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Hermit Crabs

Usually the first janitors that aquarists place in their aquariums are hermit crabs and snails, as these are because they are some of the best animals to have for controlling common algae problems. About Hermit Crabs Phylum Arthropoda Subphylum Crustacea Class Malacostraca Did you know that hermit crabs are scavengers? Yep, most species will eat […]

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Apistogrammas: The Other Fish Known by their Scientific Names By: Moolis Moolman from Pet Stop SA

While I was writing the article on Killifish, I realised that Apistogramma species have got the same problems that killifish have, namely that although they are stunningly beautiful species, people tend to shy away from them with no clear reason. Can it be because they are identified by their scientific name followed by a variety, […]

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Black Molllies: Their care and breeding

The Black Molly (Poecilia Sphenops) is a popular colour variety of Molly that is distinguished by a completely black body. They are an aquarium favourite due to being very easy to keep and an active schooling fish. The Black Molly, also sometimes called the Midnight Molly, is a hybrid species between Poecilia latipina and Poecilia […]

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Breeding Show Guppies – Information from Steven Kwartler

Show guppies, in my opinion, have been long underrated freshwater fish in the aquarium hobby. There are many hobbyists with an aquarium in their home and they will a have community aquarium with mixed species, which often involves a shoal of little guppies. However, there are very few hobbyists that specialise in selectively breeding guppies […]

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The Clown Killifish: Epiplatys annulatus

The Clown Killifish is a miniature Killi from far western Africa. These little fish are quite a challenge even for experienced fishkeepers and in this article we will find out why. The name Clown Killi has come about from their bright colouring, which resembles the colouring of the makeup of a Clown. Colouration is variable […]

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The Kuhli Loach by Timothy Smith

If you were to ask any aquarist you happen to bump into at the pet store about loaches, some 8 times out of 10 you’re likely going to end up in a conversation about Kuhli Loaches, and there’s a good reason for that! These eel-like loaches are attractive, unique and even potentially useful little characters […]

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