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Water Hardness and its Effect on Your Fish

Water quality has a direct impact on the health of aquarium fish. One very important aspect is water hardness. Water hardness has major effects on pH and its stability and hence the survival of your aquarium fish. Water Hardness And Its Effect On Fish: Water hardness is the level of …

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Bucephalandra Propagation and Conservation Efforts

bucephalandra cultivation

First of all I just want to say is this just to my research I’ve also learned from some people and gather the knowledge. I live in Indonesia in West Borneo, the part of the world where buce just lives in our place.  It is very beautiful, rare, and interesting. …

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Grinding Your Own Fish Food

Grinding ingredients for frozen fish food.

Small fish rooms with a lot of fish to feed can get costly.  With several large South and Central American cichlids to feed daily buying prepared food from the fish store can get expensive.  As the fish get bigger they eat more, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with prepackaged …

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Lake Rukwa Tanzania

Hans van Heusden netting fish in Lake Rukwa, Tanzania.

Lake Rukwa Valley lies at an elevation of 2,600 feet between Lake Nyasa and Lake Tanganyika. Its low southeastern edge includes the shallow, alkaline Lake Rukwa, which is fringed by the North and Central Rukwa plains.   The lake is home to around 60 fish species with nearly one-third endemic. Lake …

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Rhaphidophora Beccarii In Situ Indonesia

Rhaphidophora beccarii and possibly some sort of  Cyperaceae.  Submerged there is barclaya

This is a photo os a blackwater stream in Indonesia taken by Silamat. Rhaphidophora beccarii and possibly some sort of  Cyperaceae.  Submerged there is barclaya but no cryptocorynes in this section of water. Leaf litter is abundant in these types of streams as the canopy hangs over the water.  This keeps the …

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See How Red Sea Aquariums Are Made

Red Sea Aquariums Being Made

Have you ever been curious to see how aquariums are made in a factory?  Watch this Red Sea for an amazing experience from start to finish.  Aquariums, as well as stands, are shown being made.  They make it look effortless and easy.

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Breeding Wild Bettas to Support Wild Populations

Wild Betta

Everyone knows about Betta splendens but what about the wild types? Most people usually have seen the Bettas in different forms in pet stores. They see them and are in mind that these breeds are in this form only.  The part they are not familiar with is that it takes so …

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Simple Live Food Cultures for Growing Healthy Betta Fry

Variety of Infusoria

Hobbies can mold a person’s life in a way that can be unimaginable. Not only can they help you to be productive, but also provide you with immense knowledge. In this world, anything and everything can be a hobby, be it creating art or helping people. One such interesting hobby …

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Hobbyists Can Plan Their Own Collecting Trips

Hobbyist Collecting Trip

I started the aquarium hobby when I was just 6 years old and 10 years later I had a whole room with tanks.  I bred nearly everything that I could get. From that time on I loved cichlids and killifish. Believe it or not,  I was so crazy with fish that …

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Alder Cones Benefit Fish Health With Tannins

Alder cones

An aquarium is a point of attraction for everyone, tannins and botanicals can help with this. Not only do tannin stained water look good but it improves water quality to ensure the optimum growth and health of the fish.  Alder cones, like Indian Almond leaves, impart color as well as …

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Fruit Fly Cultures Are Quick and Easy DIY Food

Fruit Fly Culture Development

Fruit flies are a popular food for predatory insects, amphibians, and even fish. They are one of the easiest and most inexpensive foods for your animals. These wingless flies vary in size and are used depending upon the size of the predator. Most often Drosophila hydei and Drosophila melanogaster are …

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Microplastics Found in 100 Percent of Estuary Species Studied


The presence of microplastics in gut contents of coastal freshwater fish of the Rio de la Plata estuary was studied. Samples were taken at six different sites where 87 fish belonging to 11 species and four feeding habits were captured and examined. The presence of microplastics was verified in 100% …

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The Planted Vase Opens a Retail Store

One of the Dry Goods Areas

Joe Brunner has opened a different type of aquarium store aimed at helping enthusiasts with limited space and time restraints on maintenance. The Planted Vase offers a full range of plants, fish, hardscape, filters, and lighting to create an aquarium to suit most any interest or need. Nano aquariums, as …

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Kuribrong River Guyana Aquarium Biotope

by Jeroen Vanhooren Biotope: Near the river banks of a small tributary of the Kuribrong river (Guyana) Dimensions: 70*50*35 (l*d*h) Technical description: Lightning: 1 x Aquatlantis Easy Led 6800 K (28 W) – time controlled. Filter: internal sump with 2 sizes mechanical filtration media and a biological filtration medium. Pump …

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Got My Biotope Aquarium Design Contest Magazine

Biotope Aquarium Design Contest Magazine

Biotopes are great!  Who doesn’t love a well designed and thought out biotope aquarium or terrarium?  Perusing the web I saw that the Biotope Aquarium Design contest had released a printed magazine of contestants from 2016.  I had to add this one to my collection of books and periodicals. Print …

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