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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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Coral crabs are heroic lil' protectors

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A silent guardian. A watchful protector. A pinchy armored knight. That's what Trapezia crabs are to corals. A new research details the complex symbiotic relationship between crustacean and their host cniderian. These little crabs may be a coral's best defense against predators like Crown of Thorns Starfish.

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Filipe Oliveira's bonsai-inspired aquascapes

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Behold the machinations of the creative mind. As an avid aquarist and bonsai enthusiast myself, I am delighted to see Portuguese aquascaper Filipe Oliveira continue to champion the marriage of the two hobbies.

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The new, improved Robo-Fish-Car

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Have you ever wondered where your fish would explore if it was able to move beyond the confines of its glass box? In recent years, a few "out-of-the-box" designers have created robotic fish "cars" that allow fish to do exactly that. The Abovemarine is the latest version of this concept.

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Mantis shrimp eyes could help us fight cancer

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There's no exaggerating how awesome mantis shrimp are. The eyes of these unique crustaceans seem to have no limits to what they can do. A new research finds that their compound eyes can detect the difference between healthy and cancerous tissue as well as visualize brain activity.

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The weekend is here! :-O

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TGIF! This has been a pretty slow news week when it came to aquariums and fish/coral research. We end the week with yet another wonderful photo by Ned DeLoach.

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Two 375L reefs are beautiful beyond words

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Words not required. The videos speak for themselves.

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Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

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A team of researchers working on a Carnegie expedition in Australia's Great Barrier Reef has documented that coral growth rates have plummeted 40% since the mid-1970s. The scientists suggest that ocean acidification may be playing an important role in this perilous slowdown.

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New video of Dormero Rotes Ross' 660 gallon reef

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We've shared videos of Dormero Rotes Ross Hotel's vibrant mixed reef before, but it's one of those aquariums we can't get enough of. Everytime we see footage of this German tank, we have a compelling urge to add an eel in our own reef tanks.

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Two-faced Angel

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From time to time, we see fish with odd pigmentation. Usually, it's a fish that is albino, leucistic, or piedbald. This passer angelfish (Holacanthus passer) collected by Cortez Marine is as unique as it gets. Its pigmentation is literally split symmetrically down the middle.

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The Piano Aquarium

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People make aquariums out of old computers, cars, antique TVs, and even toilets. Why not an upright piano? I would have practiced a lot more as a kid if this was my piano.

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The Capsule and LumiPuff

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Odd title. Odd upcoming product. The LumiPuff is a robotic color-changing interactive pufferfish that lives inside a sealed aquatic dome called the Capsule. LumiPuff is the world's first "induction powered electronic pet."

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Papiliolebias francescae, a new killifish

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Papiliolebias francescae is the newest described species of rivulids from Bolivia, South America. Like many killifish, P.francescae is strikingly pigmented - a real pint-sized showstopper.

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UPDATED! USFWS Port of Los Angeles notifying aquarium trade not to import the 20 newly listed Threatened corals

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According to industry journalist Ret Talbot, the US Fish and Wildlife Port of Los Angeles Office of Law Enforcement has "confirmed that wildlife inspectors were notifying aquarium trade import facilities in Southern California that it is now illegal to import any of the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)."

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On reefs, not all animals are equal

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Biodiversity is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem. However, a new study says that simply focusing on conserving biodiversity is not enough. “It’s not about numbers of species." Protecting specialized species - those that perform niche roles few others do - may prove the difference between healthy and unhealthy reefs.

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The Acropora Catalogue

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Dr. Sanjay Joshi shared the link to this outstanding reference website that catalogs the world's Acroporids. Each species file contains photos of live specimens, skeletons, and map of geographic distribution. Simply superb and a must-have bookmark for any SPS keeper.

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