefish, crustaceans, clams, and insects. 97% of the world's animal species no longer have representation at the Smithsonian! :sadface:

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Goldfish World Cup

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To piggyback on last friday's article about fish intelligence, we present Comet, a goldfish that has been trained to play football (both kinds), basketball, swim through hoops, swim through a slalom course, and other neat tricks.

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Fish are smarter than non-aquarist think

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Non-aquarists generally believe that fish are stupid and incapable of sentience, memorization, or even feeling pain. Aquarists know better, and science proves it. A review of their mental ability shows fish are on par with most animals.

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Florida bans import of lionfish

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In April 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed a ban of Indo-Pacific lionfish importation into Florida in an effort to combat the invasive species running amuck in the Atlantic. This week, the commission approved the ban.

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Ecotech to begin public beta of comprehensively updated EcoSmart Live

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Ecotech has hinted for quite some time about a full update to its EcoSmartLive.com (ESL) internet control interface - an update which will allow ESL to control Vortech pumps along with their Radion lights. At Reefstock 2014, they gave the first glimpse of the new ESL in action, and now Ecotech is ready to roll out "limited public beta." We share their press release.

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Dmitry Tumanov's Pragmatic Reef

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It's time for some eye candy and inspiration. This is Dmitry's 180 gallons, 72'' x 26'' x 22'' reef tank. It's only three month old but has matured impressively in such a short period of time. We especially love the simple sloped aquascape. Great job, Dmitry!

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Vermetid snails harm coral reefs with multiprong attack

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A 2012 scientific study confirmed what many reefkeepers knew: Vermetid snails impede stony coral growth and sometimes outright kill them. A new study finds that these gastropods harm reefs in another way. They also drastically reduce algae grazing by fish.

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What's stranger than a fish with no eyes?

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How about a blind fish that still has the gene responsible for perceiving light? How about a fish that broods its eggs in its gills?! Not weird enough? Then how about one with an anus located right behind its head?!! Combine all these attributes and you have Amblyopsis hoosieri, a newly discovered cave fish from Indiana.

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