Issue #686 May 2013
Three select articles will be offered in their entirety each month, available to all visitors.
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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About the Cover
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
Tip of the Month:
The number of eggs a female fish produces is related to the amount of parental care given? A cod might shed several million eggs in a single spawning, leaving them to disperse in the open ocean, while a cichlid that broods her eggs in her mouth and cares for the fry after hatching may produce only a half dozen per clutch.