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Baby fish less stressed with big predators nearby

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It's a fish eat fish world. Research has found that small, baby fish are less stressed when there are big predators around. Large predators prey on smaller predators (referred to as mesopredators) who prey on smaller fish, so having these big guys is comforting for the small guys.

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Watch 4K reef videos, help fund reef research

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Research doesn't come cheap. In an effort to fund his research, Dr. Tim Wijgerde (a regular Advanced Aquarist contributor) is publishing ultra HD videos showcasing reef life. By simply watching (and sharing) these videos, you support reef research.

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Meet the Bulbonaricus pipefish!

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Here is a fish we bet you've never seen in real life. Ned DeLoach of blennywatcher.com photographed this tiny pipefish (size of a toothpick!) weaving its way in between coralites of a Galaxea coral. Oh, and blennywatcher has a shiny, new, awesome website you should check out!

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A beautiful mess

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Contrary to minimalist Iwagumi aquascapes or the lush, manicured Dutch aquascapes, jungle and nature aquascapes - like this tank - may not look as prim and proper. And that's precisely the point.

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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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