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Saving coral reefs via genetic screening?

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Conservationists are dong great restoration work by transplanting coral fragments grown in nurseries onto suitable reef sites ... a technique pioneered by reefkeepers. But coral reefs need more help. Some scientists believe we can improve reef restoration by fast-tracking coral evolution.

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Coral Nutrition, Part Two: Foods for Corals

By Dana Riddle on Feb 04, 2015 at 09:00 AM

While once reefkeepers believed lighting and chemical additives were all we needed to sustain corals, coral nutrition is now recognized as vital for a thriving captive reef. Dana Riddle delves into more detail about foods for coral.

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How you can engage in the ESA process and actually make a difference

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Yeah, yeah; another op-ed about the ESA. This time I promise it's a lot more upbeat and constructive. What can you do to help our hobby during the ESA policy reviews? I offer some advice.

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The genetic basis for SPS' colors

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SPS aren't all created equal. Some SPS are bleh. Some are real knockouts (it's these special SPS that command high prices as "designer" frags). The difference is in their genes. While some SPS can color up (or down) depending on environmental conditions, some are simply genetically "superior" to others.

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Hooray! Another vector for palytoxin! (new Palythoa species)

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Researchers have discovered and identified a new species of Japanese reef Palythoa, P.mizigama. It's not a particularly beautiful paly, but it is rather rare in that this Palythoa lives in caves - an azoox button polyp.

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Deepwater's BLDC DC Brushless pumps available February, 2015

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DC pumps are rapidly gaining their place in our hobby for their high efficiency, high output, variable speed control, and low noise. Deepwater Aquatics is releasing their version of DC pumps in coming weeks.

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You can own a piece of fish conservation history

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Up for auction is a true piece of American (and Boston) history. Written only two months after the United States signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, this letter may be one of the earliest US governmental conservation documents in existence. Fish conservation no less. And signed by *THE* signature of all signatures, John Hancock!

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Reefkeeping is NOT under attack

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At least not by NMFS or NOAA. I really wish reef aquarists and experts alike would stop spouting this "we're under assault" red herring. It's serves only to undermine our own hobby and the animals we all love.

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The Fluorescent Maldives

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With the advent of technology, fluorescent night diving is becoming a popular form of underwater photography/videography. Biofluorescence has captured the interests of many reef divers and for good reason: sealife (particularly corals) are at their most amazing when they're transforming blue and UV light into unbelievable glowing colors.

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Sisters act together - Cichlid sisters swim together in order to reach the goal

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Many fish travel in shoals as a form of protection. But the exact shoaling patterns – who groups with whom – differ from species to species. A team of researchers from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika in central Africa. On their dives, the researchers observed that female fish dispersed longer distances from their natal grounds than males. To minimize risks and to secure the spread of their genetic information, females often swim together in a shoal with female siblings. Males, on the other hand, prefer shoaling with non-siblings. The results were recently published in the journal Oecologia.

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The artist formerly known as pufferfish has a new name

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In 2013, we blogged about a really cool Japanese pufferfish that creates incredible love nests on the sandbed which can be best described as geometric art. The Michelangelo of the sea now has a been officially described as a new species.

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This is how giants do

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Goliath groupers are massive fish that can grow nearly 2.5 meters in length (8 feet) and weigh almost half a ton (450kg). Last summer, scientists documented for the first time how these rare giants spawn.

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People really suck sometimes

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A LFS in Lubbock, Texas was burglarized on January 17, 2015. The thieves not only made out with the contents of the cash register, but they decided to shoot up ten stocked aquariums for no reason.

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Apistogramma kullanderi, a new showstopper

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Apistogramma sp. are amongst the most spectacular cichlids - nay, fish in the world. A new species was added to this genus last month. Apistogramma kullanderi continues the tradition of excellence for this dwarf cichlid genus.

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Chelidoperca santosi, a new and spectacular reef basslet

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The story of Chelidoperca santosi's discovery is as intriguing as the species itself. A bright red and orange Serranid (basslet) was found in the mouth of a larger grouper at a Philippine fish market.

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