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Latest fish articles and tips

In this section we aim to include useful text and articles from the hobby covering a broad range of topics. Several of the main fish clubs in the U.K will be contributing material over the coming months.


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Asian Community Catfish: Mystus spp.

Often overlooked in favour of the South American Corydoras species, the various Mystus species from Southeast Asia have the potential to make charming additions to community tanks. Unlike Corydoras they are active carnivores, but the smaller species hunt for invertebrates …

Ten Tips For New Ray Owners

The following article has been kindly provided by David Upton who has an extensive knowledge on keeping Stingrays. David has built his own website devoted to Rays, and a link to his site can be found at the end of …

The Brackish Water Aquarium

The Brackish Water Aquarium © Neale Monks Brackish water occurs wherever rivers meet the sea and has a salinity in between freshwater and seawater. Estuaries and mangroves are the two best known brackish water habitats, and both yield many different types of …

Community fish at Maidenhead Aquatics, Aylesbury

Maidenhead Aquatics at Aylesbury is one of the smaller branches in the chain and feels a lot like a traditional family-run tropical fish shop. The focus is very much on community fish, coldwater fish and pond supplies, though there is …

The Bronze Corydoras

The Bronze Corydoras (Corydoras aeneus) Order Siluriformes, Family Callichthyidae Common names Bronze corydoras, Bronze catfish Synonyms Corydoras schultzei, Corydoras macrosteus, Corydoras venezuelanus, Callicthys aeneus, Hoplosternum aeneus, Hoplosoma aeneum Description The bronze corydoras is a cheerful and outgoing fish, a group of which will always be …

What is Water Hardness?

Understanding water hardness can feel daunting at first. But it is quite important to know about, because by simply researching the basics, you can greatly improve your ability to keep healthy and happy fish. Many fish can only thrive in …

Brackish Water Fishes

Brackish water fishes are those species that inhabit the middle zone between rivers and the sea. Some of them spend their time in freshwater environments when young, and as they become older, move downstream before spending most of their time …

The Large Fish Community

While most fish keepers start off with a small or medium sized community aquarium, populated with shoals of brightly coloured fish, many are slowly drawn across the floor of the aquarium shop to where the large fish lurk, often in …

Tinfoil Barbs

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following article is a revised version of an article which previously appeared in both Ryedale Reporter, the monthly magazine of Ryedale Aquarist Society (England), and the York & District A.S. Newsletter. David made reference to this article for his …

Gertrude's Rainbowfish

Gertrude's Rainbow Pseudomugil gertrudae by Joe Kaznica First published in Gravel Gossip, Diamond State Aquarium Society Aquarticles Gertrude's Rainbow is a very small rainbow fish that is found in northern Australia and New Guinea. It comes from streams in five very localised areas and …

Piranhas : Not just killing machines

Piranhas have a reputation for being fierce and dangerous animals that will overwhelm anything they encounter through sheer force of numbers. Though each piranha might be small, they’re well armed with sharp teeth and strong jaws, and as a group …

Spawning Fish

Introduction No matter how long an aquarist has been keeping fish, there are certain landmarks that stand out in the memory. Even when the first tank and the fish in it are long gone, everyone remembers their first aquarium and their …

A visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ Syon Park

The Maidenhead Aquatics branch at Syon Park was redeveloped last year and moved to a new location close to the Refectory. Although it is quite a small branch it is sensibly stocked with a good range of tropical, coldwater, pond …

Buying fish right: tips for safe shopping and mail-ordering

It’s often said by experienced hobbyists that the riskiest part of looking after tropical fish is the first few days immediately after purchase. Fish that are otherwise hardy and adaptable over the long term can be delicate at first and …

Why Scientific Names Are Useful

By Kathy Jinkings Every living organism on the planet that anyone has discovered has a scientific name. These are often called Latin names, but aren't. Some bits are Latin, some bits are Greek, and some bits are gobbledegook that someone …

Some Like It Cool - Temperate Fish

When considering a fish tank, often the choice appears to be between a tropical tank and goldfish. A large number of species fall into a category between these two, as fish that will thrive well in an indoor tank without …

A new kind of coldwater fishkeeping: temperate zone fish

Too many aquarists assume that coldwater fishkeeping means goldfish. In fact there’s a wide variety of temperate zone fishes that will do very well in unheated aquaria indoors, even though they won’t survive outdoors in ponds. Ordinary central heating will …

How to keep Stingrays

Freshwater stingrays are farmed and widely sold, but they remain very challenging fish to keep properly. The two main problems are their large size and their stiff requirements in terms of water quality. Anyone planning on keeping a stingray must …

The Nano Tank Guide

What is a nano tank?   Defining a ‘nano’ tank is tricky, but a good definition might be something that holds around 30 litres (6.5 gallons) or less of water and is intended to be stocked with a selection of …

Whitespot (Ich) And Velvet: How To Tell Them Apart And Treat

There are two common diseases that manifest themselves as white grains on the fins and body: Whitespot and Velvet. The best way to tell them apart is by the size of the grains. Whitespot cysts are larger, more like salt …

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