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Sin City's Shark Reef Aquarium retains accreditation

Sin City's Shark Reef Aquarium retains accreditation

The famous Shark Reef tunnel. Photo by D.H. Parks.

Well, it's official: The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is still a real aquarium. This week, Shark Reef Aquarium passed its accreditation review by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), thus keeping its distinction of being the only accredited zoological institution in Nevada.

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Favia coral receives virus therapy for white plague disease

Favia coral receives virus therapy for white plague disease

Close-up of a Favia sp. coral. Photo by Nicolai Johannesen / Flickr.

Coral disease is a real concern for the health and longevity of reefs world wide. Unfortunately there are no treatments that can be used in the wild for diseases like white plague. However, a group of scientists has shown a possible new therapy using something called "phage therapy."

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Fishtank Kings: A New Nat Geo TV Show (Updated with Press Release)

Fishtank Kings: A New Nat Geo TV Show (Updated with Press Release)

Aquarium building is the latest TV trend.

National Geographic Wild television channel will debut the new show on May 12, 2012 starring none other than Living Color Aquariums, a manufacturer of high-end aquatic installations (including public aquariums) and a frequent contributor to Advanced Aquarist blogs.

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Preventing home invasions means fighting side-by-side for coral-dwelling crabs and shrimp

Preventing home invasions means fighting side-by-side for coral-dwelling crabs and shrimp

Alpheus lottini, a snapping shrimp.

As any comic book lover knows, when superheroes band together the bad guys fall harder. The strength that comes in numbers is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Two new species of coral discovered off Taiwan coast

Two new species of coral discovered off Taiwan coast

A New Shallow-Water Species, Polycyathus chaishanensis sp. nov., from Chaishan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The two new species, Pseudosiderastrea formosa and Polycyanthus chiashanensis, are both shallow water species and can be found just off the Taiwan coast in water less than 10 meters deep. Their location makes them susceptible to pollution, environmental groups say.

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Corals of the World: Another important reference website

Corals of the World: Another important reference website

The Corals of the World factsheet for Acropora abrolhosensis.

Advanced Aquarist Philosophy #1: A knowledgeable aquarist is a successful aquarist. Corals of the World is a reference website every stoney coral enthusiast should know.

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Destination Reefs: Papua New Guinea

Destination Reefs: Papua New Guinea

One of the many beautiful, preserved cultures of PNG.

We've visited many underwater worlds in our Destination Reefs travels. This week, we'll try something different and turn our attention to the topside beauty and indigenous people of Papua New Guinea. But not to worry; We also have an underwater reef video.

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The power of octopus tentacles designed into a shoe

The power of octopus tentacles designed into a shoe

The OluKai Maliko shoe will be coming to a store near you.

The upcoming shoe named the OluKai Maliko by the California-based shoe company OluKai will do just that. It will incorporate a series of suction cup tentacle patterns into a minimalist split-toe shoe design that will reportedly increase traction on slippery surfaces.

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March 2012's Most Popular Posts

March 2012's Most Popular Posts

March 2012's Most Popular Posts

In March, saw some amazing tanks and public aquariums, learned about a Canadian that was invaded and found to be growing coral instead of marijuana, drooled over a Great Barrier Reef dream home, and learned about the upcoming Season 2 of Tanked in addition to some of their tanks. Here's a look back at our most popular posts for March 2012.

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Relax to clownfish [video]

Relax to clownfish [video]

Skunk clownfish in Ritteri Anemone

"No dialogue, no story, just sheer beauty. Ocean scenery for relaxation and ambience, featuring the delightful and charismatic anemonefish." - Undersea Production. We couldn't have described their video any better.

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Heat stress may help certain corals survive climate change

Heat stress may help certain corals survive climate change

Staghorn coral with evidence of bleaching. Photo by SarahDepper / Flickr.

Climate change continues to stress creatures that live in the world's oceans. Recent research published in the journal PLoS ONE lends additional evidence that heat stress may help some corals survive as our oceans continue to warm.

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Corals 'could survive a more acidic ocean'

Corals 'could survive a more acidic ocean'

Acropora are able to regulate internal pH lavels. Photo by Brian Gratwicke.

Just like how some animals can regulate their internal body temperatures and osmotic pressures, new research has discovered some SPS corals can up-regulate their internal acid balance. The research offers hope that corals may better cope with ocean acidification as well as help explain why reefkeepers are able to grow SPS in lower pH saltwater when using calcium reactors and CO2.

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Declines in Caribbean coral reefs pre-date damage resulting from climate change

Declines in Caribbean coral reefs pre-date damage resulting from climate change

Tree oyster Dendrostrea frons attached to staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis. Photo Credit: Jill Leonard-Pingel.

The decline of Caribbean coral reefs has been linked to the recent effects of human-induced climate change. However, new research led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests an even earlier cause. The bad news – humans are still to blame. The good news – relatively simple policy changes can hinder further coral reef decline.

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Consumer Alert: Wardley fish food recalled due to Salmonella contamination

Consumer Alert: Wardley fish food recalled due to Salmonella contamination

Recalled: 1-oz packages of Wardley® Advanced Nutrition™ Perfect Protein™ Tropical Flake Fish Food

The Hartz Mountain Corporation in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for Wardley® Advanced Nutrition™ Perfect Protein™ Tropical Flake Fish Food because of Salmonella.

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TED-ED Talk: The Secret Life of Plankton [video]

TED-ED Talk: The Secret Life of Plankton [video]

An example of the amazing microscopic life found in the ocean.

New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Marine biologist Tierney Thys teamed with Christian Sardet (CNRS/Tara Oceans), Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak to use footage from the Plankton Chronicles project to create a film designed to ignite wonder and curiosity about this hidden world that underpins our own food chain.

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