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Issue #726 Sept/Oct 2017

Feature Article

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Borneo Sucker In Search of Borneo Suckers
“Could that be a sucker?” I asked ...
Author: Avik De


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Algae Eaters in the Marine Aquarium
 The perpetual growth of the unwanted ...
Author: James W. Fatherree
Bottom of the Tank: Driftwood Catfish
Driftwood catfish, also called wood cats, are ...
Author: Joshua Wiegert
Cichlids from Fast-Flowing Streams: Teleocichla and Retroculus
Teleocichla and Retroculus are two cichlid ...
Author: Radek Bednarczuk
Fantastic Freshwater Nano Fish
The most significant trend in the fishkeeping ...
Author: Mark Denaro
Freshwater Oddballs from Around the World
Most of us start out in the hobby by keeping ...
Author: Mark Denaro
Splendid Species for Novice Marine Fishkeepers
Entering the world of marine fishkeeping is ...
Author: Richard Aspinall

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 About the Cover

The spotted archerfish (Toxotes chatareus) on this issue’s cover was, according to photographer Mo Devlin, “hands down one of the most difficult fish” to capture on film. Its eyesight and reflexes were so keen that it would turn away during his camera’s split-second infrared pre-flash. These traits serve archerfishes well in the wild, where they use jets of water to target and shoot down prey well above the waterline.
Photo credit: Mo Devlin



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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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