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

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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Makeup artist uses dead tropical fish as fashion accessories

Makeup artist uses dead tropical fish as fashion accessories

Photos by Elya Bulochka

Elya Bulochka, a makeup artist from Moscow, decided to decorate models' faces with dead tropical fish. This is not a joke (although many wish it was).

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Hydor USA files International Trade Commission complaint against Jebao

Italian aquarium products manufacturer Hydor has filed an ITC complaint against Chinese manufacturer Jebao in an effort to prevent importation into and sale within the USA market.

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An Indonesian sandfall aquascape

We've shared more than our fair share of sandfalls (AKA "underwater waterfalls") in the past, so lately we've held back posting more aquascapes that feature this design element unless they're special. This one is special.

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A new African cichlid: Ptychochromis mainty

Ptychochromis mainty is a newly described species endemic to southern Madagascar. It may not be the most colorful cichlid, but its finnage - especially its elongated pelvic, anal, and soft dorsal fins - is beautiful! This species has likely been available within the aquarium trade since circa 2000.

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What a lovely kitchen reef tank!

Today, many of us will spend entirely way too much time in our kitchens preparing for Thanksgiving. Just think how nice it would be to have this gorgeous open-structure reefscape as your kitchen view?

New form of secret light language keeps other animals in the dark

New form of secret light language keeps other animals in the dark

Photo by Yakir Gagnon

QBI researchers have uncovered an entirely new form of secret light communication used by mantis shrimp.

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AquaMaxx introduces two new media reactors

AquaMaxx has released two new affordable media reactors constructed of cast acrylic. The reactors are designed for versatility and will work for a wide range of media such as GFO, GAC, and biopellets.

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Fish Skin Provides Invisibility in Open Ocean

Fish Skin Provides Invisibility in Open Ocean

The mirror-like scales of lookdownfish serve as cloaking devices.

Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery about how some fish seem to disappear from predators in the open waters of the ocean, a discovery that could help materials scientists and military technologists create more effective methods of ocean camouflage.

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Florida Wildlife Commisssion to consider stricter harvest limits for dwarf seahorses

Florida Wildlife Commisssion to consider stricter harvest limits for dwarf seahorses

A dwarf seahorse anchored to sea grass.

The FWC is one step closer to passing more restrictive harvest measure for dwarf seahorses. However, it is unlikely any near-future action the FWC may adopt will impact this species' availability to hobbyists.

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Uh oh! 3D printed objects found to be toxic to fish

Uh oh!  3D printed objects found to be toxic to fish

Embryo development on 3D printed disks.

Researchers have discovered that plastic objects created by both types of popular 3D printing techniques do serious harm to fish, at least when it comes to zebrafish embryo development.

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A new and spectacular gorgonian-dwelling squat lobster

A new and spectacular gorgonian-dwelling squat lobster

Galathea ryuguu

Squat lobsters are neat crustaceans; a Japanese squat lobster that camouflages itself within colorful sea fans is especially awesome. Galathea ryuguu is a newly described species that lives on Muricella sea fans.

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How free-living corals survive on the sand

How free-living corals survive on the sand

Photo by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble.

When you're a coral who lives on the sand, you must figure out how to avoid being buried alive. Using time-lapse photography, reseachers are uncovering the ways fungiid corals excavate themselves when buried as well as how they right themselves when upside down.

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