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|Working Together To Keep Coral Reefs Alive |
Marine Topics - Conservation
Dear Friends of CORAL,
There is plenty of bad news about coral reefs this year, but here is some good news. After years of work by lots of different organizations and individuals, President Clinton has issued an Executive Order creating the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Reserve, the single largest nature reserve ever established in the United States.
|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.
|Bristleworms Class: Polychaeta |
Marine Topics - Marine Pests
Anyone whose hand has ever come into contact with a bristleworm will tell you that they leave fine, barbed hairs embedded in the skin, causing a rash and an irritation somewhat like a nettle. Whilst this may prove a relatively minor inconvenience to the aquarist, bristleworms are not only scavengers but predators which can damage valuable livestock. Particularly prone are those fish that 'lock' themselves into a safe crevice at night e.g. Firefish, as well as a variety of invertebrates such as clams.
|Starting Fishkeeping |
Freshwater Topics - Fishkeeping
There are two schools of thought about teaching beginners to fishkeeping. One is the way I've been pushed into when producing a VERY concise book recently for Ringpress in the UK. The only option on this was to say "Do it this way." This means committing yourself to one style of fishkeeping and saying why you think it's the best. There wasn't space to do more.