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The Top 5 Tetras for Breeding in the Home Aquarium
Breeding aquarium fish can be tricky, but with the right tank setup and preparation it can be done. Read on to learn about the top 5 tetras for breeding and how to do it right.

Tetras are a group of small freshwater fish that come in a wide range of colors. These fish are great for beginners because they are typically easy to care for and most species get along well with tankmates.
 
What may not be so easy about keeping tetras is encouraging them to breed. Compared to livebearers like swordtails and guppies, tetras are much trickier to spawn, though it certainly can be done. It takes a certain tank setup and dedicated care to protect fry until they are big enough to fend for themselves.
 
In this article, we’ll explore the subject of setting up your tank for tetra breeding and provide tips for spawning and caring for the fry. We’ll also provide an overview of the top 5 tetras for breeding.
 
Setting Up the Tank for Success
 
When you think about fish that are easy to breed, species like swordtails, cichlids, and guppies come to mind. Compared to these fish, tetras are not “easy” to spawn. There are, however, some species of tetra that are easier to spawn than others and, with the right setup and care, it can be done.
 
A single pair of tetras is capable of producing several dozen eggs in one spawning attempt, but you have to start with the right tank setup and proper conditioning. The best thing to do is condition a school of tetras in a community tank using high-quality flakes and freeze-dried foods. If you really want to accelerate the process, use live foods...
"Smart" Tank Technology is the Future of the Aquarium Hobby
Modern advances in technology affect every industry - even the aquarium hobby. Read on to learn about the top tech for aquariums in 2019.
New advances in technology are being made each and every day. In fact, sometimes progress happens so quickly that you don’t even realize it’s happening. Technology has advanced to the point now that, not only is it available at your fingertips, but some of it has become completely independent.
 
Smart devices have proliferated nearly every industry from health initiatives like the FitBit that automatically tracks everything from heart rate to sleep patterns, to smart pet technology like GPS collars and pet cameras.
 
But what about the aquarium industry?
 
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to cultivate and maintain a thriving home aquarium. For many years, monitoring water chemistry was a constant concern, but new in-tank devices can now deliver real-time measurements for everything from pH to water hardness. Keep reading to learn about other advancements in modern aquarium technology and how you can use them for yourself.

 
What Are the Latest Advancements in Aquarium Technology?
 
There once was a time when fluorescent lighting was the new big thing in aquarium technology. Along that same vein, the invention of electronic ballasts made it possible to light a giant tank without worrying about overheating or bulb life. Speaking of bulbs, now they are available in a wide range of colors, spectrums, and intensities. There are even LED lighting systems for aquariums.
 
Another area in which technology has led to some important aquarium advancements is filtration.
 
Aquarium filtration is essential for maintaining a clean and thriving tank. Two-stage filters remove solid...
What Are the Best Cichlids for a Community Tank?
Cichlids are some of the most beautiful fish in the world, but they can also be the most aggressive. Keep reading to learn about the best and worst cichlids for your community tank.
Part of the fun of having a fish tank is stocking it. The challenge of finding the ideal combination of species to make your tank look its best without putting your fish at risk for predation or bulling is something every aquarium hobbyist loves. When it comes to keeping the peace in a community tank, many hobbyists assume that they are limited to placid species such as livebearers and tetras when that may not be true.
 
A community tank doesn’t have to be boring. With a little research and careful planning, you can find a group of species that will live together in harmony and turn your tank into a thriving aquatic paradise. Don’t assume that because many cichlids are aggressive that they must be omitted from the community tank. Keep reading to learn about the best cichlids for a community tank.
 
The Top 10 Cichlids for a Community Tank
 
When it comes to choosing fish for a community tank, you need to think as much about the size of your tank as the fish you plan to keep in it. Many cichlids grow to be fairly large fish, so keep that in mind when planning your tank. Here are the top 10 cichlid species for a community tank:
 
       1.       Agassiz’s Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma agassizii) – A carnivorous species, Agassiz’s dwarf cichlids do well in community tanks as long as they aren’t kept with other Apistogrammas or fish small enough to be seen as prey. They prefer planted tank with open areas for...
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