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Issue #714 Sept/Oct 2015

Feature Articles

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

Aquarium Snails: Setbacks, Solutions, and Assassins
A snail infestation can spell disaster for an ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert
Book Excerpt: Clownfishes and Other Damselfishes
This exclusive excerpt from one of TFH ...
Author: Jeff Kurtz
Expressing a Natural Appearance with Colonies of Stem Plants
The master of the planted tank reveals the ...
Author: Takashi Amano
Keeping the Cave Tetra (Astyanax jordani)
The Mexican cave tetra is a unique fish that ...
So You Want to Keep a Shark (FULL)
Whether you’re a diver, snorkeler, or ...
Author: Bob Goemans
Taking Care of Captive Lionfishes
Lionfish are a mainstay in the hobby, even if ...
Author: Bob Fenner
The Dramatic Design of Driftwood (FULL)
Over the past 50 years, much has changed in ...
Author: Mike Tuccinardi
Those Fabulous Filefish! (FULL)
Submerged in shallow tropical waters, coral ...
Author: Scott W. Michael


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Cichlid World
A cichlid fanatic focuses on one of the ...
Author: Ted Judy
Bottom of the Tank
A devoted hobbyist examines bristlenose ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert
Import Report
Fish importer Oliver Lucanus profiles six ...
Author: Oliver Lucanus
Into the Labyrinth
One of the biggest challenges for labyrinth ...
Author: Mark Denaro
The Planted Tank
An aquatic plant enthusiast shares her ...
Author: Amanda Wenger
The Salt Mix
Renowned marine aquarist James Fatherree ...
Author: James Fatherree, MSc

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 About the Cover

The orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) is a beautiful and striking reef fish from the Indo-Pacific. They are typically found among the branches of the coral Acropora millepora, which is their exclusive diet in the wild. Their beautiful pattern and shape act as a visual camouflage, augmented by their unique ability to release chemicals ingested from the coral, disguising their scent. While O. longirostris only eats the polyps of a single coral species in the wild, a handful of aquarists have reported weaning them onto a diet of prepared foods. Still, your results may vary and this fish is considered among the more challenging species to keep, as Scott W. Michael explains this month in "Those Fabulous Filefish!"

Photo credit: James Fatherree



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Tip of the Month:

The leftovers at the bottom of a package of freeze-dried krill or plankton not only make great fry food, the can be used to "season" other foods to make them more palatable to your fish. Just put them in with the other food, shake, and in a day or so the odor/flavor will have permeated. It's not just dust...don't throw it out!

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