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Three new crayfish species found in the Bluegrass State

Three new crayfish species found in the Bluegrass State

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 24, 2017 11:51 PM

Three new big, beautiful crayfish species are described from neighboring streams found in the Kentucky Appalachians. Anyone up for an Appalachian crayfish biotope aquarium?

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Goldfish can create alcohol to survive without oxygen

Goldfish can create alcohol to survive without oxygen

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 22, 2017 11:28 PM

Goldfish are renowned for their hardiness. New research discovers the secret behind how goldfish can survive months in frigid and oxygen-less water: goldfish possess the unique ability to convert lactic acid (which can build up to deadly levels in the absence of oxygen) into ethanol.

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Five new Grallenia reef gobies

Five new Grallenia reef gobies

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 20, 2017 10:12 PM

Say hello to the five new reef goby species from the western Pacific Ocean: Grallenia compta, Grallenia dimorpha, Grallenia lauensis, Grallenia rubrilineata, and Grallenia solomonensis.

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Aquatic Life Debuts its Classic RO/DI Series

Aquatic Life Debuts its Classic RO/DI Series

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 18, 2017 10:36 AM

What is old is new again. Aquatic Life improves the classic, time-tested reverse osmosis design. Their new Classic Series is one of the cleanest iteration of the classic RO/DI form factor we have seen.

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Should reefkeepers strive for quieter aquariums?

Should reefkeepers strive for quieter aquariums?

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 13, 2017 11:09 PM

A clearer picture is painted with a growing body of research: noise pollution impacts the health and behavior of marine fish. Should marine aquarists pay more attention to noise levels within their aquariums?

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Aquacultured sea cucumbers are now available

Aquacultured sea cucumbers are now available

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 10, 2017 02:13 PM

Los Angeles wholesaler Quality Marine received their first aquacultured Caledonian Sand Sifting Cucumber (Holothuria fuscopunctata). Cukes may not be the most glamorous animal, but any new aquacultured marine species takes pressure off wild reefs and deserves the star treatment.

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Thief makes off with 50 bags of aquacultured tropical fish

Thief makes off with 50 bags of aquacultured tropical fish

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 08, 2017 10:42 PM

A masked woman is recorded on hidden camera stealing an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 worth of cichlids, angelfish, and kois from V W Tropical Fish farm in Lakeland, Florida.

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Baby cichlids exercise their jaws to change their faces!

Baby cichlids exercise their jaws to change their faces!

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 07, 2017 12:00 AM

When you zoom in on baby Malawi cichlids, you'll see them constantly opening and closing their mouths at lightning speed. It's a strange behavior, and now scientists have discovered its purpose. The baby fish are actually exercising their jaws to promote bone formation and ultimately shaping their mouths.

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Birds feeding fishes is a real thing

Birds feeding fishes is a real thing

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 03, 2017 11:45 PM

There are a lot of really fascinating videos of birds (of all feathers) feeding pond fish. Why do birds do this? Some animal behaviorists hypothesize these birds might see fish mouth as baby bird mouths, so their parental instinct kicks in. Whatever the reason, it's really cute.

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Nicholas' 360g reef is REALLY filling in nicely

Nicholas' 360g reef is REALLY filling in nicely

by Leonard Ho last modified Aug 01, 2017 11:10 PM

After a mere nine months, Nicholas Liu's 360 gallon (72x40x24 inch) reef tank is already shaping up to be a world-class aquarium.

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Male livebearing fish are evolving faster than females

Male livebearing fish are evolving faster than females

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 30, 2017 11:47 PM

Girls might MATURE more quickly than boys when it comes to humans. But scientists have discovered the male livebearing fish (e.g. guppies, mollies, platies, swordtails) EVOLVE more quickly than females.

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The data is in: Coral reef restoration via frag "gardening" works

The data is in: Coral reef restoration via frag "gardening" works

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 27, 2017 11:08 PM

We've long assumed that the technique of restoring reefs by fragging (a technique pioneered by reefkeepers) and transplanting the frags to new reef sites works, and now a new study proves it. Fragging caused no harm to parent (donor) colonies, and outplanted frags grow and behave just like wild colonies.

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Clownfish eggs are adorable

Clownfish eggs are adorable

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 26, 2017 01:52 AM

Look at these tiny bundles of joy! Technology has allowed zoom in clownfish eggs in stunning detail, and what we see are hundreds inquisitive lil' eyes staring right back at us.

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These new mysis shrimps are too pretty to eat

These new mysis shrimps are too pretty to eat

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 23, 2017 09:39 PM

Three new and beautiful species of tiny shrimps are described from the southern-most tip of South Africa. One shares a special relationship with octopus, another with hermit crabs, and the third has bling for eyes.

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Man cooks and eats flowerhorn cichlid

Man cooks and eats flowerhorn cichlid

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 20, 2017 02:00 PM

If you are a cichlid keeper/lover, be forewarned you may find this article unsettling. A Malaysian man posts photos and a video of him cleaning and stir-frying a spectacular mature flowerhorn cichlid for dinner.

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Female fish prefer average active lovers

Female fish prefer average active lovers

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 18, 2017 10:34 PM

In evolution, a high sex drive does not always pay off. Female mosquitofish swim away from over-impetuous lovers because they leave them hardly any time to feed and also tend to injure their genitalia more often.

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Trump could reduce or eliminate eleven marine reserves

Trump could reduce or eliminate eleven marine reserves

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 17, 2017 01:16 PM

We've refrained from wading into American politics, but this proposed executive order could have far reaching consequences for marine conservation. From Monterey Bay to Hawaii, New England to American Samoa, Trump's proposed order could reduce or eliminate marine reserves to pave way for oil exploration and drilling.

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This new hermit crab is a lovely weirdo

This new hermit crab is a lovely weirdo

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 12, 2017 11:53 PM

Most hermit crabs use shells built by evicted gastropods (e.g. snails) for protection, but not this new green-eyed species. The "shells" of Paragiopagurus atkinsonaeis are actually permanent colonies of zoanthids who glue together sand into a non-calcified armor, so these "living shells" grow with the hermit crab!

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Christian Gundersen's Glimmer Wood aquascape

Christian Gundersen's Glimmer Wood aquascape

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 11, 2017 11:20 PM

Here is a elegant 50 liter (30 US gallon) aquascape to soothe the soul. Its balanced scale and vibrant pops of complimentary colors (red with green) set against the muted grey canvas are simply perfect.

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Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

by Leonard Ho last modified Jul 10, 2017 04:15 PM

In 1988, Irish singer and songwriter Enya released a lead single titled “Orinoco Flow” from her second studio album, which went on to become an international hit, earn a Grammy Award nomination, and help launch her wildly successful career. Now a team of scientists have named a new species of fish from the Orinoco River drainage after her.

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