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Aquarium Fish International 2010 Article Index

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Feature Articles

The Dazzling Danios: The popular danios are easy to care for — and they can be kept in room-temperature aquariums. Kellye Parish

Red Band Syndrome: Red band syndrome in marine fish is potentially caused by the protozoan Uronema. Jay Hemdal

Stuck on Porcupinefishes: The porcupine and burrfishes (family Diodontidae) swell with personality. Scott W. Michael

The Convict Julie: This Lake Tanganyikan cichlid should breed in your aquarium if provided with the basic necessities. Iggy Tavares

Aquariums, Apartments, and Moving: Remember these tips if you set up an apartment tank or are moving one. Mike Wickham

A Look at Fish Nutrition: Understand which foods will help your fish live the longest and healthiest lives possible. Jen Reynolds

The Clown Loach: A Fun Fish: These active, colorful fish can be fun additions to your tank. David A. Lass

Rabbitfishes: Algae-Eaters for Reefs: The siganids are great for controlling algae in reef tanks. Scott W. Michael

Highlights of a Trip to Gabon: Ctenopoma species make up just one group that can be found in Gabon. David Armitage

Homey Hideaways for Your Fish: Aquascaping does more than create a pretty tank. Rus Wilson

Dubious Decapods: The marbled and hinge-beaked shrimp are intriguing — but dubious in reef setups. Scott W. Michael

Tank Setup: Things to Consider: Whether you’re setting up your first tank or are adding to your fish room, here are several points to ponder. Frank Anderson

Why Eggs Don't Hatch: In some situations, you can make changes and help the eggs along. Mary Bailey

Substrate: An Aquarium's Foundation: You won’t want to tear apart a tank to change substrate — so start with the right kind. Mike Hellweg

Try the Threadfin Rainbowfish!: These tiny fish reveal their true beauty after coming home to their new tank. Neale Monks

Why You’ll Love Bleeding Heart Tetras: These peaceful fish are not difficult to keep. David A. Lass

Fascinating and Fancy Guppies: Whether fancy or common, these little fish are unique, each having its own color "fingerprint." Mary Sweeney

Playing it Safe: Fishkeeping is a low-risk hobby — and some easy, simple precautions protect against parasites and other problems. Andy Ternay

Slugs in the Reef Tank: These difficult animals often show up in our tanks as hitchhikers, but some can be beneficial. Scott W. Michael

A Year With Your Pond: Here are some tricks to manage your pond through its first “five” seasons. Miller Morgan

Creative Decor: 3 Easy Approaches: You can express yourself with aquatic decor, so don't feel limited to driftwood and live plants. Stephen G. Noble

Filter Choices: Pick a filter that you like and will work for your setup. Miller Morgan

Queuing Up for Cleaner Fishes: There is a most remarkable symbiosis between cleaner fishes and their clients. Scott W. Michael

Keep Ich Away for Good: Understand the ich protozoan and rid your aquarium of the parasite. Mary Bailey

Serpae Tetras: These small shoaling fish can be beautiful additions to your tank. Iggy Tavares

Four Magnificent Knifefishes: From the ghost knife to the Asian knifefish, these species can bring a new feel to your tank. Jeff Howe

Aquarium Fish International 2010 Survey

The Red Rainbowfish: This spectacular species may be the “granddaddy” of all rainbows. Mike Wickham

Cleaning with Carbon: Most hobbyists have used carbon at some point — but how exactly does it do its job? A. Colin Flood

A Plea for Peace! Look no further for some less quarrelsome marine fish species. Scott W. Michael

How to Breed Oscars: Breed one of the most popular aquarium cichlids. Dr. Robert J. Goldstein

What to Keep in Your Maintenance Bucket: Find out what you need for maintenance in a fish-only freshwater aquarium. David A. Lass

The Fascinating Sea Stars: Choose these inverts carefully to bring home a healthy specimen that will do well in your tank. Philip A. Purser

Fish of the Congo: Create an interesting aquarium with Congo River inhabitants. Oliver Lucanus

Morays with Mass Appeal: There are many things to consider before placing a moray in your aquarium. Scott W. Michael

Popular Plecos: These popular loricariids are often misunderstood. Stephen G. Noble

Creatures of Comfort: Whether they prefer cool or warm water, fish need the proper temperatures to thrive. David A. Lass

Breeding the "King of Aquarium Fish": If conditions are right, you can breed these amazing fish — and they make great parents. By Dick Au

Visual Perception in Fish: Almost all fish have eyes; many of them can see quite well. D.M. Recktenwalt

Feeding Different Corals: How do soft and hard corals differ, and how are those differences reflected in their foods and feeding? Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D.

Sharks at Home: Keeping sharks is a challenge that should only be pursued by experienced hobbyists. Maddy Hargrove

Peacock Proud: The popular peacock cichlid Aulonocara stuartgranti comes in a variety of color morphs — all of which should be kept separate. Mike Wickham

The Fight Against Cyanobacteria: It is possible to get rid of blue-green algae in your aquarium — but it's not easy. Radek Bednarczuk

Work Your Underwater Garden: There are a few extra maintenance tasks to perform when keeping aquarium plants. Stephen G. Noble

Breeding Clowns: Some of the easier marine fish to breed in home aquariums, clownfishes make a good first breeding project. Scott W. Michael

Breeding "Red Head Tapajos" (Geophagus sp.): "Red Head Tapajos" will readily spawn in your tank. Radek Bednarczuk

Popular Rasboras: Rasboras are great shoaling fish that are perfect for community aquariums. Iggy Tavares, Ph.D.

Six Steps to Breeding Banggai Cardinalfish: Propagating these fish in aquaria is easy as one, two, three (... six). Al Ulrich

Seam Splitting: Two Species of White-Seam Bettas: Although Betta albimarginata and B. channoides look very similar, they are separate species. Ted Judy

Bangkok's Aquarium Fish Market: A fish market in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the ultimate vacation spots for a fish enthusiast. Peter A. Hallas

FAMA Classic: Caving In: Create your own biotope tank with Mexican blind cave tetras. Vince Brach, Ph.D.

Secrets to Breeding Halfbeaks: These unusual livebearers have a lot to offer intermediate aquarists. Neale Monks

Dealing with Water Hazards: Water conditioning makes your aquarium safe for fish — exactly how does it work? Stephen G. Noble

Investigating Anemone Shrimp: Learn about the biology and care of this unique group of crustaceans before adding them to your tank. Scott W. Michael

Jewels of the Reef: The colorful Centropyge angelfishes stay small and rarely grow larger than 4 inches. Philip A. Purser

Marbled Hatchetfish: These small, unique fish are perfect for a densely planted aquarium. David A. Lass

Some Lesser-Known Cories: These popular bottom-feeding catfish are peaceful schooling fish for community aquaria. Mike Hellweg

There Are Goldfish in My Boat! The hardy goldfish can survive and breed just about anywhere — even in a pond made out of a broken canoe. J. Lynn Currie

FAMA Classic: Cowries and Eggshells: These mollusks are even better in a tank than on a shelf. Jean-Francois Hamel and Annie Mercier

Queen of the Reef: If not housed with proper tankmates, the queen trigger can decimate the animals in its aquarium. Bob Fenner

Fish Care While You're on Vacation: Follow these tips to keep your aquarium running smoothly during your absence. Roy Osmint

Three Common Marine Fish Diseases: Be prepared to treat ich, marine velvet and anemonefish disease before your fish get sick. Scott W. Michael

An Amazon Experience: A trip to Brazil offers a lot of learning experiences, but fish collecting and scientific study are strictly regulated for foreigners. Tony Silva

Turn on the Glowlights: Three easy-to-breed tetras will sparkle in your tank. Bob Berdoulay

Sifting Through Salt: Consider whether you need to add salt to freshwater — and for any tank containing salt, find out why premixing is important. Stephen G. Noble

The Gold Standard: Unlike its cousin the tiger barb, the gold barb is a peaceful fish that won’t nip its tankmates’ fins. Mike Wickham

Toothy Tetras: For advanced freshwater aquarists looking for a challenge, the aggressive, buck-toothed Exodon paradoxus makes a good subject for a single-species tank. David A. Lass

Photo Essay: Bred for the Hobby: Freshwater and saltwater animals alike are now more available as captive-bred specimens.

Fish Eating Their Way to Better Health: Providing the proper nutrition to your fish greatly reduces their risk of disease. Juli-Anne Royes, Ph.D.

FAMA Classic: Pooling Your Resources: Overcome the “glass-box-with-fish” syndrome by constructing a dynamic tide pool refugium in your own fish room. Steven Bitter

Care and Breeding of Freshwater Inverts: Snails and shrimp are now more popular in the hobby — some home aquarists are even breeding them. Mike Hellweg

Cnidarians for Nano-Reefs: Some select corals and “polyps” are suitable for smaller reef aquariums. Scott W. Michael

The Inverted World of the Upside-Down Catfish: If you keep these interesting catfish, choose tankmates and aquascape based on their needs. Stephen G. Noble

Picking a Pencilfish: A shoal of one of these species of pencilfish can make a beautiful display for a small tank. David A. Lass

The Vitals of Lighting: There are so many lighting options available — and it’s important to understand which type of light to use for your tank. J.C. Delbeek M.Sc.

Breeding Minnows: North American minnows breed in various ways — find out how to set up their breeding tank before attempting a spawn. Robert J. Goldstein, Ph.D.

Having Friends in Fishy Places: Taking the time to build a good rapport with your local fish store now will allow you to reap a windfall later. Mike Wickham

Photo Essay: Sensational Cichlids: There are so many cichlids to keep and so many reasons to keep them.

FAMA Classic: Backyard Coral Farming: An innovative hobbyist with a passion for corals made his backyard into an ambitious coral farm. Ethan Mizer

Coral Zonation: Mastering this neglected dimension of reefkeeping is vital in properly placing corals and ensuring their survivability in any reef tank. Richard Harker

Two Quick Ways to Capture Snails: With either of these simple contraptions, you can keep snails in your tank without letting their populations get out of control. Stephen G. Noble

Brackish Plants: Making the Transition: As long as they are acclimated to salt slowly, many plants can withstand brackish conditions. Stephen G. Noble

Plants for Tall Tanks: Tall planted tanks can be tricky, but here are some plant species that grow well in taller aquariums. David A. Lass

Plants for Low-Tech Tanks: If you’re a newcomer to plants — or just want a planted tank without all the work — go low light and low maintenance. Mike Hellweg

Three Marine Tankbusters: The showstopping snapper, fusilier and grunt families can be kept in large home aquariums. Scott W. Michael

Guide to Goldfish Varieties: In this guide, learn how to recognize goldfish varieties and their characteristics. Peter J. Ponzio

Hatching Brine Shrimp: Mastering a simple time-tested technique can send you on your way to successfully raising this important fish food. Mike Hellweg

Lake Malawi’s Metriaclima zebra: Understanding the natural habitat and behaviors of Metriaclima zebra is important to providing it with the correct aquarium conditions. Mary Bailey

Postcards From MACNA 2010. Clay Jackson

Spike Up Your Aquarium: Easy-to-care-for sea urchins add a wow factor to the average marine tank. Jean-François Hamel and Annie Mercier

Pop-Eye: Prevent pop-eye from afflicting your fish, and learn how to deal with the condition if it occurs in your tank. Stephen G. Noble


Adventures in Fish Breeding
January — Odessa barb (Puntius padamya)
February — Ram/ butterfly cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
March — Guenther’s notho (Nothobranchius guentheri)
April — Cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
May — Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii)
June — Celestial pearl danio (Danio margaritatus)
July — Tiger barb (Puntius sp.)
August — How to condition breeders
September — Buenos Aires tetra (Hemigrammus caudovittatus)
October — Forktail blue eye (Pseudomugil furcatus)
November — Redtail goodeid (Xenotoca eiseni)
December — Firemouth cichlid (Thorichthys meeki)

Reef Aquarist
January — Reasons aquariums get cyanobacteria
February — Getting rid of cyanobacterial blooms
March — Which polychaete worms are harmful?
April — “Pinched mantle” syndrome can lead to clam deaths
May — Advice for setting up a new reef aquarium display and what pygmy angelfish can live together in it
June — Finding the cause of air bubbles
July — Which butterflyfish are good aquarium residents?
August — There are many factors that can contribute to a tank changing appearance
September — How to prevent a Caulastrea coral from receding from its skeleton
October — How to accurately measure nitrates and phosphates
November — There can be reasons for shrimp and corals disappearing other than a mantis shrimp
December — Reasons why pH can drop

Freshwater Q&A
January — Separating black angelfish may help breed larger and more fry; join an aquarium society
February — Ceramic noodle filter media doesn’t require a lot of maintenance; what fish are compatible with a high pH?
March — Goldfish and some algae-eating species can live together at 75 degrees
April — Finding the cause of green water
May — How to best feed ropefish and dragonfish; how to get rid of anchorworms
June — Is salt harmful to Corydoras catfish?
July — If your dwarf gouramis aren’t breeding, they may still be juveniles
August — Scavengers good for mini tanks; how to breed mollies
September — How to tell if a dwarf gourami has dwarf gourami iridovirus (DGIV); what oddballs can be kept in a small aquarium (14 gallons)
October — Why fish’s scientific names change; why rams aren’t producing fertile eggs
November — Why you shouldn’t keep freshwater clams; how to deal with surprise cichlid fry
December — How to breed Amano shrimp

January — You can do a tank makeover and not endanger the fish
February — Explaining the heart-shaped blood parrotfish
March — What size container bettas really need
April — How to keep beneficial bacteria alive in a quarantine tank
May — How and why food can exit from a fish’s gills
June — Is there such thing as a pH burn on scaleless fish?
July — Why reverse-osmosis water is not good for plants
August — What to grow in a “planted” saltwater tank
September — How to stop a Cryptocorne plant from sending out runners
October — Why goldfish change colors
November — Fish behaviors that seem odd may be normal
December — How to breed diamond tetras

January — Queen triggerfish bred at aquarium; Osborne Reef Cleanup plans; Apple Snails in Alabama
February — Yellow tang protection in Hawaii is working; Hobby Pioneer Ross Socolof Passes Away
March — Ich genome mapping discovers that ich protozoan harbors two newly discovered species of bacteria; Atlas of Marine Life database created
April — Mantis shrimp eyes studied; Fish behavior changes with temperature
May — Soccer player spends more than $150,000 on aquarium; Osborne reef cleanup halted
June — Guppy boldness studied; Leak at Dubai Mall’s aquarium; Old pacu
July — Cameroon’s fish breeding program is helping fish and people; Fish heart cell study
August — How sea stars survive temperature ranges; Fish OK in Tennessee barbershops; MASNA scholarship
September — Florida Marlins baseball park is getting fish tanks; Nightclub fish acclimate to new home
October — Damselfish damaging corals in the Caribbean; Idaho Aquarium planned to open in 2011; IMAC West postponed
November — Law fails to protect corals and fish; Eating lionfish to save the oceans
December — Bank of frozen Hawaiian corals started; Steps are taken toward an ich vaccine

The Aquabotanist
January — The Madagascar lace plant may not need to have a dormant phase
February — Look out for bog plants (and don’t purchase them to be submersed in your aquarium) if your fish store also carries pond supplies
March — Remove the plastic pots housing your plants; can carbonated water deliver CO2 to a planted tank?
April — When moving aquatic plants outside, acclimate them slowly to sunlight
May — Strategies for catching fish in a planted tank
June — Why black substances in a planted tank’s gravel don’t need to be vacuumed; is undergravel heating okay to use in a planted tank?
July — There are several ways to protect you and your fish from stray voltage; what yeast is best?
August — How to keep sand out of the filter; lighting and the center brace; Echinodorus “Vesuvius” plant profile
September — How to keep the banana plant (Nyphhoides sp.); Echinodorus “Kleiner Prinz” plant profile
October — Creating a biotope tank with plants from Oklahoma; how to get rid of too many trumpet snails; Cryptocoryne parva plant profile
November — How to properly trim plants; how to have a planted tank on a budget
December — What’s the difference between full-spectrum and daylight bulbs; why plants are not doing well; Echinodorus “Frans stoffels” plant profile

The Aquarist’s Notebook
January — Tumors
February — Frag Corals Separately
March — Why Fish Change Colors
April — Getting Fish Home Safely
May — Dealing With Algae
June — Dealing With Bullies
July — Attaching Plants to Wood
August — Low-Cost Tank
September — Glass Tank Repair
October — Filter Cartridge Cleanup
November — Can There Be Too Much Light?
December — Coaxing Reluctant Fish to Spawn

Saltwater Q&A
January — How to add more than one grouper to a tank
February — How to keep different angelfish together
March — Cleaner shrimp can help the health of saltwater aquarium fish
April — Caring for the sand-sifting twinspot goby
May — The pros and cons of keeping cleaner wrasses
June — How to safely acclimate inverts
July — Treatment options for getting rid of flukes
August — The nine most common killers of aquarium invertebrates
September — Why shark eggs most likely will not hatch in home aquariums
October — Which anthias do well in aquariums and which do not
November — Ways to keep temperatures down without using a chiller
December — Fish that are prone to jumping and why

Secrets to Society Success
January — Make a speaker presentation useful even after the event is over by taping the presentation
February — Keeping in touch with members should be a priority for your society
March — How to advertise your society for free
April — Tips on designing eye-catching posters and flyers
May — How to let people know the benefits of club membership
June — 13 ideas for better board meetings
July — Get answers to ethical questions societies must deal with
August — Keep costs down while rewarding your members with awards
September — How to keep aquarium society memberships growing
October — Keeping your society’s records organized saves time and effort
November — Set up and run your own breeders award program
December — How to book speakers and treat them right

What’s New?
January — Mastacembelus sp. “Dwarf freckle,” Least pencilfish (Nannostomus minimus)
May — Trumpetnose mormyrid (Oxymormyrus boulengeri), Striped river loach (Sewellia lineolata)
July — Sphaerichthys acrostoma, Synodontis filamentosa, Bathybates ferox, Rhombo barb (Puntius rhomboocellatus), Julidochromis ornatus

Club Profile
June — Circle City Aquarium Club (Indianapolis, Indiana)
September — L.A. Fish Fanatics (San Fernando Valley, California)
December — Delaware Valley Reef Club (Philadelphia, southeastern Pennyslvania)

Species Profile
January — Striped headstander (Anostomus anostomus)
February — Banded rainbowfish (Melanotaenia trifasciata)
March — Acanthicus Adonis
April — Javanese ricefish (Oryzias celebensis)
May — Splendid killifish (Aphyosemion splendopleure)
June — Betta coccina
July — Diagramma pictum
August — Yellow coral goby (Gobiodon okinawae)
September — Maxima clam (Tridacna maxima)
October — Laboute’s fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus laboutei)
November — Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)
December — Desjardin’s sailfin tang (Zebrasoma desjardinii)

Aquatic Maestro
July — How to find out what a fish’s Latin name means
August — How stress compromises a fish’s health
September — Fish underwater communication
October — How fish are named scientifically with binomial nomenclature
November — The importance of quarantine
December — Acquiring “bits and pieces” of fishkeeping knowledge helps aquarists grow

Wet Vet
July — How to choose healthy fish at an auction
August — Some worms, bacteria, etc. that are not a problem in an aquarium
September — Steps to diagnosing and treating a marine angelfish
October — How to deal with pop-eye
November — Cause of mystery deaths could be infectious disease
December — How to best feed your fish (Part 1)

Sand Mail
July — What you’re really testing with NO3 test kits
August — How household chemicals can cause big problems
September — Carbon and when to replace it
October — How to use club soda to rid live rock of pests; how to treat ich with chloroquine phosphate
November — Finding out why coralline algae would turn white
December — How to choose reef tank lighting carefully; is there ever nutrient buildup in plenums?

Popular Freshwater Tropicals
July — Neolamprologus gracilis in a Rift Lake Tank
August — Ophthalmotilapia ventralis in a Rift Lake Tank
September — Humphead glassfish (Parambassis pulcinella)
October — Indian moth catfish (Erethistes hara)
November — Malabar leaffish (Pristolepis marginata)
December — Dwarf puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Reef Notes
July — Some Acanthuridae fish that make good aquarium residents (Zebrasoma desjardinii, Z. flavescens, Z. scopas, Z. veliferum, Z. xanthurum)
August — Some sea urchins (Echinoidea, Lance urchins, sea and globe urchins, long-spined sea urchins)
September — All about Corallimorpharians and some species to keep
October — Sea squirts (class Ascidiacea) kept in aquariums
November — Seahorses and sea dragons to keep (Leafy seadragon, common seadragon, lined seahorse, spotted seahorse, slender seahorse, Australian seahorse, White’s seahorse)
December — Amphiprion anemonefishes for the aquarium (Barrier Reef anemonefish, saddle anemonefish, fire clown, black anemonefish, clown anemonefish, orange anemonefish)

Freshwater Forum
July — How to care for ghost shrimp; what lights and fertilizer to use (and how much to use)
August — Maintenance can help get rid of cloudy water; how to fix pH issues; how long to run a UV sterilizer
September — How to deal with snails; can a protein skimmer be used in a freshwater tank?
October — Don’t overload your quarantine tanks; getting rid of excess nitrates
November — Keeping fish cool in hot Hawaiian weather; getting rid of algae
December — How to use yeast-and-sugar CO2 systems; why you shouldn’t clean gravel on undergravel filters but can in a fluidized filter; should you use one or two filters?

In the Fish Room
July — Seachem’s Plant substrates and additives
August — Marineland’s LED Double Bright lighting system
September — TLC Products/Aquatic BioControl StartSmart
October — Hagen Fluval G Filters
November — Archer USA Instant Reef Coral Reef Insert
December — Inland Craft Products’ DFS-100 Reefkeeper saw

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