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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

The ultimate vacation destination for reef lovers?

The ultimate vacation destination for reef lovers?

A bedroom with a view like no other!

How would you like to vacation in the Maldives ... living UNDERWATER with the corals and reef fishes? This dream vacation can be yours for the reasonable cost of only $50,000. PER NIGHT.

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The blue-throated fairy wrasse: a new species

The blue-throated fairy wrasse: a new species

Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis, aquarium specimen from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo by K. Endoh.

At a cursory glance, we tend to lump similar-looking reef fish into a monolithic species and chalk up differences as variants. But upon closer examination, we are finding sufficient distinction to satisfy the description of a new species. Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis is a case in point.

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Schooling fish expend less energy due to flow dynamics

Schooling fish expend less energy due to flow dynamics

A school of Bluestripe snappers. Photo by Jim and Becca Wicks

We all know fish school for defense against predators. Schooling also enhances foraging success and increases success in finding a mate. Now new advanced hydrodynamic modeling proves that schooling also increases swimming efficiency.

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Hypnotizing coral time-lapse

Technology is awesome! It is allowing us to view corals in ways we could not have imagined just a couple of decades ago. After over 50 hours of shooting and editing, Elite Reef Denver composed this mesmerizing time-lapse of some of the most popular corals.

New fun fact: Corals can produce omega-3 fatty acids

The generally held principle is that animals get their omega-3 fatty acids from plants and microbes (algae and bacteria), but new research has found that some marine animals such as corals, worms, and molluscs can also produce omega-3!

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A new, slender Aussie rainbow fish species

A new, slender Aussie rainbow fish species

Cairnsichthys bitaeniatus sp. nov

Cairnsichthys bitaeniatus is a new species of rainbowfish described from an apparently-isolated population in the Daintree rainforest in northeastern Queensland, Australia.

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Microbe populations in saltwater aquariums highly dynamic

Microbe populations in saltwater aquariums highly dynamic

Georgia Aquarium's massive Ocean Voyager exhibit - as big as it is - is still an aquarium.

In closed systems without water changes, scientists hypothesized that microbial composition would stabilize and become relatively homogeneous and static. However, a new, first-of-its-kind 14-month study of Gerogia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager exhibit tells a different story.

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Hermit crabs that blanket themselves with anemones instead of shells

Hermit crabs that blanket themselves with anemones instead of shells

Paguropsis confusa (left) andPaguropsis andersoni

Just about every hermit crab species seeks mobile shelter within empty shells. Not blanket-hermit crabs. These oddball crustaceans have developed a special relationship with anemones where anemeones directly wrap around their bodies like ... well, blankets. Five new species - discovered in 1888! - have just been described.

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Forecasting the fate of corals

Forecasting the fate of corals

An Australian Acropora millepora. Photo by Michelle Jonker

Many of us concerned about climate change's effect on corals have wondered how long corals might survive rising ocean temperatures. Researchers studying Acropora millepora believe this SPS can adapt to 100 to 250 years of rising sea temperatures due to how common they are. Common = genetic diversity = adaption. Rarer corals are not likely to adapt as well.

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Massive 9-foot Amazon driftwood hardscape

Readers know Advanced Aquarist loves reporting science. Sadly, we have seen a precipitous decline in the number of aquatic-related studies published over the past couple of years. Fortunately, aquarists are still creating amazing aquariums that inspire.

Orphek launches powerful strip LED lights

Orphek launches powerful strip LED lights

The Orphek OR Bar LED light

Orphek is now shipping their new OR Bar LED Light. Available in 3 different lengths (24, 35, and 48") and five different fixed spectrums, these are not your average strip lights. Ranging from 55 watt to 108 watts, the OR Bar LEDs are sure to output a lot of PAR!

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A new freshwater goby that gives any reef fish a run for its money

A new freshwater goby that gives any reef fish a run for its money

Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus sp. nov. Looks like a tiny sleeper goby, doesn't it?

Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus is a new goby species described from freshwaters of Anhui Province in Eastern China. While we generally (and rightfully) perceive reef fish as more colorful, there are many freshwater fish that are very colorful.

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Perhaps it's time to hold off buying Aussie fish

Perhaps it's time to hold off buying Aussie fish

Clown fish at Lizard Island during the 2016 coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef. Credit: ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies/ Laura Richardson

The Great Barrier Reef has been hit by two consecutive years of devastating severe bleaching events. A new study shows that not only are corals being wiped out but so are reef fishes that rely on corals for food and shelter. Australia's fish populations could benefit from any relief in pressure.

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One of the world's greatest reef tanks is aging like fine wine

We first blogged about Viking's 2000 liter reef tank back in 2014. Each year, new footage of this AMAZING aquarium surfaces. It's 2018, and the tank is looking better than ever. It is hard to argue that this isn't one of (if not THE) greatest home reef aquariums in the world today.

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A new species of tropical fiddler crab

A new species of tropical fiddler crab

A particularly colorful Tubuca alcocki

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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