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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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Top 5 Centerpiece Fish for Your Small to Medium Sized Community Aquarium

Top 5 Centerpiece Fish for Your Small to Medium Sized Community Aquarium

by Cory McElroy September 01, 2018 3 min read

Creating your own ‘school of fish’ in a medium-sized or small fish tank is a fun and rewarding experience. It’s made even more fun by introducing a showpiece fish to serve as your aquatic pride and joy. A centerpiece fish draws attention, stands out through either color or size, and also gets along with the other swimmers in the community tank. Which one should you get, though? It’s a tricky question to answer since we don’t want a larger fish to gobble up the others!
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Top 5 Easy Aquarium Plants

Top 5 Easy Aquarium Plants

by Cory McElroy May 09, 2018 2 min read

Hey guys, Cory here, I made a video a couple days ago about what is, in my opinion, the top 5 aquarium plants that are not only beautiful but very easy to grow. 

 

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Which Planted Tank Fertilizer Is Right for You?

Which Planted Tank Fertilizer Is Right for You?

by Irene Bearly January 07, 2018 6 min read

Ever wonder how professionals and even advanced hobbyists make those gorgeous aquascapes bursting with plant life? It all comes down to having the three essentials that make aquatic plants happy:
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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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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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