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The next-gen frag glue? Underwater glue inspired by mussels and clams

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Researchers are making progress developing a synthetic underwater adhesive that mimics the byssal filaments of bivalves. Anyone who's tried to remove a Tridacna clam from substrate knows how strong these filaments are.

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Makeup artist uses dead tropical fish as fashion accessories

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Elya Bulochka, a makeup artist from Moscow, decided to decorate models' faces with dead tropical fish. This is not a joke (although many wish it was).

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Hydor USA files International Trade Commission complaint against Jebao

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Italian aquarium products manufacturer Hydor has filed an ITC complaint against Chinese manufacturer Jebao in an effort to prevent importation into and sale within the USA market.

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An Indonesian sandfall aquascape

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We've shared more than our fair share of sandfalls (AKA "underwater waterfalls") in the past, so lately we've held back posting more aquascapes that feature this design element unless they're special. This one is special.

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A new African cichlid: Ptychochromis mainty

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Ptychochromis mainty is a newly described species endemic to southern Madagascar. It may not be the most colorful cichlid, but its finnage - especially its elongated pelvic, anal, and soft dorsal fins - is beautiful! This species has likely been available within the aquarium trade since circa 2000.

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What a lovely kitchen reef tank!

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Today, many of us will spend entirely way too much time in our kitchens preparing for Thanksgiving. Just think how nice it would be to have this gorgeous open-structure reefscape as your kitchen view?

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New form of secret light language keeps other animals in the dark

By The University of Queensland, Australia on Nov 25, 2015 at 09:00 AM

QBI researchers have uncovered an entirely new form of secret light communication used by mantis shrimp.

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AquaMaxx introduces two new media reactors

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AquaMaxx has released two new affordable media reactors constructed of cast acrylic. The reactors are designed for versatility and will work for a wide range of media such as GFO, GAC, and biopellets.

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Fish Skin Provides Invisibility in Open Ocean

By Steve Franklin, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas on Nov 24, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery about how some fish seem to disappear from predators in the open waters of the ocean, a discovery that could help materials scientists and military technologists create more effective methods of ocean camouflage.

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Florida Wildlife Commisssion to consider stricter harvest limits for dwarf seahorses

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The FWC is one step closer to passing more restrictive harvest measure for dwarf seahorses. However, it is unlikely any near-future action the FWC may adopt will impact this species' availability to hobbyists.

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Uh oh! 3D printed objects found to be toxic to fish

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Researchers have discovered that plastic objects created by both types of popular 3D printing techniques do serious harm to fish, at least when it comes to zebrafish embryo development.

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A new and spectacular gorgonian-dwelling squat lobster

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Squat lobsters are neat crustaceans; a Japanese squat lobster that camouflages itself within colorful sea fans is especially awesome. Galathea ryuguu is a newly described species that lives on Muricella sea fans.

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Product Review: EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40 with QuietDrive Driver

By Dana Riddle on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

EcoTech Marine's VorTech pumps recently underwent its first major product evolution. Dana Riddle thoroughly evaluates the new MP40 QuietDrive propeller pumps for their functionality and performance.

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How free-living corals survive on the sand

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When you're a coral who lives on the sand, you must figure out how to avoid being buried alive. Using time-lapse photography, reseachers are uncovering the ways fungiid corals excavate themselves when buried as well as how they right themselves when upside down.

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A new unique Hyphessobrycon sp. tetra

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This is Hyphessobrycon clavatus, a new tetra from Peru, South America. Although there are 140 species of Hyphessobrycon, remarkably no other known tetra in this genus resembles H.clavatus.

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