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Hooray!!! Its officially summer! It’s time to get out to the parks and beaches, and bask in the rays! Chances are that you’re bringing some sunscreen with you, but you may have not thought about how common sunscreen lotions affect reef life. Many suntan lotions contain oxybenzone and octinozate. Recently, the Pacific nation of Palau, the state of Hawaii, and Key West in Florida have started putting bans in place for sunscreen containing these ingredients, because they are known to kill coral by damaging their DNA. Putting your hands in the aquarium with lotions containing these chemicals can also hurt...

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Try spending some time in front of your aquarium! Chances are that you’ve probably have already noticed that spending time by your aquarium to be relaxing, but this is also backed up by research! Watching reef fish swim amongst corals can reduce physical and emotional stress. Your aquascaping that you spent time on can lower your heart rate and muscle tension. When you feel generalized anxiety, restlessness and agitation, try spending some extra quality time with your finned friends. Also, many types of curious fish will enjoy the company too!

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