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Family First » body of water http://familyfirst.com Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Green Herons and Their Groovy Neckshttp://familyfirst.com/green-herons-and-their-groovy-necks.html http://familyfirst.com/green-herons-and-their-groovy-necks.html#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2008 00:34:00 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=3970 Ever notice a green heron in your presence?
They are found over much of the North American continent. Go near a creek, pond, lake, or estuary, and you have likely see the enigmatic little avians.
They make a “chook!” sound that will certainly grab your attention.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is called Green Herons and Their Groovy Necks. Pretty obvious what the site’s author finds fascinating, isn’t it?

Green herons look like they have NO neck, until they reach for something and a surprisingly long version suddenly appears, putting the bird’s beak within instant proximity of a hapless fis or such.
There are lots of photos for your pleasure, and much knowledge being shared about the funky little fishing bird that is an instant charmer.
Keep on the lookout for green herons the next time you are near a body of water. And prepare to be entertained.

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The Cichlidroom Companionhttp://familyfirst.com/the-cichlidroom-companion.html http://familyfirst.com/the-cichlidroom-companion.html#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2005 15:05:01 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=3003 cichlidroom.gifIn Africa’s Rift valley, a large body of water called Lake Malawi lies undisturbed, as it has for eons. This lake s home to literally thousands of fish species found nowhere else in the world. May of these species are cichlids, the world’s most popular aquarium fish.
In fact, Lake Malawi cichlids are prized and sought after by aquarists all over the world. They are stunningly beautiful, they are intelligent, and many will happily reproduce within the confines of glass walls.
Today’s FamilyFirst site is The Cichlidroom Companion, long one of my personal favorite sites. The webmaster, Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, has helped me identify many of the species of Malawis that live in my own aquarium.

The site offers hundreds of detailed photos of these beautiful fish. They are there for your entertainment, to be sure, but are also very valuable assets to cichlid collectors in their sometimes difficult chore of identifying which of the thousands of species that they actually have.
There’s fun stuff here, too. For instance, you can download wallpapers of gorgeous cichlids that will make your desktop something far out of the ordinary. I have just installed the picture of Aulonocara gertrudae which looks nearly identical to another Aulonocara species that I own (and who rules my 55 gallon tank!).
Got a question about cichlids? Ask Pam! Her forum is loaded with info about cichlids from Africa, South America, and Madagascar.
Aquarists, savor this site. Everyone else, enjoy its gorgeous color photos of some of the earth’s most gorgeous fish.

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