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Just Got My Copy of Bleher’s Biotopes

I was going to go out into the greenhouse and check on my plants to see how they fared with this cold night we had. Upon opening my door I found a delivery. Upon further inspection it was my copy of the book Bleher’s Biotopes I have been patiently waiting for. …

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The Release of Bleher’s Biotopes

Bleher’s Biotopes is an excellent new resource for a  biotope aquarist or any other that enjoys nature at its finest.  There are thousands of pictures in the 460 page book.  Along with all that there are detailed descriptions of over 500 rivers and lakes.  Add to that an estimated 2500 …

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Hybrids, Strains, and Designer Specimens

Recently there has been a marked uptick in what some consider designer fish, especially cichlids.  Breeders have come to replace the frankenfish title of hybrids that were generally bland and unidentifiable.  Today there are a multitude of beautifully colored strains and creations that do not, and in all likelihood would …

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WILD – 75 Freshwater Tropical Fish of the World

Take a look at this book that shows tropical fish from around the world.  They are very nice drawings the artist have made and look worthy of prints to adorn the walls of any home.  From time to time we find artists that bring exceptional work and this is one …

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Edgbaston Goby Found in Queensland Bore Drain

The rare and endangered goby was thought to live only in a small endemic area of natural artesian springs.  However while out surveying local waters Dr Adam Kerezsy found them in a man made artesian bore drain. “It is endangered for a reason, and that’s because it has got such …

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Leif Johansen About Apistogramma

Leif ‘Apisto’ Johansen has quite a fishroom with around 30 tanks making up the collection.  Among his holdings are what most would deem a very nice collection of Apistogrammas, a dwarf cichlid from South America.  You wouldn’t at first think that a dedicated hobbyist living in Norway would have such a thriving interest. “I guess …

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Dr. Alex Ploeg Ornamental Fish Industry’s Secretary General Claimed in Plane Crash

Among those killed in the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 that was shot down was Dr. Alex Ploeg of the Ornamental Fish Industry.  Ploeg who was traveling with his wife Edith, their son Robert and his friend Robin also died in the attack on the Malaysian airliner. Ploeg was the Secretary General of …

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