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Before Goldfish came to America: the history of Goldfish

Before goldfish became a popular dime-store pet in America, they were considered the mark of Chinese royalty. Those little orange fish that you can...

9 Gouramis for Your Freshwater Aquarium

The following is a list of the most common gourami species I have kept successfully with a brief overview of my experiences and general...

The Cyphotilapia Frontosa Cichlid

If you are thinking of purchasing Cyphotilapia frontosa, that's great. But if you're not, maybe you should be! I first saw its picture in...

Freshwater Ghost Shrimp Care, Feeding & Breeding

Species name: Caridina Japonica Common names: Glass Shrimp, Grass Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp Family: Palaeomonidae Order: Decapoda Class: Crustacea Maximum length: 1 – 2 inches (3 – 5 cm) Minimum tank size: 5 gallons Hardiness: Easy Aggressiveness: Peaceful. Sometimes will eat baby...

The Brown Discus

Species name: Symphysodon aequifasciata axelrodi  Common names: Brown Discus Family: Cichlidae Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae Order: Perciformes Class: Actinopterygii Maximum length: 6″ (15 cm) Minimum tank size: 50 gallons for a maximum of 4 Discus. Hardiness: Medium to difficult. The Brown Discus is...

Corydoras Catfish Profile: tank conditions, feeding and breeding

Origin: Amazon River basin Maximum Size: Males smaller than 2 inches, females larger Housing: 10-gallon okay. Larger better for breeding. Security: Not necessary Temperature: 70 to 80 ºF Attitude:...

How to Care for Your New Hoplo Catfish

Origin: Amazon River and tributaries Maximum Size: Possible 8 inches. Six more likely. Housing: 10 gallons to start, then move to larger quarters Substrate: Immaterial Peculiarity: Air breathers Sexual Differences:...

Aquarium Plants Deficiencies Chart

Analyzing plant growth is a good and easy way to determine if a get enough nutrient. When it comes to analyzing nutrient deficiencies, the...

How Many Fish per Gallon: The Wrong Way to Measure Tank Capacity

A very common question on forums is how many fish can we stock in a freshwater tank. We know that overstocking our tank will...

Convict Cichlid: Caring For, Feeding and Tanking the Zebra Cichlid

Species name: Amatitlania nigrofasciata, or Archocentrus Nigrofasciatus Common names: Convict Cichlid, zebra cichlids Family: Cichlidae Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae Order: Perciformes Class: Actinopterygii How Big Do They Get? 3.9 inch (10 cm) Minimum tank size: 20 gallons Aggressiveness: Aggressive Distribution: Central America: Pacific slope, from...