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Coral Nutrition, Part Six: Alkaline Earth and Transition Metals

By Dana Riddle on Oct 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Dana Riddle's sixth Coral Nutrition article examines the effect of alkaline earth (e.g. calcium and strontium) and other metals on corals – including some rather surprising information.

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Are fish the greatest athletes on the planet?

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When you think of the world’s greatest athletes, names like Usain Bolt generally spring to mind, but scientists have discovered the best athletes could well be found in the water, covered in scales.

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MAMAX 2015

Virginia Beach, VA, from Oct 17, 2015 10:00 AM to Oct 17, 2015 03:00 PM

Published on Oct 12, 2015 at 04:45 PM

The Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarists Society (MAMAS) would like to invite you to the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarium Expo (MAMAX) located in Virginia Beach, VA on October 17, 2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm. MAMAX is a fund raising event for reef related charities. Proceeds are donated to a charity selected by you, the attendees.

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Corals can regulate internal pH

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Researchers have discovered that Porites cylindrica are able to maintain constant pH within their calcifying fluids. This mechanism may help certain corals cope with ocean acidification. It may also explain how SPS corals can grow so well even in pH-suppressed captive environments.

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This aquascape is pretty darn relaxing

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This aquascape isn't the most dynamic or innovative, but through a combination of its high video production value, the tranquil music, and the neatly arranged aquascape itself, it is one of the most relaxing aquascape videos we've seen. Y'all have a most excellent weekend!

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Fishes' extendable jaws is a relatively recent evolution

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Many fishes have amazing telescopic mouths that are brutally effective at catching prey. Researchers concluded these special mouths first appeared only around 100 million years ago, and once they arose, they took off in popularity and quickly evolved.

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Your fish can recognize faces

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A new preliminary study concludes fish can quickly and accurately identify faces between conspecifics (their own species) and even heterospecifics (different species).

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Five glorious gallons

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God is in the details. This is Ohko Canyon. I think going fishless might have been the better call because even tiny neon tetras ruin the magnificent scale of this nano aquascape.

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Innovative Marine redesigns Hydrofill while drastically lowering price

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Innovative Marine is at it again. This time, they're slashing prices while improving the design of their Hydrofill Auto-Top-Off (ATO) controller and pump.

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A new and gorgeous 'Bama crayfish

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A lot of beautiful crayfish are being discovered in tropical Asia. It's America's turn. Procambarus holifieldi is a new 'mud bug' discovered in a low-lying field in Perry County, Alabama.

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Balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and zooplankton key to coral nutrition

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As it pertains to resilience against bleaching, a new study discovers that it's not simply the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, or zooplankton on their own that can keep corals healthy, but rather it is the balance between them that matters.

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Innovative Marine lowers SR series prices while adding new high gloss cabinets

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Innovative Marine has grown quite a bit since their founding, and they are leveraging their increased buying power to pass savings on their customers. IM is dropping the price on their top-of-the-line SR series all-in-one aquariums by as much as 33%, which includes upgrades such as high-gloss stands.

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Jurassic corals ... in North America

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The title is not a pun. Paleontologists discovered 150 million+ year old coral fossils in Nevada, which represents some of the earliest fossil records of corals in North America. The world's seas (and coral reefs) were very different during the era of dinosaurs.

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As it turns out, sea turtles glow in the dark!

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While night-diving with blacklight video equipment to record the biofluorescence of corals and reef fish, David Gruber encountered something very special: the first documentation of biofluorescence of a reptile: a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

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On Stocking a Reef Aquarium: Part I

By James W. Fatherree on Sep 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Reefs are tricky balancing acts of livestock largely learned through trial and error. Fortunately, we have successful aquarists to guide the way. James shares his experiences with stocking a large mixed reef.

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