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|Big, Bold and Beautiful Fish for The Marine Aquarium! |
Marine Fish - General Marine Articles
One type of marine aquarium never fails to create a stir, the fish-only tank containing BIG fish! The sight of large slices of brightly coloured piscine flesh cruising around an equally spacious aquarium is enough to make anyone's heart beat a little quicker. Such displays are normally the province of the public aquarium, but within the confines of a domestic setting the whole thing can be replicated on a somewhat smaller scale with equally stunning results.
There has to be a lower size limit to an aquarium housing big fish otherwise overstocking is quickly going to become a major problem. In addition, keeping large fish in a small aquarium is cruel and stressful, leading to disease, stunted growth and in all probability, a premature death. Of course, juvenile specimens can be housed in smaller accommodation, but the fishkeeper will soon have to make plans for a larger tank.
|Boxer / Coral Banded Shrimp | Stenopus hispidus |
Marine Invertebrates - Shrimps
The Boxer Shrimp, also known as the Coral Banded Shrimp, is very popular amongst marine aquarists. The contrast of the red and white bands is beautiful, making this one of the most striking of shrimps. It has large pincers compared to some other shrimps of its size. It is quite aggressive in terms of not allowing other fishes or invertebrates (of the crawly variety), into striking distance. It wards off intruders by stretching out its pincers, ready to attack. This in most cases deters any further advancement by the invader - under aquarium conditions - unless the Boxer is about to become dinner.
|Marine Fish and Invertebrate Compatibility |
Marine Topics - Compatibility
Fish/fish compatibility is a perennial problem that affects all marine fishkeepers, beginners and advanced alike. The successful display of livestock depends on one main factor - advance planning. There are a good many fish that are incompatible with each other and it is vitally important that these are identified early in the life of an aquarium. To ignore this process is to invite trouble with unnecessary fighting or bullying leading to stress, disease and the consequent loss of livestock. In addition, a disharmonious aquarium makes for a very poor display!
|Livestock Euthanasia - A Taboo Subject? |
Marine Topics - FAQs
Q) I have never been sure of the best way to dispatch ailing livestock. There seem to be many differing opinions on the subject. Which techniques are best?
David Wallace, Surrey, United Kingdom.
A) The whole subject of livestock euthanasia has always been a sensitive one, creating very little regular and open discussion but nevertheless generating a great deal of strong feeling and disagreement whenever the topic is broached.