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Trimma finistrinum is a dazzling new Fijian dwarf goby

Trimma finistrinum is a dazzling new Fijian dwarf goby

by Leonard Ho last modified May 24, 2017 11:38 PM

Trimma finistrinum, AKA the Porthole Pygmygoby, is the newest described member of Trimma, a genus that contains some of the smallest yet most colorful reef fishes.

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RIP Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod

RIP Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod

by Leonard Ho last modified May 23, 2017 02:26 PM

It is with sadness we report the passing of Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod, one of the aquarium hobby's pioneering and most influential experts, on May 15, 2017. Dr. Axelrod was 89 years old

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The many looks of Apistogramma megastoma, a new cichlid

The many looks of Apistogramma megastoma, a new cichlid

by Leonard Ho last modified May 21, 2017 08:36 PM

Apistogramma megastoma is a new species of South American cichlid described from small forest streams in Peru. Like most of its congenors, the appearance of A. megastoma varies greatly depending on sex, mood, and social hierarchy.

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The beautiful, complicated relationship between a fish and a coral

The beautiful, complicated relationship between a fish and a coral

by Leonard Ho last modified May 19, 2017 01:31 PM

Symbiosis isn't just exchanging shelter for food or protection. A new study finds that photosynthesis within SPS corals significantly increases when damselfishes are swimming through their branches. At the same time, the fish's respiration is lower when living among live corals.

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New distribution partnership to expand European aquatic brands to USA

New distribution partnership to expand European aquatic brands to USA

by Leonard Ho last modified May 17, 2017 03:59 PM

A new agreement between Deepwater and Central Pet, USA's leading aquatics supplier, will help expand the distribution of eight brands (mostly European) within the United States. These brands include Aquaforest, Pacific Sun, Waterbox, Redline, Brio, and Cove/Aquabee.

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David Saxby's reef tank and fish room are the stuff of dreams

David Saxby's reef tank and fish room are the stuff of dreams

by Leonard Ho last modified May 17, 2017 12:28 AM

The 3,000 gallon reef aquarium of D-D The Aquarium Solution's owner, David Saxby, is one of the most famous reef tanks in the world. A new, must-see video of his fish room showcases just how amazing this system really is.

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Clownfish are the sea's finalists for "Fathers of the Year"

Clownfish are the sea's finalists for "Fathers of the Year"

by Leonard Ho last modified May 15, 2017 11:41 PM

Why will a male clownfish take care for eggs that are not his own whereas most other fish will eat them? A new research by lead author Ross DeAngelis sheds insight into the strong paternal instincts of clownfish.

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Product claims to inhibit algae from growing on surfaces

Product claims to inhibit algae from growing on surfaces

by Leonard Ho last modified May 15, 2017 02:04 AM

NanoClear is a new spray-on chemical that claims to impede algae growth on glass and rocks while being safe for aquarium fish and invertebrates.

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Puffer vs Eel.  Who wins?

Puffer vs Eel. Who wins?

by Leonard Ho last modified May 12, 2017 07:02 PM

One of the sea's great mouths versus one of the sea's great defensive mechanisms. Can a puffed-up pufferfish thwart an eel's attempt eat it? One of them is fighting dirty.

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Monster octopus art to promote reef science & conservation

Monster octopus art to promote reef science & conservation

by Leonard Ho last modified May 10, 2017 11:09 PM

Eco-conscious artists join forces to create an amazing art installation that is breathtaking in scope. The BVI Art Reef will be the world's largest underwater art and the ultimate fantasy dive site featuring a sunken WWII fuel barge enraptured by a monstrous octopus!

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Now here's a tiny fishbowl I can get on board with!

Now here's a tiny fishbowl I can get on board with!

by Leonard Ho last modified May 10, 2017 06:02 PM

There's nothing inherently wrong about tiny fishbowls. You just have to be very smart about your livestock choices and aquascaping design. On a per gallon basis, this tiny tank might be the champ.

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Elementary students contribute to marine aquaculture

Elementary students contribute to marine aquaculture

by Leonard Ho last modified May 08, 2017 03:21 PM

Led by teacher Brandon Rutherford, his 3rd grade students at Stratton Elementary have successfully bred commercially viable batches of saddle-back clownfish, which are now making their way to LFS and online vendors.

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Got aggressive hermit crabs?  Give them better homes

Got aggressive hermit crabs? Give them better homes

by Leonard Ho last modified May 07, 2017 06:20 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified May 04, 2017 10:57 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified May 05, 2017 02:31 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified May 02, 2017 10:56 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified May 02, 2017 12:04 AM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Apr 30, 2017 04:35 PM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Apr 30, 2017 03:14 PM

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!

by Leonard Ho last modified Apr 27, 2017 01:48 AM

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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