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

Be cautious of yellow Acropora

Be cautious of yellow Acropora

A stark reminder that not all bleached corals are white

Who loves yellow Acropora staghorn coral? These banana-coloured corals sometimes appear in the aquarium trade, often with hefty price tags. Thanks to biologists from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, we now know that yellow Acropora's are actually highly stressed corals.

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All-female hybrid fish species “uses” males for better genetics

 All-female hybrid fish species “uses” males for better genetics

A male of Hexagrammos otakii (Hot), which provides male genetic material to the hybrid strain Hoc/Hot. (Photo courtesy of Nagaaki Sato)

A hybrid species of all-female fish in the north Pacific Ocean (Japan) may have survived for an uncharacteristically long period of time by switching mating species.

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First aquacultured Lemon Butterflies now available

First aquacultured Lemon Butterflies now available

Aquacultured Chaetodon miliaris are here!

Rising Tide Conservation (and by extension, Hawaiian Oceanic Institute and the University of Florida) are our heroes! Their dedicated aquaculture research is now producing commercially viable yields for reef fish previously only available from the wild. Quality Marine has received the first captive bred C.miliaris butterflyfish for resale.

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♥ Discus hardscapes

The tank style I've always wanted set up but somehow have never gotten around to in my three decades in this hobby is a discus hardscape. A dramatic earthtone abboreal graveyard decorated with splashes of vibrant color with mellow personalities ... what's not to love?

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Possible undescribed fairy wrasse enters aquarium trade

Possible undescribed fairy wrasse enters aquarium trade

Darwin's Glow Fairy Wrasse

Quality Marine (USA) received a shipment from Monsoon Aquatics (Australia) of a possible undescribed species of Cirrhilabrus sp. that is said to glow red under actinic lighting. They have named it the Darwin's Glow Fairy Wrasse.

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The Forbidden Forest by Yoyo Prayogi

The Forbidden Forest by Yoyo Prayogi

Video by Aquagraphy Indonesia

We've all seen photos of award-winning aquascapes, but photos can't compare to videos when it comes to capturing three-dimensional, living beauty. Here is a jaw-dropping video of Yoyo Prayogi's jungle aquascape, "The Forbidden Forest."

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Corals consume (lots of) bacteria

Corals consume (lots of) bacteria

In order to better understand how corals are interacting with microbes in surrounding reef waters, the researchers set up aquaria-based experiments using colonies of the coral P. astreoides. Photo by Stacy Peltier, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

Researchers have for the first time that corals play a role in reef microbe population by selectively feeding on certain types of nutrient-rich bacteria. Just as fascinating: the bacteria appear to be feeding on something the corals are providing them.

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Crud! Indo-Pacific Foxface observed in Florida's reefs

Crud!  Indo-Pacific Foxface observed in Florida's reefs

Blotched foxface rabbitfish, Siganus unimaculatus/ Photo by James W. Fatherree

Blotched foxface (Siganus unimaculatus) has now been sighted offshore Dania Beach, FL. It marks the 36th non-native fish introduced into Floridan waters. It's a good time to remind all aquarists: NEVER dispose of fish, corals, inverts, plants, or livestock into local waters.

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Melithaea davidi: A new deepwater sea fan

 Melithaea davidi: A new deepwater sea fan

A peach-colored morph of Melithaea davidi with its polyps extended.

At the depth of 80 meters (~240 feet) in the Sea of Oman (between the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean), explorers discovered a new delicate, lacy octocoral.

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Texas aquarium wins $1 million lawsuit against chemical company

Last year, Texas State Aquarium lost 389 fishes in one of their exhibits due to a mislabeled batch of chemicals they used to treat parasites. The public aquarium has won their lawsuit against the chemical supplier.

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The temperature reef fish prefer

The temperature reef fish prefer

Chromis viridis

Have you ever wondered what temperature your fishes prefer if they had control of the thermostat? Researchers presented Chromis viridis this choice to find out.

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The Ruby Red Dragonet has a name

The Ruby Red Dragonet has a name

Synchiropus sycorax. Photo by Y.K. Tea.

It's official. The Ruby Red Dragonet - arguably the is most alluring of dragonets - is now recognized as the new distinct species, Synchiropus sycorax. It is currently known only from Jolo Island, Philippines.

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Stunning new deepwater reef fish

Stunning new deepwater reef fish

Grammatonotus brianne. Photo by Luiz Rocha.

Grammatonotus brianne is an amazing new callanthiid fish discovered by a team of California Academy of Sciences and Bishop Museum ichthyologists. The new species is currently only known from Luzon Island (Philippines) at the remarkable depth of 150 meters.

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Commercially aquacultured Fire Shrimps on the way

Commercially aquacultured Fire Shrimps on the way

Photo by Quality Marine

The Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) is popular among reefkeepers for their blood-red color, peaceful nature, and their important roles as scavengers and cleaners. This species has been bred in small batches for decades, and now Roger Williams University is delivering commercially aquacultured Fire Shrimps.

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Apistogramma sororcula, a new dwarf cichlid

Apistogramma sororcula, a new dwarf cichlid

Apistogramma sororcula (male; yellow morph; color corrected image)

It's remarkable how many new, showy tropical fish have been discovered lately. Cichlids get their turn at the spotlight with Apistogramma sororcula, a new and exquisite South American dwarf cichlid.

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