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

Aquatic Life introduces affordable 4 stage RO+DI

Aquatic Life announced a very compact and economical ($129.99 USD) 4-state reverse osmosis and deionization system. Now you have no excuse not to purify your water for your aquatic friends.

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Eviota melanosphena: a new GBR dwarf goby

Eviota melanosphena: a new GBR dwarf goby

Underwater Great Barrier Reef Photo by Alonso Gonzalez Cabello

We have another newly described iddy biddy goby. Eviota melanosphena is only known from the shallow reefs of the Great Barrier Reef between Lizard Island and Endeavour Reef.

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Reef-A-Palooza New York begins next weekend

Reef-A-Palooza (RAP) is billed as North America's most-attended reefkeeping event. RAP New York occurs on June 25 and 26. RAP organizers supplied Advanced Aquarist with information about next weekend's event (press release after the jump).

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Aquascaping with glass and 3D printed objects

Japanese artist Haruka Misawa has taken the polar opposite approach to aquascaping as the late, great Takashi Amano. Instead of natural elements, Misawa's art exhibit, Waterscape, uses glass and 3D printed plastics to compose the final imagery.

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Aqua Illumination announces Prime HD LED

The AI Prime HD is the next evolution of the popular Prime LED light with 10% more power using the "HD" LED puck found in the latest AI Hydra lights.

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ORA introduces new aquacultured Acropora

ORA has been busy commercially breeding reef fish in recent years, but it's been a while since ORA introduced a new Acropora to their product line. Laura's Purple Polyp Acropora is available starting this week.

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A reef fish that can change sex ... more than 20 times a day!

A reef fish that can change sex ... more than 20 times a day!

Boy or girl? Yes. Photo by Kevin Bryant (C.C.)

Most of us know that many reef fish like clownfish, anthias, and wrasses are hermaphrodites, able to change sex throughout their life. But did you know the chalk bass can change genders at least 20 times each day? And they're faithfully monogamous too.

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Godzilla goby: A new frilly-finned deep-water goby

Godzilla goby: A new frilly-finned deep-water goby

Varicus lacerta, live photo by Barry Brown.

Exploration of the mesophotic Caribbean reefs have discovered many new goby species previously unknown to science. Varicus lacerta, dubbed "Godzilla Goby" by the scientists who described it, is the latest (and most unique) species yet.

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The best fish portraits you will ever see

We know this is a bold statement, but just take a look at these images by Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich; we're certain you will agree this gentleman possesses unparalleled talent.

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Some of you may have already been exposed to Angkatavanich's jaw-dropping betta photography, which has made its round in media (including Advanced Aquarist) throughout the past few years.  Apple even used his betta images for their iPhone 6 launch back in 2015.

But bettas are not his only aquatic subjects.  Angkatavanich's work with goldfish, for example, is astonishing.

We are only sharing a tiny sampling of Visarute Angkatavanich's artwork here to promote his talented photography. His 500px gallery is filled with so much eye candy that your eyeballs will develop cavities.

It's worth it.

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Your fishes know your face

Your fishes know your face

This archerfish not only spits but also knows whose face to spit on!

For anyone who has ever believed their fish are able to recognize him/her from other people, a new research may finally substantiate your belief. Archerfish were able to correctly differentiate human faces over 80% of the time!

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Personality Changes Can Affect Fish Body Shape, Locomotion

Fish that are bred to be bolder or more shy show corresponding changes to their body shape and locomotion, suggesting that personality changes affect other seemingly unrelated traits.

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OdySea, the US Southwest's largest aquarium, set to open this summer

Construction is forging full speed ahead for Odysea Aquarium at Scottsdale, Arizona. With 200,000 square feet housing over 2 million US gallons of exhibits, it will be the US Southwest's largest public aquarium.

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Pet eel

I stumbled upon an unbelievable video we shared a few years ago featuring Oliver the Green Eel, an incredibly tame moray. Oliver is not the only moray eel that enjoys people petting them.

Before you watch these videos and think it's a good idea to pet an eel, you might want to google "eel bite" (many NSFL photos will grace your computer screen).  These videos are not intended to encourage anyone to handle moray eels but to simply show the amazing bonds between these eels and their human friends.  Morays may look menacing, and their teeth can inflict some serious, SERIOUS damage to flesh (google it if you have the stomach for it).  But paradoxically, some eels are also puppy-like, friendly, inquisitive.  Cases in point:

Oliver the Green Eel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9rqxh0tpjw

Eel with Winnipeg Manitoba aquarium staff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H1ipbS3q6s

Valerie Taylor and her eel friend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IQ2I-P8Uc

Boston's Museum of Science completes the 'Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River' exhibit

Boston's Museum of Science completes the 'Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River' exhibit

Tank and crawl-through area with water feature and living walls

Tenji has completed the design and construction of MOS' newest exhibit. The Yawkey Gallery provides visitors an interactive experience to help people understand the connection between man and nature on Boston's Charles River.

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When it comes to claws, right-handed attracts the girls

When it comes to claws, right-handed attracts the girls

Credit: Credit Bernardo J. O'Connor, University of Adelaide

A tiny marine crustacean with a great big claw has shown that not only does size matter, but left or right-handedness (or in this case, left or right-clawedness) is important too.

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