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Chalice Corals. Family Pectinildae By Blue Zoo Aquatics

Within the Family Pectiniidae, there are currently five valid genera of coral according to Integrated Taxanomic Information System (ITIS). They are Echinophyllia, Mycedium, Oxypora, Pectinia, and Physophyllia. You will also see Echinomorpha listed as a genus, and it should be, although there is only one species. These stony corals from the Family Pectiniidae are known […]

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Brittle Stars in the Aquarium

Brittle Starfish are one of those invertebrates that are rarely seen in your marine reef aquarium. That being said, they play a very important role in your aquarium and are a beneficial invertebrate to have, and when you do see them they are very impressive and fascinating creatures. Brittle Starfish generally will come out at […]

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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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Foxface Rabbit Fish: Aquarium Care

Foxface Rabbitfish. Oh, the names we come up with for fish! The common name of this species of fish describes them quite well, as they have a distinctly elongated snout resembling the pointed snout of a fox. The Rabbitfish part of the name is derived from their behavior, as they are docile grazers with dark […]

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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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The Clown Triggerfish

One of the great privileges of working with marines is being able to keep and care for some of the ocean’s most amazing and beautiful fish. The Clown Triggerfish is no exception and has to be one of the most eye-catching and beautiful species of fish. Their true beauty has made this species of triggerfish […]

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The Panther Grouper

The Panther Grouper is a stunning, large predatory fish. This extraordinary-looking Grouper is also known as Humpback or ‘Polka-dot’ Grouper for its striking colour pattern of bold black spots against a white to creamy-grey body. Juveniles display fewer, larger black spots, against a bright white background. These black spots become smaller and more plentiful as […]

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