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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 pufferfish. 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

The Otocinclus is a dwarf sucker-mouth catfish that only grows to be about 2 inches long. This little guy loves nothing more than to eat the algae off of your plants, glass, and other tank décor and are not known to eat your aquatic plants. 
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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 davidi" -  Breeding - Detailed Version

Red Cherry Shrimp "Neocardinia davidi" - 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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Is a Nano Aquarium right for me?

Is a Nano Aquarium right for me?

by Cory McElroy January 10, 2017 3 min read

In recent years, the nano aquarium section of the aquarium hobby has been exploding in popularity. With many small fish becoming more available in the hobby, increased popularity of shrimp and other inverts, and even a few striking new discoveries in the last several years, the appeal has never been higher. For many people, the convenience of a small home aquarium is very inviting; however, there are some potential difficulties to consider.
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How Often Do You Have to Change Water in a Fish Tank?

How Often Do You Have to Change Water in a Fish Tank?

by Cory McElroy December 26, 2016 3 min read

To mimic nature, we as hobbyists many times, need to do water changes. Most waterways have very low nitrates in the water because wastes are constantly being flushed downstream. Unfortunately for us, the byproduct of feeding our fish is nitrates. When this parameter is kept low, fish will be at their healthiest.
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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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Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) an Easy Aquatic Plant.

Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) an Easy Aquatic Plant.

by Cory McElroy December 05, 2016 4 min read

Java Fern is one of the world’s most widely used plants in planted aquariums. It slow growth, unique leaf structure, and reproduction method makes it an aquarium smash hit. Java Fern tolerates most lighting conditions and many environments – from soft acidic water to alkaline conditions, and even brackish tanks! It is also easy to find in most local fish stores; but if not, there is always some available on our website. 
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