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An elegant reef worm

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Few if any of us appreciate the beauty of sea worms beyond the usual fan/feather duster varieties. The reality is many of us are freaked out by worms. We shouldn't be because some species are actually really darn neat and beautiful.

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That's some fancy woodworking on this 300 gallon aquarium!

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Currently up for bid on eBay is this 300 gallon glass aquarium with highly ornate custom pedestal cabinetry and full tank trim featuring fluted Corinthian columns.

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"Invasive" corals never looked so lovely

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Some reefkeepers don't keep corals like Xenia, GSP, and Montis because they grow too quickly and overtake entire reef tanks, while others simply don't view them as a challenge anymore. But these "weed corals" can be used to create beautiful and relatively carefree reef aquariums.

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Pseudojuloides polackorum: a new pencil wrasse

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Allan Connell, Benjamin Victor, and John Randall have just described a new reef wrasse from the east coast of South Africa. The new pencil wrasse is a beauty and has already been available to hobbyist (albeit expensive and rare) thanks to the increasing collection of African reef fish (particularly Madagascar/Mauritius) in recent years.

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How Fish Eat

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Another Friday is here. In case you haven't learned anything this week, here is an outstanding two-part episode by Smarter Every Day explaining the incredible mechanics behind how fish gobble things up, complete with some neato slow-mo video.

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Digital Art Series by Mitchell Brown (including two new wallpapers)

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Canadian Photographer Mitchell Brown continues to graciously supply Advanced Aquarist with top-notch aquatic wallpapers. His latest wallpapers are part of his Digital Art Series.

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New species of pleco named after smallpox

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A new loricariid (suckermouth armored catfish) has been formally described. Parotocinclus variola was named after smallpox (yes, the infectious disease) because of all the small dark dots that blanket the fish from head to tail.

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On the Giant Clams Tridacna mbalavuana and T. squamosina

By James W. Fatherree on Mar 25, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Reefkeepers all know the giant clams Tridacna crocea, T. maxima, T. squamosa, T. deresa, and T. gigas. James W. Fatherree introduces two recently described species of tridacnids, one of which is now making its way into the hobby.

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A new gall crab described. Wait; a what?

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A new species of gall crab has been described from the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman. If you don't know what a gall crab is, it's ok. Most reefkeepers don't, even though many of us have inadvertently kept them.

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Details about the world's biggest nature aquarium

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Amano's colossal 40 meter long, 42,000+ gallon nature aquarium at Lisboa's Oceanarium, Portugal, opens this April. In partnership with the Portuguese aquascaping community AquaA3, we share some impressive photos, videos, and details about the world's biggest nature aquarium.

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The chameleon dottyback

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Many of you have seen or kept Pseudochromis fuscus. But how many of you knew that this fish is able to change colors to camouflage against the background or to mimic the colors of its prey in order to lower their guard? There's a biological reason why we see so much color variation for this dottyback.

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A Beautiful Mess

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Aquarists often put a lot of effort into sculpting carefully orchestrated aquascapes with immaculate layers, textures, and arrangements. But sometimes letting nature take over can produce gorgeous (and it goes without saying, very natural) results.

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The Tahitian "Gold Flake Wrasse" is a real head-turner

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Labropsis polynesica is a wrasse that, to the best of our knowledge, has never been collected for captivity until now. The labrid is one of the most spectacular species we've laid our eyes on.

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Pillar Corals bred in captivity for the first time

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Scientists have procreated Dendrogyra cylindrus in laboratory aquariums for the first time. Pillar Corals are unique stony corals from the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which grow in the shape of tall "smoke-stack" pillars (hence their name) .

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Video of Amano installing the world's largest nature aquarium

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This year, Takashi Amano and his ADA (Aqua Design Amano) crew were commissioned by the Oceanário de Lisboa in Portugal to design a 40 meter (130 ft) long U-shaped aquarium! Here is a new video of the insane installation of Amano's latest public masterpiece.

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