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Indonesian Lou Han Club Buy.
Flowerhorns.org invites you to participate in their first group buy for 2008, featuring an amazing
assortment of Flowerhorn
Cichlids, like the one shown above, from the Indonesian Lou Han Club. There are Flowerhorns available to meet every hobbyist's needs
so don’t miss out! Click here
AQUARIUM keepers around the world are scrambling to get their hands on a new species of fish, discovered
in an abandoned uranium mine in the Northern Territory. A breeding program is now underway to protect the rare native
freshwater fish Hypseleotris barrawayi, otherwise known as the Barraway's Carp Gudgeon, shown above. Helen Larson, curator of fishes
at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, said the new species was discovered in the upper Katherine
River system - the only area in the world where it is known to live. “The fish were first discovered in the abandoned
uranium mine pit and neighbouring billabongs at the abandoned Sleisbeck Camp in Kakadu National Park,” she said. Click
Steinhart curator Bart Shepherd, shown above on the left, and Matt Wandell move a 40-pound coral specimen into the
aquarium's huge tank. The Grand Reopening is scheduled for Sept. 27, 2008 at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Click
In the picture, shown above top, is a new species of Eel-Loach, Pangio lumbriciformis, from Myanmar. Underneath is
the radiograph image used to help identify it as a new species. The number of fish species in Myanmar grew by 17 last
year, of which eight were due to the detective skills of Natural History Museum ichthyologist (fish expert), Dr Ralf
Britz. Ralf described two snakeheads, four eel-loaches and two spiny eels, all of which are popular aquarium fish. Some
were gathered during Ralf's scientific expeditions to the Southeast Asian country last year, and others were identified
from samples collected in previous expeditions or from other specimen collections. Click
Click here to learn more about the country of
As oceans warm and become more acidic, ocean creatures are undergoing severe stress and entire food webs
are at risk, according to scientists at a press briefing this morning at the annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Gretchen Hofmann, associate professor of biology at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, has just returned from a research mission to Antarctica where she collected pteropods, tiny
marine snails, like the one shown above, the size of a lentil, that she refers to as the "potato chip" of the oceans because they are
eaten widely by so many species. Pteropods are eaten by fish that are in turn consumed by other animals, such as
penguins. As these small creatures are stressed by an increasingly acidic ocean, due to the build-up of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere, they are less able to cope with a warmer ocean. Click
A beautiful Black, White and Yellow Butterflyfish, like the one shown above, is much admired by eco-tourists, divers and aquarium
keepers, and may be at risk of extinction, scientists have warned. The case of the Chevroned Butterflyfish is a stark
example of how human pressure on the world’s coral reefs is confronting certain species with ‘blind alleys’ from which
they may be unable to escape, says Dr Morgan Pratchett of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James
Cook University. In a study published in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology Dr Pratchett and Dr Michael
Berumen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) warn that the highly specialized nature of the feeding habits of
this particular Butterflyfish – the distinctively patterned Chaetodon trifascialis - make it an extinction risk as the
world’s coral reefs continue to degrade due to human over-exploitation, pollution and climate change. Click
Special thanks to Jourdan from Connecticut for the link to this story.
Scientists have discovered Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), shown above, living and feeding down to depths of 3000 metres in the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. Until now this shrimp-like crustacean was thought to live only in
the upper ocean. The discovery completely changes scientists' understanding of the major food source for fish, squid,
penguins, seals and whales. Reporting recently in Current Biology, scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and
the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton* (NOCS) describe how they used a deep-diving, remotely operated vehicle (RoV
) known as the Isis to film previously unknown behaviour of krill. Click
Burmese pythons—an invasive species in south Florida—could find comfortable climatic conditions in
roughly a third of the United States according to new "climate maps", like to one shown above, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Although other factors such as type of food available and suitable shelter also play a role, Burmese pythons and other
giant constrictor snakes have shown themselves to be highly adaptable to new environments. Click
A Letter from Maggie S.
Hello, my name is Maggie S. I have used your
web sites for a couple of years now. I have graduated my
introductory fish stage where I was keeping Guppies in a
10-gallon aquarium. I now have a 29-gallon community tank
that my family enjoys in our dining room. I have a pair of
angelfish, five red velvet swordtails, two peppered corys,
and three otocinclus catfish. I also have a 165-gallon
outdoor pond with a mixture of goldfish and their fry.
... I have developed skill to identify males from
female angelfish after they get to be about two inches in
diameter ... I have included a diagram that I drew ...
(shown above) ... thank you both for your wonderful web site
information. It has made my fish keeping experience much
more enjoyable ... I enjoy fish keeping so much that I am
planning to go to college to study Aquatic and Marine
Biology at a university in Ohio ... Sincerely Maggie S.
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Merete from Denmark
calls and talks about her aquariums. She has been an
aquarist for one-year and has already spawned the Least
Killiefish, which is a Livebearer, Convict Cichlids,
Kribensis Cichlids, and Bristlenose Plecostomus.
Dennis from Spokane calls
and says he found good homes for his Tetras and now has
Fancy Goldfish in that 80-gallon aquarium.
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