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NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

This "30,000 Leagues Lokani" is now listed as Threatened under the ESA. Photo by Joe Peck

20 new corals - many species aquarists keep - join Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While this listing does not have a direct and immediate effect on reefkeepers, it is only one step removed from Endangered listing.

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Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

Male adult (top) and female adult (bottom)

Macropharyngodon pakoko is the newest leopard wrasse described from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, where it is endemic. This wrasse brings the total number of Macropharyngdon to twelve species.

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Researchers raise bichirs to walk on land

Researchers raise bichirs to walk on land

One of the land-dwelling bichirs. Photo by Antoine Morin

Fast-tracking the evolutionary process: Scientists have reared birchirs (an awesome oddball tropical fish) to walk on land, and their research has produced some fascinating results.

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MACNA 2015 location announced: Washington DC!

The event will take place September 4th, 5th, and 6th of 2015 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in northwest Washington, DC.

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The Evidence is in: Fish are Intelligent!

The Evidence is in: Fish are Intelligent!

Beauty and brains! Photo of Blue Ram Cichlid by Nicole Kasper (c.c.)

Despite having a reputation for being mindless instinct driven vertebrates, fish are actually highly intelligent. So please, no more 30-second memory myths. A slew of recent research has shown a variety of complex behaviors and social systems (which I recently wrote about). While other recent work has focused on the cognitive abilities of specific individuals, as well as their ability to learn from others

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Pacific Sun improves precision of their Kore 5th dosing pump with new DropDose dispenser

Pacific Sun improves precision of their Kore 5th dosing pump with new DropDose dispenser

The Pacific Sun DropDose

In January, 2014, Pacific Sun introduced their Kore 5th doser, a highly advanced 5-channel dosing + ATO system. With the latest software/firmware update in conjunction with their new DropDose drip dispenser, the Kore 4th will soon be able to dose in increments as small as 0.01ml!

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Goliath Grouper:1, Black Tip Reef Shark:0

Goliath Grouper:1, Black Tip Reef Shark:0

This is not photoshopped, and goliath groupers actually get almost twice as big as this guy. Photo by Brett Seymour.

The common name for Epinephelus itajara is goliath grouper for a reason. These things are absolute beasts, growing to over 10ft (3m) long and weighing 800lbs (360kg). They can make meals of almost everything in the Caribbean, including a 4 ft black tip shark on a fisherman's line. Respect the grouper!

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Young corals, fish turned off by smell of damaged habitats

Young corals, fish turned off by smell of damaged habitats

Let your nose guide the way: This young clownfish knows the smell of a healthy reef vs an unhealthy one. Photo by Danielle Dixson

As if you need more motivation to keep all your corals healthy, researchers have discovered that fish and corals can both smell distressed and damaged reefs and are repulsed by the odors. Don't make your fish and corals live in insufferable stench!

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Goldfish playing Streetfighter II is apparently a huge spectator sport

Goldfish playing Streetfighter II is apparently a huge spectator sport

This exists

This might be the dumbest and most entertaining thing we've stumbled across in quite some time, and clearly we aren't alone in this opinion. Using color and spatial detection, two fancy goldfish challenge each other to games of Streetfighter II, and thousands of people turn out to watch it on Twitch. No joke.

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Lionfish behavior may hunt species to local extinction

Lionfish behavior may hunt species to local extinction

OSU researcher in the field

Most predators will hunt where prey is most abundant. When prey is scarce, they will move on to new hunting grounds. Not lionfish! These trespassers are the worst house squatters ever. New research by OSU finds they will literally stay in one place and eat everything out of house and home.

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Tenji redefines "dive bar" with 7,500 gallon custom aquarium

Tenji redefines "dive bar" with 7,500 gallon custom aquarium

The world's biggest look-UP tank?

A plant-less, coral-less aquarium isn't what we usually write about, but this unique build is a remarkable engineering achievement. And considering where it's located, it's probably a good idea it isn't filled with fussy livestock.

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What's cooler than an underwater waterfall? How about two?

What's cooler than an underwater waterfall?  How about two?

Beautiful. Enough said.

We've written about underwater "waterfalls" before, but this planted aquarium takes the concept up a notch. This 3 foot aquascape features not one but two full-height underwater "waterfalls."

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Pachyseris inattesa is a new Red Sea stony coral

Pachyseris inattesa is the newest described species of 'elephant skin' coral. This new species has a smoother appearance than its congeners aquarists sometimes encounter. The best we can describe P.inattesa is a cross between Montipora verrucosa and Leptoseris sp. corals. (It's a good thing we have pictures!)

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Might anti-anxiety medication help our fish?

Might anti-anxiety medication help our fish?

Photo by Chee Hong

Benzodiazepine is a class of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders in humans. But research is finding that this type of drug has a surprising effect on fish. It decreases the mortality of fish fry, makes fish bolder and more active, and feed with more vigor. Is psychoactive medication the next frontier for aquarists and breeders?

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Beautiful 1930s Art Deco Aquarium up for grabs on eBay

For $6500 USD (OBO), you can own a piece of aquarium history. This 31 gallon antique aquarium features amenities you will never see in any modern aquarium such as back-lit stained glass, beveled glass details, iron stand and frame, and marble base. They sure don't make them like they used to.

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