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Issue #681 December 2012

Feature Articles

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

STRA T 1212 A Walk on the Wild Side
Author: Richard Stratton
PURS T 1212 Adding Color to the Freshwater Aquarium: Going Green (Full Article)
Green, one of the rarest colors in the hobby, ...
Author: Phil Purser
TAVA T 1212 Aquarium de Paris
Author: Iggy Tavares
Amano T 1212 Creatively Rearranging Plants in the Nature Aquarium
Author: Takashi Amano
KENT T 1212 Rwanda’s Native Cichlids and Surprising Killifish Guest: A Visit to Lakes Kivu and Rumira
Author: Lawrence Kent
MADD T 1212 Setting Up a Successful Low-Tech Planted Tank like a Pro, Part 2: Aquascaping and Maintenance
Author: Lea Maddocks
JACK T 1212 Spiny Lobsters: Unusual Marine Inverts (Full Article)
Rock and spiny lobsters of the genus ...
Author: Edward Adam Jackson
ROBE T 1212 The Butterfly Barb: A Rewarding Challenge (Full Article)
The butterfly barb (Barbus hulstaerti) is a ...
Author: Paul Hards and John Robertson


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AJ T 1212 Ask Jack
Author: Jack Wattley
LWL T 1212 Bronze and Bronze Marble Sailfin Mollies
Author: Charles Clapsaddle
TSM T 1212 Five Favorite Fishes for a Large Non-Reef Aquarium
Author: James Fatherree
IR T 1212 Import Report
Author: Mike Tuccinardi
PT T 1212 Planting for the Large Aquarium
Author: Amanda Wenger
CICH T 1212 The Fish with the Funny Name
Author: Eric Hanneman

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Cover T 1212

About the Cover

The hobby is full of fish that have been bred for certain colors, body shapes, fin lengths, and even attitudes, but many hobbyists prefer fish that look and behave pretty much the same way they do in their native waters. As Richard Stratton explains (p. 74), many people make keeping wild fish their specialty, and they have myriad reasons for doing so. Whether you keep a pair of rare cichlids that you had to special-order from a local importer, or even just a beautiful school of our cover fish—cardinal tetras (Paracheirodon axelrodi)—in a community tank, wild fish have an important place in the hobby. Photograph by Hristo Hristov.

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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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