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

Sir David Attenborough returning to the Great Barrier Reef

Sir David Attenborough returning to the Great Barrier Reef

Sir David Attenborough officially opens Nottingham Trent University's Newton and Arkwright buildings on Wednesday 18th May 2011 - Nottingham, UK (Photo by David Baird)

Anyone who has watched their fair share of nature documentaries recognizes his indelible British voice. After nearly sixty years after his last visit to the GBR, Sir David Attenborough will once again film and narrate an upcoming BBC documentary about the world's largest coral reef system.

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NMFS seeks public comments for status review of Percula clownfish for ESA listing

The United States National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting scientific comments to help assess the threat to the iconic clownfish, Amphiprion percula. Advanced Aquarist provides more information and offers our thoughts on this important issue.

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More scientific evidence light spectrum matters for coral growth

More scientific evidence light spectrum matters for coral growth

Acropora formosa

I don't think it's any secret amongst reefkeepers that the quality of light (not just the quantity) matters for coral health and growth. Most of us see differences in terms of pigmentation when corals are exposed to different spectrum, but a new study finds that differences in light quality can dramatically alter coral skeleton on a macro and micro level.

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Dr. Seuss eats Nemo

Dr. Seuss eats Nemo

Richard Ross' pair of Dr. Seuss fish, Belonoperca pylei

The answer to the struggle of what to feed marine predators that require live foods is right under our noses. Fish might be friends, but in the real world the may also be food.

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The fluorescence of "Istedgade Reef"

The fluorescence of "Istedgade Reef"

Istedgade Reef

If you hate the 'blue look' for reef aquarium, you better shield your eyes now! But for the rest of us, this video published by Kenneth Olson celebrates a healthy mixed-reef aquarium in all its neon splendor.

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Corals are nature's tiny engineers

MIT researchers document how corals use microscopic cilia appendages to manipulate the micro-environment around them, creating strong localized currents to draw nutrients towards corals while expelling waste products.

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The ultimate kitchen aquarium? Coffee table aquariums have nothing on this.

The ultimate kitchen aquarium?  Coffee table aquariums have nothing on this.

Robert Kolenik's Ocean Keuken

Who needs cabinet space when you can have a massive aquarium instead? Robert Kolenik imagined the "Ocean Keuken" (keuken is Dutch for kitchen) into reality, and its the very definition of opulence for the modern aquarist.

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Richard Ross awarded MASNA Aquarist of the Year

Richard Ross awarded MASNA Aquarist of the Year

MASNA Aquarist of the Year and global fashion-forward trendsetter

Yep. This man wearing an octopus for a hat was just awarded MASNA's Aquarist of the Year this past weekend at MACNA 2014. We all knew Richard Ross is an aquarist extraordinaire, and now it's finally official!

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NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

This "30,000 Leagues Lokani" is now listed as Threatened under the ESA. Photo by Joe Peck

20 new corals - many species aquarists keep - join Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While this listing does not have a direct and immediate effect on reefkeepers, it is only one step removed from Endangered listing.

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Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

Male adult (top) and female adult (bottom)

Macropharyngodon pakoko is the newest leopard wrasse described from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, where it is endemic. This wrasse brings the total number of Macropharyngdon to twelve species.

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Researchers raise bichirs to walk on land

Researchers raise bichirs to walk on land

One of the land-dwelling bichirs. Photo by Antoine Morin

Fast-tracking the evolutionary process: Scientists have reared birchirs (an awesome oddball tropical fish) to walk on land, and their research has produced some fascinating results.

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MACNA 2015 location announced: Washington DC!

The event will take place September 4th, 5th, and 6th of 2015 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in northwest Washington, DC.

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The Evidence is in: Fish are Intelligent!

The Evidence is in: Fish are Intelligent!

Beauty and brains! Photo of Blue Ram Cichlid by Nicole Kasper (c.c.)

Despite having a reputation for being mindless instinct driven vertebrates, fish are actually highly intelligent. So please, no more 30-second memory myths. A slew of recent research has shown a variety of complex behaviors and social systems (which I recently wrote about). While other recent work has focused on the cognitive abilities of specific individuals, as well as their ability to learn from others

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Pacific Sun improves precision of their Kore 5th dosing pump with new DropDose dispenser

Pacific Sun improves precision of their Kore 5th dosing pump with new DropDose dispenser

The Pacific Sun DropDose

In January, 2014, Pacific Sun introduced their Kore 5th doser, a highly advanced 5-channel dosing + ATO system. With the latest software/firmware update in conjunction with their new DropDose drip dispenser, the Kore 4th will soon be able to dose in increments as small as 0.01ml!

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Goliath Grouper:1, Black Tip Reef Shark:0

Goliath Grouper:1, Black Tip Reef Shark:0

This is not photoshopped, and goliath groupers actually get almost twice as big as this guy. Photo by Brett Seymour.

The common name for Epinephelus itajara is goliath grouper for a reason. These things are absolute beasts, growing to over 10ft (3m) long and weighing 800lbs (360kg). They can make meals of almost everything in the Caribbean, including a 4 ft black tip shark on a fisherman's line. Respect the grouper!

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