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

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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A new website educates the public about the marine aquarium trade

A new website educates the public about the marine aquarium trade

A marine livestock wholesaler

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

An ultra-fine biodegradable film can protect corals from bleaching

A floating "sun shield" made of calcium carbonate has been shown to protect coral from the effects of bleaching

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]

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.

The Rariphotic: Smithsonian Researchers Name New Ocean Zone

  The  Rariphotic: Smithsonian Researchers Name New Ocean Zone

Baldwinella vivanos, one of STRI staff scientist D. Ross Robertson’s favorite new fish species discovered in the rariphotic, named for Carole Baldwin. Credit: D. Ross Robertson.

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

Some clownfish lack personalities

Amphiprion latezonatus, Norfolk Island, Tasman sea, Australia

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

Color-changing reef fishes "see" with their skin

This koi-like hogfish can change its skin colors based on what its skin "sees."

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

Decision-making in fish with parasites are impaired

A Striped Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) attends an Immaculate Damsel (Mecaenichthys immaculatus). Fly Point, Port Stephens, NSW. Photo by Richard Ling

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

One of the largest plecos now described

Pseudacanthicus major

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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