AQUARIUM NEWS: FIVE NEW SPECIES OF DWARFGOBIES DISCOVERED

Aquarium News: Five New Species of Dwarfgobies Discovered
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated March 10, 2017
Gobies are some of the smallest fish in the world and dwarfgobies are the smallest of those. Keep reading to learn about five newly discovered species of dwarfgoby.
There are thousands upon thousands of different species of fish in the world, many of which have yet to be discovered. Each year brings new discoveries which expands our knowledge of the world around us and the animals that inhabit it. Scientists recently discovered five new species of dwarfgoby – keep reading to learn more about them.
 
What is a Dwarfgoby?
 
The term dwarfgoby and dwarf goby are used interchangeably to refer to the smaller species of goby. A goby is a species of fish belonging to the family Gobiidae. This family includes more than 2,000 separate species over 200 genera. Gobies are typically small fish with most species growing to a maximum length under 4 inches. In fact, gobies are some of the smallest vertebrate animals in the world with several species growing to under 1 cm in length. For the most part, gobies are benthic species, or bottom-dwellers – they often burrow into the substrate to hide.
 
 
One of the most interesting thing about the goby is that they have fused pelvic fins that form a sort of disc-shaped sucker that the fish uses to adhere to corals, rocks, and even the walls of the aquarium. Gobies can be found in a variety of locations around the world. These fish can be found in both tropical and temperate regions in shore-marine environments as well as brackish and freshwater environments. Most of the gobies kept for the home aquarium trade are marine species, though there are...

AQUASCAPING THE AQUARIUM: MARCH 2017 AQUARIUM TRENDS

Aquascaping the Aquarium: March 2017 Aquarium Trends
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated March 10, 2017
The art of decorating a home aquarium is called "aquascaping" and it is a trending topic in aquarium social media this month.
For many aquarium hobbyists, one of the biggest joys in cultivating a home aquarium is decorating it. The process of decorating a home aquarium is known as “aquascaping” and it is something of an art. Bringing together a collection of natural elements to mimic the look and feel of a real aquatic environment is a skill that takes many aquarium hobbyists years to develop. This week on social media, the topic of aquascaping has been particularly popular. Keep reading to learn more.
 
Purchasing Aquascaping Supplies
 
On March 6th, Twitter handle @AquarGardens announced the launch of a new aquascaping YouTube channel. This twitter handle belongs to Aquarium Gardens, a UK-based company that sells aquascaping supplies. The YouTube channel was developed not only as a means of promoting Aquarium Gardens’ aquascaping supplies, but also to educate aquarium hobbyists in the art of aquarium decoration. There is currently only one video available, but the company plans to release many more in the coming weeks.
 
 
If you visit the Aquarium Gardens website, you will find a wealth of different supplies for turning your aquarium into a lush aquatic environment. Aquascaping involves creating harmony amongst the different design elements in your aquarium dcor concept. It usually starts with the substrate. If you plan to keep live plants in your aquarium, choosing the right substrate is essential. Plants require certain nutrients to thrive, and those nutrients come from the substrate. In addition to starting with a solid foundation of plant-friendly substrate,...

TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR AQUARIUM AGAINST HIGH SUMMER TEMPERATURES

Tips for Protecting Your Aquarium Against High Summer Temperatures
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated March 10, 2017
During the summer months, it may become more of a challenge to keep your aquarium temperature stable. Keep reading to learn more about tips for protecting your tank against high summer temperatures.
In the heat of summer, the temperature in your aquarium is likely to rise. This is particularly true if your aquarium is located near a window or in direct sunlight. While many fish can withstand minor fluctuations in tank temperature, very high water temperatures can be dangerous for some fish. If you struggle to keep your tank temperature down during the summer, you might want to rethink your plan and restock your tank with more high-temperature-tolerant fish.
 
In this article, you will learn about the ideal temperature range for an aquarium and receive tips for maintaining that temperature. You’ll also find a list of aquarium fish that can survive higher tank temperatures.
 
What is the Ideal Temperature Range for an Aquarium?
 
Each species of fish has its own preferences for water temperature based on its natural habitat. Species that come from tropical climates tend to prefer warmer waters than fish that come from mountainous regions. For example, tropical reef species like tangs and wrasses prefer water temperatures in the 74°F to 78°F range while species like the White Cloud Mountain Minnow can survive temperatures between 64°F and 72°F, or lower. Most aquarium fish, however, prefer warmer waters in the range of 72°F to 78°F, sometimes up to 80%. In addition to knowing the right tank temperature, you also need to keep it stable – fluctuations in temperature can be stressful for your fish.
 
 
Most aquarium fish can withstand temperatures up to 80°F for a short period of time,...

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