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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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A hot mess

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Sometimes unkempt equals beautiful. Precise aquascaping styles like Iwagumi, Nature, and Dutch are clearly impressive, but sometimes simply letting your plants run wild can also turn into striking aquariums.

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Acroporas "live" much longer than previously thought

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A study has found the oldest genotypes of Acropora palmata (elkhorn corals) are over 5,000 years old. Put another way: reefkeepers can still be trading the same frag genes of today's "designer corals" many millennia from now.

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"Dead" fish comes back alive while being flushed

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We've all made mistakes with the care of our fish, but this fishkeeper may take the prize for the most successive number of tragic errors. And she recorded the entire ordeal.

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Let's talk about sponge filters

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No; not that kind of sponge filter. I want to talk about living sponges. These sedentary animals may look passive, but they are anything but. Their active water pumping mechanism is really impressive.

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A new species of tiny goby that lives in tunicates

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Lubricogobius tunicatus is a new Indo-Pacific dwarf goby (mature size of about 0.4"/1cm) that lives inside the oral or incurrent siphons of tunicates – just another fascinating symbiosis found on reefs.

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Mediterranean sun corals have an interesting method of reproduction

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About three quarters of coral species broadcast spawn (eggs and sperm) into the water for external fertilization. Fewer corals fertilize internally, brooding "baby corals" (scientists call these planulae) before "giving birth." Mediterranean sun corals are one such coral, and their way of giving birth is even more rare and weird.

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Why fish send red signals in the deep blue sea

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Some of us think that reef fish can't see the color red because red light is quickly filtered out by seawater. But then why are so many reef fish fluorescence red? Studies are showing that reef fish not only see red, but the color serves very different purposes for different fish.

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Polyp fetish? We've got the video for you

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Dr. Tim Wijgerde has been perfecting his time-lapse photography. His latest 4K video reveals the slow motion of lovely Acropora polyps. Old timers will remember the days when Acropora were considered impossible to keep in captivity. Oh, how times have changed.

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Two new reef goby species

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Amblygobius calvatus and Amblygobius cheraphilus are the two newest species of burrowing gobies from the tropical western Pacific Ocean. They exist in shallow water but are skittish and have evaded discovery until now.

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Magnificent "room divider" reef tank

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I can't think of a more wonderful way to divide two rooms; both the kitchen and the dining table share view of this incredible reef aquarium.

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The world's most expensive betta fish?

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The winning bid on a Facebook auction for a betta fish pigmented like Thailand's national flag ended at a whooping 53,500 baht (~$1,500 USD)! As far as we are aware, this makes it the most expensive betta fish in the world.

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Angler frogfish have neon-glow worm lures

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You likely know about the wiggly lures some frogfish use to entice prey to come within striking distance so the frogfish can easily ambush them. It turns out the lures of Antennarius striatus glow under actinic lighting, further enhancing their deadly seduction.

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One new dwarf goby described, another redescribed

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David Greenfield and Toshiyuki Suzuki describes a new species of dwarf goby, Eviota bilunula. They also redescribe Eviota flebilis based on new specimens found of this elusive species.

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Mass spawning of 2800 transplanted Acropora

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W00T! Researchers report a large-scale synchronous spawning of ~2800 colonies of outplanted Acropora tenuis in Okinawa, Japan. This is a different method of reef restoration than what many of us are familiar with - one which promotes genetic diversity through natural reproduction.

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Another mesmerizing 4K time lapse video

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Dr. Tim Wijgerde is getting *really* good at his time lapse photography. Part 3 of his series feature the mesmerizing slow dance of corallimorpharians, elegance corals, blastomussas, starfish, tubeworms, SPS, zoanthids, and more.

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