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Issue #728 Jan/Feb 2018

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Bottom of the Tank - Clown Plecos for the Planted Aquarium Bottom of the Tank - Clown Plecos for the Planted Aquarium
Placing loricariid catfish into a planted ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert


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Bottom of the Tank: Driftwood Catfish
Driftwood catfish, also called wood cats, are ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert
Cichlids from Fast-Flowing Streams: Teleocichla and Retroculus
Teleocichla and Retroculus are two cichlid ...
Author: Radek Bednarczuk
Fantastic Freshwater Inverts!
Freshwater invertebrates are on the rise in ...
Author: Chris Lukhaup
Borneo Sucker In Search of Borneo Suckers
“Could that be a sucker?” I asked ...
Author: Avik De

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  About the Cover

Planted tanks are soaking up much of the limelight in today’s aquarium hobby, with fishkeepers worldwide discovering the joy of using plants and natural hardscape materials to aquascape verdant freshwater mini-habitats for their fish and inverts. This Planted Tank Special issue’s cover features a view of one of the innovative driftwood-based layouts (p. 38) by the late master of the Nature Aquarium, Mr. Takashi Amano. .
Photograph by Takashi Amano



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Unless you have very soft water, you will eventually have to deal with "lime" buildup. When water evaporates, dissolved minerals are left behind as a white film or crust. A razor blade can remove much of the deposit, but this will scratch plastic badly. An easier and dust-free method for glass, plastic, or any other surface is to use a scrubbing pad dampened with household vinegar. The dilute acid quickly dissolves the minerals, and a thorough rinse removes any remaining vinegar.

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