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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here.  I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo  The US Fish & Wildlife Service is currently (December, 2014) seeking Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) protection for the Common Snapping Turtle and the Florida, Spiny, and Smooth Softshell Turtles. Each is being collected from the... Read More
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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here.  I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo          Choosing a live amphibian or a reptile as a holiday gift may be a nice gesture, but it is also fraught with potential problems. Please see The Five Best Reptiles and Amphibians to Choose as Holiday Gifts for further cautions and ideas (... Read More
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One of the things I get asked most often is HOW to feed many of the small, prey driven fish that I sell and write about. While there are wide ranges of excellent prepared foods and gelatinized foods... more
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Hello everyone :) I have been working on a bunch of new projects.  I am really excited to finally start making pillows :)  Here are a few new Daily Creature I made in the past week :) I'm... more
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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here.  I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx... more
Post date: Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:18

Building a Photo Tank - Updated 12/19/14

Hello all,

We all love good fish-y photos, don't we? 
Camera, lenses, lights are a few things which are very important to take photos. But when we talk about photographing fish, there is one more thing which is very important: the thing between your camera and fish. Yes, I am talking about the tank. A tank is equally important as a camera and lens while taking fish photos. 

I have tried making some photo tanks in the past but they were not very successful. They did come very handy when I was out on collection trips. Here's how they looked:

Watanabei Angelfish (Genicanthus watanabei)

The term "reef safe angel" is not commonly used in the saltwater hobby. Even dwarf angels that are generally reef safe still require some caution as there are those that will pick at coral from time to time. Im here to tell you, there are reef safe angels! The Watanabei angelfish is a peaceful fish that is indeed 100% reef safe. This angelfish is also one of the few angelfish where male and females are visually different (aka sexually dimorphic).

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Intro to Hugelkultur!

I follow one of the local "farm--to-market" restaurants where I live on a social media site and they posted an article about this thing called Hugelkultur and how they use it themselves to grow the food they bring to the restaurant. Curious, I decided to dive into this interesting way of gardening and share the info I gained with all of you! 

 

Hugelkultur, pronounced hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound. It is German. 

Hugelkultur in a nutshell:

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