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

Ecotech introduces a new generation of VorTech pumps

Ecotech Marine has announced completely new models for their entire line of VorTech pumps. The new pumps are called the VorTech QuietDrive (QD) and marketed as more efficient with up to 40% more output and 90% less motor noise. No, that's not a typo. We distill all the useful information about the exciting evolution of the VorTech.

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More reef life magic captured on film

Italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci has produced an intoxicating five minute short film featuring aquarium reef life. His film "...meanwhile...." features clams, zoas, fungia, brain corals, and many more – all captured in eerie high def, high magnification time-lapse.

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Study finds stony corals eat plastic!

Study finds stony corals eat plastic!

Stylophora sp.

A recent study discovered that scleractinian (SPS/LPS) corals ingest microplastics at the same rate they consume plankton. Corals may be confusing plastic for food. The study concludes that microplastic may potentially impair a coral's health. If true, this could have big implications for reefkeepers.

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Coral Morphologic latest audio/visual reef spectacular, "Coral City"

Blending art, science, reefs, and conservation into one cohesive mesmerizing vision: This is the hallmark of Colin Foord and Jared McKay's work at Coral Morphologic. Their latest 30 minute film features new, jaw-dropping macro footage, gives us a glimpse into the fascinating minds of the dynamic duo, and shows people why coral reefs are so awesome and worth protecting.

Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: "Rainbow Eyes"

Advanced Aquarist Wallpapers are back! Photographer Mitchell Brown is once again graciously providing us stunning high def reef aquarium images. Add a splash of colorful sealife to our screens with this Longnose Hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus.

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Inspiration: Elegant panoramic planted aquascape

This aquascaper utilizes all six feet (2 meters) of his in-wall tank to incredible effect: A classic split composition with dramatic driftwood interlacing the negative space in between, punctuated by lovely backlighting.

72" x 18" x 24" planted aquascape at day 30:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vhPrvqpFf4

Saving coral reefs via genetic screening?

Conservationists are dong great restoration work by transplanting coral fragments grown in nurseries onto suitable reef sites ... a technique pioneered by reefkeepers. But coral reefs need more help. Some scientists believe we can improve reef restoration by fast-tracking coral evolution.

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How you can engage in the ESA process and actually make a difference

Yeah, yeah; another op-ed about the ESA. This time I promise it's a lot more upbeat and constructive. What can you do to help our hobby during the ESA policy reviews? I offer some advice.

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The genetic basis for SPS' colors

The genetic basis for SPS' colors

This image shows Acropora millepora light-mediated upregulation of red fluorescent protein amilFP597 in the upper branch. Credit: Professor Wiedenmann and Celia D'Angelo

SPS aren't all created equal. Some SPS are bleh. Some are real knockouts (it's these special SPS that command high prices as "designer" frags). The difference is in their genes. While some SPS can color up (or down) depending on environmental conditions, some are simply genetically "superior" to others.

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Hooray! Another vector for palytoxin! (new Palythoa species)

Hooray!  Another vector for palytoxin! (new Palythoa species)

Palythoa mizigama is found in Okinawa Island, Japan.

Researchers have discovered and identified a new species of Japanese reef Palythoa, P.mizigama. It's not a particularly beautiful paly, but it is rather rare in that this Palythoa lives in caves - an azoox button polyp.

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Deepwater's BLDC DC Brushless pumps available February, 2015

DC pumps are rapidly gaining their place in our hobby for their high efficiency, high output, variable speed control, and low noise. Deepwater Aquatics is releasing their version of DC pumps in coming weeks.

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You can own a piece of fish conservation history

Up for auction is a true piece of American (and Boston) history. Written only two months after the United States signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, this letter may be one of the earliest US governmental conservation documents in existence. Fish conservation no less. And signed by *THE* signature of all signatures, John Hancock!

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Reefkeeping is NOT under attack

At least not by NMFS or NOAA. I really wish reef aquarists and experts alike would stop spouting this "we're under assault" red herring. It's serves only to undermine our own hobby and the animals we all love.

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The Fluorescent Maldives

The Fluorescent Maldives

An "ordinary" Acropora (valida or nana?) transforms itself into anything but ordinary!

With the advent of technology, fluorescent night diving is becoming a popular form of underwater photography/videography. Biofluorescence has captured the interests of many reef divers and for good reason: sealife (particularly corals) are at their most amazing when they're transforming blue and UV light into unbelievable glowing colors.

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Sisters act together - Cichlid sisters swim together in order to reach the goal

Sisters act together - Cichlid sisters swim together in order to reach the goal

Cichlid fish in the Lake Tanganyika (Photo: Stefanie Schwamberger)

Many fish travel in shoals as a form of protection. But the exact shoaling patterns – who groups with whom – differ from species to species. A team of researchers from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika in central Africa. On their dives, the researchers observed that female fish dispersed longer distances from their natal grounds than males. To minimize risks and to secure the spread of their genetic information, females often swim together in a shoal with female siblings. Males, on the other hand, prefer shoaling with non-siblings. The results were recently published in the journal Oecologia.

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