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

Polyp fetish? We've got the video for you

Dr. Tim Wijgerde has been perfecting his time-lapse photography. His latest 4K video reveals the slow motion of lovely Acropora polyps. Old timers will remember the days when Acropora were considered impossible to keep in captivity. Oh, how times have changed.

Two new reef goby species

Two new reef goby species

Amblygobius cheraphilus (G.R. Allen)

Amblygobius calvatus and Amblygobius cheraphilus are the two newest species of burrowing gobies from the tropical western Pacific Ocean. They exist in shallow water but are skittish and have evaded discovery until now.

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Magnificent "room divider" reef tank

I can't think of a more wonderful way to divide two rooms; both the kitchen and the dining table share view of this incredible reef aquarium.

You may remember having seen this aquarium.  We shared it in 2015, almost an year ago to this day.  It has since matured splendidly.  The open aquascape has filled in in all the right places.  Bravo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX0Hb2Kszrs

The world's most expensive betta fish?

The world's most expensive betta fish?

This betta sold for an incredible $1500USD. Photo via Kachen Worachai's Facebook page.

The winning bid on a Facebook auction for a betta fish pigmented like Thailand's national flag ended at a whooping 53,500 baht (~$1,500 USD)! As far as we are aware, this makes it the most expensive betta fish in the world.

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Angler frogfish have neon-glow worm lures

Angler frogfish have neon-glow worm lures

(b) Antennarius striatus under blue light. (c) Fluorescencing worm swimming next to the frogfish.

You likely know about the wiggly lures some frogfish use to entice prey to come within striking distance so the frogfish can easily ambush them. It turns out the lures of Antennarius striatus glow under actinic lighting, further enhancing their deadly seduction.

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One new dwarf goby described, another redescribed

One new dwarf goby described, another redescribed

Eviota flebilis. Photo by T. Suzuki.

David Greenfield and Toshiyuki Suzuki describes a new species of dwarf goby, Eviota bilunula. They also redescribe Eviota flebilis based on new specimens found of this elusive species.

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Mass spawning of 2800 transplanted Acropora

Mass spawning of 2800 transplanted Acropora

Synchronous spawning of outplanted Acropora tenuis.

W00T! Researchers report a large-scale synchronous spawning of ~2800 colonies of outplanted Acropora tenuis in Okinawa, Japan. This is a different method of reef restoration than what many of us are familiar with - one which promotes genetic diversity through natural reproduction.

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Another mesmerizing 4K time lapse video

Dr. Tim Wijgerde is getting *really* good at his time lapse photography. Part 3 of his series feature the mesmerizing slow dance of corallimorpharians, elegance corals, blastomussas, starfish, tubeworms, SPS, zoanthids, and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnbMyQda2RM

This video shows marine life in time lapse and stunning 4K quality. Witness the revealed behavior of stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids, starfish, corallimorpharians and tube worms!

This footage was produced from about 5,500 24 Megapixel photographs, shot with a Nikon D610 equipped with a 60 mm Nikkor macro lens.

Another pleco described as a new species: Panaqolus tankei

Another pleco described as a new species: Panaqolus tankei

Panaqolus tankei from the region of Vitória do Xingu (live aquarium specimen; photo by R. Heidemann

L398 is now officially recognized as Panaqolus tankei. We are witnessing a golden era in fish taxonomy thanks to technology, modern research techniques, and the cooperation between aquarists and the scientific community.

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Would you "keep" a realistic robotic fish?

Would you "keep" a realistic robotic fish?

The Miro-9 in blue (on display stand)

South Korean tech company AIRO is manufacturing one of the most realistic robotic fish currently on the market. The MIRO is an advanced submersible robot that mirrors both the look and movement of fish.

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New ways to measure fish personality

New ways to measure fish personality

Blood parrot cichlids are a captive bred fish with big personalities.

Multiple studies have concluded what fishkeepers have known for ages: fish have very distinct personalities. Some are skittish while others are bold. Some are friendly while some are simply born SOBs. A new study further reinforces this conclusion while also outlining simple, low-cost methods for breeders to measure fish personality.

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Corals and zooxanthallae: A 210 million year old relationship

A new study has found strong evidence that the iconic partnership between corals and zooxanthallae is really old ... like when-the-first-dinosaurs-walked-Pangea old.

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Where your corals are collected matters

Where your corals are collected matters

Porites astreoides with Spirobranchus giganteus (Xmas Tree Worms). Photo by Marie Strader

A University of Texas study found that Porites astreoides from more dynamic inshore reefs are much better able to adapt to stresses and changes at the genetic level compared to Porites from more stable offshore reefs.

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The puffiest pufferfish

The puffiest pufferfish

Fat angry chipmunck? Pokemon? Nope. A puffed dogface puffer.

Most of the puffed-up pufferfish photos and videos we've seen are of the spiky porcupine variety. Here's footage of a dogface pufferfish at its most extreme.

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A much-needed balanced perspective about the marine aquarium trade

A much-needed balanced perspective about the marine aquarium trade

Photograph by Michaela Clemence. Via National Geographic

Recently, a lot of negative press has been written about the aquarium trade. Shannon Switzer Swanson has embarked on a global "adventure" to present a balanced view of the aquarium trade - both its impact on coral reef conservation and its people.

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