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The Central Scene Magazine #7 Out Now

The Central Scene issue #7 is out now.  The Central Scene North and Central American Cichlid Keeping Magazine is filled with photographs and information for aquarium keepers interested in cichlids from that region of the world. New world cichlids offer a fascinating look into the aquarium hobby and the natural world.  This magazine pulls …

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Episcia Was Repotted to Make 16 New Tubs

Today I split up the Episcia seeds that came from two Episcia Keewee plants from two seedpods.  They were open pollinated and I don’t know much more than that about their lineage.  Some are more green, and some are more pink veined.  They were in two deli trays that had …

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Illegal Logging Contributed to Deadly Malaysian Floods

Heavy rains hit peninsular Malaysia in December, leading to severe floods that resulted in at least 21 deaths and the displacement of some 200,000 residents in the states of Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, and Terengganu. Mongabay reported last month that many local environmental groups argued “deforestation may have exacerbated flooding by …

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Tissue Culture Lab Checkup

Several times a week I head downstairs to the makeshift plant tissue culture lab.  Various specimen plants, vessels with cultures, and seed starting tubs sit around the shelves next to the equipment.  I pick out contaminated jars that didn’t make the initiation process.  I water the plants that need planting …

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The Search for Ameeraga Frogs with Josh Richards

We did not expect to find a thriving population of Ameerega macero in such a tiny plot of forest completely surrounded by destroyed habitat…. Henry, my wife, and I took a trip to the jungle of central Peru in search of… frogs. Of course, we were open to any other …

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Xerophilia Online Cacti and Succulent Magazine

If you are into cacti and succulents then you are in for a tasty treat.  Somehow we have missed this fine morsel.  Please take a moment to download their latest and past issues of Xerophilia from their site. The magazine contains an immeasurable amount of information complete with pictures and …

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Cichlids of Poza Rica de Hidalgo

On the way back to Mexico City from a trip to the northern part of Mexico Dieter Duehring crossed the Poza Rica de Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Vera Cruz.  It is situated along the eastern edge of Mexico in the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico. Dieter …

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Echinodorus Sword Plants Make Great Emersed Plants

With the popularization of different styles of aquascaping and the popularity of riparian plants more plants are being kept in emersed form.  In nature most aquarium plants will grow above the water line in an emersed state during low water times, like summer.  While they do grow above water part …

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Rough Skinned Newts on a Fall Mission

The Rough-skinned newt is a brown salamander with rough skin over an orange underside.  In the aquatic phase of life the males are similar but have smoother skin, enlarged forearms and a flattened tail with a slight tail fin.  Overall total length on average are about 11 to 18 centimeters long. …

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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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