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A new species of tropical fiddler crab

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Tubuca alcocki is a new, colorful species of fiddler crab. This species travels well! It has a surprisingly wide range from Western Thailand all the way to the India, Pakistan, and all the way to the Red Sea.

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A new website educates the public about the marine aquarium trade

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With funding from National Geographic Society, a group of scientists traced and documented the supply chain of marine fish from coral reef to home aquarium. Refreshingly, unlike many exposés, the resulting website presents the information in a fair-minded and educational manner.

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An ultra-fine biodegradable film can protect corals from bleaching

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When modern reefkeepers want to prevent our aquarium corals from bleaching, we have the luxury of controllable lighting. But there's no way to turn down the intensity of the sun. Scientists have developed a safe way to shield coral reefs from full sunlight during heat waves, which could drastically reduce coral bleaching.

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How to mass-manufacture glass aquariums [video]

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Red Sea has become one of the biggest (if not the bigggest) glass aquarium manufacturers in the world. They shared a video showing how their aquariums are made ... and the production process is downright impressive.

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The Rariphotic: Smithsonian Researchers Name New Ocean Zone

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Manned submersibles in Curaçao are discovering so many new species of super deep-water reef fish that scientists are now defining a new ocean zone below the mesophotic. The rariphotic (400 to 1,000 feet deep) is an undiscovered world where half (if not more) fish are still unknown to man.

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Some clownfish lack personalities

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A study has concluded that some clownfish species are full of individual personalities while others had no discernible individual personality traits.

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Color-changing reef fishes "see" with their skin

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If you've kept reef fish, you know that many species - from tangs to anthias to wrasses - can change colors. But did you know that fish don't rely just on their eyes to adjust their colors? Scientists have found DNA evidence that a fish's skin "see."

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Decision-making in fish with parasites are impaired

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A new study has concluded that parasites such as marine ich and flukes not only tax a fish's body but also its mind. The study is also reminds us why the aquarium trade shouldn't harvest cleaner wrasses.

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One of the largest plecos now described

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L186 now has a formal description. Pseudacanthicus major is the newest described Loricariid. Hailing from the Amazon, this monster pleco can grow upwards of two feet (600mm).

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Product Review: Kessil's AP700 LED Luminaire

By Dana Riddle on Mar 07, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Dana Riddle exhaustively reviews Kessil's AP700. Kessil is a lighting manufacturer well-known for their pendant LED lighting systems, but how does their first and currently only panel fixture measure?

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Marian Sterian's magnificent Dutch aquascape

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Dutch-style aquascapes are the closest thing to underwater (living) floral arrangements. By purely relying on the composition of high-contrast plants, Marian is able to create an amazing aquascape without rocks and woods.

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$460 surgery to save clownfish? Worth it.

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Our friends at AquaA3 share an inspiring story of a fishkeeper's love. Spending $500 to save a $100 fish is only irrational if you view fish as objects. When it comes to animals that rely on you for their well being, you do all that you can.

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A mutant zooxanthallae can refuse coral symbiosis

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Scientists have engineered a zoox that is can reject symbiosis with cnidarians by simply withholding a single nutrient compound. Now researchers hope these mutants can help identify the algal genes responsible for this remarkable symbiosis.

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This new squid species is adorably tiny

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Idiosepius hallami is a new pygmy squid from eastern Australia. These cephlapods are tiny ... like really really tiny. Adults grow to only 1 to 2 cm (0.4-0.9 inches). They're so small that Idiosepius sp. are often overlooked as floating debris.

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Epizoic acoelomorph flatworms inhibit growth and expansion of the soft coral Cladiella sp.

By Diede Maas (1*°), Tim Wijgerde (1°), Jan Jansen (2), Ronald Osinga (1) on Feb 21, 2018 at 09:00 AM

Acoel flatworms can form dense blooms on coral hosts, both in the wild and in aquaria. Adverse effects of acoels on scleractinian corals have been shown in the form of coral mucus consumption by flatworms, impairment of coral feeding and kleptoparasitism. This study investigated whether flatworms also have detrimental effects on alcyonacean corals.

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