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Nine new goby species

I'm a big fan of goby so a discovery like this excites me enough to share it with you all. The interesting thing is, I may never see these in the hobby, or I may already have seen them. Sometimes unidentified species get caught and sold. Since some of these look very much like known species it's possible we've seen them before. Thanks to advances in submersible technology, recent exploration of m...
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How Do I Care for a Chocolate Chip Star Fish?

Chocolate Chip Star Fish
Sea stars, commonly known as starfish, are among the most sought after marine aquarium animals. It seems no tank is complete without one.  However, they aren't the easiest of animals to keep alive and healthy.  The chocolate chip starfish is the one species you are likely to have success with, but there are some things you should know about it first. Below we will talk about what to look for when ...
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Bristle worms in your reef tank…so what?

Americans and I'm assuming most Europeans, have a natural dislike of worms. They're creepy, sometimes slimy, and they move in what seems an unnatural and distasteful way. I remember going fishing when I was a kid and putting the red earth worm on my hook. As soon as the sharp end of the hook would penetrate the worm's flesh it would wiggle vigorously and inevitably turn its head toward my hand as ...
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How to choose good live rock

A vermitid snail has hitchhiked on this liverock.
The first thing we should understand is that live rock is not actually alive, it is rock, sometimes coral skeletons or fossils of such, but it is not actually alive. This title refers to the bacteria, and other life that dwells on and within the rock. The positive affect of these on your tank is what you're looking to accomplish. Not all live rock is created equal though, and an aquarist should kn...
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