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Reefspy's charming 180 gallon mixed reef

Reefspy's charming 180 gallon mixed reef

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 07, 2017 11:55 PM

There hasn't been a whole lot of aquarium-relevant scientific papers published this month (or this year for that matter). Fortunately there are still a lot of really wonderful aquariums. This is Reefspy's 180g mixed reef. "True" mixed reef tanks are a rare breed these days, so we love it when we see healthy examples.

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Coral thief caught on tape

Coral thief caught on tape

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 06, 2017 01:58 PM

Surveillance cameras captured footage of a well-dressed man brazenly stealing corals and clams from A&R Aquarium (St. Petersburg, FL). Teng Lin, the accused, is now out of jail and charged with grand theft.

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GBR coral spawning like you've never seen before!

GBR coral spawning like you've never seen before!

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 03, 2017 06:59 PM

Daniel Stoupin and his team at BioQuest Studios shares with us another world-class video of mass spawning on the Great Barrier Reef. The detail is breathtaking! We guarantee you'll appreciate the world's greatest synchronous reproduction event more than ever before.

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Two gorgeous new pencil wrasses

Two gorgeous new pencil wrasses

by Leonard Ho last modified Dec 01, 2017 01:31 AM

What once was just Pseudojuloides cerasinus is now identified as three different allopatric species. Meet the new species: Pseudojuloides splendens and P. polynesica.

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Remarkable floating nano reef!

Remarkable floating nano reef!

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 28, 2017 09:55 PM

Chinese reefkeeper Pongpit Zhang has created a 10 gallon nano reef that is fully (and I mean fully) suspended from the sandbed. I could personally do without the air plants, but everything else is amazing.

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In schools, fish zone in on neighbors

In schools, fish zone in on neighbors

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 27, 2017 12:22 PM

A new study explores how fish school. By tracking rummy nose tetras on the individual level, researchers were able to better understand how fish interact with other fish in their school. Along the way, the scientists discovered several fascinating findings.

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Study finds Amazonian fish are more sensitive to ammonia

Study finds Amazonian fish are more sensitive to ammonia

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 20, 2017 12:02 AM

A study finds that fishes from the Amazon are more sensitive to ammonia compared to congenors from other parts of the world. Cardinal tetras were found to be extremely sensitive while corycats were nearly bulletproof.

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Do captive fish grow slower because of the lack of predators?

Do captive fish grow slower because of the lack of predators?

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 16, 2017 10:42 PM

Scientists recently stumbled upon an unexpected finding: Captive fish that were exposed to predators doubled their growth rate! Could our aquarium safe-spaces be stunting the growth of our fish?

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A stunning reef time lapse to begin your week

A stunning reef time lapse to begin your week

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 12, 2017 08:29 PM

In 2017, Dr. Tim Wijgerde really upped his time-lapse game and produced some of the best work we've seen. Here is his "best of" video in incredible 4K video quality. As we've said before, reef life is best appreciated with this type of photography.

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Fishkeeping trends mixed

Fishkeeping trends mixed

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 09, 2017 11:30 PM

Polls tracking pet ownership show that the number of fishkeepers (particularly marine fishkeepers) have increased in the USA over the past five years. However, over the same time period, UK fishkeepers have declined substantially. How is the fishkeeping scene where you live?

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Parapercis altipinnis, a new sandperch from the Philippines

Parapercis altipinnis, a new sandperch from the Philippines

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 08, 2017 12:52 AM

Parapercis altipinnis is a new species of pygmy sandperch discovered on deep (55-65 meter) rubble zones at Cebu, Philippines. This fish was first spotted in captivity in 2016 - a specimen purchased from a local aquarium in Belgium.

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Lovely forest aquascape

Lovely forest aquascape

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 05, 2017 08:51 PM

Nigel's aquascape hasn't quite filled out yet, but the "bones" of this fallen forest scenery are already gorgeous. Nigel says he's new to aquascaping. Could have fooled me.

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The iridescent spots found on giant clams inspire biofuel research

The iridescent spots found on giant clams inspire biofuel research

by Leonard Ho last modified Nov 02, 2017 10:50 PM

Tridacna clams are some of the most colorful reef organisms. Their iridescent spots, called iridophores, not only give them sparkly beauty, but they serve an important function for photosynthesis. Scientists want to mimick this feature of giant clams to improve biofuel production.

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Fire! Cirrhilabrus shutmani is a hot new fairy wrasse.

Fire! Cirrhilabrus shutmani is a hot new fairy wrasse.

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 31, 2017 11:12 PM

Yi-Kai Tea and Anthony Gill describe a new species of fairy wrasse that is without a doubt one of the reddest fish in the sea. The researchers bestowed it a most approproiate common name: the magma fairy wrasse.

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Corals like the taste of fresh plastic

Corals like the taste of fresh plastic

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 30, 2017 11:16 AM

Corals are known to ingest plastic, and now scientists have discovered that corals actually preferred the taste of unfouled microplastics vs microplastics covered with bacteria by a factor of three.

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Discus aquarium therapy

Discus aquarium therapy

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 24, 2017 11:14 PM

A replica of a knarled, decayed tree trunk. A false rock wall. And eight gorgeous and peaceful discus without a care in the world. When I think of "aquarium therapy," this is what I think of.

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Pseudochromis stellatus: a new Indo dottyback

Pseudochromis stellatus: a new Indo dottyback

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 24, 2017 11:38 PM

Pseudochromis stellatus is a new yellow-spotted dottyback from relatively deep waters at Raja Amapt and West Papua Province. Its etymology means "starry," so "starry dottyback" sounds like a fitting common name for this new species.

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Can you get fish high on marijuana ?

Can you get fish high on marijuana ?

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 23, 2017 12:57 AM

Scientists have finally answered this age-old, existential question we've all asked ourselves in moments of clarity. It appears that fish do not mellow out on cannabinoids. Oh well.

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Pretty in blue!  A new killifish

Pretty in blue! A new killifish

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 20, 2017 01:20 AM

Austrolebias pelotape is a newly described seasonal killifish. All known populations of this species are limited to urban areas around the town of Pelotas, Brazil, making this beauty very rare and critically endangered.

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Orphek launches Atlantik V4 Compact LED lights

Orphek launches Atlantik V4 Compact LED lights

by Leonard Ho last modified Oct 17, 2017 06:32 PM

Orphek has updated their Atlantik Compact LEDs to "V4" configuration, which means it now shares the 380nm to 850nm (UV to infrared) LED array of its bigger brother.

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