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

The new, improved Robo-Fish-Car

Have you ever wondered where your fish would explore if it was able to move beyond the confines of its glass box? In recent years, a few "out-of-the-box" designers have created robotic fish "cars" that allow fish to do exactly that. The Abovemarine is the latest version of this concept.

Remember the fish-controlled robotic concept vehicle built by Studio diip?  Adam Ben-Dror has improved upon this idea with his Abovemarine, another mechanized electric vehicle that uses a camera and motion detection software to steer the "car."  The Abovemarine allows his pet betta, Jose, to explore his surroundings and interact with Adam ... as well as his dog Einstein.

At the rate we're seeing creative people build these robotic fish cars, we wouldn't be surprised if one day you'll be taking your fish for a "walk" around your house.

Mantis shrimp eyes could help us fight cancer

Mantis shrimp eyes could help us fight cancer

A mantis shrimp's compound eyes are 'superbly tuned' to detect polarised light. Image: Roy Caldwell

There's no exaggerating how awesome mantis shrimp are. The eyes of these unique crustaceans seem to have no limits to what they can do. A new research finds that their compound eyes can detect the difference between healthy and cancerous tissue as well as visualize brain activity.

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The weekend is here! :-O

The weekend is here! :-O

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TGIF! This has been a pretty slow news week when it came to aquariums and fish/coral research. We end the week with yet another wonderful photo by Ned DeLoach.

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Two 375L reefs are beautiful beyond words

Words not required. The videos speak for themselves.

Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

This is an underwater photograph of coral and the life the it supports near Lizard Island. Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science President Matthew P. Scott

A team of researchers working on a Carnegie expedition in Australia's Great Barrier Reef has documented that coral growth rates have plummeted 40% since the mid-1970s. The scientists suggest that ocean acidification may be playing an important role in this perilous slowdown.

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New video of Dormero Rotes Ross' 660 gallon reef

We've shared videos of Dormero Rotes Ross Hotel's vibrant mixed reef before, but it's one of those aquariums we can't get enough of. Everytime we see footage of this German tank, we have a compelling urge to add an eel in our own reef tanks.

And a bonus video from last month with better white balance:

Two-faced Angel

From time to time, we see fish with odd pigmentation. Usually, it's a fish that is albino, leucistic, or piedbald. This passer angelfish (Holacanthus passer) collected by Cortez Marine is as unique as it gets. Its pigmentation is literally split symmetrically down the middle.

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The Piano Aquarium

People make aquariums out of old computers, cars, antique TVs, and even toilets. Why not an upright piano? I would have practiced a lot more as a kid if this was my piano.

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The Capsule and LumiPuff

Odd title. Odd upcoming product. The LumiPuff is a robotic color-changing interactive pufferfish that lives inside a sealed aquatic dome called the Capsule. LumiPuff is the world's first "induction powered electronic pet."

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Papiliolebias francescae, a new killifish

Papiliolebias francescae is the newest described species of rivulids from Bolivia, South America. Like many killifish, P.francescae is strikingly pigmented - a real pint-sized showstopper.

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UPDATED! USFWS Port of Los Angeles notifying aquarium trade not to import the 20 newly listed Threatened corals

According to industry journalist Ret Talbot, the US Fish and Wildlife Port of Los Angeles Office of Law Enforcement has "confirmed that wildlife inspectors were notifying aquarium trade import facilities in Southern California that it is now illegal to import any of the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)."

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On reefs, not all animals are equal

On reefs, not all animals are equal

Giant groper. Image: P. Chabanet

Biodiversity is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem. However, a new study says that simply focusing on conserving biodiversity is not enough. “It’s not about numbers of species." Protecting specialized species - those that perform niche roles few others do - may prove the difference between healthy and unhealthy reefs.

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The Acropora Catalogue

Dr. Sanjay Joshi shared the link to this outstanding reference website that catalogs the world's Acroporids. Each species file contains photos of live specimens, skeletons, and map of geographic distribution. Simply superb and a must-have bookmark for any SPS keeper.

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Sustainable Coral Farming Research video update

Dr. Tim Wijgerde has published the first video update for his "Sustainable Coral Farming" crowd-sourced research. The video shows their progress with the aquarium system and scientific equipment that will be used to learn how to best grow azooxanthellate corals (starting with carnation corals) in captivity.

Read our previous article for more information about Dr. Tim Wijgerde's Indiegogo crowd-sourced research aimed at uncovering knowledge and developing protocols to grow and farm difficult-to-keep azooxanthellate reef invertebrates.

The Indiegogo contribution period has ended already.  However, if your company would still like to support this research with financial or equipment donations, please contact Advanced Aquarist and we will arrange communication with the research team.  Dedicated research is a costly endeavor that needs your support. Corporate donations will receive honorable mentions in the published data, which will be available open-access to aquarists, coral farmers, and public aquariums world-wide.

Scotty and Tammy's magnificent "4x4" 240 gallon SPS reef

Scotty and Tammy's magnificent "4x4" 240 gallon SPS reef

Scott and Tammy Lambert's awesome 4x4 SPS reef

A newly published video of this 48x48x24 inch reef demonstrates how the front-to-back width of an aquarium - the "3rd dimension" - can have an even bigger visual impact than length and height.

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