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Plant of the Day Marimo Moss Balls Cladophora aegagropila/Aegagropila linnaei

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Plant of the Day Marimo Moss Balls Cladophora aegagropila/Aegagropila linnaei

Let's be clear, these are not moss balls. Marimo is a type of algae and can form a sheet that you can tie to wood of rocks, or under special conditions will form balls. Cladophora balls used to be found across Europe, including parts of the UK. But sadly pollution, mostly agricultural runoff has driven them to the extinction in many places in Europe and other parts of the world.   Why they grow in balls isn't clear, with the leading theory being that it allows more algae to grow in a small area. The how involves gentle rolling on a soft sandy...

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Plant of the Day Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'

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Plant of the Day Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'

Crypts have to be one of the most versitile plants that we can get hold of. From background to foreground, mini plants for the tinest aquarium through to huge statement specimens. Today we look at a little gem that is sure to improve any aquarium.   Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is a special variety of C. wendtii grown especially for Tropica themselves. This beautiful variety with the dark, hammered leaves is named after 'Tropica'. When grown in an open space the leaves will virtually lie on the bottom. It is suitable for small aquariums with leaves from 10-20 cm, and a rosette from...

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Plant of the Day Hygrophila 'Siamensis 53B'

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Plant of the Day Hygrophila 'Siamensis 53B'
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis 53B' is a variety of Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis'Hygrophila plants have the unappealing name of swampweeds, but there are many of our aquarium favourites hiding in the genus, from Water Wisteria through to Hygrophila polysperma originally known as oriental ludwigia. There is up to 100 species in the genus, and not all are fully aquatic. 

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Ten Books For Fish Lovers

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Ten Books For Fish Lovers

Nature Aquarium: Complete Works 1985-2009 From the cover: Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 photos displaying the captivating beauty of nature aquariums. Collects all the previous work of aquarium innovator Takashi Amano in one volume. Oversized format makes this a beautiful coffee-table book, as well as a practical guide. Considering the size and extensive illustration, the book is an excellent value for the price. Nature Aquarium: Complete Works 1985-2009 showcases the spectacular designs of aquarium innovator Takashi Amano. Within the pages are more than 200 photos illustrating his artistry. Along with these stunning images, this book provides valuable guidance for...

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Ten Things I Love About Fish Keeping (And one that I really don't)

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Ten Things I Love About Fish Keeping (And one that I really don't)

I love this hobby, so much so it has taken over my life, but so many non-fish keepers ask me what I like so much, and then 20 minutes later wish they hadn't. So in no particular order here are ten things that make me love this hobby, and one thing that I think is the worst thing about keeping fish.  1. I get to watch the entire life cycle right in front of me.   From flirting to establishing territory, through to breeding I can watch everything. right in front of me. I get to learn new things about fish...

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