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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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IM introduces Nuvo Black: Five show-quality aquariums

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Innovative Marine is recognized for their popular all-in-one aquariums and accessories. Now they're going back to "fundamentals" by introducing the Nuvo Black series, a line of premium quality aquariums.

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The passing of a beloved fish

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Fishkeepers can all relate to getting attached to our finned friends. When they gulp their last breath of water, it is very sad time indeed. The video of the last moments of 'Red,' a red devil cichlid, is heartwarming.

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Biodiversity's crowning achievement

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Coral reefs are believed to have the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem on Earth. If you think your LFS/online store has a large selection of reef life, you really ain't seen nothing. The variety of amazing reef life in this wonderful three minute video is mind-boggling.

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Victorian pioneers of the marine aquarium

By Tim Wijgerde, Ph.D. on Feb 10, 2016 at 09:00 AM

When we talk about the history of the marine aquarium, we often praise people such as Lee Chin Eng, Peter Wilkens and Jean Jaubert, who did pioneering work in the 20th century. Their innovations and vision helped give rise to the popular marine aquarium hobby we know today. What few people know, however, is that Victorian England saw an aquarium craze 165 years ago, when much ground-breaking work was done. Some of the pioneers of the marine aquarium from that time are George Johnston, Robert Warington, Anna Thynne, William Lloyd and Philip Henry Gosse. In this article, I will detail their work, including the trials and tribulations, which represents some of the early attempts to maintain a balanced marine aquarium.

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Motorboat noise gives predators a deadly advantage

By University of Exeter on Feb 09, 2016 at 09:00 AM

The rate that fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby, according to pioneering work led by a University of Exeter marine biologist.

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For your bucket list consideration: Four epic underwater restaurants

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Eating exotic foods while surrounded by coral reef life – If this sounds like your idea of a dream epicurean experience, here are four restaurants that should make your short must-do list.

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ORA releases aquacultured scooter dragonet; red scooters coming soon

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Tally up another commercial breeding success for ORA Farm. They are now offering captive bred scooter dragonets (Synchiropus ocellatus), with red scooter dragonets (Synchiropus stellatus) coming in circa March 2016.

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