Why do plecs have curved pupils?

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Loricariids and some other bottom dwelling fish have pupils that appear to be round in shape. Loricariids seem to be able to control the shape of their pupil with a flap-like extension to the iris called the dorsal iris operculum. …

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Fluval 406 External Canister Filter Review

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The well established and renowned brand Fluval is a part of the Hagen group of fish keeping products and in 2013 they have yet again surpassed themselves with a fantastic range of external canister fish tank filters. The high level model …

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Recommended Tank Mates For Tropheus Tropical Cichlid Fish

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Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika in South Africa are becoming more and more popular amongst aquarists and as such there are more of them being imported to the UK and USA. one of the most popular groups of Lake Tanganyika cichlids …

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Fluval FX6 Fish Tank Filter Review

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The long awaited Fluval FX6 from Hagen has finally arrived, but is this a match and better than the long standing FX5, how has it improved and is it worth upgrading from the FX5 to the FX6? These are all …

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Biochemical Sponge Fish Tank Filter Review

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I decided to set up some fry tanks under my main tank as I wish to concentrate on breeding tropheus again however didn’t want to have separate filters for each and was trying to work out the best way around …

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How Do I Grow Tropical Aquarium Plants

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Certain requirements need to be met in order to grow aquarium plants successfully. Light, nutrients, substrate, and carbon dioxide of sufficient quantity are the main requirements. Substrate is the medium in which plants grow their roots and sand or gravel …

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Difference Between T5 and T8 Lighting In Fish Tank Aquariums

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There will undoubtedly come a point where you need to replace the lighting in your fish tank aquarium, or certainly change the tube which is there due to it having blown or getting dull. You would be faced with an …

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Plants In A Tanganyika Fish Tank Aquarium

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Although plants are considered a must for most aquarists for the home fish tank, when considering a Tanganyika biotype they are far from a natural occurrence in the South African lake itself. They are generally only found muddy bays with …

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Should You Put A Fish Tank Straight On The Stand?

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When you buy an aquarium from the store which is made by the likes of Juwel or Fluval, I recall reading in the instructions it specifies clearly that you shouldn’t put anything in between the aquarium and the stand. When …

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JBL Micromec Filter Media Review

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In my fish tank filters I only use 2 things, normal foams to catch excrement and waste and JBL Micromec balls. These JBL Micromec balls may be relatively expensive however they only need to be replaced every 6-12 months (if …

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How Often Should You Replace Fish Tank Light Tubes?

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Every fish shop and vendor of aquarium lighting tubes seems to suggest replacing your light tubes every 6 months. This is down to the useful UV light that a tube emits depleting over a period of time and manufacturers tend …

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API Freshwater Master Test Kit Review

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I have always been very impressed with API products and the API Freshwater Master Test Kit is another knock out product. This kit will give you all the information you need to know about your water quality. This kit tests …

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Roger Miles Zaire Blue Frontosa Fish Store Review

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It was around 2010 when I decided I wanted to move away from keeping Malawi fish and go in to Tanganyika fish. I kept Burundi Frontosa and built up a group of around 13 over a year and happily bred them in my …

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Rift Valley Cichlids (Mikes Rifts) Fish Store Review

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Technically not a Local Fish Store however well worthy of a review none the less. Based near Warrington in the UK, Mikes rifts is an importer of rift valley cichlids supplying wild caught, pond bred and F1 fish from lake …

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