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

Three new damselfish species

We've seen many outstanding new species of tropical fish described in 2015. This year closes out strong with three new beautiful reef damselfish of the 'Chrysiptera oxycephala complex' from the Indo-Pacific.

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The death of this coral sea snake has been greatly exaggerated

The death of this coral sea snake has been greatly exaggerated

This is a photograph of the rare short nosed sea snake discovered on Ningaloo reef, Western Australia. Image: Grant Griffin, W.A. Dept. Parks and Wildlife

It's always a cause for celebration whenever an once-thought extinct animal is found still alive ... even the slithering, highly-venomous kind. Now comes the important responsibility of making sure they stay alive.

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The absurdly beautiful 3D art of Keng Lye

The absurdly beautiful 3D art of Keng Lye

All artwork and photos by Keng Lye

Due to its painstaking process, few artists work with layered resin to create life-like three-dimensional art. Fewer still are regarded as masters of this unique media - a media that is naturally suited for aquatic subjects. Keng Lye is a master.

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Entire Asian Arowana genome sequenced

Entire Asian Arowana genome sequenced

Ancient dragons do exist! Photo by Marcel Burkhard (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Scientists have finished decoding the genome of Scleropages formosus. There's a reason why Asian arowanas look so prehistoric. It turns out they're the most primitive of the modern (ray-finned) fishes sequenced thus far.

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Two lovely new tetra species described

Two lovely new tetra species described

Hyphessobrycon delimai

Hyphessobrycon delimai n. sp. and H.krenakore are the two newest species of tropical tetras described from the Tapajós and Xingu River basins in Brazil.

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Orphek unveils new version of their high-powered Atlantik LED pendant

Orphek unveils new version of their high-powered Atlantik LED pendant

A gorgeous cylindrical aquarium lit by Atlantik Pendants.

Orphek has been revamping their LED line with their new dual diode LEDs. The Atlantik Pendant V3 is a WiFi-controllable LED pendant now boasting 40 five-watt dual diodes in a new configuration for more spectral customization.

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Light pollution can stop corals from spawning

Light pollution can stop corals from spawning

A millepora colony is releasing gametes during a mass spawning event in 2011 at Heron Island GBR Australia. Photo by Dr. Oren Levy

Aquarists looking to sexually reproduce corals should carefully control stray and/or ambient lighting. That's because a new research finds that low intensity (~5 µmol m-2 s-1) nighttime light can mess up Acroporid's biological clocks.

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Microscopic clownfish!

Microscopic clownfish!

You'll forgive the pixellation when you realize how impossibly tiny this image is.

A research team has engineered the smallest image ever created. These clownfish and their host anemone are printed on a surface area that measures only 0.0092 mm² and is invisible to the naked eye!

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An Asian arowana paludarium

An Asian arowana paludarium

An unique aquarium/paludarium

Asian arowanas are some of the most prestigious, sought-after fish in the world (and still illegal in some parts, including the USA). They're usually kept in spartan aquariums, but here is a small specimen in an unique setting.

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Methylene blue: A youth elixir?

Methylene blue: A youth elixir?

Photo by Graham Richardson (C.C.)

A new study substantiates past findings that methylene blue - a chemical commonly used for the treatment of fish diseases - has the incredible ability to not only delay human cell aging but mysteriously and almost completely fixes damaged cells. Said senior researcher Kan Cao: "It’s like magic!"

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Video update of Eren's Reef Aquarium

We featured Eren Yelkenci's aquarium back in 2012. Three years later, the heavily stocked reef tank is looking as spectacular as ever.

Read more about Eren's reef aquarium in Advanced Aquarist's March 2012 Featured Aquarium article.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsMrSqJ8Qys

Custom-made rustic aquarium cabinets

Today's aquarium cabinet choices are mostly either traditional or modern. If you're looking for something different — perhaps rustic or vintage — furniture-maker WarKnot can customize a design to your unique tastes.

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Artfully Acrylic's Reef Crest AIO

Artfully Acrylic's Reef Crest AIO

The unique side profile of the Reef Crest 17

Artfully Acrylic is set to launch a new and unique line of acrylic all-in-one aquariums called the Reef Crest. These aquariums are the first commercially manufactured reef drop-off AIOs available to hobbyists.

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A world-class local fish store

In an age when local fish stores are dwindling, it's really great to see a new LFS done right. Atlantis Aquarium in Hamburg, Germany commemorates their first business year with a beautiful trailer of their even more beautiful storefront.

It's not the largest LFS in the world, but it's one of the most well-executed and thoughtful retail shops I've seen.  It's stores like these that serve as ambassadors for our hobby.  While big box stores and online ordering is convenient and cheap, there's nothing that quite compares to a good local fish store.  I could spend a whole afternoon at Atlantis browsing stock and talking shop (if only I knew German).

Visit Atlantis Aquarium's facebook page for more information about their very impressive fish store.

The next-gen frag glue? Underwater glue inspired by mussels and clams

The next-gen frag glue?  Underwater glue inspired by mussels and clams

Incredible Maldivian blue T.gigas! Photo by Malcolm Browne.

Researchers are making progress developing a synthetic underwater adhesive that mimics the byssal filaments of bivalves. Anyone who's tried to remove a Tridacna clam from substrate knows how strong these filaments are.

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