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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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NSF awards UMass professor $850,000 to study clownfish/anemone symbiosis

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The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Robert Drew a $850,000 grant to study the physiological relationship between clownfish and their host anemones. Dr. Drew will study the unique genetics behind clownfish mucous coat that protects it from deadly nematocyst stings.

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War on lionfish shows first promise of success

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Indo-Pacific lionfish have invaded the Atlantic and are wrecking havoc on foreign ecosystems. Their population explosion is alarming and cause for great concern, but a new study shows light at the end of the tunnel. While it is likely impossible to entirely eradicate lionfish, managing their populations can result in 50-70% rapid recovery of native fish, thus showing that efforts to fight invasive lionfish are worthwhile.

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World’s First Simultaneous Genetic Sequencing of Host Coral and Symbiont Algae

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For the first time, scientists have sequenced the DNA of coral with its associated zooxanthellae. By understanding the genetics of Porites australiensis and its symbiotic partner, researchers will be better able to understand coral including the important biosynthetic pathways of amino acids between coral and algae symbionts.

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Coral Guardian plants 1,000 corals

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Coral Guardian is a French non-profit conservation, education, and research organization that operates in Bali, Indonesia. With funding from individual contributors and businesses (including aquarium manufacturer, Red Sea), volunteers have undertaken a massive coral reef restoration project at Gili Island that will also serve as a snorkeling park to teach people about corals and marine conservation.

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Feature Article: Effects of Yellow Water on Light Transmission in an Aquarium - Why Should You Care

By Dana Riddle on Jan 22, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Aquarium water yellows over time due to organic decomposition. Dana Riddle analyzes the effects of this phenomenon on light attenuation and demonstrates why aquarists should strive for consistent maintenance practices.

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Watch the heartbeat of Banggai cardinalfish still in their eggs [video]

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Richard Ross captured some great close-up video footage of tiny Banggai cardinalfish still in their eggs. Normally the male holds the eggs in his mouth; however the male spit most of his eggs a couple days prior so these were stripped shortly thereafter.

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Maxspect to offer 120 degree white reflector for Razor LED units

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Maxpect will soon offer a new 120° reflector for their Razor LED line. The new direct replacement reflectors will give aquarist wider light distribution compared to the stock 90° by trading some light penetration.

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Video of the craziest sea slug you will ever see

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This is Melibe colemani, one of (if not) the weirdest, most amazing reef nudibranch you'll ever see. Or as Steinhart Aquarium biologist Matt Wandell puts it so eloquently: "How does this thing even exist?"

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