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The coolest algae eater you can never own

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 21, 2014 09:00 AM
Who wouldn't want a prehistoric-looking sea dragon to mow down your algae? Well, you can't have one. Though not quite dragon-esqe in size, marine iguanas still grow to 6 feet in length and are protected under local laws and CITES. We can always fantasize though.

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The marine iguana is the world's only marine lizard.  It cruises the waters around Galápagos Islands in search of algae to graze.  Seeing these reptiles swim with serpentine grace is an impressive sight to behold.  And just look at those monstrous claws that enable the iguanas to cling to rocks while it stuffs itself with algae!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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