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Ecotech announces the Radion XR30W G2

Ecotech announces the Radion XR30W G2

The new Radion XR30W G2

Ecotech has unveiled the second generation of their popular Radion LED lighting system. The new XR30W G2 features the new TIR lens along with more efficient, higher output Cree XT-E LEDs, resulting in a claimed output boost of 57 percent higher peak PAR and 47 percent higher average PAR over the first generation Radion. Oh, did we mention the G2 is cheaper too?

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Phytoplankton distribution to shift with climate change

Phytoplankton distribution to shift with climate change

These Antartic diatoms may have tropical phytoplantonic neighbors moving in closer than ever before

Researchers predict phytoplankton populations will radically shift from the tropics towards the poles within the next century. An estimated 40% of phytoplankton species is expected to disappear from places like coral reefs while shifting poleward as ocean temperatures increase, and the effect on local and global ecosystems may be dramatic.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium to offer free admission to veterans and active servicemen

Monterey Bay Aquarium to offer free admission to veterans and active servicemen

MBA's famous kelp forest exhibit

Veteran's Day is two weeks away. Monterey Bay Aquarium (California) announced it will offer veterans as well as active-duty military, reservists, and retirees free admission from November 10-12, 2012 in celebration of their service.

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Soft corals are underrated

For the past two decades, SPS and LPS have stolen the spotlight with reefkeepers as the corals of choice. Stoney coral reef aquariums dominate the modern scene, so it's easy to forget just how alluring soft coral exhibits can be. This Dutch aquarium reminds us not to underestimate the beauty of soft corals.

The Dutch have done it again!  Granted, there are a few stoney corals in this 1200 liter (~310 gallon) reef aquarium, but it's the big and beautiful soft corals and gorganians that capture our attention.  Their dramatic forms and gentle sway create an aquascape that is arguably more dynamic than stony coral exhibits.  Makes you want to set up a large soft coral tank, doesn't it?

How NOT to frag zoanthids

How NOT to frag zoanthids

Palythoa variabilis, brown zoanthids. Photo by Brian Gratwicke / Flickr.

Fragging soft coral is easy. Slice it with a razor blade and glue it to a piece of live rock rubble or frag plug. However, this is not so with zoanthids and palythoa, where nitrile gloves (and possibly razor-proof gloves) and goggles must be worn while working with them.

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Philips Hue WiFi LED lighting system

Philips Hue WiFi LED lighting system

The Philips Hue LED system

There are many LED replacements for screw-in incandescent bulbs on the market; The new Philips Hue takes it a few steps further. The Hue is fully dimmable, color adjustable, and WiFi controllable using iOS or Android devices, making it an interesting option for aquarists.

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New Fluval Q series air pumps

New Fluval Q series air pumps

The Fluval Q1 air pump

Fluval has introduced a new line of aquarium air pumps marketed as "ultra quiet" and efficient. The Fluval Q series is comprised of three models from $28.99-48.99 USD; The two smallest models are fixed air output while the largest model is adjustable.

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Archer fish hunt insects with water jet 6 times stronger than their muscular power

Archer fish hunt insects with water jet 6 times stronger than their muscular power

Archer fish. Photo by Feline Groovy / Flickr.

Archer fish knock their insect prey out of overhanging vegetation with a jet of water several times more powerful than the fish's muscles.

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Construction underway for new Utah public aquarium

Construction underway for new Utah public aquarium

The new Living Planet Aquarium is scheduled to open December, 2013.

The Living Planet Aquarium (currently at Sandy, Utah) is moving into new, bigger, fancier digs. The city of Draper, UT broke ground on the new site yesterday. The public aquarium is expected to open its doors to Utah residents and visitors by December of next year.

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New species of Siamese Fighting Fish discovered

New species of Siamese Fighting Fish discovered

A photograph of the newly discovered Betta mahachaiensis displaying aggression.

Biologists working in Thailand have discovered a new species of Siamese Fighting Fish while working in the Samut Sakhon Province.

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Videos of Acropora spawning in captivity

Captive spawning of invertebrates is always an amazing and rewarding sight, and even more so for a coral once considered impossible to keep in captivity just a few decades ago. We share two videos of Acropora spawning in home aquariums.

If you see your Acropora exhibiting these strange behavior, do not panic. They may simply be spawning!  Acropora spawn at night and are queued by seasonal environmental changes - changes that reefkeepers can simulate using moon cycles and seasonal temperature programs.  The first video was likely taken after-hours (evidenced by the nighttime behavior of the Damselfish which makes a cameo); The owner may have turned on his lights to document the incredible mass broadcasting of Acropora eggs.  If you look carefully, you can see polyps releasing eggs into the water.

Interestingly, both videos (from different reefkeepers) come to us from France, a land known for wine. Coincidence?

A photographic guide to the larvae of coral reef fishes

A photographic guide to the larvae of coral reef fishes

An example of the number of larval photos available on the website.

This photographic guide is being compiled and updated by Benjamin Victor, a researcher that, according to his CV, is interested in studying the "larval ecology of coral reef fishes and its role in determining biogeography and population dynamics." For those interested in the larval stage of reef fish (breeders immediately come to mind), this is a website you should check out.

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Free Monster Aquarium

Free Monster Aquarium

This dream aquarium is yours for absolutely free.

If you're near Massachusetts and have 8 to 10 strong friends, this monster custom aquarium can be yours for FREE. The owner A.J. is looking to give away his aquarium by the end of October. Kid not included.

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Fish Tank Kings looking for new projects for season two

Fish Tank Kings looking for new projects for season two

FTK Season Two could include you!

If you have a good bankroll and want to see your high-end aquarium build showcased on cable television, here's your chance. Nat Geo WILD's Fish Tank Kings is looking for new projects to film for their second season, which starts mid 2013.

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Anemones may flourish in more acidic oceans

Anemones may flourish in more acidic oceans

Snakelocks Anemone colony in North Devon, UK. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Research published indicates that anemones might in fact have an edge when it comes to surviving more acidic oceans.

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