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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

One-eyed pet wrasse gets prosthetic eye

One-eyed pet wrasse gets prosthetic eye

Kiwi under anaesthesia getting his new artificial eye

Kiwi, a thalassoma wrasse, developed blinding cataracts in one of his eyes, which was surgically removed. Other fish would bully Kiwi because of his disability, so his loving owner and a crafty veterinarian decided to do something about it: give Kiwi a prosthetic eye in hopes of improving his quality of life.

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Care2 petition close to 160,000 signatures for WalMart to stop selling fish

Care2 petition close to 160,000 signatures for WalMart to stop selling fish

Unfortunately not an uncommon sight at Walmarts

I think it's safe to say most of us agree that the pet fish department at WalMarts are subpar if not downright atrocious. A new petition seeks to end WalMart's practice of selling live fish, and it has almost reached its goal of 160,000 signatures.

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It's hard for reefs to recover when corals can't reproduce

It's hard for reefs to recover when corals can't reproduce

Image credit: Kristina Dickson/ USFWS

A new troubling NOAA-led study has found that corals around popular tourist locations are not producing sperm or eggs. This finding obviously does not bode well for the recovery of reefs already heavily stressed and imperiled by climate change.

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The worst "fish tank" ever?

The worst "fish tank" ever?

Dude ... no

We've seen a lot of messed-up aquarium concepts over the years, but this is mind-bogglingly terrible. How anyone thinks this is a good idea is beyond us. *sigh*

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Aquatic Life introduces affordable 4 stage RO+DI

Aquatic Life announced a very compact and economical ($129.99 USD) 4-state reverse osmosis and deionization system. Now you have no excuse not to purify your water for your aquatic friends.

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Eviota melanosphena: a new GBR dwarf goby

Eviota melanosphena: a new GBR dwarf goby

Underwater Great Barrier Reef Photo by Alonso Gonzalez Cabello

We have another newly described iddy biddy goby. Eviota melanosphena is only known from the shallow reefs of the Great Barrier Reef between Lizard Island and Endeavour Reef.

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Reef-A-Palooza New York begins next weekend

Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) is billed as North America's most-attended reefkeeping event. RAP New York occurs on June 25 and 26. RAP organizers supplied Advanced Aquarist with information about next weekend's event (press release after the jump).

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Aquascaping with glass and 3D printed objects

Japanese artist Haruka Misawa has taken the polar opposite approach to aquascaping as the late, great Takashi Amano. Instead of natural elements, Misawa's art exhibit, Waterscape, uses glass and 3D printed plastics to compose the final imagery.

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Aqua Illumination announces Prime HD LED

The AI Prime HD is the next evolution of the popular Prime LED light with 10% more power using the "HD" LED puck found in the latest AI Hydra lights.

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ORA introduces new aquacultured Acropora

ORA has been busy commercially breeding reef fish in recent years, but it's been a while since ORA introduced a new Acropora to their product line. Laura's Purple Polyp Acropora is available starting this week.

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A reef fish that can change sex ... more than 20 times a day!

A reef fish that can change sex ... more than 20 times a day!

Boy or girl? Yes. Photo by Kevin Bryant (C.C.)

Most of us know that many reef fish like clownfish, anthias, and wrasses are hermaphrodites, able to change sex throughout their life. But did you know the chalk bass can change genders at least 20 times each day? And they're faithfully monogamous too.

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Godzilla goby: A new frilly-finned deep-water goby

Godzilla goby: A new frilly-finned deep-water goby

Varicus lacerta, live photo by Barry Brown.

Exploration of the mesophotic Caribbean reefs have discovered many new goby species previously unknown to science. Varicus lacerta, dubbed "Godzilla Goby" by the scientists who described it, is the latest (and most unique) species yet.

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The best fish portraits you will ever see

We know this is a bold statement, but just take a look at these images by Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich; we're certain you will agree this gentleman possesses unparalleled talent.

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Some of you may have already been exposed to Angkatavanich's jaw-dropping betta photography, which has made its round in media (including Advanced Aquarist) throughout the past few years.  Apple even used his betta images for their iPhone 6 launch back in 2015.

But bettas are not his only aquatic subjects.  Angkatavanich's work with goldfish, for example, is astonishing.

We are only sharing a tiny sampling of Visarute Angkatavanich's artwork here to promote his talented photography. His 500px gallery is filled with so much eye candy that your eyeballs will develop cavities.

It's worth it.

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Your fishes know your face

Your fishes know your face

This archerfish not only spits but also knows whose face to spit on!

For anyone who has ever believed their fish are able to recognize him/her from other people, a new research may finally substantiate your belief. Archerfish were able to correctly differentiate human faces over 80% of the time!

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Personality Changes Can Affect Fish Body Shape, Locomotion

Fish that are bred to be bolder or more shy show corresponding changes to their body shape and locomotion, suggesting that personality changes affect other seemingly unrelated traits.

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