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colomesus asellus
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Caresheet: Amazon puffer | Colomesus asellus

Pufferfish are what we refer to as ‘oddballs’ in the aquarium hobby: they don’t fall into any of the regular fish categories. Colomesus asellus, also known as the Amazon puffer, is even more of an oddball than other puffers. Unlike its very aggressive cousins,…

July 9, 2017
poecilia sphenops
Articles Brackish Caresheets

Caresheet: Molly fish | Poecilia sphenops

Poecilia sphenops, also known as mollies, are one of the most popular aquarium fish species. These livebearers are available in many different colors and patterns and are sure to add a fun note to your aquarium. They make an easy breeding project and also…

June 25, 2017
breeding ornamental fish
Articles DIY

Breeding ornamental fish: 7 easy fish to breed

If you’ve been keeping fish for a while and are looking for a fun new project, trying your hand at breeding might be a good option. You’ll get to see the parents’ breeding behavior and have the satisfaction of watching the entire process from…

June 11, 2017
african dwarf frog care
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Caresheet: African dwarf frog | Hymenochirus genus

African dwarf frogs from the Hymenochirus genus are a small frog species. Their small size and silly looks have made them popular in the aquarium hobby, but unfortunately there is still a lot of misinformation out there about their requirements. African dwarf frog care…

April 16, 2017
bumblebee goby
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Caresheet: Bumblebee goby | Brachygobius spp.

Gobies from the Brachygobius genus, better known as bumblebee gobies, are tiny bottom dwelling aquarium fish species featuring a bee-like yellow and black striped pattern. Bumblebee gobies are not the best choice for most community aquariums and actually require brackish water but are appreciated…

February 5, 2017
freshwater crabs
Articles Invertebrates Stocking aquarium

5 Freshwater crabs for the aquarium

When it comes to invertebrates, many aquarists immediately think of shrimp or crayfish. However, there’s another group of fascinating inverts that can be kept in aquariums: crabs! Unfortunately there is still a lot of misinformation out there about these clawed critters. Many brackish crab…

January 29, 2017
danio rerio
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Caresheet: Zebra Danio | Danio rerio

Zebra Danios (Danio Rerio) are a spirited and entertaining freshwater species that are inexpensive and great for beginner aquarists. At a max size of 2″, they work well with smaller tankmates such as Neon Tetras and Swordtails. This caresheet is a guest post by…

January 16, 2017
upside down catfish
Articles Stocking aquarium

8 Aquarium catfish for community tanks

There are many different types of catfish available in the aquarium trade, some of which work well in the home community aquarium and some of which definitely don’t. There’s a catfish for all tank sizes and community types, so keep reading for a list…

December 11, 2016
tetraodon biocellatus
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Caresheet: Figure 8 puffer | Tetraodon biocellatus

Tetraodon biocellatus are commonly known as figure 8 puffers, a name derived from their head markings (which look somewhat like the number eight). Although they are smaller and easier to keep than most of the puffers available in the aquarium trade today there are…

November 26, 2016
female betta fish
Articles Betta Stocking aquarium

Keeping female Betta fish

Betta fish (Betta splendens) are one of the most popular fish species available today and male Bettas are widely appreciated for their wide range of beautiful colors and many fin types. Female Bettas, however, are a lot more difficult to find in the hobby…

November 14, 2016
background aquarium plants
Aquarium plants Articles

7 beautiful background aquarium plants

When setting up a planted aquarium, one of the best ways to achieve a balanced, natural look is to create depth using foreground and background plants. Foreground plants are low and usually don’t stand out too much, while background plants are tall and can…

October 9, 2016
stocking a 10 gallon fish tank
Articles Stocking aquarium

Stocking a 10 gallon fish tank

10 gallon (38L) aquarium kits such as this one are cheap and easy to fit into any room, which makes them a very popular choice. However, it can be difficult to figure out what fish to stockΒ a 10 gal with. 10 gallons is not…

September 27, 2016
colorful aquarium fish
Articles Stocking aquarium

7 colorful aquarium fish

When setting up an aquarium and picking fish to stock it with, one thing many aquarists focus on is color. One or multiple colorful fish species can really brighten up a tank and form an eye-catching centerpiece. Many species in the aquarium trade sport…

September 4, 2016