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Abilene Local Pet Store Introduces State of the Art Aquarium


Local pet store in Abilene, Texas has introduced a state of the art aquarium where aquatic hobby and technological innovation merge. Aesthetic beauty of aquarium located in Abilene pet store reminds us that days of average fish bowl are over. Aquatic inhabitants in this aquarium will get a chance to experience the joy of swimming in a perfect environment. Three hundred gallon tank at Abilene aquarium can be controlled by their customers with their phones, tablets and computers. Pre equipped technology is the principal attraction of this local store turned Texas aquarium. As the tank can simulate thunderstorms, cloudy days and ocean currents, customers can observe how the fish will behave in different conditions. This aquarium-local store named as Pam’s Pets is located at 3366, North First Street, Abilene.
Pam’s Pets is well known all over Texas for showcasing a twenty first century fish tank. They have been serving Abilene and Big Country urban territories since 1987. Pam’s Pets is an established pet store and has everything needed for a pet. This new achievement is undoubtedly another feather in the cap of Pam’s Pets. As twenty fifth anniversary of Pam’s Pet passed out in 2012, it became one of the most prominent pet store and aquarium in Texas conurbation.

Via[Big Country Homepage]

Oyster is now a Hot Commodity in Virginia


Oyster shells have become a hot commodity in many parts of Virginia leading to a boom in aquarium sector. Aquaculture farmers in Virginia used to sell shells to the state for restoration projects. They are optimistic about the oyster industry of the country than they ever have been. National government declared Virginia as “Oyster Capital of the East Coast” in previous July. It is reported that oyster shell industry in Virginia is now worth about fifty eight million dollar. Phenomenal growth of oyster business in the areas surprises fish farmers of Virginia. Although the supply of shells declined in Virginia, their prices went shooting up. The shells were previously used for roads and foundations. “Shells are the currency of oyster success. In nature, we are never making back enough oysters with big shells because we have oyster diseases in the bay”, says Jim Jesson, head of oyster conservation and replenishment efforts, Government of Virginia.
The cost of a bushel of shells in Virginia increased from seventy five cents to six dollars. It is a well known fact that market shortage of shells occurred in the recent past. Some reports indicate that oyster reef restoration projects will be eligible for federal funding very soon. Seventy five percent of the project will be borne by Federal Government and the rest by state Government. Diseases, habitat loss, pollution and over harvesting made the population of Oyster dwindle.
Via [Frederickburg.com]

Vietnam Approves Fish Farming in Paddy Fields Project


Vietnamese Government has approved a project on fish farming in paddy fields during the period 2014-2015 at an estimated cost of two billion Vietnam dollars. In the previous months, Vietnam Agriculture Department gave assistance to fish farmers growing fingerling. The new project will cover thirty three hectare of land in My Phuoc commune, Hieu Nhon commune and Thanh Hieu commune. Four hundred million VND is the cost of fish farming project focusing on the three abovementioned urban territories. Beneficiary farmers will get fingerlings, thirty percent of feeding costs, and technical guidance. According to agriculture department officials, over thousand hectares of land is available for growing both rice and fish in the country.
Only 180 hectares of land will be used under the flagship project announced by Vietnam national government. This new initiative will definitely revolutionize fish farming sector in Vietnam and it will be a great boon for farmers. Aquaculture farmers in Vietnam are searching for new ways to create sustainable fish farm. Government of this South East Asian country is planning to launch production of native catfish on an industrial scale. Many leading business organizations of Vietnam made their entry into aquaculture business. It is definitely good times ahead for Vietnamese fisheries sector.

Via [The Fish Site]

New Revelation by Scientists on Cardinal Tetra


University of Amazonas scientists discovered that the harvest of cardinal tetra is quite sustainable. Research conducted by them provides valuable information on different behavioral patterns of cardinal tetra. Cardinal tetra is a staple of hobbyist’s fish tanks all over the globe. As per the research study conducted by Amazonas University scientists, cardinal tetra can save Amazon ecosystem from environmental degradation. Project Piaba, Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Sea Grant participated in the research project spearheaded by Amazonas University. Ornamental fish trading received major criticisms due to destructive fish capturing and captive breeding of popular fish. Amazonas university researchers say that wild harvest can deplete native fish population and devastate fragile habitats.
Project Piaba founders, as directed by Scott Dowd at the New England Aquarium in Boston, discovered that the harvest of cardinal tetra and other species in Rio Negro, is actually sustainable. It is perceived that new findings about cardinal tetra will give an impetus to study about marine species. Cardinal tetra is a freshwater fish native to Negro river in South American continent. Striking blue color is the fantastic attraction of this marine species which differentiates it from other creatures. Most aquarists prefer tank bred fish varieties of cardinal tetra than other types.

Via [Newport News Times]

Aquaculture Operation Center Opened in Taiwan


Asia Pacific Operation Center for Aquaculture located in Taiwan’s Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park was inaugurated recently. As Taiwan is a global leader of breeding and cultivation of ornamental fish, opening of new aquaculture center will give a new pace to development in fisheries sector. Bureau of Animal and Plant Health inspection has set up a quarantine inspection station at Asia Pacific Operation Center to shorten the quarantine time. A cloud platform is also being set up here at Asia Pacific Operation Center for Aquaculture. According to an official statement from Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park, ten aquarium operators are working there.
Fish supply and peripheral product sectors in Taiwan will generate an output value of $32.58 million for the nation’s ornamental fish industry. Inauguration ceremony of Taiwan Aquaculture center was held on 25th October 2014. It is pointed out that the new aquaculture center will increase efficiency and profitability of Taiwan’s ornamental fish sector. It is one of the nation’s eight designated Free Economic Pilot Zones. Asia Pacific Center for Aquaculture deals with breeding, customs, inspection, quarantine, logistics, and technical consultation. It will soon become a hub of ornamental fish production and distribution in the region. Taiwan boasts of top notch aquaculture technologies and advanced fish supply chain.
Via [Focus Taiwan]

Florida Freshwater Anglers Target 25 Species of Native Fish


Florida freshwater anglers are on a mission to target at least twenty five species of native fish. Apart from this, Florida Big Catch Angler Recognition Program features six species of exotic fish varieties. Many rare fish species are often spotted in canal system of South Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had earlier chalked out a plan to conserve butterfly peacock. Initiative of Florida freshwater anglers emerge as a topic of discussion while expansion of non native fishes in the area cause concern. Walking catfish and tilapia are found in abundance throughout Florida canals. It is learnt that there are forty one non native freshwater fish species in Florida. The purpose of Florida Big Catch Angler Recognition Program is to convert large biomass of established non native fishes.
As a part of fish catching project, researchers documented lower lethal temperature of peacock bass. The program came into limelight after Chris Collins, Associate Editor, Florida Sports Magazine wrote a feature about recovery of this recreational fishery. According to a local angler, peacock bass is the primary target of most anglers. Any peacock bass, bigger than eighteen inches qualifies for Big Catch Recognition. It is to be mentioned that clownfish is not included in the program.

Via[Florida Today]

Reefscape Features an Awesome Collection of Lego Reefs


Reefscape has featured an awesome collection Of Lego reefs in a recently concluded aquarium show. LEGO types of various fish and vertebrates were depicted in the unique collection. List of Lego portrayed by Reefscape designers include blue spotted stingray, yellow tang, clown triggerfish, sea horses and coral branded shrimp. Each reef model is incredibly fantastic which represents signature color scheme of different species. Collecting Lego reef is termed as an excellent hobby which will fetch a good amount of money. Prices of Lego reefs showcased at InterZoo 2014 may range from 29-99 pounds. Their price is often dependent upon complexity of the product and LEGO lionfish tops the list.
It is expected that coral versions of Lego fish may be available very soon. Many of the featured fish varieties at InterZoo 2014 come from coral or reef background. This aquarium fest became a prominent attraction due to huge participation. Reefs stand as a towering testimony to creative excellence of LEGO professionals. Many of the small fishes featured here come in pairs or in trios. Aquarium hobbyists got a rare opportunity to view Lego reefs with its charm unbroken. Lego reef model of pipefish was a superb visual attraction that adorned pavilion at the show.
Via [Aqua Nerd]

Marine Fish Products Showcased at Global Leader Aquatics


Global Leader Aquatics, Oak Ridge North, Texas has emerged as a leading source of aquarium fish, coral and supplies. Curious aquarium owners located in Texas assemble at Global Leader Aquatics to select their favorite ornamental fish. Its owner James Anson is passionate about different kinds of marine species, corals and marine products. Eight years have already elapsed since James Anson started his aquarium business. Global Leader Aquatics offer a distinct variety of starter coral, propagated from larger pieces. Anson feels excited while talking about his business, “Coral is unique in that it behaves like a plant and uses sunlight for energy. But, it is small predator and it captures small particles”. Tang fish is the most wanted fish in this marine product outlet of Texas.
Blue, purple and yellow varieties of Tang fish offered at Global Leader are very popular among urban aquarium lovers. Clown fish and angel fish are another frequently sold fish items here at James Anson’s store. Supplies provided at Global Aquatics include protein skimmers, lighting for tanks, fish food and live rock. They offer services to clients planning to start an aquarium, be it small or big one. According to Mr James, acrylic and glass made tanks are highly popular among aquarium hobbyists.
Via [Impact News]

Top Five Popular Aquarium Plants


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


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 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.
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.
Via [Animal World]