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27. Pest Control: Algae and Snails
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Pests can make or break the success of an aquarium. In this episode Ben, Charles, and Amy discuss where pests come from in freshwater aquariums, how to get rid of them, and most importantly how to prevent them. Have a pest problem? This episode may help!


Send in your questions or comments to [email protected] and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

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26. Our Five Dream Freshwater Fish
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You heard them talk about their dream saltwater fish in the last episode. Now Ben, Charles, and Amy are discussing their dream freshwater fish! Many of these are rare fish that they’ve never seen before, but some are fish that deserve a whole tank devoted to them.

What’s your dream fish? Comment on our Facebook page or send an e-mail to [email protected]
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25. Our Five Dream Saltwater Fish
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We just talked about our dream tanks. In the next couple of episodes we’ll be talking about our dream fish! This week it’s all about saltwater. A dream fish could be one you’ve always wanted to keep, or if you ask Charles sometimes it’s a fish you wish existed. 

What’s your dream fish? Head over to the Water Colors Aquarium Gallery Facebook page to join the discussion, or send a message to [email protected]
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24. Invasive Species with Dr. Alisha Davidson
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This week our team got the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Alisha Davidson, an expert in non indigenous species and their spread. The discussion covers how an organism winds up on watch lists, and where to find the lists. Most importantly, this episode focuses on the impact the aquarium hobby has on wild waterways and the simple ways we can all reduce our responsibility.

Questions for Dr. Davidson or the Water Colors team? Send an e-mail to [email protected] or find us on Facebook. 

 
Organizations mentioned in this episode
GLANSIS: Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System
Habitattitude
IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Michigan Sea Grant
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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23. Our Dream Tanks
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Ben, Charles, and Amy get a little personal in this edition of the Water Colors Aquarium Gallery Podcast. This week, they’re discussing their dream tanks and what it would take to achieve them. Some of these are nearly 1000 gallon reef systems, some are as small as 20 gallons. A dream tank could be the setup you’re investing in right now, or something you know you’ll never do but really would like to.

What’s your dream aquarium? Comment on Facebook or send an e-mail to [email protected]
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22. Our Top 5 Easy Breeders
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This week Ben, Charles, and Amy bring to the table their favorite fish that are easy to breed.  Whether you can “Just Add Water” or let the fish take care of each other, this list covers some of the best fish to start your breeding career off with success. Of course they can’t keep it to just five…

Below is a list of the fish they selected for their lists, as well as a couple that were mentioned along with them. Beware of spoilers!


Amy


Kribensis Cichlid: Pelvicachromis pulcher
Also mentioned Enigmatochromis lucanusi

Neocaridina davidi

Gold Barb

Bristlenose Plecostomus

Blue Paradise Fish


Charles

Nothobranchius killifish

Corydoras aeneus

Zebra Danios

Betta smaragdina
Betta falx also mentioned

Cherry Barb


Ben

Garneri Killifish

White Cloud Minnow

Dwarf Neon Rainbows

Guppies and Endler’s Livebearer’s

Peacock Gudgeon

Yellow Lab Cichlid

Convict Cichlid
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21. Sharks in Aquariums
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This week: Ben, Charles, and Amy discuss one of everyone’s favorite groups of fish. Sharks can be incredibly rewarding aquarium fish if chosen carefully. This episode covers what makes a shark acceptable for aquariums and the species recommended here at Water Colors.

The book referenced in this episode is Aquarium Sharks and Rays by Scott Michael
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20. Aquarium Lighting: How and What to Choose
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Lighting can be one of the most overwhelming aquarium purchases. It’s difficult to know exactly what lights are best for an aquarium just by looking at the box, and lights are often the most expensive boxes you buy for the tank. In this episode: Ben, Charles, and Amy discuss how light spectrums and intensity are measured. They also offer up some recommendations for lighting based off of what they’ve used and loved. While it’s pretty much impossible to cover the full subject of lighting in a single podcast, this episode should give you a good baseline on how to pick lights for your tank. 

If you’ve got any questions or comments, head over to our Facebook page or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Some of the products and brands discussed in this episode:

Twinstar
EcoTech Radion
AI Hydra
AI Prime
Current TrueLumen Strips
Kessil
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19. The Products We Can't Live Without
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In this episode, Ben, Charles, and Amy talk about their favorite aquarium products. These are the filters, lights, additives, tools and more that make our hobby that much easier and more successful.
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18. Our Top Five Underrated Aquarium Plants
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Ben, Charles, and Amy return to form in another top five list week. This time they discuss the aquarium plants that they believe don’t get the attention they deserve. Whether they’re classics that can be used differently, a perfect alternative for a more common plant, or relatively unknown, there’s a plant in this episode for nearly every aquascape.
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