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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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The diversity of reef life is mind-blowing

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When you walk into good fish store looking for the next addition to your reef tank, you may be overwhelmed with the selection of livestock. But we really only see a fraction of the plants and animals that populate the world's reef. Ned and Anna DeLoach of blennywatcher.com show us how incredibly beautiful and weird reef life can be.

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New study uncovers why some threatened corals swap 'algae' partners

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A new research study showed why threatened Caribbean star corals sometimes swap partners to help them recover from bleaching events. The findings are important to understand the fate of coral reefs as ocean waters warm due to climate change.

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Advanced Aquarist Wallpaper: Highlighter

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Is there a more iconic symbiotic relationship than an anemone hosting clownfish? Mitchell Brown photographs a bright orange percula clownfish snug as a bug in her neon green Heteractis magnifica anemone.

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Have you hugged your shark today?

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A video is going viral of a gorgeous leopard shark who is seemingly enjoying hugs and tickles from its aquarium caretaker.

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Box jellyfish fish for their food

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The first feeding study of the Irukandji box jellyfish has found that they actively fish. They attract larval fish by twitching their extended tentacles, highlighting their nematocyst clusters (stinging structures) and using them as lures.

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Bigger brains help female fish evade predators but doesn't help males

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A study published last month in the journal Ecology Letters found that females with bigger brains were 13.5% better able to avoid being eaten, but males with bigger brains did not share the same advantage.

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The (Greek) god of (pencil) wrasses

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Say hello to Pseudojuloides zeus, the newest described wrasse. The species is named after the Greek god, Zeus because of the fish's distinctive electric blue zig-zag pigmentation on its sides, which resemble lightning bolts.

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Perhaps the world's most elegant coffee table aquarium

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French aquarium fabricator Aquaniman has released the MAIAO coffee table aquarium, an all (curved) glass frameless design. Its clean and unobstructed sight-lines makes this one of the sleekest coffee table aquariums we've seen.

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Researchers find diatoms and bacteria are BFFs

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The ocean is a complex symphony of life. We are only beginning to understand the amazing interactions between different organisms, especially at the microscopic level. These "micro-interactions" can shape entire ecosystems. Such is the case with diatoms and bacteria.

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A contender for this year's "Lousy Idea" Award

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Many of us have won goldfish at carnivals, and we've all played arcade claw/crane games (AKA UFO Catcher in Japan). Well, the Japanese have combined the two concepts with an arcade claw game where the prize is - get this - a live green spotted pufferfish.

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Really giant clams

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The entire genus Tridacna is commonly referred to as giant clams, but most clams we see in the hobby (T.maxima, T.crocea, and T.deresa) are less than 12 inches, if even 4 inches. It's T.gigas that is the real champ of the Tridacnids.

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Natural zebrafish outcompete Glofish for mates

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Researchers found that wild male zebrafish consistently beat out genetically modified Glofish for potential mates. Females wanted to mate with Glofish males, but wild males prevented it. Evolution is usually thought of in terms of "survival of the fittest, but the study shows that mating success is actually a stronger driving force.

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Fish born in larger groups develop more social skills and a different brain structure

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Fishkeepers have observed that captive-bred fish tend to be more sociable and less aggressive than their wild counterparts. A new research provides a possible explanation why.

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Octopus peek-a-boo

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There is an amusing video making its rounds of an underwater photographer trying to snap a picture of an uncooperative Hawaiian octopus. There is an obvious reason why so many people ♥ octopus.

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The Golden Passer Angelfish

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Meet El Dorado, the incredible amelanistic Holacanthus passer. This angelfish is virtually devoid of melanin, leaving it with only the brilliant golden coloration of its carotenoid pigments.

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