"Lyretail Panchax" (Aphyosemion australe)
Also known as the Cape Lopez lyretail, the lyretail panchax is a species of Nothobranchiid killifish which is endemic to Cape Lopez and its surrounding areas in Gabon. Aphyosemion australe possesses a wide range of color morphs, with individuals ranging from gold to brown colors.
Image: Alexander Prokoshev
Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.
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South American Pufferfish/Amazon Pufferfish
Species: C. asellus
Maximum Size: Reportedly up to 6”, 3” more common in home aquaria
Aggression: Mid, Social
Temperature: 72-82 F
Hardness: 5-20 dH
Brackish Tolerance: varies, 1.000-1.005
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Feeding: Flake, Pellets, and Algae Wafers likely accepted. Chopped Shellfish, pieces of frozen fish, even vegetable matter good for supplements. Eats some snail species
Notes: South American Pufferfish (SAPs) are unique as far as the commonly traded pufferfish go. Unlike the Carinotetraodon and Tetraodon puffers sold, these fish are social and can be kept in good sized groups. Indeed, they seem to be nervous when kept alone. A group of about 6 puffers is a good number for keeping aggression down. Other choices for tankmates are a bit limited. As confirmed fin nippers, it’s best not to keep them with easy-going fish like Corydoras catfish. The best tankmates are fast (like Glassfish) or spend the majority of the time hiding (like Synodontis catfish, in freshwater).
These fish are adapted to river life and appreciate higher water flow than other puffers. Filter flow of 6-10 times tank volume per hour is beneficial. Also as riverine fish, they are less dependent on caves than other puffers, though they do appreciate plants to hide in.
SAPs do hunt and eat snails, but specific species are certainly preferred. Pond snails (Physa sp.) are easiest, and Ramshorn Snails may be accepted. Malaysian Trumpet Snails may be too hard to eat and should be avoided. Feeding snails may help wear down their teeth, which grow very fast. Trimming may need to be performed at some point during the life of the fish (more information and instructions in the sources below).
SAPs seem to be prone to Ick infestations. Freely floating Ick protozoans cannot survive brackish conditions and thus it is better to keep these fish in slightly saline water. Like many puffers, SAPs are very sensitive to Ick Medications that contain Copper.
Colomesus asellus (Amazon Puffer), Seriously Fish
Fish Dentistry: Tooth Wear and Care in Predatory Fish, Kelly Jedlicki, Anthony Calfo