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My Buddy Ricky has some amazing fish, and has really turned me on to a few of my now favorite species. His Sicyopterus have started showing their breeding colors, after 2 years of waiting. This video is not to be missed!

And check out more of Ricky’s amazing 90 gallon Goby tank over at his thread on Aquaria Central.

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I’m just itching with excitement! These Red Devil Geosesarma’s came in today, and are absolutely beautiful specimens. I can’t wait to get them into their new home. Special thanks to Richard Burke, a fantastic breeder specializing in captive bred Geosesarma crabs. He’s shared a wealth of knowledge, as well as 8 of his most beautiful crabs.

Check out this sneak peak, and keep an eye out for more crab photos in the near future.

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Check out part 2 of 4 of Adventures In Aquascaping in the June issue of Tropical Fish Hobbyist.
Available now online, and in stores in the first week of May.
I’m building a 45 gallon paludarium to house a gang of Geosesarma Crabs. This month, I’ll be discussing how to build a plastic base for a removable insert, and getting all the plumbing in place, to be ready to start hardscaping with cork.

If you are a TFH Digital subscriber, the digital magazine page is http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/201106#pg41, but for anyone without a subscription, you can also check out the TFH Blog which has some coverage as well.

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In recognition of “Save The Frogs Day” on April 29, join the Center for Biological Diversity in calling on the EPA to ban atrazine, a pesticide highly toxic to frogs and other wildlife.

Atrazine is the most commonly used herbicide in the United States. Recent research shows that atrazine is an endocrine disruptor that chemically castrates and feminizes male frogs at concentrations 30 times lower than levels allowed by the EPA.

Click the link and sign the petition! It only takes a minute. http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6526

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The Nepenthes Ampullaria is an odd little pitcher plant that has been reported to be used as a home to multiple species of crab, including the Geosesarma Malayanum and Geosesarma Perracae crabs. Check out this great PDF from the Nature in Singapore website, for a detailed report: http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/nis/bulletin2008/2008nis201-205.pdf

I think this plant might be more suitable to the paludarium environment than most carnivorous plants. I seems to be from the same swampy areas the crabs like, and from information found on wikipedia, the plants have developed the ability to digest fallen leaf litter and use slowly acquired nutrients.

Nepenthes ampullaria generally grows in damp, shady forest from sea-level to 2100 m altitude.[2] In Borneo, it occurs usually on relatively flat terrain in kerangas forest, peat swamp forest, and degraded swamp forest, at elevations of 0 to 1000 m.[3]
In Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, it grows from sea-level to 1100 m altitude on flat terrain in heath forest, padang (meaning “field” in Malay), belukar, peat swamp forest, degraded swamp forest, and in padi fields.[4]
In New Guinea, it is predominantly present in Araucaria forests. The species has also been recorded from secondary forests, open microphyllous vegetation, and swamp grassland.[2]


And lucky for me, it looks like PredatoryPlants.com has them in stock! I’m going to have to try one out.

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I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time! Finally, New Balance is offering Design Your Own services with the classic 574. Not very many colors available right now, but hopefully they’ll add colors as time goes on. Super Sweet. Get some today!

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May 13, 2011


Check out the event flyer and the rest of their scheduled events.

The Auction is at the New York Aquarium. If you’re going and want to hang out, let me know, I’m most likely going to go and see what’s happening.

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Sneak Peak

Here I am with the completed removable insert for my 45 gallon paludarium for TFH. I’m so excited to start planting.

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A long while back, I made a small planted island under glass. Here’s a few pictures.

If you’re a member of Aquariacentral.com, you can read all about it here: http://www.aquariacentral.com/…

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SABADO SABADO SABADO! Un espectáculo de los peces y los aficionados para que todos disfruten!!!

That’s right folks, this Saturday, in the middle of Connecticut, fish geeks on parade! I’ll be there, will you???

The Friday through Sunday event boasts fantastic speakers from around the globe, a Vendor Room, discussion groups, specialty organization meetings and a Giant Auction Sunday of Fish and Live Aquarium Plants. The theme for this year’s convention is 100 Years of Advances in the Hobby and another great line-up of speakers awaits you!

Click here to learn all about this year’s convention.

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Thanks to Mr. Chawla for pointing out that Frank’s Aquarium seems to have found a supplier for Stiphodon Percnopterygionus.

Last year I built a fast flowing river tank specifically for these tiny algae eaters, and have been waiting for a chance to find some friends! Way to go frank!

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