Apistogramma the Dwarf Cichlid

Apistogramma the Dwarf Cichlid

by Cory McElroy September 22, 2018 3 min read

How would you like to have a small, brightly colored, inquisitive, and wonderful new type of fish to add to your tank as a showstopper or within a community tank? Then we think you’ll really enjoy the entire Apistogramma family. Also known as Dwarf Cichlids, these great fish did fall out of favor for a little while, but they’re making a comeback – and with good reason.
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Caring for African Dwarf Frogs

Caring for African Dwarf Frogs

by Cory McElroy September 15, 2018 4 min read

African Dwarf Frogs are some of the most popular additions to tanks. These little frogs are fully aquatic, so you don’t have to worry about a half aquatic and half terrain aquarium. African Dwarf Frogs will actually die outside of the water. 
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Keeping and Breeding Cherry Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi

Keeping and Breeding Cherry Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi

by Cory McElroy September 08, 2018 4 min read

As an easy addition to your community tank that’s also simple to keep, cherry shrimp are increasingly popular. These little freshwater crustaceans grow to be about 1.5” in length. Like their saltwater cousins, they have a curved body, small legs, and spend most of their time seeking shelter in tank plant life and eating. In this article, we’ll talk about the basics of both keeping and breeding cherry shrimp.
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Tetraodon MBU - The Under Water Giant Puppy.

Tetraodon MBU - The Under Water Giant Puppy.

by Cory McElroy May 14, 2017 5 min read

The Tetraodon MBU puffer is the largest freshwater species of puffer fish. Getting 22+ inches in a home aquarium. With the fish getting so big, most aquarists struggle to keep one healthy. While my largest one has only gotten to 22 inches, I suspect they’ll grow to as large as 30 inches depending on how they are raised throughout their extended lives.
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Otocinclus, the Wonder Cat!

Otocinclus, the Wonder Cat!

by Cory McElroy February 10, 2017 3 min read

Don't worry - even through all that stress, Otocinclus can still thrive in your aquarium. Here are a couple of simple tips that will greatly increase the survivability of your new pet:
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Vallisneria – The One Plant Wonder

Vallisneria – The One Plant Wonder

by Cory McElroy January 31, 2017 2 min read

Whether you've got a green thumb or are green with envy, you can have a planted aquascape that looks like a slice of nature. Don't worry, it won't be hard or expensive. All you will need is one plant - vallisneria
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Livebearers are Becoming Weaker.

Livebearers are Becoming Weaker.

by Cory McElroy January 24, 2017 4 min read

In many older books and magazines, you'll read how livebearers like Endler’s Livebearers and Guppies are great for beginners because they're hardy. This was once true, however now that we are many generations away from the wild stock, some of them have become quite weak. Unfortunately, most livebearers are now mass produced. As we all know, when things go into mass production, the quality will decline. I hope to offer some tips to help you be successful with livebearers in spite of the new challenges.
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Red Cherry Shrimp "Neocardinia heteropoda" -  Breeding - Detailed Version

Red Cherry Shrimp "Neocardinia heteropoda" - Breeding - Detailed Version

by Cory McElroy January 17, 2017 5 min read

Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of interest in keeping dwarf shrimp in the home, usually planted, aquarium. Keeping dwarf shrimp is fun, rewarding, and beneficial to the planted tank; but a word of warning – once you get hooked on these interesting creatures it is hard not to want to explore the more exotic and usual varieties.
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Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Snails.

Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Snails.

by Cory McElroy December 09, 2016 2 min read

Pomacea Bridgessii or commonly called Mystery Snails are one of my favorites. This is not your average snail!
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