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Plastics linked to coral diseases

Plastics linked to coral diseases

by Leonard Ho last modified Feb 02, 2018 12:25 AM

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

Coral deathmatches

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 30, 2018 11:25 PM

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).

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

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 29, 2018 12:50 AM

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

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 26, 2018 01:12 PM

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!

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 24, 2018 01:20 AM

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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By assimiliating with local fish, immigrant fish increase their survival

By assimiliating with local fish, immigrant fish increase their survival

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 21, 2018 06:12 PM

As global ocean temps continue to rise, tropical fish are expanding their range. A new study finds that fish that assimilate with local fish by forming mixed shoals fared much better than fish that stuck to their own species in their new homes.

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Deepwater jewels! Lipogramma schrieri and L. barrettorum

Deepwater jewels! Lipogramma schrieri and L. barrettorum

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 18, 2018 11:02 PM

"Mercy in Her Beauty, Or, The Height of a Deliverance from the Depth." Two new, incredibly gorgeous basslets have been discovered in the uber deep waters of the Caribbean.

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Three new Melanorivulus killifish species from Brazil

Three new Melanorivulus killifish species from Brazil

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 17, 2018 12:34 AM

Three new species of killfish are described from Cerrado savannas of central Brazil, a lush tropical region renowned for its biological diversity: Melanorivulus proximus, M. nigromarginatus, and M. linearis.

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Tetrapod plugs can dramatically improve coral outplanting

Tetrapod plugs can dramatically improve coral outplanting

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 04, 2018 11:56 AM

A recent research concluded that instead of trying to affix large coral frags directly to reef substrate, using tetrapod plugs seeded with sexually propagated corals doubled the survival rates and resulted in a whopping 5 to 18 fold reduction in outplanting costs.

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Emotional states discovered in fish

Emotional states discovered in fish

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 04, 2018 11:56 AM

The occurrence of emotions in animals has been under debate. Now, a research collaborative has demonstrated for the first time that fish have emotional states triggered by the way they perceive environmental stimuli. This study, published in Scientific Reports, reveals that the ability to assess emotional stimuli may have a simpler neurological basis than expected, which was conserved throughout animal evolution.

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A Passion for Paludraiums

A Passion for Paludraiums

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 02, 2018 06:02 PM

Minh Ho's has a gift for creating captivating paludariums. There's something special about seeing a slice of habitat where land meets water.

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Ringing in the new year with the first new fish species of 2018

Ringing in the new year with the first new fish species of 2018

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 03, 2018 11:02 PM

Aphyosemion cyanoflavum, the blue and gold killifish, is the first newly described fish species of 2018. As with other species in this genus, it is a gorgeous killifish from Africa.

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From picturesque landscape to living aquascape

From picturesque landscape to living aquascape

by Leonard Ho last modified Jan 01, 2018 03:27 PM

The professional French aquascaping team of Aquarilis Aquatic Design reproduces picture-perfect landscapes into real-life aquascapes in stunning fidelity.

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Firefighters are awesome!

Firefighters are awesome!

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 27, 2017 10:48 PM

Mountain View Fire Rescue really went above in beyond. After putting out a house fire in the town of Mead, Colorado, the firefighters stayed behind to save the aquarium fish, too. Respect!

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Hydrozoan + Coral symbiosis

Hydrozoan + Coral symbiosis

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 25, 2017 11:34 PM

Here's a reef symbiosis you've likely never heard about. Tiny hydrozoan polyps that sit on the surfaces of stony corals can help keep corals safe from predation and infection.

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Tiny Treadmills Help Test Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina

Tiny Treadmills Help Test Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 19, 2017 05:40 PM

To determine how well the sea turtle hatchlings could perform after their walk on the treadmill, the hatchlings swam in a small tank using a specially designed swimsuit.

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Soft coral tanks are far too underrated

Soft coral tanks are far too underrated

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 17, 2017 10:44 PM

If there are two things reefkeepers have proven they love, it's challenge and gear. As such, many seasoned aquarists thumb their noses at low-maintanence, low(er)-tech soft coral tanks. But if you ask me, a beautiful reef aquarium without the fuss is all good.

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Cirrhilabrus greeni, the new sunset fairy wrasse

Cirrhilabrus greeni, the new sunset fairy wrasse

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 14, 2017 11:05 PM

A new, vibrant red and yellow fairy wrasse is described from the eastern Timor Sea of Northern Australia. The new species may be a glimpse of evolution in action as it appears to be either a product of recent divergence or hybridization.

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BioGlo - The Bioluminescent Aquarium

BioGlo - The Bioluminescent Aquarium

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 12, 2017 02:42 PM

Dinoflagellates are usually the bane of marine aquarists, but what if you design an aquarium specifically to display bioluminescent dinos? The BioGlo does exact that ... and it's magical!

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Some Zebrasoma tangs have serrated scalpels

Some Zebrasoma tangs have serrated scalpels

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 11, 2017 02:36 PM

Tangs, AKA surgeonfish, are known for their scalpel-like caudal spines located on their tail peduncles. On tangs with retractable spines such as Zebrasoma and Acanthurus, the scalpels are thought to be flat blades. But researchers have found that on a few scopas tangs, the spines actually have forward-swept serrations.

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