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

San Francisco to establish dumping pond for unwanted fish

San Francisco to establish dumping pond for unwanted fish

Goldfish are lovely animals when they're not wrecking havoc in nonnative waters.

SFGate.com reports that San Francisco will soon establish an "amnesty pond" for people to dispose of unwanted pet fish. The Presidio Trust - a federal agency established to conserve SF Bay - decided to create this pond because too many pet fish were being dumped into local natural lakes.

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Pacific Sun's Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer

Pacific Sun's Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer

The Kore 5th Doser (top) and Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer (bottom)

Pacific Sun is on a roll lately with a lot of ingenious "why didn't anyone think of that" product launches. Their newest invention is the Kore 5th Magnetic Stirrer - a 5 station stirring platform to compliment their powerful Kore 5th doser. Never shake bottles again.

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The first live video of a deep-sea angler!

The first live video of a deep-sea angler!

Prior to MBARI's video shot this month, 'Finding Nemo' was the best video to see a "living" deep-sea angler.

At a depth of 600 meters, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured video of one of the least documented and craziest fish in the world: a 9cm long Melanocetus sp. deep-sea angler, AKA black seadevil. You may remember seeing an animated depiction of this fish in a obscure lil' movie called "Finding Nemo."

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How can you possibly win this argument?

How can you possibly win this argument?

Zebrasoma flavescens, the iconic Hawaiian fish

Fish collection for the aquarium trade is a hotly debated topic right now in West Hawaii, where their county council is considering measures to regulate the aquarium trade - from bagging requirements to bans. They've accepted public commentaries. However, when you see such explicit disregard for science, where do we go from here?

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Petco to acquire Drs. Foster and Smith

Big industry news! Petco has announced that it is acquiring online pet retailer Drs. Foster and Smith, whose assets includes Live Aquaria. We share their press release.

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Roca De Plata

Roca De Plata

Roca De Plata

German aquascaper Eddy based his latest aquarium, Roca De Plata ("Silver Rock") on the concept of a gnarly flooded tree base rooted over grey slate stones. The effect is gorgeous!

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The Sustainably Minded Aquarist Part II – Smaller Developing Island Nations and Cultured Fishes

 The Sustainably Minded Aquarist Part II – Smaller Developing Island Nations and Cultured Fishes

Some importers/wholesalers pass point-of-origin information on to retailers. Quality Marine, one of the largest importers of marine aquarium fishes, makes tank tags like the one pictured here available to all of their retail customers.

In this series, we ask what sustainably minded aquarists should do when it comes to sourcing animals. Last week, I suggested the sustainably minded aquarist source fishes from smaller developing island nations or fisheries in Hawaii or Australia. Today I’ll explain why and consider whether cultured fishes are the most sustainable choice.

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Woud you like some fancy goldfish with your tea?

Taiwanese designer Charmvilla has come up with this novel tea bag that is max level awesome. Sipping tea has never been this much fun.

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Proposed public aquarium is a minimalistic tour de force

Proposed public aquarium is a minimalistic tour de force

The proposed Polish aquarium at Gdynia's South Pier.

Mikolai Adamus has designed a modern public aquarium for Gdynia, Poland, which he hopes to replace the current aquarium at the South Pier. We absolutely love the trend of using public aquariums as modern architectural showcases.

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The world's most expensive and ridiculous aquarium

The world's most expensive and ridiculous aquarium

The only aquarium you could consider a school of clarion angels comparatively cheap.

Aquarium-related news has been quite slow this week so we've decided to have fun this Friday by turning the clock back to 2010 when Stuart Hughes introduced the most expensive and over-the-top residential aquarium ever made. You will not believe the price or the details.

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A whimsical, unconventional aquascape

A whimsical, unconventional aquascape

A relatively large 530L/140G planted aquascape

Here is a planted aquascape that breaks the mold for what classical planted tanks look like. It's a playful assemblage of shapes and colors - complete with dramatic backlighting - resulting in a fantasy-world impression. Yay or nay?

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How to milk a GBR stonefish (with bonus murder mantis video)

We love the youtube channel, Smarter Every Day, where science is introduced to viewers in an entertaining and inspiring way without severely dumbing down the content (something Advanced Aquarist strives for ourselves). These particular episodes are of particular interest to fish geeks.

Suffice it to say, don't try this at home (or at your LFS).  It's much safer to just subscribe to Smarter Every Day and let the professionals demonstrate the magic of science.

And here is a bonus SED video, who once again visits James Cook University to investigate - in slow motion - the powerful punch of mantis shrimp.  Science is so damn neato.

Mars, Inc doing sweet reef conservation work

Mars is USA's 3rd largest privately owned company whose product line includes many popular snack brands such as M&M, Mars bar, Skittles, and Life Savers. But did you know Mars also owns many pet care brands like Pedigree, Whiskas, and Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc (API)? They've put some of their profits to good use restoring Indonesian coral reefs this past summer. Mars shares their story with Advanced Aquarist.

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A zebrafish can't change its stripes ... or can it?

Scientists have manipulated the genes of zebra danio to essentially turn off their trademark stripes. If you already have reservations about selective breeding to create novel morphs and man-made hybrids, imagine what messing with a fish's gene can achieve.

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Pacific Sun launches new versions of their Pandora Hyperion S LED+T5 lighting systems

Pacific Sun launches new versions of their Pandora Hyperion S LED+T5 lighting systems

The new Pacific Sun Pandora Hyperion S

The new Pacific Sun Pandora Hyperions feature their latest SMT LED panels plus a whopping 6 to 8 T5 tubes (3-4x more compared to the original version). Some units have already trickled out, but global distribution is scheduled for December 2014.

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