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

Aquascaping on a grand scale

Aquascaping on a grand scale

The appropriately named "Coral Arch" artificial reef.

A big allure of planted and reef aquariums is the art and science of aquascaping our glass boxes. But what if you had a nearly unlimited canvas? The non-profit organization Coral Guardian partners with Oceanscape to restore wild coral reefs through imaginative and inspiring reefscaping.

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Captive Spawn of the Madagascar Clownfish, A. latifasciatus

Captive Spawn of the Madagascar Clownfish, A. latifasciatus

Amphiprion latifasciatus with eggs nestled in a Rose Bubble Tip Anemone, Entamacea quadricolor

The Madagascar Clownfish is one of the rarest Amphiprion spp. both in captivity and in the wild, so it is with great excitement we document what may be the first captive spawning event of A.latifasciatus.

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Feeding juvenile corals brine shrimp drastically increase their growth

Feeding juvenile corals brine shrimp drastically increase their growth

SPS corals have mouths for a reason.

A new research proves just how important captured food is for photosynthetic reef-building coral (at least Pocillopora). Juvenile specimens exhibited almost cubic increases in growth and survival when they were fed Artemia salina regularly for 24 weeks prior to transplantation.

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What eats a Great White Shark?

An electronic tag of a 3 meter great white shark washed ashore. The data it gathered is the stuff of nightmares, showing the shark had rapidly plummeted to a depth of 580 meters (nearly 2000 feet)! At that depth, the temperature sensor jumped from 46 degrees to 78 degress F where it remained for eight days at varying depth before returning back to sea temperature. Something had dragged the apex predator (or at least the sensor) down to the abyss ... and ate it!

Biotech firm and conservation organization seeks your help for coral research

Symbiotechs, a company "specialized in the sustainable sourcing and innovative screening methods for faster drugs discoveries from corals," and the non-profit reef conservation organization Coral Guardian are seeking crowd-source funding to study TGFB-Beta molecules in corals.

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D-D issues statement clarifying the recent Giesemann PowerChrome T5 announcement

After Giesemann announced their new PowerChrome T5 bulbs, there has been some confusion regarding the status of the pre-2014 T5 PowerChromes. D-D, the creator of Giesemann's former PowerChromes, wants aquarists to know that while their partnership with Giesemann has ended, D-D's popular T5 bulbs are still available and should not be regarded as "last gen" technology.

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Social Behaviors in Fish, Part 1: Social Systems and Sex Change

Social Behaviors in Fish, Part 1: Social Systems and Sex Change

The Catalina Goby, Lythrypnus dalli. This species changes its sex and behaviors, but not its coloration.

We welcome Ross DeAngelis to our writing team. Ross is currently researching clownfish behavior at the University of Illinois and has recently worked with cichlids at the University of Texas. In the first article of his multi-part blog series, Ross describes the interesting social systems and related sex changes amongst fish.

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Like finding money in your couch cushions ...

Like finding money in your couch cushions ...

A new Acropora prolifera reef!

Only instead of couch cushions, we're talking about a reef in the Lower Antilles. And instead of money, we're talking about a relatively rare Caribbean Acropora, A. prolifera. Scientists discovered an unexpected, new, large and healthy A.prolifera reef that wasn't there in 2011.

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Reefkeeping: Old School vs. New School

These two recently uploaded videos show us the clear contrast between "old school" reefkeeping versus "leading edge" reefkeeping. It also shows us that (as with nature) there is more than one definition of beauty. Different strokes for different folks. Which aquarium is more to your liking?

Here is an "old school" soft coral aquascape featuring earth-tone brown color palette and full spectrum lights.  This type of aquarium ruled the scene in the late 80s to early 90s.

And here is a "new school" stoney-dominated aquascape featuring brilliantly pastel "ultra-low-nutrient-system" coloration and blue lights.  This type of exhibit dominates our hobby today.

3reef.com is back online with a brand new website

3reef.com is back online with a brand new website

Yes. I was googling "moss garden."

Our friends at 3reef.com have been down for the past week gearing up for a major site upgrade. They're now back online with a completely new and modernized website. Their hard work definitely paid off.

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Yes. It's another Red Sea dive video

We're about three Red Sea articles away from renaming our website to CrazyForTheRedSea.com. This new dive video affirms what Advanced Aquarist readers should know by now: the underwater landscape at the Red Sea is as surreal and serene as it is breathtaking. Even with its muted colors, the beauty of its exotic shapes is undeniable.

Giesemann's new Powerchrome T5 bulbs

Giesemann's new Powerchrome T5 bulbs

Five new marine/reef and two freshwater/planted T5 bulbs from Giesemann.

Giesemann will start shipping seven new German-made T5 bulbs in July, 2014. Giesemann explains that by using a new blend of phosphors, the new Powerchrome bulbs provide more light output, longer life, and better spectral stability during its life. We share Giesemann's press release after the jump.

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Aqua Illumination's new Hydra TwentySix completes AI's revamped product line

The AI Hydra TwentySix is essentially a half-sized version of the Hydra FiftyTwo. The new miniaturized LED fixture will feature two of AI's newest 13-LED light puck (totaling 26 LEDs, hence its name) and output 90 watts at maximum setting. The TwentySix will retail for $399, available May 29, 2014.

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Designing the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre

Designing the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre

Artist redendtion of the Cairns Aquarium planned for 63 Abbott Street.

Design work has commenced for the new Cairns Aquarium and Research Centre, scheduled to open in 2016. We love love LOVE the trend of using public aquariums as platforms for avant-garde architectural masterpieces.

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New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

Researchers studied a wide range of abundant and rare species. Scott Reef, WA, Australia. Copyright AIMS

Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.

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