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Issue #684 March 2013

Feature Articles

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

PURS T 0313 Adding Color to the Freshwater Aquarium: Over the Rainbow
Author: Philip Purser
PISO T 0313 Collecting with Creek Connection, Part 1: Learning About Local Waterways
Author: Zachary Piso
ASPI T 0313 Creating Your Own Live Rock (Full Article)
Live rock is readily available in stores and ...
Author: Richard Aspinall
HUNT T 0313 On the Money: Keeping Cowries in the Reef Aquarium
Author: Philip Hunt
WIEG T 0313 Plants That Bite Back: Keeping Carnivorous Plants (Full Article)
In 1875, Charles Darwin published an ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert
ROBE T 0313 Snorkeling in the Maldives (Full Article)
To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, my ...
Author: John Robertson
TAVA T 0313 The Cichlids of India
Author: Iggy Tavares
AMANO T 0313 Using Layout Materials to Simplify the Maintenance of the Nature Aquarium
Author: Takashi Amano


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AIA T 0313 An Elegant 5.5-Gallon Nano: Part 3, Using the Wabi-Sabi Technique
Author: Frank Wazeter
AJ T 0313 Ask Jack
Author: Jack Wattley
PT T 0313 Back to the Basics (with Some New Flavor): Vallisneria
Author: Amanda Wenger
CICH T 0313 Cichlid Gender Bender
Author: Ted Judy
GN T 0313 Putting Together Livestock Assortments for Small Systems
Author: Bob Fenner
ITL T 0313 The Brunei Beauty, Part 1: Background and Basic Care
Author: Mark Denaro
TSM T 0313 Triggerfishes in a Reef Aquarium?
Author: James Fatherree

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COVER T 0313

About the Cover

One of the greatest challenges in reefkeeping is knowing which fish and invertebrates can live together in harmony, and this challenge is only amplified in a nano setting. The 10-gallon nano reef on this month’s cover features a range of large-polyp stony corals, soft corals, and gorgonians. For more on this tank visit the TFH Extras blog at, and to learn more about how to set up a perfect coral garden of your own, check out “Going Nano” from one of our expert reefkeepers, Bob Fenner (p. 50). Photograph by Sabine Penisson

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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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