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

Ecotech introduces XR15wPRO LED light for smaller aquariums

Ecotech Marine is introducing what is essentially a half-sized version of their flagship XR30wPRO. The $449, 85 watt XR15wPRO will consist of a single cluster array using the same LEDs as its bigger brother and shares all the same control features. We provide not one but two press releases about the XR15w.

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Aiptasia pallida gets reclassified into new genus

Aiptasia pallida gets reclassified into new genus

Pederson Cleaner Shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni) next to Laviactis lucida. Photo by Nick Hobgood

When reefkeepers talk about "Aiptasia," we're probably referring to one of two common species: Aiptasia pulchella or A.pallida. A new phylogenetic study has concluded the latter is morphologically different enough to deserve its own genus, Exaiptasia pallida.

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Carry crabs are awesome lil' buggers

Carry crabs are awesome lil' buggers

Slippery fellow! Photo by Ned DeLoach, blennywatcher.com.

Blennywatcher.com reminds us how cool these tropical crustaceans are. Carry crabs take mobile defense to the extreme. If you're muck diving and spot a peculiar item on the move - whether it be a sea slug moving at high speed or a banana peel scampering around - chances are you have witnessed a carry crab in all its sheer awesomeness.

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Just great. Damselfish are now found conspiring against corals too?

Just great.  Damselfish are now found conspiring against corals too?

Algae fields forever ...

Can corals ever catch a break? A new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds the farming behavior of some damsels (Pomacentridae) "increases the prevalence of coral disease associated microbes and black band disease."

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Smithsonian National Zoo abruptly closes its Invertebrate Exhibit

Smithsonian National Zoo abruptly closes its Invertebrate Exhibit

The National Zoo's cuttlefish have found new homes after the Invertebrate Exhibit suddenly closed its doors this week.

Last Monday, the Smithsonian announced it was closing its Invertebrate Exhibit. This Monday, its doors closed to the public. This means visitors to the National Zoo will no longer experience such animals as corals, cuttlefish, crustaceans, clams, and insects. 97% of the world's animal species no longer have representation at the Smithsonian! :sadface:

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Goldfish World Cup

Goldfish World Cup

Swimming through a hoop!

To piggyback on last friday's article about fish intelligence, we present Comet, a goldfish that has been trained to play football (both kinds), basketball, swim through hoops, swim through a slalom course, and other neat tricks.

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Fish are smarter than non-aquarist think

Fish are smarter than non-aquarist think

I'm quite personable and intelligent.

Non-aquarists generally believe that fish are stupid and incapable of sentience, memorization, or even feeling pain. Aquarists know better, and science proves it. A review of their mental ability shows fish are on par with most animals.

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Florida bans import of lionfish

Florida bans import of lionfish

Photo by Alexander Vasenin (creative commons)

In April 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed a ban of Indo-Pacific lionfish importation into Florida in an effort to combat the invasive species running amuck in the Atlantic. This week, the commission approved the ban.

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Ecotech to begin public beta of comprehensively updated EcoSmart Live

Ecotech has hinted for quite some time about a full update to its EcoSmartLive.com (ESL) internet control interface - an update which will allow ESL to control Vortech pumps along with their Radion lights. At Reefstock 2014, they gave the first glimpse of the new ESL in action, and now Ecotech is ready to roll out "limited public beta." We share their press release.

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Dmitry Tumanov's Pragmatic Reef

It's time for some eye candy and inspiration. This is Dmitry's 180 gallons, 72'' x 26'' x 22'' reef tank. It's only three month old but has matured impressively in such a short period of time. We especially love the simple sloped aquascape. Great job, Dmitry!

Visit Dmitry's Aquaticlog.com aquarium profile page to learn more or if you simply want to compliment him on his reef aquarium.

Vermetid snails harm coral reefs with multiprong attack

Vermetid snails harm coral reefs with multiprong attack

Vermetid snail with visible mucus net

A 2012 scientific study confirmed what many reefkeepers knew: Vermetid snails impede stony coral growth and sometimes outright kill them. A new study finds that these gastropods harm reefs in another way. They also drastically reduce algae grazing by fish.

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What's stranger than a fish with no eyes?

What's stranger than a fish with no eyes?

Amblyopsis hoosieri

How about a blind fish that still has the gene responsible for perceiving light? How about a fish that broods its eggs in its gills?! Not weird enough? Then how about one with an anus located right behind its head?!! Combine all these attributes and you have Amblyopsis hoosieri, a newly discovered cave fish from Indiana.

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Penn State genetic research reveals coral and zooxanthellae evolved independently

Reef corals and their symbiotic algae live together and are dependent on one another for survival. However, a new PSU study finds that they evolved independently, providing new insight into how corals might cope with warming oceans.

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A Room with a View

With a little ingenuity and a big helping hand from atmospheric pressure, you can create a water "watch tower" that appears to defy gravity. Koi seem to love it. Physics rocks!

Inspired by reddit/r/Aquariums Smile

Quick-Start Guide

  1. Make an acrylic tank.
  2. Turn it upside down.
  3. Attach to pond with bottom of the tank below the water line.
  4. Vacuum out the air.  Water fills the box.
  5. Enjoy confusing, entertaining, and empowering your pond fish.

 

Part II - The Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting - AmericanReef Saltwater Tank ReefKeeping Video

In part II of the Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting Series we visit Mike Paletta 4 months after the initial installation of the new lighting system. The goal of this project remains the same, find the perfect man-made optimized light source for coral growth and coloration.

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