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New post (Freshwater Tank Photo Contest!) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

Pisces Reef Fish Emporium of Las Vegas, NV will be having several photo contests within the next few months. The categories will be changing. The category will be announced prior to us accepting applications/photos to help you get your tank it top shape. We will be accepting applications/photos for 30 days. We will let you know at the time how to submit them. Voting will be done online through our site for 15 days. Winner will be announced shortly after. The second photo contest category will be 5-75 gallon freshwater tanks. We look forward to everyone’s photos! We will start accepting applications/photos for 5-75 gallon freshwater tanks as of September 15 to October 15. The photo should be of all of the tank not just a piece. Submit your name and contact information whether it be phone or email or both. This information is just for us to notify you if you win. Also, we will also need you to notate the size of your tank (5-75 gallons). We are accepting photo applications at piscesphotocontest@gmail.com. All applications can be seen on the website as of October 1. Voting will be from October 15 to October 31 through our website. Winner will be announced shortly after. It will be fun with great prizes!


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New post (Why all freshwater fish need live plants for a happy, healthy life) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

Freshwater aquariums usually include plants. Live plants are essential to a well balanced aquarium. They provide a more natural habitat for fish, and offer benefits that cannot be duplicated by artificial plants.

Live plants grow and respire. During daylight hours, they take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Keep in mind that at night this process reverses. In heavily planted tanks carbon dioxide levels can rise significantly, w drop off. If fish are observed hanging close to the top of the water and gasp for air, it may be a sign that while the oxygen levels are dropping too low at night. Live plants can absorb harmful toxins. They have a symbiotic relationship when it comes to waste. Live plants can also harbor bacteria that aids in the breakdown of wastes. Live plants can be tasty snack for your fish. This is especially helpful if keeping fish that are herbivores, as they require frequent feedings.and can inhibit algae growth by reducing nitrates. Stop by Pisces Reef Fish Emporium, we will help you decide what plant is the best choice for your aquarium.


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New post (Plant of the Month - Amazon Sword Plant) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

The Amazon Sword plant is a freshwater plant. It is easy to care for making it pretty popular around fish hobbyists. It will thrive in tropical set ups with a temperature of 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Amazon Swords do not do well in very cold temperatures, so it is not suitable for ponds. The leaves of the plant range from pale to dark green, and have short stems with long pointed tips. Amazon Sword plants can grow up to 20” or so tall under the proper water conditions, and are happy either fully submerged or partially submerged within your aquarium.

The Amazon Sword plant does require medium to high levels of lighting, so it may not be suitable for tanks that are not lit. 10-12 hours of light is needed. The Amazon Sword can either be planted in the substrate, or grown in pots. Their ideal pH is 6.5-7.5. Amazon Swords will live for several years when well cared for, and make a lovely aquarium backdrops. If planted in a group, they can be just the right plants to hide a power filter intake tube or an aquarium heater. The Amazon Sword plants continually grow and produce new leaves. An Amazon Sword Plant is a good choice for community fish tanks. It is not really a good choice for tanks with Oscars, Jack Dempsey, Texas Cichlids or other roughens as these fish can damage plant leaves very easily. The same goes for Plecostomus.


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New post (Feeding your corals) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

Just like anything else live in your tank, it is important to feed your coral. Research the nutritional and dietary needs of your aquarium coral. In their natural habitat, corals eat plankton. Feeding corals will often accelerate their growth. But just as with fish, it is possible to over feed corals. You must keep in mind, what goes in, must come out. In addition to photosynthesis, most coral need to eat additional food directly from their environment. All corals rely on photosynthesis for part of their nutritional needs. An aquarium light with a timer will allow your coral to feed itself.
Corals cannot survive alone on photosynthesis. Offer your corals with a variety of plankton for better overall health. There are many species of plankton, but the most important ones to supplement in your marine aquarium are phytoplankton and zooplankton. Phytoplankton are plant-based and very tiny, and are preferred by filter-feeding corals that have feathery-like appendages or gills. Feather duster worms and SPS corals with small polyps require this nutrition for survival and growth. Zooplankton represent the animal portion of the plankton group. They are much larger in size than phytoplankton. Corals that feed on zooplankton typically have larger polyps that do not resemble feathers. Invertebrates that feed on zooplankton in the wild include: soft corals, zoanthids, mushroom corals, large polyp gorgonians, anemones, and many species of crustaceans including shrimp, crabs, and lobsters. Phytoplankton should be offered during the day, and zooplankton during the night.


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New post (Invertebrate of the Month - Zoas) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

Zoanthids are commonly called zoas. They are small, soft corals commonly found growing on the floor of Zoanthids are colonial types of corals, meaning they form a colony of individual polyps all living together. These corals can come in some spectacular colors and color combinations.
Zoas are easy to care for. They can flourish in subtropical and tropical waters. Unlike most corals, zoas can tolerate a large range of light. Not having a calcified skeleton structure, zoas are more tolerant of swings in the alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium when compared to other corals. However, they will not be very tolerant to swings in PH, temperature, and salinity which is no different than any other coral or fish.
A good way to keep your zoa happy and healthy is to regularly feed it. It may also speed up the multiplication process. Regular feeds should happen 2-3 times per week. Zoas feed on both photosynthesis and plankton. They cannot survive on photosynthesis alone though. One of the most interesting things with these little guys is watching them feed. Because they have such large polyps, it is easy to watch them capturing and indulging in their food.


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New post (What is a Reef Tank?) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

A Reef Tank System is a Fish Only With Live Rock (F.O.W.L.R.) System with corals which require a higher quality lighting system than normal as well as a higher water quality and movement as normal. Corals are what makes a tank a reef tank. Your reef tank doesn’t even have to include fish, but if it does it is important to make sure those fish and invertebrates a reef safe. To be reef safe means to not hurt or destroy the coral and not be aggressive with other fish or invertebrates. A reef tank is like the reefs you see in the ocean except for these reefs are contained in a small box. Because there is not as much room in your tank as the ocean, everything in your tank should get along. Everything housed in your tank should get along. Actually, most will establish a symbiotic bond. A symbiotic relationship is beneficial to both parties involved. The relationship of a Clownfish and its host anemone is a perfect example of this. The Clownfish is protected by the stinging tentacles of the anemone while the Clownfish actually brings the anemone food in the form of small fish that it captures. A general “rule of thumb” is 3.5 Watts per gallon of water. Water quality in a reef tank is very important because most corals cannot undergo build ups of nitrates, phosphates, and other toxins other fish can withstand. Pisces Reef has many reef ready aquarium systems.


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New post (Invertebrate of the Month - Brown Octopus) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

The Brown Octopus is a marine invertebrate. Octopuses have a natural capability of detecting colors and have sharp vision. These little guys have chromatophores on their body which allows them to blend with their environment. Octopuses have a neutral temperament, and should not be housed with predatory fishes. Though they can become aggressive if threatened. An octopus defends itself by squirting an inky substance at it’s enemy. Octopuses are reef tank compatible, and makes for a great addition to any reef tank. Octopuses should only be managed by expert aquarist. Octopuses also require large sized tanks. We do not recommend a tank of less than 50 gallons. Octopuses prefer a water temperature of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and a slightly basic pH of 8.1-8.4. Octopuses are carnivorous. They feed on live shrimps, mussels, and small fishes. Octopuses come to scavenge at night. Dim lighting is required. The aquarium must be provided with plenty of live rocks and hiding places such as caves. Rocks should be well anchored to the bottom of the aquarium to prevent the octopus from toppling over the rocks. It is advised to seal all the tank openings. Pisces Reef Fish Emporium has made custom designs just for these little guys. Like other marine invertebrates, these specimens also need a water medium rid of overdosed copper and nitrate medications. It is very difficult to acclimate the octopus to a new environment. We are here to help with any other questions or concerns.


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New post (Boxing Hall of Fame 2017) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will be hosting their 5th Annual Induction Gala August 11th to August 12th, 2017 at Caesars Palace.
Pisces Reef is excited to be at the “Home of Champions.” Buy your tickets early as they will surely sell out fast with the likes of Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, the Spink Bros. plus several others as well! The Induction Gala is great time to honor the inductees this year. The NVBHOF is a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization and your contribution is tax deductible. Buy your tickets at https://www.nvbhof.com/.




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New post (In Observance of the Holiday) has been published on Pisces Reef Fish Emporium

In observance of the holiday, Pisces Reef Fish Emporium will be closed July 3rd, 2017 and July 4th, 2017. After all, it is America’s birthday. Happy Fourth of July!


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