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Yesterday's bizarre fish is definitely an aberrant moorish idol

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Segrest Farms posted new photos of their weird fish, this time shot from conventional angles (instead of the top-down/through-water photos from yesterday). The new side view show the fish is a very unique aberrant moorish idol.

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Dakota Reef has grown considerably since we last saw it

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We shared a video the "Dakota Reef" in January of 2013. One full year later, the already spectacular cube reef has grown even more stunning. Check out the 2012 vs 2013 photo comparison and the newest video of this aquatic masterpiece.

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New fiery-red coral species discovered: Psammogorgia hookeri

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A new, stunningly red coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru's Paracas National Reserve.

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What in the world is this fish?

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Segrest Farms' latest fish arrival is something of a mystery. This fish appears to be some extreme aberrant and malformed variant of a moorish idol, almost as if it's a hybrid between two entirely different genera.

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Research finds that random water movement cost fish a lot of energy

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A new study has found that reef fish expend a lot of energy navigating through big waves especially when the water movement is chaotic. Constantly changing speeds is a huge energy burn, at least for fish that propel themselves with their pectoral fins (and that is most of the reef fish we keep). Does this finding change our approach to water circulation within aquariums? Are we tiring out our fish?

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ORA's new fish is a beautiful 'pretender' from the Red Sea

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Blenny and captive-bred fanatics rejoice! ORA has announced their newest captive-bred fish, the Red Sea Mimic Blenny (Ecsenius gravieri). This is a beautiful but rarely-available reef-safe species that mimics the venomous Black Lined Fang Blenny.

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A starfish horror story is unfolding in the North American Pacific coast

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A mysterious and terrible disease is ravaging starfish up and down the Pacific coastline of North America. The speed of infection, mass mortality, and the way the starfish are dying are all equally shocking. A disease is causing the arms of thousands of starfish to literally rip themselves off their bodies before everything melts away.

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This is why we don't keep parrotfish in our reef tanks

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Aside from the fact that most get way too big for almost every private aquarium, this video shows how brutally effective parrotfish are at demolishing stony coral and rock. Just listen to the underwater crunching sounds and you'll understand how their chisel-strong teeth help them serve the important ecological role of reef bioeroders (in this case, turning rock into sand).

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US Department of Justice fines man for illegally importing Piranha into New York

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Piranhas are illegal to import into the United States, but that didn't stop one man from mislabeling nearly 40,000 Piranhas as "silver tetras" in an attempt to smuggle a huge school of these notorious predators into Queens, New York.

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It's peanut butter jelly time!

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The staff at The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium are nuts! On a whim, they decided to see if they could use peanut butter as a protein diet substitute for traditional ocean-based feeds for their Aurelia moon jellyfish. The surprising answer: An unequivocal YES!

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Amazing biofluorescent video of Fungia sp eating fish

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The art/science team of Coral Morphologic never fails to impress. They shared this out-of-this-world short video of a plate coral consuming a fish under fluoresce in glorious high-def. This clip appears in several media productions including the planetarium film 'CORAL: Rekindling Venus' premiered at Sundance 2013.

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The elegance of simplicity

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This is the 80 gallon rimless reef aquarium of Nathan Hall. Nathan eschews the trappings of trendy reefkeeping for something much more simple (in the best possible sense of the word). He manages to distill reefkeeping to its fundamental beauty.

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The new Aurelia jellyfish aquariums

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In collaboration with Tunze, Reef Eden (UK) has developed a new line of high-end all-in-one jellyfish aquariums with functionality and simplicity designed into modern, sleek lines. The Aurelia jellyfish AIOs will premiere in Europe and make their way globally soon after. US prices are yet to be finalized but early estimations are $900.00 for the Aurelia-80 and $1600.00 for the larger Aurelia-220.

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18 month time lapse of Acropora growth at Davies Reef

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It's been a little over two years since the Australian Institute of Marine Science installed an underwater camera to photograph the activity of the marine life over a small section of Davies Reef (GBR). Someone decided to make a 18-month time lapse from this reefcam animating the growth of the table and staghorn Acorpora.

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Pacific Sun's Kore 5th "Intelligent Doser" is packed with features

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The Kore 5th is a "5+1" advanced digital dosing system. It features five independent dosing control channels plus an additional ATO system, all for the remarkable retail price of ~$430. We traditionally try to report on products objectively, but we have to say the Kore 5th is the most impressive dosing system we've seen yet. We provide detailed information about the doser and its powerful software.

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