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The Smallest Aquarium

 

The world's smallest aquarium (and smallest aquarium net). Photograph by Anatoly Konenko http://www.crookedbrains.net/2011/05/worlds-smallest-aquarium.html

By David E. Boruchowitz

How do you do a water change on an aquarium that holds only 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of water? With a syringe!

That’s how micro-miniature artist Anatoly Konenko of Omsk, Russia fills his inch-long planted tank so as not to disturb the aquascape. This is certainly taking the nano tank craze to its extreme. The tank is so small that the meniscus (the U-shape of the water surface in a vessel caused by the water climbing the sides by capillary action) is clearly visible. The aquarium is populated with recently-free-swimming zebra danio fry, though not on a permanent basis. Here’s a video of the tank:

And if you want to see some similar ideas, check out our article from a couple of years ago:

http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/200906/#pg67

 

 

Posted September 23rd, 2011.

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Royal Pleco Community

A thunder-line royal pleco. Photograph by Leighton Lum.

Royal plecos are somewhat rare plecos that are highly sought after by catfish enthusiasts. Unlike many of the plecos seen for sale, royal plecos have bold colors and patterns that make them stand out in any tank.

This green pleco has a great home for itself. It has peaceful tankmates such as Congo tetras, rainbowfish, and roseline barbs. It has driftwood to feed on and hiding places to dart into. You can also see that there is substantial current in the aquarium.

To learn more about how to care for royal plecos, and maybe even build your own community featuring them, check out Mark Denaro’s cover story in the November 2011 issue http://www.tfhmagazine.com/freshwater/feature-articles/royal-plecos-full-article.htm.

Posted September 22nd, 2011.

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Red Shrimp Eating Video

Fire red shrimp. Photograph by MP. & C. Piednoir.

By David E. Boruchowitz

Freshwater shrimp are one of the hottest newcomers to the aquarium hobby, and selectively bred red ones are extremely popular. One of the amazing things you can observe in your pet shrimp is the way they feed. Seeming to stare off into the distance, they sample detritus completely by touch and scent, moving their feeding appendages in apparent fast forward, transferring edible finds to their mouthparts at the same pace. Here’s a close-up video that shows the process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWL2XUU8PJw

Posted August 31st, 2011.

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Do It Yourself Live Rock Video

Fake rock can be made of cement and sand, as is being done on a commercial scale at this coral farm in Indonesia. Photograph by James Fatherree.

 

Setting up a reef aquarium can be an extremely challenging venture. You have to choose from all the different types of equipment out there, the type of fish you want, whether or not to include invertebrates, etc. One of the most important decisions you have to make during the setup is what type of rock to use. James Fatherree explains the pros and cons of live, base, and homemade rock in the September 2011 issue of TFH http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/201109/#pg51.

If you choose to go ahead and try to make your own rock, here is a great video of one way it can be done making rocks for the reef tank.

Posted August 3rd, 2011.

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Triggerfish Parental Care

 

Female crosshatch triggerfish Xanthichthys mento. Photograph by Keoki Stender.

Triggers are rough-and-tumble reef dwellers that often create problems in a community aquarium, but those from the genus Xanthichthys are comparably peaceful and can sometimes even be housed in a reef tank. Learn all about those “Marvelous Triggers” in Edward Adam Jackson’s article in the September 2011 issue of TFH http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/201109/#pg99.

Also, check out this video of Xanthichthys triggerfish parental care in the wild. Triggerfish Parental Care

Posted July 27th, 2011.

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