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EcoTech Marine launches Coral Lab project

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EcoTech's product line has vastly expanded since their inception. With all the integration, power, flexibility, and control of their lighting, circulation, and return pumps, EcoTech's Coral Lab sets out to explore the best way to maximize coral husbandry ... and more.

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Minnesota to hold aquarium fish donation drive

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It may not sound like this article pertains to you, but it does. Aquarium fish are often introduced into local ecosystems as a "humane" way to get rid of unwanted pets. It's hardly humane; quite the contrary, it's highly destructive.

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It's ok to judge a fish by its tail

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No big surprise: Researchers have found that a fish's morphology has evolved to suit its environment - namely the shape of its tail is a good predictor of whether a fish lives in the shallows or deep down in the twilight zone.

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Gift for gab: Schooling fish are chatty

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Lateral lines alone might not be enough for some fish to maintain schooling behavior. Researchers have found the first direct evidence that fishes talk to each other in order coordinate tight formations.

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New pleco species is splendid

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A new species of Loricariid is a gem. In fact, it's name means "adorned with pearls!" Hypancistrus margaritatus is a new Amazonian pleco that is as rare as it is beautiful.

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Innovative Marine introduces Custom Cradle probe racks

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Leave it to IM to innovate an everyday aquarium equipment yet again. Their new AUQA Gadgets Custom Cradle probe and dosing tube racks are the most thoughtful designs we've seen.

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Aquascape to Moonlight

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Yes; this is a very lovely (albeit young) aquascape. Yes; the video quality is impeccable. And yes; the Apistogramma cichlids are sweet as pie. But it's Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata that is the cherry on top.

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"Red tide" and palytoxin in the home aquaria

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According to a new research by the American Chemical Society, their sample of aquarium saltwater tested positive for both"red tide" (dinoflagellates) toxins and palytoxins. The team developed a method to rapidly test aquariums for these toxins.

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Can scientists make incandescent light more efficient than today's LEDs?

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An old lighting technology all but left for dead might get a second chance at life. MIT researchers have discovered a way to recycle an incandescent's waste energy (heat) back into visible light, with a theoretical maximum efficiency far greater than today's CFLs or LEDs.

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Ascension Island to be designated as marine reserve

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The holy grail resplendent angelfish (Centropyge resplendens) will soon be more unobtainable than ever before. The tiny, remote Ascension Island is about to earn protection as a marine reserve.

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Blue Asian Arowanas are (pretty) amazing

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Most of us have seen photos of spectacular specimens of blazing red, bright gold, or even rainbow colored Asian Arowanas. The gaudier the color, the more prestigious and and expensive the fish. Now we are seeing more examples of blue Asian Arowanas, and they're only getting more blue as captive breeding continues.

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NASA's CORAL Campaign Will Raise Reef Studies to a New Level

By NASA on Jan 08, 2016 at 09:00 AM

A new three-year NASA field expedition gets underway this year that will use advanced instruments on airplanes and in the water to survey more of the world’s coral reefs in far greater detail than has ever been assessed before.

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Surprise: one organism responsible for nitrification instead of two

By Radboud University at Nijmegen, The Netherlands on Jan 07, 2016 at 09:00 AM

It could never be found until recently, in a fish tank a few floors below Radboud University’s microbiology department: one single organism able to perform the complete process of nitrification. Microbiologists used to think that two distinct groups of bacteria were responsible for the stepwise oxidation of ammonia to nitrate via nitrite.

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On the Giant Clams: Tridacna noae and T. ningaloo

By James W. Fatherree on Jan 06, 2016 at 08:00 AM

The diversity of Tridacnid available to hobbyists has expanded in recent years, and so has the taxonomic confusion among aquarists and researchers alike. James W. Fatherree sheds light on the "new" giant clams.

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Developing a butterflyfish repellent?

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Butterflies are risky (at best) around corals, so reefkeepers rarely consider these beautiful fish for their reef tanks. But what if we could develop a butterflyfish repellent? A new research suggests it's possible.

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