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

Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

Two marine aquarium communities with will soon become one. Reef2Reef announced they have finalized the purchase of 3reef.

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Blennywatcher has a new fangblenny named after him!

Blennywatcher has a new fangblenny named after him!

Adelotremus deloachi holotype, (right side reversed). Photograph by Mark V. Erdmann.

Look who was just honored with the etymology of a new Indonesian fangblenny species? Adelotremus deloachi is a new blenny named for Ned DeLoach (yep! blennywatcher.com Ned), who first discovered the fish while muck diving in Bali and the Lembeh Strait.

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The illusion of space

The illusion of space

Like any good artist, a good aquascaper can draw your eye where he/she intends.

How big does this aquascape look to you? If you're like me, it looks much bigger than its actual size: 45x30x30cm (17x12x12") = 10 gallons. Paying attention to scale and arrangement can result in a aquacape that appears much bigger than it really is.

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Water flow enhances coral photosynthesis by stimulating CO2 uptake

Water flow enhances coral photosynthesis by stimulating CO2 uptake

By incubating corals in so–called respiration cells, we can manipulate a host of factors to determine how corals respond to their environment.

"Go with the flow" can be good advice sometimes. This holds especially true for reef–building corals, which require constant water flow to stay healthy. This is because water flow affects many processes in corals, including gas exchange, heat dissipation and nutrient supply.

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Moray eels documeted eating lionfish for the first time

Moray eels documeted eating lionfish for the first time

Dinner?

Sharks, groupers, frogfish, and scropionfish are some of large predators known to hunt these spiny venomous fish. Now for the first time, researchers have live documentation of moray eels preying on lionfish. The video is amazing.

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Lovely betta biotope

It may shock you to learn that bettafish don't naturally live in sterile plastic cups. Bettas splendens are native to Thailand. Whether from rice paddies or drainage ditches, river basins or streams, bettas are found in tropical waters surrounded by vegetation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oOH1fpn2gI

Needless to say, this ten gallon bowfront aquarium is worlds better than the tiny fish bowls that too many bettafish find themselves.  Adding terrestrial plants above the aquascape (thus making this setup an open-top paludarium) completes a wonderful lush biotope for a betta.

New pistol shrimp named after Pink Floyd

New pistol shrimp named after Pink Floyd

This is Synalpheus pinkfloydi. Credit: Sammy De Grave

A strikingly bright pink-clawed species of pistol shrimp, discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama, has been given the ultimate rock and roll name in recognition of the discoverers' favourite rock band -- Pink Floyd.

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Into the DNA of a Coral Reef Predator

New research, published in Nature, brings a trove of new information to potentially control the invasive species. A collaboration of OIST and Australian scientists sequenced the entire COTS genome for the first time.

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A new tetra fish from Columbia

A new tetra fish from Columbia

Hyphessobrycon klausanni

Hyphessobrycon klausanni is the newest described tetra species. It appears most closely related (at least superficially) to other tetras in the Hyphessobrycon agulha-group, which share the common trait of possessing dark longitudinal stripes.

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Some tangs aren't very good at eating algae

Some tangs aren't very good at eating algae

Ctenochaetus striatus in the Red Sea. Photo by Derek Keats (c.c.)

Most marine aquarists think of all tangs as herbivores, so they add any tang they prefer to their aquariums to control algae. And while it is true that the vast majority of tangs are algae-eaters, a new study finds that some tangs (in the case of the study, Ctenochaetus striatus) are really detrivores.

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Global coral reef restoration effort launches in the Caribbean

SECORE International, the California Academy of Sciences and The Nature Conservancy join forces to implement larger-scale coral restoration.

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The formula for fangblenny venom revealed

The formula for fangblenny venom revealed

Meiacanthus cyanopterus

Fangblennies of the genus Meiacanthus are popular reef fish kept by marine aquarists. We've long known their fangs pack venom (used primarily as defense), but until this year, we had no idea what was in that venom. A new study discovers it is a complex and elegant drug cocktail.

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A new deep-sea jawfish

A new deep-sea jawfish

Opistognathus schrieri, holotype, UF 185355, male, 48.0 mm SL, fresh (immediate postmortem), off Curaçao (Z.S. Randall)

Opistognathus schrieri is a new Caribbean species of jawfish currently only known from Curaçao. Specimens were collected from sand beds at the crushing depth of about 152 m (500 ft).

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When neighbors don't get along

A poor blue-spotted jawfish is just trying to remodel his house, but a punk diamond goby doesn't approve of the construction. A little clownfish bears witness to an epic sand fight.

New vermetid snail found in Florida may have originated from the Pacific

New vermetid snail found in Florida may have originated from the Pacific

The new worm snail species is on its shipwreck home, with the mucus web it uses to trap food. The worm snail shell appears in this image as a blue-ish tube at the center of the photo; the mucus web is behind it. Credit: © Rüdiger Bieler, The Field Museum

Thylacodes vandyensis is a newly described species of vermetid snail that was found on a Floridian shipwreck. Vermetids are worm-like snails that cast mucus nets. They are often found warm Indo-Pacific reefs and are regularly aquarium pests hitchhiked on live rock. Now they may pose an invasive problem in the Atlantic.

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