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

Celebrate this Christmas season with an electric-eel-controlled Christmas tree [video]

Celebrate this Christmas season with an electric-eel-controlled Christmas tree [video]

Rockin' around the Christmas tree!

"Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" just got a little more interesting. To celebrate the season, Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City, Utah created an inventive display that is controlled by the electrical pulses of an electric eel.

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The wait is over: EcoAquariums shipping PNG fish!

The wait is over: EcoAquariums shipping PNG fish!

Fish exported by EcoAquariums PNG are tagged with collection records.

Coming soon to a LFS near you: Papua New Guinea fish and corals! With the on-again/off-again availability of livestock from PNG, we are excited to read Ret Talbot/CORAL's report that EcoAquariums PNG is now shipping marine fishes (and soon corals).

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Drawing a fossilized squid with its own ink?

Drawing a fossilized squid with its own ink?

Squid, Belemnotheutis antiquus, drawn with its own fossilized ink. Photo by BNPS.

This seems a bit like adding insult to injury, but recently scientists unearthed a 150-million year old squid that was so well preserved that they could actually use its own ink to draw a likeness of the animal.

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Chris Ozment's 435 Gallon Reef Display

Chris Ozment's 435 Gallon Reef Display

Chris' impressive 435 gallon reef display is filled with vibrant and well-balanced colors.

Large tanks are inherently cool. Chris Ozment's 435 gallon (1650 liter) reef takes the cool factor and runs away with it! Started in January, 2010, this large "low profile" aquarium has filled out very nicely. Many large fish now patrol over healthy and supremely colorful coral colonies.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives begins coral reef restoration program

Waldorf Astoria Maldives begins coral reef restoration program

Seamarc developed a new artificial reef system, the “coral trays”.

The Waldorf Astoria located on the northernmost Maldives atoll has begun a reef restoration program in their area. They have partnered with Seamarc, a marine consultancy firm, and now allow guests to help build new reef structures and restore damaged reefs through their new partnership.

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A crime of passion?

A crime of passion?

The Roseline Shark: One of a few affordable fish stolen. Photo by Michał Zalewski

A local fish store in Lincoln, Nebraska was burglarized this past weekend. We've reported on several crimes perpetrated on LFS this year, all of which were deplorable acts without any redeeming value. However, this bizarre burglary got a chuckle out of us. Read on to find out why.

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All black "Rotten Tomato Clownfish" spotted!

All black "Rotten Tomato Clownfish" spotted!

The "Rotten Tomato Clownfish" is a very fitting name for an aggressive fish like this.

This black beauty (or beast depending on your opinion of tomato clowns) was just spotted over at the Marine Breeding Initiative website this weekend. It's a 100% black and white tomato clown bred by Jonathan Foster of FishEye Aquaculture.

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Introducing Mitchell Brown

Introducing Mitchell Brown

Clownfish and anemone, brilliantly photographed by Mitchell Brown (www.aquaticprints.com)

Advanced Aquarist is proud to introduce our new resident photographer, Mitchell Brown! Mitchell has a keen eye for color and composition and will graciously share his aquarium photography for use in our magazine, blog, and wallpapers. Take a look at some of his wonderful work!

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Elos AquaStudio NY slated to open in 2012

Elos, the Italian equipment manufacturer known for high-end aquarium components is planning to open a new Aqua Studio in early 2012 just a short hike from Manhattan in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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Who wouldn't want this? A Roomba for your aquarium glass! [video]

Who wouldn't want this? A Roomba for your aquarium glass! [video]

The RoboSnail unit.

Tired of scraping algae from your aquarium glass? A new glass cleaner / scraper called the RoboSnail will take your cares away. It's a programmable cleaner that the user can setup so that you never have to worry about this chore again.

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CSI: Dolomite

CSI: Dolomite

Coralline algae: The Ultimate Hideout? Hydrolithon onkodes at Scott Reef, Western Australia. © John Huisman

One mystery has long baffled scientists: Why is dolomite (a calcium carbonate mineral like aragonite) so abundant in fossil coral reefs but seemingly absent in modern reefs? A serendipitous discovery may finally provide us the answer to this age-old head-scratcher, and the culprit is someone you know!

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Destination Reefs: Aldabra, Indian Ocean

In this week's Destination Reefs, we trek far west to Aldabra. Aldabra is the world's second largest coral atoll and is located in the Western Indian Ocean north of Madagascar. This beautiful coral reef is uninhabited and extremely isolated, thus pristine and teeming with life.

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Planking: even dolphins are getting into the act

Planking: even dolphins are getting into the act

It's not just for humans any longer. Photo by L. Mazzuca.

"Planking" is a recent meme where someone lies flat (like a plank) in a strange place and another person takes a photo of that person (I know, it's odd). In the below picture, a dolphin is seen "planking" on the nose of a humpback whale. What's interesting is that this inter-species interaction has been seen before and is the subject of a journal article.

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The Moray Eel Charmer [video]

Nothing comes between a man ... and his moray eel? Watch as an aquarium staff diver molests (for lack of a better word) a fat 6-foot+ green moray eel. We're not talking about light petting here; It's two minutes of unadulterated full-body groping.

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1920s Art Deco Aquarium

1920s Art Deco Aquarium

The craftsmanship for this 100 year old aquarium is stunning.

They sure don't build them like they used to. Look what Matt Rogers of 3reef.com found on ebay: an antique and extremely intricate art deco aquarium with matching stand from circa 1920s! If you have $8,500 and an appetite for antiques, this aquarium can be yours.

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