THE BRIGHT AND COLORFUL DISCUS FISH: SPRING 2017 AQUARIUM TRENDS

The Bright and Colorful Discus Fish: Spring 2017 Aquarium Trends
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated May 30, 2017
Discus fish are some of the most brightly colored fish in the animal kingdom. Keep reading to learn about popular trends in discus fish this spring.
Discus fish are a unique and beautiful species that can transform your home aquarium into a colorful aquatic paradise. If you are thinking about adding discus fish to your tank, take the time to learn as much as you can about them and their needs. Keep reading to learn more about these beautiful fish and what discus fish-related topics are trending this spring!

Discus Fish – The Best Parents in the Aquarium Industry

On May 29, Twitter handle @AquariumTalks posted a picture of a beautiful pair of orange discus fish caring for their newly laid eggs. The photo was posted with the text, “Parents with newly hatched fry… these guys are the best parents among #Pet #Fish.”

Cichlids in general are known for being some of the most dedicated parents in the aquatic world, but discus fish are particularly good at parenting. According to an article posted by the North American Discus Association (NADA), the key to breeding discus fish is to select and thoroughly condition a breeding pair. Purchasing a proven breeding pair can be expensive, but it is well worth it if you want to have a successful spawn. If you’re up to the task of starting from scratch, however, you can purchase a group of five or more juvenile discus fish and raise them to adulthood. Hopefully, over time, a pair or two will naturally form and you can start conditioning them for breeding around 9 to 14 months of age.

Once you...

SHRIMP IN THE HOME AQUARIUM: SPRING 2017 AQUARIUM TRENDS

Shrimp in the Home Aquarium: Spring 2017 Aquarium Trends
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated May 10, 2017
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try. Keep reading to learn more about this topic that was trending on social media in May 2017.
When it comes to stocking your aquarium, you are probably mostly focused on the different species of fish you like. If you want your aquarium to really stand out, however, you might want to consider some alternatives to traditional aquarium fish – aquarium shrimp are a great option to think about. In fact, aquarium shrimp are trending on social media as of the Spring of 2017 – keep reading to learn more about the benefits of shrimp in your home aquarium and to receive tips for keeping them.

Shrimp as An Alternative to Fish in Home Aquariums

On April 28, the Twitter handle @AquariumTalks posted a picture of an orange shrimp with the text, “A #shrimp tank might be the best solution for you if you don’t have space for a big #fishtank.” This comment brings up an interesting point that many aquarium hobbyists don’t think about – that you can have a fish tank without fish. If you have limited space in your home for a large aquarium or you don’t have the time or money to dedicate to a big tank, a shrimp tank is an option that you should consider. Here are some of the benefits of shrimp tanks versus traditional aquariums stocked with fish:

* Shrimp are excellent algae-eaters and all-purpose cleaners – they will help to keep your tank clean and the water quality high.
* Many shrimp come in bright colors and interesting patterns which makes them a unique and attractive addition to the home aquarium.
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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...

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