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Aprils Fools Antics in the Aquarium Industry

We all love a good joke right? Especially in the case of a $30,000 fish being offered for $20 plus shipping?! And Electric Pink Frogspawns for $8 million dollars?! Here are just a couple of the antics you might have fell for on this years April Fools: Screen shot 2014 04 01 at 4.47.42 PM1 Aprils Fools Antics in the Aquarium Industryphoto 1 Aprils Fools Antics in the Aquarium IndustryMore:

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Invertebrates Like to Snuggle Too!

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This series of felt puppet inverts all nestled in bed was created by famed puppeteer Hiné Mizushima and went on display recently in Baltimore’s EMP Collective.  Unlike many other reef art things that we feature here, this is one you can actually buy, as Hiné has a cool Etsy shop featuring her work.  The creatures are all over the place, including our non-reef favorite, the sleeping paramecium (which is a pretty fashionable brooch for your lab type friends).  Each item is obviously handcrafted but when you look at each of the up close you can tell that they have a detail imbued and are sure to make the spineless love in your life light up with excitement!… More:

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Marine Fish Bait and Switch—5 Adorable Juveniles that Blossom into Brutes

brutes1 sweetlips 300x211 Marine Fish Bait and Switch—5 Adorable Juveniles that Blossom into Brutes Harlequin Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) grow to 2+ feet in lengthTheir alluring cuteness beckons from across the LFS. At just a few inches in length and sporting dazzling colors, comical polka dots, interesting morphology, or fascinating finnage, they’re practically irresistible to the average marine-aquarium hobbyist looking to acquire a show-stopping specimen. The only problem is, it’s all a cruel ruse. Give in to the temptation to buy one of these dazzling, diminutive beauties on impulse, and you may have serious trouble ahead. I’m talking about marine fish that are typically offered for sale as adorable juveniles but, unbeknownst to the impulse buyer, mature into big, bruising adults. In some cases, these species prove to be way too much fish for the average hobbyist to manage. Or they may be poorly suited to captivity in general. Here are five of the usual suspects: #1 The harlequin sweetlips With their waggling swimming style and stunning coloration, consisting of white spots and blotches against an orange background, juvenile harlequin sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) are almost too cute to pass by. Trouble is, those beautiful babies mature into over-two-foot-long (though arguably not unattractive) adults—that is, if you can keep them alive long enough. P. chaetodonoides is notoriously sensitive and difficult to wean onto a captive diet, often starving to death as a result. #2 The rockmover wrasse Juvenile Rockmover/Dragon Wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus)Juvenile rockmover/dragon wrasses (Novaculichthys taeniourus) sport a comely mottled coloration and two greatly More: Marine Fish Bait and Switch—5 Adorable Juveniles that Blossom into BrutesMore:

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Hitler Finds out about AEFW – revamped for 2013 MACNA

For your amusement in the lead up to this years MACNA, here is a reefers version of the popular Hitler subtitle meme from the film “Downfall”. Humble beginnings can have terrible endings, and most importantly, don’t forget to QT your Acros. More:

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