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Birds feeding fishes is a real thing

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There are a lot of really fascinating videos of birds (of all feathers) feeding pond fish. Why do birds do this? Some animal behaviorists hypothesize these birds might see fish mouth as baby bird mouths, so their parental instinct kicks in. Whatever the reason, it's really cute.

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Nicholas' 360g reef is REALLY filling in nicely

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After a mere nine months, Nicholas Liu's 360 gallon (72x40x24 inch) reef tank is already shaping up to be a world-class aquarium.

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Male livebearing fish are evolving faster than females

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Girls might MATURE more quickly than boys when it comes to humans. But scientists have discovered the male livebearing fish (e.g. guppies, mollies, platies, swordtails) EVOLVE more quickly than females.

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The data is in: Coral reef restoration via frag "gardening" works

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We've long assumed that the technique of restoring reefs by fragging (a technique pioneered by reefkeepers) and transplanting the frags to new reef sites works, and now a new study proves it. Fragging caused no harm to parent (donor) colonies, and outplanted frags grow and behave just like wild colonies.

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Clownfish eggs are adorable

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Look at these tiny bundles of joy! Technology has allowed zoom in clownfish eggs in stunning detail, and what we see are hundreds inquisitive lil' eyes staring right back at us.

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These new mysis shrimps are too pretty to eat

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Three new and beautiful species of tiny shrimps are described from the southern-most tip of South Africa. One shares a special relationship with octopus, another with hermit crabs, and the third has bling for eyes.

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Man cooks and eats flowerhorn cichlid

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If you are a cichlid keeper/lover, be forewarned you may find this article unsettling. A Malaysian man posts photos and a video of him cleaning and stir-frying a spectacular mature flowerhorn cichlid for dinner.

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Female fish prefer average active lovers

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In evolution, a high sex drive does not always pay off. Female mosquitofish swim away from over-impetuous lovers because they leave them hardly any time to feed and also tend to injure their genitalia more often.

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Trump could reduce or eliminate eleven marine reserves

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We've refrained from wading into American politics, but this proposed executive order could have far reaching consequences for marine conservation. From Monterey Bay to Hawaii, New England to American Samoa, Trump's proposed order could reduce or eliminate marine reserves to pave way for oil exploration and drilling.

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This new hermit crab is a lovely weirdo

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Most hermit crabs use shells built by evicted gastropods (e.g. snails) for protection, but not this new green-eyed species. The "shells" of Paragiopagurus atkinsonaeis are actually permanent colonies of zoanthids who glue together sand into a non-calcified armor, so these "living shells" grow with the hermit crab!

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Christian Gundersen's Glimmer Wood aquascape

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Here is a elegant 50 liter (30 US gallon) aquascape to soothe the soul. Its balanced scale and vibrant pops of complimentary colors (red with green) set against the muted grey canvas are simply perfect.

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Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

By Oregon State University on Jul 11, 2017 at 09:00 AM

In 1988, Irish singer and songwriter Enya released a lead single titled “Orinoco Flow” from her second studio album, which went on to become an international hit, earn a Grammy Award nomination, and help launch her wildly successful career. Now a team of scientists have named a new species of fish from the Orinoco River drainage after her.

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Bleached your coral? Increase water movement!

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A new study found that bleached corals are three to FIFTEEN times less capable of removing sediment (e.g. detritus, algae) from their surfaces compared to healthy corals. To prevent sediment from smothering a bleached coral, water movement is paramount.

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Deep-water corals use fluorescence differently than shallow-water corals

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A new study has discovered that corals emit bio-fluorescence for very different purposes depending on how deep they are found. While shallow-water corals glow to protect themselves from sun damage, deep-water corals use their glow for energy.

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Fish prefer to shoal with active companions

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Scientists discovered that fish like to associate with other fish that are more active. The researchers originally hypothesized that fish may prefer to be in the presence of less active fish to reduce competition for food and mates, but they found quite the opposite.

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