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 •  October 6

When fully grown at around 20 inches, the Giant Red Tail Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius) makes for one of the most vibrant and personable of aquarium fishes. This puppy-like species will quickly learn to recognize when aquarists are nearby, swimming towards the front of the aquarium in excitement with the hope that food will soon be delivered...

Aquatropic/Tropica

 •  September 22

Arowanas are a fascinating and ancient group of fishes, with just six species today spread across the planet. In the Americas we have the Silver and Black Arowanas (Osteoglossum), while the remainder are classified in Scleropages. These four fishes are restricted to various regions in the West Pacific. The most famous, the Asian Arowana (S....

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 •  August 14

Pufferfishes have long been a fan favorite among aquarists, thanks to their bizarre morphology and cheery personality. And one of the most recommendable species for freshwater and brackish aquariums is certainly the Figure Eight Pufferfish (Tetraodon biocellatus). This colorful little fish originates from the estuaries and lower reaches associated...

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 •  July 15

Growing to little more than an inch in length, the Indian Pea Pufferfish (Carinotetraodon travancoricus) is one of the smallest members of the pufferfish family, and arguably the single best species for the average freshwater aquarium. Though it will certainly nip the fins of slower moving fishes if afforded the opportunity, this fish is generally...

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 •  July 10

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 •  June 29

The Ajamaru Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia ajamaruensis) is a mysterious species with an interesting story to tell. It was first discovered in the 1950’s during an expedition to West Papua by Marinus Boeseman. If the name rings a bell, it’s no doubt from one of the most beloved species in this group being named in his honor, Boeseman’s Rainbowfish (M....

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 •  June 17

With its dense patterning of wavy black and white stripes, the Gypsy King Pleco is in many ways the poor man’s version of the exorbitantly expensive Zebra Pleco. Both species belong to the genus Hypancistrus and both originate from the Rio Xingu of Brazil, whose waters seem to be particularly replete with attractive loricariid catfishes. Like so...

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 •  May 26

New species of rainbowfish are being discovered and introduced into the aquarium trade all the time, and one of the more exciting examples to come along in recent years is a beautiful golden creature known as Ammer’s Rainbowfish. It was only scientifically named in 2008, but specimens destined for the aquarium hobby were collected and bred,...

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 •  April 27

We have a another great cichlid from the Victoria Lake region that is bound to impress. The elusive Matumbi Hunter is considered to be a one of the more rare cichlids in the trade. Like most cichlids from this region, their temperament is moderately aggressive. Exercise caution when choosing tank mates and add this cichlid last to the aquarium...

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 •  January 7

A successful discus tank is the trifecta of freshwater aquarium keeping. They incorporate aquarium plants, vibrant colors and peaceful community fish, which is the optimal aquarium to most hobbyists. However, many believe caring for discus is extremely difficult, but taking the correct steps can help make keeping discus a success! Choosing the...