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Issue #703 October 2014




Feature Articles

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

A Layout Using the Unique Shapes of Unzan Stones and Branchwood
The aquatic plants layout maestro details his ...
Author: Takashi Amano
Book Excerpt: The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species (Full Article)
NANO-INVERTEBRATE SPECIES: A new world of ...
Author: Mark Denaro and Rachel O'Leary
Oscars: Kings of Aquaria
A longtime aquarist profiles one of the most ...
Author: Arthur Masloski
Pistol Shrimps and Gobies: Perfect Partners (Full Article)
   Many of the creatures that we ...
Author: Phil Hunt
Resplendent Reds and Glorious Oranges
A longtime marine aquarist profiles the ...
Author: Richard Aspinall
The Audobon Aquarium of the Americas (Full Article)
   The Audubon Aquarium of the ...
Author: Iggy Tavares
Understanding Water Hardness: Not as Hard as It Seems!
A freshwater fishkeeper and aquatic plants ...
Author: Lea Maddocks

Columns

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A Cichlidophile's History of Central America
This month, Eric Hanneman details the ...
Author: Eric Hanneman
A Look at the Corals of the Genus Acanthastrea
Saltwater and reef-keeping expert James ...
Author: James Fatherree
Aquatic Lawn Care, Part Two: Choosing Your Carpet Species
Continuing her discussion on carpet plants ...
Author: Amanda Wenger
Ask Jack
Jack answers readers' questions about breeding.
Author: Jack Wattley
Import Report
This month, Oliver profiles six new species ...
Author: Oliver Lucanus
Seahorses and Pipefishes for Small Marine Systems
Marine fishkeeping expert Bob Fenner ...
Author: Bob Fenner
The Giant "Liberty" Molly
Livebearer enthusiast and breeder Charles ...
Author: Charles Clapsaddle

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October 2014 Cover
About the Cover

With outsized personalities to match their large physical size, oscars are understandably among the most popular fishes available for the freshwater aquarium. Oscars are intelligent, so much so that they will recognize individuals outside their glass enclosures and pick favorites, with their keepers (being the bringers of food) usually earning the coveted “best friends forever” status. Such large fish are not for everyone however; with an eventual size of 12–14 inches (30–36 cm) and stocky builds, a single oscar needs a large tank with regular water changes to thrive. Read all about these true pet fish in this month’s “Oscars: Kings of Aquaria.” Photograph by Bluehand/Shutterstock


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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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