Author: Jason

German Blue Ram

Category: Cichlidae  Common Name: German Blue Ram Scientific Name: Colisa lalia Water Type: Fresh Water Temperature: 72° – 79° F Temperament:  Non-Aggressive pH: 5.0 – 7.0 Maximum Size: 2.5″ Minimum Tank Size:  30 Gallons Diet: Omnivore Husbandry:  The German Blue Ram is very similar to its other more aggressive cichlid cousins but in fact is a peaceful dwelling fish. Color markings can be blue, orange, red, yellow, and black. Rams do appreciate softer water than most cichlids but typically will thrive in most water conditions as long as it’s clean. Keeping a few fake plants and constructing caves is...

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Betta Fish

Category:  Betta Common Name: Betta; Siamese Fighting Fish Scientific Name: Betta splendens Origin: Thailand, Captive Raised / Farm Raised Water Type: Freshwater Water Temperature: 75° – 86° Temperament:  Semi-Aggressive pH: 6.0-8.0 Maximum Size: 3″ Minimum Tank Size:  1 Gallon / 3.8 Liters Diet: Omnivore Husbandry: Bettas are very well suited to many different environments.  It is not recommended keeping betta fish in extremely small volumes of water as some say you can.  It is true that in the wild at specific times of the year when drought is present, their areas of water will dry up and they will end...

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Green Mandarin / Dragonet

Category: Dragonets/Mandarins  Common Names: Green Mandarin, Striped Mandarinfish Scientific Name: Synchiropus splendidus Origin: Philippines Water Type: Saltwater Water Temperature: 72° – 78° F Temperament: Non-Aggressive Water pH: 8.1 – 8.4 Specific Gravity: 1.020 – 1.025 Maximum Size: 4″ Minimum Tank Size: 75 Gallon Diet: Carnivore Reef Safe: Yes Husbandry: The Green Mandarinfish is a peaceful reef fish that is a very active and attractive fish.  These fish are well known for their hummingbird-like swimming tactics as they will swim back and forth while investigating the rockwork looking for crustations to eat.  These fish will often, if caught wild, quickly consume...

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Flame Angel ( Dwarf )

Category: Dwarf Angels Common Names: Flame Angel ( Dwarf ) Scientific Name: Centropyge loricula Origin: Marshall Islands, Cebu, Christmas Island, Vanuatu Water Type: Saltwater Water Temperature: 72° – 78° F Temperament: Semi-Aggressive Water pH: 8.01 – 8.4 Specific Gravity: 1.020 – 1.025 Maximum Size: 4″ Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallon Diet: Omnivore Reef Safe: Yes ( See husbandry for more info ) Husbandry: The Dwarf Flame Angel is a very brilliant and active fish. This angel will be a bold addition to any fish only tank without large fish or a reef. Care must be taken with the Flame...

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Category: Guppy Common Name: Guppy Scientific Name: Poecilia reticulata Origin: Captive-Bred Water Temperature:Water Type: Freshwater 68° – 78° Temperament:  Non-Aggressive pH: 5.5 – 8.0 Maximum Size: 2.5″ Minimum Tank Size:  10 Gallons Diet: Omnivore Husbandry: Guppies are a great starter fish for older children to start with in the aquaria hobby.  Guppies will tolerate a wide variety of water parameters, often even if they are outside of the desired spec, and most all guppies found in stores are captive-bred so there are no adverse effects to the environment by keeping them.  They are hardy and will typically thrive in most environments.  Guppies are...

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