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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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Wall Mounted Plank With Blood Sorrel

This is more like kokedama instead of epiphyte mount. I was in the shop cleaning up and headed to the greenhouse that’s now cooling down and saw this plant growing happily.  It is hardy and attractive so I grabbed my fly tying bobbin and made it up with potting mix …

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DIY Hanging Plant Board For Potted Plant Display

Orchid keepers often mount orchids on special mounts that hang on the wall.  After creating a few of these orchid mounts I thought maybe it would be nice to be able to this with regular terrestrial plants.  After some research and designs were put on paper a simple protype was …

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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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Amazon Natives Strip and Beat Illegal Loggers

Around the world illegal and unregulated logging threatens the jungles and forests.  Unfortunately unmitigated logging destroys that which will never return to its former existence.  Often it is overlooked by government agencies, however this time it looks like the indigenous people took matters into their own hands and doled out a good ol …

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