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

Marian Sterian's magnificent Dutch aquascape

Dutch-style aquascapes are the closest thing to underwater (living) floral arrangements. By purely relying on the composition of high-contrast plants, Marian is able to create an amazing aquascape without rocks and woods.

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$460 surgery to save clownfish? Worth it.

Our friends at AquaA3 share an inspiring story of a fishkeeper's love. Spending $500 to save a $100 fish is only irrational if you view fish as objects. When it comes to animals that rely on you for their well being, you do all that you can.

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A mutant zooxanthallae can refuse coral symbiosis

A mutant zooxanthallae can refuse coral symbiosis

Coral symbiont alga Symbiodinium and the model cnidarian Exaiptasia pallida. Symbiotic (left) and non-symbiotic state (right) of the 'curly' sea anemone E. pallida.

Scientists have engineered a zoox that is can reject symbiosis with cnidarians by simply withholding a single nutrient compound. Now researchers hope these mutants can help identify the algal genes responsible for this remarkable symbiosis.

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This new squid species is adorably tiny

This new squid species is adorably tiny

An Idiosepius hallami "glues" itself to a blade of sea grass. Image credit: Mandy Reid

Idiosepius hallami is a new pygmy squid from eastern Australia. These cephlapods are tiny ... like really really tiny. Adults grow to only 1 to 2 cm (0.4-0.9 inches). They're so small that Idiosepius sp. are often overlooked as floating debris.

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Innovative Marine lauches external overflow NUVO EXT aquariums

Innovative Marine is jumping aboard the external overflow trend with their new NUVO EXT aquarium line, which are essentially IM's excellent Fusion aquariums with external "Herbie" glass overflow boxes.

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Digging deeper into the chemical armament of SPS corals

Digging deeper into the chemical armament of SPS corals

The common trade name for the Favites pentagona is "the war coral."

A new study has isolated the first identified toxin specific to stony corals as well as discovered many interesting characteristics of coral toxicity.

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Reimagining eggcrates: Innovative Marine's SnappGrid

Reimagining eggcrates: Innovative Marine's SnappGrid

Innovative Marine's SnappGrid

Eggcrates are very useful in aquariums as frag holders and tank dividers. Innovative Marine has created a better eggcrate system that allows aquarists to quickly and securely create customized solutions via a locking, modular design.

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Anemone eats bird

We all know anemones can ensnare fishes, crabs, shrimps, snails, and most any organism that ventures too close to their deadly tentacles. But birds? There's actually footage and scientific documentation of this phenomenon.

Scientists reported a Giant Green Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) consuming a nestling cormorant (Phalacrocorax sp.) in the journal, Marine Ornithology.  It is unclear whether the baby bird was alive or dead when it was captured by the anemone.  Either way, it's certainly an unforgettable visual.

Crenicichla ploegi: A new pike cichlid

Crenicichla ploegi: A new pike cichlid

Crenicichla ploegi, a male (left) and a female (right) photographed alive in the Rio Verde, tributary of the Rio Papagaio, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo by Marcelo Krause.

Crenicichla ploegi is the newest species of pike cichlids from Brazil. C. ploegi is the twenty-third described species that is part of the C. saxatilis group (AKA "spangled pike").

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Brittle stars are covered with thousands of light sensors

Brittle stars are covered with thousands of light sensors

This green brittle star knows how to hide by "seeing" with its skin.

Have you ever wondered how brittle stars hide from light without eyes? Scientists have now discovered the mechanism for their eyeless "vision": The skin on the arms and bodies of brittle stars are covered with thousands of photoreceptors.

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Plastics linked to coral diseases

Plastics linked to coral diseases

Corals in contact with plastic are 22.25 times more likely to get sick!

A new research has found a clear link between contact with plastics and the prevalence of coral diseases. Corals in contact with plastic were over twenty-two times (yes, 22x) more likely to suffer from infectious diseases!

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Coral deathmatches

We often think of reefs as bustling, harmonious gardens of beautiful sealife, but they are highly competitive arenas where corals are constantly vying with their neighbors for real estate dominance. Watch as corals battle each other with mesenterial filaments packed with nematocysts (stinging cells).

Match 1: LPS vs SPS.  Lobophyllia (left) vs Acropora

 

Match 2: SPS vs SPS.  Acropora (left) vs Stylophora

 

Match 3: The heavy weights!  Platygyra (left) vs Hydnophora

The world's rarest fish discovered at a new (secret) site

The world's rarest fish discovered at a new (secret) site

Red Handfish (Thymichthys politus)

The Red Handfish (a close cousin of frogfish) is believed to the world's rarest fish, previously only known from a tiny population of 20-40 individuals. To scientists surprise and delight, a new population was found at a new Tasmanian reef site and is being kept secret to protect this critically endangered species.

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Man steals fishes from LFS ... by stuffing them down his pants

Man steals fishes from LFS ... by stuffing them down his pants

Cruz Garcia Jr caught in the act.

A man and a woman enter a Pet Safari (Cleawater, FL) with a conspiracy to steal Blue Acaras and German Blue Rams. The thief made off with a bag of stolen fish by concealing it in his pants.

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This is a real reef crab!

This is a real reef crab!

Takedactylus compressus sp. nov.

The world's oceans are filled with wonderfully strange animals! This is Takedactylus compressus, a new species of reef crab discovered at the Bonin (AKA Ogasawara) Islands east of Okinawa, Japan.

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