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Surging Into The Millennium?

Freshwater Topics - General
There's an unwritten rule in this office that we don't mention celebrities who indulge in or make their living from dangerous sports or activities. This stems from an unfortunate simile about a famous racing driver who was deceased before the magazine hit the shelves.

Cowries - The Hard Nuts

Marine Invertebrates - Cowries

Money Cowrie (Cypraea moneta) Family: Ovulidae

It is probably true to say that cowries are of more value to shell collectors than to marine fishkeepers; for although they possess some attractive qualities such as the often beautiful shells, in the reef aquarium they are capable of causing considerable inconvenience. Still, they are popular with marine aquarists and I no reason to omit them from our thoughts completely.


Lionfish | Pterois volitans

Marine Fish - Scorpionfish

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) The Volitans Lionfish is to me one of the most fascinating of marine fishes. They have an almost royal presence about them in almost any aquarium. If you like fish that swim all over the tank then this is not the fish for you, as they tend to be at home for hours in one spot without moving much at all (Usually they can be found perched on top of a plant or near the skimmer/water intake for your tanks filtration system).


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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