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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

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Invertebrates

Invertebrate How To's And Information.

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    Zebra Shrimp (Caridina cf. Babaulti var. stripes)

    Not often seen at your local pet or fish store, this caridina can sometimes be difficult to come by. If you do happen to run across them, our best advice is to get as many as you can (you won't be sorry)!!!

    • Lifespan: 1-2 years
    • Size: 3/4-1"
    • Native to: India
    • Hangs out: Mostly lower to mid level of the tank
    • Diet: Omnivore

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    Crystal Black Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis sp "Bee")

    Whether you call them, bee, black bee or crystal black shrimp, these are an interesting and beautiful, though somewhat delicate, addition to your aquarium.

    • Lifespan--1 to 2 years
    • Size--3/4 inch
    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Native To: Not found in the wild
    • Hangs Out: Mid to lower regions of the tank
    • Diet: Omnivore
    • Care Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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    Golden Rabbit Snail (Tylomelania gemmifera)

    The golden rabbit snail is aptly named; it looks like a tiny, wrinkled, bunny with its droopy antennae.

    • Lifespan: Unknown
    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Size: 2 1/2 - 3 inches
    • Natural Habitat: Lake Matano Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Hangs Out: Mostly at the bottom of the tank, but will climb the glass every so often.
    • Diet: Omnivore

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    Mexican Dwarf Orange Crayfish (Cambarellus patzcuarensis sp Orange)

    Have you always wanted a crayfish, but were afraid to get one because you were worried they would decimate your fish and/or plant population? Well, worry no more--have we got a cray for you!

    • Lifespan: 2-3 years
    • Size: 1 1/2 to 2 inches long
    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Natural Habitat: volcanic crater lake in the west central mountains of Mexico
    • Hangs out: bottom of the tank
    • Diet: Detritivore

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    African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus curtipes)

    This low maintenance, totally aquatic, frog is just flat out fun to watch. Can't afford tickets to the ballet? No problem! The ADF performs daily, admission is free and he has moves no human ballerina could ever hope to match!

    • Life Span--5 years (though it can be longer under ideal circumstances)
    • Size--1 1/2 inches sitting (2 1/2 with legs outstretched)
    • Native Habitat--shallow river, creeks, ponds, etc., of Central Africa

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    Orange Bee Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis var orange bee)

    Undemanding, reasonably priced and easy to care for, orange bees are why we love shrimp!

    • Size: 1 inch
    • Lifespan: app 2 years
    • Natural Habitat: The wild form, was originally thought to come from Asia

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    Ghost Shrimp (Palaemonetes sp)

    Ghost shrimp.......they're not just for dinner anymore. Admit it, when you think of ghost shrimp, you picture an overcrowded, undecorated, tank, chock full of these guys, who are just waiting to become a meal for some oscar. You may even avert your eyes as you walk past them. If you've never brought home a ghostie as anything other than fish food, then you're missing out. Granted, they're not the prettiest of shrimp, but they're one of the most interesting. Indigenous to the United States, they will grow up to 2 inches long, and can live for up to 2 years. As with most dwarf shrimp, the female is larger than the male. She will have a saddle or eggs under her belly, and a high arc along the tail.

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    Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var red cherry)

    The result of careful and selective breeding, the Red Cherry Shrimp (or RCS) is an excellent shrimp for the beginner.

    • Lifespan: 1-2 years
    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Size: 1-1 1/2 inches
    • Diet: Omnivore
    • Hangs Out: Mid to lower regions of tank, but will swim all over
    • Care: Easy

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    Nerite Snails

    One of the prettier snails, nerites come in a variety of colors and patterns--horned, zebra, olive, green turtle, and batiki, just to name a few. Ranging anywhere from half an inch, to an inch in diameter, these workhorses live for about a year.

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    Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

    This freewheeling denizen of the freshwater tank, is native to Japan, as well as parts of Korea and Taiwan. In the wild, they live in swamps and marshes feeding off algae. Amanos, are one of the more long lived shrimp with a life span of 2-3 years (there's some anecdotal evidence out there, that says they may live even longer). While not as colorful as some shrimp, they're a nice size (2 inches), so easy to see in the tank.

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