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Top Five Popular Aquarium Plants

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Using natural plants will be a best option for decorating aquarium and giving it a refreshed outlook. Water wisteria, java moss, Amazon sword, African water fern and Java Fern are the most popular plants used in planted aquariums.
Water Wisteria
Water wisteria is a highly popular freshwater aquarium plant which grows very fast. Tall green leaves, medium lighting, and 74 Degree Fahrenheit water temperature are the specifications of water wisteria. It is a fuss free plant.
Java Moss
This plant tends to grow onto driftwood and rocks. Bottom covering and baby fish protection are the major functionalities of Java Moss. Moss supports all kinds of lighting and it grows best in 70-75 Degree Fahrenheit.
Amazon Sword
Amazon sword can grow up to twenty inches and is ideal for back of the aquarium. As the name itself indicates, Amazon sword has leaves resembling swords. It functions as background decoration and hiding place for fish.
African Water Fern
The African Water Fern is a versatile aquarium plant which is extremely good for background or foreground of fish tank. It needs low maintenance and thrives in most climatic conditions.
Java Fern
Java Fern is found most commonly in south East Asia. Narrow leaf, Needle leaf, windelov leaf and lance leaf are popular varieties of Java Fern. Java Fern is characterized by 20-35 cm height, 5-15 cm width, 18-30 Degree Celsius temperature and pH tolerance of 6-8.
Via [Home Aquaria]

Ten Cichlid Fish You Should Keep

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Cichlid belongs to one of the largest families of fish with more than two thousand types. It is a very popular aquarium fish which is known for beautiful coloration. Auratus, Blue moorii, dogtooth cichlid, electric blue hap, livingstoni cichlid, electric blue johannii, maingano, Malawi eyebiter, red empress and red fin kadango are the most popular varieties of cichlid fish.
Auratus
Auratus cichlid has a stunning coloring pattern with blue and black stripes. They measure four inches in length and sometimes will grow large in the aquarium.
Blue moorii
It is a large sized cichlid with a compact body, head bump, distinctive features and blue coloration.
Dogtooth cichlid
Dogtooth cichlid is a cichlid species which features unicuspid teeth and beautiful color pattern.
Electric Blue Hap
Electric Blue Hap is very common in Lake Malawi. They are found in areas where rocks meet the sand.
Livingstoni Cichlid
Livingstoni cichlid is a very large variety of cichlid with an interesting behavior and stunning color pattern.
Electric Blue Johannii
Electric Blue Johannii is an appealing variety of cichlid which will add glory to the aquarium.
Maingano
It is a cichlid variety found in Lake Malawi as well as freshwaters of Mozambique.
Malawi eyebiter
Malawi eyebiter is a big and fast moving cichlid with a bright metallic sheen.
Red Empress
Red Empress is an endemic species found only in Lake Malawi.

Red Fin Kadango
This is an attractive type of cichlid which is referred as an ideal aquarium pet.
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Jason Langer’s Reef Fish Cookies Rated Excellent for Artistic Beauty

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Cookies designed by Jason Langer surprises aquarium hobby enthusiasts all over the country. Marine Breeding Initiative had featured cookies conceptualized by Jason, a talented artist blessed with creativity. Jason’s cookies are so popular among people indulged in decoration of marine entities including coral reefs. ORA gave Langer an assignment to make their entire line of clownfish. Jason Langer is undoubtedly a true connoisseur of art in every visual sense. His way of making reef fish cookies are very simple. After making a mold of fish’s shape, Jason makes an array of cookie banks that are devoid of color. The real visual magic happens after the fish is iced up.
Every reef cookie designed by Jason is awesome, fabulous, colorful, pictorial and absolutely pleasing to the eye. Jason’s amazing talent captivates each and every person watching his artistic portfolio illuminated with beauty. As more and more people are interested in reef fish cookie designing, Jason’s brainchild will definitely benefit them. He is very enthusiastic about visualizing each and every marine creature he watches. Youngsters, professionals and retired individuals are really interested in making cookie designing their hobby. Jason continues his unconquerable journey of imaginative excellence through art landscape.
Via [Asia One]

Singapore Interior Designer Sets New Trend in Ornamental Fish Farming

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Singapore based interior designer Clive Tan has one more passion which does not have any correlation with designing, ornamental fishing. He boasts of a huge collection of ornamental fish especially black diamond stingrays and fish with platinum sheen. Tan became a fan of ornamental fish after noticing his father’s interest in them. An elated Tan says, “My dad loves keeping normal goldfish. I became interested and started helping him to take care of his fish and ended up with my small own aquarium. As time went by, I joined fish forums”. During his school days, Clive Tan used to observe how stingrays give birth to their pups”. Clive’s hobby of ornamental fish growing became a source of passive income and investment.
Some of Clive’s exotic ornamental fish were sold for a fat price tag of $20000. He collects rare species of platinum fish and stingrays and sells them to fellow hobbyists. According to Clive Tan, an aquarium hobbyist should know how to purchase fish varieties at reasonable price tag. Clive is an elegant architect who is a great lover of natural environment. He nurtures an inherent passion for green buildings, splendid marine species, luxury cars and shopping. Clive Tan is a perfect role model for aquarium hobbyists looking for a passive income.
Via [Asia One]

Goldfish Open Show Successfully Concluded at Northampton

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Nationwide goldfish open show was conducted on 27th September, 2014 at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Northampton. All prominent goldfish groups including Northern goldfish and Pond keepers Society, Association of midland Goldfish keepers, and North East goldfish society participated in the much publicized event. All of them have unanimously agreed on specific standards for many varieties of goldfish. The event featured an auction of goldfish as well as a food fest. ‘Best Exhibit in Show’, ‘Best Single Adult Fish’ and ‘Best Single Baby Fish Bred 22014’ awards were distributed at the venue of Goldfish Open Show. Prizes were awarded by Sherridan Moores, Chairman of Northern Goldfish and Pond Keepers Society. Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers got two awards “Best Breeders Team 2014” and “Best Exhibit in Show”.
Pictures of award winning fish varieties at Northampton show look fascinating and superb. Nationwide goldfish standards were used during the first time at Goldfish Open Show.
Goldfish Specific Standard Agreed by Clubs
Type Characteristic Example
Group 1 Long body, single tail Common goldfish, London shubunkin
Group 2 Round body, short double tail Fantail and Pearl scale
Group 3 Round body, long double tail Broadtail moor, Oranda
Group 4 Round body, no dorsal fin, short double tail Wakin

Via [Practical Fish keeping]

Gold Rush Maroon Clowfish Now Available at Segrest Farm

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One more happy news for aquarium enthusiasts as Segrest farm announces availability of gold rush maroon clowfish. Segrest Farms is a Florida based company which deals with selling of sea fish and fish products. They announced that a special variety of gold rush maroon clowfish named Gold Stripe Maroon will be available for sale. Although Segrest Farms didn’t announce when the fish will be shipped out to retailers, it is sure that it will be available in the market very soon. Clownfish enthusiasts in every nook and corner of Florida accepted this news with passion and grace. Segrest Farm is a livestock company well known all over the urban contours of United States of America.
Segrest Farm’s message about the sale was accompanied by a fabulous image of gold rush maroon clowfish. According to a news release from the organization, most maroon clowfish are white in color. As clowfish is a certainly fashionable marine creature, its sellers are optimistic about fish sale. Information obtained from aquatic industry circles say that only few fish sellers possess stock of gold rush clowfish. It is expected that selling of maroon clowfish will be a lucrative deal for Segrest Farm. As the news about clowfish sale came out, it is good to keep your eyes open at local fish store.
Via [Aqua Nerd]

Study of Cichlids Provides Information about Genetic Influence on Diseases

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Scientists from Institute of molecular and cell biology are studying the cichlid fish to know more about human evolution and genetic influence on diseases. They are passionate about conducting research on mind boggling diversity of three cichlid varieties luohan, angelfish and tilapia. Cichlid is considered as a good model for studying how humans may evolve over time. Scientists at Institute of molecular and cell biology joined researchers from developed countries to sequence the genome of cichlids. Famous science journal Nature featured this unique achievement in their previous month issue. After studying cichlids, researchers got a comprehensive idea about how genome adapts to selective pressures. Selected team members from the scientific community studied mating behavior of cichlids.
Professor Byarappa Venkatesh is the head of cichlid research project carried out at Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, constituted under Agency for Science, Technology and Research. It is a part of Genome 10K project that aims to decode genetic structure of 10000 animal species. As per expert opinion, African Great Lakes caused cichlids to evolve in different ways. Scientists stationed at Agency for Science, Technology and Research were successful in understanding how genes control behavior in marine species. Comparison with other closely related vertebrates like cichlid is referred as a powerful strategy to understand more about genetic influence on diseases.
Via [Asia One]

Playing Behavior of Cichlids Recorded

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Scientists at Tennessee University have recorded playing behavior of cichlids, fresh water fish found mostly in Africa and South America. They define cichlid’s playing as “repeated behavior that is incompletely functional”. This research proves that fish are social and playful creatures. Tennessee University scientists recorded the behavior of cichlids for almost two years. Their research indicates that cichlids repeatedly struck a thermometer and it bounced back. Marine scientists had previously found that species such as wasps and reptiles are capable of playing. According to a Tennessee University Professor, “Play is repeated behavior that is incompletely functional in the context in which it is performed.”
“The presence or absence of food, or other fish within the aquarium or visible in an adjacent aquarium had no effect on cichlid behavior”, scientists explained in a research paper published in Journal Ethology. It is believed that quick righting response seemed primary stimulus factor that maintained the behavior. Recently finished research illustrates how play is embedded in marine species biology. Playing behavior of marine species is termed as a part of their evolutionary history and genetics. Experts believe that playing leads to better social skills in marine animals. Researchers filmed three male Cichlids over two years before reaching a final conclusion.
Via [Daily Mail]

New York Apartment Features 1300 Gallon Fish Tank

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A New York Apartment recently hit the headlines as it features 1300 gallon fish tank. It is located at 445, Lafayette Street, New York. This glass penthouse has become a majestic real estate attraction in America’s biggest metropolis. This Astor place based apartment gives their occupants an opportunity to live in a penthouse equipped with 1300 gallon fish tank lining the wall. Wonderful location and elegant designs make Astor place apartment a coveted accommodation alternative. Total estimated cost of this fish tank equipped architectural wonder is sixteen million dollars. With the installation of giant fish tank, New York based apartment became a most wanted housing property.
Gwathmey Siegel’s “Sculpture for Living” building houses this spectacular fish tank. It is also not free from hang-ups of other high end luxury apartments located in big world cities. Lighting pattern and outdoor space covering ‘Sculpture for Living’ apartment is simply awesome. Astor place penthouse testifies that an aquarium inside an apartment is a thing of joy forever. “It looks like a fish tank within a fish tank”, says a New York city resident in an internet chat forum. Another person quips in the same forum, “I wonder if the fish are included in the apartment price”.
Via [Curbed BY]

Breakthrough in Research On Giant Flashlight Fish

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Research performed by a teenage student paves the way towards vital information regarding giant flashlight fish. Caroline Edmonda, 13 year old California based student measure how often flashlight fish flashed their glow-in-the-dark eye patches. Flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) lives in Indian Ocean as well as central and western Pacific. This fish gets its name from a small glow-in-the-dark patch found in a pocket of tissue under each eye, explains Caroline Edmonda, a student of Talbert Middle School. She got an opportunity to study about flashlight fish while working as a volunteer at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Caroline’s research focuses on “when and why giant flashlight fish uses lime green flashlight?” Caroline made ninety videos of Giant Flashlight Fish to obtain a crystal clear idea about its behavior.
California based teenager’s research revealed that flashlight fish glow light to attract mate, lure food or to confuse a predator fish. She points out that number of flashes made by flashlight fish were very few during night time. Ms Edmonda presented her research to the public at the venue of Broadcom Masters contest. Caroline concludes, “When a giant flashlight fish wants to flash its light, it rotates the bacteria filled pocket towards the outside of its body. When a fish hides its light, it swivels the pocket back towards the inside”.
Via [Society for Science]