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Beckford’s Pencil Fish…

I keep a lot of Beckford’s pencil fish (Nannostomus beckfordi) in with my dwarf cichlids, and in my photo tanks, as dither fish.  I did a big water change on the photo tanks today, and two males in one of them started to spar with each other… so I grabbed the camera.  Enjoy…


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Danios, Rasboras and Barbs

I needed to get some photos of some of my smaller fish, so I placed a couple dozen of each into my 30-gallon planted photo tank.  I am always amazed at how cool a tank full of very small fish looks.  The three species in there are the classic harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha), the relatively new micro-danio with the common name of neon yellow rasbora (Microdevario kubotai) and the very old school (but hard to find today) African fire barb (Barbus fasciolatus).  The African barb is a very cool fish that makes a great dither in dwarf cichlid tanks, or even under schools of larger African tetras.  The harlequin rasboras are one of the most historically popular fish in the hobby… with good reason!  A school of these beauties is hard to beat for action and color.  The neon yellow microdevario is destined to become a classic.  It really is neon yellow, and a school of them looks awesome in a planted tank.  All three are available in the stock shop right now.  Enjoy…

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10-gallon Planted Nano Makeover

We were snowbound on Thursday this week, so I decided to to a much needed makeover in my 10-gallon planted nano tank.  This aquarium is an unfiltered tank that sits on my work bench.  Honestly, it gets neglected a lot, which is why it was a bit over grown.  Some of the plants were so think that they were shading themselves.  And I had let the foreground plants get too large and obstruct the midground plants.  This simply would not do!  I received a shipment of plants on Monday (hint hint… check out the livestock page), and there were several that I wanted to play with.  Most notably the Cryptocoryne tonkinensis and the Myriophyllum matagrossense.  I have never done much with myrio plants, so I incorporated two in this cleaned up aquascape.  I also put in different fish, including the very cool neon yellow Microdevario kubotai.  Check it out…

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InterZoo 2012

Many of the largest pet industry companies in the world gather every other year in Nurnberg, Germany, for InterZoo… one of the two largest distributor trade shows in the world (the other is Aquarama, held in opposite years in Singapore).  All aspects of the pet trade are represented, and the aquarium displays steal the show.  From huge koi ponds to nano tanks (both fresh and marine), everything available in the hobby can be seen at InterZoo.  Here is a video of only of small sampling of the cool stuff I saw this year.

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