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(Finally) A How-To on Angelfish Reef Aquariums

Marine Fish - Angelfish
In creating a truly sustainable and enduring marine environment, it’s not uncommon for a reef aquarium owner to feel suddenly besieged.  Looking at all the filtration setups, pumps, bubble machines, heaters, coolers, fish tank stands and fish tanks out there – it’s easy to get knocked back on your heels.  If only someone could consolidate the dos-and-don’ts of reef tank maintenance. Then maybe frazzled aquarists could get some rest at night.  Well here to diminish those dark circles, your very own lullaby: an Ode to Angelfish Reef Aquarium maintenance.

Myth and Magic or Hard Facts?

Freshwater Topics - General
One of my correspondents has aroused the rage of one or two fishkeeping web surfers by remarking that no-one edits the information on the WWW. Of course it's not altogether true - the inestimable Mark keeps everything together on this site, and there are controllers of one type or another on most of the commercial server systems. Of course it was the corollary of that correspondent's remark, that there was a lot of wrong information on the Web, that raised hackles.

All Pumped Up

Freshwater Topics - Pumps
Ranting about pond pumps has been one of my favourite preoccupations during my time as editor of Practical Fishkeeping. So a visit to the largest UK Garden trade show - GLEE - which features many fishkeeping and pond manufacturers (as well as halls full of lawnmowers, tractors, seeds, plants - you name it - for the garden) was very rewarding.

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.

Big Fish for The Marine Aquarium!

Clown Trigger Fish (Balistoides conspicillum) 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.


The Micro Shrimp Tank

Blood Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) Most of my regular readers will already be aware that, on the whole, I do not condone small marine tanks; that is, tanks with a nett volume of less than 20 gallons (91 litres). They are usually very unstable as far as water parameters are concerned and subsequently exert...


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