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

RIP Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod

It is with sadness we report the passing of Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod, one of the aquarium hobby's pioneering and most influential experts, on May 15, 2017. Dr. Axelrod was 89 years old

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The many looks of Apistogramma megastoma, a new cichlid

The many looks of Apistogramma megastoma, a new cichlid

(above) Subdominant males subordinated by aggressive dominant females.

Apistogramma megastoma is a new species of South American cichlid described from small forest streams in Peru. Like most of its congenors, the appearance of A. megastoma varies greatly depending on sex, mood, and social hierarchy.

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The beautiful, complicated relationship between a fish and a coral

The beautiful, complicated relationship between a fish and a coral

Dascyllus marginatus above Stylophora pistillata. Photo by lead author of the paper, Nur Garcia-Herrera

Symbiosis isn't just exchanging shelter for food or protection. A new study finds that photosynthesis within SPS corals significantly increases when damselfishes are swimming through their branches. At the same time, the fish's respiration is lower when living among live corals.

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New distribution partnership to expand European aquatic brands to USA

A new agreement between Deepwater and Central Pet, USA's leading aquatics supplier, will help expand the distribution of eight brands (mostly European) within the United States. These brands include Aquaforest, Pacific Sun, Waterbox, Redline, Brio, and Cove/Aquabee.

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David Saxby's reef tank and fish room are the stuff of dreams

David Saxby's reef tank and fish room are the stuff of dreams

The pinnacle of reefkeeping!

The 3,000 gallon reef aquarium of D-D The Aquarium Solution's owner, David Saxby, is one of the most famous reef tanks in the world. A new, must-see video of his fish room showcases just how amazing this system really is.

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Clownfish are the sea's finalists for "Fathers of the Year"

Clownfish are the sea's finalists for "Fathers of the Year"

Anemonefish females are larger and more aggressive than males, but both stay close to their anemone home. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Why will a male clownfish take care for eggs that are not his own whereas most other fish will eat them? A new research by lead author Ross DeAngelis sheds insight into the strong paternal instincts of clownfish.

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Product claims to inhibit algae from growing on surfaces

NanoClear is a new spray-on chemical that claims to impede algae growth on glass and rocks while being safe for aquarium fish and invertebrates.

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Puffer vs Eel. Who wins?

One of the sea's great mouths versus one of the sea's great defensive mechanisms. Can a puffed-up pufferfish thwart an eel's attempt eat it? One of them is fighting dirty.

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Monster octopus art to promote reef science & conservation

Monster octopus art to promote reef science & conservation

The new and improved Kodiak Queen.

Eco-conscious artists join forces to create an amazing art installation that is breathtaking in scope. The BVI Art Reef will be the world's largest underwater art and the ultimate fantasy dive site featuring a sunken WWII fuel barge enraptured by a monstrous octopus!

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Now here's a tiny fishbowl I can get on board with!

There's nothing inherently wrong about tiny fishbowls. You just have to be very smart about your livestock choices and aquascaping design. On a per gallon basis, this tiny tank might be the champ.

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Elementary students contribute to marine aquaculture

Elementary students contribute to marine aquaculture

Brandon Rutherford and a few of his elite staff of breeders. Someone nominate this man for Teacher of the Year.

Led by teacher Brandon Rutherford, his 3rd grade students at Stratton Elementary have successfully bred commercially viable batches of saddle-back clownfish, which are now making their way to LFS and online vendors.

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Got aggressive hermit crabs? Give them better homes

Got aggressive hermit crabs?  Give them better homes

A good home = happier crab.

A new study finds that bad shells is the top reason why hermit crabs become aggressive towards other hermit crags (and presumably also any animal that happens to have an usable shell, such as snails). The lesson: Give your crabs lots of high quality shells to choose from.

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Bravery may cost fish their lives

Bravery may cost fish their lives

Being timid has survival benefits

Fish that show bravery often become prey themselves, whereas shyer individuals survive to a greater extent. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now successfully established a connection between bold personalities and the risk of being killed by a predator in the wild.

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Family of seven hospitalized after suspected palytoxin poisoning

Family of seven hospitalized after suspected palytoxin poisoning

There is a dark side to zoas. Photo by La Kien.

Here's our regularly scheduled reminder to always take proper safety precautions when working in and around your aquarium. This week, an entire family was sent to the hospital after people in the home were exposed to suspected palytoxin released from a reef tank.

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The great indoors

The great indoors

It's like a jungle sometimes. It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.

Who needs the outdoors when you have a magnificent jungle right next to your couches? The three-dimensionality of this 100 gallon, 120x60x50cm (48x24x20") aquascape is awe-inspiring. Bravo!

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