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What's cooler than an underwater waterfall? How about two?

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We've written about underwater "waterfalls" before, but this planted aquarium takes the concept up a notch. This 3 foot aquascape features not one but two full-height underwater "waterfalls."

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Pachyseris inattesa is a new Red Sea stony coral

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Pachyseris inattesa is the newest described species of 'elephant skin' coral. This new species has a smoother appearance than its congeners aquarists sometimes encounter. The best we can describe P.inattesa is a cross between Montipora verrucosa and Leptoseris sp. corals. (It's a good thing we have pictures!)

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Might anti-anxiety medication help our fish?

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Benzodiazepine is a class of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders in humans. But research is finding that this type of drug has a surprising effect on fish. It decreases the mortality of fish fry, makes fish bolder and more active, and feed with more vigor. Is psychoactive medication the next frontier for aquarists and breeders?

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Beautiful 1930s Art Deco Aquarium up for grabs on eBay

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For $6500 USD (OBO), you can own a piece of aquarium history. This 31 gallon antique aquarium features amenities you will never see in any modern aquarium such as back-lit stained glass, beveled glass details, iron stand and frame, and marble base. They sure don't make them like they used to.

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Madagascar Clownfish Breeding Update: An ‘N’ of One

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Let's all welcome the first Madagascar Clownfish baby born in captivity! Breeding a rare species of clownfish has been a goal of mine for many years, and it seems fitting that after 7 batches and thousands of eggs I was able to achieve this with an ‘N’ of one!

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Discovery has REALLY jumped the shark this year

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Remember the days when Discovery channel produced educational programming? This year's Shark Week has proven the network has completely abandoned quality content to pander for ratings. To think: Advanced Aquarist once promoted Shark Week.

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Fritz will manufacture and distribute Mardel aquarium products

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Texas-based Fritz Aquatics has reached an agreement with Sergeants Pet Care Products to both manufacture and distribute the popular Mardel chemical/pharmaceutical brand (a product line that includes Maracyn and CopperSafe, which most aquarists have used). Fritz provides Advanced Aquarist with their press release.

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Two new cory cats for 2014

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This isn't exactly breaking news, but no aquarist publication AFAWK reported about these two Corydoras spp. described earlier this year. And we know how much freshwater aquarists adore cories.

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Toledo Zoo Fish Health Q&A: Gas Bubble Disease

By Dr. Yousuf Jafarey, The Toledo Zoo on Aug 06, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Dr. Jafarey, staff veterinarian at the Toledo Zoo, answers why an aquarist may experience massive fish die-off with symptoms of swollen eyes and abnormal buoyancy.

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Study reveals orange-spotted filefish have VERY selective coral diet

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The orange-spotted filefish/harlequin filefish is one of the most beautiful, weirdly shaped and colorful reef fish available to marine aquarists. Once thought of as strict coral-eaters, bold reefkeepers have attempted this species in reef tanks with mostly positive experiences. A new research may explain why.

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Tropical herbivores are mowing down temperate kelp forests

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I'm sure this thought has crossed many reefkeepers' minds who live close to the ocean: How cool would it be to have a tropical reef nearby? Careful what we wish for. Many studies show coral reefs and their fish are moving poleward. A new study shows tropical fish are making quick work of temperate kelp forests.

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Tropical fish may have the most delicate lil' hearts

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Scientists studying fishes' response to warming water temperatures discovered tropical fish may have the toughest time coping. Tropical wrasses had the narrowest thermal range and able to only tolerate a few degrees of temperature shift before heart failure.

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Our latest contribution to your aquatic well-being

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There's just something magically calming and therapeutic about planted aquariums. Lose yourself (if only for two minutes) in this ADA 90 (50 US gallon) aquascape by "Raw Aquatic Design." We just wish the video was longer ... like 2 hours longer. Serenity now.

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The effect of pH, alkalinity, and calcium on hermatypic corals

By Christie D. Rajcic, B.S. on Jul 30, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Are reefkeepers striving for the right levels of pH, alkalinity, and calcium? Using PAM fluorometry, Christie D. Raji studies the effects of high and low levels of each of these parameters on hermatypic corals in a captive environment.

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We bet your know-it-all friend has never seen this animal

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Scientists aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus surveying the deep ocean floor documented one of the craziest animals they (and we've) ever seen. If your friend claims to know what this thing-of-the-deep is, we recommend you unfriend him immediately.

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