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

Mr. Saltwater Tank interviews Fish Tank Kings

Our friend Mark Callahan interviews Mat and Francis of Fish Tank Kings about the the sixteen-episode season two, which premiered this past weekend on NatGeo Wild. The stars of FTK promise a season with less bickering and focus on aquarium builds, livestock, and husbandry.

Watching Mr. Saltwater Tank's latest episode, it's clear that Fish Tank Kings have taken the criticisms of aquarists to heart.  It's also clear that while the cast wants to engage saltwater hobbyists as much as possible, there is pressure by the network to produce a show that is entertaining to a wide audience (including the producers making Francis wear eyeglasses when Francis does not actually need them).

Coralvue is the new North American distributor for Elos

Corvalue is adding another respected aquarium product company into its growing stable of brands by assuming the North American distributorship for the Italian company, Elos.

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Deep refuge ‘can help save our reefs’

Deep refuge ‘can help save our reefs’

Deep reefs may hold the key to replenishing shallow reefs and their fish stocks. Photo by NOAA

Marine scientists from Australia and the USA today called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish stocks now taking place around the world.

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Fast-sinking jellyfish could boost the oceans’ uptake of carbon dioxide

Fast-sinking jellyfish could boost the oceans’ uptake of carbon dioxide

Accumulation of pelagic jellies. New experiments indicates that fast-sinking jellyfish could boost the oceans’ uptake of carbon dioxide. Photo: Veronica Fuentes.

Experiments show high sinking speed for dead gelatinous plankton species.

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ThomasVisionReef visits Seth Miller's incredible 180 gallon reef aquarium

We love sharing videos of beautiful aquariums, and we love introducing new aquarium media outlets to you. Today we kill two birds with one stone. ThomasVisionReef is an youtube channel dedicated to reef hobby reporting. We share ThomasVisionReef's video series about a spectacular reef aquarium.

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A potentially new "Bryozoan Goby" discovered in Indonesia

A potentially new "Bryozoan Goby" discovered in Indonesia

A potentially undescribed species of goby

Ned and Anna DeLoach of www.blennywatcher.com share with us some great photos and video of a potentially undescribed goby which lives within the lacy matrix of bryozoan colonies. Graham Abbott first spotted this unusual tiny goby at Ambon Harbor.

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Snail shell coiling programmed by protein patterning

Snail shell coiling programmed by protein patterning

Snail shells coil in response to a lopsided protein gradient across their shell mantles, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo.

Snail shells coil in response to an lopsided protein gradient across their shell mantles, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo. In contrast the shell mantle of limpets, whose shells do not coil, have a symmetrical pattern of the protein Decapentaplegic (Dpp).

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Scientists Offer First Definitive Proof of Bacteria-Feeding Behavior in Green Algae

Scientists Offer First Definitive Proof of Bacteria-Feeding Behavior in Green Algae

This transmission electron micrograph shows bacteria-feeding in the green alga Cymbomonas.

For the first time, science has shown algae consuming bacteria. This may not sound like a big deal, but this type of acquisition is believed to be the first step in the evolution of photosynthetic algae and land plants, and we now have definitive proof it can (and does) happen.

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Kings of Camouflage - NOVA [video]

Happy Memorial Day to all of our American readers! During this holiday, why not sit back and enjoy a nice hour-long video about the Kings of Camouflage, the cuttlefish.

(via TONMO)

Video of Cirrhilabrus johnsoni spawning

Captive spawning is always a sight to see, but few fish do it with as much flair and extravaganza as fairy (and flasher) wrasses. Here is a video of a pair of rare Marshall Island C.johnsoni fairy wrasses doing their courtship dance culminating in a "happy ending."

From 3reef.com member 'evolved' (click link to go to his thread ):

My johnsoni pair spawns several times a week. This has been going on for months now. It happens every evening; the male goes into nuptial display around 9:30. This is at the end of the ramp down of the whites, which shut off at 9:30 and then it's all blues until they ramp down and off at 10:30. The male will be in nuptial display for up to an hour. While he courts the female every night, she generally complies and does the dance with him, but she isn't able to produce eggs every day, and never on consecutive days. So some days are just a "dry run" it seems.

However, last night I was finally watching AND recording at the right time. Take a look. You'll note the rhomboid come over and wait for the feast when the pair start their routine. Then him and the male johnsoni are clearly eating eggs from the water column. I don't think the male was quite ready for the female here; he usually swims right along side her when she releases, and you see a quick cloud behind them both.

New 3-dimensional camera developed for deep sea exploration

New 3-dimensional camera developed for deep sea exploration

A team from WHOI uses a new super high-resolution panoramic camera system affixed to a small remotely operated vehicle to explore a coral reef in Palau. Image courtesy of Bill Lange.

The new system, developed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts (WHOI), allows researchers to view underwater locations in unprescedented 3D clarity.

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Giesemann's new (and very sexy) MATRIXX-II T5 light

Giesemann's new (and very sexy) MATRIXX-II T5 light

Giesemann MATRIXX-II T5 light

Giesemann has introduced a new pure T5 light, and it may be the highest build quality fluorescent lighting system we've ever seen. It's not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but boy is it sexy. The new MATRIXX-II product line is offered exclusively through Reef-Eden (UK) and is now available in Europe (see retail prices after the jump). We have no news yet on USA and Asia availability.

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Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral species predicted by model

Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral species predicted by model

Abundant corals are shown in a shallow Hawaiian lagoon.

Researchers from the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered.

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Meet Gavin, the photobombing parrotfish

Meet Gavin, the photobombing parrotfish

Gavin says cheese!

I'll wager a lot of you have a fish or two that are attention seekers who seemingly find their way into all your aquarium photos whether you want them there or not. Gavin is a wild blue parrotfish that possesses this diva gene.

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$4000 breeding fish stolen from Exeter, South Australia

$4000 breeding fish stolen from Exeter, South Australia

Three breeding zebra L046 plecos were stolen in the break-in.

In all, more than $15,000 in fish and equipment was stolen from the Exeter business.

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