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

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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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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