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Issue #672 March 2012

Feature Articles

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

HEMD T 0312 Acclimating Animals to Aquariums, Part 1: Introduction to Techniques
Author: Jay Hemdal
KENT T 0312 Collecting in the Congo
Author: Lawrence Kent
DS T 0312 Dr. Dwight "Subsee" Smith 1924-2011
Author: Claudia Dickinson
GOSN T 0312 Dr. Mac’s Contribution to the Marine Hobby: The Story of How One Hobbyist Started a Thriving Coral Farming and Retail Business
Author: Jeremy Gosnell
BERG T 0312 Electric Blue Ram (Full Article)
One of the more recent additions to the ...
Author: William Berg
AMANO T 0312 Enjoying an Iwagumi Layout for a Long Period of Time
Author: Takashi Amano
SUNG T 0312 The Chinese Vermilion Goby (Full Article)
I am proud to have had the opportunity to ...
Author: Stan Sung
FENN T 0312 The Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus) (Full Article)
The longnose hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus) ...
Author: Bob Fenner
KALO T 0312 The Unusual Drape Fin Barb
Author: Nicholas Kalodimos


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AIA T 0312 A 125-Gallon Airplane Hangar Aquarium, Part 1
Author: Ben Johnson
AJ T 0312 Ask Jack
Author: Jack Wattley
CICH T 0312 Breeding Cichlids, Part 2: Finding the Limiting Factor
Author: Ted Judy
PT T 0312 Surprising Nesaea
Author: Rhonda Wilson
TSM T 0312 The Hammer Corals
Author: James Fatherree
GN T 0312 The Wilsons’ 34-Gallon Integrated Reef
Author: Bob Fenner
ITL T 0312 Wild Bettas: The Splendens Species Complex
Author: Mark Denaro

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COVER T 0312

About the Cover

Hammer corals make striking additions to any reef aquarium. They reach large sizes, have unique-looking tentacles, and thrive under a wide range of conditions. In fact, the biggest danger in keeping these impressive animals is that they will harm your other corals. As our resident reef expert, James Fatherree, explains and our gorgeous cover specimen shows, it is best to keep hammer corals separated from other sessile inverts in your setup (p. 44). Photograph by Mitchell Brown

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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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