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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Herichthys - Colourful, robust cichlids from Mexico

Fish taxonomists currently recognise no fewer than nine species within the genus Herichthys, but only two are regularly seen in the aquarium hobby, the 'true' Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus) and the Green Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis). For a long time …

King Of The Aquarium - The Guppy

If a ‘king of the aquarium’ is mentioned these days, it’s usually in a discussion about discus. However, the regal post was held not so long ago by another fish, also very beautiful, and easily accessible to just about every …

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A glittery rarity: Limia Perugiae at Lee Valley Aquatics

This stunning and unique specimen can finally be found at Lee Valley Aquatics which is based in Essex. Lee Valley Aquatics is an independent aquatics store specialising in all kinds of freshwater fish. These wild-type livebearer fish originate from Dominican Republic …

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Wholesale Tropicals: An Aladdin’s Cave of Tropical Fish

Though Wholesale Tropicals isn’t the biggest aquarium shop in Britain, it is consistently placed among the best them. The family-run store is tucked away on the Bethnal Green Road; a few minutes ride on the Number 8 bus from Liverpool …

Store Visit: Maidenhead Aquatics@Peterborough

The Maidenhead Aquatics branch at Peterborough is well known for its particularly strong selection of rare and unusual freshwater fish. Loaches, hillstream loaches and Garra species feature very strongly, with many species regularly available here that you simply won’t see …

The Cleanup Crew

Maintaining an aquarium can, on the one hand, be viewed as the opportunity to watch a little window onto the wonders of nature, with living jewels darting among luxuriant and beautiful water plants. This is the view most of us …

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Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Amphibians

Amphibians of various types are commonly sold in aquarium shops, but on the whole they don't make good companions for tropical fish. As we'll see in this article, frogs, toads, newts and salamanders are best treated as subjects for their …

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Rare 'Flame-Backed Bleeding Heart Tetra' available @ Wildwoods

These gorgeous Brazilian tetras (Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus) are rare and quite hard to get your hands on. However, Wildwoods have these delightful and intriguing tetras in stock for a limited time only! Similar to the popular bleeding heart tetra but distinguished by …

The Neon Tetra

The Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) Order Characiformes , Family Characidae Common names Neon tetra Synonyms Hyphessobrycon innesi Description The neon tetra is one of the most striking aquarium fish, with a gleaming blue line along the side which gives it it’s common name; they do …

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It was all going so well......

It was all going so well..... After you have steered your new aquarium through the shoals and sandbanks waiting to snare the inexperienced fish keeper, you can bob for a while in the calm lagoon beyond. Feet up on …

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The Climbing Perch

The Climbing Perch Anabas testudineus By David Marshall The article which follows was written for the web-site of Ryedale Aquarist Society, Pickering, North Yorkshire, England Aquarticles SCIENTIFIC NAME - Anabas testudineus COMMON NAME - Climbing Perch SCIENTIFIC CONFUSION? - With several slight colour and …

The Blue Gourami

As more and more new species of fish arrive in the shops, and already popular species appear in ever more vivid colour variations, it is easy for the aquarist to forget some of the old favourites, and the reasons why …

South American Cichlids: Part 1, Acaras and Eartheaters

South American Cichlids: Part 1, Acaras and Eartheaters Of the 1900 or so species of cichlid, no fewer than 450 come from South America. Yet aquarists would be forgiven for imagining that the only South American cichlids in the trade are …

Central American Cichlids

The following article has been kindly provided by Jim Dawson who is the editor of the British Cichlid Association journal called Cichlidae which is where this article was first published. The article including the accompanying photographs are the copyright of …

Kribs and Cousins

Kribs and Cousins There are some fish that you are so used to seeing around that they just become part of the wallpaper; when you're shopping round the aquariums for a new project to try you just pass over them on …

Finding The Right Level

Finally all the hard work and hard choices are done, your tank's set up in the corner of your room and all you have to do now (at least until the next tank-cleaning day) is collapse into your armchair and …

The Sucking Loach

The Sucking Loach (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) Order Cypriniformes, Family Gyrinocheilidae Common names Sucking loach, Indian algae eater, Chinese algae eater, Siamese algae eater, Golden algae eater, Asiatic Scale Sucker Synonyms Psilorhynchus aymonieri, Gyrinocheilus kaznakovi, Gyrinocheilus monchadskii Description The Sucking loach is a …

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 …

Visiting the Aquatic Design Centre, London

The Aquatic Design Centre on Great Portland Street is really two businesses in one. Apart from the retail store, of which more will be said shortly, the Aquatic Design Centre also installs and maintains ponds and aquaria. Their client list …

The Small Community Tank

In general, it is recommended that an aquarist should buy the largest tank he can afford and has room for. There are many reasons for this. The larger the tank, the slower water quality changes are, and a dead fish …

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