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Sardines are apparently delicious

Sardines are apparently delicious

April 25, 2013: A beautiful ball of tightly packed sardines.

On April 25, Kobe’s Suma Aqualife Park introduced a giant school of sardines into their open ocean exhibit in preparation for their big "Go-Go-Golden Week” tourism event. By opening day on April 27, the size of the sardine ball was a fraction of its original size thanks to the sharks, mackerels, and tunas in the aquarium. Oops.

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It's not the size of the fish in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the fish

It's not the size of the fish in the fight.  It's the size of the fight in the fish

Small fish are not always to be trifled with. Photo by Brian Gratwicke.

We've all seen it: Smaller fish terrorizing larger tankmates. Now science has validated what aquarists already know: Size doesn't necessarily matter when it comes to survival of the fittest. Small aggressive fish can out-compete larger fish.

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Do you want a degree in Aquarium Science?

Do you want a degree in Aquarium Science?

Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina, becomes the second school to offer an Aquarium Science degree.

Now there are two options: Oregon Coast Community College and now Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina.

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Minimalistic nano perfection

Minimalistic nano perfection

A small space with big ideas.

This nano reef tank proves you can accomplish big things with just a few elements within a small space. We don't have any details about this aquarium. All we know for certain is it's beautiful.

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Goldfish gets its world turned upside down ... and right-side up

Goldfish gets its world turned upside down ... and right-side up

Einstein happily swims upright now with his new buoyancy vest!

What would you do if your beloved fish developed a swim bladder disease and could no longer swim upright?

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Jurassic Aquarium?

Jurassic Aquarium?

Saving fish DNA with a little assistance from frogs

By learning how to slow-freeze frog embryos for the first time, scientists believe they will be able to cryo-preserve fish embryos in the near future, thus saving their DNA for posterity. Sounds awfully reminiscent of Jurassic Park, doesn't it?

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Why do soft corals like Xenia pulse?

Why do soft corals like Xenia pulse?

Photo courtesy oceana.org.

Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate. Their work, which resolves an old scientific mystery, appears in the current issue of PNAS.

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Coral skeletons may play an important role for their resistance to bleaching

Coral skeletons may play an important role for their resistance to bleaching

Coral skeletons don't just provide structural support for Acropora. They help corals deal with intense tropical sunlight. Photo by Jon Connell.

Coral reefs are stressed the world over and could be in mortal danger because of climate change. But why do some corals die and others not, even when exposed to the same environmental conditions? An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern University and The Field Museum of Natural History has a surprising answer.

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Reef Italia

Our staff is busy prepping our next magazine article to publish tomorrow: A featured reef aquarium from the UK that is guaranteed to impress fish and coral lovers alike. To whet your appetite for reef eye candy, here is a video of another beautiful aquarium: The Italian reef of 'Gionanni57.'

The first 40 seconds of the video shows the gorgeous lakeside view of Gionanni57's home overlooking Lake Iseo and Monte Isola.  We're then treated to snippets of his reef aquarium until the full tank is revealed at 2:35.  We're not sure which we'd spend more time gazing: his lake view or his reef view.

Squid beaks provide inspiration for medical devices

Squid beaks provide inspiration for medical devices

The squids beak possesses interesting physical properties, which might improve certain medical devices.

How might you ask? It all boils down to the squid beak's physical properties and how it attaches to soft tissue.

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RIP Splish

RIP Splish

Splish and Splash were tankmates of 35 years until father time caught up with Splish this month.

Richard Wright won two common goldfish at a 1977 Gloucestershire funfair. He named the pair Splish and Splash, not expecting them to survive more than a few months. But they did, and they kept on living to become the UK's oldest goldfish. Sadly, Splish passed away earlier this month, leaving Splash all alone for the first time in over three decades.

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More data shows ocean acification affects fish's hearing

More data shows ocean acification affects fish's hearing

Cobia fry

A new research published this month finds that cobia, a large tropical fish, have remarkable resistance to end-of-century acidification projections. However, even mild acidification changes their physiology. Like previous studies which found acidification effects the hearing of clownfish, cobia's inner ear changes significantly when they are raised in higher CO2 concentrations.

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Encounter with the dolphins of the Red Sea

While training at Sataya Reef (Egypt), professional kitesurfer Manuela Jungo happens upon a large pod of dolphins. The video contains Red Sea corals, sohal tangs, dolphins, and a woman in a bikini. What more can you ask for? Happy Friday, everyone!

Want to attend a filming of The Fish Tank Kings?

Want to attend a filming of The Fish Tank Kings?

The Fish Tank Kings on NatGeo featuring Living Color Aquariums.

The filming for an episode for FTK's second season will happen on April 20th at the grand opening of Allpets Emporium in Coral Springs, Florida.

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Coralbots need your help to become reality

Last year, we reported that researchers were developing a team of small “coralbots" with swarm intelligence to autonomously search out damaged coral fragments and attach them to hard substrate. The inventors are now seeking public donations through Kickstarter to fund coralbot development.

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