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Archive for November 2012


Facebook users – we need your help – please read!

November 30th, 2012 — 10:08am

Facebook is trying to force pages such as ours to pay to advertise every post we make (they’re calling these ‘promoted posts’), and because we haven’t done so, only a randomly-selected 15% of our fans are currently receiving our posts.

If you want to continue to receive posts from SF on Facebook, please do the following: Continue reading »

Category: Announcements, News | Tags: , | Comment »

From Sea to Source – free book download

November 29th, 2012 — 10:11am

Important new title aims to provide managament guidelines for restoration of migratory fish pathways…

Damming of rivers adversely affects the reproductive cycle of migratory salmonids such as this masu salmon. © Odyssey

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Category: Blogs, Conservation | Tags: , , , , | One comment »

Northern Glowlight Danio confirmed distinct

November 27th, 2012 — 10:36am

Danio flagrans is very similar to the glowlight danio, D. choprae. © Rupert Collins

The Danio species referred to in the hobby as D. cf. choprae or ‘northern glowlight danio’ is officially described, and the original ‘glowlight danio’ D. choprae redescribed, in the latest volume of the journal ‘Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters’. Continue reading »

Category: Ichthyology, News | Tags: , , , , | Comment »

Grow your own herbs with ‘self-cleaning’ aquarium

November 26th, 2012 — 8:32am

© Back to the Roots

This new aquarium is to be marketed as a ‘closed-loop ecosystem’ that cleans itself while also facilitating the growth of fresh produce including beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, and spinach. Continue reading »

Category: New Products, News | Tags: , , , | 13 comments »

1200 endangered killifish released in Barcelona, Spain

November 22nd, 2012 — 9:12am

© Matt Ford

On 28th October the Spanish conservation and study group ‘Sociedad de Estudios Ictiológicos’ (SEI) released 1200 adult individuals of the Spanish toothcarp, Aphanius iberus, into a coastal lagoon within the protected ‘Espais Naturals del Delta del Llobregat‘ nature reserve, located close to Barcelona. Continue reading »

Category: Articles, Conservation | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 comments »

Speeding Up Science

November 21st, 2012 — 9:39pm

See how ichthyologist Brian Sidlauskas used Facebook to identify 5000 fish specimens collected in the Cuyuni River watershed, Guyana, in order to provide an itemised list to national authorities and get them out of the country for study…

Category: Blogs, Ichthyology | Tags: , , , , | Comment »

The HMF – What’s That?

November 16th, 2012 — 11:43am

Rüdiger Rautenberg on a cheap filtration method deserving of greater exposure…

A planted aquarium set up with a Hamburger Matten Filter. © Rüdiger Rautenberg

The HMF (Hamburger Matten Filter) is apparently not all that well known outside mainland Europe, or so I’ve been told. I cannot speak for the whole of Europe but in Germany it is certainly a widespread and well-loved method of filtering fish tanks and is favored especially by breeders and hobbyists who maintain a larger number of tanks in a dedicated fish room. Continue reading »

Category: Articles, Beginner's Guide | Tags: , , , , | 28 comments »

Great white not evolved from ancient mega-shark

November 15th, 2012 — 12:24pm

© Terry Goss

Paleontologists from the University of Florida have discovered that the dentition of an ancient great white shark relative indicates it  probably descended from makos rather than giant megatooth sharks such as megalodon. Continue reading »

Category: Discoveries, News | Tags: , , , | Comment »

Xayaburi ‘mega dam’ on Mekong River to go ahead

November 5th, 2012 — 7:57pm

The Mekong River at Luang Prabang, Laos. © Geo Swan

Laos has approved the construction of an enormous dam on the lower Mekong river, despite opposition from neighbouring countries, environmentalists, and locals. Continue reading »

Category: Conservation, News | Tags: , , | Comment »

Stunted growth means stunted lives

November 1st, 2012 — 11:46am

This young tiger shovelnose is already displaying signs of stunting in the rounded shape of the snout. © Hristo Hristov

It’s fair to assume that not many of us consider animal cruelty or neglect to be positive things, yet in one respect the aquarium hobby is arguably among the worst offenders in the global pet trade.

In the first of a series of articles in support of BIAZA’s ‘Big Fish Campaign’ we explain why, in some cases, size really does matter… Continue reading »

Category: Articles, Freshwater Fishes | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 comments »

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