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Issue #686 May 2013




Feature Articles

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

MONKS T 0811 7 Forgotten Livebearers (Full Article)
There’s not much to be cheerful about ...
Author: Neale Monks, PhD
A Champion Fighter: The Mosaic Boxer Crab (Lybia tesselata) (Full Article)
There has been one critter on top of my ...
Author: Markus Roth
Meet the Merry Widows: The Genus Phallichthys (Full Article)
This is a great time to be a livebearer ...
Author: Mike Hellweg
Parrotfish: Good or Bad for the Hobby? (Full Article)
One of the most eye-catching freshwater fish ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert

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In terms of popularity, the guppy has little to no competition in the freshwater hobby. Small, easy to keep, and coming in a range of patterns and a kaleidoscope of colors, there is an ideal guppy out there for almost any hobbyist. Our annual livebearers issue is exalted this year by a pair of red tuxedo guppies captured in a stunning formation that flawlessly conveys the potential of these timeless fish. For some of the latest insight on livebearing fish, check out Zach Culumber's article exploring swordtail diversity (p. 64) and Charles Clapsaddle's advice on raising and showing quality fish (p. 34). Photograph by Ed Wong


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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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