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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: 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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I am looking to stock my congo biotope soon…questions and answers

congo biotope aquarium

I am looking to stock my congo biotope soon, (125ltrs planned total stocking is 2-3 synodontis Nigriventris, 5-7 Barbus fasciolatus, single pair of Pelvicachromis taeniatus), I would like a pair of Kribensis. Is it best to by a single male&female or a group? James Arthur Canning Your tank is already filling up nicely and it seems that your chosen fish ...

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I am looking to set up a west african/congo biotope…

congo river

…I have a Juwel rio125 with a 800 litre per hour external filter. Can you advise me on fish and planting please. James Arthur Canning The Congo river is an impressive natural waterway to create a tank for. It is the deepest river in the world. As far as fish are concerned you certainly aren’t limited for choice. You must ...

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