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Question: Stocking a 30 Litre Cube

apistogramma borelli

I have a 30L Fluval nano cube, and I would like to keep something a bit different from the norm. I would prefer colourful and active or quite rare. I’m open to cichlids as an alternative to the Standard tropical set-up. Any suggestions? Tim Allman Nice question Tim, and it’s nice to see people looking to keep something a little ...

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Question: cleaning an old tank

cleaning an old aquarium tank

What’s the best way of cleaning an old and neglected but very nice tank? Lots of scale, quite thick but scraped most off. It’s the cloudiness that the scale has left behind I’m having trouble with. Any ideas? Mo Thanks for your question Mo. It’s nice you cleaning an old tank and extending its life however there are a few steps ...

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Question: natural Zebra Danio Biotope

zebra danio biotope

‏What is a natural zebra danio biotope? James Neasham Zebra Danio, Danio rerio, are found in India and do not necessarily require an elaborate manifold system to provide strong flow in the aquarium. in many instances, the Zebra Danio is found in slow flowing or stagnant waters. They are equally at home amongst marginal vegetation and rice plants which are ...

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Question: Keeping Boesemani Rainbowfish with Angelfish

Melanotaenia boesemani

Can u keep, say, two Boesemani rainbow fish with a mated pair of angelfish? Ryan Cook Whilst neither Boesemani rainbowfish nor angelfish are the most aggressive species, they are not compatible fish. This is more to do with water parameters than temperament. Boesemani rainbows prefer hard alkaline water whereas angelfish prefer soft and acidic water. There are some reports of these ...

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Question: Stocking a 10 Gallon Tank

black neon tetra

I have 10g tank with 5 neon tetra and 2 assasin snails. I know I’m limited in what I can add but could you suggest anything? Hugo Ross  Neon tetra are a peaceful species that make for good community aquarium inhabitants. they prefer soft water but are able to live in pH neutral water, especially tank-bred specimens. Your assassin snails ...

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Question: Adding boesemani to a community tank

Melanotaenia boesemani

Can a pair of boesemani be kept in a 25 gallon planted community tank that already has a couple neon tetras and a dwarf gourami? Todd Dillon There’s no question that your stocking levels are very sensible in terms of fish numbers. A 25 gallon planted tank is a good home for dwarf gourami and neon tetras and your plants ...

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Question: Bristlenose Pleco Yellow Eggs

Ancistrus bristlenose pleco

I believe my Bristlenose Pleco has laid some eggs, they are a luminous yellow colour. Any advice? Stu Arnold The Bristlenose pleco, also known  as the Ancistrus, is known to breed in the aquarium. The appearance of eggs is perfectly normal and these will have a yellow colour which will gradually darken over the next few days. It should take ...

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Questions and Answers: Sexing fish in a shop, Pelvicachromis pulcher

Pelvicachromis puncher

What’s the easiest way to sex Pelvicachromis pulcher in a shop? Their colours are often washed out and on the small side. James Arthur Canning Whether it’s Pelvicachromis pulcher or any other fish, they can be very difficult to sex in the shop. For small, shoaling species, it is very easy to sex them – you don’t. It is remarkably ...

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What plants would you keep in a turtle tank?

SA Aquatic Turtles can grow to be large and powerful animals and as such are capable to uprooting and destroying many aquatic plants. That said, it is still possible to keep plants in a turtle tank. Providing you have the necessary conditions for growing plants – light, nutrients, substrate etc. you will probably enjoy a certain amount of success with ...

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