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Very deep cold water coral reef found off the Greenland coast

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Lophelia (commonly called eye-coral), like that seen in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, was found by a Canadian research vessel on the Southern tip of Greenland. They were discovered when equipment for the vessel was tangled in the colony at approximately 3000 feet of depth.

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I bet your SPS won't grow this fast! [video]

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An intrepid reef aquarist wanted some larger heads of coral in his tank, so he 3D printed two large SPS models for his display. Watch the time-lapse print after the jump.

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Innovative Marine debuts NUVO Fusion AIO aquarium line

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Innovative Marine will soon launch a new line of all-in-one aquariums called the NUVO Fusion. The NUVO Fusion will slot between IM's Midsize and recently introduced SR lines. In essence, the Fusion is a miniaturized version of the successful SR AIOs sharing most of its features: high clarity glass, mesh screen tops, leveling mats and upgraded (optional) stands.

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Get your realistic giant isopod plush doll now!

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Do you think giant isopods are cute and cuddly? Apparently some people do! Now you can buy giant plush isopods in different sizes for that person you know and love.

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What science tells us about finicky feeders

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Trinity College Dublin shared a news release regarding two research papers studying birds' and fishes' openness to try new foods. The findings invite aquarists to think about the reasons and possible solutions to finicky fish that most of us have (or will) encountered.

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Feature Article: Debunking Aquarium Myths

By Tim Wijgerde, Arjen Tilstra on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Myths are a part of life, and occur everywhere. So too in the aquarium hobby, where anecdotal observations and theories sometimes transform into facts, with little evidence to support them. We often make choices based on hearsay or "facts" presented by aquarists, who may dispense their advice with the best intentions. In some cases, unfortunately, we are misleading ourselves. In this article, we discuss some of the myths that still persist in the marine aquarium hobby today, and look at these from a scientific point of view. The take home message is that we should all keep an open mind, but remain critical towards claims that have no factual basis.

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Roundup weed killer runoff may threaten coral reef communities

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A highly concerning new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin indicates that glyphosate (i.e. Roundup weed killer) may potentially harm coral reefs due to its persistence in saltwater.

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Equatorial reef fish may suffocate in warming oceans

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ARC researchers studying six species of damsels/chromis have concluded that as ocean temperatures rise, reef fish around the equator may struggle because warmer waters means higher oxygen demand. "Aerobic scope was significantly reduced in all species, and approached zero for two species at 3 °C above current-day temperatures."

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Robotic "fish tank car" allows fish to explore the outside world

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We've all kept fish that seem curious about the world outside their glass boxes. A very cool new "fish tank car" gives our finned friends the opportunity to do exactly that - drive around the room towards anything they fancy.

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Wear your hobby: lionfish spine earrings!

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Prompted by a conversation with Phil Karp, a marine conservationist who is working on a project to control Lionfish populations in Belize, Etsy shop owner Meghan Beatty created truly unique earrings from Lionfish spines.

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Aquascaping: Two sides of the proverbial coin

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We start off this week with two reefs on opposite ends of the spectrum showing just how aesthetically diverse reefkeeping is. Whether you like an aquarium chock-full of life, one with minimal structure, or something in between, there's an aquascape to suit all preferences. What's yours?

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The Bald Flame Angel

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Pacific Island Aquatics has up for sale this strange (and strangely adorable) flame angel that is missing the front portion of its dorsal fin. The deformity may be genetics or caused by earlier injury. Whatever happened, this little unique cherub exists.

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Big tank + undersized cabinet = full stop

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I don't like to shame anyone, but I couldn't get over this eBay aquarium listing. This is the most expensive and dangerous used 180 gallon system I've seen. For $5,000, you can own the big aquarium, its canister filter, its goldfish/koi, and the tank's alarmingly undersized cabinet.

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Corallimorphs with split personalities

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Ultra Coral Australia recently acquired two mushroom corals with special characteristics. The first is a Rhodactis sp. discoved by Nic Dos Santos that resembles the famous (and expensive) WWC "Bounce" - a deep purple polyp with pronounced contrasting orange "bubbles."

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New tropical goby found on Okinawa, Japan

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A new goby species was discovered in a freshwater stream last year and recently formally described. Stiphodon niraikanaiensis is a neat little bottom-dweller whose dimorphic males and females are both subtlety lovely.

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