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Issue #727 Nov/Dec 2017




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Fantastic Freshwater Inverts!
Freshwater invertebrates are on the rise in ...
Author: Chris Lukhaup

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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

This issue’s cover photo featuring three of the most popular color forms of the dwarf shrimp Neocaridina davidi illustrates why freshwater invertebrates are so hot in the aquarium hobby today. As internationally recognized inverts expert Chris Lukhaup explains in “Fascinating Freshwater Inverts!” (p. 46), ornamental freshwater shrimp have been a steadily growing segment of the hobby since the late 1990s, and with new color forms continually coming onto the market, their popularity has virtually exploded in recent years.
 
Photo credit: Chris Lukhaup 


 

 

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