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Oscar Fish (Astronotus Ocellatus) Care, Feeding and Tank Requirements

Species name: Astronotus ocellatus Common names: oscar, tiger oscar, velvet cichlid, or marble cichlid Family: Cichlidae Order: Perciformes Class: Actinopterygii Maximum length: 11.8 – 15.7 in ( 30.0 – 40.0 cm) Minimum tank size: Provide at least...

Buffalo Head Cichlid (Steatocranus casuarius)

The "bumphead," "buffalohead," or "blockhead," this little riverine fish from the Congo River basin has been around for quite awhile now, and I've been...

Chocolate Gourami: An Unusual Mouthbrooding Labyrinth Fish

Although most gouramis are easy to care in a freshwater aquarium, the Chocolate Gourami is sensitive to its surroundings and not recommended for the beginner...

Aquarium Bio Balls: What are They? Should You Use Them In Your Tank?

I have had an interesting online discussion with a friend regarding the relative merits of bio balls. His points (I hope I’ve not corrupted the concepts...

Glass Catfish, the Kryptopterus bicirrhis

Beautiful and strange, Glass Catfish are some of the more provocative catfish in the hobby. However, they are sensitive and have special needs. Glass Catfish,...