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THE FLUVAL SHAKER COLLECTION

Planning and searching for an aquarium and cabinet set for a living space is always a fun event. Researching the type of fish, plants and décor is important when determining the size of the aquarium, but there is more to think about: do not underestimate the importance of considering the properties of the actual aquarium and cabinet set itself! There are several key factors that will not only impact long term durability and reliability, [...]

2022-02-08T14:47:48-04:00February 8, 2022|Freshwater|

THE LAKE WANAM RAINBOWFISH

By Gary Elson Glossolepis wanamensis is a fish species being pulled in several directions, and we as hobbyists can have an influence on where and how it goes. In nature, it is probably doomed. It’s red-listed as critically endangered, but has not been seen in its home lake for quite some time. Hopefully, there are some hanging on somewhere in the Lake Wanam region of Papua New Guinea, but the introduction of African Tilapia [...]

2021-05-06T14:25:59-04:00May 6, 2021|Fish, Plants & Corals, Freshwater|

APHYOSEMION KILLIFISH – BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE

By Gary Elson Many people see killifish as the orchids of the aquarium world. While it’s true that they have orchid-like colors, they are generally pretty easy fish to keep. If we are looking at “reasonable” micro-tanks of 5 gallons / 20 liters, you can easily put a trio of these beauties in one. Why only three? It’s a micro-tank, and despite sketchy advice you may have been given, fish need room to live. [...]

2021-02-24T13:24:42-04:00February 24, 2021|Fish, Plants & Corals, Freshwater|

AQUARIUM HEATERS: WORTH THE INVESTMENT

by Tom Sarac Tropical fish: what happens in the wild? Most fish and invertebrates are ectothermic poikilotherms, meaning their environment dictates their internal body temperature - more generally, they are known as cold-blooded creatures. Considering the stable but still slowly changing nature of tropical climates, native aquatic life requires a consistent temperature, with any changes taking place gradually and in small increments. Speaking of slight changes, the tropical rainy season is exactly that type [...]

2022-01-10T16:22:41-04:00January 5, 2021|Equipment, Freshwater, Saltwater|

AFRICAN CICHLIDS: A CHALLENGING BUT HIGHLY REWARDING GROUP OF FISH

Part 2: Lake Malawi by Tom Sarac The continent of Africa is home to Lakes Tanganyika, Malawi, and Victoria, three enormous bodies of water which house a huge variety of fascinating cichlids. In the second article of this three-part series, an overview of cichlids from Lake Malawi is be provided. Setup and care: With over 300 species of Lake Malawi cichlids available, there is no lack of choice for the home aquarium. The [...]

2022-01-07T17:13:48-04:00October 29, 2020|Fish, Plants & Corals, Freshwater|