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LiveAquaria has been teasing with promise of offering one of the rarest reef basslets ever documented in the aquarium hobby, the flathead perch, Rainfordia opercularis. Our first encounter with the flathead perch began with a specimen that was acquired by Matt Wandell of the Steinhart Aquarium. In just the last few months we’ve seen specimens [...]

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Not long after we posted the first images of a live Sacura speciosa, Nate Wilson became inspired to paint up a watercolor of this highly photogenic fish. A few pieces later and Mr. Wilson was sitting on a beautiful set of aquarium fish artwork which was just begging to be turned into some kind of [...]

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You know we get a bit excited here when we find everyday products that are waterproof. From waterproof iPod cases and speakers to waterproof powerstrips, we just love all things waterproof. I mean, how many times have we just happened to spill regular water — let alone caustic saltwater — on something that was, ummm, [...]

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As hard core reef hobbyist, we are also very much fascinated with the ecology and biology and the conservation of any marine creature, and deep water corals are no exception. It’s been quite a long time since we first shared Lophelia.org, and the website has added much more great articles since then. In case your not aware, Lophelia is [...]

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Xyrichthys pentadactylus is one of many species of razor fish, or more commonly known as razor wrasse. Razor wrasses are adapted to life on open sandy reefs, and all possess highly compressed bodies which look paper thin from the front, enabling them to slice through the sandbed with ease as they dig around hunting for [...]

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Stephanie Fitzpatrick
Source: ABC News Australia
August 29, 2011

"University researchers say corals in a part of the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland appear to be in better shape than reefs in the Caribbean.

University of Queensland Professor Peter Mumby says reef fish are helping to keep seaweed under control near Heron Island, off Gladstone in the state's central region, but the same is not happening in the Caribbean.

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Posted in CORAL.org category
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Source: Times Live
August 29,2011

"A Malaysian state on Borneo island, known for its world-class dive sites, is seeking to ban shark fishing to protect the species, which draws thousands of tourists each year, a minister says.

Masidi Manjun, state tourism, culture and environment minister, said Sabah hopes the law can be changed by the end of the year to impose a blanket ban on killing sharks, which are mainly hunted for their fins to make soup.

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Posted in CORAL.org category
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Susannah Palk
Source: CNN
August 26, 2011

"The world's appetite for fish is now at an all time high according to the United Nations.

Figures from the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) state fish is currently the most-traded food commodity, worth around $102 billion in 2008.

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