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  • Swordtail Care Sheet
    Anders247
    Common Name(s): Swordtail

    Scientific Name: Xiphophorus hellerii and Xiphophorus alvarezi

    Family: Poeciliidae

    Origin: Mexico

    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 6 inches

    Min Tank Size: 40 gallons

    Tank Setup: Hard water, choice of decor isn’t critical, but it looks best in heavily
    planted tanks.


    Tank Region: Middle-top

    Diet: Omnivore. Will accept most foods.

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    11-27-2015, 03:26 PM
  • Pygmy Cory care sheet
    Anders247
    Common Name(s): Pygmy cory, Pygmy catfish

    Scientific Name: Corydoras pygmaeus

    Family: Callichthyidae

    Origin: Rio Madeira basin, Brazil

    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful, active and gregarious species.

    Max Size: 1.2 inches

    Min Tank Size: 15 gallons

    Tank Setup: Sand or smooth gravel, so as not to damage their barbels. Like heavily planted setups with bogwood and dim lighting.

    Tank Region: Middle-b...
    06-02-2015, 01:38 PM
  • Pearl Gourami Care Sheet
    Anders247
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    03-28-2015, 10:53 AM
  • Nerite Snail Care Sheet
    Anders247
    Common Name(s): Nerite snail

    Scientific Name: Neritina natalensis

    Variants: Zebra, Tiger, Horned, Olive, Tire Tracked, and Black Racer

    Family: Neritidae

    Origin: Africa

    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 1 inch

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons<br><br>
    Tank Setup: Varied....
    02-20-2015, 09:45 AM
  • Ghost Shrimp Care Sheet
    Anders247
    There are multiple species sold in the aquarium trade as Ghost Shrimp. Some species are peaceful while others can be fairly aggressive. It is very difficult to differentiate between these species; however, the ones that have red markings on the claws or legs tend to be the more aggressive types.

    Common Name(s): Ghost shrimp, glass shrimp, grass shrimp, freshwater river shrimp, etc.

    Scientific Name: Palaemonetes paludosus

    Family: Palaemonidae

    Origin: USA


    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 2 inches

    Life Span: About 1 year

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons


    Glass Shrimp
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    Tank Setup: Does best in a planted tank

    Tank Region: Bottom

    Diet:

    Breeding: This species can be bred in freshwater, but the larvae require specialized micro-foods to survive. The larvae rarely survive as the freshwater aquarium often does not contain enough plankton.

    Gender Identification: As the eggs are green females will almost always have a green saddle

    Compatibility: Does best in a species only tank

    Ease of Keeping: Beginner

    Care: pH: 7.0 or higher; Temperature: 64-80 F / 17-27 C

    Do not purchase ghost shrimp that appear milky white as these specimens have an internal bacterial infection that will kill them. If one should turn white or die remove immediately to avoid spreading this infection. Do not feed these infected shrimp to other aquatic life either.



    Infected Ghost Shrimp...
    02-12-2015, 01:57 PM
  • Three Spot Gourami Care Sheet
    Anders247
    Common Name(s): Blue Gourami, Three Spot Gourami

    Scientific Name: Trichopodus trichopterus

    Variants: Blue, opaline, gold, silver, and cosby

    Family: Osphronemidae

    Origin: China, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar (Burma)

    Temperament/Behavior: Generally peaceful. (See notes)

    Max Size: 6 inches. Usually smaller, but should be expected to reach at least 5 inches.

    Min Tank Size:...
    02-07-2015, 04:26 PM
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