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Issue #688 July 2013




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Cichlids are at the top of many hobbyists’ lists, and there are good reasons why. Not only are they gorgeous—coming in practically every color of the rainbow—they also exhibit fascinating behaviors, especially when breeding. For the annual cichlid issue, this gorgeous red peacock is a great example of the beauty found in the cichlid family. Learn more about these incredible fish, like the latest research on the myths surrounding Malawi bloat (p. 62), how to create a peaceful cichlid community (p. 52), and how to choose the best target and dither fish for your setup (p. 20) in this issue! Photograph by Bluehand/Shutterstock.
 


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That while most fish are either freshwater or marine, with a small number of species regularly inhabiting brackish estuarine habitats, a few fishes are at home in water of any salinity, including hypersaline - saltier than seawater! Some of these species, like the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas, are not potential aquarium specimens, but the group includes the popular sailfin molly Poecilla spp. and the much underappreciated native American sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus. These can be kept under fresh, brackish, or marine conditions.

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