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New Betta species from Sumatra described

February 28th, 2013 — 2:04pm

These fish appear to match diagnostics for new species B. dennisyongi. Image shows a nuptial pair with female in front. © Daron Tan

A new species of Betta from Aceh, northern Sumatra, Indonesia is decribed by Dr. Heok Hui Tan in the latest volume of ‘The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology’.

B. dennisyongi is included in the previously monotypic B. rubra species group and superficially appears very similar to B. rubra. Continue reading »

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We’re back!!!

February 23rd, 2013 — 9:59am

The site should now be working as normal, and please accept our apologies for the extended and unplanned downtime this week.

We’ll be offline again for an hour or two from around 1600 GMT today as there are still a couple of things that need fixing but everything should be back to normal after that.

Thanks once again for your patience and understanding!

The SF Team

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Restructuring of SF forum

February 7th, 2013 — 8:20am

The SF forum has undergone a minor reshuffle, with the idea being to makes things a little clearer since there was some ongoing confusion between the ‘Beginners’ and ‘Fishkeeping and Aquaria’ sections.

What we now have is a ‘Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes’ forum for all fish-related discussion and another entitled ‘My Aquaria’ for set-up, stocking, equipment and health topics.

The media forum has been dispensed with and community members are instead encouraged to post photos in the relevant fish or aquarium forum.

We’ve also added a ‘Field trips and Conservation’ forum, mostly because there were a number of threads that didn’t fit into any of the other fora but also because it’s an area of the site we hope to develop going forwards.

Please feel free to add any comments or suggestions either here or in the forum feedback thread.

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Video: Food for thought?

February 1st, 2013 — 8:04pm

Zebra danio embryos are popular subjects in genetic experiments. © Adam Amsterdam

Japanese researchers have for the first time been able to record a real-time video of thought processes moving within a living animal’s brain, and the creature in question is a fish! Continue reading »

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