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

New Trimma gobies are outrageously beautiful

Richard Winterbottom, Mark Erdmann, and Dita Cahyani have just described three new Trimma gobies from Indonesia that are mind-blowingly colorful. Judge for yourself: We share photos of two of the three species.

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For the love of shrimp aquariums

Who needs fish? Pedro Madeira is obsessed with the tiny Red Crystal and Sakura Shrimps who reside in his amazing tropical eden aquascape he calls Guangdong Forest. After watching his videos, we can appreciate his obsession.

Here are just three of Pedro's video.  He has a whole youtube channel mostly dedicated to his planted aquariums and their crustacean citizens, including this video of shrimp pooping ... yeah.

 

Red Crystal vs Sakura stand-off!  We're taking wagers on who backs down first.  These are tiny animals with big colors and even bigger personalities; It's easy to understand why so many aquarist fall in love with these beautiful little shrimps.

 

A ground-floor vantage of Guangdong Forest and its shrimpy population doing what shrimps do.

A new tube anemone species

A new tube anemone species

Beautiful but deadly (to fish)

Pachycerianthus schlenzae is a new ceriantharid from Brazil. The timing of the paper documenting this new species of tube anemones couldn't have been more perfect (and no, we aren't talking about the World Cup). Tomorrow, Advanced Aquarist publishes a new magazine article about tube anemones.

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Fish larvae set adrift can smell and hear their way back home

Fish larvae set adrift can smell and hear their way back home

Twenty percent of these soon-to-hatch reef fish could find their way back home.

A new research finds that 20 percent of swimming fish larvae can return to "home reefs" thanks to their auditory and olfactory senses while only two percent of passive coral larvae return. This study is interesting in and of itself, but we also can't help but wonder how the noises and smells within captive aquariums affect our fish.

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Crowd-sourcing to develop continuous CO2 monitor and controller for aquariums

Crowd-sourcing to develop continuous CO2 monitor and controller for aquariums

The OCO Aquarium CO2 Monitor

Dissolved CO2 is harder to measure than dissolved oxygen, but it's also a very important parameter to track for plant/nature aquarists. Tim Burton has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the CO2 monitor and a controller, the OCO.

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Steinhart's baby pygmy seahorses are growing up so fast

Steinhart's baby pygmy seahorses are growing up so fast

An adult Bargibant's pygmy seahorse. Photo by James Wiseman.

As if Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses aren't adorable enough, their babies will melt the coldest heart. Last month, Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences successfully bred these lil' precious animals for the first time in captivity, and they sure are growing up quickly!

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Comprehensive study finds reefs have a chance to rebound if we act

Comprehensive study finds reefs have a chance to rebound if we act

A healthy Caribbean reef is a thing of beauty

A study comprising of over 35,000 surveys spanning over four decades concludes that Caribbean reefs are resilient if people would simply stop messing them up. While climate change is a real concern, it can serve as a de facto red herring giving people an excuse to ignore/justify the immediate destructive habits of coastal development and overfishing.

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Lucas Grant still producing amazing aquatic artwork

Lucas Grant still producing amazing aquatic artwork

Artist Lucas Grant

I stumbled across Lucas' artwork last year and was instantly enamored with his talent (I'm a big fan of chalk, charcoal, and pencil art). In fact, I have personally purchased a few of his original artworks to display in my home. We introduced him to you last year, and he's still putting out some incredible work worthy of another article.

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No surprise: Commercial fishing and population centers seriously harm coral reefs

No surprise: Commercial fishing and population centers seriously harm coral reefs

On the left is a coral-covered reef. On the right is one dominated by algae. Photo courtesy: Linda Wegley Kelly

A new study by biologists at San Diego State University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that inhabited coral islands that engage in commercial fishing dramatically alter their nearby reef ecosystems, disturbing the microbes, corals, algae and fish that call the reef home.

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We're enjoying our extra special Snow Cone today

It's Independence Day here in the USA, so we're taking the day off, enjoying time with friends and family, and doing our best to stay cool. Now who wants one of Matt Wandell's super Snow Cones? They're packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

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Climate change could stop fish finding their friends

Climate change could stop fish finding their friends

This image shows tropical damselfish (Chromis viridis) schooling in a coral reef. Photo by Miss Lauren Nadler

Like humans, fish prefer to group with individuals with whom they are familiar, rather than strangers. This gives numerous benefits including higher growth and survival rates, greater defence against predators and faster social learning. However, high carbon dioxide levels, such as those anticipated by climate change models, may hinder the ability of fish to recognise one another and form groups with familiar individuals.

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Mount up! Seahorse aquariums go upscale with SYNGNA All-In-One

Seahorses are some of the neatest animals on earth, but their husbandry requires special attention that discourages most aquarists. Reef Eden's new SYNGNA AIOs aims to create healthier, streamlined, integrated systems for the care of seahorses.

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CAD Lights' PLS-50 Elite refines their pipeless nano skimmer

Last July, CAD Lights introduced their pipeless nano protein skimmer, the PLS-50. The patented pipeless effluent design allowed their skimmer to have a tiny 3.5x3.25" footprint. A year later, CAD Lights has refined their PLS-50 with greater ease of use and improved performance.

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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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