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

Got aggressive hermit crabs? Give them better homes

Got aggressive hermit crabs?  Give them better homes

A good home = happier crab.

A new study finds that bad shells is the top reason why hermit crabs become aggressive towards other hermit crags (and presumably also any animal that happens to have an usable shell, such as snails). The lesson: Give your crabs lots of high quality shells to choose from.

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Bravery may cost fish their lives

Bravery may cost fish their lives

Being timid has survival benefits

Fish that show bravery often become prey themselves, whereas shyer individuals survive to a greater extent. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now successfully established a connection between bold personalities and the risk of being killed by a predator in the wild.

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Family of seven hospitalized after suspected palytoxin poisoning

Family of seven hospitalized after suspected palytoxin poisoning

There is a dark side to zoas. Photo by La Kien.

Here's our regularly scheduled reminder to always take proper safety precautions when working in and around your aquarium. This week, an entire family was sent to the hospital after people in the home were exposed to suspected palytoxin released from a reef tank.

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The great indoors

The great indoors

It's like a jungle sometimes. It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.

Who needs the outdoors when you have a magnificent jungle right next to your couches? The three-dimensionality of this 100 gallon, 120x60x50cm (48x24x20") aquascape is awe-inspiring. Bravo!

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Researchers develop new coral bleaching database

Researchers develop new coral bleaching database

Data is beautiful

More and more coral bleaching events are afflicting reefs throughout the world. Researchers have now created a new global bleaching database that is much more complete than ever before. The new compiled data can hopefully help scientists understand bleaching trends to better protect coral reefs.

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Firefighters save 40 foot container full of tropical fish

Firefighters save 40 foot container full of tropical fish

Photo by Brett Le Blanc, Las Vegas Review.

A semi-trailer truck towing 2,000 tropical fish on the southbound I95 to Las Vegas caught on fire (twice!). Fortunately, firefighters were able to put out the fire and save the fishes from a fiery demise.

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Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

Reef2Reef.com acquires 3reef.com

Two marine aquarium communities will soon become one. Reef2Reef announced they have finalized the purchase of 3reef.

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Blennywatcher has a new fangblenny named after him!

Blennywatcher has a new fangblenny named after him!

Adelotremus deloachi holotype, (right side reversed). Photograph by Mark V. Erdmann.

Look who was just honored with the etymology of a new Indonesian fangblenny species? Adelotremus deloachi is a new blenny named for Ned DeLoach (yep! blennywatcher.com Ned), who first discovered the fish while muck diving in Bali and the Lembeh Strait.

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The illusion of space

The illusion of space

Like any good artist, a good aquascaper can draw your eye where he/she intends.

How big does this aquascape look to you? If you're like me, it looks much bigger than its actual size: 45x30x30cm (17x12x12") = 10 gallons. Paying attention to scale and arrangement can result in a aquacape that appears much bigger than it really is.

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Water flow enhances coral photosynthesis by stimulating CO2 uptake

Water flow enhances coral photosynthesis by stimulating CO2 uptake

By incubating corals in so–called respiration cells, we can manipulate a host of factors to determine how corals respond to their environment.

"Go with the flow" can be good advice sometimes. This holds especially true for reef–building corals, which require constant water flow to stay healthy. This is because water flow affects many processes in corals, including gas exchange, heat dissipation and nutrient supply.

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Moray eels documeted eating lionfish for the first time

Moray eels documeted eating lionfish for the first time

Dinner?

Sharks, groupers, frogfish, and scropionfish are some of large predators known to hunt these spiny venomous fish. Now for the first time, researchers have live documentation of moray eels preying on lionfish. The video is amazing.

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Lovely betta biotope

It may shock you to learn that betta fish don't naturally live in sterile plastic cups. Bettas splendens are native to Thailand. Whether from rice paddies or drainage ditches, river basins or streams, bettas are found in tropical waters surrounded by vegetation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oOH1fpn2gI

Needless to say, this ten gallon bowfront aquarium is worlds better than the tiny fish bowls that too many bettafish find themselves.  Adding terrestrial plants above the aquascape (thus making this setup an open-top paludarium) completes a wonderful lush biotope for a betta.

New pistol shrimp named after Pink Floyd

New pistol shrimp named after Pink Floyd

This is Synalpheus pinkfloydi. Credit: Sammy De Grave

A strikingly bright pink-clawed species of pistol shrimp, discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama, has been given the ultimate rock and roll name in recognition of the discoverers' favourite rock band -- Pink Floyd.

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Into the DNA of a Coral Reef Predator

New research, published in Nature, brings a trove of new information to potentially control the invasive species. A collaboration of OIST and Australian scientists sequenced the entire COTS genome for the first time.

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A new tetra fish from Columbia

A new tetra fish from Columbia

Hyphessobrycon klausanni

Hyphessobrycon klausanni is the newest described tetra species. It appears most closely related (at least superficially) to other tetras in the Hyphessobrycon agulha-group, which share the common trait of possessing dark longitudinal stripes.

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