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Issue #671 February 2012




Feature Articles

Three select articles will be offered in their entirety each month, available to all visitors.

SUNG T 0212 Aquatic Gems of the Deep South
Author: Thomas Ganley and Stan Sung
AJ T 0212 Ask Jack
Author: Jack Wattley
DENA T 0212 Breathtaking Butterflies (Full Article)
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Author: Mark Denaro
AMANO T 0212 Developing a Layout for Aquatic Plants with Different Growing Speeds
Author: Takashi Amano
GIBS T 0212 One Tough Tetra: Exodon paradoxus (Full Article)
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Author: Seth Gibson
ASPI T 0212 The Powder Blue Tang
Author: Richard Aspinall
RIZZ T 0212 Thorichthys maculipinnis: A Sensational Cichlid from Mexico
Author: Daniela Rizzo
WIEG T 0212 Where Land Meets Sea: Creating a Paludarium (Full Article)
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Author: Joshua Wiegert

Columns

Available exclusively to TFH Magazine subscribers (print and digital)

AIA T 0212 A 90-Gallon In-Wall Reef Aquarium, Part 2
Author: Ben Johnson
CICH T 0212 Going Wild
Author: Eric Hanneman, PhD
ITL T 0212 Pikeheads: The Piscivorous Gouramis
Author: Mark Denaro
TR T 0212 The Rabbitfishes
Author: James Fatherree
LWL T 0212 The Rio Otapa Swordtail
Author: Charles Clapsaddle
PT T 0212 Trying the Same Things Again
Author: Rhonda Wilson

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COVER T 0212

About the Cover

Butterflyfish are a unique group, containing not only some of the most coveted fish in the hobby but also the most avoided. Some species have extremely specialized feeding habits that prevent them from surviving in almost any tank, while others have more cosmopolitan tastes and make hardy, beautiful additions to a fish-only setup. Some can even be added to a reef aquarium, but they still should be watched closely. The bluecheek butterfly (Chaetodon semilarvatus) is one of those fish that will become a centerpiece in a fish-only tank; you can even keep the species as a group. Learn more about the other top 10 butterflyfish in Mark Denaro’s article “Breathtaking Butterflies” (p. 92). Photograph by Vanessa Costa


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Species Profiles

FOM T 0112 Black molly
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Tip of the Month:

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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