Give a shout out!

If you read my blog and you like it enough to return, how about giving me a shout on your favorite social media? If you’re a member of any cichlid Facebook groups, please let those group members know about the blog. The only thing in it for me is knowing that folks are interested enough to visit. So the more visitors I get, the more I feel like I’m doing something that’s of interest to someone other than myself.

If you found a particular post that you like, please let your friends know. Heck, let me know too! I love to hear from readers, so shoot me a note. If you didn’t like something, let me know that too. I do try to post content that I think is useful or interesting to others. When I hear from you about something that you liked, that at least tells me something about the type of blog content being consumed.

In any case, thanks for reading!

Newbies beware!

Ok, so you’re new to cichlids, maybe even new to fish keeping. You’ve joined a few Facebook groups to get some help. You ask some questions, answers flood in, and now your head is spinning. Why? Because you’re getting a dozen different answers. Worse than that, your post in the Facebook group has devolved into a virtual shouting match, pretty much eliminating further help there.

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Sand – supply, demand, and sustainability

Back in 2017, I posted about the potential for a sand shortage in the future. In that post, I pointed to an article that discussed some of the uses of sand, which are probably way more than you realize.

Fast forward to today, and this article about the possibility of a sand shortage came out in Science, which is the official publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The article cites a United Nations (UN) report that highlights the political aspects of sand, specifically that sand is a resource and thus a commodity. As such, there are sustainability issues.

The article is a very interesting read, especially when it claims that sand is second only to water in human usage (by volume).

What is wrong with my cichlid?

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Do you have a fish that is behaving differently or looks different than it did the day before?  Maybe its color is different. Maybe it’s hanging out in a place you’ve never seen it hang out before. Maybe it’s something, maybe it’s nothing. How do you determine if there is a problem or not?

That’s a tough question to answer, but the place to start is with elimination. You’ve heard “the process of elimination” before? Yep, start with trying to determine what the problem is NOT. As you eliminate possibilities, you’ll get closer to determining what, if anything, the problem might be.

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