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Painted Fish: Animal Cruelty

painted fish 2 Originally uploaded by madkiwi. I discovered a wonderful LFS (local fish store) just outside Washington, D.C. that carries an amazing array of marine and freshwater fish. They recently expanded and are heavily staffed with knowledgeable employees and happen to be the cleanest aquarium store I have ever laid foot in. Needless to [...]

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Tank Mates: The 5 Gallon

Several Ghost Shrimp can be added to a betta tank Q: LP Wrote, I wanted to ask you if you might make a post about suitable tank mates for a betta, say in a 5-gal tank. I’m getting ready to take the plunge into a 5-gal for one of my bettas (once he’s healed) and [...]

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Advice Little Too Late for a Beautiful Betta

Ziggy: 2005-2006 Anyone who tells you that bettas won’t fight to the death is wrong. I know this now first hand. I recently divided my tank with my beautiful pink and purple crowntail male on one side a female on the other. I thought that it would be less stressful having a male in view [...]

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Ammonia Test Kits: Nessler vs. Salicylate

Danger Ammonia! Originally uploaded by Pose. Q: What is the difference between Nessler ammonia test kits and Salicylate kits? A: Reagent Based Test Kits: There are several types of ammonia test kits available to aquarium hobbyists but one of the most commonly used are the reagent based kits. These kits come with a test tube, [...]

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