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01/20/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
#FunFact: The gold ocellatus (Lamprologus ocellatus) is a shell-dwelling cichlid that will need large snail shells to hid in and amongst throughout the tank.
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01/20/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
The sale of the red-bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) is restricted in many states, given its propensity to eat anything living and the fear that they'll impact native species. This fish is definitely not suited for the typical community aquarium!
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01/19/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
How many #TFH followers are captivated by the outrageous and seemingly infinite color combinations of ricordea polyps?
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01/19/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
In the current Jan/Feb 2017 edition of #TFH...

'With long, dramatic leaves of often olive green to bronze and burgundy arising from short stems on a central point, plants of the genus Cryptocoryne (e.g., C. spiralis, C. crispatula var. balansae, and C. wendtii) can make a terrific feature point in smaller aquariums.'

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01/18/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
What's in a name? The genus name for reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus) derives from the Greek words erpeton (creeping thing) and ichthys (fish).
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01/18/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
In nature, the humbug dascyllus (Dascyllus aruanus) is a bold damselfish that lives around branching stony corals. They are most comfortable when given plenty of shelter space.
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01/17/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
#GuessWho. Can #TFH fans identify this species, which becomes more combative as it grows and matures? Find out tomorrow morning!
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01/17/2017 at 18:00. Facebook
“If you try to look, nature opens up for you.
If you try to learn, nature teaches you.
If you try to listen, nature sings for you.”
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01/17/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
With alert eyes and fast hunting reflexes, the arc-eye hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus) offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a classic reef predator.
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01/16/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
#CichlidWorld. Compressiceps (Altolamprologus compressiceps) exhibit high degrees of lateral compression and great variety of population types. A relatively peaceful fish, it's generally safe with any fish species too large for it to ingest.
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01/16/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
It's that time of year! Explore #TFH Magazine's "10 Great Freshwater Nano Species" in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue.
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The Senegal bichir (Polypterus senegalus) should be kept in a long, low tank since it enjoys slithering on the bottom, but still needs to rise to the surface to breathe atmospheric air. This oddball species is also commonly known as the "dinosaur eel" or "dragon fish."
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The popular Madagascar Lace Plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis) should be placed in a gentle current that will help keep detritus off the leaves. Algae that gets trapped in the open leaf structure will probably kill the plant. The laceleaf tends to periodically die back and recover.
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The tasseled (or leafy) filefish (Chaetodermis penicilligerus) must have at least one suitable shelter site. This fish tends to be shy when first added to a tank and will have a difficult time adjusting with more belligerent tankmates.
Can you identify this species? The unusual camouflage comes from living in weedy areas on coastal reefs. Find out tomorrow morning!
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#DidYouKnow… the unique features and color patterns of Geophagus mirabilis inspired its name. In Latin, 'mirabilis' denotes 'extraordinary' and 'admirable.' Also known as a blue-and-turquoise eartheater, learn more about this marvelous species in the Jan/Feb 2017 edition of #TFH.
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Given its rather boisterous nature, the tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona) should be kept in groups of at least three to avoid becoming a fin-nipping nuisance. Keep with fishes of similar size and temperament, and avoid long-finned tankmates like bettas.
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#TFH quiz! These barbs are all active schooling species, but which is the most rambunctious?

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Interested in maintaining a turtle tank? First off, make sure that your aquarium is a suitable size for an adult turtle - five times its body length (if not more) should be sufficient. Learn more about how to properly prepare in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TFH!