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Issue #692 November 2013




Feature Articles

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

A Planted Layout with an Enhanced Sense of Depth
In an aquarium, it can be difficult to create ...
Author: Takashi Amano
Big Little Fish
Staples of the hobby, convicts are ...
Author: Mike Hellweg
Book Excerpt: Your First Aquarium(Full Article)
Planning Your Collection The very first fish ...
Author: Jay Hemdal
Breeding Cactus Plecos (Full Article)
The cactus plecos, species of the genus ...
Author: Daniel Konn-Vetterlein
Marine Aquarium Basics (Full Article)
In a previous part of this series, we talked ...
Author: Philip Hunt
Sharing Our Oceans
The aquarium and dive industries both utilize ...
Author: Alex Rose
The Struggle for Survival in Juvenile Marine Fish
Growing up in the ocean realm is a ...
Author: Francesco Ricciardi

Columns

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Adventures in Aquascaping
In this installment of Adventures in ...
Author: Lea Maddocks
Cichlid World
This month, Ted Judy explains why various ...
Author: Ted Judy
Life with Livebearers
In this installment of Life with Livebearers, ...
Author: Charles Clapsaddle
Planted Tank
This month's Planted Tank discusses the pros ...
Author: Amanda Wenger
The Salt Mix
This month, James Fatheree describes the ...
Author: James W. Fatheree

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November 2013 Cover
About the Cover

One of the most challenging things to learn in the hobby is exactly how many fish your tank can hold. There are many things to take into consideration, including aggressiveness, activity level, and body plan. While the old “inch-a-gallon” rule might work for certain small species, no one guideline is applicable to every potential stocking scheme. That’s why professional aquarist Jay Hemdal provides advice on how to properly stock a tank in this month’s excerpt of his upcoming TFH/Animal Planet book, Your First Aquarium (p. 50).
 


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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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