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

Five new, radiant, freshwater crabs

The five new crab species were all discovered in the secluded Konkan region of the Western Ghats mountain range in India, where they appear indigenous. It's unlikely any of these will make it into the aquarium trade any time soon, but what an amazing exhibit these would make!

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Meet Corydoras eversi, a new cory species

Meet Corydoras eversi, a new cory species

Aquarium specimen of Corydoras eversi , nearly 37.0 mm SL, showing its peculiar bright orange color pattern. Photo by Hans-Georg Evers.

Corydoras eversi is a vibrant orange cory catfish discovered in rio Araguaia, Brazil by a fishkeeper and cory breeder! It's been in the aquarium trade for some time now, known among fishkeepers as Corydoras sp. “Guarana." Now it has a formal description.

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Five new pygmy sweepers

Five new pygmy sweepers

Unidentified, possibly Parapriacanthus punctulatus, school of pygmy sweepers at KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (D.R. King).

John E. Randall and Sergey V. Borgorodsky have described five new pygmy sweeper (Parapriacanthus sp.) species. Don't feel bad if you don't know what a sweeper, let alone pygmy sweeper, is. These schooling fish rarely make it into the aquarium trade.

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Attention LFS: Do this.

Studio Blue Aquatics is a new local fish store in Surprise, AZ (yes, that is the real name of the city). They set up this aquascape "play area" for customers to try out aquascaping ideas before committing to their driftwood and rock purchases.

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CBD petitions to prevent import of cyanide-caught fish

CBD petitions to prevent import of cyanide-caught fish

Diver injects cyanide into reef to immobilize fish.

Several major media outlets are all-of-a-sudden reporting about fish caught using cyanide for the aquarium trade. That's because this month the Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition to NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Service to ban cyanide-caught fish.

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AquaMaxx launches NemoLight LED lights

AquaMaxx has entered the LED arena with four new controllable and affordable LED strip lights intended for fish-only, low-to-medium light reef, and planted aquariums. All the models are extremely stylish, built from a sleek 1/2" aluminum unibody.

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Technique developed to grow corals directly on microscope slides

Many reefkeepers who have kept Pocillopora sp. have experienced polyp bailout. Scientists now have devised a method to exploit this natural phenomenon to grow corals directly on microscope slides, which will allow researchers to study corals in unprecedented detail!

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First aquacultured yellow tangs are finally here!

First aquacultured yellow tangs are finally here!

Juvenile (still transparent!) yellow tangs at the Hawaii’s Oceanic Institute ... looking for forever homes now!

The dream has finally become reality! At least two major livestock wholesalers, Quality Marine and Segrest Farms, have received the first ever batch of captive bred yellow tangs.

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Make it rain!

Make it rain!

Angelo Garcia's planted "rain tank"

If you're looking to create something different for your next aquarium system, how about an aquarium (fresh or saltwater) with rain simulation? These two aquariums will blow your minds.

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The easiest way to win an Aqua Illumination Prime LED light!

Aqua Illumination is giving away five Prime LED lights through five websites (and yes, you can win up to five Primes if you enter all the contests). Advanced Aquarist is offering the easiest way for you to win one.

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A $500 Aquarium Backpack?!

Someone, please explain this product to us. Etsy seller 'uvproductionhouse' is selling a "self cleaning" transparent backpack - with decorations, snails, and goldfish - for $500 USD.

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Researchers found shallow-water corals are not related to their deep-water counterparts

Researchers found shallow-water corals are not related to their deep-water counterparts

This image shows a Porites astreoides colony at 6 m depth in St. Croix, USVI. Credit: Tyler Smith, Ph.D.

A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that shallow-reef corals are more closely related to their shallow-water counterparts over a thousand miles away than they are to deep-water corals on the same reef.

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Product recall: Top Fin Power Filters

United Pet Group has issued a recall for its Top Fin Power Filters due to shock hazard. These HOB filters were sold exclusively at PetSmart.

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Isopod strips down for the camera

Here is a very rare (possibly first) video documentation of a deep-sea giant isopod molting. The occurrence happened last month at the Toba Aquarium in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

The public aquarium's fifth captive isopod (cleverly named "No.5") measures an impressive 10 inches (25 cm) in length and weighs in at 2.75 lbs (1.25 kg).  After over three years in captivity, it finally molted.  Because of its size, the process takes a very long time.  Japan Times reports that after six and a half hours, only half of the isopod carapace had molted.

Do you find giant isopods scary and gross?  Believe it or not, there was a recent Japanese craze for "adorable" isopod plush dolls. Retailers couldn't stock enough of these dolls to keep up with demand!  The fad has died down now, so feel free to order a cuddly giant isopod companion any time.

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A rock wall aquascape has never looked so good

"Rock wall" is often used as a disparaging description of the most basic reef aquascape: just as it sounds, an uninventive stack of rocks to form a wall. But when your rock wall is covered with big, colorful, healthy coral colonies like this ...

This is Martin Kunzelnick's recently reconstructed 1000 liter (265 US gallon) reef aquarium.  The spectacular tank has been featured in numerous publications - most recently in the latest issue (#97) of KORALLE .  If you've brushed up on your German, you can learn more about his incredible system at korallen-meer.de and /www.facebook.com/korallenundmeer.  Or just visit for the pretty pictures!

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