Archive for January, 2007

Red Phantom Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Megalamphodus sweglesi

Size: 5cm (2 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Middle

Habitat: Orinoco basin of northern South America

Remarks: Like the Black Phantom, this fish needs soft acidic water for its general well-being, and especially for breeding.

Comments: Despite coming from entirely separate area, the Black and the Red Phantom Tetras have been described as a colour pair. The body hue of the Red Phantom is transparent red, and the dorsal fin has some black markings (with a white tip in the female). The distinctive dorsal fin in the male is often well produced, but many lack the size of that found on the Black Phantom. A dark shoulder blotch it present.

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This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

http://www.garybolton.co.uk

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Emperor Tetra

By Gary Bolton

Family: Characidae

Species: Nematobrycon palmeri

Size: 6cm (2 half inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: All

Habitat: Streams and rivers in Colombia

Remarks: This peaceful fish looks best in a dark, well-planted tank. Easily bred, a pair may spawn a few eggs daily over a long time.

Comments: The dorsal surface of this peaceful tetra is pale brownish green, shading to a greenish violet. The lower half is black-blue, shading to cream-silver and giving the impression of a broad, dark band on the flanks. The long-based anal fin is yellowish. Above the “band”, males may have a row of red-brown scales, and females show more creamy brown colour. Very good choice to keep with other tetras.

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This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

http://www.garybolton.co.uk

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Gary_Bolton

Aquarium Equipment, Size and Quantity Recommendations

By Allen Jesson

Choose the nearest length to the rectangular aquarium you are going to set up, and this guide will help you choose the size and quantity of all you need. Special shapes can be worked out from the guides after the rectangular aquariums.

Aquarium Length 45cm (18in)
Water Volume approx 49 litres (11galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 5kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 50watt (Tronic)
Filter Internal 200 litres per hour = (Fluval One)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 15in/14watt.
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 60cm (24in)
Water Volume approx 66 litres (15galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 10kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 100watt (Tronic)
Filter 400 litres per hour = (Internal Fluval 2 or External 105)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 18in/15watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 76cm (30in)
Water Volume approx 85 litres (19galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 15kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 150watt (Tronic)
Filter 400 litres per hour = (Internal Fluval 2 or External 105)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 24in/20watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 90cm (36in)
Water Volume approx 105 litres (23galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 20kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 200watt (Tronic)
Filter 700 litres per hour = (Internal Fluval 3 or External 205)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 30in/25watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 105cm (42in)
Water Volume approx 120 litres (27galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 25kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 250watt (Tronic)
Filter 700 litres per hour = (Internal Fluval 3 or External 305)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 36in/30watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 120cm (48in)
Water Volume approx 144 litres (32galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 30kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 300watt (Tronic)
Filter 1000 litres per hour = (Internal Fluval 4 or External 405)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 42in/40watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 150cm (60in)
Water Volume approx 172 litres (39galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 35kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 2x200watt (Tronic)
Filter 1400 litres per hour = (Internal 2 x Fluval 3 or External 405)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 48in/40watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

Aquarium Length 180cm (72in)
Water Volume approx 212 litres (48galls)
Gravel/Coral Sand Minimum = 40kgs
Thermostatic Heater = 2x300watt (Tronic)
Filter 2000 litres per hour = (Internal 2 x Fluval 4 or External FX5)
Fluorescent Tube and Starter unit Length/Power 60in/58watt
Additional items; Thermometer, New water conditioner.
Marine items; Sea Salt mix, Hydrometer, Nitrite test kit

For other shapes
Gravel/Coral Sand = 5kg per square foot
Heater = 50watts for every 25 litres (6 galls)
Filtration = Aquarium water turnover 4 – 8 times per hour

Link details: TITLE: Aquariums | Fish Tanks URL: http://www.seapets.co.uk/view-subcategories/category/7.html

DESCRIPTION: Seapets is one of the UK’s leading aquarists and stocks a large range of aquariums and fish tanks.

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