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By admin - Posted Feb 14, 2011 10:00 PM
Below is a comprehensive listing of our latest blog posts sorted by date with the newest posts at the top of the list.
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First Look: Neptune System's new Apex Jr controller!

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Advanced Aquarist has received the first look at the upcoming Apex Jr: Neptune System's latest aquarium controller. The Apex Jr incorporates the controller hardware into the body of an EnergyBar4. The new controller uses a web-based interface (no display on the unit itself). Read on for more information and the confirmed feature set.

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Another Reason to Protect Sharks: Hunting Lionfish

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Lionfish have gotten a lot of news lately due to their proliferation as a non-native species in the US waters and one marine park is attempting to teach sharks to prey on them in an attempt to control their numbers.

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Rainfordia opercularis VIDEO from Blue Harbor, Japan

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Blue Harbor in Japan received a shipment of an extremely rare perch earlier in the week: the Rainfordia opercularis (an Australian endemic). Now they've added video of their specimen. For many people, this will probably be as close we'll ever come to seeing a live R.opercularis.

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Advanced Aquarist wallpaper #2

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As promised, another Advanced Aquarist wallpaper to add a splash of sea life to your computer screen. The amazing photo is once again provided by James Wiseman of reefpix.org. Also, a new in-depth Zooxanthellae article by Dana Riddle is set to publish on Monday, April 4th.

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Reed Mariculture Announces New Products and Launches "New Ideas" Website and Contest!

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Reed Mariculture (better known to aquarists as Reef Nutrition) has launched RM-Ideas.com - A place to capture your input on their products and services. They need your help in naming a new product line, and they are running a contest where you win prizes simply by submitting your idea!

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NOAA Launches Updated Coral Reef Watch Virtual Stations Website in Google Maps

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just relaunched a new look to their Coral Reef Watch website that disseminates watches, warnings, and alerts for coral reef events.

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The Basin Tank Reef Aquarium of Kyle Verry

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Here at Advanced Aquarist, we like to showcase unusual and unique aquarium builds and this one definitely fits that category. I've never actually seen a hobbyist tank quite like this one.

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Taiwanese shipping company fined $1,000,000 for damages to American Samoa Reefs

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The US Department of Justice has issued a press release titled 'Taiwanese Shipping Company Convicted for Discharging Oily Bilge Waste into the Waters of American Samoa.' $250,000 of the assessed penalties are to be allocated for coral reef restoration projects (where the remaining $750,000 will go is anyone's guess). Read the full public release after the jump.

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'Honolulu Weekly' latest cover story regarding regulation of aquarium fish collection

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The aquarium industry is front and center in Honolulu Weekly's latest edition with Jessie Schiewe's article" Harvesting Hawaii’s Aquarium Fish: Is it time to regulate the booming industry?" (The cover displays a more nefarious title: "Hunting Nemo: Out-of-control fish trade threatens ecosystem.") Read on for snippets and a link to the original article.

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Beautiful Ocean Life Inspired Art

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We all enjoy staring into our tanks - sometimes for hours on end. Others take it to the next level and create art from those subjects.

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Rare White Tang on display at World Wide Corals [video and updated photos]

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WWC has posted a video of a rare White Tang over at our friends, www.reef2reef.com. Amelanistic Zebrasoma flavescens are extremely rare, and totally white specimens are even rarer (most xanthic specimens still retain some random pigmentation). See the video after the jump.

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Scientists Attempt to Design a Robotic Octopus [Video]

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A series of European research teams are currently attempting to create a robotic version of an octopus that could be used for marine salvage, underwater maintenance, and other underwater activities.

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Orphek announces customizable PR-156 LED Fixtures

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Orphek (an Advanced Aquarist sponsor) is now offering customers the option of ordering a custom light in their PR-156 line! Customers will have the options of choosing the number of white, blue, and UV/True Violet diodes desired.

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Reef Check EcoDive program

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Baros Maldives issued a press release that caught my attention. Their press release opens: "Baros Maldives has been awarded EcoDive Centre status by the official Reef Check organization, and is the first resort in the Maldives to offer the international Reef Check EcoDiver programme, which empowers people to save our reefs and oceans. Becoming the first EcoDive and training centre of the Maldives, Baros now offers guests EcoDiver courses which qualifies them to help EcoDive teams to monitor reefs worldwide." So I delved deeper into the EcoDiver program.

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Kessil adds another spectrum to their A150W line (plus new video)

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Kessil sure has been busy lately entering the aquarium market with their compact LED pendants. In addition to the current 15,000K and the planned 10,000K and 20,000K, they have now added a 6,700K LED pendant to their A150W lineup.

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