Living the Dream

To paraphrase the old adage, you should find a job that you really enjoy doing and then every day going to work is a pleasure. Unfortunately for most of us this is not possible and many of us are content to simply find a vocation that will help us pay for our addiction. A lucky

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Colours of the Reef, a sprawling new book by Roger Steene

Colours of the Reef is a massive new picture book by Roger Steene that is setting new benchmarks for marine life photography. The sprawling new work consists of three volumes, with more than 7,000 pictures spread across an astounding 1,400 pages. Roger Steene has been one of the leading marine life photographers for many decades, he

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The Envelope is a touching movie about the passion for reef aquariums

“The Envelope” is a new video released by Kessil to promote their forthcoming new Kessil A700 LED fixture, but really it’s so much more than a promotional video. With only a tiny bit of product placement throughout the seven minute clip, this touching short film is an attempt to really capture what it means to

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Mindstream Aquarium Monitor is alive and coming soon

The Mindstream Aquarium Monitoring System is a groundbreaking new device that was first announced in late 2013, but then went completely radio silent for all of last year. The Mindstream Monitor turned a lot of heads by promising to be able to constantly monitor many different important aquarium water parameters. Lots of different aquarium monitors

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Tropical marine life is moving farther away from the equator

The oceans are warming and the warmer water is working its way father from the equator and taking tropical marine life with it. A recent story about how the famous East Australian current (the famous “EAC” used by the migrating sea turtles in the Finding Nemo fame) discusses how it is bring warmer water to southern

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Balinese faux gold: Captive bred hybrid Goldflake Angelfish

In continuation with our previous post on Bali Aquarich’s new Euxiphipops angelfish, we’re revealing the second angelfish to hit the scene. This time its not one species, but a hybrid combination of two. This marks the eighth species of angelfish and second hybrid produced by Mr. Su and Bali Aquarich since he first started with

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Vectra L1 pump from Ecotech marine

The Vectra return pump is a new product from Ecotech Marine that was just leaked in a single image. The spy shot appears to show a typical DC pump body, a Mean Well power supply, a QuietDrive driver, and the box for the Vectra which is well in line with Ecotech Marine’s product packaging. There is no

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Bellissima bellus: The biology and hybridization of Genicanthus bellus

The genus Genicanthus boasts of ten medium to large angelfish species that have evolved away from the regular substrate perusing stereotype. All members of this genus are rather streamlined, being longer than they are tall. Their caudal fins are festooned with long filamentous extensions on both lobes, lending the colloquial moniker of “swallowtail angelfish” highly befitting.

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Stony coral taxonomy is getting all shook up & straightened out

The notion of discussing stony coral (Scleractinian) taxonomy is probably one that will elicit the blankest of stares. However, if you are hyper passionate about corals, their evolution and especially their relatedness gives us reefers insight to the care requirements, and the basic function of these corals in the natural habitat. Several months ago we discussed

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Newly described black coral is one of the oldest living animals in the world

Leiopathes annosa is a new species of deep sea black coral that was recently discovered living on the seafloor around the waters of Hawaii and the Papahanaumokuakea marine national monument. In addition to being a new and previously unknown species, the description and analysis of Leiopathes annosa revealed that this coral species can live up to 4000 years!

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