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Emotional states discovered in fish

By Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia on Jan 12, 2018 at 09:00 AM

The occurrence of emotions in animals has been under debate. Now, a research collaborative has demonstrated for the first time that fish have emotional states triggered by the way they perceive environmental stimuli. This study, published in Scientific Reports, reveals that the ability to assess emotional stimuli may have a simpler neurological basis than expected, which was conserved throughout animal evolution.

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Editorial: January 2018

Few reefkeepers can claim as much experience and insight as our very own editor, Terry Siegel. In 2018, Terry will share his thoughts and knowledge in hopes helping reefkeepers avoid the mistakes he's made as well as give us all a greater scope of this hobby we love.

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A Passion for Paludraiums

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Minh Ho's has a gift for creating captivating paludariums. There's something special about seeing a slice of habitat where land meets water.

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Ringing in the new year with the first new fish species of 2018

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Aphyosemion cyanoflavum, the blue and gold killifish, is the first newly described fish species of 2018. As with other species in this genus, it is a gorgeous killifish from Africa.

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From picturesque landscape to living aquascape

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The professional French aquascaping team of Aquarilis Aquatic Design reproduces picture-perfect landscapes into real-life aquascapes in stunning fidelity.

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Firefighters are awesome!

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Mountain View Fire Rescue really went above in beyond. After putting out a house fire in the town of Mead, Colorado, the firefighters stayed behind to save the aquarium fish, too. Respect!

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Hydrozoan + Coral symbiosis

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Here's a reef symbiosis you've likely never heard about. Tiny hydrozoan polyps that sit on the surfaces of stony corals can help keep corals safe from predation and infection.

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Tiny Treadmills Help Test Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina

By Gisele Galoustian (FAU) on Dec 20, 2017 at 09:00 AM

To determine how well the sea turtle hatchlings could perform after their walk on the treadmill, the hatchlings swam in a small tank using a specially designed swimsuit.

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Soft coral tanks are far too underrated

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If there are two things reefkeepers have proven they love, it's challenge and gear. As such, many seasoned aquarists thumb their noses at low-maintanence, low(er)-tech soft coral tanks. But if you ask me, a beautiful reef aquarium without the fuss is all good.

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Cirrhilabrus greeni, the new sunset fairy wrasse

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A new, vibrant red and yellow fairy wrasse is described from the eastern Timor Sea of Northern Australia. The new species may be a glimpse of evolution in action as it appears to be either a product of recent divergence or hybridization.

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BioGlo - The Bioluminescent Aquarium

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Dinoflagellates are usually the bane of marine aquarists, but what if you design an aquarium specifically to display bioluminescent dinos? The BioGlo does exact that ... and it's magical!

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Some Zebrasoma tangs have serrated scalpels

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Tangs, AKA surgeonfish, are known for their scalpel-like caudal spines located on their tail peduncles. On tangs with retractable spines such as Zebrasoma and Acanthurus, the scalpels are thought to be flat blades. But researchers have found that on a few scopas tangs, the spines actually have forward-swept serrations.

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Reefspy's charming 180 gallon mixed reef

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There hasn't been a whole lot of aquarium-relevant scientific papers published this month (or this year for that matter). Fortunately there are still a lot of really wonderful aquariums. This is Reefspy's 180g mixed reef. "True" mixed reef tanks are a rare breed these days, so we love it when we see healthy examples.

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Coral thief caught on tape

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Surveillance cameras captured footage of a well-dressed man brazenly stealing corals and clams from A&R Aquarium (St. Petersburg, FL). Teng Lin, the accused, is now out of jail and charged with grand theft.

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GBR coral spawning like you've never seen before!

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Daniel Stoupin and his team at BioQuest Studios shares with us another world-class video of mass spawning on the Great Barrier Reef. The detail is breathtaking! We guarantee you'll appreciate the world's greatest synchronous reproduction event more than ever before.

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