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Starfish that clone themselves live longer

By Carina Eliasson on Jul 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Starfish that reproduce through cloning avoid ageing to a greater extent than those that propagate through sexual reproduction. This is shown by a new research study in which researchers from the University of Gothenburg participated. The study has recently been published in the journal 'Heredity.'

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What's eating microplastics?

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Turns out, just about every marine animal at every step of the food chain is ... and at alarming rates. Earlier in the year, researchers confirmed that corals were eating microplastics.. Now new research provides indisputable evidence that zooplankton are eating lots of microplastics in the wild, which means every animal up the food chain is as well. Crikey!

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A peek into aquarium history

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We love seeing aquariums of yesteryear. Two more antique aquariums listed on eBay - a 1876 cast iron tank and a seahorse-legged aquarium/stand setup - provide us a glimpse into our fishkeeping past.

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Electric Daisies

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We share another beautiful image by Mitchell Brown. Corals under fluorescence are breathtaking sights to behold. Zoanthids are coveted for their flower-like beauty, but they are truly special when fluorescing!

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Mission Madagascar Complete!

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Beautiful captive-bred Madagascar clownfish are finally available in the marine aquarium hobby! From consistently eating their own eggs to now laying batches one on top of the other, the broodstock pair has come full circle in their spawning behavior.

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Can bright light offset harm caused by acidification?

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A new fascinating study discovered that giant clams (Tridacna squamosa) were much better able to survive and grow in elevated CO2 waters when they are under high PAR lighting.

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A Time Lapse Study of Corals

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This short video by Erik Woolcott shows the fascinating movements of a gorgonian and a leather coral that can only be appreciated in time lapse. We love the ethereal lighting and Erik's good humor too!

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Petsmart issues recall notice for Top Fin plastic heaters

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All Top Fin plastic heaters (50W, 100W, 150W, 200W, and 250W) are potential shock hazards and should be immediately returned to Petsmart for a full refund. This recall applies only to Top Fin's all plastic (not glass) heaters.

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Mantis Shrimp Inspires New Body Armor and Football Helmet Design

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Researchers are learning about how mantis shrimps can neutralize shock waves (e.g. from their famous pummeling attacks) by filtering out specific frequencies. This discovery is inspiring new helmet and armor design. We're beginning to believe that eventually every design is going to be inspired by mantis shrimp.

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Sediment in water hurts juvenile reef fish

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A new study discovered that the gills of developing clownfish were severely damaged when fish were exposed to sediment levels simulating conditions found on some inshore reefs on the GBR. While further study is required to understand how sediment affects gills of adult reef fish, this finding has immediate implication for captive breeding.

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Coral Nutrition Part 4: Can Nutrient Deficiency Related to Water Motion Induce Coral Bleaching?

By Dana Riddle on Jun 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Science and emotion: Ne'er the two should meet. But they do, and this article will relay my small experience with these two. After writing a book on captive corals and over 300 articles on the same, it takes a lot to get me excited.

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MASNA's 2015 Membership Drive

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Marine Aquarium Society of North America is currently holding its 2015 membership drive. The drive is sponsored by Tunze; new members will have a chance to win a Tunze Osmolator 3155. Plus $5 of each new renewal also goes towards Gary Meadows Reef Fund.

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Revisting "Istedgade Reef"

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We revisit a spectacular coral reef from the Danish capital city of Copenhagen (Istedgade St. to be exact). The aquarium has matured beautifully over the past year into truly world-class living art.

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Reef-A-Palooza New York is only a couple weeks away

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Reef-A-Palooza, billed as America's largest marine aquarium show, began in Southern California but has since expanded to include shows in Florida and now New York. June 27 & 28 will be the Big Apple's first RAP.

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Reef tank under the microscope

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A hobbyist decided to record the microscopic life swimming in a drop of reef aquarium water (now that's our type of reefkeeper!). The footage does not disappoint. Captive seawater is teeming with life. The next time you accidentally get tank water in your mouth, think about this video. You're welcome.

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