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    Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica)

    It's no mystery how this fish got it's name--just look at the tail! Doesn't it remind you of glowing embers? You can practically smell the smoke.

    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Reef Safe: Yes
    • Native To: Maldives, Coral Sea, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, and Indonesia
    • Lifespan: 4-7 years (but have been known to live much longer)
    • Care: Easy
    • Size: 2 1/2 to 3 inches max
    • Hangs Out: Mid to lower levels of the tank
    • Carnivore

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    Scarlet Badis (Dario dario)

    What the Dario dario lacks in stature, he makes up for in personality! Often described as a dwarf cichlid (they're not), this diminutive fish will amuse you with his antics. Males are a vibrant red, with 7 dark vertical stripes and a blue iridescent sheen to their scales. Females, on the other hand, are a uniform gray. Their stripes are indistinct or missing altogether. As for size--the average male will be about 0.8 inches long and the females are even smaller (0.5 inches). Lifespan for these little guys is between 4 and 6 years.

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    Finnex Ray 2 24 inch

    If you're tired of looking at big, black, boxes hanging over your aquarium and would like something a bit more unobtrusive, then look no further. Finnex, has come out with a new line of high output LED fixtures that don't overwhelm the tank. But will they grow plants?

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    Fluval View

    The Hagen Fluval View, is not quite an "out of the box" setup, but almost....the only things lacking are plants, water, fish, and gravel.

    Kit Includes

    • 3.96 gallon, oval shaped, plastic tank, with removable cover
    • Integrated filtration system with day and night, LED lighting
    • 2 filter cartridges
    • Water conditioner
    • Biological supplement
    • 17 1/4 inches wide X 9 inches deep X 15 1/4 inches tall

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    Two Stripe Pygmy Goby (Eviota bifasciata)

    We have searched online for hours, but have been unable to find very much information regarding these tiny fish. With that being said, we'll post what we have found and the rest, we'll just have to learn together!

    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Reef safe: Yes
    • Native to: Western Pacific (inhabits reefs and can usually be found hovering over corals and/or sponges)
    • Lifespan: ?
    • Care: ? (ours have been very easy to care for and appear to be quite hardy)
    • Size: 1"
    • Hangs Out: All over the tank, but with a tendency towards the mid to bottom regions
    • Diet: Carnivore


How To Make Snail Jello

  • Snail Jello

    Ummm, ummm, good! At least to snails and shrimp it is! Below is the basic recipe for snail Jello. There are any number of ways this could be modified for fish, frogs, etc.; use your imagination and have fun. Here's a link to more recipes should you wish to further explore the gourmet world of fish food recipes. Added note--I made the basic recipe and was surprised at how well the "Jello" cubes held together and didn't dirty up the tank.

Snail Jello


1 jar of baby food (4-6 oz) the higher the calcium level, the better

1 tsp fish food (may be omitted)

Calcium or vitamin supplements (I used calcium gel tabs for humans--just cut the ends off and squirted out the gel)*

1 packet (1 tablespoon) unflavored gelatin


1. Empty baby food into a small, flat bottomed, bowl and heat in microwave for 60 seconds.

2. Slowly stir in unflavored gelatin, crushing any lumps with back of spoon.

3. Next, you'll want to add in the calcium supplements and/or vitamins. Once that's done, fold in the fish food (if using).

4. Refrigerate for several hours , then cut into small cubes.

5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. These can also be frozen and will keep in the freezer for about a month.

* Reptile calcium supplements, can also be used.

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