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

A Classroom Dreams Are Made Of

A Classroom Dreams Are Made Of

Where was this school when I was a kid? Photo (and aquarium!) by Benjamin Eggins

In 2011, the York Public School (Australia) began an extraordinary outreach program to educate and inspire local children about coral reefs. Through partnership with the Sydney Aquarium Conservation Fund and their LFS (Salt Aquariums), teacher and aquarist Benjamin Eggins set up a 240 gallon reef aquarium in his classroom ... and brought the living sea to his students.

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Aquarium Systems dissolves Reef Crystals [video]

Aquarium Systems (Europe) has apparently started a new video channel on Vimeo. Their first video (posted yesterday) shows a dissolution test (using all sorts of fancy lab equipment) for their popular Reef Crystals synthetic sea salt.

Visit Aquarium Systems' new Vimeo page.

A new cave-dwelling reef coral discovered in the Indo-Pacific

A new cave-dwelling reef coral discovered in the Indo-Pacific

This is the new coral species living on the ceilings of caves in tropical coral reefs.

A coral named Leptoseris troglodyta sheds light on coral-algal symbiosis.

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"Hug hormone" therapy to help fish socialize?

"Hug hormone" therapy to help fish socialize?

Neolamprologus pulche. Photo by Guérin Nicolas

Oxytocin is a chemical found in mammals. It's affectionately (albeit misleadingly) known as the “hug hormone" for its alleged ability to increase trust, generosity, cooperation and empathy. Scientists tested the piscine equivalent of oxytocin on fish's behavior ... and discovered interesting results!

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3D printable nematocysts

3D printable nematocysts

If you have ever been stung by a jellyfish or coral you've already encountered one of these - a nematocyst.

If you have ever been stung by a coral, you have encountered nematocysts. These poison-filled harpoons are used by cnidarians for protection and food gathering. Now you can print an actual anatomical relief model of one!

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Redfish Issue #15 ready for your viewing

Redfish Issue #15 ready for your viewing

Redfish Issue #15

It's that time of the month again. Our aussie e-magazine friend Redfish has released their latest issue. The September 2012 issue contains articles discussing planted tanks, Rotkeil cichlids, hawkfish, Plesiopidae, and part of of their editor's journey in reefkeeping.

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Robo-clownfish, for the lazy reefkeeper near you [video]

Robo-clownfish, for the lazy reefkeeper near you [video]

Robo Fish, made by Takara Tomy Arts, wants to replace your clownfish with a robot version.

A Japanese toymaker thinks it has the solution for the lazy freshwater and saltwater aquarium keepers: robotic aquarium fish!

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Acropora sirikitiae: A newly described species

Acropora sirikitiae: A newly described species

Acropora sirikitiae

A new species of staghorn coral is now officially described as Acropora sirikitiae. A.sirikitiae is found in western Thailand's reef. Also, at least five species formerly of the genus Acropora have been reclassified under the genus Isopora.

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MASNA creates Gary Meadows Memorial Reef

MASNA creates Gary Meadows Memorial Reef

Joy (left) and Gary (right) Meadows of Harbor Aquatics.

MASNA, in conjunction with the Coral Restoration Foundation, creates the memorial reef in memory of the late Gary Meadows at this year's DFW-MACNA.

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Potential breakthrough in crown-of-thorns starfish fight

Potential breakthrough in crown-of-thorns starfish fight

Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) off the coast of Navini Island, Fiji.

Researchers believe they have found a substance even more effective at eradication than sodium bisulphate in the continued fight against the dreaded crown-of-thorns starfish.

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New species of sea worm named after Yoda, there is. Herh herh herh.

New species of sea worm named after Yoda, there is.  Herh herh herh.

Yoda purpurata resembles the Jedi Master Yoda.

Due to the resemblance of Yoda's ears to the deep sea worms lips, researchers have named this new species Yoda purpurata.

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Four new species of zoanthids identified

Four new species of zoanthids identified

Clockwise from Top Left: 1) Undescribed Zoanthus aff. pulchellus 2) Undescribed Palythoa aff. variabilis 3) Zoanthus solanderi 4) Undescribed Terrazoanthus sp.

We may have four additional vectors for palytoxin. Scientists from the University of the Ryukyus - with the help of Coral Morphologic - have identified four probable new zoanthid species in Florida via DNA analysis.

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Bounty called for on deadly crown-of-thorns starfish

Bounty called for on deadly crown-of-thorns starfish

The deadly crown-of-thorns starfish devours stony corals in its path.

Member of Parliament Bob Katter wants to pay divers $10 per crown-of-thorns starfish they kill on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.

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Brazilian public aquarium gets US funding, 700 US jobs supported

Brazilian public aquarium gets US funding, 700 US jobs supported

Artist rendition of The Acquario Aquarium, Brazil

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has approved a $105 million direct loan for the construction of the Acquario Aquarium in Fortaleza, Brazil; When completed, it will be the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The construction will support approximately 700 American jobs of which 90% are from small US businesses.

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Palytoxin-containing zoanthids can temporarily - or possibly permanently - blind you

Palytoxin-containing zoanthids can temporarily - or possibly permanently - blind you

Mat zoanthid or rubber coral, Palythoa tuberculosa, which is highly toxic, producing one of the most toxic non-peptide substances known. The toxin is produced by symbiotic bacteria. Photo by Derek Keats / Flickr.

Another reason why you should always wear proper personal protective equipment when working in and around your tank - simply rubbing your eye can infect it with palytoxin from stressed Palythoa sp. zoanthids.

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