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

"Invasive" corals never looked so lovely

"Invasive" corals never looked so lovely

Simple and simply beautiful

Some reefkeepers don't keep corals like Xenia, GSP, and Montis because they grow too quickly and overtake entire reef tanks, while others simply don't view them as a challenge anymore. But these "weed corals" can be used to create beautiful and relatively carefree reef aquariums.

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Pseudojuloides polackorum: a new pencil wrasse

Pseudojuloides polackorum: a new pencil wrasse

Photo by Dennis Polack, the diver who first brought the undiscovered species to the scientists' attention and hence the fish was named after him and his wife, Sandy.

Allan Connell, Benjamin Victor, and John Randall have just described a new reef wrasse from the east coast of South Africa. The new pencil wrasse is a beauty and has already been available to hobbyist (albeit expensive and rare) thanks to the increasing collection of African reef fish (particularly Madagascar/Mauritius) in recent years.

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How Fish Eat

Another Friday is here. In case you haven't learned anything this week, here is an outstanding two-part episode by Smarter Every Day explaining the incredible mechanics behind how fish gobble things up, complete with some neato slow-mo video.

Digital Art Series by Mitchell Brown (including two new wallpapers)

Canadian Photographer Mitchell Brown continues to graciously supply Advanced Aquarist with top-notch aquatic wallpapers. His latest wallpapers are part of his Digital Art Series.

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New species of pleco named after smallpox

New species of pleco named after smallpox

Parotocinclus variola

A new loricariid (suckermouth armored catfish) has been formally described. Parotocinclus variola was named after smallpox (yes, the infectious disease) because of all the small dark dots that blanket the fish from head to tail.

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A new gall crab described. Wait; a what?

A new gall crab described.  Wait; a what?

There lives a tiny crab (or two) inside the tiny hole (circled) in the middle of this brain coral.

A new species of gall crab has been described from the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman. If you don't know what a gall crab is, it's ok. Most reefkeepers don't, even though many of us have inadvertently kept them.

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Details about the world's biggest nature aquarium

Amano's colossal 40 meter long, 42,000+ gallon nature aquarium at Lisboa's Oceanarium, Portugal, opens this April. In partnership with the Portuguese aquascaping community AquaA3, we share some impressive photos, videos, and details about the world's biggest nature aquarium.

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The chameleon dottyback

Many of you have seen or kept Pseudochromis fuscus. But how many of you knew that this fish is able to change colors to camouflage against the background or to mimic the colors of its prey in order to lower their guard? There's a biological reason why we see so much color variation for this dottyback.

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A Beautiful Mess

Aquarists often put a lot of effort into sculpting carefully orchestrated aquascapes with immaculate layers, textures, and arrangements. But sometimes letting nature take over can produce gorgeous (and it goes without saying, very natural) results.

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The Tahitian "Gold Flake Wrasse" is a real head-turner

The Tahitian "Gold Flake Wrasse" is a real head-turner

Labropsis polynesica

Labropsis polynesica is a wrasse that, to the best of our knowledge, has never been collected for captivity until now. The labrid is one of the most spectacular species we've laid our eyes on.

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Pillar Corals bred in captivity for the first time

Pillar Corals bred in captivity for the first time

Pillar Coral. Photo by Mark Vermeij.

Scientists have procreated Dendrogyra cylindrus in laboratory aquariums for the first time. Pillar Corals are unique stony corals from the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which grow in the shape of tall "smoke-stack" pillars (hence their name) .

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Video of Amano installing the world's largest nature aquarium

This year, Takashi Amano and his ADA (Aqua Design Amano) crew were commissioned by the Ocean√°rio de Lisboa in Portugal to design a 40 meter (130 ft) long U-shaped aquarium! Here is a new video of the insane installation of Amano's latest public masterpiece.

Showboating Midas Blennies

Showboating Midas Blennies

A male Ecsenius midas in his nuptial colors.

Marine fishkeepers often keep wrasses in pairs because of their elaborate courtship rituals. However, we usually don't think of keeping blennies in pairs for the same reason. Anna DeLoach of blennywatcher.com shows us what we're missing out on!

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Aquatic Life's HALO Marine LED Fixture

Aquatic Life's HALO Marine LED Fixture

Basic version on the left, Deluxe version on the right.

Aquatic Life's new pendant LED light called the HALO has hit the market. The HALO is available in a basic and deluxe model with built-in programmable timer. Both versions feature two channels (one for blue LEDs and one for white) of fully dimmable 0-10V control. The HALO is 85 watts of power packed into a small 5 inch, 1.5 lb cube.

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Four new Trimma gobies described!

Four new Trimma gobies described!

Trimma multiclitellum , male holotype, 17.4 mm SL, Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Photograph by G.R. Allen.

Gerald R Allen is on a winning streak discovering new reef fish! He has just described four new and absolutely gorgeous dwarf goby species: Trimma abyssum, T.chledophilum, T.multiclitellum, and T.nauagium.

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