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

The genetic basis for SPS' colors

The genetic basis for SPS' colors

This image shows Acropora millepora light-mediated upregulation of red fluorescent protein amilFP597 in the upper branch. Credit: Professor Wiedenmann and Celia D'Angelo

SPS aren't all created equal. Some SPS are bleh. Some are real knockouts (it's these special SPS that command high prices as "designer" frags). The difference is in their genes. While some SPS can color up (or down) depending on environmental conditions, some are simply genetically "superior" to others.

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Hooray! Another vector for palytoxin! (new Palythoa species)

Hooray!  Another vector for palytoxin! (new Palythoa species)

Palythoa mizigama is found in Okinawa Island, Japan.

Researchers have discovered and identified a new species of Japanese reef Palythoa, P.mizigama. It's not a particularly beautiful paly, but it is rather rare in that this Palythoa lives in caves - an azoox button polyp.

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Deepwater's BLDC DC Brushless pumps available February, 2015

DC pumps are rapidly gaining their place in our hobby for their high efficiency, high output, variable speed control, and low noise. Deepwater Aquatics is releasing their version of DC pumps in coming weeks.

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You can own a piece of fish conservation history

Up for auction is a true piece of American (and Boston) history. Written only two months after the United States signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, this letter may be one of the earliest US governmental conservation documents in existence. Fish conservation no less. And signed by *THE* signature of all signatures, John Hancock!

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Reefkeeping is NOT under attack

At least not by NMFS or NOAA. I really wish reef aquarists and experts alike would stop spouting this "we're under assault" red herring. It's serves only to undermine our own hobby and the animals we all love.

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The Fluorescent Maldives

The Fluorescent Maldives

An "ordinary" Acropora (valida or nana?) transforms itself into anything but ordinary!

With the advent of technology, fluorescent night diving is becoming a popular form of underwater photography/videography. Biofluorescence has captured the interests of many reef divers and for good reason: sealife (particularly corals) are at their most amazing when they're transforming blue and UV light into unbelievable glowing colors.

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Sisters act together - Cichlid sisters swim together in order to reach the goal

Sisters act together - Cichlid sisters swim together in order to reach the goal

Cichlid fish in the Lake Tanganyika (Photo: Stefanie Schwamberger)

Many fish travel in shoals as a form of protection. But the exact shoaling patterns – who groups with whom – differ from species to species. A team of researchers from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika in central Africa. On their dives, the researchers observed that female fish dispersed longer distances from their natal grounds than males. To minimize risks and to secure the spread of their genetic information, females often swim together in a shoal with female siblings. Males, on the other hand, prefer shoaling with non-siblings. The results were recently published in the journal Oecologia.

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The artist formerly known as pufferfish has a new name

The artist formerly known as pufferfish has a new name

A pair of Torquigener albomaculosus in their love nest.

In 2013, we blogged about a really cool Japanese pufferfish that creates incredible love nests on the sandbed which can be best described as geometric art. The Michelangelo of the sea now has a been officially described as a new species.

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This is how giants do

Goliath groupers are massive fish that can grow nearly 2.5 meters in length (8 feet) and weigh almost half a ton (450kg). Last summer, scientists documented for the first time how these rare giants spawn.

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People really suck sometimes

People really suck sometimes

This is not what anyone expects to see on an aquarium.

A LFS in Lubbock, Texas was burglarized on January 17, 2015. The thieves not only made out with the contents of the cash register, but they decided to shoot up ten stocked aquariums for no reason.

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Apistogramma kullanderi, a new showstopper

Apistogramma sp. are amongst the most spectacular cichlids - nay, fish in the world. A new species was added to this genus last month. Apistogramma kullanderi continues the tradition of excellence for this dwarf cichlid genus.

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Chelidoperca santosi, a new and spectacular reef basslet

Chelidoperca santosi, a new and spectacular reef basslet

Here is a holotype of Chelidoperca santosi gathered from a Philippine fish market

The story of Chelidoperca santosi's discovery is as intriguing as the species itself. A bright red and orange Serranid (basslet) was found in the mouth of a larger grouper at a Philippine fish market.

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Nothobranchius flagrans, a gorgeous new killifish

Lots of amazing new fish species have been described in recent weeks, and we'll spend the better part of this week telling you about them. This is Nothobranchius flagrans, a new killifish from the Republic of Congo.

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The secret lives of baby reef fish

We know it's Friday. Just one last educational material for you to soak up before the weekend. We promise it's fun and worthwhile, as most things TED are. Baby reef fish fight an uphill battle to survive into adulthood, but they aren't hapless drifters. The lil' guys are rather amazing, actually!

Laying the groundwork for the Frost Museum of Science's Aquarium

The Frost Museum of Science at Miami, FL is under construction. It took 25 hours, a lot of machinery, and a bunch of people to lay the concrete foundation for the 600,000 gallon aquarium. Here's a fun time-lapse of the impressive process.

Read more about the new museum and aquarium, which is scheduled to open sometime in 2016.

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