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KEEPING FRESHWATER ANGELFISH

By Tom Sarac Origins and Description Freshwater angelfish are one of most commonly kept tropical fish, and are fundamentally important in increasing the popularity of fishkeeping. The angelfish consists of 3 species of the genus Pterophyllum: scalare, leopoldi, and altum. They originate from two massive watersheds in South America, the Amazon and the Orinoco, but can be found throughout the Guiana shield as well. Of the 3 species, P. altum is the most distinct [...]

2021-12-07T14:30:04-05:00December 7, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|

CHOOSE A HIGH-PERFORMANCE BIOLOGICAL FILTER MEDIA: FLUVAL BIO-FX

There are many choices when it comes to biological filter media, which begs the question: what should you look for when choosing a quality product? To answer that question, let us consider the following important topics. Brand and Engineering Like many other purchase decisions, our first suggestion is to look for a recognized, respected brand name. Try to find one that is known for producing high-quality biological filter media, and most importantly, manufactures power [...]

2021-11-05T15:51:58-05:00November 2, 2021|FILTRATIONS & PUMPS|

A SWORD TALE

By Gary Elson Swordtails are one of the most interesting fish in the hobby. We have the beautiful hybrids in pet stores – elegant fish that are usually shades of orange with varying degrees of black markings. Sometimes we see helleri type swords, green swords that are close to the original natural species that entered the hobby. The orange versions are artificially selected, based on meticulous, hard work done by breeders starting close to [...]

2021-10-01T13:54:09-05:00October 1, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|

KEEPING AND BREEDING ANCISTRUS

By Tom SaracThe bushy or bristlenose catfish is one of the most popular of the suckermouth catfish. A member of the Loricariidae family, the largest family of catfish on the planet, the Ancistrus genus is likely the best known. The genus consists of many species - at the time of writing, 76 are recognized - such as A. cirrhosus, A. pirareta, A. triradiatus, and others.These highly useful suckermouths are compact in size, averaging around 3-4” [...]

2021-10-28T15:39:46-05:00August 30, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|

BRACKISH AQUARIUMS: THE WEIRD AND THE WONDERFUL

Brackish water?Brackish water - the word ‘brackish’ originating from the 16th century Low German word ‘brack’, meaning ‘salty’ - is created as a result of freshwater and saltwater mixing together. Most commonly, this occurs in estuaries, the tidal mouths of rivers, where river or stream water meets seawater and mixes. Other brackish water habitats include mangrove swamps and various seas and lakes, such as the Baltic and Caspian seas.Fish species inhabiting brackish waters are generally [...]

2021-07-05T09:28:42-05:00July 5, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|