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By admin - Posted Feb 14, 2011 10:00 PM
Below is a comprehensive listing of our latest blog posts sorted by date with the newest posts at the top of the list.
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Sun corals are equipped with ejection seats

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Polyp bail-out is a phenomenon where a coral's polyps detach from their skeletal base to seek life elsewhere. Only a few species are known to do this. Scientists documented the first known such occurrence for sun corals, Tubastraea coccinea.

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Distant Hollow: A dramatic aquascape by Exotic Aquatics

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Exotic Aquatics is an Australian fish store specializing in freshwater/nature aquascapes ... and they are REALLY good at what they do. Their latest aquarium is called Distant Hollow. We don't have enough superlatives to describe the quality of their work.

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Pet(ting) Fish

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Fish are not regarded as interactive pets, but don't tell that to these guys. We have no scientific evidence that man-made hybrids are more friendly and engaging, but these videos make a convincing argument.

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The mirror trick might not work all that well (because fish aren't stupid, maybe vain)

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Aquarist and researchers alike have used the mirror trick to try to fool fish into thinking they are looking at a rival. But scientists are starting to question the effectiveness of the technique because a simple mirror image isn't fooling fish the way we thought.

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An aquarium centrifugal filter?

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While we were surfing crowd-source websites, we ran across this fascinating but failed campaign to develop an aquarium centrifugal filter. Could we be spinning our way to cleaner aquariums?

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Fish are capable of play

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Chalk another one up for researchers discovering what aquarists already know: A fish's behavior is not always predicated on basic survival tactics; Fish play for the sheer pleasure of the activity. If your fish is doing something inexplicably silly, don't just assume it's a derivative of survival behavior (e.g. feeding, mating, territorial, et al.). It's possible your fish is goofing around.

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Flowerhorns locking lips and butting heads

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Flowerhorns are a man-made hybrid cichlid. To some people, they are beauties. To others, abominations. One thing is indisputable: they are aggressive, big-personality animals. Here's a video of a newly introduced flowerhorn being "initiated" by the resident beastly male.

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Pictures of Trimma zurae, a newly described dwarf goby

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This summer, we reported on three newly described Trimma gobies: T. pajama, T. meranyx, and T. zurae. Unfortunately, we only found photos of the first two at the time, and boy were those gobies spectacular. We now have photos of T.zurae.

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A Lego auto fish feeder

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Lego is the new duct tape. There's nothing you can't build out of them. Osamu Mizuno assembled this auto fish feeder out of mechanized Lego parts. Admittedly, the system is not practical and probably not all that reliable, but it's just plain ol' cool.

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How to make 90 gallons look small

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Matt Barnes has a problem. A good problem. The corals in his 90 gallon have grown so large they make his 90 gallon reef look tiny. A new 180 gallon system is now in the works.

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The Bird's Eye Aquarium

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A Japanese man has started a crowd-sourcing project to help launch and promote his new look-down aquariums. The Bird's Eye Aquarium is designed for the water level to reach all the way up to the top glass thus eliminating visual distortion looking down into the tank.

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Who's ready for another Red Sea video?

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We're suckers for reef footage combined with cinematic soundtrack. If you add the Red Sea into the mix, you don't have to twist our arm to share your video. This nine minute video features Red Sea fish and aquascape galore.

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Apistogramma ortegai, a new species of South American cichlid

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Apistogramma is a genus consisting of 84 species of gorgeous tropical South American dwarf cichlids. Make that 85 species now. Meet A.ortegai.

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Mangroves Protecting Corals from Climate Change

By Gabrielle Bodin, Kimberly Yates, Caroline Rogers on Oct 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM

Certain types of corals, invertebrates of the sea that have been on Earth for millions of years, appear to have found a way to survive some of their most destructive threats by attaching to and growing under mangrove roots.

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'High Five's' 15,000 gallon saltwater pond

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3reef.com member High Five already had an unique 3,000 gallon saltwater pond, but his "grouper started complaining about his 3k pond not being 'good enough'." What his fish wants his fish gets. High Five constructed a 15,000 gallon tropical marine pond to appease his diva fish.

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