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What Are Shoal Fish?

Nearly all common freshwater aquarium small egg-laying fish are referred to as shoal fish.In biology, any group of fish that stay together for social reasons is shoaling, and if the group is swimming in the same direction in a coordinated manner, they are schooling.A single pair of such species will not be fully happy unless you recreate their natural shoal conditions....

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How to Care for Black Triggerfish in Your Aquarium

The fascinating Black Triggerfish is one of the least aggressive Triggerfish and can be easy to care for in a larger tank. Not only can these intelligent fish learn to eat from your hand, but they are also capable of vocalizing in several different ways. The key to success with this species is to provide plenty of swimming space, interesting rock formations to explore, and tankmates that can handle a larger semi-aggressive community member....

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Heart Disease in Dogs

Heart disease in dogs is common. Dogs with heart disease and heart failure may cough, tire easily, and have a loss of appetite. Learn to recognize the signs of heart problems in dogs, various causes, diagnostic and treatment options, and how to manage your heart patient dog at home.Heart disease in dogs is commonly encountered....

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Hyposalinity or Osmotic Shock Therapy Treatment for Ich

Hypo means & 34;lower than normal& 34; and saline/salinity & 34;containing salt,& 34; therefore hyposalinity in simple terms means a lower than normal amount of salt is contained in the seawater. The salinity of seawater can be measured as Specific Gravity (SG) using a hydrometer or refractometer. Specific gravity is the measurement of density of liquids when compared with pure water, which has a specific gravity of 1....

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Coral Banded Shrimp

Despite their common name, the coral banded shrimp aren& 39;t technically a shrimp but rather a shrimp-like decapod crustacean. However, this technicality doesn& 39;t stop the coral banded shrimp from being incredibly popular among many aquarists. Not only do they add beautiful color to your tank, but they are also incredibly easy to take care of....

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Powder Brown Tang (Acanthurus nigricans)

A popular fish, but one that requires careful maintenance, the Powder Brown Tang is best housed as the only Tang present in an aquarium. The Powder Brown does best in a large tank with plenty of potential & 34;houses& 34; or places to duck into when it feels threatened. Although the similar Goldrim or Whitecheek Tang (Acanthurus nigricans) is also delicate, it is somewhat more durable....

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Saltwater Aquarium Fish Photos

View these outstanding pictures of saltwater aquarium fish in these photo galleries. These pictures were submitted to About Saltwater Aquariums for display in photo galleries.While some species can be difficult to keep in a saltwater aquarium, Angelfish are among the most popular fish for marine aquariums....

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Saltwater Aquarium Fish Compatibility Chart

Marine fish have figured out how to stay alive in the oceans for literally millions (billions?) of years. If they hadn& 39;t, quite simply they wouldn& 39;t be here, now. Each species developed a method for surviving, whether it was a really great defense mechanism (i.e. the Volitans Lionfish and its poisonous spines), schooling (the & 34;safety in numbers& 34; spreads the risk of an individual being eaten), the ability to hide from its pursuer (in rocks or corals), through symbiotic relations (the Clownfish wouldn& 39;t be around if it wasn& 39;t for anemones) or just the ability to be able to flee....

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Paradise Fish - Macropodus opercularis

The Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis) is one of the earliest fish kept in aquariums, imported from Asia in 1869 to France and brought to the United States around 1876. These hardy fish survive at temperatures as low as 50 degrees F, but prefers 75 F – 78 F and are best bred at 80 F. At one time they were companion fish in goldfish tanks and ponds, and still make great additions to garden ponds in the summer, due to their propensity to eat mosquito larva and other water pests ravenously!...

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What Is a Reef Tank?

Simply put, a & 34;reef tank& 34; is the closest thing to the reefs in the ocean that you can put in a glass box. Due to the size difference, the things you put in your reef tank have to get along with each other. In the ocean, a species being predated by another can move or migrate to a safer area. In a closed system like your 55g tank, the opportunity to flee is greatly limited....

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Live Saltwater Feeder Fish for Your Marine Animals

When in nature most marine animals eat some source of live food. Whether it be small shrimp and crustaceans or fish, feeding your fish an occasional live food meal is beneficial for their diets. Take a look at some of the live food sources you can use.Brine ShrimpBrine shrimp are one of the most common live foods that you can use....

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Snowflake Eel (Snowflake Moray)

If you want to get an eel for your tank, this might be the most congenial of them all. Snowflake moray eels can get large, up to 2 feet long in captivity, and are very good at escaping from the tank. A large tank with a tight-fitting hood with no possible escape points is a necessity.Breed OverviewCommon Names: Snowflake moray, Bosch& 39;s eel, clouded moray eel, floral eel, starry eel, white and zebra moray eelScientific Name: Echidna nebulosaAdult Size: Up to 24 inchesLife Expectancy: 4 yearsCharacteristicsFamilyMuraenidaeOriginIndo-Pacific region, including Indonesia and VanuatuSocialAggressiveTank LevelBottom-dweller that needs hiding spotsMinimum Tank Size75 gallonDietCarnivoreBreedingEgg scattererCareEasy to intermediatepH8....

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Swallowtail Angelfish (Spotbreast Angelfish)

Something that is unique about this type of angelfish is that it will usually leave coral alone, making them suitable for reef tanks. This species can get up to 7 inches long and prefers a lot of swimming space, so you will need to get a larger tank, at least 125 gallons, to house this fish.Breed OverviewCommon Names: Black-spot angelfish, spotbreast angelfish, Japanese swallowtail angelfish, blackspot lyretail, and zebra angelfishScientific Name: Genicanthus melanospilosAdult Size: 7 inchesLife Expectancy: 10 to 15 yearsCharacteristicsFamilyPomacanthidaeOriginWestern Indo-Pacific, AustraliaSocialPeacefulTank LevelAll areasMinimum Tank Size125 gallonDietOmnivoreBreedingEgg scattererCareModeratepH8....

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How to Thin a Horses Mane

If you’re planning on showing your horse anywhere but small gymkhanas or backyard play days you’ll probably have to spend a lot of time grooming. One requirement at many shows is that your horse’s mane is thinned and braided or banded. Some horse’s necks look better with thinned manes and a thinned mane makes braiding or banding easier....

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Reef-Safe Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrates

Not all invertebrates are & 34;reef safe.& 34; Many of them will tear up corals, consume fish and otherwise destroy other tank inhabitants. The invertebrates listed below are some that are generally considered by experienced reef tank keepers to be safe for reef tanks. Keep in mind that nothing is foolproof when it comes to living animals....

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What's a Mantis Shrimp?

While investigating the mantis shrimp, we found mixed emotions about these marine animals. Some aquarists feel that they make an interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable pet to have in an aquarium, while others feel they are the total scourge of any aquarium. Let& 39;s take a look at their characteristics and nature to learn more about them; then you can decide for yourself if you want to keep one or not....

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Using Live Sand in a Saltwater Aquarium

Live sand is natural reef coral sand that is collected live from the ocean or non-living coral sand that is cultured to make it live. What makes it live is the microscopic biological bacteria that grows on it, and the many tiny crustaceans and other micro and macro-organisms that reside in it. Live sand can serve as the main base for biological filtration in a saltwater aquarium, while the organisms help consume organic matter in the sand bed....

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Dogs and Hot Weather

I receive many questions about living with a dog in the desert. Certainly, many Phoenix-area residents have dogs as pets, but living in a region where summer temperatures can be higher than 100°F for a good part of the summer means that there are some things you should know to keep your pet happy and healthy....

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Dogs in the Swimming Pool: Good Idea or Bad?

Over the years I have built several swimming pools for owners who wanted a place for their dogs to cool off during our hot desert summers, or to satisfy the breed& 39;s natural tendency to want to swim. Some clients build pools for their families and, after all, the dog is part of the family. The pet becomes a swimmer and happy pool user....

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Nitrogen Cycle Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks

In an established and well maintained healthy aquarium, the nitrogen cycle processes waste and keeps levels of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates at a safe minimum. This process is helped in the closed aquarium environment by occasional partial water changes and the immediate removal of any waste material from the aquarium, whether that be dead fish, plants or excess food....

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