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Miniature Nannostomus (Nannostomus anduzei)

The Miniature Nannostomus (Nannostomus anduzei) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Anduzi’s Naqnnostomus and Miniature Pencilfish, is found about 20 kilometers north of Puerto Ayacucho in Venezuela’s upper Orinoco river basin.   It has also been collected from one other area several hundred kilometers farther south in the rio Ererê  drainage, a minor tributary […]

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VHO Lighting

Tropical Fish Keeping – Pros and Cons of VHO Aquarium Lighting

The pros and cons of VHO (Very High Output) aquarium lighting is similar to those of standard fluorescent lighting systems. Very High Output bulbs are a type of fluorescent lighting that produces a much more intense light than standard fluorescent lighting systems. They are similar in appearance to standard fluorescent bulbs in size but require […]

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Tropical Fish Keeping – Pros and Cons Of Standard Fluorescent Lighting

There are some pros and cons for using standard fluorescent lighting systems over your aquarium that you need to know about before selecting the type of lighting for your tank. The primary role of aquarium lightning is to allow tropical fish keeping enthusiasts the ability to easily watch their fish.  But more importantly, it also […]

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Tropical Fish Keeping – Aquarium Lighting Basics

Aquarium lighting is necessary for maintaining fish health and illuminating all types of tropical fish keeping aquariums. Some types of marine reef aquariums or densely planted freshwater aquariums need specialized lighting to support the photosynthetic life forms that are housed in the tank. Densely planted freshwater aquariums may also require a more specialized light source […]

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Choosing The Right Aquarium Stand

Choosing the right Aquarium stand is important, and although an aquarium stand is simply a place to locate your tropical fish aquarium,  it is also an integral part of the aquarium system.  In addition to the basic function of the aquarium stand (safely holding the aquarium in place) it can be used to conceal equipment […]

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Types of UG filters

Tropical Fish Keeping – Pros And Cons Of Undergravel Filters

There are several Pros and Cons of Undergravel Filters used in freshwater and marine aquariums that you need to know about before you purchase one for your tank. Undergravel filters are arguably the most frequently sold filters to beginning tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. They are simply a slotted plastic plate with one or more “lift tubes” […]

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Filter Types

Tropical Fish Keeping – All About Types Of Filters

Recent advancements in filtration technology have made tropical fish keeping much easier than most people can ever imagine. The old phrase “Aquariums are too much trouble to keep” for the most part can be put to pasture, and organisms that were once thought impossible to keep in a closed aquarium environment are now being kept […]

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The Nitrogen Cycle

Tropical Fish Keeping – Aquarium Water Filtration

Proper water filtration is essential to successful tropical fish keeping. Your aquarium’s water filtration system is responsible for eliminating toxic compounds and particulate matter from your fish tank. Fish give off waste products in the form of feces, uneaten food, carbon dioxide, etc. and the water in the tank begins to degrade immediately after the […]

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Round Acrylic Aquarium

Acrylic Aquariums – Pros And Cons

The pros and cons of  acrylic aquariums are very similar to those of all glass aquariums. Acrylic aquariums have become more and more popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. Acrylic tanks are much lighter than glass aquariums and are popular with fish keepers setting up extra large aquariums, especially marine aquariums. Tanks over 180 gallons are frequently constructed […]

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10 Gal. Plastic Mini Aquarium

Plastic Aquariums – Pros And Cons

Plastic aquariums are normally available in only small sizes.  Usually from less than ½ gallon to less than 10 gallons. Most plastic tanks are sold in small kits to keep Goldfish or Bettas.  Not many are worth purchasing but a few of them suffice for their intended purpose. Normally the kits contain an undergravel filter, […]

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Glass Aquariums

Glass Aquariuims – Pros And Cons

Although glass aquariums are the most popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts, there are pros and cons with their use. There are pros and cons for each type aquarium but despite the cons, most freshwater enthusiasts house their fish in glass tanks. Glass aquariums are constructed in almost any size using either tempered glass, plate glass, […]

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