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

Even in the Red Sea, Xenia are taking over

Even in the Red Sea, Xenia are taking over

Birdseye quadrat view of the portion of monitored coral reef.

Reefkeepers know Red Sea Xenia for both their beauty and their aggressive growth. They're weeds in the wild too. 37 years of monitoring a section of the Red Sea revealed that stony coral growth is declining, and Xenia are colonizing in their place.

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New Era fish foods acquired by World Feeds, rebranded

New Era Aquaculture, makers of popular fish foods for private and public aquaria, has been acquired by World Feeds. Their products are now rebranded as Vitalis Aquatic Nutrition in the UK and Balance Aquatic Nutrition in North America.

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Pacific Sun's new Sentry Auto-Top-Off System

The Sentry ATO joins an already crowded auto-topoff system marketplace. But as we've come to expect from Pacific Sun, the Sentry ATO's feature set, refinement, and price makes it a worthy consideration.

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Mindstream Aquarium Water Monitoring System nearing release

Mindstream Aquarium Water Monitoring System nearing release

The MindStream Monitor

The Mindstream was announced almost two years ago. Today, they launch a Kickstarter campaign to help them reach the finish line, with first deliveries targeted for the end of 2015. We share their press release, which includes information about the technology and pricing.

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The Billabong Paludarium

Billabong isn't just a surfer clothing brand. Billabongs are isolated ponds left behind after rivers change course or stop flowing. Ian Cook's paludarium (part aquarium, part terrarium) replicates a lush tropical billabong to perfection.

I've always been fascinated by paludariums.  The boundary between water and land is where we find some of the most dynamic, interesting ecosystems in the world.  Ian Cook's Billabong Paludarium masterfully conveys the wild, raw magic that I adore.   Bravo!

Reef fish can genetically adapt to environmental changes

Reef fish can genetically adapt to environmental changes

The secret of species acclimation to warming oceans across the generations lies in the genes. Image: J. Krajewski

A new study by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies finds that a chromis' genes can change from one generation to the next to adapt to higher temperatures. The finding demonstrates how fish might adapt to warming oceans and also explains why captive bred fish are better suited for captivity than wild-caught fish. It's in the genes!

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Two striking Pseudocoris wrasses described

Two striking Pseudocoris wrasses described

Terminal phase of Pseudocoris occidentalis.

Pseudocoris heteroptera (from the Line Islands to Indonesia, north to Taiwan and southern Japan, and south to the Great Barrier Reef) and Pseudocoris occidentalis (western Indian Ocean) are the two newest species of reef wrasses.

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Adorable baby dwarf seahorses born at Tennessee Aquarium

Adorable baby dwarf seahorses born at Tennessee Aquarium

Baby face to face with a proud papa! For scale, the papa is no more than a inch big!

Adult dwarf seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae) are tiny enough, with an average adult size of 1 inch (2cm). So imagine how incredibly miniscule and cute their babies are. Tennessee Aquarium's H.zosterae gave birth last month to beautiful itty bitty babies.

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Could have been worse

Could have been worse

A dreadful sight for any aquarist, but things could have been so much worse. Photo by FIU Student Media.

The reef tank at Florida International University busted a few seams, which emptied out the entire content of the aquarium. But only one fish died, and there wasn't even broken glass.

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The most amazing and ridiculous copepod you have never seen

The most amazing and ridiculous copepod you have never seen

Scientists are studying the disappearing act of this ocean-dwelling copepod. Credit: Kaj Maney, www.liquidguru.com

Sea Sapphires are like something out of science fiction. Males of this little copepod can "phase" from electric blue to gold to ... completely invisible! The accompanying video will blow your mind. Scientists are studying how these tiny crustaceans perform their incredible light show and cloaking.

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Gorgeous German arching reef aquascape

Here is an outstanding example of a reef aquascape featuring large arches. This type of open aquascape is not only beautiful but also facilitates lots of water movement throughout all parts of the tank while giving fishes plenty of room to naturally weave their way throughout the reef.

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The smell of fish makes you a better critical thinker

The smell of fish makes you a better critical thinker

My smell may make you smarter! Photo by Rich Leche.

Talk about an interesting oddball study! Researchers conducted an experiment to see how the smell of fish impacted human test subjects' ability to reason. It turns out smelling fish makes people more suspicious, skeptical, and better critical thinkers!

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10,000 fish die. Aquarium investigated.

10,000 fish die.  Aquarium investigated.

Photo by Jeff Kubina

Approximately 10,000 tropical fish have died in their temporary holding tanks while awaiting the completion of Brazil's new public aquarium. Local prosecutors are now investigating the tragedy.

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Dinosaur's extinction ushered in 'Age of Fish'

Jurassic World is still making a killing at the box office, so this research is rather timely. Scripps Scientists say that we have the death of dinosaurs to thank for the huge explosion of fish diversity.

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Study finds plastic bags can be deadly to fish

Study finds plastic bags can be deadly to fish

Photo by Mark Fischer

Are some of the bags we're using harming our fish? A new study finds that some polyethylene bags may leach enough toxins into the water to reach lethal concentration for the reef basslet, Pseudochromis fridamni.

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