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Parapercis altipinnis, a new sandperch from the Philippines

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Parapercis altipinnis is a new species of pygmy sandperch discovered on deep (55-65 meter) rubble zones at Cebu, Philippines. This fish was first spotted in captivity in 2016 - a specimen purchased from a local aquarium in Belgium.

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Lovely forest aquascape

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Nigel's aquascape hasn't quite filled out yet, but the "bones" of this fallen forest scenery are already gorgeous. Nigel says he's new to aquascaping. Could have fooled me.

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The iridescent spots found on giant clams inspire biofuel research

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Tridacna clams are some of the most colorful reef organisms. Their iridescent spots, called iridophores, not only give them sparkly beauty, but they serve an important function for photosynthesis. Scientists want to mimick this feature of giant clams to improve biofuel production.

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Fire! Cirrhilabrus shutmani is a hot new fairy wrasse.

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Yi-Kai Tea and Anthony Gill describe a new species of fairy wrasse that is without a doubt one of the reddest fish in the sea. The researchers bestowed it a most approproiate common name: the magma fairy wrasse.

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Corals like the taste of fresh plastic

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Corals are known to ingest plastic, and now scientists have discovered that corals actually preferred the taste of unfouled microplastics vs microplastics covered with bacteria by a factor of three.

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Discus aquarium therapy

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A replica of a knarled, decayed tree trunk. A false rock wall. And eight gorgeous and peaceful discus without a care in the world. When I think of "aquarium therapy," this is what I think of.

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Pseudochromis stellatus: a new Indo dottyback

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Pseudochromis stellatus is a new yellow-spotted dottyback from relatively deep waters at Raja Amapt and West Papua Province. Its etymology means "starry," so "starry dottyback" sounds like a fitting common name for this new species.

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Can you get fish high on marijuana ?

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Scientists have finally answered this age-old, existential question we've all asked ourselves in moments of clarity. It appears that fish do not mellow out on cannabinoids. Oh well.

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Pretty in blue! A new killifish

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Austrolebias pelotape is a newly described seasonal killifish. All known populations of this species are limited to urban areas around the town of Pelotas, Brazil, making this beauty very rare and critically endangered.

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Orphek launches Atlantik V4 Compact LED lights

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Orphek has updated their Atlantik Compact LEDs to "V4" configuration, which means it now shares the 380nm to 850nm (UV to infrared) LED array of its bigger brother.

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Study shows corals can be trained to be tougher

By Tim Wijgerde, PhD on Oct 16, 2017 at 09:00 AM

My colleagues and I just published a new study about the effect of light on bleaching sensitivity in the reef coral Stylophora pistillata. We found that when corals are exposed to higher light levels, they become more tolerant to high water temperatures.

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Innovative Marine's ChaetoMax refugium LED

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Inspired by science and horticultural grow-lights, IM has designed a new refugium light that is optimal for growing chaetomorpha algae in refugiums with a lot of attention paid to a form factor suitable for this particular application.

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An urban aquascape (and a short lesson in creating depth perception)

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Yay or nay? Whether or not you are a fan of this unconventional aquascape, you can't deny the aquascaper has skillfully created depth perception using a combination of techniques such as aerial perspective, relative size, and converging parallel lines.

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A new Caribbean snapping shrimp

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Shrimp tanks are popular among freshwater aquarists, but marine aquarists largely view shrimps as afterthoughts. Why? It's not as if coral reefs aren't filled with colorful and interesting shrimps such as this newly described snapping shrimp.

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Further evidence that insects evolved from crustaceans

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Scientists have closely examined the brains of mantis shrimp and discovered a brain structure that was previously only found in insects. The reason why crustaceans and insects resemble each other is increasingly evident: they diverged from the same evolutionary ancestor.

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