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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    An article on Nature.com titled Damming the rivers of the Amazon basin details the far-reaching consequences of dams along the Amazon River. Although this blog has covered other articles about the impact of damming the Amazon River, new research has shown that the impact goes far beyond the...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    A great video showing a pair of Red Spotted Severum spawning. Video courtesy of Jim Cumming The Red Spotted Severum is variant of Heros efasciatus, not a Heros severus. More specifically, the Red Spotted variant is a line bred Gold Severum for the red coloration. The different color variants...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    The first day of summer is just around the corner. Why not visit an aquarium? For those in the Baltimore, MD area the National Aquarium offers many great exhibits. Along with an impressive marine fare, this aquarium also offers an Amazon River Forest exhibit featuring many local species...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    3rd Place Discus red - Marc Volders Belgium. Capture from video. The 2nd European Discus Championship took place in Dortmund, Germany, 2014. The video below shows some of the highlights from the competition. Discus is the common name for cichlids belonging to the Symphysodon genus. Discus...
  5. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Marañón River. Photo by David Hill from the article on Mongabay.com (CC BY-ND 4.0) The source of the Amazon River, the Marañón River, is being threatened by a proposed 20 dam project. The Peru government wants to build the 20 dams along the main trunk of the Marañón River in order to meet...
  6. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Discus tending to its eggs. Photo by Diskuslaich1a CC BY-SA 3.0 A recently published paper for review by Culum Brown from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia should be of interest to cichlid hobbyist. Titled Fish intelligence, sentience and ethics, Brown proposes that fish are a lot more...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    Periodically we use the blog to promote a local cichlid club or association. The scope of the club being bolstered is generally limited to a city, state or region. This time we are taking the opportunity to promote a club whose members are from a large area, but the focus very specific. The...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    A nice video from Europa Discus Center showing many discus varieties available in the hobby. For more information on keeping discus, read Breeding Discus From a Beginner's Perspective or My Experience Raising And Keeping Discus by Ryan Willimas. Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciata) by...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    Cobalt Aquatics has recently introduced new lines of flake food flavors. Cobalt Discus Flakes, co-developed with the renowned discus expert Discus Hans, is just one of the new offerings. Cobalt Discus Flakes is a powerful new food with a mix of beef heart, krill, spirulina, earthworm, garlic and...
  10. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Río Yata Ramsar Site. Photo by Omar Rocha/WWF To help mark World Wetland Day, Bolivia has created the world's largest protected wetland. At more than 17 million acres, the Llanos de Moxos wetland is located in northern Bolivia along its borders with Peru and Brazil. Traversed by 3 major rivers...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    Here's a quality video of some beautiful discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus). At about 1:40 you'll see feeding followed with brood care just past the 3:00 mark. For more information of keeping Discus, visit the Library's Breeding Discus From a Beginner's Perspective and My Experience Raising And...
  12. General Aquaria Discussion
    Great video of blue turquoise discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) fry feeding off of the parent's slime coat. You can see them at 9 days and 14 days after hatching.
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwDCseB-D0Y I can never get enough of seeing cichlids in their natural habitat.
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