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The Hobby in Germany

We’ve all visited our local fish stores, but how do they compare to those in Germany?

By Oliver Lucanus |

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Germany has long been one of the leading countries for our hobby. But as in North America, there are not many independent aquarium shops left, as megastores with all kinds of pets and supplies, and fish sections in building stores (yes, home-building-supply stores) dominate the aquarium-shop landscape. Fishkeeping in Germany has changed in recent years. Nano aquariums with plants and small aquatic invertebrates have become increasingly popular. So, it’s no surprise that stores cater to the new hobby by keeping in stock many plants ideally suited to grow slowly and remain small; these same stores often keep up to 20 varieties of small shrimp, snails and several dozen species of tiny fish for the same reason. Nearly every aquarium manufacturer has added a nano tank to its lineup with tiny filters, heaters and specialized LED lighting.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the October 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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