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THE BASICS OF ACCLIMATING NEW FISH

by Tom Sarac Purchasing new fish for your aquarium is always an exciting event - there’s nothing quite like choosing a fish from the store and watching it explore its new home in your tank for the first time. Like most things concerning proper fish care, a little planning goes a long way when acclimating new fish. Starting with the actual purchase of the fish, make sure you return straight home afterwards: avoid shopping [...]

DO ALL PLECOS EAT ALGAE?

by Tom SaracPlecostomus belong to the family of suckermouth catfish: in more exact terms, the family Loricariidae, commonly grouped together under the name Plecos. The Common Pleco, Hypostomus plecostomus, is the fish that is most often purchased and referred to as the “janitor fish”.Typically seen in most fish shops are “Pleco” specimens of a few inches in length. Little do many know that these fish max out at over a foot in length and will [...]

2022-04-18T14:13:18-05:00April 13, 2022|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|
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