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

Acropora embryos are fragile ... by design!

Acropora embryos are fragile ... by design!

Acropora millepora is an amazing species, and we're not just talking about their beauty. Photo by Dana Riddle

Reefkeepers know Acropora sp. can be "cloned" via fragmentation, but scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have discovered a surprisingly novel reproductive strategy for these corals. Their embryos are so weak that they break apart in turbulent waters, and instead of dying like every other known animal, each broken embryo can grow into full colonies as exact clones of one another! Read the AIMS news release about this exciting finding.

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Lionfish blast prey with puffs of water

Lionfish blast prey with puffs of water

Blue dye helps researchers visualize lionfish's water jet predatory technique.

Borrowing a trick from the Big Bad Wolf, lionfish blow puffs of high-velocity water at their prey fish to both disorient AND orient them for a more successful hunt. Find out what we mean - and watch a video of lionfish in action - after the jump. Trust us; It's really cool.

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From Poland With Love

From Poland With Love

Healthy fish, healthy SPS, healthy LPS ... Poland shows us how it's done!

Reefkeeping is a global passion, and nothing makes us happier than seeing successful reef tanks from the far reaches of the world. Here we present videos of two reef tanks from Poland - one which is widely-written about and the other a beautiful up-and-comer.

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Two excellent TED talks about our ocean

Two excellent TED talks about our ocean

The sea is full of life ... some of which are extremely bizarre (and gross)!

TED rocks! We mere mortals are treated to eloquent, thought-provoking talks presented by the brilliant minds of their respective fields. We present two new TED talks: one with AMAZING sea life photos and another discussing how we are perpetually downwardly adjusting our baselines when it comes to gauging our ocean's health.

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How to Quarantine Marine Fish

How to Quarantine Marine Fish

Quarantine tanks are simple and affordable, so you have no excuse. Pictured: 10 gallon tank, heater, thermometer, sponge filter (with air pump), cheap LED lights, Seachem Ammonia Alert, various medications, and one shy Earlei wrasse.

If there’s one habit every aquarist needs to pick up, it’s to quarantine every new fish. With minimal equipment and a little patience, you can save the lives of many fish as well as saving your time, money, and sanity.

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Redfish Feb 2012 out now

The latest issue of Redfish Magazine (free PDF download) is out today. The February issue has articles on damselfish, faviids, Malawi Cichlids, fantails, and more. Our friends from down under are putting out good stuff!

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Familiarity breeds contempt in cleaner fish

Familiarity breeds contempt in cleaner fish

Two cleaner fish servicing a 'client' (Credit: João Paulo Krajewski)

Married couples: Do you ever notice your spouse listens to you less and less as time goes by? That you've given up trying to mold your spouse into your ideal partner. Turns out, you're not alone. Cleaner wrasses (research darlings!) are less cooperative with familiar partners.

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Real discussion? Not on Social Media

The ongoing discussions about and with anti aquarium trade groups have been hopping on Facebook. Sadly they have taken a turn that makes me feel engaging with the anti trade side is often useless and should possibly be avoided.

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The drug trade murders tropical fish too

The drug trade murders tropical fish too

Tropical fish boxes containing live fish and cocaine

The drug cartels' disregard for life have taken a massive toll on tropical fish. Over 16,000 animals have died because two smugglers attempted to import cocaine into the UK by shipping the drugs in bags containing live tropical fish.

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Destination Reefs: The "Floating Reefs" of Acapulco

Destination Reefs: The "Floating Reefs" of Acapulco

Sergeant Major damselfish amongst kelp

We head to tropical Acapulco (Mexico), but instead of visiting their rocky coral reefs, we're going to throw a curve ball by investigating the floating fields of kelp and natural debris. These "floating reefs" are fascinating ecosystems filled with life and out-of-this-world scenes thanks to the surreal interplay of light and shadows.

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The Catlin Seaview Survey plans to be the Google Street View of the Great Barrier Reef

The Catlin Seaview Survey plans to be the Google Street View of the Great Barrier Reef

An example of a view from the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Three giants in their fields - Google, the University of Queensland and an international insurance company called Catlin Group - are teaming up to survey the Great Barrier Reef in unprecedented detail and give the public a breathtaking view in the process.

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Dual Survival: Cuttlefish Edition

Dual Survival: Cuttlefish Edition

Dual Survival: Cuttlefish Edition

The only thing cooler than a Flamboyant Cuttlefish on the prowl is two of them on the prowl! Here is a fun Friday video showing a pair of sexy Flamboyants doing their thing: shifting colors and strutting around on the sandbed shooting chameleon-like tongues at unsuspecting shrimps.

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Rare Shepherd's Beaked Whales captured on video

Rare Shepherd's Beaked Whales captured on video

Shepherd's Beaked Whale, Tasmacetus shepherdi.

By sheer luck, scientists encountered these reclusive whales while searching for blue whales just off the coast of Portland in Victoria, Australia and captured an extremely rare video of an extremely rare whale.

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KENT Marine issues recall for Reef Carbon

KENT Marine has issued a "product advisory" over quality concerns about their Reef Carbon manufactured between Dec 5, 2011 to Feb 8, 2012. This particular batch contains high levels of heavy metals. Batch numbers for recalled Reef Carbon and instructions on how to refund/exchange after the jump.

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The Last Reef 3D: Cities Beneath the Sea

Who's interested in a HD, 3D movie about reef communities? Thought so! By using spectacular, cutting-edge 3D wide-angle and macro imagery, the filmmakers hope to raise awareness of our oceans. 'The Last Reef 3D' is as close to nature's reefs as you can get without donning a wet suit.

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