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Issue #696 April 2014




Feature Articles

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

Creating a Sense of Depth with Open Space and Color
The Nature Aquarium maestro discusses how to ...
Author: Takashi Amano, translated by Tomoko Schum
In the Realm of Pygmy Seahorses
The ocean is home to many elusive creatures, ...
Author: Francesco Ricciardi
Marine Aquarium Basics, Part 9: Stocking Fish
A marine-aquaria aficionado gives detailed ...
Author: Phil Hunt
Shadow Dwellers: The Liopropoma Reef Basslets (Full Article)
When you go diving on a coral reef for the ...
Author: Scott W. Michael
The Care and Reproduction of the Red-Eared Slider (Full Article)
The natural environment of the red-eared ...
Author: Radek Bednarczuk
The Shanghai Discus Championship
The Italian judge of the 8th annual discus ...
Author: Francesco Denitto, PhD
The Tiny Titan of Lake Tanganyika: Lamprologus Ocellatus (Full Article)
Among the many cichlid species from the rift ...
Author: Samuel Magaziner

Columns

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A Look at Bird Wrasses
This month's Salt Mix explores the ...
Author: James Fatherree
Blue Platies
In this month's Life with Livebearers column, ...
Author: Charles Clapsaddle
Import Report
In this installment of Import Report, Mike ...
Author: Mike Tuccinardi
Keeping and Breeding the Ancient Chromides
Expert cichlid keeper Eric Hanneman describes ...
Author: Eric Hanneman
Mollusks for Small Marine Systems
Bob Fenner discusses the best molluscks for ...
Author: Bob Fenner
Raising Healthy Discus Fry, Artificially Part 2
The second part of Ask Jack's series on how ...
Author: Jack Wattley
The Foliage Spectrum: Purple
This month's "Planted Tank" features purple ...
Author: Amanda Wenger

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April 2014 Cover
About the Cover

It takes a good eye to distinguish the red pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) from its Muricella sp. sea fan host. The first discovered and largest of the pygmy seahorses—if 1.05 inches (2.7 cm) can be considered “large”—H. bargibanti sports near-perfect camouflage, rendering it all but invisible to predators and the casual human diver. Learn more about this tiny-but-fascinating species and its cryptic cousins in this month’s “In the Realm of Pygmy Seahorses” (p. 82). Photograph by Francesco Ricciardi


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Species Profiles


Tip of the Month:

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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