Random Aquarium Topics

Boxer / Coral Banded Shrimp | Stenopus hispidus

Marine Invertebrates - Shrimps
Boxer / Coral Banded Shrimp | Stenopus hispidus 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.

Fish Care and Feeding While on Vacation

Freshwater Topics - Foods and Feeding

Fish CareIf you are worried about leaving your fish behind when you go on vacation, there’s no need to, as long as you plan ahead of time. You should find time to get things in order so you can have a stress-free and relaxing vacation.

Fish Feeding

Fish can survive for several weeks without food. Some species can go for 2-3 weeks or more. This can be quite advantageous on your part since you may have a cleaner tank when you get home. The lack of fish food will mean less waste being produced.

Amphipods and Copepods

Marine Topics - Marine Pests

Amphipod Amphipods are a catch-all title for tiny crustaceans generally found feeding amongst the detritus at the bottom of an aquarium, within the filters, or even on the front glass. They are easily identified as shrimp-like creatures up to one centimetre in length, half-moon in shape and grey in coloration.

Cyphotilapia frontosa

Freshwater Fish - Cichlids

Cyphotilapia frontosa A pair of Cyphotilapia frontosa from the authors aquarium.

One of the most beautiful and distinctive Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika has to be C. frontosa. There are two colour morphs of this species, a Berundi morph, which has six vertical bars and a Tanzanian morph, which has seven or even eight bars when they are young, although in my experience I have only ever encountered the Berundi morph. The males develop a huge lump of fat on the top of its head making this a very distinctive occupant to any aquarium.

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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