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Anaerobic

Anaerobic is, in laymen’s, something that requires a lack of oxygen to survive and some may die if exposed to oxygen – weird notion, huh?

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liveberer
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What Are Livebearer Fish?

A livebearer is a fish that utilizes internal fertilization, becomes pregnant, and gives birth to live young. Livebearers fall into two categories – ovoviviparous and viviparous.

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beckfords pencilfish
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What Are Dither Fish?

Dither fish are those fish that tell scared, skeptical, and easily spooked fish that it’s safe to come out. When they’re not around, it’s time to hide.

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ostracod
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What Is An Ostracod?

Ostracods are a name given to a large family of crustaceans – a whopping 8,000 recognized species, making them the most successful group of crustaceans.

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nomenclature
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What Does Nomenclature Mean?

As fun as it sounds to be responsible for giving fish scientific names, there is a strict set of rules for giving scientific names to living creatures, AKA: nomenclature.

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zoontic
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What Does Zoonotic Mean?

Zoonotic, also called zoonosis or zoonoses, are diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can spread between animals and humans.

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What Does Phenotype Mean?

Phenotypes are influenced by both the genotype as well as the environment and can change with age, care, stress, or other factors outside of genetics.

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genotype
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What Does Genotype Mean?

Genes are, essentially, the blueprint of the way something looks, grows, behaves, and interacts with it’s surroundings – among other things.

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carotenoid
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What Is A Carotenoid?

What Is A Carotenoid? A carotenoid is a class of fat-soluble pigments (meaning the pigments dissolve in or with fat and can’t be dissolved or degraded by water.) They’re mainly thought of as yellow, orange, or red colors and occur naturally such as in autumn leaves, carrots, or red peppers. There are several different “types”

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Nitrate
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What Is Nitrate?

Nitrate, commonly confused with nitrite, is the last step in the nitrogen cycle of your fish tank. It is the least toxic of the bunch (ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate), but it can still be toxic – even if it is at high levels.

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