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Discus Fish are among the most beautiful fish in the aquarium hobby. Their elegance is further complimented by their graceful nature and tangible personality quirks. Indeed, they exhibit a wide range of behavior, making them an interesting pet.

Although this “King” of the aquarium hobby has gained a reputation for being a finicky eater and extremely hard to care for, recent breeds prove far more tolerant of aquarium conditions. In fact, as long as you provide Discus with a few basic needs covered in this article, you’ll have success with these beautiful fish.

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In this first article of the Aquarium Care 101 series, I discuss the fundamental concepts behind creating aquariums inspired by nature.

It is my strong opinion that aquariums ought to imitate the native environments of the fish we plan to keep. This article begins a discussion about key concepts: such as biological filtration, water chemistry, and the ways in which the physical aquarium environment affects water quality and the health of our fish.

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Not all Tetras come from South America. In fact, the Congo Tetra is an African species. These beautiful fish are, in recent years, commonly found at aquarium shops. They are fairly easy to care for and, when they settle and adjust to an aquarium, display striking coloration.

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This aquarium care article covers the most commonly made mistake by people new to the hobby: adding too many fish, too fast.

When setting up a new aquarium, we often run to the nearest aquarium shop and pick out as many fish as our budgets allow for. But, doing so will most likely end in disaster! That’s because a newly set up aquarium lacks a sufficiently large beneficial bacteria population that’s able to handle the amount of waste your fish produce: this bit of advice applies to all aquariums, no matter what filtration method you use!

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It’s easy to tell the sex of livebearer fish (including platys, mollys, guppies, and swordailts). Provided in this article is a diagram of the morphological difference between male and female platys. Again, this diagram applies to the other livebearing fish mentioned above.

I’ll also cover how you can take advantage of the male/female ratio to prmote harmony among the fish you keep.

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