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“Like Something Out of a Nightmare”

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The California Academy of Sciences are back in the Philippines studying reef life. Steinhart Aquarium Biologist Richard Ross keeps us updated during the expedition, which includes Bobbit-worm catching devices and a series of newly designed hyperbaric chambers for decompressing fish hand-collected below 300 feet!

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Innovative Marine introduces SkimMate Ghost Series drop-in skimmers for IM AIOs

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Innovative Marine read all the user feedback on forums and etailer reviews on the first generation SkimMate skimmers. The result of aquarist input is the completely re-engineered SkimMate Ghost Series drop-in, plug-n-play protein skimmers, available mid May, 2014.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium swaps cute for diabolic

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Monterey Bay Aquarium is adding two deep-water cephalopods to its newest hit exhibit, Tentacles. The evil-looking vampire squid and Japetella octopus will take the place of the adorable flapjack octopus, which are still with MBA but moved behind the scenes.

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Pseudanthias aurulentus observed, collected from Australia for first time

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Up until last week, this beautiful and rare anthias was only known from the Central Pacific. A recent collection expedition by Cairns Marine observed and collected P.aurulentus at a depth of 60m close to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Jumping the ... goldfish?

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UK's Daily Mail publishes some of the wackiest fish stories of any major publication. I think this one may take the cake. Retired nurse and grandmother of four, Andree Siwadi snapped photos of a frog embracing a fat goldfish.

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Coral reefs provide potent new anti-HIV proteins

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Researchers have discovered a new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells, raising hope that the proteins could be adapted for use in gels or sexual lubricants to provide a potent barrier against HIV infection.

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The Best of Both Worlds

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James Gilmore lives the good life. Due to the realities of finance, space, knowledge, and/or the indulgence of our better half, most aquarists are forced to make the tough choice when it comes to what type of aquarium we want to keep. Freshwater of saltwater? Planted or reef? James clearly subscribes to the philosophy: Why not both?

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Millennial generation corals

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A new study finds that as ocean temperatures rise, coral larvae will increasingly stay close to their parents. This findings is both good and bad news; Reefs may be better at recovering from localized events such as storms and bleaching, but less connectivity with the larger world can make reefs more vulnerable down the line.

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Imagine this happening while whale watching... [video]

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These two guys are lucky they didn't become lunch!

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Why something that is happening at Delray Beach, Florida matters to you

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From now until May 5, Delray Beach will add additional chlorine to its municipal water as part of its regular maintenance procedure to kill and flush out bacterial and algae in its pipeline. Why are we reporting on such a local tidbit of news?

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Come into your shell with shell-dwelling cichlids

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It really doesn't take a second mortgage or PhD degree to create a spectacular and unique exhibit. Redditer Garrett_TheFerret laid down the foundation for his new "shell dweller paradise," and the results are simply gorgeous. Or as another redditer said: "Who knew a pile of rocks and some shells could look so damn nice?"

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Running shoes inspired by tropical fish

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I'm a runner. I'm also obviously an aquarist, so these new shoes by New Balance caught my attention. NB released three limited-edition running shoes in their classic/retro 574 silhouette with fashion inspired by fish scales.

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Corals can turn certain genes on and off to cope with heat

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Research led by Stanford scientist Steve Palumbi reveals how some corals can quickly switch on or off certain genes in order to survive in warmer-than-average tidal waters.

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Going back to my roots: Planted discus aquariums

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These days, my heart and expertise lay with saltwater aquariums. But it was discus that drew me into this addictive hobby. I still remember the first time I saw a discus when I was 7 years old; I was immediately hooked (no pun intended). When I saw discus in a planted aquarium, there was no turning back.

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Mantis Shrimp Stronger than Airplanes

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Is there nothing the mighty mantis shrimp isn't remarkable at? Inspired by mantis shrimp, researchers design composite material stronger than standard used in airplane frames.

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