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Editorial: Excellent Retail Reef Stores: AquaCorals

By Terry Siegel on Jan 26, 2017 at 09:00 AM

In his travels, Terry highlights the excellent reef stores he encounters. Reef LFS can be found in some of the most surprising locations. The people and passion is what make a store great.

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Soft corals are underappreciated

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I am as guilty as the next reefkeeper who shuns soft corals in favor of stony corals. But when I see a soft coral reef tank as beautiful as MikeC's aquarium, I'm forced to reevaluate my preferences.

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So who is producing all the vitamin B-12 in the oceans?

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A research has concluded that cyanobacteria (e.g. Spirulina), previously thought to be the main supplier of B-12 in the oceans, actually produces a fake version of the vitamin. True B-12 is important to animal health, but who is making all the B-12 for sea life?

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Three new Brazilian killifish species

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Researchers have described three new Melanorivulus sp. killifish from the savannas of central Brazilian high plateaus. Meet Melanorivulus ignescens, M. flavipinnis, and M. regularis.

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Australia to introduce virus to kill invasive carp; Koi at risk

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In an effort to eradicate invasive European carp, the Australian Government plans to introduce a herpesvirus into the environment at the end of 2018. The virus specifically targets only carps, but this means that Japanese koi are also susceptible to the virus.

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Aquatic Life Releases New EDGE Reef LED Aquarium Lights

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Aquatic Life has released a reef version of their attractive, simple-to-program EDGE LED lights. The spectrum of the new light is designed with corals in mind; their relatively modest wattage (36" @ 48W and 48" @ 71W) make the EDGE Reef LED suitable primarily for LPS and soft corals or very shallow SPS reefs.

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The new Mississippi Aquarium in Downtown Gulfport

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Details about the planned public aquarium were announced over the weekend. Instead of one large building, the relatively modest but beautiful aquarium is designed as an open campus spanning four main buildings with outdoor exhibits in between.

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Hygienic and safety reminder for all aquarists

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A recent report of a rare Mycobacterium marinum infection in an aquarist's lungs is a good excuse to remind all aquarists to practice safe, hygienic fishkeeping. Don't foget your aquarium is a chemical and biological soup.

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Ruby Seadragon seen live for the first time!

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Phyllopteryx dewysea was described in 2015 based on trawled specimens from Western Australia. Scientists searched the deep waters off the Australian coastline in an attempt to film living Ruby Seadragons in their natural setting. In April 2016: success! This weekend, researchers published the first live video of the mythical seahorse.

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The intoxicating slow motion of LPS corals

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This award-winning video reveals the psychedelic movements of corals as only time-lapse photography can capture. The four-minute video (composed of 25,000 photographs) features gorgeous LPS corals with cameos from zoas, clams, and feather duster worms.

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Incredible indoor waterfall aquarium

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In 2015, Dana Luebben said he "wanted to build an aquarium to host some fish and got a little carried away." The result? This magnificent indoor waterfall aquarium, which is the best use of an awkward staircase wall we've ever seen.

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Feature Aquarium: Tony's Reef

By Tony Rogers on Jan 11, 2017 at 09:00 AM

Two decades of commitment and a lot of modern technology has helped Tony (AKA "Reef Bloke") bring to life a captive ecosystem that brims with vibrant coral reef life.

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Stony corals suffer jet lag, too

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Like most organisms, corals and zooxanthallae have built-in circadian clocks. Research shows that if you change the lighting schedule, it can take corals some time to adjust their calcification to a new circadian rhythm.

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"Play dead," fishy

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Some fish have a strange and unexplained habit of lying perfectly still - sometimes on their sides or even their backs. It's a really fascinating behavior that is both entertaining and terrifying seen for the first time for an owner who thinks his fish is dying.

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One of the world's sexiest gobies ... is freshwater

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This is Stiphodon anniaeae. It may look saltwater, but this gaudy goby was only recently discovered (2014) on the rocky bottom of clear freshwater streams in Indonesia.

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