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How to Care for Gold Barbs

Gold Barb
New fish species get discovered quite often. Sometimes this represents a truly new discovery and others it represents a fish we've been keeping for years in our tanks but that no one knew was actually a different species than we thought it was until DNA tests or other studies prove it to be so. The fish in the photo below is a new species of bard discovered in India. Though we have a fish with ...
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Do Damsel Fish Deserve Their Bad Reputation?

The Bad The short answer to the question, "Do Damsel Fish Deserve Their Bad Reputation?" is, "yes, yes they do." But the long answer is "well, most do, but certainly not all." That's right, there are species of damsel fish that you can keep without risking life and fin of all your other fish. Damsel fish are aggressive and armed with a strong bite and dental plate that can do some pretty serious ...
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Royal Gramma – a Good Beginner Fish

Royal Gramma
Of the three fish mentioned in the linked article I've only kept one personally, that's the royal gramma. But they are all very attractive fish. Since I've not kept the others I won't give you advice on them. I try to talk about fish that I've either kept myself or observed closely in someone else's talk. Something that I have personal experience with and can say that I know how it behaves rather ...
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Fairy Wrasse: Colorful and Affordable

Fairy Wrasse
I love fairy wrasse. They are so beautiful to watch, even-tempered, and relatively hardy with the right tankmates. When housed with overly aggressive or even semi-aggressive fish they tend to stress and become unhealthy. Any tank with these fish in them also needs a lid or screen. I recommend something with smaller holes. I've had a screen top and found my fairy wrasse on top of it dead. I would h...
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Guppies require large groups to thrive

Fan Tail Guppy
If you have kept guppies you know they do much better in larger groups. This is especially true if you have multiple males. Having a male guppy and just one female is really a bad idea. Doing well in groups is actually something guppies have evolved to be good at. First off, guppies have a natural tendency to spar and when the group is large this is spread out so that no one individual gets too mu...
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