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

Details about the world's biggest nature aquarium

Amano's colossal 40 meter long, 42,000+ gallon nature aquarium at Lisboa's Oceanarium, Portugal, opens this April. In partnership with the Portuguese aquascaping community AquaA3, we share some impressive photos, videos, and details about the world's biggest nature aquarium.

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The chameleon dottyback

Many of you have seen or kept Pseudochromis fuscus. But how many of you knew that this fish is able to change colors to camouflage against the background or to mimic the colors of its prey in order to lower their guard? There's a biological reason why we see so much color variation for this dottyback.

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A Beautiful Mess

Aquarists often put a lot of effort into sculpting carefully orchestrated aquascapes with immaculate layers, textures, and arrangements. But sometimes letting nature take over can produce gorgeous (and it goes without saying, very natural) results.

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The Tahitian "Gold Flake Wrasse" is a real head-turner

The Tahitian "Gold Flake Wrasse" is a real head-turner

Labropsis polynesica

Labropsis polynesica is a wrasse that, to the best of our knowledge, has never been collected for captivity until now. The labrid is one of the most spectacular species we've laid our eyes on.

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Pillar Corals bred in captivity for the first time

Pillar Corals bred in captivity for the first time

Pillar Coral. Photo by Mark Vermeij.

Scientists have procreated Dendrogyra cylindrus in laboratory aquariums for the first time. Pillar Corals are unique stony corals from the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which grow in the shape of tall "smoke-stack" pillars (hence their name) .

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Video of Amano installing the world's largest nature aquarium

This year, Takashi Amano and his ADA (Aqua Design Amano) crew were commissioned by the Oceanário de Lisboa in Portugal to design a 40 meter (130 ft) long U-shaped aquarium! Here is a new video of the insane installation of Amano's latest public masterpiece.

Showboating Midas Blennies

Showboating Midas Blennies

A male Ecsenius midas in his nuptial colors.

Marine fishkeepers often keep wrasses in pairs because of their elaborate courtship rituals. However, we usually don't think of keeping blennies in pairs for the same reason. Anna DeLoach of blennywatcher.com shows us what we're missing out on!

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Aquatic Life's HALO Marine LED Fixture

Aquatic Life's HALO Marine LED Fixture

Basic version on the left, Deluxe version on the right.

Aquatic Life's new pendant LED light called the HALO has hit the market. The HALO is available in a basic and deluxe model with built-in programmable timer. Both versions feature two channels (one for blue LEDs and one for white) of fully dimmable 0-10V control. The HALO is 85 watts of power packed into a small 5 inch, 1.5 lb cube.

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Four new Trimma gobies described!

Four new Trimma gobies described!

Trimma multiclitellum , male holotype, 17.4 mm SL, Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Photograph by G.R. Allen.

Gerald R Allen is on a winning streak discovering new reef fish! He has just described four new and absolutely gorgeous dwarf goby species: Trimma abyssum, T.chledophilum, T.multiclitellum, and T.nauagium.

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Yo 1%: We've got THE apartment for you

Yo 1%: We've got THE apartment for you

Stairway to heaven

If you're uber rich, love reef aquariums, and looking for new digs in Chicago, we think this upcoming listing might interest you. The penthouse features (amongst many other things) THREE 500 gallon built-in reef tanks.

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On How to Rise Twilight Fish

Quest Science presents an awesome mini-documentary about how the California Academy of Science is developing technology to safely bring deep water fish up to surface. The video features commentaries by Steinhart Aquarium Director Bart Sheperd, Curator of Ichthyology Dr. Luiz Rocha, and Tinkerer Extraordinaire Matt Wandell. Get your fish geek on!

Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Lines

Happy Friday. Here's a new wallpaper photographed by Mitchell Brown. The delicate linear lines of a Tridacna clam competes with the radial lines of a neighboring zoanthid.

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Two newly described Acentrogobius gobies

Two newly described Acentrogobius gobies

Acentrogobius vanderloosi. All photos credited to G.R. Allen.

Gerald R. Allen has formally described two new gobies he discovered at Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Meet Acentrogobius violarisi and Acentrogobious vanderloosi.

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Three men confess to torturing fish to death

It boggles the mind how cruel some people are to animals. It hits especially close to home when it's fish abuse. These three ___________ show the unfathomable depravity of some human beings.

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Glass-blown gravity-defying desktop aquarium

The Echappée (Escaped) aquarium by Sébastien Cordoleani is what happens when Art Nouveau meets fish tank. The amorphous glass-blown dome is meant to convey the idea of flowing water. Fish are able to swim into the dome, which stays filled with water thanks to atmospheric pressure holding the water in.

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