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February 2014 "Biggest Idiot" Award goes to ...

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Eco-vandals who used chemicals to graffiti live coral at Kontiki Wall in Barangay Maribago, Philippines. The divers chemically burned their names on several large colonies of stony corals at the dive site.

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Product Review: Barrier Reef Aquariums' EverGrow Nova A4 LED Light

By Dana Riddle on Feb 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Dana Riddle thoroughly reviews the Barrier Reef Aquarium Nova A4 controllable LED light. For under $300 USD, how well does this four array, 51 LED, 100 watt, remote-controlled fixture perform?

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The ideal "fish" for the absentee fishkeeper

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A fish that you never have to feed, that never gets sick, that never dies ... obviously does not exist. But if you're cool with an artificial substitute, these free-swimming robotic fish could be the perfect "robostock" for the disengaged aquarist.

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"Diving" the Gilleleje Reef (Aquarium)

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Dannish aquarist Peder Bjerge's "Gilleleje" reef is a living work of art. The latest video of his aquarium (produced by Dino Bit Siaras and published by Kenneth Olson) takes us up close and personal in as literal a way possible: underwater footage inside Peder's tank!

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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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