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Lit! Sascha Hoyer's "Aquascaping Home Studio"

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We're going to go out on a limb and say your fish room looks nothing like this. Sascha's "Aquascaping Home Studio" is what we all wish our fish rooms could be.

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News flash: Fish have personalities!

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Scientists are finding out what aquarists have long known: fishes have very distinct, complex, and stable personalities. All snarkiness aside, it's important for science to test and validate our anecdotal observations.

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Noise makes it hard for fish to school

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Marine aquarists have all experienced it: Reef fishes that naturally school simply refuse to in captivity? Common theories are that the lack of predators or the relatively small size of aquariums discourage schooling. A new study finds that noise plays a big role. Noisy water = less cohesive schooling.

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The Carbon Continuum: Heterotrophic Bacterioplankton and Reef Food Webs

By Kenneth Wingerter on Sep 27, 2017 at 09:00 AM

Matter is neither created or destroyed, and carbon is no exception. Kenneth Wingerter details the important transformation of carbon in reef environments and the implications for reef keepers.

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Just a hermit crab taking his coral for a walk

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Heteropsammia sp., otherwise known as "walking corals," can scoot around on the substrate thanks to spaghetti worms that live inside the coral's base. Now a new species of hermit crab has been also found to share this special relationship.

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The right amount of Astaxanthin to raise colorful fish

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What fish eat not only determine how well they grow but also how colorful they become. Research helps us understand the optimum concentration of Astaxanthin (the reddish keto-carotenoid compound) in fish food.

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A new tetra with color-coded sexing

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Many tetras are difficult to sex. Often, differentiation comes down to fin lengths, subtle color deviations, or sometimes just the "fullness" of their bellies. But with Hyphessobrycon myrmex, the color between the sexes is unmistakable, and that's a good thing because this species is tiny.

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Gravity-defying suspended reef aquarium!

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George Farmer filmed one of the most amazing reef setup we've ever laid eyes on. This massive reef tank was too heavy for the floors to support, so Ralph had them cantilevered from the ceiling joists!

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Baby fish as young as 8 days old can identify other fish by smell

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Researchers have discovered that embryonic clownfish and damselfish are able to differentiate sibling fish with the same parents from babies from different parents and also different species altogether ... all by smell!

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Two new Devario "Giant Danio" species

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Devario annnataliae and Devario udenii are two new, gorgeous species of Devario danios described from fast-moving freshwater on the island nation of Sri Lanka.

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Hawaii's Supreme Court suspends aquarium fish collection

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Hawaii's Supreme Court has put an injunction on all aquarium fish collection pending an environmental review pursuant of the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act. This effectively means the end of Hawaii fish at fish stores for the foreseeable future.

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Tropical fish can get hooked on opioids, too

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Zebrafish who were exposed to hydrocodone developed fiendish drug-seeking behavior as well as withdrawal when the drug was discontinued.

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How much is GloFish worth?

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Yorktown Technologies LP has sold their brand, GloFish to Spectrum Brands for approximately $50 million in cash plus incentives. GloFish are genetically engineered fluorescent "designer" tropical fish that are marketed to aquarists (where legal).

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A better understanding of sex-changing fish

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Sequential hermaphroditism is a fairly rare thing ... unless you're a reef fish. From clownfish and damselfish to angelfish and wrasses, a new study explores the dynamics and implications of fish that can change sexes.

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Man guilty of smuggling $1mil worth of illegal live coral

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A Puerto Rican aquarium shop owner pled guilty of two federal Lacey Act felonies for the illicit trafficking of protected ricordea, zoanthid, and anemones over the span of three years with an estimated value of $800,000 to $1,200,000.

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