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Evidence of ancient Roman ship that carried a live fish tank

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An interesting photo essay of an ancient Roman ship that apparently held a fish tank to transport and hold live fish appeared on Discovery News recently. Originally discovered off the coast of Grado, Italy in 1986, the shipwreck was recovered in 1999 and was dated to the second century. Read the rest of this entry »

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Evidence of ancient Roman ship that carried a live fish tank

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An interesting photo essay of an ancient Roman ship that apparently held a fish tank to transport and hold live fish appeared on Discovery News recently. Originally discovered off the coast of Grado, Italy in 1986, the shipwreck was recovered in 1999 and was dated to the second century. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ecoxotic releases LED Arm Light from EcoPico as a standalone fixture

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As one of the cool features to the nifty EcoPico aquarium kit, Ecoxotic just released the LED Arm Light as a standalone fixture you can add to your existing setup or to add more pop to your EcoPico. Capable of being secured on any rimless aquarium up to 6mm in thickness, the Ecoxotic LED Arm Light comes complete with one LED light strip (2 x 12,000K White 1 x 453nm Actinic Blue) and a transformer. The tiny fixture can also be upgraded and customized to fit up to two additional LED strips to dial in the right light spectrum for your tank. You will need a three-way splitter to power the additional lights without needing another power supply. The LED Arm Light retails for $44.95 and each addition LED strip runs $22.95 — all are available at Ecoxotic’s online store or through your local Ecoxotic retailer.

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Blackreef brings iPhone look, feel to aquarium control

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Blackreef is a new aquarium controller system borrowing heavily from the ease of use that iPhones and other touchscreen smartphones have brought to the market. We got wind of the Blackreef from Aquarama and from what we’ve been able to gather, the Blackreef system uses a 4.3 in. resistive touchscreen device as the main control and display of the device with just one cable to power and communicate with all the modules. The touchscreen control is very reminiscent of a smartphone app making it easy to browse, monitor, control and setup equipment on the system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oliver Knott’s Nature Aquarium remix of “Hallelujah Mountains”

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The aquarium in the video above is an aquascape created by Oliver Knott which was inspired by the blockbuster movie Avatar. This aquascape was modeled after a setting of the movie called the Hallelujah Mountains, which float in mid-air, covered by lush jungles and connected to each other and the ground by vines. Oliver Knott is a highly regarded freshwater plant aquarist from Germany who has some serious skill, and we can just imagine that he set himself to design this particular aquascape the moment he saw the breathtaking scenes of the Hallelujah Mountains during the movie.

The tank containing Knott’s nature aquarium remix of Hallelujah Mountains is 250 liters, so about 60 gallons and it features a flat-screen television-background for sunrise, sunset and passing cloud simulation. Also consider that this tank was set up on the spot, for the “The Art of Planted Aquarium” 2011 competition in Hannover Germany. On a similar note, Knott also set up a smaller nano planted aquascape with a color changing RGB LED background, video after the break.

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Sleek Aqua Cubic nano aquariums

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The new Aqua Cubic aquariums are following the trend of open topped, sleek, stylish and functional aquariums putting as much emphasis on the outside of the aquarium as we put on the inside. Two different sizes are available — the Aqua Cubic 15 liter (35 x 27 x 90 cm) and the Aqua Cubic XL holding 55 liters — with three color choices to fit your personal taste with a black and red, dark and light oak and a black and white models.

The tanks are fitted with Mini BioBox 2 three-stage filtration and a simple LED lighting system mounted on an integrated lamp support. The LED light includes 16 individual LEDs, most likely just in all white flavors, and running at low wattage, perfect for a freshwater planted tank. Adding a few blue LED accent lights might make a sexy reef setup as well. All three color models can be ordered with a matching stand. Pricing is around £94.99 ($151 USD) for the 15 l aquarium and £54.99 ($88 USD) for the cabinet and the larger version running £159.99 ($255 USD) for the aquarium and £94.99 ($151 USD) for the cabinet.

[via Practical Fishkeeping]

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Fish handle numbers on par with college students

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We can leave all the jokes aside but an interesting study has found some fish to score just as well as college students on some basic number tests. Using the highly social, freshwater mosquitofish the researchers conducted a lab test showing the fish could in fact count — differentiating between numerical quantities in a lab experiment. Read the rest of this entry »

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DiscusBook 01 is a fresh new look at wild discus and their habitats from Heiko Bleher

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DiscusBook 01 is a new book from AquaPress Bleher which aims to bring some fresh new information about discus fish in the wild and their habitat. Legendary Amazonian explorer Heiko Bleher wrote this book to document new and old wild discus strains, other species that are found in similar habitats and a wealth of new information about Amazon fish which is still uncommon knowledge.

In addition to the information about Symphisodon species, DiscusBook 01 also divulges on new dwarf cichlid and angelfish strains as well as some spectacular Loricariids suckermouth catfish. If you’re an avid discus fan or just want to know more about the Amazon from the point of view of an aquarium fish explorer, DiscusBook 01 is available from Discus South for £19.95, plus £2.35.

[via PFKmag]

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Trochilocharax ornatus: the crystal rainbow tetra gets an official description

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Trochilocharax ornatus is the new official name of a new Peruvian tetra which was first imported for the aquarium trade by Aquarium Glasser in Germany. For a while this beautiful Characin was thought to belong to the genus Heterocharax or Tyttocharax but it was described into a genus that was erected just for this species, Trochilocharax. In the aquarium trade T. ornatus is being called the crystal rainbow tetra or the orange-tailed glass tetra. A male crystal rainbow tetra is pictured above, and there’s a picture of a female after the break. For more information visit Aquarium Glasser and the German description of the Crystal Rainbow Tetra is available in pdf.

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Panaque armbrusteri, P. titan and P. schaeferi emerge from major revision of Panaque genus

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Panaque armbrusteri is the official description of what has previously been called the Xingu Royal Pleco L27c. Photo by Lujan et al.

Panaque armbrusteri, P. titan and P schaeferi are three species of large plecos (Loricarids) which were recently described by Lutjan et. al in Revision of Panaque in the journal Copeia. Panaque armbrusteri is the new latin name given to what has been called the Xingu Royal Pleco, an extremely striking gold striped black fish which also has been known by the L-number of L27c. Panaque titan is the new name of a fish which looks very similar to the “Peru Green Royal Pleco”, L418/L27b although the type specimen was collected in Ecuador, a country which borders Peru.

Also belonging to the genus as Panaque armbrusteri is the Royal Pleco, Panaque nigrolineatus, one of the most popular large plecos available to the aquarium trade and the blue-eye, Panaque cochliodon. It is very exciting to see some new taxonomic work being undertaken on the very popular Panaque genus. Having more species of these riverine fishes officially described just reinforces the case for protecting biologically diverse river systems of South America.

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