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A $500 Aquarium Backpack?!

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Someone, please explain this product to us. Etsy seller 'uvproductionhouse' is selling a "self cleaning" transparent backpack - with decorations, snails, and goldfish - for $500 USD.

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Researchers found shallow-water corals are not related to their deep-water counterparts

By University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science on Mar 04, 2016 at 09:00 AM

A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that shallow-reef corals are more closely related to their shallow-water counterparts over a thousand miles away than they are to deep-water corals on the same reef.

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Product recall: Top Fin Power Filters

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United Pet Group has issued a recall for its Top Fin Power Filters due to shock hazard. These HOB filters were sold exclusively at PetSmart.

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Isopod strips down for the camera

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Here is a very rare (possibly first) video documentation of a deep-sea giant isopod molting. The occurrence happened last month at the Toba Aquarium in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

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A rock wall aquascape has never looked so good

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"Rock wall" is often used as a disparaging description of the most basic reef aquascape: just as it sounds, an uninventive stack of rocks to form a wall. But when your rock wall is covered with big, colorful, healthy coral colonies like this ...

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A new, red, mini pleco species

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Meet Peckoltia wernekei, the newest member of the Loricariid (AKA pleco) family. It's reddish brown natural pigmentation is beautiful, and like other Peckoltia, P.wernekei is relatively small with an adult size about 10cm (4 inches).

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Vitamin C may be vital to coral growth

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A new study investigating the poorly understood mechanisms behind coral calcification discovered something surprising: the most upregulated gene transcript for the process of calcification appeared to regulate Vitamin C.

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Cobitis takenoi: A new loach species

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We know there are loach fans out there! Sure; they might not be as sexy as new flasher wrasse species, but these bottom dwellers are fun fish with interesting behavior and winning personalities. Cobitis takenoi is the newest loach species described.

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Who wants to chip in for the ultimate timeshare?

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If we all pool our money, maybe we could share this $2.8 million USD floating house with an underwater master bedroom and bath with a coral reef view to die for.

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Three new flasher wrasses + comprehensive review of Paracheilinus

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Calling all wrasse fans: A new paper published in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation describes three new species of flasher wrasses: Paracheilinus alfiani, P.paineorum, and P.xanthocirritus, as well as thoroughly reviews the entire genus. Must-read reference material!

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A nassarius snail that sports a neon coat

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This is one blinged-out snail! Some Nassarius margaritifer from the Red Sea host colonies of a biofluorescent Cytaeis hydroid on their shells, resulting in snails that look like they are covered in green fiber-optic lights.

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Fish fins can sense touch

By University of Chicago Medical Center on Feb 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM

The human fingertip is a finely tuned sensory machine, and even slight touches convey a great deal of information about our physical environment. It turns out, some fish use their pectoral fins in pretty much the same way. And do so through a surprisingly similar biological mechanism to mammals -- humans included.

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Art reincarnated

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A dead bonsai tree is a sad reminder of failure when it remains lifeless in its pot. Yet, when the deadwood is repurposed in an aquascape, it can breath spectacular new life.

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An Update on Symbiodinium Species and Their Hosts

By Dana Riddle on Feb 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Symbiodinium (AKA zooxanthellae) is the engine that spurs much of coral reef growth. From anatomy to clades, parasitic zoox to coral fidelity, Dana Riddle updates us on this powerhouse symbiont.

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Flamboyant Cuttlefish ménage à trois

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We share an oldie (well, 2012) but goodie video of three curious flamboyant cuttlefishes. When you've got a lifespan of just one year, you've got to make the most of your time on Earth.

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