Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. Fishes are the world’s most diverse group of vertebrates, with nearly 32,000 species known thus far and new ones being found at the rate of 2 per week. Add to this an unbelievable range of bizarre lifestyles, and it becomes apparent that picking the “most unique” new fish is a difficult task (after all, some male Anglerfishes latch onto females with their teeth and remain fused to their mates for life…tough act to follow!). But the following trio of fishes discovered (or first described) in 2010 is certainly in the running. Read More »
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Looking for ideas on what to get your wet-thumbed friends or family members this year? If someone on your list is just breaking into the hobby or is looking for a new project, aquarium kits are becoming increasingly popular. Many of these stylish and convenient kits are available on the market today. They’re are easy to set up, and they often include just about everything you need to get the tank ready for fish. There are kits for every level of hobbyist out there, whether you’re shopping for a little betta habitat or someone’s first reef aqaurium. Here are my picks for the top 5 aquarium kits for gifts: Read More »
Many stories have come to light through recent years discussing the plight of coral reefs around the world; overfishing, destructive collecting methods, pollution, and ship traffic damage have taken a serious toll. A number of new studies show that an even greater threat has emerged in 2010, extreme water temperatures.
Earlier this year, the region of Indo-pacific reefs known as the Coral Triangle (a roughly triangular area that encompasses Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste) endured record surface water temperatures. These extreme water temperatures caused a mass coral bleaching event that may prove to be the worst on record. Read More »
Many other blogs have discussed (and will continue to discuss, I’m sure) the importance of testing various levels in your water and its effects on the overall health of your aquarium. But, how can you actually test it? For anyone who isn’t able to bring a water sample into That Fish Place or their local fish store for testing or who wants monitor their water quality at home, there are lots of options for what tests to use. While what to actually test for is for another blog, there are lots of options when it comes to how the tests are actually done. Here we’ll look at the pro’s and con’s of the three most common aquarium testing methods: Test Strips, Liquid Test Kits, and Electronic Testing Equipment. Read More »