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Happy Monday morning! Today I have a beautiful Betta patoti for you to see. These wild bettas from Indonesia are quite large with the males reaching 4." They live in slow moving rivers with lots of vegetation overhanging the water. They are happiest in tanks with lots of wood and leaf litter. Best kept in pairs, or if you have a larger tank, a group of them would make a very interesting display. Another fascinating fact about these bettas is that they are paternal mouth brooders! The male will hold fertilized eggs in his mouth until they hatch, then he will closely follow the fry around the tank and suck them inside his mouth when he senses danger. What a great fish to start the week with!
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Here is a fish that many of you will recognize, the beautiful Green Terror! This cichlid is great for a beginner cichlid tank or someone who loves a fish with a big personality. Beware though, these fish are most comfortable with other South American Cichlids and will likely eat fish that can fit in its mouth. They develop stunning iridescent green markings as they grow.
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This week we received some really awesome fish including these barbus fasciolatus or "Fire Barb." These are great fish for small aquariums and the beautiful yet subtle patterning on their bodies makes for a great complement to planted tanks. These little fish like to live in large schools so be sure to pick up at least 6 of these guys.   
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This adorable little aeneus was the very first type of cory that I had growing up in the family aquarium. They were the gateway cory that got me hooked on these delightful fish. Corys have great personalities and come in a variety of colors. Often they are seen playfully swimming together; nosing around the substrate looking for treats. Be sure to get a nice school of these guys because they love being with their friends.
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Our company has deep roots in African Cichlids.  Our founder is very passionate about preserving and rebuilding these amazing fishes' habitats in the wild.  He has even made a few trips to Malawi to lend a hand in seeding new colonies of cichlids in the wild and counting different species in their natural habitats.  Here is a pic of a male Aul. maisoni really strutting his stuff:
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Great news!  We received some more Zebra Otos, these fish will do a good job eating excess algae and adding some stylish flair to your tank while they're at it :)
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Happy Friday!  We have some awesome Dragon Puffers available!  These fish are different from many other puffers because you can keep more than one in a tank together, provided that the tank is large enough and has plenty of hiding places.   However we definitely don't recommend them for community tanks, they will attack and eat other fish besides members of their own species. Their large eyes are sensitive looking, and they spend much of their time near the bottom of the tank hunting for snails and other tasty morsels.  They reach a max size of 8" so these guys are quite stunning once they reach their adult size.
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Hello everyone!  We received a fresh shipment of Panda Loaches today! A perfect end to the week. These adorable loaches markings change as they age but I think that they are just a beautiful fish altogether.  They are happiest with sandy substrates and a steady supply of blackworms to munch on.  Be sure to get more than one of these guys for your tank because, like most loaches; they prefer company to school around the tank with.
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Right now we have some marvelous looking Adonis plecos, hailing from the Amazon Basin; these fish love lots of wood in their environments and enjoy a cucumber snack regularly.  These plecos also enjoy meatier treats like blood worms and sinking protein tablets.  Be aware though, adults are likely to eat plants and easily grow to over 23".
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Easy to care for and hardy, Tanichthys albonubes “Long Fin White Cloud” enjoy swimming against the current of the hillstream habitat in the upper third of the water column.  They won't bother your substrate-dwelling loaches or gobies, though they are ravenous feeders and care should be taken to ensure the gobies get enough protein-rich foods - the White Clouds will show little interest in any green diets.  These beautiful golden-silver fish grow to just over an inch and display brilliant white lateral lines bounded below by a thin black pinstripe.  Each unpaired fin is cherry red and rimmed in shining white and their snouts as well carry this cherry color.  While these fish are beautiful, some folks prefer the fancy color morph also available - T. albonubes is also available in a leucistic "Gold White Cloud" form.

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