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

Where your corals are collected matters

Where your corals are collected matters

Porites astreoides with Spirobranchus giganteus (Xmas Tree Worms). Photo by Marie Strader

A University of Texas study found that Porites astreoides from more dynamic inshore reefs are much better able to adapt to stresses and changes at the genetic level compared to Porites from more stable offshore reefs.

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The puffiest pufferfish

The puffiest pufferfish

Fat angry chipmunck? Pokemon? Nope. A puffed dogface puffer.

Most of the puffed-up pufferfish photos and videos we've seen are of the spiky porcupine variety. Here's footage of a dogface pufferfish at its most extreme.

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A much-needed balanced perspective about the marine aquarium trade

A much-needed balanced perspective about the marine aquarium trade

Photograph by Michaela Clemence. Via National Geographic

Recently, a lot of negative press has been written about the aquarium trade. Shannon Switzer Swanson has embarked on a global "adventure" to present a balanced view of the aquarium trade - both its impact on coral reef conservation and its people.

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That odor Acros give off when out of water

That odor Acros give off when out of water

Corals exposed to air during low tide smell bad ... but for a good reason.

If you're a SPS keeper, you know the smell. Most people find the smell unpleasant though reefkeepers may have learned to tolerate or even enjoy the odor (we are lovely weirdos!). So what is that odor?

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A new Papiliolebias killifish

A new Papiliolebias killifish

Papiliolebias habluetzeli

Papiliolebias habluetzeli is a new vibrant annual killifish. It is found in seasonal streams about 6 km east of the city of Trinidad, Bolivia (South America).

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Danio htamanthinus: a new danio species

Danio htamanthinus: a new danio species

Photo of a recently collected live (but out of water) Danio htamanthinus.

Danio htamanthinus is a new species of tropical fish from Southeast Asia. It represents the 25th valid species of this popular genus of small, schooling, hardy fish.

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Pet shop sold goldfish with "nose" rings

Pet shop sold goldfish with "nose" rings

Fish with nose rings rescued by PFA India.

An animal welfare organization received one of the strangest reports of animal cruelty this month. A pet shop in Rajarajeswari Nagar, India, was selling goldfish with pierced snout rings!

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A new, incredible 4K time-lapse reef video

Dr. Tim Wijgerde shares with us the next installment of his brilliant time-lapse videos featuring reef life as you've never seen them before. As we've said before, sped-up photography is the best way to fully appreciate the magic of slow-moving reef organisms.

Breaking up the spike-fin fairy wrasse "family" - Two new fairy wrasse species

Breaking up the spike-fin fairy wrasse "family" - Two new fairy wrasse species

NEW SPECIES: Cirrhilabrus rubeus. Photo by H. Tanaka.

Cirrhilabrus rubriventralis is now split into two additional allopatric species: Cirrhilabrus africanus and Cirrhilabrus rubeus.

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Trending: Fish petting and stoning

There's an odd topic trending within the last 24 hours at Reddit.com, the self-described "front page of the internet." People are going crazy over video of fishkeepers petting and "gravel showering" their friendly fish.

Do you remember this video of an affectionate blood parrot cichilid we shared a couple of years ago?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0INzbh587o

Well, it became a huge sensation on Reddit.com yesterday.  In fact, it it inspired another redditor  - who professes to work at a public aquarium - to post this video of herself giving Atlantic reef fish "gravel shower spa treatment" as she calls it.

Whether you think treating fish like this is a good idea, you got to admit all the fishes really seem to be enjoying themselves ... like, *really* enjoying themselves.  It's equal parts distressing, bizarre, and aww-inspiring.

If your friend or family member excitedly asks you if they can play with your fish, consider yourself warned.

Pleco L025 has been formally described as Pseudacanthicus pirarara

One of the most sought-after plecos, previously known as the the cactus pleco, scarlet pleco, or simply as L025 now has a formal identification. This Brazilian beauty is Pseudacanthicus pirarara.

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Be cautious of yellow Acropora

Be cautious of yellow Acropora

A stark reminder that not all bleached corals are white

Who loves yellow Acropora staghorn coral? These banana-coloured corals sometimes appear in the aquarium trade, often with hefty price tags. Thanks to biologists from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, we now know that yellow Acropora's are actually highly stressed corals.

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All-female hybrid fish species “uses” males for better genetics

 All-female hybrid fish species “uses” males for better genetics

A male of Hexagrammos otakii (Hot), which provides male genetic material to the hybrid strain Hoc/Hot. (Photo courtesy of Nagaaki Sato)

A hybrid species of all-female fish in the north Pacific Ocean (Japan) may have survived for an uncharacteristically long period of time by switching mating species.

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First aquacultured Lemon Butterflies now available

First aquacultured Lemon Butterflies now available

Aquacultured Chaetodon miliaris are here!

Rising Tide Conservation (and by extension, Hawaiian Oceanic Institute and the University of Florida) are our heroes! Their dedicated aquaculture research is now producing commercially viable yields for reef fish previously only available from the wild. Quality Marine has received the first captive bred C.miliaris butterflyfish for resale.

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♥ Discus hardscapes

The tank style I've always wanted set up but somehow have never gotten around to in my three decades in this hobby is a discus hardscape. A dramatic earthtone abboreal graveyard decorated with splashes of vibrant color with mellow personalities ... what's not to love?

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